Micro Sync II Review with Tom Keller

Hey everyone,

We got a chance to send Tom Keller one of our Micro Sync II remote firing units to test out with his steel wool photography. For those of you who don’t know what the Micro Sync II is, it’s a lightweight wireless system for remotely firing and syncing strobes, flashes and cameras. Check out the video at the end of Tom’s review to learn more! So here’s the review that Tom sent us after he had taken the MS II out on a few trips… and he sent pictures!!!

Tom: When I first received the Micro Sync II I thought it would come in quite handy with the
Steel Wool Photography I shoot. It’s light weight, made from plastic and metal and
pretty durable. At first I was having some issues with the receiver turning on and
syncing but after some quick trouble shooting it turned on and I haven’t had a problem
since.

I have never used a remote trigger before so I was eager to try it out. Since I typically
go out with a partner, it was exciting to come up with new ideas to take advantage of
MSII. We took the remote camping with us at Lake Tahoe to test our creativity and the
device and it turned out great. Because of the landscape, it was not ideal to travel from
the camera to the desired position for either of us so MSII made this shot of “Sleeping
under the Sparks” possible.

Photo 1

Just recently I took this photo “Light Keeper.” I was able to take multiple shots in a row
with MSII to allow the model to change poses without wasting time and sparks from
the steel wool.

Photo 2

Although I typically have a partner with me I occasionally go out alone and this is
when Micro Sync II really helps me out. It allows me to better prepare for photos farther away and not have to race against a timer.

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All in all I think it’s a great product. It works great for lone photographers taking multiple shots at a distance or for close up group shots. It allows a photographer to get more creative with his work because there is one less restriction.

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Here’s how I’ve incorporated the Micro Sync II into my photo shoots. My typical night shooting starts around 11pm. Once we arrive at a location, we set up the camera angle with Marissa standing where I plan on spinning. She helps focus the camera lens by shining a light at the camera. With the camera already in focus I then turn the camera off and take out the MSII, plug the firing cord into the receiver and then into the shutter release input. I then turn the camera back on to wake up the receiver and take a couple test shots before we start spinning. Lately, Marissa and I have been doing shots with her posing with props or silhouettes to switch it up a bit while I spin in the background. Once we’re both ready and sparks are flying, I use the remote in my other hand to trigger the camera to shoot. If sparks are still flying by the time the shutter closes, Marissa changes her pose and I’ll fire a second shot. The MSII really comes in handy in these situations when we’re both in the shot.
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For more information on the Micro Sync II watch the video below and visit the website: www.microsyncdigital.com

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Rally Micro: perfect bag for the new Canon EOS-M

Rally Micro & Canon EOS-M

It’s official! Canon has entered the exciting, popular and rapidly growing mirrorless camera craze with the announcement of their new EOS-M camera.  Loaded with some really cool features, including an 18MP APS-C sensor, full HD video with focus tracking, an amazing 3” hi-res touch screen and a wide ISO range for great low-light shots, it has a lot of people anticipating its release this fall.  For all of you that are excited to own one of these cameras, Tamrac has the perfect bag to carry it in. Meet the Rally Micro.

Rally Micro Open Shot

The Rally Micro was specifically designed to work with your mirrorless camera system of choice.  While being stylish and fun, it carries and protects your camera with the kit lens attached, an extra lens, cables, battery charger, memory cards and manual.  The buckle on the top flap makes getting to your camera a breeze and since the exterior design doesn’t scream “CAMERA BAG” you don’t have to worry so much about thieves trying to walk off with your new camera. You can carry your new Canon EOS-M in style and with confidence in the Rally Micro mirrorless bag only from Tamrac.

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