Tuesday, April 12, 2011
New Tools Of The Trade
On a shoot that calls for video, and therefore continuous lighting, the on-camera ikan iLED ONE provides a portable, lightweight and durable solution. A single, interchangeable bulb allows you to use daylight or tungsten LED bulbs and choose from flood or spotlight configurations. It comes with a tungsten 60º flood bulb, a shoe-mount and an inline power switch. Available accessories include a battery plate, belt clip and 40º to 60º daylight or tungsten interchangeable LED bulbs with options of tungsten spot, daylight spot and daylight flood. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: ikan Corp., (713) 272-8822, www.ikancorp.com.
Each lamp of the Interfit Supercoolite 6 is controlled by rear panel switches for individual illumination so you can control how much light to add to a subject. Other features include a rear grab handle, fully illuminated switches and a self-contained high-contrast reflector and softbox fitting built into the head for quick setup. The eco-friendly 32-watt lamps give you more flexibility, and output is equivalent to 650 watts per head of tungsten lighting while consuming just a quarter of the power. The single-head kit has a 16-inch high-contrast reflector and 31-inch octobox softbox. The twin-head kit has two reflectors, two softboxes and two lighting stands. Estimated Street Price: $234 (single); $539 (twin). Contact: Interfit, (866) 947-9796, www.interfitphotographic.com.
Sling bags are ideal when you need to be able to grab your camera quickly and shoot. The Clik Elite Impulse Sling has a fully padded camera compartment that fits a pro-sized DSLR and lens. A tuck-away tripod attachment holds a small tripod, and the media organizer protects memory cards, cables and other items. Additional features include a padded shoulder strap with a quick-release sternum attachment for stability, a stash pocket with a compression cord and mesh side pockets for water bottles and other extras. Estimated Street Price: $125. Contact: Clik Elite, (888) 532-2545, www.clikelite.com.
Pentax has added a wide-angle lens to its 645D lens series. The smc Pentax D FA 645 25mm F/4 AL [IF] SDM AW offers a 19.5mm focal length in 35mm format (or 15.5mm on a Pentax 645 film SLR) and delivers the widest perspective of all 645 lenses. Part of the All Weather series, the lens has a dustproof, water-resistant construction with 11 seals to prevent dust and water from entering. To stop flare and ghosting, the lens has what Pentax calls Aero Bright coating, which also increases light transmission. The Supersonic Direct-drive Motor has an advanced autofocus mechanism for smooth, quiet operation and a Quick-Shift Focus system for instantly switching to manual focus. Estimated Street Price: $4,999. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.
Customize the way you meter a scene according to how you’re shooting it using the Sekonic L-308DC DigiCineMate, which offers three different modes. For video using a DSLR, you can make exposure readings, use shutter speeds and frame rates, and get accurate aperture settings in HD Cine Mode. For stills, Photo Mode delivers a shutter-priority display with a range of ambient and flash functions. Cine Mode contains more useful frame rates and shutter angles for digital cinematographers. The LCD readout can be customized to display only the specific functions needed for what you’re shooting. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Sekonic, (914) 347-3300, www.sekonic.com.
The Flashpoint Stabilizing Video and Camera Bracket (FACSS2) helps you shoot sharp video with your HD DSLR. You can place it on any kind of flat surface, and its curved grip makes low-angle shooting possible, as well as two-handed operation. An included shoe allows you to add video lights, small microphones or a flash. The foam-padded handle is built to relieve stress during lengthier shoots. Estimated Street Price: $29. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
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