Tuesday, August 16, 2011
New Tools Of The Trade
If most of your assignments call for working outside, you know how challenging it is to keep your fine optics clean. The LensPen OutdoorPro Kit, which includes the Original LensPen and MiniPro II, helps you remove loose dust and dirt from the lens or eyepiece. Both tools function the same way by sliding out the brush end first. For more stubborn fingerprints, you can take the cap off the other end and use the flexible tip, which contains a carbon compound used in printer's ink, to get rid of them. The kit also includes a soft microfiber cloth for cleaning nonlens surfaces and a natural fiber cloth that delivers strong anti-fog protection. Estimated Street Price: $34. Contact: LensPen, (877) 608-0868, www.lenspen.com.
Bust The Dust
Keep your computer clean with the DataVac Electric Duster. The latest model was redesigned to be more compact and comfortable to use. It features a 500-watt motor for blasting dust, dirt and debris off your computer and other electronic gear. According to Metro Vac, the company that makes it, the Electric Duster is also a more eco-friendly and cost-efficient alternative to using canned air. The unit is constructed of steel and includes an air pin-pointer, air concentrator nozzle, air-flare nozzle, micro-cleaning tool kit and 12-foot power cord. Estimated Street Price: $46. Contact: Metro Vac, (800) 822-1602, www.metrovacworld.com.
Whether it's for holding lighting gear in place, securing cables or doing countless other tasks, gaffer tape is an essential tool for most photographers. But it usually comes in rolls that are so big, it's tough to carry around. The makers of microGAFFER are attempting to correct that problem by making a high-quality professional cloth gaffer's tape that's pocket-sized. Each roll is just an inch wide, as opposed to the two-inch width of a standard roll of gaffer's tape, and starts out at a diameter of less than 2.5 inches. Standard rolls measure 6.5 inches. Plus, a roll of microGAFFER weighs just 2.2 ounces. It's available in multi-packs of four eight-yard rolls. Estimated Street Price: $21 (per pack). Contact: Visual Departures Ltd., (800) 628-2003, www.microgaffer.com.
The Flashpoint 500 LED (FPVL500) is a dimmable light panel with barn doors. Suitable for video and still shooting, the light includes a removable yoke and an AC power cord that measures about 13 inches in length. The 5mm round soft-light LEDs can be dimmed from 100% to 0 in either full strength at 500 LEDs or half strength at 250 LEDs. Color temperature measures at 5300-5900K with a 60º beam angle. The panel features black anodized aluminum construction and four barn doors. Estimated Street Price: $219. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
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