DPP Home Gear In Focus January/February 2011

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

January/February 2011

New Tools Of The Trade

This Article Features Photo Zoom

Premium Prints
Make sure your images look as good on paper as they did in the camera using the Epson Stylus Pro 4900. The 17-inch printer reproduces a wide color gamut at fast speeds and incorporates many of the technologies found in the large-format Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900. It uses a one-inch-wide, 360-nozzle-per-channel MicroPiezo TFP print head that delivers accurate dot shape and placement of the printer’s 10 separate ink channels. The 10-color, pigment-based UltraChrome HDR ink system includes orange, green and automatic switching between Matte and Photo Black. Ink-repelling coating and auto nozzle verification technologies help to significantly reduce clogging. Estimated Street Price: $2,495. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.proimaging.epson.com.

Fast Glass
The fast-aperture medium telephoto Sigma 85mm ƒ/1.4 EX DG HSM is designed for use with full-frame DSLRs. If you do a lot of work in low light, the ƒ/1.4 aperture makes this lens particularly worthy of adding to your camera bag. The lens also can be used on cameras with APS-C-sized sensors, which increases the focal length to 127.5mm. SLD glass and a glass mold element ensure color correction is achieved for all types of aberrations. A rear focus system minimizes fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing, and the Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. Estimated Street Price: $1,400. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.

Portable Storage
Mobility is crucial when going from one assignment to the next. The G-Drive slim is a sleek-looking, 320 GB external hard drive from G-Technology. Inside the unit’s 5x3x0.4-inch frame is a rugged Hitachi GST 7mm Travelstar Z5K320 drive. A solid aluminum enclosure acts as a heat sink for keeping the internal drive cool and data protected. Shock protection and quiet acoustics make it ideal for using in the home, at work or on the road. Powered by USB 2.0, the G-Drive slim is formatted for Macs with Time Machine compatibility for added backup protection. It weighs five ounces. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: G-Technology, (310) 449-4599, www.g-technology.com.

Camera Bag + iPad Bag
If the Apple iPad has become a must-have tool for your work, make sure to transport it safely using a bag like the Tamrac Rally 5. It holds a DSLR with up to a 6-inch lens attached, as well as additional lenses, a flash and accessories. An interior foam-padded compartment holds an iPad or netbooks with 10.1-inch screens. The bag is designed with a body-hugging, slim profile to avoid slowing you down when you’re in a crowded or hectic setting. The zippered front pocket and an open back pocket provide storage for manuals, accessories and other extras. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.

In A Flash
As a complement to its flagship SB-900 Speedlight, Nikon has added the SB-700 to its Creative Lighting System. With a wide 24-120mm zoom range, the flash automatically detects whether you’re using an FX (full-frame) or a DX (APS-C) camera and optimizes zoom settings based on the camera body. Three light distribution patterns—standard, center-weight and even—accommodate a variety of shooting situations. The SB-700 also supports Nikon’s advanced wireless TTL operation and can function as a wireless Commander with control over two separate groups of Speedlights, or as a Remote Speedlight when controlled by the SB-900 or the built-in Speedlight set to Commander Mode found in most Nikon DSLRs. Estimated Street Price: $329. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.

Size Up
Enlarge images by up to 1000% using Perfect Resize, the next generation of onOne Software’s popular Genuine Fractals program. Some of the new features include sharper detail refinement when increasing image size, more gallery wrap and tiling options, and interface enhancements. You can adjust the smoothness of curved edges to minimize artifacts, useful when resizing a low-resolution file. Two new methods allow small details to be made sharper without causing halos on larger edges. The first technique targets out-of-focus images and the second adapts the sharpening amount automatically to the size of image details. The program supports Photoshop CS2 and higher and can be used directly from within Lightroom and Aperture. Estimated Street Price: $299 (Professional). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.


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