DPP Home Gear In Focus July/August 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

July/August 2013

New Tools Of The Trade


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EPIC Resolution
With a dynamic range of more than 161⁄2 stops, improved light sensitivity and a signal-to-noise ratio of 80 db, the Epic Red Dragon™ camera is capable of several acquisition formats, including 6K, 5K RAW, 4.5K RAW, 3K and 2K in a variety of aspect ratios. Capable of full 6K resolution in frame rates of up to 100 fps, the 19-megapixel 6144x3160 Red Dragon™ sensor offers nine times the resolution of conventional HD video. With Canon EF, Nikon F, Leica-M and cinema lens PL-mount compatibility, a redesigned sensor window in the Epic Dragon allows for a wider field of view over previous Epic models. For use with both Macs and PCs, the RED ROCKET-X acceleration board was announced concurrently to power the DRAGON sensor and enhance 4K playback and transcoding at up to five times the speed of the previous-generation RED ROCKET. It provides real-time 4K playback on displays or projectors through SDI (3G or 1.5) or Display Port outputs. List Price: Epic-M Red Dragon, brain only ($29,000); Red Rocket-X ($6,750). Contact: RED Digital Cinema, www.red.com.

Creative Cloud
Organizing your workflow across devices and collaborating within a team become easier as Adobe unveils the Creative Cloud system. With desktop applications, cross-device collaborations and publication capabilities, the workflow process moves quickly. The centralized Creative Cloud hub stores files, settings and notifications that can be synced and shared via the Creative Cloud on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android devices. You can edit a file from your smartphone while on the go, and the edits are automatically synced between devices with the version history. Team members stay connected to each other through the Cloud with update notifications. Creative Cloud is fully integrated with the portfolio creative community Behance, allowing quick publication for feedback and global exposure. Creative Cloud is also integrated with Digital Publishing Suite and PhoneGap for publishing digital magazines and mobile apps. Tools that have previously been known as the Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro) are now part of the CC family and have been updated in rich technology and the ability to share with the CC workflow. Adobe Creative Cloud membership is based on an individual or a team basis. Individuals will pay $49.99/month for an annual membership, with existing members receiving a discount of $29.99/month. The Team membership receives 100 GB of additional storage, centralized deployment and administration capabilities for $69.99/month per seat. Current members will receive the team membership for $39.99/month per seat if signed up before the end of August. List Price: $29-$69. Contact: Adobe, www.adobe.com.

Zoom Lens
The AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6G ED VR is ideal for the photographer looking to catch action at quick speeds. The Vibration Reduction system lets you shoot four stops slower than your minimum handholding speed, allowing quick and accurate handheld and low-light shooting. The Silent Wave Motor (SWM) maintains quiet autofocus operation even while shooting at top speeds. A Nano Crystal Coat on the lens reduces ghosting and flare. Focus mode comes in three priorities: The A/M autofocus and manual override gives AF priority; the M/A autofocus and manual override gives manual priority; and M gives pure manual priority. Autofocus is functional with a 1.4x teleconverter on an ƒ/8-compatible camera. Estimated Street Price: $2,696. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

Pro Video Lab
GoPro videos are perfect for capturing action at unusual angles and high speeds or in hazardous conditions. But after you get your footage back to your computer, you may need to clean up the video. proDAD ProDRENALIN software quickly removes fish-eye lens distortions and improves rolling shutter that may occur during a quick pan. Image stabilization is automatic with ProDRENALIN, keeping your images steady. Simple color correction, sensor noise removal and video rotation are also standard. Batch processing for download and optimization keeps your workflow quick and easy. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: proDAD, www.prodad.com.

One-Man Crew
Now you can add high-quality motion to your video with a small, reliable and easy-to-set-up piece of equipment. The One Man Crew Complete by Redrock Micro is a 36-inch-long track weighing 14.5 pounds. Set up your camera on the heavy-load tilt head and use the laser-alignment guide to set up consistent shots that are reproducible with the push of a button. The plate works with virtually every camera and has a weight capacity of 20 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $1,495. Contact: Redrock Micro, store.redrockmicro.com.

Zeiss Touit Lenses
Carl Zeiss has been listening to the desires of street photographers and has created light, compact autofocus lenses fully compatible with the Sony NEX- and Fujifilm X-series cameras. Currently, the world's widest wide-angle lens for an APS-C-format camera, the Touit 2.8/12 and the standard-focal-length Touit 1.8/32 lenses are built from robust metals to withstand heavy usage. A grippy focus ring aids in precise manual focus. Both lenses have a 9-blade circular aperture and the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating to reduce ghosting and flare. Estimated Street Price: $900 (Touit 1.8/32); $1,250 (Touit 2.8/12). Contact: Zeiss, lenses.zeiss.com/cine.

 

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