DPP Home Gear In Focus November 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

November 2010

New Tools Of The Trade

This Article Features Photo Zoom

RAID + USB 3.0
If your workload requires a fast, high-capacity external hard drive with redundancy data protection, the LaCie 2big USB 3.0 delivers up to 4 TB and transfer speeds of up to 205 MB/s. The storage solution comes with two 7,200 rpm hot-swappable hard disks that can be set up in RAID 0 for fast speed and maximum storage with no data protection, or RAID 1, which reduces the amount of storage by half and protects data against disk failure. The 2big USB 3.0 is backward-compatible with USB 2.0 and features customizable eco-friendly sleep and deep-sleep modes. Estimated Street Price: $349 (2 TB); $579 (4 TB). Contact: LaCie, (503) 844-4500, www.lacie.com.

Dust Off
Even though your DSLR is probably equipped with a high-tech sensor dust-removal system, a manual cleaning every now and then is probably a good idea. The VisibleDust Arctic Butterfly 724 (Super Bright) is a sensor brush equipped with two LEDs for clearly illuminating the sensor. The brush engine, which spins to both clear and prepare the bristles for cleaning, has been modified to better maintain a constant speed. A three-stage power switch allows you to use the brush with the light on or off. The unit runs off of two AAA batteries. Estimated Street Price: $110. Contact: VisibleDust, (877) 999-9404, www.visibledust.com.

Tiffen iPad Photo App
If the Apple iPad takes the place of your laptop when working in the field, Tiffen has released a version of its popular filter-effects software just for the device. While similar to the iPhone version, Photo fx Ultra v2 allows you to do more with your images by taking advantage of the iPad’s larger screen size and higher resolution. The app has nearly 80 filters and more than 900 presets for customizing. Or you can customize an image yourself by adjusting the filter’s parameters via on-screen sliders. Multiple layers can be added with each one having its own filter effect. Photo fx Ultra has masking capability and can share filter setup data with Tiffen’s Dfx for Mac or PC. Estimated Street Price: $5 (free for current users). Contact: Tiffen, (800) 645-2522, www.tiffen.com.

Secure Roller
Keep your gear safe in the Flashpoint WSA-84 watertight hard case with wheels. The interior has 21x12.6x7.6 inches of space for storing your DSLR system. Made from a high-impact structural polymer material, the case is strong, durable and resistant to dust and chemicals. The WSA-84 includes a purge valve for quick pressure equalization, making the case easy to open after changes in atmospheric pressure. High-density foam protects equipment against impact, vibration or shock. Two molded-in holes allow you to add standard-size padlocks, offering another measure of security. Estimated Street Price: $139. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


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