Sony Joins Nikon, Canon in Product Rollouts with Intriguing RX100 III

sony-rx100It has been a week with lots of product announcements, something which normally happens just before a big trade show. I might have missed the show, but I got the announcements. Initially, I was going to write about the news from earlier this week, but I decided against it since all these products were either not of that much interest to me personally or were out of my financial reach.

But then Sony threw a curveball with the new RX 100 III. I’ve been intrigued by the RX 100 for a long time, since others write with rapture about it as one of the best – or the best – pocketable quality camera out there. But I don’t do cameras without viewfinders, unless they serve a very special purpose (I have a waterproof Pentax without a viewfinder). They don’t work for me, so I never seriously considered buying or even renting the RX 100 I or II.

The III has a pop-up EVF, which is apparently pretty decent and which has a diopter adjustment, another biggie at my middle age. If the image quality of this camera is as good or better than its predecessors it should be a sweet package. Another nicety on this camera is a fast 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens. [Read more…]

Now for Real: Profoto B1 Does TTL with Canon 1Dx

The last time Profoto announced updated firmware for its B1 off-camera flash, allowing TTL with the Canon 1Dx DSLR, the lighting firm withdrew its announcement the moment I hit ‘publish’ on my article about it.

So, this time I waited a day. No word to the contrary so far, so it seems that indeed the Profoto B1 now works with the Canon 1Dx in TTL mode.

Coming up for one-of-a-kind monolight is high-speed sync and a version of the accessory Air Remote for Nikon in addition to the existing Canon version. Those are promised for sometime this year.

I don’t have a Canon 1Dx but I do have a B1 and the Air Remote and I’m still playing around with them. So far, so good. Will report on it later.

Scratch That – Profoto Messed Up and Says ‘Sorry’

Just as I posted the previous article, Profoto dropped this in my mail box. It speaks for itself. No further comment necessary:


As some of you might have noted, the firmware upgrade we released on Mar 31 contains a bug that causes the B1 to get stuck at full power. The bug only appears when shooting in TTL mode with Canon EOS-1D X, but considering today’s announcement, that is more than enough to remove it from our site.

The short, non-technical explanation for the bug is: we were too eager and didn’t test the upgrade properly. For that we are sorry.

Rest assure that we’re now working hard to fix this problem. Vacations have been cancelled, the coffee is brewing, and we will get back to you as soon as we can with an update.

For the meantime, it is not possible to download the firmware upgrade from the Profoto site.

Those of you who do not shoot with Canon EOS-1D X will not notice this bug, regardless if you’ve performed the upgrade or not. Everything will work just fine.

Profoto Updates B1 Firmware for Canon 1Dx Users


Profoto today released its long-awaited firmware update allowing TTL metering for its B1 flash with the Canon 1Dx.

The B1 was announced a few months back as a professional wireless battery-powered monolight with TTL capabilities, the first ever. If used together with the Air Remote TTL-C, the B1 works just like any TTL-capable flash system, but offers the output of a monolight instead of a small speedlight. The Air Remote is currently only available for Canon.

Previously, the remote didn’t work with the 1Dx, a curious oversight, since the B1 is aimed at the same professional photographers as the 1Dx. That’s now fixed.

The firmware updates the remote, not the B1 unit. It can be downloaded here.

The company also said it will offer a firmware update for high-speed sync and a Nikon compatible remote later this year.

I’ve been curious about the B1 since its launch, but Profoto has been slow providing a review sample. So, I just bought one unit with a remote.

In the coming weeks I will use it alongside my Canon flash and my Elinchrom Ranger RX, mostly to see how they compare in practicality and usability. After that, either the RX or the B1 will move to new pastures.