DPP Home Gear In Focus September/October 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

September/October 2011

New Tools Of The Trade

This Article Features Photo Zoom

Suite Case
Transport your gear to the next assignment using the semi-hard, suitcase-style DigiSuite DSLR Camera Case from Petrol Bags. The front lid unzips to reveal a central compartment designed to fit up to two DSLRs with lenses attached. Detachable internal dividers secure your gear and create pockets for storing items such as a matte box, camera plate, viewfinder, cables and more. The dividers can be removed for turning the carrier into a standard suitcase. A padded pouch on the lid's interior holds a laptop up to 17 inches. Other extras include zippered storage pouches for personal items, an exterior front pocket, and top and side carrying handles. Estimated Street Price: $335 (PD610); $75 (PA1001 trolley). Contact: Petrol Bags, (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.

HV DSLR Filters
For shooting HD DSLRs at a fast aperture in bright conditions, Tiffen has created the Tiffen HV Filter Kit Series for enhancing image quality. Tiffen teamed up with director of photography Shane Hurlbut to produce the filters, which are designed specifically for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and other HD-capable DSLRs. The kits come in four different configurations and include a range of neutral-density filters in varying strengths, a WW Ultra Circular Polarizer (depending on the kit) and a belt-loop-style pouch for keeping them all organized and accessible. The filters are engineered to provide up to 7 stops in order to shoot wide open under bright sun at ƒ/2. Two sizes are available—77mm and 4x5.65. Estimated Street Price: $969 (Indie Pro Plus HV Kit 4x5.65); $329 (Indie HV Kit 77mm). Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.

Video Support
Stabilization is of utmost importance whether you're shooting stills or video. The Universal Bundles from Redrock Micro are designed to help you support your HD DSLR in a variety of ways. These are flexible kits that can be configured into multiple rig setups. Each one is built around a popular Redrock lineup—nano, handheld, shouldermount and studio—plus two "master" bundles that build multiple rigs across these lineups. The Complete Universal Bundle allows you to build every rig that Redrock has for HD DSLRs. The rigs also can be adapted for use with the latest video cameras. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $1,276 (varies based on configuration). Contact: Redrock Micro, (888) 214-3903, www.redrockmicro.com.

Hip Holster
Give your upper body a break from carrying around multiple DSLRs using the SpiderPro Pad from Spider Holster. If you already have a Spider Holster, you can use the modular pad to place a Holster on each hip and carry two DSLRs. It fits the SpiderPro Belt, as well as belts and backpacks from other manufacturers. An upgrade kit, which includes a holster and pad, is available for those who would like to carry two DSLRs at a time. If you're new to Spider Holster, the SpiderPro DualCam System includes the pad plus two holsters, two plates, two pins and a belt. Estimated Street Price: $235 (DualCam); $120 (upgrade). Contact: Spider Holster, www.spiderholster.com.

Level Head
Align your DSLR quickly when shooting on uneven ground using the Novoflex MBAL leveling head. The small, yet sturdy device moves a smooth 15° in any direction and locks securely with minimal finger pressure. It weighs just 9.5 ounces, supports cameras up to 22 pounds and measures 2.75x2.4x1.75 inches. MBAL mounts to any tripod or head with a 1⁄4- or 3⁄8-inch mounting thread and is supplied with a 1⁄4-inch camera mounting screw. A twist of the fixing screw enables you to make adjustments with just one hand. Estimated Street Price: $257. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

iColor Calibration
The iPad has quickly become a necessity for many photographers, especially when shooting on location. So make sure yours is calibrated correctly using the SpyderGallery app from Datacolor. Just download the app, use the Spyder3 colorimeter to measure output, and a custom color profile is created for your iPad. The app has a built-in gallery viewer for displaying fully color-corrected images. Looking at photos through the color-managed viewer delivers more accurate colors and provides you with a closer match to desktop monitors and other color-managed displays. Other features include pixel-level zooming capabilities and personal photo watermarking. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $89 (Spyder3); Free (app). Contact: Datacolor, (609) 924-2189, www.datacolor.com.


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