Tuesday, June 10, 2014
New Tools Of The Trade
Travelwide 4x5 Camera
For large-format enthusiasts, Wanderlust has created the lightweight 4x5-format Travelwide camera system. At 9.7 ounces, lighter than a DSLR body, the Travelwide employs a high-impact unibody construction. Using focus marks on the barrel for fine-tuning focus and composition from the back screen, the Travelwide focuses from infinity to 0.55 meters. Compatible with most 90mm lenses, a Pinwide pinhole is included. Three accessory cold-shoes for levels, rangefinders or viewfinders are featured. The Travelwide accepts standard 4x5 film holders and Polaroid 545i holders. List Price: $149. Contact: Wanderlust, www.wanderlustcameras.com.
When you're on location, you don't want to interrupt the flow of a shoot, going back to your home base to simply remove fingerprints from your camera's LCD screen. Luckily, OnSlot is a cleaning tool that conveniently mounts to your camera's hot-shoe. The OnSlot also cleans other digital device screens, such as your laptop, tablet and smartphone. It's available in four colors—a Polished Rosewood with a black or white pedestal, Piano Black or Piano White. For a small additional fee, add your own personal logo. List Price: $9-$19. Contact: OnSlot, www.omegabrandess.com.
Strap And Holster System
For active photographers, Cotton Carrier has created the Carry-Lite strap and holster system. Using a patented locking system, the camera hub slides in and securely mounts in the holster, then quickly releases when turned 90°. The removable side holster is made of durable 1680 Denier Polypropelene fitted with the Lexan camera receptacle. Included with the Carry-Lite is the Cotton Carrier Hand Strap and Universal Adapter Plate for quick and safe transitions from handheld to tripod use. List Price: $139. Contact: Cotton Carrier, www.cottoncarrier.com.
The BlackRapid Cross Shot strap is simple, sturdy and makes toting your camera effortless. The 10.5-inch-long and 1.5-inch-wide molded nonslip TPR rubber pad keeps the strap comfortably in place. Worn across your torso on either shoulder, it's usable for both right- and left-dominant shooters. The BlackRapid-patented FastenR, ConnectR and Lock Star hardware with Lock Star Swivel Hook Cover keep your camera safely connected to the strap. List Price: $44. Contact: BlackRapid, www.blackrapid.com.
The Perfectly Clear desktop plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom has been developed using technology to better emulate the image your eye sees based on the principles of how it gathers light, making up for any distortion due to the camera and avoiding color distortion from other software "enhancements." Providing nondestructive individual and batch edits, with side-by-side "before" and "after" edits for vivid comparison, the plug-in offers automatic High Definition Contrast correction for highlight and detail preservation. For equally high-quality images on your smartphone, a mobile app is available with a panorama mode, a 30 fps burst mode and two-exposure HDR, increasing color fidelity and vibrancy. List Price: $249 (Photoshop & Lightroom Bundle); $199 (Lightroom or Photoshop individual); $2.99 (smartphone app). Contact: Athentech Imaging, www.athentech.com.
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