Tuesday, August 14, 2012
New Tools Of The Trade
DxO Optics Pro 7.5 gets a big performance boost with 64-bit functionality that delivers faster previewing and processing. It handles much larger files, even those up to 200 megapixels. Built around what DxO calls Optics Modules, a series of tests are conducted to analyze different camera and lens combinations. The software will automatically detect your camera body and lens, then suggest downloading and using those optical characteristics to automatically correct flaws such as distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, lens softness and more. There are more than 7,000 modules. This update adds nearly 200 more modules, of which 60 are for the Nikon D800. Estimated Street Price: $149 (Standard); $299 (Elite). Contact: DxO Labs, www.dxo.com.
ArcSoft Portrait+ gives you a quick way of polishing up portraits when you're on a tight deadline. Based on facial imaging technology that focuses on key points around the eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth, the program uses preset templates to smooth skin, enhance eyes, whiten teeth and more. The software's face detection technology can recognize up to 20 faces in each image, and batch processing is possible for making adjustments to a lot of images at once. There are 20 preset template styles, and the program automatically defines more than 24 facial points for making quick adjustments. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: ArcSoft, (510) 440-9901, www.arcsoft.com.
With Marilyn: An Evening/1961
With room for up to two DSLRs with lenses attached, the Rolling DigiSuite DSLR Camera Case from Petrol Bags is a solid choice when you need to bring multiple systems on a shoot, but still require mobility. The carry-on-size roller comes with detachable internal dividers that secure your gear and create pockets for storing spare lenses, a matte box, camera baseplate, follow focus, camera light, viewfinder, cables and more. Without the dividers, the bag functions like a standard suitcase. The front lid quickly unzips for getting into the main compartment, and it has a padded pouch that fits a laptop with up to a 17-inch screen and a smaller, zippered envelope-style mesh pocket that holds small accessories. Estimated Street Price: $279. Contact: Petrol Bags, (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.
The Pro-Optic Macro Zoomer is an extension tube that allows you to continuously adjust magnification without having to remove the lens and change tubes. The tube functions like a zoom lens. Rotating its "zoom" ring adjusts the magnification. Autofocus and auto-exposure operation are both preserved. The focusing range is between 46mm and 68mm. The Macro Zoomer is available for Canon and Nikon shooters. Estimated Street Price: $129. Contact: Pro-Optic (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
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