Thursday, July 28, 2011

Apple OSX Lion Upgrade

The much anticipated upgrade to the Apple operating system has been released in the form of OSX Lion.  Apple certainly has come a long way since OSX Kitten.......sorry couldn't help myself!

But seriously, the introduction of the system has not come without it's issues with compatibility with other programs.

At this stage we are aware that the following programs are not as yet compatible with the new upgrade;
X-Rite
Datacolor
Photoshop CS3 and earlier
Some issues with certain interface features of CS4 and CS5

Nik Software has proven to be fine with the upgrade if you had it installed prior to upgrading, however the Nik plug-ins will not work if you try to load them after upgrading to Lion.

Epson engineers have advised an update for printers requiring Rosetta will not be available until mid-September, early-October.

Our advice is to carefully check the compatibility of your current programs before upgrading.  Most "bugs" are ironed out within six months so to save any issues, hold off upgrading until all patches/drivers to match have been released by manufacturers.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Red-Eye Begone!

It's not just weddings - it's not just portraits - it's every time you send out a flash over a long distance and capture the image with a long lens. Red-eye! If your flash is plugged into the hotshoe of your DSLR you are guaranteeing extra computer time to isolate and correct the problem. Do 500 shots at a dance show and that is 500 x 30 seconds at the least  = 4 hours sitting there waiting for the thing to crank over.....arrrrgh.

Answer for me was a Stroboframe Press-T bracket. It puts the flash high enough over the lens axis to illuminate the dancer but NOT fire directly into and off the retina of the eye. No redeye = no computer drudgery.

Their other brackets - the Pro-T or the Folding Flip are equally good. You can hold them up for the entire length of the show and they make sure that the post-processing won't hold you up later.

Uncle Dick

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EPSON July Winter Warmers Last Days!

Epson Winter Warmers is in its last week. For those of you who have been waiting to digitize your images or get into printing - now is the time. Epson has 3 fabulous offers available till 31 July 2011.

Purchase any of the following and receive a BONUS gift from EPSON!
  1. Epson Stylus Photo R3000 - $1295
    • Receive BONUS Epson P6000 PRE Viewer - Valued at $899 RRP
  2. Epson Stylus Photo R2000 - $999
    • Receive BONUS Epson 2 Year Warranty  - Valued at $199 RRP
  3. Epson V700 Scanner - $830
    • Receive BONUS Epson Picture Mate PM235 - Valued at $199 RRP
* Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Visit www.epson.com.au for full terms and conditions.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shoot Photography Workshops presents - Photojournalism Workshop with Claire Martin

Monday, July 25, 2011

Pentax K-5 Special August Price

We have limited stock of the Pentax K-5 body at a reduced price of $1499 for August - offering our customers a saving of $200. Do not miss out on this crazy pricing as it will not last! Genuine Australian Stock!




The Pentax K-5 offers superb build quality and an easy user interface making it one of the most competitive models in its class. You get quite a lot of bang for your buck with the K-5, some of the feature highlights include:

  • 16.3Mp CMOS sensor
  • ISO sensitivity span of 80-51,200 (equivalent)
  • 1080p HD movie mode
  • Limited in-camera movie editing functionality
  • Socket for external microphone input
  • Triple-axis sensor-based shake reduction (horizontal, vertical and rotational correction)
  • New SAFOX IX+ 11-point AF system (improved over the K-7)
  • Support for older Pentax lenses with manual aperture rings
  • Magnesium alloy body shell
  • Improved handheld HDR function (JPEG mode only)
  • Continuous shooting up to 7fps
  • 100% viewfinder coverage (0.92x magnification)
  • Choice of PEF or DNG RAW files
  • 3in, 921k pixel LCD screen

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Datacolor Spyder Comparisons

So that you can easily determine which of our Datacolor Spyder specials will suit you best, check out this comparison chart......

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

OWLE Bubo Video

Further to our post yesterday about the OWLE Bubo, if you have an interest in checking out its features and functions further, here is a great video that explains it all!

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AAPP National Convention 2011

The Australian Accredited Professional Photographers (AAPP) group will be holding their National Convention from July 31st through to August 2nd, 2011 at the Esplanade Hotel in the lovely port town of Fremantle.

Guests of honour this year are husband and wife photographic business team Yervant and Ani.  Yervant is the recipient of the prestigious 'Life Time Achievement Award' by WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) for his unparalleled influence on professional wedding photography internationally.  Throughout the seminar, Yervant will showcase his most current works, teach about his vision and what the future holds for our industry.

His wife Anie is his business manager and the marketing genius behind his success.  Anie will present about the business of photography and Brand Marketing.

Interested in attending?  Take a look at the brochure and registration documents for details.



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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

PMA 2011 iPhone Video

View the craziness that was the Camera Electronic stand at the 2011 PMA!

Taken on an iPhone 3Gs using a OWLE Bubo for iPhone 3Gs....yep double whammy! Video AND a new gadget alert!!


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The iPhone has already proven it's worth photographically, now the OWLE Bubo allows you to gain control over your iPhone video function. Place your iPhone into the back of Bubo and you have a steady, compact and portable way to shoot video that also contains a microphone for your sound needs!

Here at Camera Electronic we will be stocking the OWLE Bubo kits from August 1st, 2011 for both iPhones 3 and 4. Retail from $220.00 includes lens and microphone.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Datacolor Spyder Specials!!

Are you getting the most from your monitor??  Are you getting accurate, reliable and consistent color from your photos?  If your answer is no then you need help from Datacolor Spyder Pro or Datacolor Spyder Express!!!

Check out our super specials on both these items!!!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Elinchrom BX 500Ri Promotion

Purchase an Elinchrom Advanced Pro Studio Flash BX 500Ri kit and receive a Lastolite 75cm 8:1 TriFlip reflector, normally worth $165.00
FREE!!

Eight interchangeable colours and a solid holding grip makes this reflector the perfect companion to your new lighting kit.



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Stroboframe Quick Flip 120/350

The New and Improved Pro-Digital Folding Flip Flash Bracket
FOR ALL DIGITAL SLR & 35MM CAMERAS

    •    Compatible with Nikon SC-29 TTL cord
    •    New lock and release folding mechanism
    •    Adjustable bracket height
    •    Compact fold-up design
    •    Improved scratch resistant matte anodized finish
    •    Eliminates “Red-Eye” and softens harsh shadows
    •    Lightweight Aluminum construction
    •    5 Year Warranty
 

Specifications:
Net Weight:  14 oz
Max Height:  10-3/4”
Folded Dimensions: 8-1/2” L x 3” D x 3” H
Includes: Shoe-type Flash Mount,Long and Short Camera Mounting Knobs,1/4” - 20 Tripod Mount,Hex Key for Height Adjustment
 Optional Items: Anti-Twist Plates

 

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Stroboframe Stroboflip VH-2000 Flash Bracket

The Stroboframe Stroboflip VH-2000 is the  ultra-compact, "gripless", flash rotating bracket.  It cradles the camera unobtrusively while maintaining an over-the-lens flash position with a design that lets you hold the camera rather than a grip, and rotate the flash for horizontal or vertical composition.

What's more, the stress and weight of the flash unit is transferred from the light-duty camera shoe to the rugged Stroboframe mount. The Stroboflip is made for shoe-type flash units.




Features:
    •    Accepts Digital SLR's, 35mm SLR's and smaller 6 x 4.5 cameras.
    •    Supplied with a machined, positive-locking shoe mount and a 300-SLR Anti-Twist plate (interchangeable with other AT Plates).
    •    Strong, lightweight aluminum construction with baked-on finish for hard use and durability.

Stroboflip Specifications

Net Weight: 9 oz. 

Bracket Height: 5.5"

Nominal Lens-to-Flash Distance: 7.5"

Includes: Shoe Mount,* standard 300-SLR Anti-Twist Plate
Suggested Accessories:  Camera Auto Quick Releases, for tripod mounting
Cat. No. 300-100

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Stroboframe Pro-T & Press-T

The Digital Pro-T and Digital Press-T are flash-rotating brackets. Both are light, compact and fast-handling. The flash arm swings to keep the flash centered over the lens for both horizontal and vertical compositions. These brackets do not require the use of cable release.

Unlike conventional brackets, the Pro-T is designed for you to hold the camera rather than the bracket, providing a more natural way of shooting. It allows you to switch between horizontal and vertical compositions instantly.
 The Press-T is a slightly shorter and even more compact version of the Pro-T.
It is popular with photojournalists and other shooters who work out of a camera bag.

How Does It Work?

The top surface of the camera mount has a machined cross-sectional recess and is covered by dense textured rubber material. This ultra thin barrier, grips the bottom of your camera body and provides an extremely solid connection. When your camera is securely mounted, this design concentrates the maximum frictional force to the outside edges of the mount to prevent twisting.

Key Features

• No camera plates required

• NEW adjustable flash height knob

• More robust camera mounting base for added security and confidence

• Integral QR style camera mount compatible with Stroboframe 300-BASE (receiver)

• Pivoting flash arm centers flash over the lens for both landscape and portrait
• Convenient fold away kickstand
• Solid machined T6061 Aluminum construction

• Five Year Warranty



Pro-T and Pro-T/m Specifications
Digital Pro-T Flash Bracket (310-800EX)
Net Weight: 14 oz.

Maximum Height: 10-3/4"
Nominal Lens-to-Flash Distance: 12"

Includes: 1/4"-20 camera mounting screw & flash mounting knob (1/4"-20), 5/16" Allen Key.



Press-T Specifications
Digital Press-T Flash Bracket (310-810EX)

Net Weight: 11 oz.

Maximum Height: 8-5/8"

Nominal Lens-to-Flash Distance: 10"

Includes: 1/4"-20 camera mounting screw & flash mounting knob (1/4-20), 5/16" Allen Key


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Stroboframe Pro-RL Flash Bracket

The Pro-RL is loaded with new features and represents a major advance in handling speed and ease of use. It's supported comfortably with your left hand, leaving your right hand free to operate all camera and bracket controls. It is the best bracket to use with a tripod and the use of a cable release is not required.




Features:
    •    Rotate your camera instantly and effortlessly from vertical to horizontal with a flick of the wrist.  In each position, the flash remains centered over the lens, for optimum lighting quality.
    •    Fingertip-activated lock secures camera-rotating system in the horizontal position.
    •    Exclusive, one-hand TiltTrigger™ lets you set the flash angle to any of 12 click-stop positions, from close-up to bounce.  Just squeeze and twist to set.
    •    One-handed, instant flash height adjustment.  You can position the flash 11 to 18" above the lens, simply by twisting a knob and lifting the flash arm.
    •    Unique "kickstand" pivots out to safely support and stabilize the bracket when it is set on a table or floor.
    •    Solid, machined components for optimum rigidity.
    •    When the bracket is mounted to a tripod, the flash can be positioned and aimed, and the camera rotated, just as if shooting hand-held.
    •    Fully compatible with cameras with accessory battery packs or motor drives.
    •    Integral QR (Quick-Release) Plate mates with optional QR Receiver, allowing the bracket and tripod to be attached or detached instantly.
    •    Accepts all Stroboframe flash mounts, Camera Anti-Twist Plates and quick release accessories.
Pro-RL

Specifications


Net Weight: 33 oz.

Bracket Height: 14"

Nominal Lens-to-Flash Distance: Adjustable from 11"-18"

Includes: 1/4"-20 mounting knobs for camera and flash, cork base pad

Suggested Accessories: Camera Anti-Twist Plates, Flash Mounts, Camera and Flash Quick Releases
Cat. No.: 310-700

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Stroboframe RL 2000 Flash Bracket


RL 2000
The RL 2000 is a traditional-style flash bracket for those who prefer brackets with grips. Very compact and lightweight, it's intended for use with cameras that have standard cable-release fittings; a cable-release is included.

Features:

  • You can rotate your camera instantly and effortlessly from vertical to horizontal with a flick of the wrist.  In either position, the flash remains centered over the lens for optimum lighting quality.
  • Three-position flash tilt selection for lighting all subjects evenly, particularly in close-ups.
  • Dual American walnut grips.  The palm grip helps you balance and support the bracket in your hand, while leaving your fingers free for fast focusing.  The contoured side grip can be adjusted to any of four positions for maximum comfort.
  • A cable release (supplied) attaches to the side grip.  It can be adjusted to rest comfortably under your finger.
  • The flash arm can be removed without tools, making the bracket more compact for storage in a camera bag.
  • Bracket base accepts small battery packs, such as the Quantum Battery 1.
  • Optional Low Platform (Cat. No. 300-331) is required for use with cameras with larger accessory motor drives or battery packs such as Nikon MB-21 or Canon BP-E1.  Replaces standard camera platform.
  • Accepts all Stroboframe flash mounts, Camera Anti-Twist Plates and Quick-Release accessories.
RL 2000 Specifications
Net Weight: 19 oz.
Bracket Height: 9.75"
Nominal  Lens-to-Flash Distance: 10.5"
Includes:  1/4"-20 camera mounting knobs for camera and flash, cork base pad, cable release.
Suggested Accessories: Camera Anti-Twist Plates, Flash Mounts, Camera and Flash Quick-Releases.
Cat. No.: 300-300

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Leica M9-P Now Available at Camera Electronic!

That's right, we currently have in stock the latest & greatest from Leica... the M9-P.


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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Thinktank Sling-O-Matic Bag Range

-Think Tank Photo introduces the Sling-O-Matic, the photo industry’s first sling camera bag that can be easily switched back and forth to either shoulder. The Sling-O-Matic’s adjustable, fully padded shoulder strap “automatically” slides along a set of rails to change which shoulder the bag can be worn on.

This is the innovative solution to the problem inherent with other sling bags: only being designed to wear the sling bag over the same shoulder. With one smooth motion, the Sling-O-Matic can be quickly switched to the opposite shoulder without losing the characteristics that have made sling bags popular among photographers.


The Sling-O-Matic series offers three unique bags to choose from, depending on the set of photo gear a photographer needs to carry. 

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Top Features:
    •    Sling-O-Matic can switch back and forth “automatically” to carry over either shoulder
    •    Gear access always stays on top when Sling-O-Matic is in front
    •    Carries a DSLR and a 70-200 f2.8 attached, with the lens hood in position

Gear Profile:
    •    Carries a regular size DSLR and a 70-200 f2.8 attached with lens hood in position, or 2-3 additional lenses plus a flash

Technical Specifications:
    •    ID: 8.25” W x 15.5” H x 5.5” D* (21 x 39 x 14 cm*)
ED: 9” W x 16.5” H x 6” D (23 x 42 x 15 cm)
    •    WEIGHT: 2.3–3.1 lbs (1.0–1.4 kg)
    •    Lifetime Warranty  

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Top Features:
    •    Sling-O-Matic can switch back and forth “automatically” to carry over either shoulder
    •    Gear access always stays on top when Sling-O-Matic is in front
    •    Carries a DSLR and a 70-200 f2.8 attached, with the lens hood in position

Gear Profile:
    •    Carries a regular size DSLR and a 70-200 f2.8 attached with lens hood in position, plus 3-5 additional lenses
    •    Can accommodate some pro size DSLRs and a 70-200 f2.8 attached with lens hood in position, plus 3-5 additional lenses
    •    Not compatible with all Nikon Pro DSLR cameras

Technical Specifications:

    •    ID: 10.25” W x 15.5” H x 5.5” D* ((27.5 x 39 x 14 x cm*)
ED: 11” W x 16.5” H 6” D (28 x 42 x 15 cm)
*bag flexibility allows expansion to carry some pro size DSLR bodies with a lens attached inside the main compartment.
    •    WEIGHT: 2.5–3.4 (1.1–1.5 kg)
    •    Lifetime Warranty 

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Top Features:
    •    Sling-O-Matic can switch back and forth “automatically” to carry over either shoulder
    •    Gear access always stays on top when Sling-O-Matic is in front
    •    Carries a DSLR and a 70-200 f2.8 attached, with the lens hood in position

Gear Profile:

    •    Carries a regular size DSLR and a 70-200 f2.8 attached with lens hood in position, plus 3-5 additional lenses
    •    Can accommodate some pro size DSLRs and a 70-200 f2.8 attached with lens hood in position, plus 3-5 additional lenses
    •    Carries up to a a 15.4” laptop in a separate padded compartment
    •    Not compatible with all Nikon Pro DSLR cameras

Technical Specifications:

    •    ID of photo gear compartment: 11.25” W x 16” H x 5.5” D* (28.5 x 41 x 14 cm*)
ID of laptop compartment: 11.25” W x 16” H x 1.5” D ( 28.5 x 41 x 3.5 cm)
ED: 12” W x 17.25” H x 7.5” D (30.5 x 44 x 19 cm)
*bag flexibility allows expansion to carry some pro size DSLR bodies with a lens attached inside the main compartment.
    •    WEIGHT: 2.9–4.0 lbs (1.3–1.8 kg)
    •    Lifetime Warranty

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Epson July Promotion

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Shoot Photography Workshops presents - HDSLR Video Course


For more information and bookings click HERE

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Hoodman Hood Crane

The Hoodman Hood Crane is the perfect companion to your new Hood Loupe. Simply slide the Hood Crane into your camera hot shoe mount, attach your hood loupe, adjust to fit your camera and you're ready to go!

The Hood Crane is a accessory made to hold your Hood Loupe perfectly in place but also give you the ability to flip it up out of the way when shooting stills. It also features a cold shoe mount on top for mounting other accessories. Designed to work with most DSLR's & compact cameras.

In store now at Camera Electronic for only $129



Also available is the Cinema Kit Pro for only $249. This includes Hood Loupe, Hood Crane & HoodMAG

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Hoodman Super Hoodskins

The Hood Skins are protective covers for your LCD screen. Designed to fit a 3 inch screen, however they can be cut down to size. For point and shoot cameras the XL skin is available which is 3.5 inches. Featuring a positive ion mounting this means that when you remove your Hood Skin your not left with a sticky, dirty adhesive.

Available now at Camera Electronic for only $16.95 with 2 Skins per pack!

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Hoodman Hood loupe

One of our more popular items of 2011 has been the Hood Loupe from Hoodman.
 
 
Featuring a 1:1 magnification ratio & high-class German optics with diopter adjustments from -3 to +3 means that its customizable to suit anyone, even people who require glasses when shooting. 
It also features a convenient lanyard and case for storage. The Hood Loupe is optimized to match 3 inch LCD screens but will work with most digital SLR & compact cameras.
 
The Hood loupe not only acts as a shade for your LCD screen in high light conditions & doubles as a loupe for precise manual focusing when shooting video or stills. Its also great for revewing your images and checking histogram out in the field.
 
Most if not all professional videographers that shoot on DSLR's will back me up on this... a loupe can be one of the most important tools in your bag for achieving accurate and smooth focus. 
  
Grab yours now at Camera Electronic for only $119
 


 
Need a more permanent setup? grab the Hoodman Cinema Strap & HoodMAG for your Hood loupe or Buy all 3 as a kit with the Cinema Kit for only $199
 

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PMA 2011 Photos Continued..

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