New Radio-Triggered Nikon Speedlight

Nikon has announced their newest flagship speedlight, the SB-5000, illuminating new possibilities in creative lighting. A first for Nikon, the flash operates via radio frequency and will operate without a direct line of sight for a range of up to approx. 98 feet. This flexibility lets photographers place lights in different rooms, around corners and work seamlessly in bright ambient light with maximum efficiency.

When paired with the WR-R10 and the new D5 or the D500, this speedlight can control up to six groups (A-F) or 18 speedlights for truly advanced wireless lighting. It is also possible to perform Advanced Wireless Lighting using either radio-controlled (up to three groups) and/or optical-controlled units (up to three groups) by simply attaching a conventional, optical-control Nikon speedlight or the SU-800 Commander (as a master or commander unit) and a WR-R10 (as a commander) onto the D5.

The SB-5000 speedlight also has a radically new design that includes its own internal cooling system, which prevents overheating of the flash panel from consecutive firings. As a result, the SB-5000 can fire consecutively for longer than conventional models, without flash cool-down time between bursts, and can fire up to 120 continuous shots at 5 second intervals.

The Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight will be available in March for $599.95.

New Super Telephoto from Olympus

Olympus has announced the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO, a compact supertelephoto lens that expands the capability of the M.ZUIKO PRO series of professional, splashproof and dustproof lenses and delivers outstanding image quality under any circumstance.

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO is the first Olympus interchangeable lens with a built-in image stabilization mechanism, and when paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 or E-M5 Mark II, in-body and in-lens image stabilization work in perfect harmony, resulting in the new 5-Axis Sync IS technology to produce the world’s most powerful image stabilization performance of up to six stops of compensation.

With a length of 8.9 inches and weight of a mere 2.8 pounds it is one third of the size and weight of most DSLR 600mm equivalents. Despite its compact size, the lens is hermetically sealed in 17 places and features freezeproof performance down to 14⁰ F. Together with the same splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof performance as the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II, this ensures you can capture high-quality images in the harshest environments.

The lens is available now for around $2500.

New DX DSLR from Nikon, the D500

Nikon has just unveiled the new D500, part of its Nikon DX series of APS-C digital cameras, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today. The camera blends some of the power of the newly announced pro-grade flagship D5, with the same auto-focus system and Expeed 5 processor, but with the ease-of-use and accessibility of the more entry-level, lighter Nikon D5500.

Features :

  • 20.9MP DX sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • Continuous shooting at 10 fps with a 200 shot buffer for raw images
  • 4K video recording at up to 30fps
  • 153-Point AF System
  • Flip up/down 3.2″ touchscreen LCD
  • Illuminated buttons for low-light shooting

$1,999.95 for body only. $3,069.65 with the kit lens, a AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR.

Nikon Announces the D5 Flagship DSLR


Nikon today officially announced the new D5 flagship DSLR. It features a new autofocus system, 4K video recording, and an extended ISO range of up to 3.28 million.

inside the camera is a full-frame 20.8-megapixel CMOS sensor that can shoot stills at 12 frames per second (14fps with the mirror locked) and video at 4K resolution and 30fps. Backing the sensor is a new Expeed 5 image processor.

A revamped autofocusing system uses 153 autofocus points that cover a large portion of the frame. Nikon says this is its first DSLR with a dedicated AF processor. Of those 153 points, 99 are cross-type.

There will be 2 different versions of the D5 : a dual XQD card slot version and a dual CF card slot one.

The Nikon D5 will be available in March 2016 for $6,500 for the body only.

Features :

  • 20.8MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 12 fps Shooting for 200 Shots with AE/AF
  • Native ISO 102400, Extends to ISO 3280000
  • 3.2″ Touchscreen LCD
  • 4K Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • 14-Bit Raw Files and 12-Bit Raw S Format
  • 1000 Base-T Gigabit Wired LAN Support

Free Profoto Flash Demo


Learn all about off-camera flash with the Profoto system at Camera West in Walnut Creek. We will provide the models, gear and teachers to make the experience both informative and fun. This will be your opportunity for a hands-on demonstration with both the B1 and B2 off-camera flash system and light shaping tools.

Off-camera flashes are not speedlights and they are not monolights. They are a new kind of flash, combining the best of both worlds. Profoto’s off-camera flashes are distinguished by their revolutionizing TTL technology, cordless convenience and powerful light. Put together, these features to bring you a whole new way of shooting.

Camera West Walnut Creek
January 14, 2016
6:30 – 9:00 PM

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