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  • Meike's new battery grip for the Sony a9 and a7R lll comes with a wireless remote

    Accessories manufacturer Meike has released details of a new grip it will be selling for the Sony a9 and a7R lll bodies that can hold two batteries and double as a remote control.

    The Meike MK-A9 Pro Battery Grip is designed to make vertical shooting more comfortable, and comes fitted with a shutter release, two custom buttons, an AF button, a joystick and two control wheels as well as its own on/off button. In addition though, the grip functions as a wireless radio remote receiver when it’s used with the remote controller that comes with the kit.

    Operating on 2.4GHz radio signals, the grip can be instructed from a distance of up to 100m, and offers functions beyond simple triggering. The unit can also work as a timer, an intervalometer, and as a Bulb trigger for extended exposures.

    The grip comes with a two-battery insert, but not the batteries themselves. It will begin shipping on January 31st, and will cost £95/$120 on Amazon. For more information, see the Meike website.

  • Video: Watch a YouTuber disassemble his Canon 1D X Mark II to see what's inside

    Photographer and filmmaker Peter McKinnon's Canon 1DX Mark II recently took a tumble while he was out on an ATV ride. But rather than let this obviously traumatic experience scar him, he decided to use it as an opportunity. Before sending his camera to Canon for repair, he decided to disassembled the $6,000 DSLR himself... on video.

    The teardown takes viewers through the careful process of removing the camera's front and back, something McKinnon at one point describes as potentially "the dumbest thing I've ever done." Not to put too fine a point on it, because we like Peter, but we totally agree with him.

    Fortunately, everything ultimately ends well. McKinnon successfully disassembles and then reassembles the 1DX Mark II before sending it to Canon for repair. The camera maker even provided McKinnon with a loaner unit to use while his own camera was in the shop.

    It's a neat video that gives you a peek inside the very expensive and advanced DSLR, but we definitely don't suggest you ever try this at home. As McKinnon notes in the video, disassembling a camera like this voids whatever warranties are covering it. In other words, if you're curious to see what's inside, watch this video... don't try it yourself.