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

Remote Shooting
With the Hähnel Inspire LiveView Remote Control, you can view live images up to 180 feet away from where your Canon or Nikon DSLR is located, giving you more freedom to move around on a shoot. A built-in, 3.5-inch LCD on the handheld transmitter displays the live view, independent of the DSLR, so you get visual confirmation of the scene as well as the photo taken, and you can play back pictures without going to the camera. The unit can control up to four different cameras remotely from one transmitter and then switch between the live-view images of each camera at the touch of a button. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Hähnel (RTS Inc.), (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.

Lens Lockup
Gary Fong adds another option for making sure your gear is secure with the GearGuard Lens Lock. It attaches directly to the lens, in place of the rear lens cap, and twists into place by releasing “teeth” that anchor the security cap to the bayonet on the lens for a snug fit. Made of industrial-strength plastic, it can be paired with the GearGuard Security Cable and Combination Lock for attaching to a secure anchor point for safe storage or to other gear in your bag for extra protection. It’s available for Canon and Nikon lenses. Estimated Street Price: $29. Contact: Gary Fong, (800) 906-6447, www.garyfong.com.

iPad Portfolio Pro
If you’re looking for a clean and simple way of showcasing your portfolio to clients on the spot using an iPad, Mediapad Pro could be just the app you need. The program has a fully customizable interface and can handle photos, videos and audio clips. You start by entering your professional contact information and then you can upload an unlimited number of multimedia files. You can swap out files, adjust color, modify the font and change background images. Additional features include hyperlinked digital files for live demonstrations, a Guest Registry with PDF/XLSX export, and slideshow options with transitions and timing for delivering a seamless presentation. Estimated Street Price: $14. Contact: MEDL Mobile, www.medlmobile.com; Apple, www.apple.com/itunes.

Zeiss Filters
Carl Zeiss is expanding its lineup of accessories to include optical filters that are tailored to meet the high quality of its lenses for SLRs. The polarizing and UV filters are multicoated, like the prime T* lenses for which they’re designed, to minimize light reflections and improve transmission. With standard thread diameters of 58mm, 67mm, 72mm and 82mm, the filters work with lenses made by other manufacturers, too. Carl Zeiss is also now offering a camera strap with air cell padding for SLRs. Estimated Street Price: TBA (filters); $41 (strap). Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.

Video DSLR Bag
Carry your HD DSLR in the Digiback DSLR Backpack from Petrol Bags. The ergonomic shell body is made of black 900D and ballistic nylon fabrics and uses breathable 3D mesh. Cushioned back support, padded shoulder straps, and adjustable sternum and waist straps help distribute the weight of your gear, making for easier transport. The top lid unzips to reveal an upper compartment shaped to fit a DSLR with lens attached. When a telephoto lens is attached, the camera can be inserted vertically to accommodate the length of the lens. There’s room for extra lenses, batteries, accessories and more. List Price: $239 (PD331). Contact: Petrol Bags, (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.

Wireless Keyboard
The Flashpoint iBoard Apple Bluetooth Keyboard kit contains Apple’s Original Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard that works with both the iPad and iPhone 4 (iOS 4) with special shortcut keys for quickly opening apps and select websites. The shortcuts are programmed into the keyboard via a proprietary app that’s free to all iBoard users from the iTunes App store. The keyboard is small and made to the standards of the official Apple BT keyboard. It ships with a silicone waterproof skin. Estimated Street Price: $64. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

Medium-Format Kit
The Mamiya RZ22 is an affordable digital camera kit that combines the high-performance, 22-megapixel CCD sensor of the DM22 digital back with the RZ67 Pro-IID camera body. Mamiya shooters can use their existing Mamiya RZ system lenses, which are known as some of the sharpest, highest-resolution lenses available. Attaching any of the RZ lenses is simple, requiring no cables, and the camera will shoot up to 70 frames per minute utilizing Capture One and Leaf Capture software. Also included is a Mamiya Digital Interface kit and a focusing screen. Estimated Street Price: $11,499. Contact: Mamiya, (914) 347-3300, www.mamiya.com.


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