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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

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

Canon 5D MKII & 5D MKIII ISO12,800 Comparison Video

Check out this video where Saika compared a night shot video using both Canon 5D MKII and Canon 5D MKIII shooting at ISO12,800.  Wow, sure looks impressive under that high ISO.

Source – Saika via PASM Workshop

EOS 5D Mark III ISO 12800 MOVIE from SAIKA on Vimeo.

March 12, 2012 Posted by | Canon, DSLR, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review on the Phottix Odin TTL Trigger for Canon

Image from The Phoblographer

The Phoblographer ran a long, thorough review on the Phottix Odin TTL Trigger for Canon (link to review here). In short, the author loves the Phottix Odin and his conclusions are -

  • Decent build quality
  • Exceptional battery life
  • The best TTL metering I’ve seen (it’s like you’ve never taken the flash off the camera. And even then it sometimes meters better.)
  • A price you really can’t beat: US$330.00 for a Commander and Receiver at the time of writing this post. US$130 for a receiver.
  • Extremely easy to use.
  • Very portable.

Check out the following video review from the author as well.

For those interested in the trigger, PASM Workshop is  selling them at a huge discount for their registered members,

  • Phottix Odin TTL Trigger Set for Canon (1 transmitter+1 receiver), list price HK$2,680-> now HK$2,380 (11%off)
  • Photix Odin TTL Receiver Only for Canon (1 receiver), list price HK$980-> now HK$890 (10%off)

Head over to their e-store for more information.

Source – The Phoblographer

November 7, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, DSLR, Photography | , , | 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

Sony NEX Firmware Version 04 Released

[Update: 20 June 2011] The Firmware is OUT finally, check it out from your respective country’s Sony Site. I linked the manual here for your reference, same as previous.

[15 May 2011] If you’re a Sony NEX Camera user, you probably knows the blog Sony Alpha NEX Cameras and E mount Lenses. Couple days ago they posted details of the new Sony NEX Firmware Version 04 details, link here.

The new features, the picture effects and the manual focus assist are definitely gonna turn some heads, be it existing owners or others considering buying the NEX cameras.

Picture Effects

Manual Focus Aid

  • Peaking Level (High, Medium, Low, Off) – Enhances the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific color in manual focus. This function allows you to confirm the focus easily.
  • Peaking Color (White, Red, or Yellow) – Sets the color used for the peaking function in manual focus.

The download link for the manual is here, http://www.filedropper.com/sonyalphanex-blogspot-com-firmware04-manual

So far, no news as to when the firmware is coming out but my guess is anytime now, stay tuned.

Source – Sony Alpha NEX Cameras and E mount Lenses

June 20, 2011 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, NEX, NEX-5, SONY | Leave a comment

iPhone Shutter App “NexRemote” for Sony NEX

This from dpreview forum member, Bikr.  He developed this cool app, NexRemote, which offers two shutter release signal from the iPhone via the earphone jack connected to an IR device to trigger the Sony NEX camera. The App was just launched and Bikr is already working on the 2.0 version which promise intervalometer and maybe even bulb mode.  Also in works is the Android version. Check out the App description below -

“NexRemote allows you to control your Sony Nex5 camera using a super inexpensive home made or store bought ir dongle that plugs into your headphone jack.

We will soon be adding detailed instructions on making your own, but quickly: you simple need to solder a IR LED, available at any radio shack, to a minijack cable. You can just strip the cable from an old pair of headphones etc and there will be 3 wires inside. 2 insulated and 1 ground wire. You need to attach one of the 2 insulated wires and the ground wire to the poles of the LED. Plug in and you’re good to go.

Shutter lets you control the shutter in any mode, including bulb. click once while in bulb to open the shutter and again to close it when ready..

2 sec initiates the Nex5’s 2 second shutter timer and beeps to let you know it’s coming, great for hiding your phone back in your pocket when taking self portraits.”

Source – NexRemote

February 27, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, DSLR, iPhone, NEX, NEX-5, SONY | , | 8 Comments

PASM Workshop – Special Discount on the Phottix Neo One GPS

PASM Workshop (www.pasm-workshop.com) is running a November special on the Phottix Neo One GPS. List price HK$980, PASM member price HK$845 (while stock last), email your order to sales@pasm-workshop.com, deadline tomorrow.

Source – PASM Workshop

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, DSLR, GPS, Hong Kong, Nikon, Photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kuwait Banned Use of DSLR in Public

This from DPReview, “The Kuwait government has banned the use of DSLRs cameras in public, according to a local media reports. The English-language Kuwait Times says the country’s Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Finance have ruled photography with DSLRs should be used only by accredited journalists. There is currently no official confirmation of the decision, why it has been introduced or detail about how precise a definition of the term ‘DSLR’ will be applied.”

Click here for the article on Kuwait Times.

Now this is a real bummer especially when DSLR and mobile phones are becoming such a big thing in the gadget industry.  Can’t imagine a country like Kuwait would come up with something like this.

Source – DPReview

November 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, DSLR, News Related | , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Good Read – The DSLR Cinematography Guide

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Good Read – The DSLR Cinematography Guide”. Click here for the full read.

 

October 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, HDSLR, Movies | , , , | Leave a comment

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