Tuesday, April 6, 2010
New Tools Of The Trade
Faster capture rates, higher ISO settings and exposure times of up to four minutes are some of the top features found in the Hasselblad H4D-40. One of the 40-megapixel, medium-format digital camera’s key technologies is the new True Focus feature, which builds on the autofocus mechanism for easier and more accurate focusing throughout the image field when working with shallow depth of field at closer range. Using modern yaw-rate sensor technology to measure angular velocity, Hasselblad has developed the Absolute Position Lock to help you recompose while keeping the original focus point sharp. The sensors are designed to communicate the camera’s movement to the processor, which then sends the information to the lens’ focus motor to create accurate autofocus. Estimated Street Price: $19,995. Contact: Hasselblad, (800) 367-6434, www.hasselbladusa.com.
Capture tack-sharp stills and video with the AF-S Nikkor 24mm ƒ/1.4G ED lens from Nikon. With a fast aperture, the lens is a great option on assignments that call for a lot of handheld shooting in low light. Two extra-low-dispersion elements and two aspherical-lens elements minimize chromatic aberration and coma, even when shooting at wide aperture settings. Both FX- and DX-format shooters can take advantage of the dramatic perspectives offered by a picture angle of 84 degrees (61 degrees in a DX-format body). Rear Focus delivers smooth, fast autofocusing while eliminating front-barrel rotation and lens-length changes. Estimated Street Price: $2,199. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.
Expanding its lineup of large-sensor DSLRs, Mamiya debuts the 40-megapixel DM40, which can capture 60 frames per minute. With a selectable dual shutter system, you can choose either the integral focal-plane shutter, which can be used with any of the 15 existing Mamiya 645AF system lenses, or one of three new lenses containing an integral leaf shutter for flash sync speeds of up to 1⁄1600 of a second. A DM40 digital back will be offered for those using an existing Mamiya or large-format camera. Supported cameras include the 645AFD series, 645DF, Mamiya RZ series (via optional adapter), Mamiya RB series (via optional adapter) and 4x5 view cameras (via optional adapter). Estimated Street Price: $21,990 (with Mamiya 80mm ƒ/2.8 D lens); $19,990 (digital back). Contact: Mamiya, (914) 347-3300, www.mamiya.com.
For Mac users, Aperture 3 is the latest installment of Apple’s powerful imaging application. From import to output, many of the new features are designed to make your workflow more efficient. For example, when you assign keywords to photos in the Viewer by dragging and dropping, Aperture highlights the images and displays an Assign Keywords text alert. Search options now include finding a project based on named faces or any location name associated with corresponding GPS coordinates. If an image doesn’t have a GPS location, you can add it manually. Since its release, Apple has updated the program to improve overall stability, as well as importing libraries from iPhoto, face-recognition processing and more. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Apple, (800) MY-APPLE, www.apple.com.
Leaf Aptus-II 8
With a 40-megapixel sensor and a capture rate of less than 0.8 seconds per frame, the Leaf Aptus-II 8 delivers a sustainable burst of 60 full-resolution images per minute. With a 12 ƒ-stop dynamic range, the large 44x33mm CCD delivers images with striking detail, color and highlights and low noise. The sensor technology is the same that’s used in the 56-megapixel Aptus-II 10. The 3.5-inch LCD touch screen is bright with high contrast for better viewing under challenging lighting. For greater flexibility, the Aptus-II 8 can connect to more than 80 different camera platforms, including large-format cameras, and has an open file format offering the choice of tethered shooting to either the Leaf Capture or Capture One software programs. Estimated Street Price: $19,990. Contact: Leaf Imaging US, (631) 547-8900, www.leaf-photography.com.
Expanding its Messenger collection, Tenba has a new Camera Shoulder Bag and Photo/Laptop Daypack. The lightweight Shoulder Bag features a customizable interior, loads of accessory pockets and holds one to two DSLRs, three to five lenses, a flash and accessories. It has a “Velcro® silencer,” which is a tuck-away flap that can be unfolded to create a barrier between the Velcro® closures for opening the bag silently, a nice feature for wildlife shooters. The Daypack fits most 15-inch laptops, and even 17-inch MacBook Pro models, as well as a DSLR, two to three lenses, a flash and accessories. Both are constructed of military-grade, 1000 denier nylon. Estimated Street Price: $129 (Camera Bag); $139 (Daypack). Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.
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