Tuesday, December 23, 2008
New Tools Of The Trade
The Mamiya DL28 Digital Camera System combines the Mamiya 645AFD III camera body with the Leaf Aptus-II 6 28-megapixel digital back and a Sekor AF 80mm ƒ/2.8 D lens into a high-performance pro package at a very good price. The camera, which also works with 120, 220 and Polaroid backs, features three-point phase-difference autofocusing, shutter speeds from 30 to 1⁄4000 sec. with flash sync up to 1/125 sec., and three metering systems (five-segment evaluative, center-weighted average and spot). The digital back features 28 megapixels on a 44x33mm CCD and a 3.5-inch touch-screen LCD monitor. Big 7.2-micron pixels help produce a 12-stop dynamic range. The 53 MB RAW files are 16-bit and measure 6144 x 4622 pixels. ISOs run from 50 to 800. The lens mount accepts Mamiya M645 lenses. Images can be stored on CompactFlash cards or transferred directly to the computer via an included FireWire cable. Estimated Street Price: $14,999. Contact: Mamiya, (914) 347-3300, www.mamiya.com.
FireWire 800 Storage Drive
Western Digital’s popular My Passport Studio portable drives offer up to 500 GB of storage capacity and weigh less than seven ounces. Now they include a high-speed FireWire 800 interface for superfast performance with Mac computers. FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interfaces also are provided. An illuminated capacity gauge shows how much space is available. The unit also is compatible with Apple’s Time Machine backup utility found in the Leopard operating system. The drives come formatted for Macs, but they easily can be reformatted for use with Windows PCs. Estimated Street Price: $249 (500 GB); $229 (400 GB). Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.westerndigital.com.
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Known for making lenses that produce top-notch image quality and precision, Carl Zeiss is expanding its lineup for Canon EOS cameras. The first pair of ZE lenses with EF bayonet mounts to be released are the Planar T* 1,4/50 ZE and Planar T* 1,4/85 ZE. The 50mm and 85mm primes have a fast and constant aperture of ƒ/1.4. They also maintain all exposure modes such as programmed auto exposure, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual settings. Estimated Street Price: $660 (50mm); $1,170 (85mm). Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.
With the latest crop of D-SLRs, such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Nikon D90, capable of producing high-quality video, check out the steady support offered by Manfrotto’s 547B Professional Video Tripod. The unit weighs 5.1 pounds, yet can hold up to 33 pounds. To enhance its rigidity, the 547B was designed with technopolymers incorporated into the upper casting and on the leg collars, resulting in greater stability. Also included are a midlevel fixed spreader and retractable spiked rubber feet. The tripod is sold on its own or with the 701HDV professional video head. Estimated Street Price: $240 (547B); $300 (547B with 701HDV). Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.
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The 10-color, pigment-based ink technology used in the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 printers delivers the subtle tones, accurate hues and fine transitions needed for printing high-dynamic-range images. The UltraChrome HDR Ink includes new orange and green inks that significantly increase the color range from bright green to yellow and from yellow to red. The 24-inch and 44-inch printers also feature AccuPhoto HDR screening technology, which further enhances fine photographic blends and transitions, and produces highly accurate highlight-to-shadow detail. The 10-channel MicroPiezo TFP printhead produces 2880 x 1440-dpi resolution and droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters for greater detail and accuracy. Estimated Street Price: $3,995 (7900); $5,995 (9900). Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
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