The Sony HVL-F43AM is a compact, dust- and moisture resistant external flash unit for Sony Alpha DSLR cameras. Ideal for everyday shooting and more serious applications, this external flash unit features Quick Shift Bounce adjustment and Wireless Ratio Control. Sony’s innovative Quick Shift Bounce system allows flash head position to be adjusted instantly when switching between horizontal and vertical compositions, maintaining consistent shadow positions regardless of camera orientation. Meanwhile, the Wireless Ratio Control makes it easy to select light emission ratios for up to three separate flash units. The zooming head of the HVL-F43AM covers the angle-of-view range of a 24-105mm lens on a full-frame digital SLR camera, and the flash boasts a guide number of 43 (in meters at ISO 100/21°) at the 105mm setting. Powered by four AA type batteries, this external flash unit recycles in about 2.9 seconds after a full discharge. The Sony HVL-F43AM will be launched in Spring 2011. [DigitalPixels]
Do you still remember the Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens that we posted in December last year? The company will release this DSLR lens in Japan on April 15th, 2011. As a reminder, the Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens is known as the world’s highest zoom range at 15x magnification for a lens with its compact size and light weight, with the added value of Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization. The lens adopts the company’s new PZD (Piezo Drive) AutoFocus technology. [Tamron]
Lensbaby has recently released its newest SLR creative effects camera lens, the Composer Pro. Available for Canon, Nikon, Sony Alpha, Pentax and Olympus DSLR mounts, the Composer Pro refines and enhances the popular and award winning Lensbaby Composer by upgrading the swivel ball and focus mechanism to provide professional performance. The Composer Pro’s metal swivel ball design and refined focus mechanism deliver ultra-smooth focus and tilt control. The updated focus mechanism features a fluid and accurate dampened focus ring comparable to the focus mechanisms of the highest quality professional manual focus lenses.
The Composer Pro is compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System and ships with either the Double Glass Optic or the new Sweet 35 Optic installed. Each optic creates a Sweet Spot of sharp focus that photographers can move around the photo by tilting the Composer Pro’s swiveling lens body. The Composer Pro is also compatible with the complete range of creative optics in the Lensbaby Optic Swap System including the Fisheye, Soft Focus, Pinhole/Zone plate, Single Glass, and Plastic. Each optic can be swapped into the Composer Pro to deliver a different creative effect. The Lensbaby Composer Pro will retail for $300 (with the Double Glass Optic installed) or for $400 (with the Sweet 35 Optic installed). The entry-level Lensbaby Composer will remain in Lensbaby’s product line but at a lower MSRP of $250. [Lensbaby]
The Nikon ME-1 DSLR microphone is a new accessory for the Nikon D5100 DSLR. The device is designed to filter out AutoFocus noise and wind noise. This microphone draws its power from the D5100 and attaches to the hotshoe on top of the camera. The Nikon ME-1 DSLR microphone will be available in April 2011 for $180 a pop. [Crunchgear]
The GigaPan EPIC Pro is a robotic camera mount designed for DSLR cameras. Based on technology employed by NASA’s Mars Rover, the GigaPan EPIC Pro robotic mount empowers DSLRs to take hundreds, even thousands of photos, which are combined to create one highly detailed image with amazing depth and clarity. This DSLR mount comes bundled with a new and faster GigaPan Stitch software that will blend photos seamlessly into one brilliant panorama, then uploaded to GigaPan.com, where users can zoom into the detail, explore and share. The EPIC Pro robotic DSLR mount will be available next month for US$895. [dcviews]
ExpoImaging today released the Rogue 3-in-1 Honeycomb Grid, which is the latest addition to its Rogue FlashBender product line. Measuring 92mm x 30mm and weighing just 100 grams (with the included strap), the patent pending Rogue Grid design features stacking honeycomb grids that provide 16 degree, 25 degree, and 45 degree spot lighting control. For your info, grids are often used on off-camera flashes as hair lights in portraiture, or for background or accent lights anytime a photographer is interested in highlighting a portion of an image for dramatic effect. When attached to an off-camera flash, grids help draw attention to an object, texture, or color, and can help to create a desired atmosphere or mood in an image. The Rogue Grid is now available for US$49.95. See more pictures after the jump. Read more…