Tuesday, February 17, 2009
New Tools Of The Trade
For Hasselblad shooters, the latest upgrade to Phocus adds a variety of new capabilities designed to optimize your image-processing workflow. A free rotation tool lets you correct any imbalance in the horizon level of an image. Overlay functionality in the main viewer and live video mode make setting up creative shots more precise. A custom white calibration tool helps achieve a neutral balance over an entire image, eliminating colorcasts. The core attributes remain, with a powerful RAW processor that delivers precise color and corrects digital lens flaws. A series of workflow support features, like shortcuts, also have been incorporated to make the program easier to use. Estimated Street Price: The software is free to download for registered Hasselblad users. Contact: Hasselblad USA, (800) 367-6434, www.hasselbladusa.com.
Critique your images in high definition using the 24.1-inch widescreen EIZO ColorEdge CG242W LCD, which features 1920x1200 native resolution. Designed for still and video work, the monitor comes with ColorNavigator calibration software that sets target values for brightness, white point and gamma, and works with most color-measurement devices. The CG242W features 16-bit internal processing, which helps produce smooth grayscale tones to bring out more detail in the dark areas of an image. The monitor can be connected to two computers (Mac or PC). Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: EIZO, (914) 347-3300, www.eizo.com.
With a 76-degree angle of view, the Mamiya Sekor 45mm ƒ/2.8 D is equivalent to a 28mm lens in 35mm format. Low-dispersion glass elements minimize chromatic aberration, and a floating lens mechanism helps deliver edge-to-edge sharpness at all focusing distances. Other features include a 16-bit CPU for easy firmware upgrading and a one-touch switching ring to easily go between manual and autofocus. It’s compatible with the Mamiya 645AFD II and III camera systems. Estimated Street Price: $2,099. Contact: Mamiya, (914) 347-3300, www.mamiya.com.
Show off your portfolio to prospective clients on a high-definition television using LaCie’s LaCinema Rugged. The multimedia hard drive has HDMI support for upscaling to 1080i, sports a shock-resistant rubber bumper that encloses the scratch-protected aluminum shell and comes with a remote control. Compatible with Mac and Windows, the drive connects to your computer via USB for easy downloading. Once the files are on the drive, you can view them on any display with HDMI or composite video connections. LaCinema Rugged comes in capacities of 250, 320 and 500 GB. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $219. Contact: LaCie, (503) 844-4500, www.lacie.com.
A popular brand among photographers, Kayenta Photo Matte 205 from Moab by Legion Paper is being relaunched. The double-sided, acid- and lignin-free paper performs well with the latest archival pigment ink sets, providing prints with bright whites, deep blacks and an expanded color gamut. Whether it’s used for a final print, portfolio or proof, the paper features the same award-winning surface chemistry as Moab’s Entrada line, but is less expensive. It's available in sizes of 81⁄2x11, 11x17, 13x19 and 17x22 inches along with a new 17x25-inch sheet size developed for digital sensor formats. Also available are 17- and 24-inch rolls. Estimated Street Price: $24-$116. Contact: Moab by Legion Paper, (800) 727-3716, www.moabpaper.com.
If you’re constantly dragging your laptop from one location to the next, enhance the image quality using the Seaport Digital i-Visor Pro LS Laptop Case. Along with safely transporting your computer from place to place, the case doubles as a visor hood that lets you view the screen most optimally, even under bright studio lights. The latest model features an added back compartment, waterproof zippers and extra pouches for hard-drive backups and cables. It fits screens up to 17 inches. Estimated Street Price: $149. Contact: Calumet Photographic, (800) CALUMET, www.calumetphoto.com.
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