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June 24, 2018
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Nissin announces the new MG10 TTL Strobe for Sony

Nissin released the new MG10 TTL Strobe:

Nissin Announces New MG10
Advanced 2.4GHz Wireless TTL Strobe

New England Imaging Dist. (NEID), the North American distributor of Nissin Digital Products, in conjunction with Nissin Japan Limited, has introduced the new MG10, an advanced NAS (Nissin Air System) 2.4GHz wireless strobe for both on-camera and studio photography. This new innovative flash will be available July 2018.
Designed as a multi-purpose flash, the Nissin MG10 can take you from the fast pace of a model runway shoot, to an outdoor scene where high power for HSS shooting is a must. Whether you are working quickly with the flash on camera or creating stunning lighting effects with off camera flash or in a studio setting, the Nissin MG10 has you covered.
With a guide number of 262 feet (80 meters) and 165 watt seconds, this high-power advanced MG10 strobe is the latest addition to the award-winning Nissin Air System, a proprietary wireless TTL communication system developed by Nissin for 2.4GHz radio transmission.
The hand grip can be used to mount the flash on either the left or right side of the camera with height level adjustment. There’s also a shutter release button on the handle and standard ¼-inch, 20 adapter under the flash head for mounting to a light stand. Every MG10 includes a magnesium quick release mounting “L” bracket, AA battery magazine (batteries are not included), Li-Ion battery magazine, ball head, filter holder and wide-angle diffuser. It also fully supports Air 10s and Air 1 wireless commanders.
The Nissin Digital patented removable external motorized zoom head allows the MG10 to zoom from 24~200mm, to 18mm with diffuser. With the Air 10s Commander, the zoom head can be controlled manually or set to synchronize with the lens focal length even when the strobe is used off camera. Other features include:

– Fast recycling time with full power – 1.5 seconds when using Li-ion batteries with Nissin PS8 power pack; 3.5 seconds when using eight AA batteries.
– High power modelling lights (LED) – See your lighting set up before you take the shot.
– Pair MG10 with Air10s – The Open mode allows multiple Air10s units to pair with MG10 strobes, allowing for multiple commanders to control the same set of strobes.
– Independent control with a maximum of 8 groups – The MG10 will support 4 groups of strobes in both the basic and advanced modes.
– Sustainable performance, easily updated via a Micro SD card slot – The MG10 is equipped with a Micro SD card slot for easy updates. Nissin plans on including a Micro SD card slot in all future strobes and commanders.

MSRP for the Nissin MG10 in the United States is $599.99 for the MG10 alone, $699.99 for the MG10 with Air10s. Delivery in the United States for Nikon, Canon and Sony kits is expected mid-July. Kits for micro four-thirds and Fuji later this year.
Nissin Air System (NAS) is a proprietary wireless TTL communication system developed by Nissin for 2.4GHz radio transmission that allows for stable operation of slave strobes in any environment. For more information on Nissin products go to Follow Nissin on Facebook (, Instagram ( and YouTube (

June 24, 2018
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This week SAR readers photos selection

Shannan Crow‎S
Astro shooting with the A7rIII and 16-35 GM.
Thanks so much to John Leathwick for hitting the shutter for me so I could throw myself into this shot ! Sky and foreground processed separately from a 5 image stack and blended in PS

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June 23, 2018
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ON1 Photo RAW 2018.5 officially released

On1 Photo Raw has been update to version 2018.5. It has a nuge number of updates youn can check out at here:

ON1 Photo RAW 2018.5 is a powerful new photo editor and raw processor that uses a state-of-the-art processing engine which provides a smooth and fun photo editing experience and delivers the highest quality results for your photos. Photo RAW includes powerful Lightroom® and Photoshop® features with photo organizing, hundreds of photo effects, HDR, panorama stitching, masking and selection tools, layers, photo resizing, and much more — all in one app. It’s the ultimate photo editor you can own forever and not rent as a subscription.

ON1 Photo RAW works as a standalone app, Photoshop plug-in & Lightroom Plug-in.

June 23, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…

Sony A7iii / A7Riii Tutorial in 6 Minutes (With Close ups)

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay,,,,,
SainSonic Kamlan 50mm F1.1 review by Marc Alhadeff.
Field Test: Voigtländer MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f2 ASPH by Allan Weitz.
Tools of the Trade for Panoramic Photographers (Explora).
Boya BY-PM700 USB Microphone (Personal View).
Comparison: Zeiss Loxia 21mm 2.8 and 25mm 2.4 (Phillipreeve).

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Personal photos and tests from SAR Admin Andrea on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and 500px.

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June 22, 2018
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Sony kicks out influencer Daryl Aiden Yow after discovering he shared modified Stock photos

A reader sent me this interesting story:

This influencer photographer, @darylaiden
(with over 100K followers) who’s a photography ambassador with Sony here in Singapore was recently exposed on online media for faking many of his Instagram photos with stock photos and Photoshop:

Sony Singapore has taken down their official page featuring him, but you can still see the shots he claims he shot with Sony gear:

Google Cache of the official Sony page that was taken down:

As reported by Dpreview the Instagramer did apologize for this in his latest post.

Interestingly enough, his numbers of followers went UP(!!!) after all that buzz. Bad publicity is still publicity they say…

P.S.: follow me too I am no good photographer but my pics are boringly authentic :)

June 21, 2018
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New Sony patent describes an updated E-mount for improved stability

Today a brand new Sony patent application has been published. And it shows Sony found a solution to improve the E-mount “usability”. I guess that with “usability” they mean they want to reinforce the E-mount for the use with the upcoming big FE lenses like the 400mm f/2.8 FE and the rumored 500mm and 600mm f/4.0 lenses. I guess the future Sony A9II is a hot candidate to use this “updated” mount system.

It’s clear from the drawings how this works. Sony writes:

The purpose of the present invention is to improve usability. The present invention comprises the following: a ring-shaped mounting unit to which accessories can be attached; an imaging element that receives light from an object being imaged, the light entering through an aperture; a barrier that moves between a shut position at which the aperture is shut and an open position at which the aperture is open; an operated unit for causing the barrier to move according to an accessory-attachment operation performed on the mounting unit; and an operation unit that moves the barrier regardless of the accessory-attachment operation performed on the mounting unit. The operation unit is positioned on the inner side or the front surface side of the mounting unit.


June 21, 2018
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Aurora HDR 2018 Update 1.2.0 released with support for the new Loupedeck+

The Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 is a free update to all current users of Aurora HDR 2018. This update focuses on making the workflow faster and more efficient from beginning to end. Get it here: Use our coupon code “SAR” to get a $10 discount!

Aurora also supports the new Loupedeck+ editing console:

WHAT’S NEW AND IMPROVED in Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0:

Here are the most essential changes:

  1. Speed boost for editing and adjusting. We’ve dramatically increased performance across all areas of Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 on Windows and Mac.

  2. Fast single-file opening. With an improved image processing engine, Aurora HDR is now much faster when opening single files.

  3. Loupedeck integration (for Mac&Windows). Now, users can quickly process photos in Aurora HDR using physical dials, knobs, and keys.

  4. Batch processing (for Windows). Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 will allow Windows users to edit a large number of photos simultaneously.

  5. Better memory management. Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 is also optimized to make better use of memory, with more intelligent memory management and improved stability.

  6. Windows version catches up to Mac version. Windows users will receive a flip/rotate tool, bringing Aurora HDR for Windows more in line with its macOS counterpart.

  7. Aurora HDR now supports more cameras than before. The full list across both Windows and MacOS includes: Canon EOS 3000D / Rebel T100 / 4000D, FujiFilm X-H1, FujiFilm X-A20, FujiFilm X-A5, FujiFilm X-E3, Olympus E-PL9, Panasonic DC-GF10 / Panasonic DC-GF90, Panasonic DC-GX9 / DC-GX7MK3, Panasonic DC-TZ200 / DC-ZS200 / DC-TZ202 / DC-TZ220 / DC-ZS220 / DC-TX2, PhaseOne IQ3 100MP Trichromatic, Sony A7 III.

Here’s a full list of the new features and improvements:


  • Performance boost when editing and opening single files

  • Faster export

  • Loupedeck integration

  • Better brackets sorting during Batch processing

  • Better memory management

  • Plugin stability improved

  • New camera support

  • Better export performance

  • Fixed brush drawing

  • Improved opening of .DNG image


  • Performance boost when editing and adjusting

  • Faster export

  • Better stability and memory management

  • Batch processing added

  • Added layers menu and layer options menu

  • Ability to rename layers

  • UX improvements

  • Quick loading of single RAW files

  • Hover on blends

  • Added white balance color picker

  • Localisation fixes

  • Changed order of preset categories

  • UI fixes and improvements

  • Added histogram to tone curve filter

  • Improved stability of Dodge & Burn filter

  • Added context menu in the filters menu

  • New camera support

  • Better Windows document support

  • Added flip/rotate

  • Exif saving to document fixed

  • Loupedeck integration

  • Improved opening of .DNG image


Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade for $59 ($49 with your coupon code).

New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 for $99 ($89 with your coupon code).

A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.


Bonuses included in the offer ($148 value):

  • 119 Dramatic & Romantic Sky overlays ($29 value) – The ultimate collection of 119 dramatic high-res sky overlays to turn photos with boring skies into eye-catching works of art.

  • Complete HDR Tutorial by Trey Ratcliff ($99 value) – This entirely new HDR tutorial is perfect for beginners to mega-advanced professionals who want to see all of the latest post-processing techniques. Lisa and Trey discuss their artistic inspirations and challenges, how they compose a shot, their camera settings, and much more. You’re then transported back to Trey’s studio where he slowly takes you step-by-step through his latest techniques.

  • Deep Dive into Aurora HDR 2018 video by Trey Ratcliff ($20 value) – Trey Ratcliff, the most famous HDR photographer, shares his editing process in the new Aurora HDR 2018.

Get it here: Use our coupon code “SAR” to get a $10 discount!