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:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

[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:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

[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

Deal: Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Price Drop, Now At $249

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI at s glance:

  • Auto Intelligent Bounce Head
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 154′ at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (14mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 120°, +/- 180° Rotation
  • AI.B Full-Auto and AI.B Semi-Auto Modes
  • Optical Receiver Mode
  • LCD Panel
  • AF Assist Beam
  • Runs on 4x AA Batteries

The Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI got a price drop and now sells at $249: B&H Photo | Adorama | Canon Store | Amazon. Adorama packs some bonus items along with the Speedlite.

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI world-wide:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Elinchrom announces ELB 500 TTL – “The Most Powerful Portable TTL Light Ever”

ELB 500 TTL

Elinchrom announced the new ELB 500 TTL, which they call “the most powerful portable TTL Light ever”.

The Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL is available for pre-order: B&H Photo | Adorama

Press release:

Elinchrom introduces the ELB 500 TTL

The most powerful portable TTL light ever!

The new ELB 500 TTL is the most powerful and portable TTL light ever designed for adventurous portrait photographers shooting both in studio and on location.

Today, Elinchrom introduces the ELB 500 TTL, an incredibly portable and powerful battery pack combining 500Ws of power with a feature set including TTL, High Speed Sync, Active Charging, Full Asymmetry with built-in Skyport designed to empower the workflow of portrait photographers both in studio and on location.

Speed & Simplicity with TTL

The ELB 500 TTL is ideal for photographers who find themselves in time sensitive shooting environments where the inherent speed of TTL lets them capture images at the speed of life or for those who simply prefer the convenience of TTL.

The “Manual Lock” functionality allows photographers to get an initial “lock” on their exposure in TTL and then switch to manual mode to further adjust their exposure as they need or to explore different creative effects.

500 Ws Power in an Incredibly Portable Package

The ELB 500 TTL is powerful enough to overpower the sun, delivers 400 full power flashes on a single charge and has a fast recycling time of 2 seconds at max power, ensuring you won’t miss an important moment.

The ELB 500 TTL head is smaller than speedlites yet delivers 10 times more power. It is lightweight enough to be mounted on a camera bracket or boom arm while on location.

The Versatility of HSS, Asymmetry & Active Charging

High Speed Sync lets photographers freeze motion with incredible sharpness, create a narrow depth of field, or darken overly bright backgrounds using a high shutter speed (up to 1/8000sec).

With the new ELB 500 TTL, not having to worry about flash sync limitations or the time of day makes for a very liberating creative experience.

Ease & Intuitiveness of a Brilliant User Interface

When the pressure is on to get the shot, no one ever wants to fumble with controls.

The large OLED display and intuitive controls of the ELB 500 TTL makes using the pack a pleasure.

The Heritage, Quality & Value of Elinchrom

The ELB 500 TTL is the newest compact flash solution in a long line of innovative and ultra-reliable Elinchrom products that represent a decades-long commitment to crafting the highest quality lighting tools while providing superb value to their customers.

The ELB 500 TTL represents an optimal feature set for portrait photographers and is ideal for those looking to trade up to a more powerful option to their speedlights, trading over from less full-featured options or searching for the very best value in the category.

[via Fstoppers]