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Weekly Recap – October 17, 2011

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The FaceBook App for iPad.

The FaceBook App for iPad. Image courtesy

Welcome to the Weekly Recap. Today’s post recaps new and newsworthy items related to photography from around the web for the week ending on October 16.

  1. Facebook releases iPad app: Why should photographers care? Well, apparently, it makes your photos bigger. And bigger, as they say, is better.
  2. Thailand floods, Nikon affected: The floods in Thailand have reached Nikon’s factories there, the company says. Price hikes on Nikon products to follow, rumors say.
  3. Everyone – including 500px – has an app: Just a few days ago, a third-party company released an iPhone app for, the popular photo sharing site. Now, the company has its own app for the iPad.
  4. Ouch: This is why everyone needs to wear a GoPro. Yes, we know. It’s textbook schadenfreude. 
  5. New Canon and Nikon cameras soon: From the “We’ll believe it when we see it,” category.
  6. And we ask again: Fuji, will it focus? Fuji announces pricing and availability of the “Baby X100″.
  7. More from the “Want it!” category: One camera plate to rule them all.
  8. Film is going away. Again. Really, this time: Chalk this under the “Haven’t we heard this before?” department? For the record, I still shoot some film. 
  9. Kickstarter, part 1: Not just for cool iPhone and iPod accessories, Kickstarter can also fund some awesome photographic projects. National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig goes to Chernobyl on a crowdfunded budget.
  10. Kickstarter, part 2: They asked for $20,000. They got just under half a million. Here come the Cineskates. 

Tip of the week: An adaptable camera system

Tips & Tricks
A Zeiss CP.2 lens on an Olympus E-P2

A Zeiss CP.2 lens on an Olympus E-P2

Every Thursday, we will post a photography-related tip here. These tips are typically inspired by questions we get from our customers. Sometimes we might feature a technique tip, and sometimes a gear recommendation. If there’s something specific you’d like to see in this section, let us know. Email us at [email protected]

Today we’re going to talk about a video camera called the Panasonic AG AF100. The AF100 is from a family of products that adhere to the Micro Four-Thirds standard. So far, Olympus and Panasonic are the two manufacturers making cameras for this standard, but a number of other manufacturers have also signed on to produce add-ons for it. Sigma, Carl Zeiss, Lensbaby and Voigtlander, all venerable manufacturers, have signed on to make lenses for it. (more…)

This weekend in San Francisco: Speedliter’s Intensive

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Speedliter's Intensive

Speedliter's Intensive

Our friend and favorite red-haired photographer, Syl Arena, is hosting his amazing Speedliter’s Intensive class and workshop this weekend in San Francisco. Seats are still open for the event and blog readers and Facebook/Twitter followers get $50 off the two-day event by using the code BL50.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what to do with that Canon Speedlite you bought with your camera, this is the class for you.


Coming Soon: More Radios

Gear Talk

This is the first in a series on Lighting, where we discuss the use of the variety of lighting gear available for rent from

PowerMC2 Receiver. Photo Courtesy

PowerMC2 Receiver. Photo Courtesy

Two new products are on their way to’s offices this week that should make the lighting and off-camera flash geeks among us pretty darn happy. As you may know, we’ve carried many of PocketWizard’s products in our inventory for some time now, including their newer line of “ControlTL” products. Thus far, we’ve carried the MiniTT1 on-camera trigger and the FlexTT5 transceiver. Later this week, we’ll be adding two more ControlTL products to the list: the PowerMC2 receiver for Paul C. Buff’s Einstein monolights and the AC3 ZoneController. (more…)

Best Wide Angle for a Crop Sensor Camera

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At we get a lot of phone calls from potential customers with questions regarding which gear to use for certain types of photography. Of those calls, one of the most prominent is “What is the best wide angle lens to rent for landscapes?” The answer is there are plenty of great lenses to choose from, but which lens is best depends heavily on which camera body you are using. When we ask people what camera they have, the majority respond that they are shooting with a crop-sensor body, and this affects lens selection in a significant way. Crop sensor bodies from Canon include the 10-60D, Rebel series and 7D. On the Nikon side there are the D4/5/6/7/8/90, D7000 and D300 series.