Godox SK-II Series Studio Strobes with Pixel Warrior

Graham McCowen from Pixel Warrior recently tested some of our Godox SK-II Studio Strobes together with a variety of different light modifiers! He used the Godox 90L Parabolic Softbox on the key light and some Hylow Barndoors and Hylow Stripboxes to round up the look. Keep scrolling for some lighting diagrams and our review of the Godox SK-II Strobes   SHOP ONLINE FOR BUNDLE DEALS   Behind the scenes:   Some of the results:   SHOP ONLINE FOR BUNDLE DEALS   Godox SK-II Series Review: By Conrad Knuist   Why do we like the Godox SK-II Studio Strobes? Budget-friendly lighting solution Compatible with a variety of light modifiers (Bowens Mount) Compatible with Godox X-System Fan-Cooled Quick recycle time Large tilting lever Well built Why don’t we like the Godox SK-II Studio Strobes? Minimum flash-output of only 1/16 (five-stop range) Modelling lamp does not switch off when the flash triggers   The […]

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The Godox AD200! Powerful & Lightweight Flash for Location Photography

The Godox AD200 Pocket Flash is available at your friendly CameraStuff store! Check out some behind the scenes action with Pixel Warrior and a couple of Godox flashes! Specifically, the impressively light and powerful Godox AD200 Pocket Flash and budget-friendly Godox TT600 speedlight.  Check out some of the results below and some lighting diagrams. Enjoy!       Some of the results:   See the lighting diagrams below:   The Godox AD200 pocket flash is a travel-friendly and lightweight photography flash that’s the perfect tag-team partner for on-location use. The 200w/s flash power is more than adequate for most jobs and the lithium-ion battery can squeeze out about 500 flashes on full power. Awesome! It’s highly adaptable as well. The flash heads are interchangeable. You have the options of a bare bulb head or fresnel head. Additional heads and dedicated flash mods can also be purchased separately. This gives you plenty […]

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Choosing a Backdrop: PVC vs. Paper vs. Cotton

  At CameraStuff, we’ve got a whole bunch of backgrounds to choose from. Picking which one is best for you can be a bit of a challenge. So, to help you out a bit, we’ve compiled some pros and cons when using different studio backdrops. From PVC, paper, cotton, gauze to and velveteen backdrops Have a look-see:   PVC Vinyl Backdrops CameraStuff’s range of PVC backdrops is the perfect white backdrop for beginners and pros alike. Unlike paper backdrops, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) material can withstand the abuse of numerous photo shoots. The material is very easy to clean, too. Smudges and dirt marks can be easily removed using a damp mop/cloth and some cleaning agents.  If you expect a lot of spillage and traffic on your backdrop, then PVC is hands-down the best solution.  Pros: ✓ Easy to clean off dirt and liquids (even during a photo shoot) ✓ Durable and hard-wearing (long-lasting) […]

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Godox AD200 “Pocket Flash” Video Review – By Lood Goosen

  Godox AD200 Pocket Flash Video Review – By Lood Goosen Visit Lood Goosen’s website: LWG Photo   The impressive Godox AD200 is a battery-operated strobe that’s been designed to bridge the gap between large studio heads and speedlights. In other words, it’s an in-betweener model that has plenty of flash output but with a lightweight appeal.  So, if you ever thought that large 600w strobes are just too heavy to lug around and that speedlights aren’t nearly powerful enough, then the Godox AD200 is just the right thing for you!     At CameraStuff, we offer local warranties and guarantees plus a quick delivery to your doorstep. If you need any advice on the product, or how to use the flash for any specific look or concept, then our friendly professionals will help you out with any questions you have.     What we like about the flash: Great TTL High-Speed Sync Wireless Flash Control […]

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“Great flash, great price!” – Godox V860II and V850II Speedlight Reviews

Godox V860II TTL and V850II Manual Speedlight Reviews       The use of speedlights has become more and more popular nowadays with the advent of strobism (off-camera flash). However, there have always been a few shortcomings:  The hassle of using AA batteries, short battery-life and slow recycle times.  Godox has solved those issues with their “Ving” range of flashes!  Unlike most other flashes, the Ving-series use lithium-ion batteries as opposed to AA batteries — giving you long battery use and a quicker recycle time.  On top of that, the Godox range of “Ving” flashes are exceptionally well-built, feature-packed and powerful.  If you need the best of what’s currently available on the market at a great price, then CameraStuff’s range of Godox flashes will definitely interest you!       Main Features: Well built, durable Flash Li-ion battery powered (650 full-powered shots vs. 200) Godox X-system built-in Powerful GN60 flash […]

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Off-Camera Flash and How to Get Started

Great Light that’s Cheap, Portable and Easy to Set Up In the world of photography, light matters! But sometimes, beautiful ambient light isn’t always available. No problem! We can create our own light and have more control over it too. Now you may think that portable lighting equipment costs an arm and a leg, but thanks to off-camera flash, there are much cheaper alternatives available! Wait? What is Off-Camera Flash? Off-camera flash (OFC), also referred to as “strobism”, is a lighting method where you remove the flash from your camera and use it on a light stand or external bracket instead. Why bother you may ask? Well, when using your flash on your camera the result is typically a flat, one-dimensional and harsh (“flashy”) light. You have little-to-no options in regards to the angle and quality of light:     When you take the flash off-camera you can manoeuvre it around […]

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Budget-Friendly Studio Lights! Great Results for Less than a R1,000!

  Budget-Friendly Studio Lights! Great Results for Less than a R1,000!   As far as studio lights are concerned, there are many-many-many options available out there to pick from. Some expensive — some not so much.  If you’re in the “I-want-to-do-studio-but-I-can’t-afford-expensive-stuff-or-I-am-not-that-serious” bracket, then we’ve got something just for you! CameraStuff’s range of E27 LED bulbs.  However, before you jump in, there are a few things to know first.     These LED bulbs are better than traditional fluorescent spiral bulbs for a number of good reasons. Longer lifespan, better light efficiency and superior build quality (plastic vs. glass). To use these bulbs you need the right holder. We recommend this fella’, the Swivel E27 Holder with Umbrella Mount. What’s the quality of light like? Great — but not bright. Continuous lights, in general, are not as bright as flashes/strobes.  You will most likely need to use a high ISO number, big aperture […]

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CameraStuff is Moving to a New Premises the 21st of November! Yay for more parking!

But don’t worry! We’re not going far. In fact, we’re moving just up the road to 473 Jan Smuts ave. directly opposite to the Engen garage.  The big move happens the 21st of November!   We’re moving to our own humble abode. Plenty of parking for all. Yay! The new premises will have its own dedicated store and workshop/studio areas.  This means we can host more workshops, events and club meetings more often. We’re quite excited about this move and our new adventure. Hopefully, you’ll love the new place too when you visit us. Here are some scenes of the new place under construction.  

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Budget Flashes with Plenty of Power: Video Review by Ett Venter

See Ett Venter’s video review of CameraStuff’s Yongnuo YN660 Flash & YN560-TX Trigger The YN660 is Yongnuo’s latest manual-only flash and the upgraded version of the popular YN560-III and YN560-IV models. Manual-only flashes feature no TTL or HSS settings whatsoever. The flash settings (like flash intensity & zoom) need to be adjusted on the flash itself.  Having no automatic modes may seem like a bit of a schlep, but manual-only flashes are quite inexpensive. They sacrifice all of the auto settings in favour of costs, power, quick recycle time and durability. For many photographers, that is all they need.       Comparing the YN660 with the YN560-IV and YN560-III flashes: Wider zoom range: The zoom starts at 20mm and extends all the way to 200mm. The previous generation flashes only extended to 105mm and started at 24mm. Higher Guide Number (GN66): The YN660 is a slightly brighter than the YN560 generation flashes. Improved […]

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What is a Stripbox? See our #CameraStuff Review

See our new video review of Camerastuff’s range of professional Stripboxes and Speedlight brackets by pro-photographer, Alon Chaim Cohen.  Got any questions about our products? Start a Live Chat with an Expert or e-mail us at info@camerastuff.co.za   What is a Stripbox? A stripbox is a long and skinny softbox that is often used with a removable grid panel. Stripboxes are designed to cast a thin “beam” of light with minimal light spillage. The grid panel (seen below) is used to minimize light spillage even more.  As a result, you have more control over the direction of your light.  You can aim the light exactly where you want it without any “excess” light falling elsewhere.   When using a stripbox as a rim light (see below) all of the light will be directed at your subject. None of the light will spill onto your backdrop or towards your lens (any light spillage […]

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