Tuesday, April 10, 2012
New Tools Of The Trade
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The 24-70mm lens is one of Canon's most popular, and the latest version is the EF 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L II USM. The optical design features two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) elements and one Super UD to reduce chromatic aberration at wide angles and deliver crisp-looking photos with high contrast. Additionally, three aspherical elements minimize aberration and suppress distortion, as well as aid in reducing the size and weight of the lens. A circular nine-blade diaphragm delivers soft backgrounds and incredible bokeh. The lens is very durable with weather sealing, and it's also dust- and water-resistant. A zoom lock lever secures the zoom position for safe transit, and fluorine coatings on the front and rear glass surfaces reduce smears and fingerprints. Estimated Street Price: $2,299. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
For those who prefer a more intuitive approach when editing images, the Wacom Intuos5 is the latest generation of the popular pen-tablet series, featuring a multitouch surface that supports gestures for zooming, scrolling, panning and rotating your images. You also can create customizable gestures in supported applications, like Photoshop, to make your workflow even more productive. For those who like working with a pen, the Grip Pen remains a central feature. With 2,048 levels of pressure and up to 60 degrees of pen tilt, you can work the way you would with a paintbrush, marker or traditional pen. To help you remember the shortcut assigned to each ExpressKey, the Intuos5 offers Express View, which displays current settings on your computer screen. Estimated Street Price: $229 (small); $349 (medium); $469 (large). Contact: Wacom, (800) 922-6613, www.wacom.com.
Remembering the days when its OM-1 series 35mm SLRs were everywhere, Olympus is bringing the camera back in the form of the OM-D E-M5. Rugged, versatile and loaded with advanced features, the 16.1-megapixel shooter can use all Micro Four Thirds System lenses. With a 2x focal-length factor, the sensor causes any lens used on the camera to frame like a lens twice as long on a 35mm camera. A 5-axis image-stabilization system counters horizontal shift, vertical shift, rotary motion, yaw and pitch, as well as blur caused by walking or running. Stabilization is built into the camera so it works with all lenses. The camera records 1920x1080 full HD and 1280x720 HD MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) video at 60i (59.94 fps), has an integrated eye-level viewfinder and offers solid low-light performance. Estimated Street Price: $999 (body only); $1,099 (with 14-42mm); $1,299 (with 12-50mm). Contact: Olympus, www.olympusamerica.com.
With advanced sensor technology that incorporates triggers for detecting lightning, lasers, sound and motion, the Strike Finder Elite from Ubertronix helps you capture hard-to-photograph subject matter creatively. Storm lightning, water droplets, popping balloons and speeding bullets are hard for the human eye to catch at just the right moment photographically. When the Strike Finder Elite senses lightning, for example, it sends a signal to the camera to take a picture. The device mounts onto the hot-shoe and attaches to the camera via the remote switch port. For ease of use and aesthetics, the sound and motion triggers come as attachments that plug into the side of the device. The laser and lightning (infrared) sensor is permanently fixed to the front of the device. Estimated Street Price: $349. Contact: Ubertronix, (210) 363-5738, www.ubertronix.com.
With hundreds of film effects to choose from, Digital Film Tools Film Stocks delivers lots of options for creating images with a more classic look. In total, there are 288 analog film presets that consist of color, black-and-white, motion picture and historical photographic processes. Some of the notable types include Agfa, Fuji, Ilford, Kodak, Polaroid and Rollei. You can make up your own presets from scratch, as well as create the skewed color looks of cross-processing, apply the Lo-Fi photographic styles of Lomo and Holga toy cameras, and age images with the look of faded films. Other features include masking tools, vignettes, 8- and 16-bit image processing, and multiprocessor acceleration. Estimated Street Price: $95. Contact: Digital Film Tools, (818) 761-6577, www.digitalfilmtools.com.
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