DPP Home Gear In Focus January/February 2014

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

January/February 2014

New Tools Of The Trade

This Article Features Photo Zoom

Manfrotto Shoulder 50
The Shoulder 50 is a comfortable and sturdy shoulder bag that's part of the new Manfrotto Pro line. The bag interior features a Camera Protection System (CPS) with thickly layered core center dividers that mold to cradle your equipment and provide shock absorption for two DSLRs with lenses attached, a strobe, a tablet, accessories and additional personal gear. Featuring a rigid, multilayered Exo-Tough outer construction with thermo-formed areas and reinforced feet to protect against impact, the Shoulder 50 also provides a back compartment for personal papers, a top zipper for quick gear access and a removable rain cover. Estimated Street Price: $189. Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us.

Glidecam VistaTrack
Add smooth, even movement to your next video project with the Glidecam VistaTrack 10-48. Use the track on flat or uneven surfaces alike or mounted to a tripod to create vibration-free, high-quality movement. When using the integrated adjustable legs or a single tripod, the Linear Track and Dolly System supports cameras weighing up to 10 pounds, or provide added stability and support with two tripods for use with cameras weighing up to 30 pounds. Two quick-release plates are included. One plate mounts the VistaTrack to a single tripod and the other mounts the camera to the track. The system is available in 48-inch, 36-inch and 24-inch lengths. List Price: $699 and up. Contact: Glidecam, www.glidecam.com.

Precision Panhead
The Induro PHD3 panhead provides quick and precise camera positioning from a wide range of angles using a single-lock knob control. The one-lock knob gives full control over the 360º rotation of the panning base, while a separate knob controls +90º/-45º front-back tilt movement and +45º/-45º side-to-side tilt. A graduated scale and bubble level aid in accuracy. A double-safety lock is incorporated on the Quick Release clamp of the included Arca-Swiss-style top plate. Fits size 2- and 3-series tripods. List Price: $385. Contact: Induro, www.indurogear.com.

Zeiss Otus 1.4/55
Zeiss has introduced the 55mm ƒ/1.4 as the first lens in the Otus lens line. Named after an owl known for night vision, the Otus line is designed specifically for high-resolution-sensor DSLRs, prioritizing sharpness and high image contrast and reducing chromatic aberrations. The internal 12-element optical design creates images without color fringe or distortion, while the external metal barrel allows for smooth manual focusing and comfortable operation. Available in F-bayonet and EF-bayonet mounts, the Otus line will be growing with additional lens lengths. List Price: $3,990. Contact: Zeiss, lenses.zeiss.com.

G-Tech Evolution
G-Technology has developed a dual-bay storage system particularly useful for downloading files in the field, then quickly backing up once you return to your studio workspace. The G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt hub ships with two portable stand-alone G-DRIVE ev USB 3.0 drives with 1 TB capacity each. The hub allows additional drives to be swapped in and out for flexible and expandable backup. Estimated Street Price: $749 ($199 for each additional 1 TB G-Drive ev portable USB 3.0 drive). Contact: G-Technology, www.g-technology.com.

Canon Sensor Upgrade
The Canon EOS 70D DSLR uses new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, which reads phase-detection data from every pixel for smoother autofocus when shooting quick-moving subjects such as sports, wildlife and events. Knowing the benefit of this technology for filmmakers, Canon is offering a $500 Dual Pixel CMOS AF upgrade for the EOS C100 Cinema camera that was released in November 2012. After purchasing the C100, owners will be able to ship their cameras to the Canon Service Center to have the sensor upgraded. Upgrades will start in February. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

Formerly known as the app Trip Cubby, Mileage Log+ by Contrast has received an upgrade, becoming a much-needed convenience for photographers tracking mileage for reimbursement or tax deduction purposes. The app features auto-entry and auto-calculation and saves frequent trips to reduce filing time, as well as quickly sorts and filters with customizable categories and reimbursement rates. Created keeping IRS compliance in mind, Mileage Log+ also compiles Excel-compatible email reports with PDF and CSV attachments. List Price: $9.99. Contact: Contrast, contrast.co.

In photography, between scouting, setting up equipment and working with natural light, timing is incredibly important. When you're traveling in a new city, even more factors play into timing. The free Embark app for iPhone helps manage city navigation with step-by-step instructions so you can get to your location smoothly. Using real-time information about late trains, closures and advisories, Embark gives you the best estimate as to when your train will arrive and what your schedule will look like. And Embark continues to work without an Internet or cellular connection while you're underground in a metro system. Currently available for 10 transit systems, including Boston, Chicago, NYC, San Francisco and Washington D.C., Embark is continuing to expand. Contact: Embark, www.letsembark.com.

Instead of single-image pseudo-HDR, bring true multi-image HDR photography to your smartphone. The Pro HDR app by eyeApps LLC expands your dynamic range with multiple image merging from the palm of your hand. Compatible with front and rear phone cameras, you can use auto-capture or manual mode for exposure, digital zoom, self-timer and flash. Edit the images by adjusting brightness, contrast and saturation, then save GPS and EXIF data. Compatible with iOS and Android devices. List Price: $1.99. Contact: eyeApps LLC, www.eyeapps.com.


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