Tuesday, October 2, 2012
New Tools Of The Trade
The Fujifilm X-E1 features the same 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor found in the X-Pro1, but in a body that's 30% smaller. The retro-styled interchangeable-lens camera uses a 2.4-megapixel OLED electronic viewfinder, has a pop-up flash and includes a hot-shoe that can handle an external strobe. To increase autofocus speed, the camera uses a new AF algorithm and different sensor drive mode than the X-Pro1. The X-E1 can shoot in RAW or JPEG format with support for in-camera RAW conversion and can record 1080p video. For adding a classic look and feel to your images, there are shooting modes that emulate popular Fujifilm emulsions, including its Velvia, Astia and Provia slide films. Estimated Street Price: $999 (body only). Contact: Fujifilm, (800) 800-FUJI, www.fujifilmusa.com.
Convert to black-and-white, retouch portraits, enlarge for print and more using Perfect Photo Suite 7 from onOne Software. It includes Perfect Effects 4, Perfect Portrait 2, Perfect Layers 3, Perfect Mask 5.2, FocalPoint 2, Perfect Resize 7.5 Pro, which is powered by Genuine Fractals technology, and the new Perfect B&W. The program is built so that you can select an image from Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture, send it to the Perfect Photo Suite 7 program of your choosing, make adjustments and then export it back to the original app. You also can move seamlessly between each program while editing. A redesigned browser with search functionality and a favorites panel allow you easy access to the specific effects and presets you're looking for. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
Weighing in at just 5.1 ounces and supporting a hefty 100 pounds, the Really Right Stuff TFA-01 Pocket Pod is an ideal support solution when you don't have room for a full-sized tripod. The sturdy aluminum legs are held tightly by tension in the center and can move freely and independently of one another. When shooting on uneven surfaces, the legs adjust to the terrain, giving the camera a flat, stable surface to shoot on. Durable rubber feet enhance its grip. The Pocket Pod is six inches tall with the legs folded underneath. Keeping the legs together basically turns it into a mini-monopod. The pod is made out of anodized aluminum and stainless-steel parts. Estimated Street Price: $98. Contact: Really Right Stuff, (888) 777-5557, www.reallyrightstuff.com.
Wireless Flash Trigger
The durable design is where the Hähnel Tuff TTL trigger gets its name from. It's constructed from a tough rubber material and comes with a removable silicone rubber cover that protects the transmitter and receiver from impact damage. With a universal 2.4 GHz signal, you can take the system everywhere, and it operates at a range of more than 650 feet. Instead of a physical channel switch, the Tuff TTL uses Digital Channel Matching, which provides reliable TTL connections while avoiding interference. Both the transmitter and receiver run on AA batteries or from the Mini-USB port. It's available for Canon DSLRs. Estimated Street Price: $204. Contact: Hähnel (R.T.S. Inc.), (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.
Tamron is developing the next generation of its popular 90mm macro lens. The SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD will feature redesigned optics, a Vibration Compensation system and an Ultrasonic Silent Drive. It will also incorporate two XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) elements and one LD (Low Dispersion) element to reduce chromatic aberrations for producing sharper images with high-quality resolution. The lens maker's newly created eBAND coating will help reduce flare and ghosting. The 90mm will have a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches, 1:1 maximum magnification and be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Tamron USA, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron-usa.com.
The Flashpoint All-Inclusive DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle is a three-part kit consisting of the Flashpoint Matte Box System II, Follow Focus Pro II and DSLR Shoulder Rig II with Rails and Quick Release. The matte box's hinged, fold-flat flag system can be angled to prevent stray light from striking the front of your lens. The follow-focus unit quickly attaches to the rig and connects, using a geared system, to your lens' focusing ring. The rig has a modular design that incorporates a dual 15mm carbon-fiber rod system, comfortable handgrips and a cushioned shoulder pad. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
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