DPP Home Gear In Focus March-April 2008

Monday, March 3, 2008

March-April 2008

New Tools Of The Trade

in focusMuseum Gallery Wraps
Having work printed on canvas can be a nice alternative to traditional framing. Canvas On Demand delivers archival-quality Museum Gallery Wraps in three to four days. With either a 0.75- or 1.5-inch stretcher frame, the edge of the wrap can have a modest or bold profile. The canvas can be a continuation of the image, solid black or white, or you can choose a color from the image. When ordering multiples of an image in the same size, additional canvases are half of the original price. Canvases are treated with a UV-inhibiting coat rated to prevent fading for more than 100 years. Estimated Street Price: $79 to $461. Contact: Canvas On Demand, (800) 801-6312, www.canvasondemand.com.

in focus Speed Reader
The Kingston Media Reader supports 19 types of flash memory cards via USB. It has four built-in slots to handle various formats and a retractable chassis that keeps inserted cards safe. There's also room for a short, compact USB cable for on-the-go use with a notebook or other portable devices. The Media Reader supports all popular memory card formats, including CF, SD, SDHC, miniSD, microSD, MMC, Memory Stick and more. Estimated Street Price: $17. Contact: Kingston, (877) KINGSTON, www.kingston.com.

in focusWeather Bag
The Lowepro Vertex 300 AW backpack keeps your equipment safe and dry in any kind of weather. Water-resistant zippers and a seam-sealed cover keep the interior dry. An eight-point adjustable harness system is designed to match your body type for comfort. It's deep enough for a pro D-SLR with attached 400mm lens. Depending on the configuration, the backpack holds one to two pro D-SLRs, a large 35mm or medium-format system, six to eight lenses, a tripod or monopod, a 17-inch laptop and accessories. Estimated Street Price: $249. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.

in focusColor Palette
Get a handle on color management with a comprehensive display and printer calibration solution from Datacolor. Spyder3Pro is a display-calibration tool that comes with an easy-to-use colorimeter and helpful features, such as ambient light control, which optimizes your monitor's calibration according to the light in any given room, and multiple display calibration, which calibrates all displays (monitors, notebooks, projectors, etc.) in your system. Spyder3Print is a print calibration tool that uses a spectrocolorimeter to read targets and create custom profiles for printing. It has a function called SpyderProof, which lets you softproof your images before printing, and it also supports 16-bit profiles. Estimated Street Price: $160 (Spyder3Pro); $499 (Spyder3Print). Contact: Datacolor, (800) 554-8688, www.datacolor.com.

in focusAmbient Glow
Hang it, stand it up, lay it down or put it on a stand—the Chimera Birdcage Lantern Light is a versatile source for soft diffused light. With the adjustable black/silver skirt, you can shape the light and add an accent wherever you want. Standing about 14 inches tall, the lightweight Birdcage Lantern comes complete with a Mogul Base fixture for a 500-watt lamp and screw-in adapter so you can use regular household bulbs. Estimated Street Price: $320. Contact: Chimera, (888) 444-1812, www.chimeralighting.com.

in focusSubstitute Ink
Lyson Cave Paint R24 is a replacement inkset for Epson's pro printers. Developed as a substitute for inksets like Epson UltraChrome K3, the ink uses advanced resin technology to deliver eye-popping colors and rich blacks that resist fading and bronzing. The R24 inkset includes Photo Black and Matte Black inks. It's sold in individual cartridges and refillable cartridge kits. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Ink2Image, (800) 443-9508, www.ink2image.com.


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