Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The 1x1 Bi-Focus from Litepanels is an LED light capable of variable-spot and flood focusing. The 1x1-foot portable light features two independent sets of daylight color-balanced (5600 degrees Kelvin) LED bulbs, with one set composed of flood bulbs and the other of spot bulbs. By cross-fading between the two sets of LEDs, you can vary the width of the light beam, achieving variable flood or spot output. Because it uses 1,152 LED bulbs—twice the number of a standard 1x1—the light projects the same total light output whether you select spot, flood or any combination of the two. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Litepanels, (818) 752-7009, www.litepanels.com.
The second generation of the Windows Home Server features expanded support for Macs with backup to the server now possible through Time Machine. Powered by HP MediaSmart Servers EX485/EX487, the unit allows you to back up and access digital content from multiple computers. While designed for a home network, it should work for a small studio, too. You can control access by setting up user privileges to shared folders. Approved users can remotely access files and applications from anywhere through a secure website. Estimated Street Price: $600 (750 GB); $750 (1.5 TB). Contact: Microsoft, (800) 642-7676, www.microsoft.com; HP, (800) 752-0900, www.hp.com.
Add some artistic flair to your images without investing a lot of extra time using Alien Skin Software’s Snap Art 2. You can choose from 10 natural media and hundreds of styles, including oil paint, watercolor and pencil sketch. The app simulates the look of individual brushstrokes on a canvas texture, giving the final rendering more authenticity. Because details can be added more selectively now, the program works better for portrait photography, too. This version also is faster than the first version. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Alien Skin Software, (888) 921-SKIN, www.alienskin.com.
Green Wedding Books
White Glove First Edition Books is expanding its eco-friendly lineup to include four fine-art wedding books. The cover board is FSC-certified recycled and free of acid, lignin and chlorine. The glue is nontoxic, nonhazardous, acid-free and bio-degradable. The gutter-free, lay-flat pages are made of solvent-free aqueous pigment inks printed on PEFC-certified paper. Book cloth is a cotton and linen mix that’s produced from natural fibers, which are harvested in a sustainable way. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: White Glove First Edition Books, (714) 841-6900, www.wgbooks.com.
Arca-Swiss R Series
The Arca-Swiss Rm3d is a compact, handheld rangefinder camera designed with vertical and horizontal shift systems and a tilting lens mount. The distance to the subject and the depth of field are measured and displayed digitally and include an electronic leveling aid. This versatile camera can be used with a medium-format digital or traditional film back of up to 6x9cm; it features a front tilt system for the most efficient use of the available depth of field. The new and bright optional Vario finder covers a focal-length range of 23-210mm and eliminates all flare. Estimated Street Price: $5,300 (camera); $1,280 (Vario finder). Contact: Arca-Swiss, (773) 248-2513, www.precisioncameraworks.com.
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