Friday, April 10, 2009
The Leica M8.2 “Safari” camera set features the latest M-series digital rangefinder camera in an olive-green finish, a silver anodized Leica Elmarit-M 28mm ƒ/2.8 ASPH lens with a classically designed metal lens shade and a silver E39 UV/IR filter. It also includes a premium-quality brown calfskin strap and a matching camera bag. Specs are the same as for the standard model: 10.3-megapixel CCD, 2.5-inch LCD with scratch-resistant cover, storage on SD cards, rugged and compact body (5.5x3.2x1.5 inches, 19.2 ounces), and Leica M lens mount. Operation is simple and quiet. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Leica, (800) 222-0118, www.leica-camera.com.
Customize your business cards by putting a different one of your images on each one using MOO, a printing company that focuses on specialty products. The cards are high quality, easy to design, and give a unique look. You can choose up to 50 different images and use your logo with their templates or with your own design. Order in packs of 50 or 200 and receive a free holder. For something less conventional, MOO also makes MiniCards printed with an image or logo on one side and up to six lines of text on the other. Estimated Street Price: $69 (200); $21 (50). Contact: MOO, www.moo.com.
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Digital Anarchy’s Knoll Light Factory and ToonIt! Photo are special-effects plug-ins that now are available for Apple Aperture, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Knoll Light Factory generates a variety of useful lighting effects, such as very realistic lens flares, sun rays, street lamps, headlights, candle flames and glows. ToonIt! Photo turns photos into cartoon-like images that can be customized with different paint styles, shadings and outlines. It’s especially good at translating human faces into believable cartoons. Estimated Street Price: $129 each (owners of Photoshop versions can purchase Aperture versions for $49 each). Contact: Digital Anarchy, (415) 586-8434, www.digitalanarchy.com.
Epson PowerLite G5000
Engineered for easy installation, Epson’s new PowerLite G5000 multimedia projector provides XGA resolution, 4,000 lumens of brightness and Epson’s latest three-chip LCD optical engine that works without a spinning color wheel to eliminate “rainbows” and color breakup. Other features include a built-in closed-captioning decoder, flexible lens positioning, a high 1,000:1 contrast ratio for greater shadow detail and network-readiness. Estimated Street Price: $2,499. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
Smooth Selective Focus
The latest Lensbaby selective-focus lens features a new design that makes it easier than ever to put focus and depth of field just where you want them. The Lensbaby Composer is based on a ball-and-socket configuration that allows for one-handed operation and features interchangeable optics. It comes with the 50mm multicoated, optical glass doublet that was used in the Lensbaby 2.0 and 3G lenses. Available as an accessory, the 50mm updated, uncoated optical glass singlet is similar to the optic used in the original Lensbaby but one stop brighter (ƒ/2.0). Estimated Street Price: $270. Contact: Lensbaby, (877) 536-7222, www.lensbaby.com.
Get the distance needed for photographing wildlife or sports using the compact and very affordable Pro-Optic 500mm ƒ/6.3 Mirror lens. The ultra-tele has a fixed aperture of ƒ/6.3, a minimum focusing distance of 6.1 feet and weighs just 25 ounces. Measuring less than five inches long, it won’t take up too much room in your backpack. A T-mount adapter screws onto the lens to fit almost any SLR. Estimated Street Price: $160. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
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