DPP Home Gear In Focus November 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

November 2013

New Tools Of The Trade

This Article Features Photo Zoom

Glow Diffusion Lighting Series
Flashpoint has created the Glow Diffusion Series of studio and location lighting modifiers designed to aid in creating the perfect lighting setup for fashion, editorial and product shots. The line consists of R-series softboxes, Grand Softboxes and HexaPop diffusers. The R-series softboxes come in rectangles, squares and octagonal shapes of varying sizes. The Grand Softboxes are available in 71-inch and 47-inch parabolic designs. The unique HexaPop modifier combines the reflective qualities of an umbrella with the diffuse qualities of a softbox, creating a natural, yet controllable soft light source. Available in 20-inch or 24-inch sizes, the HexaPop attaches to a strobe, providing a 105º spread of light. All Glow modifiers are heat-resistant and designed from durable gridded fabric lining. Estimated Street Price: $49-$324. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

Macro Ring Flash
For the macrophotographer, Nissin's MF18 Macro Ring Flash offers a new tube flash, designed to achieve flexible lighting with power ratios controlled independently to adjust for your particular lighting conditions. Fine Macro mode gives light control from 1/128 to 1/1024 in 1⁄6-EV steps to adjust the accuracy of the macro flash. Manual mode controls full power to 1/64 in 1⁄3-EV steps. The expandable ring head can adapt to lenses ranging from 49mm to 82mm, eliminating unwanted vignetting and corner clipping. The MF18 has been specifically designed to work with Canon E-TTL and E-TTL II capabilities, and can be used with the Di866 Mark II/Di700/Di622 Mark II and original Canon and Nikon strobes as a master flash with +/- 3.0 EV compensation settings. The MF18 package includes adapter rings for 52mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm and 77mm lenses. Estimated Street Price: $439. Contact: Nissin, www.nissindigital.com.

Fast Memory
Transcend's 128 GB 600x and 64 GB 300x SDXC UHS-I cards ensure large storage space and high read/write and transfer speeds for professional-quality photo and video files. The 128 GB cards are capable of storing 20,000 high-resolution JPEG files (from a 12-megapixel camera, 6 MB file size), over 8,500 RAW images (14 MB file size) or 32 hours of 1080p HD video footage (at 1920x1080 9 Mb/s H.264AVC). The SDXC UHS-I cards speed up your workflow with incredibly quick transfer rates of 90 MB/s and 45 MB/s for the 128 GB and 64 GB cards, respectively. Each Transcend memory card comes with a free download of the RecoveRx software, used to bring back lost or deleted files. Estimated Street Price: $109 (64 GB 300x); $279 (128 GB 600x). Contact: Transcend, www.transcend-info.com.

Custom Blackmagic Camera Case
With a rugged exterior and a custom interior, the iSeries 13096BKMG by SKB Cases will keep your Blackmagic Cinema Camera and accessories safe and you worry-free. Interior PE foam has been custom-designed to fit the Blackmagic Camera, and includes a 5.5x7.5x4.5-inch compartment that fits accessories such as your lens, cables, sun hood and memory cards. The exterior of the military-grade case has been constructed from ultra-high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin and has a waterproof and submersible design that's corrosion- and impact-resistant. The iSeries 13096BKMG case also features a trigger-release latch, snap-down rubber overmolded cushion grip handle, automatic ambient pressure-equalization valve and secure stacking. Estimated Street Price: $119. Contact: SKB Cases, www.skbcases.com.

Storage Tower
Through the years, as you shoot endless photos and videos, it becomes necessary to deal with organizing your digital assets. The CRU RTX800-TR Tower provides up to 32 TB of storage through eight 3.5-inch SAS or SATA hard disk drives in CRU TrayFree Bays with dual Thunderbolt ports. The Tower incorporates the ATTO Technology ThunderStream SC 3808E RAID adapter for high-speed I/O, configured for RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10. Estimated Street Price: $2,299. Contact: CRU, www.cru-inc.com.

Perspektiv Camera Bag
The Perspektiv Messenger Bag, part of the new award-winning line by adventure gear company Thule, is a durable and weather-resistant camera bag that easily transitions from outdoor location shoots to an office setting. The interior features a removable pod system, fitting a prosumer DSLR body with attached zoom lens and extended battery grip. A padded compartment holds a 15-inch MacBook Pro, and the high-visibility lining allows you to easily see even small accessories. The top flap features a weather-resistant zipper, giving you quick access to your camera. The quick-release, micro-adjustable strap system conforms to your body with a removable T-strap for additional cross-body stability. Estimated Street Price: $139. Contact: Thule, www.thule.com.

Gyro Stabilizer
When you're moving quickly through the air or over water, uncontrollable currents put hiccups in your footage. The X Series 3 Axis Gyro Stabilizer by Kenyon Laboratories helps smooth out your shooting experience. One X Series gyro provides the convenience of two standard gyros while saving space and reducing cord clutter. Inside the gyro stabilizer, three-axis motion of yaw, pitch and roll are controlled by four mass-stabilization gyro wheels. The X Series can be stacked for additional stabilization using optional mounting plates. Full kits include the gyro, inverter, battery pack, charger and cigarette lighter adapter in a Pelican case. Estimated Street Price: $2,560-$6,880. Contact: Kenyon Laboratories, www.ken-lab.com.


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