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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CameraStuff Weekly Specials: The Powerfully Bright YN-1200 Video Light!

  The Yongnuo YN-1200 LED Video Light! Boasting an impressive 9,300 Lumens at 1m! The YN1200 can be used with a power supply or four lithium-ion batteries (not included) — making it ideal for both on-location and studio use. The YN1200 also features adjustable colour temperature, a remote control function, smartphone APP and colour correcting gels Offer expires 27th May 2018, or while stocks last. Specs & Tecs 9,300 Lumens @ 1m 1,200 LEDs Can be used with Li-Ion batteries or power supply Adjustable colour temperature Remote control Compatible smartphone APP Diffuser and CTO gel included Power supply included       Why shop at CameraStuff? 1-Year Local Warranty 60-Day Money Back Guarantee Delivery Nationwide Quick 2-4 Day Delivery Technical Backup Professional Advice  

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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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Godox Products in Stock at CameraStuff!

Yippee! Godox products have arrived at CameraStuff!   Godox strobes, speedlights and LEDs have been impressing the photographic market of late! CameraStuff has decided to bring some of their best-sellers directly to South Africa! Keep reading to see what specific products we brought in!   Please see our website for updated prices and shopping details  Featured Godox Products  The Wistro AD600B and AD600BM 600w/s Professional Battery Strobes Receive a R2,000 CameraStuff voucher with every AD600B purchase or a R1,000 voucher for every AD600BM purchase!   The popular AD600s have arrived at CameraStuff. This portable flash is exceptionally well made and features plenty of flash output. The battery will squeeze out about 500 shots on full power which is exceptional for a 600w strobe. The difference between the AD600B and AD600BM is that the AD600BM features no TTL settings at all, but can still do manual inputs and High-Speed Sync. The […]

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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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Massive Savings on Flash, Studio and LED Kits at CameraStuff!

It’s here! The Light ’em Up! Sale at CameraStuff! Expect massive savings on studio, flash and LED kits + more! *Please read our terms and conditions HERE.  SHOP ONLINE NOW   CameraStuff will unfortunately not be at the Photo and Film Expo this year. But the good news is that we’re hosting the same great specials for you to buy in-store or online! Not only that, but you’ll get free delivery with every purchase above R250. Get Expo deals right at your doorstep!  The first 40 buyers will also receive free workshop tickets at CameraStuff! The first 20 flash kit buyers will take part in our “Lights on the Go! Introduction to Off-Camera Flash” workshop and the first 20 studio kit buyers will take part in our “Create Impact with Light! Introduction to Studio” workshop. Both events will be hosted by Conrad Knuist. Ts and Cs apply. CameraStuff will also have extended shopping […]

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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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