DPP Home Gear In Focus May/June 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

May/June 2013

New Tools Of The Trade


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Slim Shoulder Bag
The incredibly slim, vertical-style Zuma 32 Photo/iPad Bag from Tamrac is ideal for carrying your daily necessities in a sleek silhouette. A front pocket with two neoprene compartments holds most compact DSLRs or mirrorless cameras with a lens attached and an extra lens. The middle, foam-padded pocket holds an iPad or 11-inch MacBook Air. A back pocket with mesh and zipper pockets holds cords, adapters and larger items such as a mini-tripod. It features two carrying handles and a sliding shoulder strap for comfortable toting. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact:Tamrac, www.tamrac.com.

Large-Sensor Compact
Packed with powerful professional features while still fitting in your pocket, the Nikon Coolpix A has a 16.2-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and prime ƒ/2.8 28mm-equivalent lens, providing highly detailed images with less noise. A manual-focus ring offers professional control. The camera shoots RAW files, at 4 fps for fast action stills, as well as full HD video at 1080p with stereo sound. WiFi accessibility is via the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for instant sharing ability or wireless triggering from your smartphone. There's also a full-sized hot-shoe port, which is compatible with other Nikon accessories already in your bag, such as Speedlights. Available in black and silver. Estimated Street Price: $1,099. Contact:Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

Light Master
Whether you're primarily working in portraiture or making headway in film and video, creating the perfect reproducible lighting setup is true craft. The Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR makes it infinitely easier with a colorful touch screen, letting you separately adjust the power level of each light directly from your meter without running back and forth from the light source. Using the Cine Meter mode, simply enter the frame rate and shutter speed of your HD video, then check for evenness of background or greenscreen, engage a filter compensation, or check one of your 10 preset light settings to make sure this interview matches your last. Estimated Street Price: $469. Contact:Sekonic, www.sekonic.com.

Quick Carry-All
When you're shooting in the field, you don't always have time to take apart your camera rig before moving to a new location, but you want to keep your gear clean, dry and safe en route. The new Deca Camera and Accessories Bag by Petrol Bags has an extra-wide opening, large enough for a fully equipped Sony F65 or ARRI ALEXA to slip inside, so you can quickly protect your gear and move to your next scene. The inside of the bag is made from a one-piece honeycomb frame, providing strength and protection while you're on the move. It also offers interlocking grip handles and an external top strap to secure a tripod. Estimated Street Price: $44. Contact:Petrol Bags, www.petrolbags.com.

Smartphone Trigger
Lighten up your camera bag by letting your phone take over some of the duties of your wireless trigger system with the Satechi BT Smart Trigger for Canon. In Regular Shot mode, it utilizes Bluetooth technology for your iOS or Android phone to effortlessly become an intuitive wireless remote. Manual Shot mode gives long exposure and timed shot options, while Time Shot mode turns your phone into an intervalometer for advanced time-lapse photos and videos. Bluetooth 4.0 reaches up to 50 feet in range. Battery life lasts 10 years. Compatible with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, Rebel T4i, EOS 60D and other cameras. Estimated Street Price: $45. Contact:Satechi, www.satechi.net.

 

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