Tuesday, September 24, 2013
New Tools Of The Trade
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The 16.3-megapixel Olympus OM-D E-M1 is fully compatible with both ZUIKO digital and M.ZUIKO lenses utilizing a Dual Fast AF system, which picks either a 37-point on-chip phase-detection AF or 81-point contrast-detection AF to maximize the lens being used. In addition to reducing noise and color fading at high ISO, the TruePic VII image processor enables fast shooting at 6.5 fps with a 50-picture RAW buffer or 10 fps with a 36-picture RAW buffer. The 2x2 dial control system provides a comfortable and familiar way for DSLR shooters to control aperture/shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO and white balance. The 2.36-million-dot-resolution electronic viewfinder provides as large of a coverage area as a full-frame DSLR viewfinder and has adaptive brightness, adjusting the screen brightness according to the conditions to reduce perception error. The dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof magnesium-alloy body has built-in 5-Axis Stabilization with Multi-Motion to reduce motion blur, effective at low shutter speeds and with still photo and video panning. Built-in Wi-Fi connects with your smart device using the Olympus Image Share 2.0 smartphone app, allowing your device to act as a remote viewfinder and controller for triggering from a distance. Estimated Street Price: $1,399. Contact: Olympus, www.getolympus.com.
While it may look like a simple lens accessory, the Sony DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 cameras contain all the parts of a full compact camera, bringing a novel experience to shooting on the go. The DSC-QX100 includes a 20.2-megapixel Exmor RCMOS sensor, identical to the RX100 II sensor, as well as a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 3.6x optical zoom and dedicated ring for manual focus and zoom. The DSC-QX10's 18.2-megapixel Exmor RCMOS sensor and 10x optical zoom carry versatility in a small package. Utilizing Wi-Fi capabilities, or NFC connection for Android devices, the QX series connects to your smartphone, turning your LCD screen into a real-time viewfinder. By using the adapter to physically connect the camera to your phone, you can take photos in a traditional way, similar to a compact camera. But by having the camera and smartphone viewfinder physically separated, you're able to capture unique angles and new perspectives with a fluid, controlled and intuitive experience. Images are saved to both the camera's internal SD card, as well as your smartphone for instant sharing. Estimated Street Price: $500 (DSC-QX100); $250 (DSC-QX10). Contact: Sony, www.sony.com.
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX7 16-megapixel MOS sensor mirrorless camera incorporates DSLR-like control in a lightweight package. With adjustment dials in the front and back, manual shooting feels similar to a DSLR. The 90º tiltable Live Viewfinder allows you to change your perspective, shooting from above or straight on, through the 2764K-dot, high-resolution, 16:9 wide screen providing 100% field of view. The Eye Sensor Auto Focus starts the AF mechanism as you look into the viewfinder. The in-camera stabilization system gives you stabilization with classic, nonstabilized lenses, and the camera can shoot at up to 5 fps. The GX7 shoots HD 1920x1080 60p video in AVCHD and MP4 formats with stereo sound or in a 24p cinematic style. Silent Mode switches the shutter system from mechanical to electronic, ensuring camera noise won't ruin the moment in the field. Estimated Street Price: $999. Contact: Panasonic, www.panasonic.com.
When used in combination with the Castel–Q macro focusing rack, the Castbal–T/S by Novoflex becomes a small and transportable tilt/shift bellows system. The Castbal–T/S lens standard adjusts 25º left or right for Scheimpflug control. Precise focus control can be shifted from within the quick-release mount of the focusing rack. When used with the Novoflex adapter system, the Castbal–T/S is compatible with a variety of camera and lens combinations. The system gives you a compact tool for macrophotography and perspective control. Estimated Street Price: $514. Contact: Novoflex (HP Marketing Corp.), www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a lightweight lens for on-the-go versatility. With a large 7.8x zoom range, this lens is equipped with four stops of VR image stabilization for sharp photos and videos, even while shooting handheld or under low-light conditions. A Silent Wave Motor keeps AF operation quiet. The lens contains one ED glass element, one aspherical lens element and a seven-blade diaphragm to create natural blur. Two focus modes are provided: M/A (AF with manual override) and M (for complete manual control). Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.
Mobile Digital Darkroom
Shooting, downloading and completing a workflow on location can be difficult. The i-Visor LS Pro MAG by Seaport Digital creates a mobile "darkroom" workstation with a trifold visor and extra cloth for full coverage, making screen viewing feasible in bright environments. The strong and lightweight magnesium-alloy frame connects to a tripod stand with no additional parts, making mobility and height adjustment quick and easy. Accommodating up to a 17-inch laptop, the i-Visor LS Pro MAG includes several pockets for cables, batteries and external hard drives, as well as pass-through cable ports. With a padded rigid core, ballistics outer fabric and waterproof zippers, the i-Visor LS Pro MAG will keep your important equipment safe during your travels. List Price: $249. Contact: Seaport Digital, www.seaportdigital.com.
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