Deal: Nissin i400 TTL Flash for Canon Cameras – $79.99 (reg. $149.99, today only)

Nissin I400

Nissin i400 TTL Flash at a glance:

  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 131′ at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (16mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Left & Right 180°
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-4 Seconds
  • Slow, High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries

Today only (9/12/2019) B&H Photo has the Nissin i400 TTL Flash for Canon cameras on sale at $79.99. Compare at $149.99. Available also for other cameras brands.


Noteworthy KickStarter projects:

  1. SliderMini portable camera slider
  2. Universal camera strap with lifetime warranty
  3. DUO Daypack, quick access camera bag with lifetime warranty
  4. Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 lens for $199
  5. Peak Design super light travel tripod

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Canon Patent To Automatically Find Best Irradiation Angle For Bounce Flashes

Canon Patent

Canon patent application US 2019-0230271 discusses methods and algorithm to automatically establish the optimal irradiation angle for bounce flashes.

In other words, the aim of the Canon patent application is automatically find the irradiation angle of each receiver-flash in a setup where you are using a plurality of receiver-flashes.

The Canon patent discusses…

[…] an image pickup apparatus that is capable of automatically finding an irradiation angle of each external flash in photographing using a plurality of external flashes. An image pickup apparatus controls external flashes that are communicably connected to one another and have light emitting units of which irradiation angles are variable. A photometry device obtains a photometry value. A memory device stores a set of instructions. At least one processor that executes the set of instructions to: obtain photometry values at times of emissions at each of different irradiation angles for each of the external flashes, generate an evaluation value at each of the different irradiation angles based on a photometry result obtained by the photometry device, and decide an irradiation angle for photographing of each of the external flashes based on the evaluation values generated.

The issue more detailed:

There is a known image pickup apparatus, such as a digital camera, that does not only irradiate an object directly with flash light but also enables what is called a bounce flash photographing by irradiating the entire area including the object with flash light that is directed to a ceiling by changing a flash-light irradiation angle and is reflected and diffused by the ceiling. Use of a receiver-flash during the bounce flash photographing enables various expressions. For example, a light amount balance between irradiation light from a right side of an object and irradiation light from a left side can be changed, and a shadow appearing in a background can be eliminated by irradiation light toward the background.

Appropriate determination of the irradiation direction of the flash light in photographing using a receiver-flash and the bounce flash photographing requires time and effort from a photographer. For example, an appropriate irradiation direction of flash light in the bounce flash photographing is decided by repeating test photographing at several times. In the photographing using a receiver-flash, if an irradiation direction of flash light of the installed receiver-flash has shifted from a direction toward a target, a photographer must go to the receiver-flash and adjust the irradiation direction.

In view of such failure, Japanese Laid-Open Patent Publication (Kokai) No. 2011-221364 (JP 2011-221364A) suggests a technique that repeats emission and photometry while changing an irradiation angle of flash light and stores the irradiation angle at which the maximum photometry value among the obtained photometry values except for photometry values within a predetermined range has been obtained. This suggestion enables to automatically find the angle at which an irradiation light amount to an object is maximized except for the irradiation angles directly directed to the object as the irradiation angle for the bounce flash photographing.

However, the technique disclosed in the above-mentioned publication cannot automatically find the irradiation angle of each receiver-flash in the photographing using a plurality of receiver-flashes.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[…] Accordingly, a first aspect of the present invention provides an image pickup apparatus controlling external flashes that are communicably connected to one another and have light emitting units of which irradiation angles are variable, the image pickup apparatus comprising a photometry device that obtains a photometry value, a memory device that stores a set of instructions, and at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to: obtain photometry values at times of emissions at each of different irradiation angles for each of the external flashes, generate an evaluation value at each of the different irradiation angles based on a photometry result obtained by the photometry device, and decide an irradiation angle for photographing of each of the external flashes based on the evaluation values generated.

Accordingly, a second aspect of the present invention provides a control method for an image pickup apparatus controlling external flashes that are communicably connected to one another and have light emitting units of which irradiation angles are variable, the control method comprising a photometry step of obtaining photometry values at times of emissions at each of different irradiation angles for each of the external flashes, a generation step of generating an evaluation value at each of the different irradiation angles based on a photometry result obtained in the photometry step, and a decision step of deciding an irradiation angle of each of the external flashes based on the evaluation values generated in the generation step.

According to the present invention, an irradiation angle of each external flash is controlled so as to irradiate an object or a background of the object in accordance with a setting in photographing using a plurality of external flashes.

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Profoto Announces The Profoto A1X Flash with Built-in AirTTL Remote

Profoto A1x

Profoto announced the Profoto A1X flash with built-in AirTTL remote. Preorder it at $1,195 at B&H Photo | Adorama

Press release:

The latest result of Profoto’s dedication to innovation – The new Profoto A1X is here!

We are never fully satisfied with the products we make. We always strive to take steps forward, whether they be baby-steps or strides. That is why we not only will create ground-breaking products. But we’ll also continually evaluate and improve those products. Like we have done with the launch of Profoto A1X, the A1’s new and improved sibling. It has a little more of everything that made its predecessor a success. An even more powerful battery, faster recycling and Sony compatibility are some of the 30 and more updates that we have made to the product. Or put in other words – more when it matters.     

Because in photography, there are no second chances. An image might present itself for a second, and then it’s gone, so you can’t afford to be fiddling with batteries or waiting for the flash to recharge – you’ve got to be ready. That’s why the new Profoto A1X has up to 450 full power pops per charge, and lightning-fast one-second recharge time, so you’ll never miss a shot.

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Firmware Update For Godox Flashes Supports Canon DSLRs With Missing Universal Hotshoe Pin

Canon Rebel Sl3

A few days ago we reported that Canon silently removed the universal hotshot pin from the Canon Rebel SL3 and Rebel T7.

The lack of the central, universal hotshot pin means that the Rebel SL3 won’t work with inexpensive third party flashes. A pretty annoying thing.

However, Godox announced that they related a firmware update for the company’s V860IICX1T-CTT350C and V350C flashes that makes these flashes work o the Rebel SL3 and Rebel T7.

The description for the firmware update mentions the Rebel T7 (EOS 1500D) but not the Rebel SL3. However, given that the description says it solves “[compatibility] problems of new cameras”, we are rather sure it applies also to the SL3.

You can download the Godox firmware updates from here.

Godox Flashes for Canon:

Asia & Australia: AliExpress, Amazon JAPAN, Amazon CHINA, Amazon INDIA, Amazon AU, Amazon USA, Digitalrev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Australia, Rakuten JP
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR
USA/Canada: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

[via PetaPixel]

Canon Made The Rebel SL3 Incompatible With Third Party Flashes By Removing Universal Hot Shoe Pin

Canon Rebel Sl3

Canon Rebel SL3 at a glance:

  • 24.1MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • UHD 4K Video and 4K Time-Lapse Movie
  • 9-Point AF System; Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • ISO 100-25600
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Canon just announced a new iteration of the world’s smallest DSLR, a camera with four different names (depending by geolocation). The Rebel SL3 aka EOS 250D aka EOS 200D Mark II aka Kiss X10.

Now, it seems Canon removed the possibility to use third party flashes with the Rebel SL3. The universal hot show shoe pin is missing on the Rebel SL3. Not only, according to Michael The Maven Canon did the same with the Rebel T7.

This sucks. Crippling an entry level DSLR to make it incompatible with inexpensive flashes like Yongnuo’s isn’t very user friendly, especially is you consider that people buying a Rebel SL3 are not pros and therefore likely on a budget. In other words: people buying the Rebel SL3 are likely to buy an inexpensive third party flash. Not cool Canon.

Canon Rebel SL3/EOS 250D/EOS 200D Mark II/Kiss X10:

Asia & Australia: AliExpress, Amazon JAPAN, Amazon CHINA, Amazon INDIA, Amazon AU, Amazon USA, Digitalrev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Australia, Rakuten JP
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR
USA/Canada: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

[via Fstoppers]

Future Canon Cameras Might Have Pop-Up Flash With LED, Patent Suggests

Canon Patent

Interesting Canon patent application (2019-056787, Japan). The patent describes a pop-up flash with LEDs. This is interesting for videographers or anyone needing a continuous light source for their work.

From the patent literature:

[…] when using LED which carries out a continuous light as a light source of a lighting system, the measure against the heat which occurs from LED serves as problem. If the measure against heat is not performed sufficiently, LED deteriorates for a short time and there is a possibility that it may become impossible for light volume to be deteriorated or to switch on the light. If it is a lighting system removable to a camera like a Patent document 2, in order to radiate heat in the heat which occurs from LED, it is possible to provide a radiation substrate with a large area, but in the type which has a pop-up function, it is difficult to provide a radiation substrate with a large area near the LED. 

Then, in a lighting system movable to the stowed position and usage position which used LED as the light source, an object of the present invention is to enable it to radiate heat in the heat which suppresses enlargement and occurs from LED. 

[Means for solving problem] 
 
To achieve the above objects, the lighting system concerning the present invention, The radiation substrate which has a light-emitting part which uses LED as a light source, and a housing, is a lighting system with the aforementioned light-emitting part movable to the stowed position stored by the aforementioned housing and the usage position projected from the aforementioned housing, and carries out surface mounting of the aforementioned LED, It has a projection surface which ejects the light from the aforementioned LED, and a reflective surface which turns the light from the aforementioned LED to the aforementioned projection surface, and it reflects, and the aforementioned radiation substrate is arranged in the surface which is not parallel to the aforementioned projection surface. 

This patent might indeed go into production sooner than later.

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production in the next few years are these:

Source: Canon News