Tuesday, December 23, 2008
New Tools Of The Trade
Keep your expensive lighting equipment safe in the Flashpoint CS770 Lighting Kit Case from Adorama. The bag’s exterior is made with rugged Softex material that’s weather-resistant. A heavy-duty zipper and large weather strip prevent moisture from entering the main compartment. On the inside, reinforced padded walls provide further protection. A divider shelf runs across the length of the case, separating flash gear from light stands and umbrellas. Smaller vertical dividers can be positioned however you want for a customized fit. The bag measures 40x12x12 inches. Estimated Street Price: $170. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
For fans of Nik Software, the Complete Collection puts all of its most popular plug-ins in one box set (in two editions). The Complete Collection for Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture edition supports every plug-in to work in both programs, plus Color Efex Pro 3.0 to work in Capture NX 2. The Complete Collection for Aperture edition supports each plug-in to work in that application only. Programs include Dfine 2.0, Viveza, Color Efex Pro 3.0, Silver Efex Pro and Sharpener Pro 3.0. All of these apps make editing more intuitive through Nik Software’s progressive U Point technology, which allows you to make precise, localized adjustments using Control Points instead of creating layer masks. Estimated Street Price: $299 (Aperture); $599 (Photoshop and Aperture). Contact: Nik Software, (888) 284-4085, www.niksoftware.com.
Streamline your RAW workflow with Phase One’s Capture One 4 PRO software, which delivers an enhanced Color Editor for fine-tuning image colors with more precise adjustment tools. You can save those adjustments as presets or as customized ICC profiles for consistent color reproduction. Other features include a Skin Tone tool for easily setting and reproducing skin tones shot under various lighting conditions. Additionally, new Lens Correction tools minimize chromatic aberration, purple fringing and distortion. The software supports Phase One and Mamiya medium-format cameras, along with RAW files from cameras made by Canon, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and more. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Phase One, www.phaseone.com.
White Balance Lens Cap
Camera white-balance presets aren’t always the most accurate. The BRNO baLens cap is designed to help you correct this even when facing difficult lighting conditions. Simply squeeze both side tabs of the cap for easily placing on the lens. Take a reference exposure with the camera set on manual focus/auto-exposure mode. The cap then allows the setting of a custom white balance based on the actual color temperature of the light source. The cap is available in standard 52mm to 77mm sizes. Estimated Street Price: $44 to $64. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Big Lens Carrier
The Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW II fits a pro D-SLR with an attached 600mm telephoto lens or an unattached 800mm lens. For nature or sports photographers who shoot regularly with a supertele, the backpack is designed to keep you comfortable with an ergonomic, removable, adjustable torso harness system that offers a custom fit. A padded back pad with lumbar support and shock-absorbing foam padding also enhance comfort. A drop-down zipper provides full access to gear and has six memory-card pockets on the inside lid. Estimated Street Price: $219. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
The HP DesignJet Z3200 Photo Printer turns out gallery-quality prints in color and black-and-white, with an estimated print permanence of more than 200 years. Using 12 HP Vivera pigment inks that include a new Chromatic Red, the Z3200 produces water-resistant prints on a wide variety of HP photo, fine-art and specialty papers. Calibration and profiling are made more efficient with an embedded spectrophotometer and HP DreamColor technologies. The enhanced HP Color Center lets you easily manage paper presets and adjust print settings, including total ink volume and gloss-enhancer usage. The 2400 x 1200-dpi printer is available in 24- and 44-inch models. Estimated Street Price: $3,395 (24-inch); $5,595 (44-inch). Contact: HP, (800) 752-0900, www.hp.com.
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