Tuesday, April 15, 2014
New Tools Of The Trade
The Westcott Speedlight ProGrip is designed to mount speedlights and radio triggers in a handheld grip. The ProGrip is equipped with an umbrella mount, tension knobs and a specific angular mount that ensures light is directed toward the center of the modifier for accurate and efficient output. It's compatible with most speedlights and modifiers, including the Westcott PocketBox, Apollo softboxes, umbrellas and more. List Price: $39. Contact: F. J. Westcott Co., www.fjwestcott.com.
The ClearWhite White Balance System is designed to simplify your workflow and help achieve clean and accurate colors in all lighting situations. The system includes a durable neutral-gray card and white-balance filter on a neck strap with a soft fabric bag. The durable gray card has a texture-free surface for spot-checking your sensor. Available in a 4"x4" size for lenses up to 95mm in diameter or a large 5"x5" size for lenses larger than 95mm in diameter. List Price: $59 (4"x4"); $89 (5"x5"). Contact: ClearWhite White Balance System, www.digitalphotographykits.com.
If you have your eye on the new Fujifilm X-T1, you'll also want to pay attention to the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card. The X-T1 is the first digital camera to integrate UHS-II technology, and the card increases the data-writing speed twofold from a conventional card while in continuous mode. The Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II has a write speed of 250 MB/s and transfer speed of 180 MB/s. Additionally, it's UHS speed Class 3 (U3)-enabled, making it ready to handle 4K and 3D video recording at 30 MB/s. List Price: $119-$299 (16 GB-64 GB). Contact: SanDisk, www.sandisk.com.
Travel Angel II
The Benro Travel Angel II Triple Transfunctional Tripod Kit provides a compact tripod that converts to a full-sized monopod and walking stick with a fine-grain wooden knob, compass and handstrap. The legs spread independently at three stop intervals for achieving different heights and maneuvering rough terrain and tight spaces. The twist leg locks are dust- and water-resistant. The kit includes a ballhead and quick-release plate, and uses a ¼"-20 head mount thread. The kit is available in three models: the A1692TB0 has a 17.6-pound max load and 61.61-inch max height; the C1682TV1 has a 30.8-pound max load and 62.99-inch max height; and the C2682TV2 has a 39.61-pound max load and 65.16-inch max height. List Price: $229 (A1692TB0); $419 (C1682TV1); $459 (C2682TV2). Contact: Benro, www.benrousa.com.
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