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Yongnuo Clones Nikon, Nissin Adds Sony Radio TTL Support, & Photo Box Coming Soon | Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on July 11th 2015

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.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. William Emmett

    The photo box idea would be great for the beginner photographer. They can fill their closets full of all sorts of junk. Sorry, as a pro, my closets and bags are bursting with all the junk I’ll ever need. Anyone need a Moose Filter?


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  2. Stephen Jennings

    “This months box will include a Zeiss Otus 85mm….” oh, that’s not how this works?

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  3. Dave Haynie

    Yeah.. not sure about this one. The Photo Box Pro is $419 for a yearly sub. That’s a not insignificant “new thing” for one of my systems per year. They’re only set up for Canon or Nikon right now, too. And some of what you’re getting will be random T-Shirts. Maybe better as a gift for others to give to photographers… it’s not like my wife knows which lens I want next (hint: Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, though the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 would be just dandy as well)…

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  4. Paul Empson

    A monthly box of tat to pay for? I don’t think so… seems like a marketing plan/scam ( delete as preferred) dreamed up to extract [ insert adjective ] from their money…

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Some people swear by subscription boxes. It has yet to be seen if this particular one will be worth it (its a bit more expensive than most others), but I know many people who have multiple subscriptions and really enjoy receiving boxes each month.

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  5. Peter Nord

    Not sure about a box a month plan. However I did find at the Apple store a blue tooth button that will fire my iPhone camera. Came with a cheap plastic phone stand, and a trinket the Korean’s labeled on the box as a charm. What in the world of merchandising was the purpose of that?

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