Friday, October 31, 2008

Tallyn Series Print Competition Cases

After a breif absence from our catalog, Tallyn's Print Competition Cases are back!

These super-heavy-duty nylon cases are designed to be packed and shipped without any additional boxes or padding. The sturdy outer shell can withstand rough transport and still keep your prints pristine. This is a MUST HAVE for photographers entering professional competitions or shipping portfolios to potential clients.

We currently have the 16"x20" cases in stock and ready to ship with 20"x24" cases soon to arrive. More information and photos are available at

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Canon EOS 50D Firmware 1.0.3

Canon released new firmware for the EOS 50D late yesterday.

According to Canon's website, this firmware update (Version 1.0.3) incorporates the following fixes:

- Corrects a phenomenon in which an image becomes overexposed when C.Fn.II-3 Highlight tone priority is set to "1" together with other camera settings. (This correction has already been incorporated in the Version 1.0.2 and later firmware.)
- Corrects a rare phenomenon in which "busy" blinks on the camera's display panel and the shutter cannot be released due to the timing of battery installation.
- Corrects a rare phenomenon in which "Err 99" appears on the camera's display panel and LCD monitor and the shutter cannot be released due to the timing of pressing the shutter button.

Firmware Version 1.0.3 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.2. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Monday, October 27, 2008

PhotoPlus Expo - Wrapup Part 1

- Scott picked up an Eye-Fi Wireless SD Card at PhotoPlus to try out here at Tallyn's, and it only took about five minutes to realize that this thing is pretty spectacular. After an incredibly quick and simple setup process, the Eye-Fi automatically uploads directly from the camera to a designated folder on your home wireless network. The ease of setup and the price puts it over the top in comparison to other wireless file transfer systems out there. It's geared towards personal and home photography, but surely professionals could benefit from it. The Eye-Fi Wireless SD is going to be rebranded soon through Lexar and will be available from Tallyn's upon it's release later this year.

Friday, October 24, 2008

PhotoPlus Expo - Day 2

- Lastolite is introducing a new reflector setup; The Uplite 4:1 is a floor-level kicker reflector. The telescoping arm allows you to control the angle, and since both panels are dual-sided reflectors, you have multiple options for surfaces. It seems to me this would work well for children's portraits or perhaps low-angle shots.

- OpTech is also set to introduce a new version of the Rain Sleeve built to allow the use of an on-camera flash. A redesigned lens mount cap also caught Scott's eye - it's designed to hold two lenses end for storage and features an o-ring seal for added protection. Both of these items should become available on our site soon.

- And since everyone can't get out to the big photo expos every year, Digital Photo Pro Magazine is hosting their 3rd Annual Virtual Photo Expo through the end of December. Check out our page if you haven't been introduced to our Data Recovery or Custom Rail System Design Services.

David Ziser's "My Cheatin' Flash"

By way of, David Ziser and Digital Pro Talk has put together a video detailing his technique for dramatic outdoor shooting - going beyond your camera's rated flash sync speed and thinking outside the box to take advantage of the results.

Original Post here.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

PhotoPlus Expo - Day 1, Part 2

- Scott was able to get his hands on a pre-production 5D Mark II earlier today and snapped off a couple pictures via camera phone. We wanted to throw a compact flash card into it and get some high ISO captures, but Canon put the kabash on that plan with some well-placed gaffer's tape and a few watchful eyes.

- We have learned that Hyperdrive will be releasing a Colorspace specifically updated for the new Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) technology. UDMA is quickly becoming more and more commonplace, so this is a logical progression. We will have more information when this is officially announced.

- Lumiquest has released a compact and convenient gel holder for compact shoe strobes called the FXtra. A must for any strobist-style shooter. We are expecting them in-stock any time now and have them available for order on our website.

PhotoPlus Expo - Day 1

Today and tomorrow Scott is in NYC for the PhotoPlus Expo. We're working hard to find the best new products in the industry for you, our customers. Expect a few new tools and solutions to become available at in the coming month.

- Scott's first big visit was with the Hoodman booth, and after first mentioning it at PhotoShop World in early September, Hoodman is finally ready to start shipping the new HoodLoupe 3.0. An update to the prior screen viewing solution, the Hoodloupe is worn around your neck just like a normal loupe. Hoodloupe has a +/-3 diopter to accommodate those with less than perfect vision and only minimal magnification is used to eliminate visual pixilation of your image. The HoodLoupe 3.0 is updated specifically to fit 3.0" LCD screens.

- Update! The HoodLoupe 3.0 is available for order on our website.

- A product we've had our eyes on for a while now is the RayFlash. It's an adapter designed to convert a standard shoe strobe (like a 580EX II or SB-900) into a ring flash. Scott had the opportunity to see one in action this morning at PhotoPlus and was apparently impressed. Strobist did a review of the RayFlash earlier this year but I would still enjoy getting one to experiment with. I would also like to hear from anyone who has any first-hand experience with it. Leave a comment below or email me at

More to come from PhotoPlus today and tomorrow.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Introducing the New Quantum Q-Flash TRIO

We just received the announcement from Quantum about their new Q-Flash Trio & Q-Flash Pilot. They are going to be available for both the Canon and Nikon systems. There have been rumors of this since Photoshop World, but now it's official:

The New Quantum Q-Flash TRIO
- QTTL Dedicated Camera Adapter Built-in
- Radio Wirelesss TTL Transceiver Built-in
- Guide Number 160 @ ISO 200
- Camera Shoe Mount
- Q-Flash Studio Quality Light
- High Speed Sync capabilities
- Gets 400 Flashes & 1.5 Second Recycle from a Turbo, Compact or Slim Compact
- Gets 700 Flashes & 1 Second Recycle from a 2x2

The New Quantum Q-Flash PILOT
- Command unit to control remote Q-Flashes
- QTTL Dedicated Camera Adapter Built-in
- Radio Wirelesss TTL Transceiver Built-in
- Camera Shoe Mount
- Self powered by AA batteries

They are expected to be available December of this year and will be available for pre-order at by day's end!

Update! The Q-Flash TRIO is now available for pre-order here. We are still waiting for final pricing to be announced on the Q-Flash PILOT.

Monday, October 13, 2008

New Epson R2880 Printer

Epson recently announced their new R2880 printer which we are offering at

This upgrade to the R2400 features the Epson UltraChrome K3™ with Vivid Magenta pigment inkset. The advanced magenta pigments provide astounding reds, blues and purples. It also features a dedicated black and white printing mode, and Epson's PreciseColor calibration system. Check it out on our webstore at

Tallyn's Web Clearance

Late last week we posted a number of new items to our Web Clearance section. We are offering three different 1D-series Canon's (backups anyone?), a pair of Bogen Autopoles with bases (a steal!), barely-used Aurora soft boxes (w/ free Photogenic Speedrings) and more!

All Available Here

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Studio Titan Side Kicks

One of our most popular products which has yet to have any exposure here on the blog is the Studio Titan Side Kick light stand. These stands are so popular that we pretty much have to clean out our supplier every time we place an order.

We just got in a shipment today, so these are in stock and ready to ship right now.

We've had nothing but positive feedback on this stand from studio shooters, especially those who use large softboxes or bulkier light modifiers (such as our F-16 Turbo Spot Plus, which probably deserves it's own feature in due time). And with a separate mounting plate and a Manfrotto tripod head, it can even act as a camera stand.

The Studio Titan Side Kick stand is just one of the items with Special Fall Trade Show pricing this month at