Tuesday, September 24, 2013
New Tools Of The Trade
Mount Conversion Service
As your photography style has developed over time, your equipment may have changed, as well. Now Sigma is working with photographers to integrate your gear collection. Owners of Sigma Global Vision Lenses will be able to take advantage of Sigma's new Mount Conversion Service and convert Sport, Art or Contemporary DSLR lenses to a new mount of their choice, be it Sigma, Sony, Pentax, Nikon or Canon, as long as Sigma has released that product in the requested mount. Additionally, mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras can be switched to a Micro Four Thirds or a Sony E-mount. Sigma is also extending the warranty on all products—cameras, flashes and lenses—to four years. Estimated Street Price: $80-$250, plus shipping costs. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.
Yeti Solar Generator Kit
Packing enough fully charged batteries can feel like a losing battle. With the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator Kit, you can recharge your DSLR batteries, laptop, phone, tablet or any other device that uses USB, 12V or AC power while on location. Simply plug in the device to the Goal Zero Yeti 150 the same way you plug in the device to the wall. The Goal Zero Yeti 150 has a battery life display and recharges via an AC wall port, 12V car charger or solar panel. List Price: $199 (Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator); $359 (with Nomad 13 Solar Panel); $324 (with Boulder 15 Solar Panel). Contact: Goal Zero, www.goalzero.com.
The Benro A38TBS2 and A48TBS4 Video Monopod Kits are designed for video support with smooth movements in a convenient mobile package, perfect for wedding, live-event and documentary shooting. The three-leg base creates a stable support for tilting movement, includes a pan cartridge for smooth panning shots, and folds compactly for travel. The Twist Lock leg grips allow quick manipulation of height, with the A38TBS2 extending to 68.9 inches and holding 5.5 pounds of gear, and the A48TBS4 reaching 73.2 inches and the ability to hold 8.8 pounds of equipment. A pan lock/unlock gives the head optional freedom to move independently from the monopod for more diverse fluid panning. An interchangeable pan bar provides 360º panning, while a built-in bubble level aids in pan leveling, and the head has a tilt range of +/-85º for the A38TBS2 and +95/-75º for the A48TBS4. Set the tension of the head to match your camera weight using the tilt drag/lock lever. Estimated Street Price: $139 (A38TBS2); $199 (A48TBS4). Contact: Benro, www.benrousa.com.
The newest member of Tiffen's Steadicam family, the compact half-pound Steadicam CURVE is a camera-stabilizing system designed specifically for GoPro HEROs. A fine-tune adjustment knob gives control over precise system balance. Ergonomically designed for one-handed use, it fully extends to 63⁄8 inches and folds compactly to pocket-sized for storage and travel. The durable aluminum frame is available in five colors—black, blue, red, silver and purple. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Tiffen, www.steadicamcurve.com.
With a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, the Fujifilm X-M1 is a compact system camera offering flexible options in a slim size. The removal of the optical low-pass filter combined with the addition of the EXR Processor II results in an increased resolution and reduction of noise (providing an ISO range of 200-6400 with a boost range of 100-25600 with 1⁄3-step increments), as well as a quick burst rate of 5.6 fps. The built-in flash has guide numbers and Super Intelligent Flash technology to automatically control flash strength according to scene type. The X-M1 records full 1080p30 HD video with a built-in stereo mic. A Wi-Fi button transfers photo and video assets to your smartphone, tablet and computer using the free FUJIFILM Camera Application. Estimated Street Price: $799 (body and lens kit). Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilmusa.com.
Prime Lens Line
The HD PENTAX DA Limited prime lens series by Ricoh Imaging consists of five lenses designed for K-mount DSLRs. Each lens features Super Protect and high-definition coating for sharp images with reduced ghosting and flare. A round-shaped diaphragm has been designed to produce a natural bokeh effect. Created from high-grade aluminum, each lens is hand-machined to ensure proportion and feel. Lenses are available in both black and silver. Estimated Street Price: $549 (HD PENTAX DA 15mm ƒ/4 ED AL Limited); $699 (HD PENTAX DA 21mm ƒ/3.2 AL Limited); $699 (HD PENTAX DA 35mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Limited); $749 (HD PENTAX DA 40mm ƒ/2.8 Limited); $749 (HD PENTAX DA 70mm ƒ/2.4 Limited). Contact: Ricoh Imaging, www.us.ricoh-imaging.com.
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