Although the Godox M600D LED light might not quite be official yet, Godox has announced three new strobes in its QT series today. The QT series is Godox’s line of “Quicker” AC-powered studio strobe lights offering HSS up to 1/8000th of a second as well as short flash durations with t0.1 times as fast as 1/29,600th of a second. Today’s announcement brings the third generation of QT lights with the Godox QT400III, QT600III and a very powerful QT1200III.
Teeny tiny micro-sized nano-optics cameras are a relatively new development and it’s been very exciting to follow. They just keep getting smaller and better. Now, researchers at Princeton University and the University of Washington have managed to create a fully functional camera that’s as small as a grain of salt. A large grain of salt, but still, that’s mighty impressive.
The “size of a grain of salt” thing has been used before, back in 2016, with respect to the lens, and array of which was placed onto a high resolution CMOS sensor. Now, though, it’s a complete camera at that size.
December is bringing with it two meteor showers. First up there’s the Geminids, which will begin on the evening of Monday, December 13th and peak later on in the evening until early morning on Tuesday. Under perfect conditions, this meteor shower can offer up to 150 meteors per hour, although the bright moon will reduce visibility a little this year dropping the number of ones you’ll actually be able to see down a little.
The second is the Ursids, which arrives about a week alter and is expected to peak during the Winter Solstice on December 21st until the 23nd. This one doesn’t tend to get a lot of attention, due to the fact that it only brings with it around 10 meteors per hour and they’re not easily visible until the early morning hours.
It feels like this thing has been teased and announced about a dozen times over the last couple of years but now the Sony Airpeak S1 Professional drone is now available to pre-order starting at $8,999.99. And that doesn’t include a gimbal. If you want to get the Gremsy Gimbal T3 kit to go along with it, that’s going to cost you an extra $2,200 bringing your total cost up to $11,199.98.
The Sony Airpeak S1 was first unveiled back in January and it’s taken almost an entire year, with a sort-of release six months ago, for it to actually open up for pre-orders. And beyond “coming soon”, there still doesn’t appear to be an actual shipping date yet, so actually getting one into your hands might still be a little way out.
An article on the Japanese website Nikkei is claiming that the popularity of digital cameras in China is on the increase. According to the Google-translated version, sales of digital cameras have increased due to a seemingly unlikely suspect. What has historically been the downfall of dedicated cameras, smartphones seem to be the cause. Deficiencies in smartphones that can only be overcome by DSLR and mirrorless cameras have resulted in about a 20% increase in sales over the previous year.
They also say that live streaming is also expected to grow to five times its current size by the year 2025 and that the demand currently far exceeds the supply due to logistics issues as a result of the coronavirus situation, causing prices to remain high.
Product photography can be such a fun genre of photography to explore, even if you don’t want to do it for a living. Perhaps you just want great pictures of your own products to sell in your Etsy store or maybe you just want to show off your new toys in an effective way to your Instagram followers. Whatever the ultimate use, it’s still product photography and if you want to do it well, then you’ll want to watch this video.
Coming from Lucy Martin, this product photography walkthrough goes through what she considers to be the essentials of what you might need but also explains why you might need them. Everybody’s needs are different and Lucy goes through several different options that are useful for the budget-minded photographer as well as how you can expand it in the future to produce the best product shots possible.
First teased in October at the P&I Shanghai International Wedding Photographic Equipment Exhibition, the Godox M600D presents what appears to be Godox stepping up to the plate to take on the likes of Aputure and Nanlite. Well now, it’s been announced. Sort of. Information still seems to be a little patchy, but European Godox distributor, Disnet has just posted a teaser video for it to YouTube.
At 600W, it’s going to be a pretty beasty light and even last month we could see that it used an external control unit and isn’t the all-in-one system of other Godox lights like the FV200 and SL200. It doesn’t look like there’s any word on a price yet, but for comparison, the Nanlite Forta 500 retails for $1,299 and the Aputure Light Storm 600D Pro is $1,890. As well as the video, a few new photos of the light have popped up, too.
Zhongyi Optics has announced their new Mitakon Speedmaster 90mm f/1.5 lens. They’re billing it as “a budget alternative to the legendary Leica Summilux-M“. And at $599, yeah, it certainly sounds like a bit of a bargain compared to the $14,000 Leica lens. They look pretty similar in outward appearance, although it doesn’t appear to be a straight-up copy, containing 9 elements vs the Leica’s 8.
The new lens is available in Canon RF, Sone FE, Nikon Z and Leica M mounts (no Leica L), with the latter being adaptable to other mounts. Offering “buttery bokeh” (their words), thanks to its f/1.5 aperture and rounded 9-blade aperture, it seems particularly well suited to its portrait photography target audience.
Venus Optics has just announced their new Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. They claim that it’s the world’s lightest 2x macro lens for full-frame cameras. Measuring only 53 x 81mm and weighing in at a mere 269g for the Sony E mount version, that might indeed be the case.
The lens is coming to a number of mirrorless mounts, including Canon EF, Sony E, Nikon Z and Leica M – but not Leica L. It offers an 85mm focal length with a minimum focus distance of 16.3cm for a fairly decent working distance and the APO design, Laowa says, helps you shoot them with minimal chromatic aberration.
Shooting transparent and translucent objects on a white background can often be very tricky. You want to be able to show off the product itself without it being overpowered by the background behind it. It can be difficult to light in a way that makes it stand out, but it is definitely possible – as proven by thousands of listings on sites like Amazon, eBay or Etsy.
Well, in this video, Dustin Dolby at workphlo takes the mystery out of shooting translucent and transparent items on a white background so that you can photograph your products in a way that helps to make your or your client’s product listings stand out.