Tuesday, June 4, 2013
New Tools Of The Trade
Photographers who are constantly on the road will get a lot of use out of the Rolling DigiSuite DSLR Camera Case by Petrol Bags. Designed specifically for easy airport travel, the front lid unzips to reveal a central compartment that holds two DSLR cameras with lenses attached. Detachable internal dividers made of soft red-brushed polyester allow you to create custom interior pockets for your lenses, matte box, follow focus, camera light, viewfinder, cables and other accessories. The padded pouch within the lid fits a 17-inch laptop. An additional envelope-style mesh zipper pocket stores smaller accessories. Estimated Street Price: $363. Contact: Petrol Bags, www.petrolbags.com.
With the Broncolor Move 1200L by Hasselblad, you'll be ready to set up lights for a location shoot at any moment. Weighing less than 14 pounds, the small unit has 1200 ws of power with full asymmetry across two lamp connections. Flash times are down to 1/20,000 sec., and the unit gives a control range of up to nine ƒ-stops, as well as absolute color stability due to Broncolor ECTC technology. The Move also acts as a power supply for continuous lighting for more than two hours. The Move comes with an Outdoor Trolley Backpack for transport and a weatherproof Power Pack Soft Case to protect the actual unit while in use. Estimated Street Price: $4,998-$9,354. Contact: Hasselblad, hasselbladbron.com.
The Canon EOS Rebel T5i has powerful features in a small size, making it a great backup camera or a go-to when you're short on space. It has an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, Canon's DIGIC 5 Image Processor and an ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600), performing well in low-light situations. The 5 fps continuous shooting capabilities combine with a 9 cross-type AF system to help capture quick action shots. The Rebel T5i has full HD Movie Mode with a stereo microphone and manual audio level adjustments. The smudge-resistant, 3-inch Clear View LCD touch screen has flexible positioning for tough angles and clear viewing, even in bright outdoor conditions. Estimated Street Price: $749. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.
A versatile on-camera light that can stand alone or link with others to form a portable light bank, the Z180 UltraColor Bi-Color LED On Camera Light by F&V Lighting complements your lighting kit. The Z180 has 90 daylight-balanced and 90 tungsten-balanced LED lights with a dimmer knob, giving you intensity control from 0-100%. The Correlated Color Temperature knob lets you transition the color temperature from 3200K to 5600K. Using the Expandable Link System (ELS), the Z180 can join together through quick-release dovetail joints both vertically and horizontally with as many as 36 additional units in any configuration. The SmartSync Control Circuit (SCC) allows one unit to act as the control center so all the lights act as one, responding to a single dimmer knob. The Z180 has a built-in NP-F battery plate, as well as a built-in AA battery compartment and DC 2.5 jack. A tungsten balance filter and frost diffusion filter are included. Estimated Street Price: $389. Contact: F&V, www.fvlighting.com.
Fotodiox LED 100
The Fotodiox LED 100WA Series is a new high-powered continuous light option that pulls only 100 W of energy. The housing has a quiet fan to keep the unit cool to the touch. Both 3200K and 5600K color temperatures are available, and the lights are fully dimmable. The lights are equipped with a Bowens S-type mount so traditional light modifiers like softboxes, umbrellas and barndoors are attachable. The lights come with a 24-month warranty. Estimated Street Price: $324. Contact: Fotodiox, www.fotodioxpro.com.
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