DPP Home Gear In Focus November 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

November 2011

New Tools Of The Trade

This Article Features Photo Zoom

On Paper
The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Signature Worthy Edition is the total package, combining the 17-inch printer with six full letter-sized packs of select Epson Signature Worthy papers. The 3880 delivers a wide color gamut with more intense blues and violets, and includes imaging technology that produces smoother color transitions with sharp highlight and shadow detail. Designed to work optimally with the printer and its UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta inks, the paper is supplied in full letter-sized packages of Exhibition Fiber, Cold Press Bright, Cold Press Natural, Hot Press Bright and Hot Press Natural papers, as well as a Signature Worthy Sample Pack with more photo and fine-art papers. Estimated Street Price: $1,495. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.proimaging.epson.com.

Panning Tool Kit
With a DSLR and fisheye lens, the Novoflex VR-SLANT helps you capture 360° panoramas in three or four shots. The system is made up of two Novoflex Arca-compatible Q=Mount quick-release mounts, a pistol grip and two calibrated Arca-compatible quick-release plates for accurate positioning of the nodal point when required. The pistol grip's upper Q=Mount can be adjusted 15° to tilt the camera up or down for more or less of the horizon. The upper mount is angled at 60° so when the camera is mounted to it, the diagonal of the image sensor will be vertical to the image. Estimated Street Price: $426. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

Storage hybrid
Back up your files to a hard drive and to a cloud server using the LaCie CloudBox. If the device is damaged or inoperable, AES-encrypted copies of your images and documents have been automatically mirrored, meaning all of those files exist online, as well. Using LaCie's Online Restore software, you can browse and rebuild files and folders, up to 10 previous versions. Access is password-restricted, making your online backup even more secure. The CloudBox comes with a one-year subscription for 100 GB. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: LaCie, (503) 844-4500, www.lacie.com.

A Close View
For macro work, the Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens has a 1:1 reproduction ratio down to its closest working distance of 12.3 inches and incorporates Sigma's Optical Stabilizer technology for preventing motion blur from shaky hands. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, resulting in images with high contrast, and the Hyper-Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet autofocus. List Price: $1,400. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.

Extra, Extra
The utility of the Really Right Stuff L Bracket has made it a valuable accessory in a photographer's tool kit. Adding the RRS Cable Release Spacer delivers expanded functionality when tethered to a laptop or another device. The CRS has a dovetail at one end and a clamp on the other. The clamp mounts to any Really Right Stuff dovetail while the additional dovetail provides extra mounting options. A cable-locking bar helps secure input and output cables that may be attached to the camera, preventing accidental disconnection or damage that may result from unintentional removal. Estimated Street Price: $66. Contact: Really Right Stuff, (888) 777-5557, www.reallyrightstuff.com.

Big Pack
The Tenba Discovery Large Photo/Laptop Daypack fits a pro-sized DSLR system with room for holding a couple of camera bodies, four to six lenses and up to a 15-inch laptop. Tough, water-repellant nylon covers its exterior with heavy-duty, self-healing zippers sealing up all of your gear. A waterproof bottom panel keeps the bag protected in wet conditions. Additional features include compression straps for securing and stabilizing your load, an expedition-grade shoulder harness, a WeatherWrap cover and plenty of pockets for holding extras. For such a full-featured bag, it weighs just 2.6 pounds. There's also a smaller version for those who prefer an iPad or similar tablet instead of a laptop. Estimated Street Price: $146. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.


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