It was kind of a slow news week this week in the industry but some interesting stuff nonetheless.
PocketWizard has announced a third generation of their wireless transmitters aptly named the PocketWizard Plus III. If you are not familiar with this technology it is primarily used to fire strobes cordlessly both in traditional and non-traditional studio photography situations. They also have a wide range of accessories that will allow users to control their cameras (only certain makes and models) wirelessly as well. Unbelievably, these little guys are an upgrade and are cheaper than their predecessor the Plus II. Get the full scoop by visiting their website [Plus III Transceiver The New Standard]
Also in flash technology a new compact AA battery powered strobe by Nissin touts an ability to fire a whopping 1000 continuous shots without overheating. It boasts a number of other capabilities as well. It is claimed to be able to fire 200 times with a 3 second recycle time and maintain its guide number well after that. It will for certain be available to work with both Nikon and Canon TTL systems but it is not certain if it will be made for other brands and if so which other brands just yet. [New Gear: Nissin MG8000 Flash Can Fire 1,000 Shots Without Overheating]
Good News for Nikonians, a release date has finally been announced for the highly anticipated D4 and D800. Nikon’s latest Pro level DSLR’s have been highly covered and talked about in the news since the beginning of the year and in the last few weeks especially. Nikon’s French Facebook page spilled the news for a March release date earlier this week which left some scratching their heads whether or not this would be an exclusively French or a worldwide release. Since then it has been confirmed that it is in fact the worldwide release date. [Nikon D4 and D800 to ship in March, but only in the land of the baguette? (update: US too)]
Oh, Lego’s is there nothing you can’t do? Someone recently made a twin-lens reflex medium format film camera almost entirely out of Lego’s. The lenses used were from some binoculars. [Fully-Functional Twin-Lens Reflex Camera Created Using LEGO Bricks]
The best photojournalistic photos of the 2011 have been compiled and presented. The prestigious award of the photo of the year went to Samuel Aranda for his dramatic photo of “a woman holds her wounded son in her arms, inside a mosque used as a field hospital by demonstrators against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen on 15 October 2011”. [2012 World Press Photo]