Tuesday, February 14, 2012
New Tools Of The Trade
Give your neck a break from carrying around a heavy DSLR by using the b-grip EVO belt holder instead. The base attaches to a waist belt and a quick-release plate connects to the camera's tripod socket so your DSLR stays firmly in place, without swinging, until you need it. When it's time to shoot, simply discharge the camera using the quick-release mechanism and you're set. Extra loops provide more stability, and an additional belt can be used to secure the bottom of the base to your leg so the camera stays secured to your body. Estimated Street Price: $59. Contact: OmegaBrandess, (410) 374-3250, www.omegabrandess.com.
Travel the world with your equipment safely stowed in the Tamrac Evolution Speed Roller backpack. When you'd rather roll your gear than carry it, the bag has smooth ball-bearing wheels and a telescoping handle. When rolling isn't an option, untuck the Tuck-A-Way harness and wear as a backpack. The bottom section holds a DSLR with a 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 lens attached, several extra lenses and a flash. The foam-padded top compartment contains adjustable, removable dividers for a second camera with up to a 6-inch lens attached and two small lenses when needed or personal items if a second kit isn't required. A foam-padded compartment holds up to a 15.6-inch laptop. Estimated Street Price: $379. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
Capable of producing photo specialty products such as 24x36-inch prints and 2x8-foot banners, the Epson/Fujifilm Stylus Pro 7890 inkjet printer is ideal if your work requires you to do a lot of large-format printing. Epson UltraChrome inks produce long-lasting, high-quality prints, with a wide color gamut and rich, deep blacks. You can print on a wide range of media, including canvas, fine-art paper and board stock up to 1.5mm thick. When connected with Fujifilm's MS software, the printer can correct color, optimize contrast and skin tones, and enhance image sharpness and texture. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Fujifilm, (877) 845-1608, www.fujifilmusa.com.
Ensure that your images look as good in print as they do on screen by printing them on Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth High Gloss inkjet media. The metallic film-based media delivers enhanced definition and extended tonal range. An instant dry-coated layer helps to produce top-notch quality images whether they're printed with dye- or pigment-based inks. Ilford, once known for its conventional wet-darkroom film and paper, offers a variety of paper types under its Galerie Professional lineup, which includes Gold, Classic and Graphic in addition to Smooth. The paper is available in sizes of 8½x11 inches, A4, A3+ and 24-inch rolls. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Ilford, www.ilford.com.
Flashpoint 312 LEDmounts to the camera hot-shoe, has daylight and tungsten LEDs, and features two simple dials for controlling the color temperature. Working time is five hours and it's battery-operated so you can attach it off-camera to a light stand when needed. Best of all, the 312 is small and light so it won't take up too much space in your backpack. Estimated Street Price: $139. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
High Dynamic Range
With more than 26 new or improved features, HDR Expose 2 from Unified Color Technologies features tone mapping and halo elimination algorithms, 32-bit contrast tone curve adjustment, and neutral dodge and blur tools. Built around the company's Beyond RGB technology, the program keeps an image's brightness or contrast intact when colors are adjusted and vice versa. By separating color and luminosity, you can change brightness, contrast and saturation independently from one another, preventing colors from shifting and allowing tones to look more natural. The program also uses a real-time processing engine. Estimated Street Price: $149. Contact: Unified Color Technologies, (855) 632-6567, www.unifiedcolor.com.
If you're a Nikon or Canon shooter, the Nissin MF18 Macro Ring Flash is designed to support your lighting setup. Compatible with Canon E-TTL and Nikon iTTL systems, the flash has an expandable head and macro lens mount adapters from 49mm to 82mm, with a guide number of 16. The MF18 has two flash tubes that can be controlled independently to give you lighting ratio control, four built-in LED modeling lamps for focus assist, and the power ratio can be adjusted from 1/1 down to 1/1024 power in Fine Macro mode. The basic setup includes 52mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm and 77mm lens mount adapters with available options of 49mm, 55mm and 82mm. List Price: $439. Contact: Nissin, www.nissindigital.com.
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