DPP Home Gear In Focus July/August 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

July/August 2012

New Tools Of The Trade


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Digital Camera Backs
esigned for use with the Mamiya 645DF, the Leaf Credo camera back series consists of three models with 40-, 60- and 80-megapixel CCD image sensors. The Credo 80, the highest-resolution model, delivers 12.5 ƒ-stops of dynamic range so tonal differences and details are revealed to their fullest extent. The Credo 60 has a 3:4 ratio sensor for producing strong color and low noise. With a capture rate of 1.2 fps, the Credo 40 is the fastest of the trio. All of the backs have a 3.2-inch multitouch screen, which helps you fine-tune focus and tonal accuracy. The Credo 40 and 60 are capable of up to a one-minute exposure at ISO 50-800 sensitivity, while the Credo 80 has a wider ISO range of 35-800 and a two-minute maximum exposure time. The backs are compatible with other medium-format camera bodies, including Hasselblad and Contax. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $14,995. Contact: Mamiya Leaf, www.mamiyaleaf.com.

Sharp Tele
The Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 APO EX DC OS HSM lens is the tenth model in the lens manufacturer's telephoto lineup to be equipped with Optical Stabilizer technology. With this system, you can shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would be possible otherwise. Six SLD glass elements offer corrections for all types of aberrations and provide high-quality imagery throughout the zoom range. Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, and the Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) delivers quiet, high-speed autofocusing while allowing full-time manual-focus capability .List Price: $1,650. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.

Strong Legs
With both a ground and midlevel spreader, the Davis & Sanford Pro Elite tripods are built to keep your camera grounded no matter what kind of surface you're shooting on. An ergonomically designed lever system lets you pan, scan and tilt the fluid head, and counterbalance control mechanisms provide support for a wide range of camera weights. The variable quick-release allows you to fine-tune camera balance rather easily. There are three models. All feature aluminum legs, have a maximum height of 64 inches and a minimum height of 23.6 inches. At the top end is the Pro Elite 5100-25, a 100mm video tripod with a head that has four-position pan-and-tilt drag functionality. It also has a selectable three-position counterbalance system. Estimated Street Price: $1,099 (5100-25). Contact: Davis & Sanford (Tiffen), (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.

Workflow Management
The latest release of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is loaded with new features. Some of those include redesigned and improved image-editing capabilities, integrated photo books, a Map module with several location-tagging tools, basic video editing and "soft-proofing" functionality that allows you to check how images will look when printed. New localized adjustment controls let you "paint" white balance, noise reduction and anti-moiré effects onto specific areas of the image in addition to the existing tone and color adjustments. For video, you can play, trim and extract frames, plus there are video-specific presets, as well as a lot of standard image adjustment controls that can be applied to your clips. Estimated Street Price: $149. Contact: Adobe, (800) 833-6687, www.adobe.com.

Wide Prime
When an assignment calls for doing a lot of shooting in tight spaces, consider having the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/15 on hand. The 15mm lens has a fast ƒ/2.8 aperture, can focus from just 10 inches and offers a 110º field angle of view on a full-frame camera. A combination of aspherical lens elements, partial-dispersion glass and a floating-elements design controls distortion and chromatic aberration. The lens is available with an EF (ZE) or F bayonet (ZF.2) mount. Estimated Street Price: $2,950. Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.

Optics Bundle
If you're a fan of the tilt-shift look produced by Lensbaby selective-focus lenses, the company's Pro Effects Kit puts the flagship Composer Pro and two special-effects optics all in one package. The Sweet 35 Optic is a 35mm ƒ/2.5 selective-focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture that creates a sharp sweet spot of focus surrounded by blur. The Edge 80 is an 80mm ƒ/2.8 flat field of focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture that delivers a slice of sharp focus through the image surrounded by soft blur. Finally, two macro converters, an 8mm and a 16mm, can be stacked together to create a 24mm converter. Estimated Street Price: $750. Contact: Lensbaby, (877) 536-7222, www.lensbaby.com.

 

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