Equipment

 

Chinese Company Launches a $64 Competitor to the GoPro Hero with Beefier Specs

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If GoPro camera prices drop far below $100 in the future, you may have a Chinese company called Xiaomi to thank. Known for its popular smartphones that dominate the Chinese market, the company has launched a new product called the Yi Action Camera that aims to become the GoPro of China while costing just a fraction of the price.
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Lowepro Launches a High-End Collection of Camera Gear Luggage Called ‘Echelon’

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Lowepro is known for its extensive collection of sporty and durable camera bags, but one word that probably doesn’t come to mind when you think of the company is “luxury.” It wants to change that. Today Lowepro unleashed a new line of photo equipment luggage that “brings trusted protection to the discerning” photographer. It’s called Echelon.
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Profoto B2: The World’s First Off-Camera Flash That Can Also Be Used On-Camera

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After shaking up the lighting industry with the B1 flash system back in 2013, Profoto is back today with another “game changing” product: the Profoto B2. It’s a small and lightweight off-camera flash system that’s designed for easy and fast on-location shoots.

The B2 is a new ultra-portable counterpart to the B1 flash. It’s so small and light that it can be mounted to the top of a camera, making it — according to Profoto, at least — the world’s first off-camera flash that can also be used on-camera.
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Nikon’s New Coolpix P900 Has a Ridiculous 83x Zoom Range of 24-2000mm

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Nikon today unveiled the new Coolpix P900, a superzoom compact camera with a crazy 83x of optical zoom, allowing photographers to “take creativity to extreme distances.”
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Nikon Unveils the ME-W1, A Simple Wireless Lavalier Microphone for Crisp Audio

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Alongside its new D7200 DSLR, Nikon today also announced the ME-W1 wireless microphone set. It’s a water-resistant lavalier mic that makes it easy to capture high quality audio while capturing video.
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Triggertrap Has ‘Failed’ After Raising Nearly $500K for the Ada Modular Camera Trigger

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High-flying Kickstarter campaigns get a lot of glory, but they come with their fair share of risks: just ask Triggertrap. Back in 2013, the UK-based camera trigger maker launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new modular camera trigger it had developed, called the Ada (initially it was the “Redsnap”). With an initial goal of only £50K, the company successfully raised £290,386 (~$446K) from nearly 1,971 backers.

For the next year, things seemed to be going well, and the company posted regular status updates on progress. Yesterday, that all came to an abrupt end as the company announced that the project has been shuttered.
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Review: The Canon 11-24mm f/4L is Pricey and Heavy but Unmatched Optically

Canon seems to be playing the numbers game against its arch-rival Nikon. Its new 50MP EOS 5DS and R-variant allowed Canon to leapfrog past Nikon’s D810’s 36MP in resolution. And with this new EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, Canon users can sneer at Nikon’s 14-24mm f/2.8G with “only” 14mm focal length.

But one shouldn’t forget that Nikon photographers have been enjoying 36MP for the past 3 years, and shooting gorgeous 14mm wide-angle images for more than 8 years. Canon is just catching up, but will this ultra wide-angle zoom lens be good enough to justify its retail price of $2,999?
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Battle of the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS Lenses: $2,200 Canon Versus $1,500 Tamron

Looking to buy a lens in the popular 70-200mm focal range for your Canon DSLR? If want the best money can buy, you’re probably looking at a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, which costs a hefty $2,200. If you’d like the same range, fixed f/2.8 aperture, and stabilization but at a more affordable price point, the $1,500 Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC might be a product you’ve been eyeing. But how do these two lenses stack up against each other, and how big of a difference is there?

In the 10-minute video above, Kai Wong of DigitalRev pits the two options against each other on the streets of Hong Kong.
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Nikon D7200: A 24.2MP DSLR Focused on Speed and Sharpness for Photo and Video

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Nikon today announced its new D7200, a 24.2-megapixel lightweight DSLR camera geared toward photography and videography enthusiasts. It boasts sharper image quality, a bigger buffer, improved autofocusing in low-light, and serious features for video recording.
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This Gigantic Collection of 600 Vintage Cameras is for Sale on eBay: It’s Yours for $35K

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Want to start your own camera museum? There’s a new listing on eBay that can put you on the fast track to doing so. It’s for a gigantic collection of roughly 600 vintage cameras from between 1880 and 1980. The description claims the lot could be turned into one of the largest camera museums in the world.
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