Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors and announcements.
Yongnuo AF-S 50mm F/1.8 For Nikon Revealed
Yongnuo made some splashes over the last year by releasing some…how do we put it… VERY similar lenses to Canon offerings (some might say clones). The result was some really cheap lenses that actually performed fairly well for what you paid for them.
Well, Yongnuo is back, and this time they set their sights on Nikon, with a new lens that appears to be very closely designed after the Nikon 50mm F/1.8G. It is unclear if the optical design more closely resembles the actual Nikon lens, or if they just took the optics out of their 50mm Canon knockoff. On the outside though, the lens clearly looks like the Nikon 50mm F/1.8G.
We don’t yet know how much it will cost or when it will be available but get ready for all the lens comparisons again. You can learn a little more about this over on Nikon Rumors, here.
Nissin Adds Sony Support For Air 1 & Di700A
If you have been looking for a good radio triggering solution for use with your Sony system cameras (mirrorless or SLT), look no further. Nissin has just added support for the Sony TTL system to their radio controlled Air 1 and Di700A commander and speedlight units.
The Air 1 is an impressive commander that can control up to three groups of speedlights, with up to seven speedlights in each group, for a total of 21 speedlights. They also boast an impressive range of 30 meters or roughly 100 feet. This is one of the only real radio controlled TTL systems available right now for Sony mirrorless cameras, so it’s worth checking out.
Making it more impressive, you can get the Di700A and Air 1 commander in a kit together for just $299 (or the price of ONE Canon 430EX III RT or almost half the price of the Canon 600-RT). This is a killer deal on a radio controlled speedlight system. You can learn more about the kit over on B&H here.
Photo Box Is Like ‘Loot Crate’ or ‘Birch Box’ for Photographers
You have probably heard of the newest fad: monthly subscription boxes. They have ‘Loot Crate’ for geeks and gamers,;’Birch Box’ and ‘Ipsy’ for the makeup addicts; they even have romantic ‘adult themed’ boxes to spice up your relationships – and now, they will have one for photographers.
Photo Box is a new monthly subscription box coming in September that will feature items of interest to a photographer. Items ranging from comical photography related stickers, to lens cleaning cloths or solution, and much more. According to the website, “Box contents will always be useful, fun and inspiring. We guarantee 6+ pieces each month in the basic box. Photo Box Pro will have 10+ items. Each month will feature a unique or exclusive item, just for Photo Box.”
The company also says they will feature photographers each month in the boxes, featuring images and ‘How They Shot It’ type information. I wouldn’t expect lenses or camera to show up in your boxes anytime soon, but for an injection of inspiration and fun photography-related tools & trinkets on a monthly basis, this could be a great subscription for the ‘subscription box’ crowd. You can learn more about them from their website here.
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