Tuesday, September 30, 2008
New Tools Of The Trade
Aimed squarely at photographers, Lenovo unveils its ThinkPad W700 as the first notebook to feature a built-in Wacom digitizer and on-board color calibrator. A 3.0 GHz Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor with up to 8 GB of RAM powers the 17-inch laptop. Other standout features include dual hard drives with RAID configurations, along with NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M and 3700M Open GL graphics processors with up to 1 GB of dedicated video memory. The W700 also comes with a 7-in-1 card reader, five USB ports and connectivity support for Dual Link DVI, Display Port and VGA. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $2,978. Contact: Lenovo, (866) 96-THINK, www.lenovo.com.
No Noise For Aperture
Aperture users now can take full advantage of Noise Ninja, the powerful noise- and grain-removal tool that’s touted as delivering a two-stop improvement in image quality while maintaining detail. Ideal for high-ISO shooting such as sports, news and event photography, Noise Ninja effectively suppresses noise, preserves detail and achieves natural-looking results while avoiding artifacts. The application also produces cleaner, smoother enlargements from low-ISO images. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: PictureCode, www.picturecode.com.
If you shoot with Sinar digital camera backs, check out eXposure, an ICC-based application for capturing, processing and exporting images. To optimize workflow, along with long-term storage capabilities, image data is stored in the Adobe DNG format, allowing RAW data to be processed by a third-party application. Mainly geared toward fashion and portraiture photographers, the program is compatible with the Sinarback eMotion family, including the eMotion 75, 75 LV, 54 LV and 22, with all camera and shutter systems supported by these backs. The program also works with the Sinar Hy6 medium-format camera system. A free download is available from the Sinar website after creating a user account. Contact: Sinar AG, www.sinarbron.com.
The Novoflex VR PRO system consists of an L-shaped bracket that incorporates a sliding camera plate, which holds your camera vertically or horizontally. This allows the camera to rotate horizontally and vertically around the nodal point of the lens. Engravings on the clamping plates make each camera-specific position easy to reproduce. You can choose from 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 24 and 36 click-stops, or 360 continuously, all set by a simple twist knob. Estimated Street Price: $1,182. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Atdec’s Visidec Freestanding Range is a mounting solution for pros working with images on multiple displays. Built for 12- to 24-inch LCDs, the mount comes in three models—the Quad mounts four monitors in a quad pattern; Double Horizontal mounts two horizontally; and Double Vertical mounts two vertically. Other features include +/- 40-degree angular adjustment, portrait and landscape rotation, and a footprint of just 16x12 inches. Estimated Street Price: $555 (Quad); $333 (Double Horizontal); $333 (Double Vertical). Contact: Atdec, www.atdec.com.
If you’re looking to resize images quickly, without losing quality, Alien Skin Software’s Blow Up 2 does the job with a new algorithm that keeps photos clear and sharp. Making the plug-in easier to use was a major point of focus, with added functionality for cropping and resizing at the same time, sharpening that adapts to match the degree of enlargement and paper type, and intelligent presets. The Smart Cropping feature centers the crop area over the most interesting part of the photo, and Auto Rotate adjusts the preset to match the image’s orientation. Estimated Street Price: $249. Contact: Alien Skin Software, (888) 921-SKIN, www.alienskin.com.
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