Olympus' new macro flash allows you to shoot tiny subjects in the rain

olympus announces sft 8 macro flash olympusflash
Olympus
Olympus’ Micro Four Thirds format tends to give its cameras an edge in macro photography, and now they have another — earlier this week, the company announced the Twin Flash SFT-8, the world’s first weatherproof macro flash.

Designed to accompany the weather-sealed OM-D EM1 Mark II, also announced this week, the Olympus SFT-8 is dust and splash proof, as well as handling extreme temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Olympus says the weather-sealing is a first for flashes designed specifically for macro work.

As a macro flash, the SFT-8 has dual heads that sit on both sides of the lens. Each flash can also be controlled individually, giving the photographer more control over the highlights and shadows. The flash has a guide number of 8.5 using both heads or 6 with a single head, which Olympus says makes it easier to avoid overexposure when close to the subject.

Olympus says the flash heads are also removable from the system, enabling the flashes to be individually triggered off-camera. Each head can also be tilted 60 degrees up or 40 degrees down for additional flexibility.

The flash utilizes both automatic through-the-lens (TTL) shooting and manual flash adjustments from 1/1 to 1/128. The twin flash system is also compatible with the Focus Stacking mode included on some Olympus cameras, though only using manual flash mode.

Using a hot shoe slot connection, two cords, two lights, and a lens ring to position the lights, the SFT-8 is compatible with three Olympus M.Zukio lenses, the ED 30mm f3.5 Macro, ED 60mm f/2.8 macro, and ED 12-40mm f2.8 Pro. Step-up and step-down rings expand the flash’s capability to be used with other lenses.

The Olympus SPT-8 is expected to go on sale in January 2017 for a list price of $480.

Computing

Firefox will disable Flash on its browsers by default in 2019

Mozilla's Firefox browser will continue to do its part in deprecating the Flash plugin this year with new plans revealed to disable it by default in an upcoming Nightly build, followed by a stable release in September.
Photography

Going somewhere? Capture more than your phone can with the best travel cams

Hitting the road or doing some globetrotting this year? Bring along the right camera to capture those once-in-a-lifetime vacation memories. Here's a list of some of our current favorites.
Emerging Tech

Scientists debate mysterious flash of light in space, known as ‘The Cow’

On June 16, 2018 there was an unusual flash in the sky which puzzled astronomers around the world. NASA researchers have been collecting data on the event and have shared two competing theories for what could have caused it.
Photography

What to look for and what to avoid when buying a camera

Looking to buy a new camera? Our comprehensive camera guide for 2016 has answers to any camera or photography questions you might ask, whether in regards to pricing, image quality, or weatherproofing.
Social Media

No yolk! A photo of an egg has become the most-liked post on Instagram

Until this weekend, the most-liked post on Instagram was of Kylie Jenner's baby daughter, which has around 18 million likes. It's now been knocked off the top spot not by a stunning sunset or even a cute cat, but by an egg.
Photography

From 4K powerhouses to tiny action cams, here are the best video cameras

Although not as popular as they once were, dedicated video cameras still have their benefits. From travel vlogging to home movies to recording your kid's little league game, here are the best video cameras you can buy right now.
Photography

Authentic, holistic, retro photography is in: Here are 2019’s predicted trends

What types of imagery are we most drawn to? According to recent stock photography data from Adobe, StoryBlocks, and Shutterstock, authentic, holistic, and humanitarian content will be in high demand in 2019.
Photography

Starting your very own vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability. When it comes to putting your life on YouTube, here are the best cameras for the job.
Photography

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.
Photography

This A.I.-powered camera follows the action to produce epic selfie videos

Want to capture more epic action selfies? The Obsbot Tail is a camera-gimbal combo that uses artificial intelligence to follow the action. Using a handful of different modes, the camera works to keep the action in the frame.
Photography

Sony crams its best camera tech into the new $900 A6400

Love Sony's autofocus, but can't stomach the full-frame price? The Sony A6400 mirrorless camera uses some of the same autofocus technology and the processor of the A9 in a compact, more affordable crop-sensor camera.
Photography

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses -- something no phone…
Photography

GoPro bumps resolution on Fusion 360 cam to 5.6K with new firmware

Currently available in public beta, Fusion firmware version 2.0 offers a new 5.8K mode that results in 5.6K output when the 360 camera's two hemispheres are stitched together. It also adds support for 24 fps video and RAW time-lapse…
Photography

With 5-stop optical stabilization, Fujifilm GF 100-200mm is ready for adventure

Fujifilm revealed a new lens designed to deliver on the GFX system's promise of adventure-ready medium-format photography. The GF 100-200mm F5.6 R is a weather resistant, relatively lightweight, 2x telephoto with impressive stabilization.