DPP Home Gear In Focus March/April 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

March/April 2010

New Tools Of The Trade

This Article Features Photo Zoom

Smooth Panning
If your work requires shooting with heavy super-telephoto lenses, using a gimbal head on a tripod can be an ideal solution, especially if you do a lot of wildlife photography where you’re tracking moving subjects. The Flashpoint Gimbal 1 supports lenses that are too long or heavy for a traditional ballhead. There are separate locking controls for vertical and horizontal movements, and the drag control allows for better control when panning. The head comes with a 23⁄4-inch quick-release plate. It weighs 2.2 pounds and can support 15.4 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $239. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

HD Graphics Card
Upgrade your computer system’s graphics card with the GeForce GT 240 from PNY. The 512 MB card features GDDR5 memory, which gives it more bandwidth for blazing-fast performance and complements other new features such as NVIDIA CUDA technology, NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology and dual-link HDCP capability. With a native HDMI port on board, the GT 240 offers the flexibility to connect both audio and video, via one cable, to any HDMI-enabled computer monitor or television. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: PNY Technologies, www.pny.com.

Photo Competition

Bron Imaging Group has partnered with the photographic team of Markus Klinko and Indrani for its 2010 student photography competition. The theme of the contest is an intimate portrait of the girl or boy next door. The competition will run from February 1 to July 1. Klinko and Indrani will select the winners, along with a handpicked panel of stylists and magazine editors. First prize is a complete broncolor Mobil A2R travel kit; second prize is a broncolor Minicom RFS travel kit; third prize is a California Sunbounce Micro mini with flash bracket; and fourth prize is a FOBA M2 ballhead with quick-release plate. Contact: Bron Imaging Group, www.bronimaging.com.

Digital Art Studio

With enhancements to the PNG filter, transformations and color management, Corel Painter 11 includes several key changes and upgrades for improving your creative workflow. The fundamental tools are all still there, including pressure-sensitive brushes that produce textured, precise brushstrokes and enhanced drawing tools like markers and pens for shading. The update also features improved copy-and-paste, tablet functionality, auto painting and color wheel/mixer resizing. Current users will receive this update via an in-product auto update or can download it for free from the website. Estimated Street Price: $429 (new). Contact: Corel, (877) 582-6735, www.corel.com.

Lens Support
Pan your heavy telephoto lens smoothly using the CB Gimbal from Custom Brackets. A true roller-bearing design allows for easy panning and tilting. The device has separate drag adjustment and lock for both horizontal and vertical movement of lenses using soft rubber-coated knobs. It also can be used as a panoramic head with 360-degree markings for use with wide-angle lenses. A built-in bubble level makes panning more accurate when you’re tracking wildlife and other moving subjects. Estimated Street Price: $579. Contact: Custom Brackets, (800) 530-2289, www.custombrackets.com.


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