DPP Home Gear In Focus January/February 2014

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

January/February 2014

New Tools Of The Trade


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Nikon Df
The highly anticipated full-frame Nikon Df utilizes current digital technology, such as the 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 processor used in the D4, within a classic body design reminiscent of the Nikon 35mm film cameras. Solid mechanical controls are used for setting adjustments and controls, returning to a traditional SLR feel and reducing the need for scrolling through menus. With a 3.2-inch LCD screen and a glass optical viewfinder, you utilize the 39-point AF system to shoot up to 5.5 fps for sharp action shots. With an ISO range of 100-12,800, expandable to 204,800, the Df performs well in low light. Wireless connectivity is possible with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for instant sharing or remote triggering. The Df is backward-compatible with classic Ai and non-Ai Nikkor lenses, as well as current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D lenses. Purists may appreciate that the camera doesn't offer video capabilities. List Price: $2,749 (body only). Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

Street Shooter
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM1 is a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera squeezed down to a pocket-sized profile. With a high-quality, 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor, the GM1 shoots both still photos and 1080 HD video at 60i/30p. The metal-alloy frame, with aluminum dials and brushed metal, feels comfortable in hand and has a stylish retro look. The 3-inch, 1036K-dot LCD screen allows you to set focus and trigger the shutter via touch sensitivity. Silent Shutter mode reduces shutter noise while in the field during sensitive moments. Built-in WiFi connects to your smartphone and tablet for asset transfer, as well as remote triggering using the Panasonic Image App. The GM1 also has integrated creative filters, as well as time-lapse and stop-motion features. List Price: $749. Contact: Panasonic, www.shop.panasonic.com.

LED Fresnels
Litepanels has added a 12-inch option to their Fresnel series. The Sola 12 (Daylight) and Inca 12 (Tungsten) provide a fixed lens, directional illumination and an output nearing traditional 2K incandescents while integrating LED technology. Drawing only 346W, the Sola 12 and Inca 12 are convenient low-energy units for location lighting, as well as efficient studio lighting. The cool-to-the-touch LED technology makes operating the lightweight housing possible without gloves. An integrated DMX module includes Ethernet connectivity for remote dimming, from 100% to 0 without any noticeable color shift or flicker, and focusing, with a 67º-15º beam angle. List Price: $4,795. Contact: Litepanels, www.litepanels.com.

Personalized Tripod
Novoflex's modular tripod, the TrioPod, is available in five different sets. Additionally, each part is available individually for maximum flexibility and expandability to match your changing needs. The system includes the 0.69-pound TrioPod tripod base, a center column, which extends the stand base height by 3.15 inches, 3- and 4-segment aluminum legs, 3- and 4-segment carbon-fiber legs, mini-tripod legs and a 3-segment hiking stick. List Price: $585 (TrioPod with 3-section aluminum leg set); $657 (TrioPod with 4-section aluminum leg set); $887 (TrioPod with 3-section carbon-fiber leg set); $930 (TrioPod with 4-section carbon-fiber leg set); $709 (TrioPod with Hikingstick II 3-section leg set). Contact: Novoflex (HP Marketing Corp.), www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

Ultratelephoto Zoom
Tamron has announced the development of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD ultratelephoto zoom, compatible with both full-frame and APS-C formats. With a large focal-length-range expansion from the current 200-500mm lens offered, this lens is of particular interest for sports and wildlife photographers who need a little extra length without losing quality (from extenders) or time (by changing lenses). Including Vibration Compensation, a redesigned tripod mount and an Ultrasonic Silent Drive for accurate AF, the lens is set up to shoot sharp images at a long focal length both mounted and handheld. List Price: TBA. Contact: Tamron, www.tamron-usa.com.

Perfect Photo Suite 8
onOne Software has added new features to their photo-editing software with the release of Perfect Photo Suite 8. Both the Standard version (a stand-alone application) and the Premium version, which also integrates with Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements and Apple Aperture, use a unified interface of eight modules including Effects, Enhance, B+W, Portrait, Mask, Layers, Resize and Browse. The new Enhance module includes basic tools for brightness, contrast, sharpness, removing dust spots and vignettes. The Perfect Eraser tool removes objects with content-fill technology. A re-engineered Effects module provides custom filters and presets. The new Browse module makes it easy to scan through images on your computer, external drive, network and cloud-based storage, and work on multiple images at once. List Price: $299 (Premium); $149 (Premium upgrade); $79 (Standard). Contact: onOne Software, www.ononesoftware.com.

 

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