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June 29, 2016
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Cactus announce the new V6IIs Wireless Flash Transceiver

Cactus-V6IIs
Cactus launches the V6 IIs Sony dedicated cross-brand HSS Wireless Flash Transceiver. More info can be read at Cactus-image.com.
And this is the press release
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Go high-speed sync! Cactus launches the V6 II, a newest version of its popular Wireless Flash Transceiver to add cross-brand HSS and the V6 IIs, a dedicated Sony version.

After two years in the making, Cactus V6 II & IIs – the second generation of the World’s First cross-brand wireless flash transceiver, NOW supports high-speed synchronisation (HSS)!

Besides the revolutionary remote power control of Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax flashes all at the same time, the new models now support HSS / FP mode in the same cross-brand environment.1 This unique function gives photographers flexibility undreamed of. Matching flashes with same camera system for off-camera flash photography is over.

Two High-Speed Sync Modes
1. Normal HSS: Supports shutter speed up to 1/8000s.
2. Power Sync: Boosts flash contribution above camera’s x-sync speed, perfect for extreme conditions where Normal HSS is not powerful enough. 2

Cactus also extends HSS capabilities to Fujifilm cameras despite them not yet
supporting high-speed sync at the time of writing.

AF-assist
Both the V6 II and IIs now has an automatic LED AF-assist light that makes autofocusing in dark environments possible – even in pitched-black!3 Besides the camera-mounted V6 II/IIs, off-camera units will also activate the AF-assist light, which helps focusing even when camera is far from the subject.

V6 IIs for Sony
The dedicated Sony version – V6 IIs, embodies all the desirable functions of its sibling V6 II but with a Sony compatible hot shoe on the transceiver body, ensuring a seamless and secured connection with Sony cameras and flashes. Mounting the V6 IIs on a Sony Alpha camera allows the photographer to shoot above camera’s maximum x-sync speed and control power and zoom of Sony, including those with a Minolta/Sony hot shoe via an adapter, and other V6 II compatible flashes. 4 It is the perfect wireless flash trigger for existing and new users of Sony Alpha cameras, especially those who may still have non-Sony system flashes in their camera bags.

Highly Intelligent
V6 II and IIs can now auto-detect the on-camera portable flashes at device start-up by selecting the system the flash belongs to and assigning an Auto flash profile. Similarly, the V6 II will auto-detect the camera and selects the system accordingly. 5 This simple plug-and-play makes the setting up extremely quick and easy that both amateurs and professionals appreciate.

Expands Flash Compatibility
Remote zoom control now applies to all compatible TTL flashes, gives the photographer much quicker controls. Better still, previously unsupported digital TTL flash models on the V6 are now being supported.

Features at a Glance
1. Cross-brand wireless manual power and zoom control with HSS support of Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Sony flashes;

2. Two cross-brand high-speed sync modes:
•?Normal HSS supports shutter speeds up to 1/8000s;
•?Power Sync boosts flash contribution above camera’s x-sync speed;

3. Multi-master supports up to 20 photographers firing the same set of flashes at their own power settings;

4. AF-assist light assists focusing in low light environment;

5. Flash profile customization ensures accurate power output;

6. Work seamlessly with the RF60 series to support HSS and Power Sync;

7. Other useful features inherited from the V6 including:

  • Lo Power
  • Absolute Power
  • TTL Pass-through
  • Group Sequence
  • Sport Shutter
  • Remote Shutter
  • Relay Mode
  • Delay Mode
  • Firmware Update support

Price and Availability
Cactus V6 II and IIs are currently scheduled to be available in 2016 July and August respectively and both are priced at US$95.00 (ex VAT).

June 28, 2016
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Next bad news: Sony Japan officially confirms the new 70-200mm GM lens shipment delay til September

FE70-200mm

Sony Japan issued an official statement saying that the new 70-200mm FE GM lens will ship in September only. Also the two “SEL14TC” and “SEL20TC” teleconverters will ship in September.

It’s not clear why Sony had to postpone the lens shipment from the original June target. Maybe the Kumamoto earthquake had some sort of chain effect on the lens production too.

June 27, 2016
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Easycover announced their first Sony protective case for the A6300

A6300

Easycover announced their very first Sony product, the A6300 protective case! Preorders links:
Black A6300 Easycover ar BHphoto and eBay Europe.
Camouflage A6300 Easycover ar BHphoto and eBay Europe.

This is what it does:

“The easyCover camera case protects your camera while it is fully functional. It protects against bumps, scratches, sand and dust. Whether hiking, fishing or just enjoying a calm afternoon outdoors, your camera is secure. Included is a screen protector that prevents your valuable LCD display from getting scratched”

A6300_camo

June 27, 2016
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Bad news from Sony: Kumamoto factory damage wil lead to shortage on A7-A7r-A7s-A5100-A77II-A99 cameras

Sony Japan issued an official statement saying. Following the Kumamoto earthquake damage there is a supply issue that will cause a delay on the production of the following cameras:

α7
α7R
α7S
α5100
α77 II
α99

Note that the newer cameras like the second generation A7 camera series and the A63000 are not listed. It’s clear that Sony’s effort is to keep the production alive on their key products.

 

June 27, 2016
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Sony Tidbits…


PlayMemories Camera Apps – “Smart Remote Control” | Sony

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Bhphoto, eBay and Amazon.com.
Is This the Camera that Will Save Hasselblad? (Hughbrownstone.com).
Sony A7R2 and the Tamron 150-600mm lens by Dale Matson.
Shot on Sony’s: new 6 part series about murdered and missing women in the Southeastern Ohio town of Chillicothe (Vanishingwomen.crimefeed.com).
Sony A7II + Minolta RF 5,6/250 mm (SonyAlphaForum).
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Juan:I thought you might want to let Alpharumors viewers know that I just published the ebook titled “Top 20 Settings For Your Sony Alpha Mirrorless Camera” and it’s absolutely free. All that people have to do is go to http://alphamirrorless.com and submit their email address to download the ebook.

Juha Hansen‎:Here is our 3rd production diary from Scotland and England. We where shooting exclusively on A7 cameras. A7RII, A7s, Zeiss Batis 18mm, Sony Zeiss 50mm and 24-70. Slowmo’s on RX100IV with 250 fps. Music made with Ableton Live and Push. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qUOqyC3-nCw

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