Yongnuo’s YN600EX-RT Now Selling, Looks Remarkably Similar To Canon’s 600EX-RT Flagship


Earlier in august this year Hong-Kong based company YongNuo announced that they are releasing the YN600EX-RT – A Canon compatible strobe.

Some Canonistas, especially off camera flashers (AKA strobists) were pretty excited about this announcement. Mostly because the strobe was said to be compatible with Canon’s new 2.4GHz RT radio system that their 600EX-RT strobe features.  The RT is a pretty awesome TTL triggering and strobe control system working on radio rather then on IR. But, Canon’s strobe sells for about $499 while the new Yongnuo which appeared on eBay today only sells for about $185. Roughly a 1:3 ratio.

DIYP are the last to be blamed with lack of frugality, but looking at the images that popped up on YongNuo’s sites got me thinking. Look at the two photos on the top. See any resemblance (aside the obviousness of the names). The strobe on the left is Canon’s 600EX-RT flagship, and the right one is the new YN600EX-RT.

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Fuji Does It Again, Applies For Varying Pixel Size Sensors

Fuji Does It Again, Applies For Varying Pixel Size Sensors

We really love Fuji as a company, aside from taking a really good care of their customers, they are always on the edge of technology, doing things that are ground breaking and innovating.

Fuji’s new patent application for a sensor with varying pixel size may provide better noise handling that what we get with current technology. (And while we value pixel count, it is interesting to see other – non pixel cramming –  places that imaging technology is going). [Read more…]

The Graying Of Traditional Photography And Why Everything Is Getting Re-Invented In A Form We Don’t Understand By Kirk Tuck

The Graying Of Traditional Photography And Why Everything Is Getting Re-Invented In A Form We Don't Understand

On the last day of the PhotoPlus Expo I finally got why the camera industry has hit the wall and may never come back again in the same way. The folks who love cameras for the sake of cameras, and all the nostalgic feelings they evoke of Life Magazine, National Geographic, 1980’s fashion and 1990’s celebrity portraiture, and other iconic showcases that made us sit up and really look at photography, are graying, getting old and steadily shrinking in numbers.

I can profile the average camera buyer in the U.S. right now without looking at the numbers. The people driving the market are predominately over 50 years old and at least 90% of them are men. We’re the ones who are driving the romantic re-entanglement with faux rangefinder styles. We’re the ones at whom the retro design of the OMD series camera are aimed. We’re the ones who remember when battleship Nikons and Canons were actually needed to get great shots and we’re the ones who believe in the primacy of the still image as a wonderful means of communication and even art. But we’re a small part of the consumer economy now and we’re walking one path while the generations that are coming behind us are walking another path. And it’s one we’re willfully trying not to understand because we never want to admit that what we thought of as the “golden age of photography” is coming to an end as surely as the kingdom of Middle Earth fades away in the last book of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. [Read more…]

Why Fuji’s Newest X100 Firmware Update Is A Step In The Right Direction

Hats off to Fuji for delivering a state of the art firmware update on their two years old X100.

Why Fuji's Newest X100 Firmware Update Is A Step In The Right Direction

Before going into the details and goodies found in the new load, let me say this. The mere fact that Fuji still provides significant updates to their two older customers is an amazing thing. I think it sets a reference points to other camera makers (cough cough, Nikon) and sets the bar higher for anyone in the market. I also think that this is not enough. Here is why. [Read more…]

Weird T-Shirt Line Aims At Disrupting Facebook’s Auto Tagging

Weird T-Shirt Line Aims At Disrupting Facebook's Auto Tagging

Facebook wants to know all about you. Aside from using your statuses, tags and like Facebook is also using visual data found in pictures uploaded to the network to better map your relations, locations and patterns. They do this by recognizing your face and tagging them with your Facebook user name.

While not all that data is public, Facebook did not spend $55,000,000 to have a face recognition software sitting on a shelf. You can of course choose if you want to enable autotagging being public for yourself, but whatever your privacy choices are, there is a good chance that Facebook may know more about you than you think.

Amsterdam based designer Simone C. Niquille created a line of T-shirts designed at disrupting Facebook’s autotagging. The shirts, while hideous as a fashion statement, work by adding more faces to each picture. Each T-shirt from the Facial Recognition Dazzle line features multiple portraits of a known celebrity – Michael Jackson, Britney, Obama and Britt & Laura. [Read more…]

Adobe Hacked, Millions Of Names, Encrypted Passwords And Payment Details Compromised

Seems like Adobe is not done with trouble created by moving into Creative Cloud. Adobe reported that their systems have been compromised with about 2.9 million customer records leaked.

Adobe Hacked, Millions Of Names, Encrypted Passwords And Payment Details Compromised

Among the hacked data are user names, encrypted passwords, credit cards and expiration dates.

Luckily the data was saved in an encrypted way so for now Adobe speculates that the hackers can not access the data.

If you have a Adobe account expect a password reset, and if your credit card details were stolen, Adobe will send you a letter.

It seems that if people were looking for a reason to attack Adobe for moving to a cloud based system, they just got a lot of ammo. [Read more…]

Nikon Just Filed A Patent For An Interchangeable Sensor Camera. I Am Not Thrilled

If you are ready any of the photography blogs out there you could not have missed the new patent from Nikon. A patent for an interchangeable sensor camera (brought to light by Nikon Rumors, and machine translated here).

Everyone are saying – Yay! I would love to swap the sensor on my camera when technology changes. YAY!

Nikon Just Filed A Patent For An Interchangeable Sensor Camera

At first glance it seems like the future has opened for cameras that can do practically anything now, at the change of a sensor – Higher res, better video, dedicated chips, say Infra red photography, built-in HDR, better dynamic range. Everything that we can imagine. While the latter (HDR, IR, dynamic range) makes lots of sense, the former (more resolution, better video) is not likely to happen. [Read more…]