Tuesday, December 20, 2011
New Tools Of The Trade
As a lightweight backup to your DSLR system, the Fujifilm X10 packs quite a punch with a 12-megapixel, 2⁄3-inch EXR CMOS sensor that's larger than those found in similar point-and-shoots. The camera allows you to shoot with full manual control, and the Fujinon 4x zoom lens (28-112mm equivalent) can be operated manually by twisting the lens barrel to adjust focal length. You can choose between manual focus and autofocus via a front-mounted dial, and the lens has maximum aperture settings from ƒ/2 at the wide end to ƒ/2.8 at the telephoto end. Additional features include a RAW shooting mode, a dedicated exposure-compensation dial for making fast adjustments, a 2.8-inch LCD and an eye-level optical viewfinder. Estimated Street Price: $600. Contact: Fujifilm, (800) 800-3854, www.fujifilmusa.com.
Remote Flash Kit
The Flashpoint X-Series Remote Flash Trigger Kit is an affordable and sturdy option with 16 channels and a maximum range of nearly 600 feet. The receiver can be mounted on a tripod screw or a hot-shoe (with the supplied adapter). It attaches to a strobe with a 3.5mm mini or ¼-inch mono plug cable and runs off of two AAA batteries. The transmitter is powered by a single AAA battery and mounts to your camera's hot-shoe. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
Take your iPhone photography to the next level with the iPro Lens System from Schneider Optics. The kit is designed for the iPhone 4 and 4S, and consists of wide-angle and fisheye lenses. Using a bayonet mount, the lenses securely fasten to a standalone bumper case. The lenses twist on and off and have metal lens barrels. The fisheye has a 165° field of view, which is equivalent to a 12mm lens, and the wide-angle has an 86° field of view, which is equivalent to a 19mm lens. A pocket-sized case serves as a protector, universal tripod mount and grip. List Price: $199. Contact: Schneider Optics, (818) 766-3715, www.iprolens.com.
Throw the Petrol Transparent Rain Cover over your DSLR in wet weather. It's customized for cameras with up to a 70-200mm lens and an on-camera light attached. The cover has a rigid front hood section with a hot-shoe connector that stabilizes it on the camera. A six-inch polypropylene track on top of the hood lets you add an on-camera light or wireless receiver. The cover is made of transparent polyurethane and black waterproof nylon with easy access to camera controls. It weighs about 14 ounces. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Petrol Bags, (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.
Long Lens Pack
If a job requires you to shoot with a telephoto lens, but you don't want to carry it in a bulky, oversized bag, the Tamrac Super Telephoto Lens Pack holds a pro DSLR with up to a 600mm lens attached. The foam-padded divider inside adjusts vertically to fit lenses of varying lengths, and you can carry a tripod in the front of the bag with the QuickClip tripod attachment system. There are also plenty of pockets, both internally and along the side, for holding extras. The pack has a narrow profile, making it easier to navigate through crowds and in tight spaces, and it meets airline carry-on size requirements. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
Moisture and DSLRs are a risky combination. Just the condensation that forms when going between warm and cool places can become a problem. BRNO dri+Caps are camera body and lens caps that are lined with moisture-absorbing orange silica gel for maintaining an ideal 35% to 45% humidity level at all times. The gel turns green when it's time to replace it. Kits are available for Canon or Nikon gear. Each contains an O-ringed camera body cap, an O-ringed rear lens cap and eight packets of silica gel. The system is available for Canon and Nikon. Estimated Street Price: $44. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
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