DPP Home Gear In Focus December 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

December 2009

New Tools Of The Trade

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Blow Up
Alien Skin’s Blow Up 2 is a resizing plug-in for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Version 2.0.3 has been updated for easier use within Photoshop CS4. The latest version provides single-click access to presets and the ability to create gallery wraps. The app includes two CS4 panels that are accessible via the Window/Extensions menu. The Startup panel makes common output sizes and paper types easily available, while the Gallery Wrap panel prepares images to print on canvas that can then be sent to a printer. Previous Blow Up 2 users can upgrade for free. Estimated Street Price: $249 (new). Contact: Alien Skin Software, (888) 921-SKIN, www.alienskin.com.

Spot Light
Illuminate your next shoot with the Litepanels 1x1 Long-Throw SuperSpot, which concentrates light in a smaller area to provide a longer throw. The 5600°K beam can be dimmed instantly from 100 percent to zero with minimal shift in color. Litepanels 1x1s are silent and heat-free so they can be positioned close to a subject. Engineered for quick and easy setup and operation, the SuperSpot weighs just three pounds and measures 12x12x1.75 inches. It can be powered from a variety of 12-30V sources, including an optional battery, car battery or AC adapter. For additional lighting control, Litepanels offers interchangeable slide-in color/diffusion gel filters. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Litepanels, (818) 752-7009, www.litepanels.com.

Photo Expedition
Pack up your D-SLR system in the Tamrac Expedition 9x backpack. The roomy bag features a multisection divider system for long telephoto lenses of varying lengths and diameters, multiple camera bodies, flashes and accessories. The top section supports the camera and cinches tightly to the narrow portion of the lens where it attaches to the camera. The bottom section includes two foam-padded, plastic-reinforced vertical dividers, and a horizontal divider that can be adjusted vertically to fit lenses of varying lengths and lens-shade diameters. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.

Low-Profile Bag
Stay inconspicuous when toting expensive camera equipment from one assignment to the next using the Tenba Messenger Camera bag. The rugged, lightweight bag holds one or two SLRs, three to four lenses, a flash and other accessories. It weighs 2.5 pounds with a padded removable insert that allows you to use it as a general-purpose bag. Without the insert, it weighs 1.6 pounds. The Messenger is made from Cordura nylon so it can be machine-washed if it gets dirty. Color options include black, olive and burnt orange. Estimated Street Price: $129. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.

Photo Trekker
The Lowepro Pro Trekker AW II carries two large pro SLRs and six to seven lenses (up to a 600mm ƒ/4 without its hood) or a medium-format system. You also can configure it to hold a large-format field camera with film holders and lenses or a professional video system. Providing all-day comfort, the bag features a fully customizable 10-point harness system with an adjustable chest harness to accommodate all body types. If you do a lot of outdoor work, there’s a dedicated space for a hydration system, splash-guard zippers to protect the main camera compartment and an All Weather Cover that keeps the pack dry. There’s also room for a monopod or tripod. Estimated Street Price: $476. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.

High-Speed Flash Cards
Capture RAW stills and HD-video clips quickly with the lightning-fast SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards, which offer read and write speeds of up to 90 MB/s, thanks to an advanced memory controller. SanDisk develops its flash controllers and memory chips together, resulting in high-performance cards. Working optimally with higher-end D-SLRs, the Extreme Pro lineup comes in 16 to 64 GB capacities, enabling those who take high-resolution images to extend their shooting time without having to reload. There’s also a SanDisk Extreme Pro ExpressCard Adapter for taking full advantage of the card’s fast read-speed capability. Estimated Street Price: $300 to $800 (cards); $49 (reader). Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK, www.sandisk.com.

Smart Storage
The Western Digital My Book Studio offers reliable performance, a sleek design and innovative features like the new smart display labeling system. You can personalize the drive and archive image collections with digital labels that stay visible even when the drive is unplugged, so you always know what files are stored on it. With automatic continuous backup, a second copy is made whenever you add or change a file. Included WD SmartWare visually tracks the progress of your backup and retrieves lost files. Estimated Street Price: $189 (1 TB); $299 (2 TB). Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.westerndigital.com.


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