Tuesday, July 28, 2009
New Tools Of The Trade
The Tamrac Ultra Pro Series shoulder bags are ideal if you regularly carry multiple bodies with lenses attached, several additional lenses, flashes, accessories and a laptop. The Total Coverage Tops combine the security of a zipper with the convenience of quick-release buckles and fast-access hook-and-loop closures. The tops also feature a Speed Pocket for fast access to accessories and personal items. The foam-padded front pocket is designed to hold a laptop, while the Double Lens-Bridge Divider System inside cradles cameras with grips and lenses attached. Estimated Street Price: $149 (Pro 11); $169 (Pro 13). Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
Solid Legs, Smooth Movement
Support your camera system using the sturdy Manfrotto 526,545BK or 701HDV,547BK Professional Video Tripods. The 526,545BK can hold up to 35 pounds. The 526 head delivers precise fluid movement, while the 545BK legs offer superior support and stability. The 701HDV,547BK weighs 8.6 pounds and supports up to 8.8 pounds. The 701HDV head offers professional fluid movement at a low cost. For greater rigidity, the 547BK was designed with technopolymers incorporated into its upper casting. Both systems feature a midlevel spreader for better stability and a Kata carry bag. The heads and legs also are available separately and in different systems and configurations. Estimated Street Price: $1,875 (526,545BK System); $300 (701HDV,547BK System). Contact: Manfrotto (Bogen Imaging), (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.
For Leaf Capture users, the latest update to the workflow software delivers improvements for the AFi-II 10 and Aptus-II 10 digital back and camera models, which offer extended ISO range and improved shooting burst speeds. With Capture 11.2.7, you can create lens-calibration files for any lens to optimize performance with the Leaf sensor. Lens-calibration files are reference files that “describe” certain characteristics of the lens in order to achieve the best available image quality. The AFi-II 10 and Aptus-II 10 now ship with a CD containing factory-defined lens-calibration files for some of the most commonly used lenses. Download the free update from the Support section of the website. Contact: Leaf America, (866) 4US-LEAF, www.leafamerica.com.
Full HD LCD
Covering an expanded color space, the slim JVC Xiview LT-42WX70 is a 42-inch, 120 Hz, 1080p display that’s just 15⁄8 inches thick. Its color-gamut capacity encompasses 100 percent and 96 percent of the HDTV broadcasting and Adobe RGB color spaces, respectively. The display’s 12-bit GENESSA Picture Engine produces video without blur, color bleed or noise for clear images with natural, accurate colors and smooth movement. To fine-tune color, the LT-42WX70 has 52 onscreen image-quality adjustment tools for correcting color, tint, gamma and more. Estimated Street Price: $2,399. Contact: JVC, (800) 526-5308, www.jvc.com.
Control your Canon EOS D-SLR remotely using an iPhone or iPod Touch with onOne Software’s DSLR Camera Remote application. With a supported Canon camera that’s connected to a WiFi-enabled computer, you can remotely control the camera’s settings, fire the shutter, review images and get a live viewfinder preview. The app comes in two versions—Lite and Professional. You can purchase it from the App Store within Apple’s iTunes software. An updated version that adds support for Nikon D-SLRs is in development. Estimated Street Price: $2 (Lite); $20 (Professional). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
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