Tuesday, October 13, 2009
New Tools Of The Trade
Accurate color starts with a properly calibrated monitor. X-Rite’s ColorMunki 1.1 allows for more precise lighting control when matching color between displays. The upgrade allows you to set ambient light levels before calibration and optimize display luminance based on either ambient light or user-specified luminance values. The all-in-one spectrophotometer lets you quickly calibrate monitor, projector and printer profiles. List Price: $499. Contact: X-Rite Photo, (914) 347-3300, www.xritephoto.com.
The MiniTT1 Transmitter is PocketWizard’s smallest radio yet. It locks onto the camera’s hot-shoe supporting an on-camera flash with its own hot-shoe while working with remote PocketWizards. The transmitter works with one or more FlexTT5 transceivers connected to Canon E-TTL II flashes or any PocketWizard receiver for triggering flash or remote cameras. The 2.3-ounce unit operates seamlessly with your camera system so it automatically corrects for changes in flash compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO. With HyperSync Technology, you can advance the timing of your flash trigger, allowing up to 1⁄500 sec. synchronization with many camera and strobe combinations. Estimated Street Price: $199 (MiniTT1); $219 (with FlexTT5). Contact: PocketWizard, (914) 347-3300, www.pocketwizard.com.
For film shooters, Kodak’s Ektar Professional 100 film offers high saturation, ultra-vivid color, excellent sharpness, extraordinary enlargement capability, good latitude (-1 to +2 stops) and lots of dye. It’s optimized for scanning and features the latest technology from Kodak’s motion-picture group. The C-41 can be processed by many labs and is available in 35mm. Estimated Street Price: $17 (120 Pro Pack). Contact: Eastman Kodak, (800) 242-2424, www.kodak.com.
Maximize your lighting setup with Creative Light’s RF and FF softboxes. Designed with a high-efficiency silver lining that reflects light back and forth within the box, they ensure that light is spread evenly from edge to edge. The RF boxes have a recessed Velcro® front that works with Creative Light’s softgrids to control falloff and spill. The FF boxes feature full front diffusers, which are nice for creating seamless edges with other softboxes or illuminated surfaces. You also can stack boxes together to create larger light sources. The lineup includes a range of shapes and sizes. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Creative Light, (914) 347-3300, www.creativelight.com.
In The Bag
Protect your gear when rushing from one assignment to the next using the Tamrac Ultra Pro 7 (Model 5607), which has enough room for a pro D-SLR, plus two to three large-aperture zoom lenses. The shoulder bag has a slim profile and is designed to carry a moderate amount of equipment, accommodating wide-angle, standard and telephoto zoom lenses. There’s also room for a flash. For enhanced security, the Total Coverage Top can be zipped closed as well as buckled up. As with all Tamrac bags, the main compartment is padded with foam, as are the dividers. Front and back pockets can holdaccessories. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
Created for on-the-go photographers, the PR-460 Photo Reporter bag from Kata allows you to access your gear quickly for those last-second shots. You can pack a lot into it, too, including two or three D-SLRs, four or five lenses, accessories and up to a 15-inch laptop. Modular dividers inside the bag allow you to customize how your equipment fits. An internal pad can stay in, making the bag more rigid for better protection, or can be taken out so that it’s more compact. You can get to your gear from an opening at the top without having to open the entire bag. Estimated Street Price: $215. Contact: Kata (Bogen Imaging), (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.
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