DPP Home Gear In Focus December 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

December 2012

New Tools Of The Trade

This Article Features Photo Zoom

Remote-Control Shutter
Capture time-lapse or action scenes using the Satechi WTR-A Wireless Timer Remote Control Shutter. It's compatible with most advanced Canon cameras, including the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The WTR-A can program multiple tasks, including delaying the capture of a photo, managing exposure time, setting a shooting interval and organizing a number of shots from 50 feet away. The remote is also helpful for capturing subjects that are difficult to approach, like wildlife, causing minimal vibration. Other features include a time remind speaker, which is a beeping alert that indicates the shutter is active and counts down the seconds until the shutter goes off. The LCD has a screen illuminator that helps in low-light situations. Estimated Street Price: $59. Contact: Satechi, (858) 268-1800, www.satechi.net.

Noise Control
Boosting speed was a major priority in Imagenomic's update of its Noiseware software. Version 5 includes 64-bit compatibility for Mac users, an improved algorithm, faster processing speeds and multicore support that allows you to produce images up to four times faster than the previous version. The improved algorithm helps you to retain more detail in your images and is 25% more effective in reducing noise. Noiseware also includes a new preset manager and history control. You can save an unlimited number of custom presets, along with an unlimited number of categories that are intended to help you easily find frequently used settings. The new version is also fully compatible with Photoshop CS6 and Aperture 3. The upgrade is free for existing Noiseware Pro owners. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Imagenomic, www.imagenomic.com.

Touch-Screen Flash
The Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 is the first hot-shoe flash to feature a touch-screen-based user interface. That means far less button-pushing and much faster, more intuitive control over settings. The menus rotate when switching from horizontal shooting to portrait shooting, and there are several models for syncing with the automatic TTL exposure abilities of camera systems, including Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax and Sony. With a high guide number of 52 at the 105mm position (ISO 100), the flagship flash from Metz also sports wireless abilities for use as a commanding master or a remote slave. List Price: TBA. Contact: Metz, (201) 818-9500, www.metz.us.

Telephoto Zoom
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm ƒ/4G ED VR telephoto zoom is Nikon's first to offer up to five stops of image stabilization with its Vibration Reduction technology. This model is smaller and lighter than Nikon's AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 lens. When used with the Nikon D4, D800 series and D600 DSLRs, the 70-200mm ƒ/4 lens allows you take advantage of Nikon's teleconverters to increase the focal length without sacrificing AF and VR abilities. Using the camera's cross-type focus points at ƒ/8 and below lets you double the focal length of the lens to 400mm while maintaining AF for capturing clear subjects at a greater distance. Estimated Street Price: $1,399. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.

Desktop Publisher
Give your online portfolio a distinct look using jAlbum's desktop software. The built-in FTP uploader lets you publish galleries on your own hosting and domain so you have total control of your images. The Pro license allows you to use all the commercial features so it's easy to sell your images as prints or by download. Google Checkout, PayPal and Fotomoto all can be integrated. With Photoshop and Lightroom compatibility, you can import images without losing any metadata. Other features include a drag-and-drop user interface and basic editing functionality. Estimated Street Price: $79 (Pro license); $10/month (40 GB account). Contact: jAlbum, www.jalbum.net.

Kessler CineDrive
Thanks largely to HDSLRs and a resurgence in the popularity of short films on the Internet, stop-motion and time-lapse videos are having a renaissance. Kessler's new CineDrive system gives filmmakers an extremely versatile way to set up camera movements for achieving sweeping pans, extended tracking shots and swiveling camera pivots. With up to 256 separate axes, the CineDrive is available in kits, or you can build the system as needed with accessories like motion-control cranes, pan-and-tilt heads, turntables, sliders, dolly tracks and more. List Price: Begins at less than $6,000 (3-axis configuration). Contact: Kessler Crane, (574) 936-3341, www.kesslercrane.com.


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