DPP Home Gear In Focus July-August 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

July-August 2008

New Tools Of The Trade



Plug-In Box Set

Plug-In Suite 4 combines full versions of several popular onOne Software plug-ins into one high-powered application for Photoshop CS2 and CS3. Inside the box are Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro, Photo Tools 1.0 Professional Edition, PhotoFrame 3.1 Professional Edition, Mask Pro 4.1, PhotoTune 2.2 and FocalPoint 1.0. Resize images by 1,000 percent without losing detail or sharpness; reproduce a range of authentic camera, filter and darkroom techniques digitally; add border and edge effects; create masks; correct color; and simulate selective-focus or tilt-shift lenses for more precision. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.


Mamiya Digital Optics

Coinciding with the latest camera system, new telephoto and zoom lenses in the Mamiya Sekor D series are coming out. Characteristic of these lenses are the optics, which are optimized for digital backs, with light hitting the sensor at an ideal angle for digital photography. The Mamiya Sekor AF 150mm ƒ/2.8 IF D is the manufacturer's fastest telephoto lens. It provides a 26-degree angle of view (equivalent to 93mm in 35mm format), a minimum focusing distance of 3.3 feet and an internal focusing system for perfectly balanced handheld photography. The Mamiya Sekor Zoom AF 45-90mm ƒ/4.5 D Aspherical delivers a 42- to 76-degree angle of view and covers 28-56mm in 35mm format. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Mamiya, (914) 347-3300, www.mamiya.com.


ll Heavy-Duty Traveler
Roll through airport security knowing your equipment is safely tucked away in a carry-on that meets all international air travel guidelines. The Airport Airstream from Think Tank Photo is a small roller outfitted with a TSA combination lock for the zipper sliders, a cable for securing the roller to immovable objects and a front cable and lock for fastening a laptop case to the bag. There's enough room for multiple D-SLRs and lenses up to 400mm. With the Security Plate system, you can register the roller's serial number on Think Tank Photo's Lost and Found site. The company will contact you if it's informed that a lost or stolen bag was located. Estimated Street Price: $289. Contact: Think Tank Photo, (866) 55-THINK, www.thinktankphoto.com.


Portrait Light

The affordable, sophisticated and self-contained Calumet Genesis 200 w-s and 400 w-s monolights sync up through a built-in infrared slave cell that provides wireless flash synchronization. An alarm lets you know when the light is fully charged. You can adjust power levels over a five-stop range. The Genesis 200 and 400 have guide numbers of 125 and 160 feet, respectively. Each comes with an umbrella reflector, flash tube, 150-watt modeling lamp, sync cord, power cord and protective cap. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $169. Contact: Calumet Photographic, (800) CALUMET, www.calumetphoto.com.

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