Monday, June 23, 2008
New Tools Of The Trade
Digital Medium Format LL
Mamiya debuts the latest addition to its professional lineup of medium-format digital and film cameras. The 645AFDIII features quicker, more reliable data transfer between the digital back and camera body. A powerful, silent coreless motor delivers fast and quiet autofocusing. For more focusing control, you can move the focus point to the center, right or left side of the screen, or set auto and let the camera control it. Also introduced with the 645AFDIII is a new Sekor AF 80mm ƒ/2.8D lens. Other compatible lenses include the Mamiya 645 (AF and manual focus) and D series, Hasselblad V series and Pentacon Six lenses. The camera is compatible with Leaf and Phase One digital backs, as well as film backs. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Mamiya, (914) 347-3300, www.mamiya.com.
The latest set of pro Manfrotto tripods is made of 100-percent carbon fiber, with a sleek design, innovative center column system and top plate featuring a bubble level to help level the camera and tripod. The 190CXPRO4 and 190CXPRO3 each holds up to 11 pounds and weighs less than three pounds. Both feature the Q90° Quick Center Column System that lets you rotate from vertical to horizontal in one simple motion. Redesigned locking levers, new leg angle selectors and reengineered magnesium and aluminum castings make operation easier and enhance their aesthetic value. Estimated Street Price: $325 (190CXPRO4); $300 (190CXPRO3). Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.
The Carl Zeiss C Biogon T* 2.8/35 ZM lens is a fast, wide prime that's ideal when shooting on location because it weighs 7 ounces and measures 2.2 inches. Designed for cameras with M mounts, the ƒ/2.8 lens is compatible with Zeiss and Leica rangefinder cameras. You even can use it like a standard 50mm for digital rangefinder cameras with a 1.3x magnification factor. The metal lens is incremented in one-third aperture stops, with a minimum aperture of ƒ/22, and has a minimum focusing distance of 2.3 feet. Estimated Street Price: $817. Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.
Get consistent color throughout your workflow, from monitors to printers, with ColorMunki Photo, the new color-management suite from X-Rite. The program consists of a spectrophotometer that measures monitors, projectors and printers. Depending on how much control you want, there's a mode based on presets or manual controls for setting the white point, ambient light and othermeasurements. New printer profiling technology optimizes specific colors, black-and-white and flesh tones based on your photos. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: X-Rite, (914) 347-3300, www.xrite.com.
Time is valuable when you're on location, so keep everything running smoothly, including your strobes. The Bron Powerbox 900 is a sine wave, inverter-based battery with a standard Edison connector. This means you can plug in any single strobe up to 900 w-s, or with a standard power strip, you can plug in multiple strobes that add up to 900 w-s. With a 300 w-s strobe, expect about 210 flashes at full power and more than 800 flashes at minimum power. At maximum output, you can get about 100 flashes. The Powerbox 900 takes about three hours to charge and weighs 14.3 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $875. Contact: Visatec, (877) 456-0203,www.xrite.com.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom users can test version 2.0 of the workflow application as a free public beta. Expect improved memory handling through 64-bit support for Mac OS X 10.5 and Microsoft Vista operating systems, support for dual-monitor configurations and an updated Develop module that allows you to make localized adjustments to an image. Lightroom 2.0 debuts a new tool called Smart Collections, which automatically updates image collections with matching criteria, such as keywords or metadata. To download a free, 30-day trial, go to www.labs.adobe.com/downloads. Contact: Adobe Systems, (800) 833-6687, www.adobe.com.
The Linhof M 679cs is a compact view-camera system for digital and roll film photography. The all-metal alloy camera covers formats up to 6x9cm and is compatible with commonly used digital backs. Medium-format roll film backs for 6x6cm and 6x9cm can be adapted. Features include precise scales, zero click-stops and integrated clamping systems. Self-aligning micro drives with full shift and tilt allow for better control of depth of field, perspective and composition. Estimated Street Price: Varies depending on configuration. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
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