Tuesday, February 8, 2011
New Tools Of The Trade
Taking advantage of the latest Secure Digital Extended Capacity format, the Lexar Professional 133x SDXC cards capture up to 48 hours of 1080p HD video and can handle sustained, rapid-fire still shooting when the camera is in continuous burst mode. Coming in 64 GB and 128 GB capacities, the cards provide a minimum transfer speed of 20 MB/s, accelerating your workflow by providing quick transfer of high-resolution images and HD video from the card to your computer. Estimated Street Price: $399 (64 GB); $699 (128 GB). Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.
Designed for pros, the 128 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash memory card helps you capture more frames in continuous burst mode and high-quality full HD video. The card delivers write speeds of up to 100 MB/s, is built for recording 1920x1080 resolution, and has a bit rate of up to 50 MB/s and 4:2:2 color sampling. When recording HD video, the card is capable of 20 MB/s sustained write speeds. A silicone coating provides added protection. Estimated Street Price: $1,499. Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK, www.sandisk.com.
For RAW shooters, Phase One’s Capture One Pro 6 delivers helpful new features to speed up and improve your workflow. Using layers, you now can make nondestructive local adjustments to color, exposure, contrast, brightness and saturation without affecting the whole image. Sliders make black-and-white conversion a straightforward process that lets you adjust color channels and create split-toning effects when you convert to grayscale. Whether you’re editing RAW or JPEG files, 64-bit cross-platform support gets the job done fast. An Express version of the software is available with fewer, but still powerful, features. The program also supports an app for iPad and iPhone users called Capture Pilot (Pro version only), which allows you to wirelessly view, zoom in on and pan images from your camera. Estimated Street Price: $399 (Pro); $129 (Express). Contact: Phase One, www.phaseone.com.
The iPad is becoming increasingly more important as a tool for showing work to prospective clients, so make your digital portfolio look its best with PADPORT. The presentation app features side-by-side display of video and stills, custom splash and home screens with background images of your choosing, multiple custom-named portfolios, bulk loading of images via iTunes file sharing and multiple theme choices. You can arrange the image order of each portfolio, include all of your contact information and hide the user interface to block viewers from accessing your settings. Estimated Street Price: $9. Contact: PADPORT, www.padportapp.com; Apple, itunes.apple.com.
Minimize the wear and tear of traveling on your gear using the CaseCruzer PSC300. Lined with polyethylene foam, the carrying case helps maintain and regulate interior temperatures where DSLRs, laptops, memory cards and other
accessories are stored. Capable of absorbing shock and the hard knocks of travel, the case has a foam base, making it impermeable to solvents and chemicals. It’s also resistant to UV rays and fungus. Built-in wheels and an extendable pull handle help you stay mobile. Exterior dimensions are about 21.8x13.8x9 inches, and it weighs 13 pounds with foam. Estimated Street Price: $252. Contact: CaseCruzer, (800) 440-9925, www.casecruzer.com.
If you’re looking for a better monitoring solution than your camera’s LCD, particularly when shooting video, the V-LCD50-HDMI from Marshall Electronics is small enough to sit comfortably on top of an HD DSLR, but has a 5-inch screen with 800x480 resolution. The monitor is LED-backlit for bright viewing in the field with wide 85º angles. There are four programmable buttons for displaying viewing functions, including False Color and Peaking filters, which help you set camera exposure accurately and obtain sharp focus. The unit runs off of four AA batteries or the included power supply. An HDMI input will port video directly from compatible HD DSLRs. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Marshall Electronics, (310) 333-0606, www.lcdracks.com.
If you work with one of the latest iMacs, Mac minis or MacBook Pros, you’ve noticed they now have just a single FireWire 800 port. Sonnet offers a solution with the Yin•Yang FireWire 800 to FireWire 400/800 Mini Hub. The device allows you to connect FireWire 800 and 400 devices to your Mac simultaneously through that single port. Concurrent data transfer speeds are 800 MB/s and 400 MB/s, respectively, to and from those devices. The Yin•Yang is small and portable, measuring just 1.9x1.5x0.6 inches, and requires no external power supply. Estimated Street Price: $69. Contact: Sonnet Technologies, Inc., (949) 587-3500, www.sonnettech.com.
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