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December 2012

New Tools Of The Trade

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An improved autofocus mechanism and upgraded mechanics are some of what's new in the Mamiya 645DF+. The durable camera is constructed mainly from aircraft-grade aluminum and magnesium. Finely tuned mechanics, state-of-the-art electronics and great ergonomics combine seamlessly to deliver a highly robust performance that can satisfy the most demanding professional workflows. Besides the autofocus system, which provides better operation in low-light and low-contrast shooting conditions, there's a custom adjustment feature for fine-tuning the alignment of the camera body to its digital back. The high-powered rechargeable Li-ion battery allows for up to 10,000 captures on a single charge. Estimated Street Price: $5,990. Contact: Mamiya Leaf, www.mamiyaleaf.com.

Mid-Range Telephoto Lens
The Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 is the longest medium telephoto model in the lens manufacturer's SLR lineup. The lens was built using Carl Zeiss' "floating elements" design, which compensates for aberrations by changing the axial distance of single lens elements or element groups to each other. A special variable arrangement of the lens elements in this lens helps to deliver high-quality images over the entire focusing range. A large 268° rotation angle allows for very precise focusing. The lens is available in F (ZF.2) and EF (ZE) mounts for Nikon and Canon, respectively. Estimated Street Price: $2,000. Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.

Extended Capacity
With up to 256 GB of capacity, the Lexar Professional 400x SDXC UHS-I memory card is the first to offer this much storage. You can capture, store and transfer a large volume of high-resolution stills and extended cuts of 1080p full HD and 3D video with a minimum guaranteed sustained read transfer speed of 60 MB/s. Shooting on a memory card with this kind of space and speed is significant when working on a demanding, time-sensitive assignment. The Class-10 card comes with the latest version of Image Rescue 4 software, which can help you recover lost or deleted files. Estimated Street Price: $899. Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.

Portable Flash Power
The Profoto Pro-B4 1000 Air delivers flash durations down to a short 1/25,000 of a second. At lower power settings, it fires up to 30 flashes per second, while the longest wait time at full power is less than a second. Featuring two independent outlets with individual controls and displays, the Pro-B4 makes it easy to take full advantage of all its features. The unit's energy setting can be adjusted quickly with precise control in 1/10 ƒ-stop increments. The display can be set to show the output in ƒ-stops or watt seconds, and information about the flash duration on each head is easily accessible. The battery fully recharges in less than 45 minutes and can be recharged while in use. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Profoto, (914) 347-3300, www.profoto-usa.com.

WD My Passport Edge
Back up your files when out on an assignment using the My Passport Edge from Western Digital. With 500 GB of capacity and a USB 3.0 interface that delivers fast read and write speeds, the drive allows you to quickly manage, share and work with your files from any location. The sleek design makes fitting it into your bag easy. Plus, there are additional security features for safeguarding your content such as password protection and hardware encryption that prevents unauthorized use or access. The all-aluminum exterior protects the drive from scrapes and bumps. Estimated Street Price: $109 (Edge); $119 (Edge for Mac). Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.wd.com.

Light Up
For assignments that often have you on the move, having a lighting setup that's versatile and portable is crucial. The Lowel Blender 3 Light Kit combines three color-changing Lowel Blender LED fixtures, with stands and AC adapters, to give you more creative options when you have to light a scene quickly. To deal with difficult mixed-lighting conditions, each light outputs tungsten color or daylight, or any blend of the two. You can choose to match the location's ambient light color or change each Blender's color to create a visual contrast, increasing contrast and a sense of depth in the image. The Lowel Blender 3 Light Kit comes in a lightweight soft case with adjustable Velcro® partitions and room inside for accessories. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Lowel, (800) 645-2522, www.lowel.com.

Correct Distortion
To correct for the edge distortion that can take place when shooting with a wide-angle lens, DxO has developed ViewPoint. The program fixes this flaw by restoring the natural proportions of distorted faces and bodies automatically, making them look as normal as those in the center of the image. Adjustments are made that take into account shooting parameters such as focal length and sensor size. The large workspace area includes intuitive toolbars and control palettes. Straightforward icons allows you to easily identify the right tools for applying corrections quickly. There are also advanced controls for making manual adjustments. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: DxO Labs, www.dxo.com.


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