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First Look Video from Fujiguys – Fujifilm X-E1

Source – Fujiguys

September 6, 2012 Posted by | Camera, Photography, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Phottix Atlas II Triggers Are Now Available in Hong Kong via PASM Workshop

It’s finally here, the all new Phottix Atlas II is now available in Hong Kong via my studio, PASM Workshop (authorized Phottix dealer).

The Phottix Atlas II is the professional choice for reliable wireless flash triggering. Say goodbye to transmitters and receivers to trigger flashes, studio lights, and cameras – one remote will do it all. The Atlas II triggers flashes at sync speeds of up to 1/250 sec.* The system will trigger cameras, flashes and studio lights at distances of 350 meters or more.

The Phottix Atlas II is a transceiver. With the simple change of a switch the Atlas II is ready to either transmit or receive signals. Simplify your off-camera flash triggering – one unit can be used as a transmitter or receiver.

Triggering flashes is only one of the Phottix Atlas II functions. It can also be used, with Phottix Accessory Cables, as a wired or wireless shutter release. It now features a two stage shutter button – a half-press will autofocus, a full press takes a photo.

The Atlas II is compatible with Phottix Strato and Odin series TTL triggers. It fits in perfectly with Phottix’s existing line-up, allowing the power and freedom of a long-range transceiver. With its new functions. the Atlas II is not compatible with the original Phottix Atlas trigger.

With a hot shoe and two 3.5mm sync ports on the transceiver, the Phottix Atlas II can be used to easily trigger hot shoe flashes and studio lights*. Cables and adapters are included. The Atlas II uses readily available AA batteries and has a 5V DC power port.

The Phottix Atlas II uses a digital IC and radio signals to reliably fire flashes, studio lights and cameras at long ranges. Need to trigger a flash from 1,100 feet away? The Atlas II is the wireless trigger for you. The high-powered Atlas has both FCC and CE wireless certification.

The Phottix Atlas II comes in two different packings, a single pack (1 trigger) and a dual pack (2 triggers). PASM Workshop is offering great discounts to its members.

List price for 1 trigger set ~ HK$590, PASM Member price HK$515.

List price for 2 triggers set ~ HK$1,080, PASM Member Price HK$960.

To order, please email your order to sales@pasmworkshop.com or call their hotline at 6627 5277.

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September 1, 2012 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, Hong Kong, Photography, Phottix | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Nikon Available for Pre-order Now @ PASM Workshop, Ships This Week

What can the Odin do?

Photographers can wirelessly trigger TTL flashes, retaining full TTL functions, as well as remotely control power and flash zoom settings. Shooting with off-camera TTL flash has been made incredibly easy.

Say goodbye to manual mode, proprietary flash-based triggering, or setting values on your camera LCD – reliable wireless radio-based TTL triggering and remote power control is here.

Functions

  • Wireless 2.4GHz. TTL and Manual Flash Triggering
  • Remote power control of groups in TTL with +/- EV adjustments (3 stops in 1/3 stop increments  – 18 different levels.)
  • Mix TTL and Manual flash – fire some groups in TTL, others as manual.
  • Remote power control in A:B ratio modes with +/- EV adjustments
  • High speed sync – shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec.
  • Second curtain sync functions
  • Remote manual mode flash power control
  • Remote flash head zoom adjustments – auto or manual
  • Compatible with Phottix Strato 4-in1 and Phottix Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Wireless Triggers.
  • Upgradeable via built-in USB ports.

What does the Odin offer?

The Phottix Odin TTL Trigger consists of an on-camera transmitter and control unit (TCU) and receiver units for compatible hot shoe flashes.

The Odin offers photographers four wireless channels and three flash control group designations. Flashes can be controlled in traditional Nikon TTL ratio modes A:B with EV +/- adjustments of three stops.

What makes the Phottix Odin unique is the ability to designate groups in TTL/Mixed mode. Individual groups, A, B, C, can also be controlled in TTL mode with EV +/- adjustments. Groups can also be set to Manual mode, adjusting power levels remotely, or turned off.

Zooming ahead
Flash head zoom can be set to be dynamically adjusted as photographers adjust their lenses. Flash zoom can also be easily adjusted manually and set statically from 24 to 105 mm. The Phottix Odin system will also trigger compatible non-TTL flashes and studio strobes.

Compatible with the Phottix Strato series
The Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Nikon is compatible with with Phottix Strato 4-in1 and Phottix Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Wireless Triggers. Current Phottix users will have no problem adding the Odin to their current triggering systems. As the world of cameras and flashes is always changing the Photix Odin system can be upgraded when needed using the built-in USB ports.

Specs and Pricing
The four-channel, 2.4 GHz, transmitter and receiver units work at ranges of more than 100 meters and accept AA batteries. Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger sets with a TCU and Receiver will be available, as will as individual receivers.

To order yours, please email to sales@pasmworkshop.com.  Members of PASM will be able to enjoy up to 10% off list price. The Phottix Odin for Nikon will arrive at PASM Workshop at or around 20 June 2012, order yours now before it’s too late as we have very limited stock for the first shipment. For those out of Hong Kong, we take international orders as well. Email us for details.

Tip: pricing is comparable to the Phottix Odin for Canon which is listed on our PASM e-Store page.

Beta Test

We completed the beta test and the Phottix Odin for Nikon works great fine with the most of the Nikon models and Nikon flashes including the new D800/D4/SB900.

June 18, 2012 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, DSLR, Nikon, Phottix | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Check Out the Canon 5D MKIII Bible

Repost from PASM Workshop

Too lazy to read the manual or finding the manual a bit to dull or not enough when it comes to explanations for different functions, wishing there’s more examples to demonstrate the new features, well, this book might just be for you.

The Canon 5D Mark III Experience – The Still Photography Guide to Operation and Image Creation is an e book user’s guide that goes beyond the manual to help you learn the features, settings, and controls of this sophisticated, powerful, and highly customizable camera. Most importantly, it explains not only how but also when and why to use the features, settings, and controls in your photography.

For Experienced Photographers to get up and running with the 5D Mark III:
For experienced photographers coming to the 5D Mk III from the 5DII, 7D, 60D,etc., this guide explains the new and advanced features in order to quickly get you up and running and taking advantage of these capabilities, including the sophisticated new 61 Point Autofocus System and all its Modes, Area Modes, Menu options and AF Case Presets. Plus it explains the new camera controls, the in-camera HDR and Multiple Exposures features, introduces the new video capabilities, and guides you through all the 5D MK III Menu and Custom Function items in order to help you best set up the camera and its controls for your specific shooting needs.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Mk 3 af autofocus metering spot partial Canon EOS 5D Mark III Mk 3 af autofocus point zone expansion spot

Canon 5D Mark III Mk 3 HDR shooting mode Experience Canon 5D Mark III Mk 3 comparative playback side by side image review
Example images from Canon 5D Mark III Experience:
Metering Modes, Autofocus Area Modes, HDR Shooting Mode, Comparative Playback.

You can preview Canon 5D Mark III Experience at the following link. The preview shows the Table of Contents and Introduction, sample 5D Mark III Menu Settings pages, Custom Functions pages, Camera Controls pages, and sample text pages from the PDF version:

click to Preview Canon 5D Mark III Experience ……. more after the jump

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April 15, 2012 Posted by | Camera, Canon, eBooks | , , , | Leave a comment

Canon 5DMKIII and Nikon D800 Duel Out Video – Warning: Adult Content

Warning: Parental Guidance. Violence and nude.

The best comparison video made to-date in my opinion, funny as hell. A must watch video this Easter. Biased? a bit.. find out yourself.

Source – Crisislab via PASM Workshop

April 7, 2012 Posted by | Camera, Canon, DSLR, HDSLR, Nikon, Video | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Philip Bloom’s Video Review of the Canon EOS 5D MKIII

Repost from PASM Workshop

Canon 5Dmk3 video review from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Philip Bloom reviewed the latest Canon 5D MKIII and did a video (embedded above) review on it as well. The review can be found on his blog, link here, and he will continue to update it as he gets more familiar with the camera. Check out and see what the master has to say.

March 31, 2012 Posted by | Camera, Canon, DSLR, Review, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nikon Announcing D3200 in April

Repost from PASM Workshop

According to Nikon Rumors, Nikon is releasing their new mid-range DSLR D3200 in April to replace D3100.  The new D3200 will feature -

  • 24 MP sensor
  • 11 AF points
  • 4 fps
  • ISO range: 100-6400, with hi-ISO of 12800
  • Improved video functionality
  • maybe WiFi connection.

Read more on NikonRumors.com: http://nikonrumors.com/2012/03/28/nikon-d3200-coming-in-april-with-a-24mp-sensor-and-many-new-features.aspx/#ixzz1qTTaKQOz

March 29, 2012 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, Nikon, Photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

How of Why – The Making of the Nikon D4 Release Video

Repost from PASM Workshop

HOW of WHY from Corey Rich on Vimeo.

Check out all the Nikon gears used in this 11 minutes behind-the-scene making-of video by Corey Rich, totally awesome. Below you can see the actual Nikon D4 release video. Enjoy

WHY – Nikon D4 Release Video from Corey Rich on Vimeo.

Source – Corey Rich

March 18, 2012 Posted by | Camera, Nikon, Video | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nikon D4 Hands-On Preview Video from WhatDigitalCamera

First hands on preview video on the Nikon D4 from WhatDigitalCamera.

Source – WhatDigitalCamera

January 7, 2012 Posted by | Camera, Nikon, Review, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Sony Alpha SLT-A77 Hands-on Review

Source – DigitalRevTV

September 29, 2011 Posted by | Camera, Cameras/Camcorders, DSLR, HDSLR, Review, SONY, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sony A77 Official Video Up

Click picture to watch video

It’s here, the Sony A77, which will be officially announced later today. Amazon posted the first official video. For more info, see our previous post: First Look Video – Sony Alpha A77

Source – Amazon

August 24, 2011 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, HDSLR, SONY, Video | , , , , | 1 Comment

Nikon Set a Date for New Product Launch – D4? D800? D400?

According to Nikon Rumors, Nikon scheduled a press event on 24 August 2011 possibly to announce their new product(s). Could it be the D4? D800? or the new D400? No word yet but guess we’ll be hearing more along the way. Stay tuned.

Source – Nikon Rumors, www.reportagesphotos.fr

First published on PASM Workshop on 26 July 2011

July 26, 2011 Posted by | Camera, News Related, Nikon | , , , | Leave a comment

A Look at the Panasonic GH2 42Mbit AVCHD 1080/24p Video Hack

Vitality just released the first hack for the Panasonic GH2 which enables high bitrate AVCHD in 1080/24p cinema mode. Initial reviews on the hack from the guys over at EOSHD.com indicates that -

  • Noise now has a lovely film like fine grain, much more organic and less electronic looking
  • Noise smears far less detail
  • Low light performance is just better all round
  • Less compression appears to have helped with banding on gradated tones, looks closer to 10bit than 8bit!
  • Significantly better than the high bitrate MJPEG mode especially in low light
  • Colour seems improved, I am getting some beautifully rich tones out of it
  • Detail has increased and is much more solid looking, even with heavy camera movement

Check out more in the video or this link for more on the hack and instructions to apply the hack.

Source – EOSHD.com

First published on PASM Workshop on 19 July 2011

July 23, 2011 Posted by | Camera, Cameras/Camcorders, HDSLR, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Instadrop – Instant Sync Your Pics from Instagram to Dropbox

For those Instagram fanatics, apps for downloading their Instagram pics are abundant, like Copygram and Instaport, but one has to manually download the pics. In comes Instadrop, an app which automatically push all your Instagram pics to your Dropbox and in real time. Best yet, it’s web-based and free. Check out Instadrop at their weblink here.

對於那些喜歡使用 Instagram 的狂熱分子,可以供他們下載 Instagram照片的應用程式,像 CopygramInstaport,都是必須自己手動下載。Instadrop,一個全自動把所有 Instagram 照片即時下載到您的Dropbox的應用程序順應而生。最好的是,它是全免費的。Instadrop 的連結在此, 試玩一吓。

First published on PASM Workshop on 17 July 2011

July 22, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Camera, Dropbox, Instagram, iPhone 4, iPhoneography | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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