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The Nikon D5 is Now $1,000 Off – Photography Article

As Nikon prepares to reveal the Nikon D6 flagship DSLR in earnest, the Nikon D5’s price has dropped to an all-time low. Whether you want the XQD or CF memory card version, you can now pick it up for “just” $5,497, or a full $1,000 off the suggested retail price. By all accounts, the Nikon D6 will be a major upgrade over the current D5: with rumors swirling of in-body image stabilization, better video capabilities, and other features that will…

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Westcott Unveils Affordable Battery-Powered FJ400 Strobe and FJ-X2m Universal Wireless Trigger – Photography Article

Westcott just announced an exciting new 400W/s monolight and universal wireless trigger that promise to provide a killer combination of portability, affordability, and compatibility for on-location photographers who have been relying on Godox/Flashpoint for their lighting needs. The newly announced Westcott FJ400 strobe and FJ-X2m trigger offer photographers a portable package that doesn’t skimp too much on power and won’t gouge you on price. Here’s a quick video intro before we dive into the specs: The FJ400 is a portable,…

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Meike MK-MT24 is a Solid and Affordable Wireless Macro Flash – Photography Article

The Meike MK-MT24 is one of the most interesting lighting products I’ve ever used. The concept of this product is similar to some macro flash systems that have been on the market for years — especially the Nikon R1C1 — but while I knew of their existence, I’ve never once considered them due to their exorbitantly high price (the R1C1 is over $700). The Meike MT-MT24 system, while at first glance seems pricey, comes in at $300. I’ve come to…

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The Best Cheap Off-Camera Flash Set-Up – Photography Article

When photographer Scott Choucino of TinHouse Studio first got into off-camera flash photography, he found himself struggling to find good info on putting together a solid affordable setup. That’s why he created this video: a beginner’s guide to his favorite super-cheap off-camera flash set-up. The video is aimed at amateur photographers or natural light shooters who are looking to purchase their first flash, and the set-up he recommends includes a speedlight bundle with triggers, a light stand, an umbrella, and…

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Can You Shoot Professional Bird Photos on a Budget? – Photography Article

Bird photography—or any wildlife photography, really—is one of the most expensive genres you can get into. A professional birding setup can easily cost you $20,000+. But can you can similar results for 10x less? Bird photographer Jan Wegener decided to find out. In the video above, Wegener put his ~$20,000 setup—Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM, Gitzo Tripod, Wimberley Gimbal Head, and some flash accessories—up against a ~$2,000 kit consisting of a used Canon 5D…

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Yongnuo Unveils 35mm f/1.4 Lens with Ultrasonic Motor for Canon DSLRs – Photography Article

Budget brand Yongnuo has announced a new version of its 35mm f/1.4 lens for Canon DSLRs, adding an ultrasonic motor and USB port to the lens, but otherwise keeping the design largely unchanged. The new Yongnuo YN35mm f/1.4C DC UWM features the same optical design and build as the current Yongnuo 35mm f/1.4 MC lens available for both Nikon and Canon. It uses 11 optical elements in 9 groups—including two aspherical elements and two low dispersion elements to try and…

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Yongnuo Unveils YN200 Godox Clone and YN560-TX PRO Radio Transmitter – Photography Article

After teasing releasing teasers for the YN200 pocket flash and YN560-TX radio transmitter last month, Yongnuo officially revealed the Godox AD200 clone and the TTL and HSS compatible transmitter this week, hoping to reclaim a bit of the budget gear market that Godox has all but taken over. The Godox AD200 (AKA the Flashpoint eVOLV 200) made quite the splash when it was first announced back in 2017. More powerful than a speedlight but just as compact, the AD200 packed…

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Square is Offering Professional Product Photography Services for $10 – Photography Article

Square, the payment platform you probably used to buy your latte this morning, is launching its own Photo Studio, where they’ll offer professional-grade “automated product photography” for the rock bottom price of just $10 per photoshoot. The news is taking the photography world by surprise today—and no doubt angering at least a few professional working product photographers—but the service makes sense for Square. Until now, high-quality product photography is out of reach for most of the small businesses and online…

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Zhiyun Unveils Cheap, Compact Crane-M2 Gimbal for Compact Cameras – Photography Article

Earlier today, Zhiyun added a lightweight, affordable, compact gimbal to their Crane lineup. Called the Crane-M2, the small 3-axis gimbal is targeted at travel shooters and vloggers who want to capture the smoothest possible footage with their compact camera, smartphone or action cam. The Zhiyun Crane-M2 announcement comes less than a week after DJI revealed the lightest new addition to their Ronin lineup, but the M2 isn’t going to compete head to head with the Ronin-SC. The Ronin is meant…

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Wacom’s Cintiq 22 is an Affordable Pen Display for Budget-Conscious Pros – Photography Article

Yesterday, pen tablet maker Wacom revealed the Cintiq 22: a large new addition to the brand’s more affordable non-Pro Cintiq lineup that might just put a 22-inch pen display in reach of budding and budget-conscious photographers. The Cintiq 22 is a new addition to Wacom’s entry-level Pen Display lineup that began with the Cintiq 16 last year. Pen displays—basically external monitors that you can draw on—are usually very expensive, with Wacom’s own Cintiq Pro line costing as much as $3,300…

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Kodak $40 Mobile Film Scanner is Like Google Cardboard for Scanning Film – Photography Article

If you’re looking for the cheapest possible way to digitize your 35mm Negatives and Slides, the Kodak Mobile Film Scanner is probably it. Costing just $40, this cardboard contraption lets you digitize 35mm film using just your smartphone and a couple of AA batteries. The Kodak Mobile Film Scanner is made up of a foldable cardboard stand for your mobile phone, a base that allows you to slot in either 35mm Negatives and 35mm Slides, and an LED backlight. This,…

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The Lightest Lens in Its Class – Photography Article

Sony has officially announced the much-anticipated and long-rumored FE 35mm f/1.8 lens for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lightweight new lens—which Sony claims “sets a new standard for portability”—will give Sony shooters an affordable, if slightly slower, alternative to the popular Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA. Sony’s focus with this release seems to be weight and portability. At just 280g light and 77mm long, “the compact dimensions and light weight of this full-frame, large-aperture prime lens provide mobility…

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The Best Camera Kit You Can Get with a $500 Budget – Photography Article

Finding a $500 camera setup that can deliver stunning portraits as well as a wide range of other types of photography was a challenge, to say the least! First and foremost I had to put together some bare minimum requirements/standards. 1. The Camera Needs to Be Brand New It’s hard to recommend used camera gear. You don’t know how well it’s been taken care of, and the prices aren’t always consistent. Also, brand new gear generally comes with a warranty,…

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