Tuesday, August 10, 2010
New Tools Of The Trade
Mamiya has updated its popular RZ film camera with a digital version. The RZ33 features a 33-megapixel CCD sensor and is fully compatible with all Mamiya RZ system lenses, viewfinders and most accessories. The system is ideal for existing RZ shooters or those who want to add medium-format photography to their digital workflow. Capable of capturing up to 190 MB, 16-bit TIFF files, the camera has a capture rate of 1.1 seconds per frame, an ISO range of 50-800 and built-in vertical-horizontal rotation so you don’t have to turn the camera. Mamiya also has just released remote-viewing software for it and the DM series. When shooting tethered to a Mac, the free app Leaf Capture Remote v. 2.0 allows one or more Apple iPads or any iPhone to act as remote image viewers, easing workflow and helping a shoot to run more efficiently. Estimated Street Price: $17,990. Contact: Mamiya, (914) 347-3300, www.mamiya.com.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 features a faster interface, improved noise reduction, lens-correction controls and support for tethered shooting. Rebuilt from the core, the 64-bit-capable app is more robust for handling larger image libraries and contains a highly efficient RAW-processing engine with noise-reduction and sharpening tools. Automated lens-correction tools allow you to fix geometric distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting by checking a box. If you shoot with an HD video DSLR, you now can import and manage video files in Lightroom. During import, previews and default selections have been added to give you quick access for sorting through and finding images. Estimated Street Price: $299 (new); $99 (upgrade). Contact: Adobe, (800) 833-6687, www.adobe.com.
The Leica Summilux-M 35mm ƒ/1.4 ASPH is a tack-sharp lens that features a floating-lens-element design for capturing images that are noticeably crisper and with improved contrast. The floating group changes its position relative to the front lens group during focusing, creating sharper image quality at closer distances. The lens is optimized for use with digital Leica M models and has a focusing range of 2.3 feet to infinity. A full-metal, rectangular, screw-mount lens hood helps keep the body compact and lightweight at just 11 ounces. Estimated Street Price: $4,995. Contact: Leica, (800) 222-0118, www.leica-camera.us.
When an assignment requires just a camera, a few lenses and a flash, carry your gear in the Tamrac Evolution Messenger 4. The bag also doubles as a briefcase. When used for photo equipment, you can stash a DSLR with an attached lens, two to three additional lenses (including a 70-200mm ƒ/2.8) and accessories. The foam-padded interior compartment can be removed, converting the Messenger into a briefcase. Behind the main section is another foam-padded compartment that holds most 15.6-inch laptops. The zippered top opens away from the body for quick access to your camera. There are plenty of pockets for storing other extras. Estimated Street Price: $134. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
Upgrade your memory-card setup with the Lexar Professional 133x Secure Digital High Capacity lineup and the Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader. Expanded capacity and faster write speeds make the cards ideal for pros shooting higher-resolution stills and large-sized, high-definition video files. They’re offered in sizes of 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB with a write speed of 20 MB/s. The reader has five slots and supports 24 memory-card formats, including SDHC and other SD types, CompactFlash, Memory Stick and more. It allows concurrent downloads and card-to-card file transfer. Estimated Street Price: $89 to $259 (cards); $29 (reader). Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.
For wide-angle work, the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX is an 11-16mm lens with a fast, constant ƒ/2.8 aperture, especially useful for low-light shooting. The lens is available for Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras with APS-C-sized sensors, and it marks the first time since 2005 that Tokina is producing lens mounts for Sony shooters. The one-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows you to switch between autofocus and manual by simply snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the camera for manual. For Nikon shooters, there’s no need to change the AF/MF switch on the camera body. On Canon bodies, the focus ring adjusts the mode so there’s no second AF/MF switch. Estimated Street Price: $649. Contact: THK Photo, (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
The Profoto BatPac is a battery and an inverter designed to power the Profoto D1, ComPact monolights or Acute2 generators when you’re shooting on location. It also can be used for other devices like laptops, camera batteries, chargers and more. Delivering up to 600W of continuous power, the BatPac can provide 300 full-power flashes at 1000W, 600 at 500W and 1,200 at 250W. It’s safeguarded from overcharging, short circuits, high temperatures and low-input voltage. A ground fault circuit interrupter protects you and all connected devices. Estimated Street Price: $1,699. Contact: Profoto, (914) 347-3300, www.profoto.com.
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