Tuesday, October 4, 2011
New Tools Of The Trade
The upgraded Nissin Di866 Mark II flash comes with a redesigned zoom head that's quieter and the wireless sensor features greater range. A metal foot replaces the previous model's plastic foot for increased durability. It also delivers a stronger sub-flash power ratio range for more control. The Di866 is compatible with Canon E-TTL and E-TTL II systems, and Nikon i-TTL, and can be used with Canon and Nikon flash units, either as a master or slave. TTL (through-the-lens) metering allows your camera to control flash output and will balance exposures automatically. Estimated Street Price: $349. Contact: Nissin, www.nissindigital.com.
With a metallic, pearl-like coating, Slickrock Metallic Pearl 260 from Moab adds some shimmer to your black-and-whites. Images look more lifelike with almost a 3D quality. Highlights are brighter, and blacks are deeper and darker. The microporous 260gsm paper has a glossy surface that dries instantly, and it's designed for printing with Photo Black inks. The name comes from the smooth sandstone surface of the famous bike trail that winds through the desert plains of Moab. It's available in 50-sheet boxes with sizes of 5x7, 8½x11 and 13x19 inches, as well as A2 and A4, and 17-, 24- and 44-inch rolls. Estimated Street Price: Varies by size. Contact: Moab, (800) 727-3716, moabpaper.com.
Get rid of dust on your camera's sensor before it ruins the quality of your images with the Delkin SensorScope DSLR Sensor Inspection Device and Cleaning System. The SensorScope has stronger magnification and LED illumination so you can view the sensor quickly and clearly before every shoot. New to the system is the SensorPen, which comes from Delkin's partnership with LensPen. The tool has a noncarbon triangular tip for cleaning the sensor's edges and polishing its surface, as well as a slide-out soft brush that removes dust and debris from the camera body. Estimated Street Price: $109. Contact: Delkin, (800) 637-8087, www.delkin.com.
Having a wider selection of lenses to choose from is always a good thing for pro shooters. Three new Leica S-Adapters now allow you to attach medium-format lenses from other manufacturers to Leica S bodies. The Leica S-Adapter V can be used for Hasselblad V system lenses, the Leica S-Adapter P67 for the Pentax 67 system lenses and the Leica S-Adapter M645 for lenses for the Mamiya 645 system. The adapters are made of anodized aluminum and chrome-plated brass so they're durable enough for constant use. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Leica, (800) 222-0118, www.leica-camera.com.
If you're a fan of Phase One's Capture Pilot app, the latest addition to it is called Camera Control, which allows you to control your camera remotely via an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can wirelessly view, zoom and pan high-resolution DSLR and medium-format RAW, JPEG and TIFF images while shooting. Camera functions, including ISO sensitivity, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation and more, all can be controlled remotely. The app's rating and tagging features allow those who are in the studio or on location with you, such as clients and colleagues, to participate in the shoot and provide instant feedback. The app supports Canon and Nikon DSLRs, as well as Phase One, Leaf and Mamiya medium-format camera systems. Estimated Street Price: $14. Contact: Phase One, www.phaseone.com.
Give yourself plenty of room for viewing video clips taken on your HD DSLR using the Flashpoint Big-View LCD 8-inch monitor (FPSCAW). Features include a resolution of 800x600 RGB pixels and 100 feet of remote capability. The external display has an HDMI or AV port and displays in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Estimated Street Price: $598. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
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