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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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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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Open Source Code for a Remote Timelapse DSLR – Photography Article

Want to set up a remote DSLR for shooting a time-lapse? The Intervalometerator (AKA ‘intvlm8r’) is an open-source intervalometer that can help you do so at minimal hardware cost (as long as you’re comfortable tinkering with hardware and software). Created by Sydney-based coder Greig Sheridan and his photographer partner Rocky over the course of a year, the Intervalometerator is designed to be both cheap and easy to build with familiar tools and using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontrollers. “My partner…

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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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Huge Price Drop on Nikon D5 and D810 – Photography Article

If you’re in the market for a full-frame DSLR and you don’t mind picking up a model that’s a few years old, now is the time. Yesterday, Nikon launched the biggest price drops yet on both the Nikon D5 and the Nikon D810, taking $500 off the flagship D5, $1,000 off the 36.3MP D810, and a whopping $1,600 off the D810 kit with the 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. The Nikon D5—which is rumored to see a replacement with 4K/60p…

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Edelkrone Unveils a 3D-Printed Version of Its Best-Selling Tripod Head – Photography Article

Edelkrone’s Flextilt Head 2 is its best-selling tripod head. If you can’t afford the $149 it costs to get one, the company has just unveiled the Flextilt Head 3D, a cheaper option you can 3D print and assemble yourself. The Flextilt Head 3D is part of Edelkrone’s new ORTAK line, which will feature 3D printable products that will put fully-functional, high-tech designs in customers hands at greatly reduced prices. “With ORTAK method, products are manufactured by you and edelkrone together,”…

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