Tuesday, February 17, 2009
New Tools Of The Trade
With D-SLRs venturing into high-definition video territory, you need a memory card that can keep up. The Lexar Secure Digital High Capacity Full-HD Video memory card is designed for camcorders, but works in SDHC-compatible video D-SLRs like Nikon’s D90. Available in capacities of 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB, the cards can record up to 90, 180 and 360 minutes of content, respectively. The cards also deliver high-speed video transfer of content from the card to the computer for backup and sharing. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.
Free Storage For A Year
With the purchase of any LaCie external storage device, you now can back up an unlimited number of files for a year, free of charge. To do this, LaCie partnered with Carbonite, an online backup provider. Once the drive and software are installed, new and modified files are automatically searched for, identified and encrypted twice before they’re transmitted to a secure data center where they’re stored. Backups are performed when you’re not using your computer to avoid slowing down your workflow. Contact: LaCie, (503) 844-4500, www.lacie.com.
Sleek Camera Bags
Conceal your valuable camera equipment by carrying it in one of the Camera & Notebook System bags from Adorama. Available in three models—Commander, Officers and Executive—the bags are designed to look more like briefcases than typical camera backpacks. The interior measures 12.5x12.5x7 inches with three separate compartments. The camera section features a padded camera cradle and dividers, the laptop section holds up to a 15-inch notebook, and the “office” section has plenty of pockets for memory cards, cell phones, PDAs and more. The Commander bag comes in water-resistant nylon, the Officers model in leatherette and the Executive in leather. List Price: $59 (Commander); $69 (Officers); $99 (Executive). Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
If you’re looking to make your location shoots more time- and cost-efficient, check out the Coyote from ShootDigital. The Coyote is a fully loaded, digital imaging studio on wheels with an equipment list that includes two Mac Pro Intel towers, a 15-inch MacBook Pro, an Epson 2880 printer, Profoto lighting gear, Gitzo tripods and much more. The Coyote will transport your crew to and from location with enough space inside for you to comfortably edit, process and print while still out on the job. The high-roof platform allows you to safely shoot or light from above, while an awning and portable pop-up tent offer protection from bad weather. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: ShootDigital, (212) 353-3330, www.shootdigital.com.
Synchronize your camera and flash units wirelessly from up to 150 feet away with the Calumet Four-Channel Radio Flash Trigger Kit. The transmitter has a hot-shoe for on-camera mounting, and the large digital readout specifies which channel is selected. The transmitter also has a socket for connecting to your computer. The receiver comes with a standard 3.5mm jack, a 6.5mm photo jack adapter and a PC flash socket. It can be mounted with the included Velcro® strap or by using the metal hook. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Calumet Photographic, (800) CALUMET, www.calumetphoto.com.
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