Tuesday, November 5, 2013
New Tools Of The Trade
Perfection Photo Scanner
The Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner makes it quick and easy to scan film, slides, negatives and printed photos. Scanning at a high-quality 6400 dpi resolution, with a 3.4 Dmax and 48-bit depth, you can create enlargements up to 17x22 inches directly from the V550. Easy Photo Fix software provides a quick way to restore faded colors from photos, and DIGITAL ICE technology aids in the removal of scratches, creases or other damage created due to time and wear and tear. Auto-detection allows scanning of multiple images at once while saving each as individual files. Images may be uploaded directly to Facebook, Picasa and other cloud services. List Price: $199. Contact: Epson, www.epson.com.
DxO Optics Pro 9
Live music, indoor sports and night photography images can be complicated due to low-light shooting conditions. DxO Optics Pro 9 has made advancements in denoising technology to bring these photos to life. The Standard mode adds an additional 3 stops of denoising with finer grain and more detail than DxO Optics Pro v8. The additional PRIME mode also adds another stop, bringing the total to a 4-stop denoising gain. While reducing noise, the software retains the same level of detail as the original image, as well as preserves saturation and texture. The software includes new color rendering with more accurate skin tones, visual presets, denoise previews and a new export system for a smooth workflow. List Price: $169 (Standard); $299 (Elite). Contact: DxO Image Science, www.dxo.com.
TTL Transceiver Flash
Phottix has released the Mitros+ TTL Transceiver Flash, taking a large stride toward integrating flash, transmitter and receiver technology. The Mitros+ combines a hot-shoe flash with built-in radio flash triggering for controlling compatible flashes and other Phottix triggers in TTL or Manual mode, eliminating the need for an external trigger. The transmitter allows for a mix of TTL (with +/- 3 EV adjustments) and Manual control, both in 1/3-stop increments. The flash has a zoom of 24-105mm, AF assist light, high-speed sync and second curtain sync. List Price: $499. Contact: Phottix, www.phottix.com.
Slim 2 TB Hard Drive
A high-capacity, lightweight option for storing and backing up your assets while on the go, the WD My Passport Slim portable hard drive with a metal case comes in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities. Measuring 4.33x3.14x0.48 inches for the 1 TB drive, the slim profile fits snugly in your travel bag. The WD Smartware Pro data protection software allows you to back up to the My Passport Slim and your Dropbox account, and back up your Dropbox account directly to the My Passport Slim. The drive has a 256-bit, hardware-based encryption, USB 3.0 connectivity and comes with a 3-year limited warranty. List Price: $99 (1 TB); $149 (2 TB). Contact: WD, www.wdstore.com.
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