Month: March 2012

Pearstone Duo Battery Charger Review

One of the things that I was happy to see at the launch of the Canon 5D MKIII was that they have kept the venerable LP-E6 battery that was first introduced more than three years ago with the MKII.  I’ve always been amazed at it’s capacity and in the last few years several third party accessory manufacturers have also adopted it for powering video equipment accessories such as LCD monitors of external video recorders.  Of course it’s also been used in the 7D and 60D!  In other words, if you are a Canon shooter then the chances are you have one of these batteries and the standard Canon battery charger lying around somewhere.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could charge two at a time though like the Canon 1-Series battery chargers?! Well this is where the Perastone Duo Charger comes in.  With it’s large and seemingly informative LCD display it certainly looks impressive at first glance and at a price of $79.95 should allow you to charge twice the batteries for the only slightly more than the single Canon charger. The first thing you’ll notice when you go to plug in a battery is that the charger is generic and there is an LP-E6 mounting plate on top of it.  In theory this could be a nice feature as it makes it somewhat redundant and presumably possible to...

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I’m Back!

Hey guys, I just wanted to post a quick note to say that normal business will be resuming this week on the blog. For the last couple of months I have had more work on my plate than any time in my career. Yes, you see I am actually a working photographer ! I’ve been shooting commercial images, catalog images, traveling to a photo shoot in Austria and producing a video shoot for a company from China all in the last few weeks. There is a lot to catch up on in the next few weeks so you can expect to see a post pretty much every day for a little while! I have a ton of product reviews to put out, including a review of the new Canon 5dMK3. I’ll have just got caught back up and then it’s off to NAB to check out a ton more new products AND I will be present at a mysterious sounding Canon Technical Briefing which will take place in Vegas on the 16t of April. Who knows what that one is all about…… In short, stay tuned for normal services to resume and thanks for your continued readership and...

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Canon Launches New 600EX Flash And Radio Trigger System

Alongside the unveiling of the 5d Mark III, Canon have also unveiled a brand new flagship flash, the 600 EX.   Pricing and availability The Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT are scheduled for availability at end of March 2012. The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7, GPS Receiver GP-E2 and Battery Grip BG-E11 are scheduled to be available by the end of April 2012. Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT US: $629.99 / EUR: €699 / UK: £679.99 Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT US: $470 / EUR: €320 / UK: £309.99 Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 US: $849.99 / EUR: €759 / UK: £789.99 Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2 US: $390 / EUR: €279 / UK: £299.99 Canon Battery Grip BG-E11 US: $490 / EUR: €380 / UK: £329.99 Press Release   LONDON, UK (March 2, 2012) – Canon today extends its range of acclaimed accessories, unveiling a number of new models designed to offer enhanced flexibility and new creative control to its professional and mid-range EOS Digital SLRs. Sitting at the top of Canon’s range, the Speedlite 600EX-RT is Canon’s first flash unit to feature inbuilt wireless radio connectivity and replaces the advanced Speedlite 580EX II. Partnering with the new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT , this new model offers enhanced opportunities for photographers wishing to explore creative lighting techniques. In addition, Canon is also launching the BG-E11 battery grip, Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 and GPS Receiver GP-E2, which complement the...

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The Canon 5D Mark III Is Finally Here!

Is this the most anticipated camera launch of all time ?  It would not surprise me at all.  The often rumored and much speculated Canon 5D Mark III is finally announced.  Three and a half years ago the 5D Mark II changed our expectations as to what a DSLR could do.  It delivered not only stunning image quality and Canon’s best low-light performance yet, but also 1080P video from an imaging sensor that was physically bigger than even any Hollywood camera. The results demonstrated by people like Vincent Laforet, changed the low to middle end production industry for good.  Even high end TV shows and Hollywood blockbusters began to use the cameras.  Just this week, Act of Valor appeared in theaters and 75% of that was shot with the 5d MKII.  That is what makes this announcement different, it’s not only the stills photographers that are itching for new features, but filmmakers everywhere have also been waiting for this update.  This combination is what makes this the most anticipated camera launch. Critical Specs 22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor 61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 crosstype points) ISO 100-25600 (expandable to L:50 H1:51200, H2: 102400 6.0 fps for high continuous shooting Dual card slots (CF & SD) High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode 3.2-type, approx.1.04m dot (3:2 wide) Clear View LCD II Battery Grip BG-E11 Headphone jack for audio...

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