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New Product Review; Photoflex PX300 StarFire Flash

March 21, 2011

Photoflex has recently introduced an in expensive, powerful, and portable flash without the bells and whistles or cost of a TTL flash. The StarFire flash is comparable in power to a Canon 580EXII or a Nikon SB900, the StarFire is the perfect solution for photographers that want to use a flash with radio triggers like the new FlashFire.

With most radio trigger systems, a TTL flash needs to be operated manually. The StarFire flash provides photographers an inexpensive way to build a multi-light setup to compliment exsiting studio strobes or create an entire portable studio setup. The Star Fire features two optical slave modes, one that syncs with the first flash(like on a studio strobe) and one that syncs after a TTL pre-flash. This allows the StarFire to be used with a wireless TTL setup albeit manually as a “kicker light” or with studio strobes; in both cases, syncing with optical slaves.

Specifications-StarFire Flash

  • Guide Number 80 (@35mm, 100 ISO)
  • 3 Flash Modes (Manual, Slave 1, Slave 2)
  • 7 Power output settings
  • Power Source: 4 AA Batteries
  • Battery Life Up To: 1500 flashes
  • Recycle Time: Approximately 4 seconds
  • Colour temperature 5600K
  • Flash Duration 1/800s to 1/20,000s
  • Weight: 250g

The Star Fire flash can also be paired with compact and innovative Photoflex 16 channel FlashFire radio trigger.


  • 50m range (164ft)
  • 2.4 GHz 16 Channel
  • Flash Sync Speed: 1/200s
  • Power Source Trigger: 1 X CR2(20,000 flashes/ battery)
  • Power Source receiver: 2X AAA(up to 45 hours standby)
  • Includes 1/4″ and 3.5mm jacks for attachment to studio strobes.

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PHOTONews Challenge Spring 2011

March 18, 2011

Thank you for your participation in the Winter 2010 PHOTONews Challenge.  Congratulations to the winners of the winter contest!  Find the winner’s photographs on the PhotoNews Spring 2011 issue.

The theme of the next PhotoNews Challenge is “Walk on the Wild Side” . Look for subjects that depict the Canadian wilderness-you may focus on flora, fauna, or family fun in the great outdoors. The theme lends itself to a wide variety of interpretations, so let your imagination “run wild” and take lots of pictures.

To participate in the PHOTONews Challenge, please visit our flicker group at click on the discussion thread titled “PHOTO News Spring Challenge”. Post a 600 pixel wide version of your entry in this thread- please include your name, location, a description of how you took the photograph, and why you feel it is a special image. Full instructions on how to join the flickr group , and how to post photos, can be found at the flickr site.

See our PhotoNews Challenge Gallery here.

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New Products Review; Photoflex® PX823 Constellation Large Silver Dome Kit

March 15, 2011

PX823 Constellation Large SilverDome Kit

The new Photoflex® PX823 Constellation Large SilverDome Kit is the perfect solution for lighting a video set. It provides up to 3000 Watts (Tungsten) or 900 Watts(Daylight) with three individual sockets with power control over each bulb. The included SilverDome has heat vents to keep operating temperatures low.

Kit includes:

  • Constellation 3 light head
  • Large SilverDome softbox(36″ X 48″)
  • 3 CoolStar 150 CFLs
  • 3 Starlite 1000W lamps
  • LiteStand 2320Y (12 feet)
  • Tilt Swivel
  • 2 power cords
  • TransPac Dual Kit Case

These head and lamps are included in this Kit.

PX007, PX002, PX278(from left)

PX007 Constellation Head

The Constellation® will accept 3 StarLite tungsten bulbs (1000W or 500W) or 3 150W CoolStar bulbs. Each bulb can be controlled individually allowing 3 power settings. The Constellation® is an incredibly efficient light source as the bulbs are housed inside the modifier.

PX002 – StarLite Bulb (1000 Watt)

The StarLite bulb which can be used with a StarLite or Constellation® head emits an omnidirectional light and is designed to work in softboxes.

PX278 – CoolStar Bulb (150 Watt)

The CoolStar bulb is a daylight balanced compact florescent solution with 150 Watts of power which equates to 450-500 Watts in a Tungsten bulb. The CoolStar although very bright, generates very little heat.
Still example with one CoolStar bulb: 5 Feet – 200 ISO, 1/30sec, 2.8

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PHOTO News spring 2011 issue now available

March 15, 2011

The PHOTO News spring 2011 issue marks the 20th anniversary of the publication. In this issue, we spotlight the creative photography of Patrick Di Fruscia, and the HDR image techniques of Michel Roy.

The spring 2011 issue is now available at many photographic retailers in Canada ,and also online view is available on the PHOTO News website in English and French.

For free subscription, click here.

PHOTO News spring 2011

Phase One and Broncolor event Feb.17th

February 11, 2011

Two ultimate quality photographic brands in the world of professional Photography will be showing the amazing performance and ability of their products in Toronto, Canada on February 17th, 2011. Phase One, the world’s leading provider of open-platform based medium format camera systems and solutions, will be demonstrating the IQ 180 and Capture 6.1. at S1 Group Studios with Swiss made high precision lighting equipment, broncolor Scoro and Para.

Event :
Phase One & B3K Digital introduces the IQ 180 and Capture 6.
• Live demo of IQ 180 • New IQ technology • Capture Pilot live demo • Capture One 6.1 review • New total control Color Workflow • Bring a CF card and capture your own sample IQ 180 RAW file
February 17th 2011 – Session 1 – 1:00 to 3:30 PM –
Session 2 – 6:30 to 9:00 PM
S1 Group Studios,9 Davies Ave.,Toronto
2nd floor studios

To learn more, please visit .
To register for the event, visit B3K Digital

Fusion 2011!

January 28, 2011

To reserve tickets, or for more info, contact Ken Shymka at 604-734-7771 or email him at

Tickets are available at Beau Photo in advance (recommended!) or at the door, if they are not sold out.


Fusion 2011

It will come as no surprise to those in the photographic industry that we are on the verge of a major shift in the way we see and effectively use our DSLRs. The addition of video to the list of functions of a DSLR has opened up a world of possibilities. From small scale documentaries to large scale TV productions, and even some Hollywood features, DSLR video is beginning to shape the way we see the world.

Fusion 2011 is a one day trade show and seminar held at the campus of VanArts Institute at 570 Dunsmuir Street Vancouver. The event will be highlighted by 3 speakers who are experts in their own fields. Once in the morning and then repeating again in the afternoon, the speakers will talk about their own unique experiences, sharing their knowledge and talking about the gear they use.


Bebb Studios: innovators in the field of fusion Steve and Jenn Bebb have used sound and video in their work and have won numerous awards for their wedding photography.

Brian Hutchison: from Apple Canada will give an introduction to the power and depth of Final Cut Pro. Priceless for those who are new to video editing or those who want to learn more. Sponsored by Simply computing.

Kevin Shahinian: Sponsored by Cinevate. Award-winning filmmaker and graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He recently traveled to India to film “City of Lakes”. Kevin is also the founder of Pacific Pictures, a film production company based in Los Angeles.


The trade show will feature all the coolest gear for DSLR video you’d love to get your hands on. CinevateCanonNikonMatthewsLensbabyManfrottoGenusMarshall Pro AVK5600 LightingBroncolorRøde MicsHoodmanSteadicamLitepanelsSimply Computing with Apple products and a whole lot more.

Schedule & Pricing

It will be a fun, full day event with product demos and over $1,000.00 in prizes to be given away. As well, VanArts will be announcing their new courses for students who want to seriously pursue a career in the DSLR video industry.

If you are interested in making the transition from DSLR still to DSLR video or have begun this transition and need to know more about the cameras, rigs, grip, software, sound recording and lighting equipment necessary to achieve more professional results, this is the show for you!

Speaker Subject AM Session PM Session
Bebb Studios Wedding Fusion 9:00am-10:00am 1:30pm-2:30pm
Brian Hutchison Final Cut Pro 10:15am-11:15am 2:45pm-3:45pm
Kevin Shahinian DSLR Film Making 11:30am-12:30pm 4:00pm-5:00pm
Doors open for registration at 8:30am.

Note: Speakers may be subject to change. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before sessions start. Seating is limited and there will be no admittance after a session starts! Over $1,000 in door prizes will be awarded.

Ticket prices (HST extra)
Trade Show only: $10 

Trade Show and Speakers: $20 each or all three for $50

Trade Show and Speakers: $15 each or all three for $40 (students)

Winter2010-2011 issue available

December 9, 2010

Photo News Winter 2011-2011 issue is now available. Check out the Holiday gift ideas, photo tips for winter, lighting tips for shooting portrailts on location and more. 

Photo News 2010-2011 winter issue
Photo News 2010-2011 Winter issue

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