Tuesday, June 8, 2010
New Tools Of The Trade
WD Photos is a free photo viewer app from Western Digital that makes it possible to see all of the images stored on your My Book World Edition or WD ShareSpace network drive using an iPhone or iPod touch. Images are automatically resized for faster viewing and you can see previously viewed photos even when you’re offline. All photos copied into the Shared Pictures folder of either drive are accessible, and you can look at them all at once or filter them by folder or album or as a slideshow. Built-in search options allow you to find images by file name, folder name or date. The originals stay safe and in full resolution on the drive. Estimated Street Price: Free. Contact: Western Digital, (877) 934-6972, www.westerndigital.com.
Polaroid instant film is making a comeback by way of The Impossible Project, a group of engineers and enthusiasts based in the Netherlands who has reinvented the film, giving new life to some old Polaroid cameras. The company will offer PX 100 and PX 600 Silver Shade for SX-70 cameras made in the 1970s, as well as more recent cameras that take 600-series film. Each film pack produces eight black-and-white images, with color film to be introduced later this year. Polaroid stopped making instant film in 2008. Estimated Street Price: $21. Contact: The Impossible Project, www.the-impossible-project.com.
Using newly developed High-Rate Transparency film, the Hoya HRT Circular Polarizer passes more visible light through the filter while still filtering the same amount of polarized light. Transmitting as much as 25% more light through the polarizing film, the filter gives you about 1⁄3-stop more light than a standard circular polarizer, according to the manufacturer. The glass also has UV absorbing properties. In addition to darkening skies, a polarizer reduces reflections caused by glass, water and other nonmetallic surfaces. Size availability is 49mm to 82mm. Estimated Street Price: $70 to $250. Contact: THK Photo, (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
The Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1 is a full HD camcorder that weighs a mere 7.2 ounces and measures just 1.7 inches thick. On that slim body is a 35mm wide-angle lens with a video zoom function that enlarges the sensor area and makes focal lengths of 35mm to 1050mm possible. In addition to the standard recording buttons, separate buttons for photo and video are located on the upper front part of the body for easily and comfortably capturing low-angle images. Other key specs include full 1920x1080 resolution, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video format, built-in stereo microphones and Digital Image Stabilizer technology. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Sanyo, us.sanyo.com/Dual-Cameras.
Keep one or two DSLRs attached to your body at all times using the Cotton Carrier Camera System. With the additions of the Lens Stabilization Strap and the Camera Tether, the camera is held in place more securely. The Lens Stabilization Strap wraps across your camera’s lens, ensuring that it stays snug while eliminating swinging. The Camera Tether (one for each camera) clips from the Camera Vest to your camera, providing protection against an accidental drop when it’s removed. Estimated Street Price: $169. Contact: Cotton Carrier, www.cottoncarrier.com.
Portable Soft Box
Create just the kind of light you need with the 16x16-inch Flashpoint Soft Box for shoe-mount flashes. This is an ideal solution for diffusing the harsh directional light created by a flash into softer light. You can use it on your camera or a light stand. It weighs 2.7 pounds and folds flat for easy storage. Estimated Street Price: $39. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
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