May/June 2013

Slim Shoulder Bag

The incredibly slim, vertical-style Zuma 32 Photo/iPad Bag from Tamrac is ideal for carrying your daily necessities in a sleek silhouette. A front pocket with two neoprene compartments holds most compact DSLRs or mirrorless cameras with a lens attached and an extra lens. The middle, foam-padded pocket holds an iPad or 11-inch MacBook Air. A back pocket with mesh and zipper pockets holds cords, adapters and larger items such as a mini-tripod. It features two carrying handles and a sliding shoulder strap for comfortable toting. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact:Tamrac, www.tamrac.com.

Large-Sensor Compact

Packed with powerful professional features while still fitting in your pocket, the Nikon Coolpix A has a 16.2-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and prime ƒ/2.8 28mm-equivalent lens, providing highly detailed images with less noise. A manual-focus ring offers professional control. The camera shoots RAW files, at 4 fps for fast action stills, as well as full HD video at 1080p with stereo sound. WiFi accessibility is via the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for instant sharing ability or wireless triggering from your smartphone. There’s also a full-sized hot-shoe port, which is compatible with other Nikon accessories already in your bag, such as Speedlights. Available in black and silver. Estimated Street Price: $1,099. Contact:Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

Light Master

Whether you’re primarily working in portraiture or making headway in film and video, creating the perfect reproducible lighting setup is true craft. The Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR makes it infinitely easier with a colorful touch screen, letting you separately adjust the power level of each light directly from your meter without running back and forth from the light source. Using the Cine Meter mode, simply enter the frame rate and shutter speed of your HD video, then check for evenness of background or greenscreen, engage a filter compensation, or check one of your 10 preset light settings to make sure this interview matches your last. Estimated Street Price: $469. Contact:Sekonic, www.sekonic.com.

Quick Carry-All

When you’re shooting in the field, you don’t always have time to take apart your camera rig before moving to a new location, but you want to keep your gear clean, dry and safe en route. The new Deca Camera and Accessories Bag by Petrol Bags has an extra-wide opening, large enough for a fully equipped Sony F65 or ARRI ALEXA to slip inside, so you can quickly protect your gear and move to your next scene. The inside of the bag is made from a one-piece honeycomb frame, providing strength and protection while you’re on the move. It also offers interlocking grip handles and an external top strap to secure a tripod. Estimated Street Price: $44. Contact:Petrol Bags, .

Smartphone Trigger

Lighten up your camera bag by letting your phone take over some of the duties of your wireless trigger system with the Satechi BT Smart Trigger for Canon. In Regular Shot mode, it utilizes Bluetooth technology for your iOS or Android phone to effortlessly become an intuitive wireless remote. Manual Shot mode gives long exposure and timed shot options, while Time Shot mode turns your phone into an intervalometer for advanced time-lapse photos and videos. Bluetooth 4.0 reaches up to 50 feet in range. Battery life lasts 10 years. Compatible with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, Rebel T4i, EOS 60D and other cameras. Estimated Street Price: $45. Contact:Satechi, www.satechi.net.

Mirrorless Shooter

A compact, 7.5-ounce body with interchangeable lenses, providing RAW+JPEG stills and full 1080 HD video, the Sony NEX-3N may look like a backup camera, but is easily capable of doing the heavy lifting. The 16.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor is identical to a traditional DSLR and boosts maximum ISO to 16,000 for excellent low-light shooting. A zoom lever on the top of the body gives fingertip control of the lens length. The BIONZ processor provides area-specific noise reduction and sharpness without loss of detail. The 7.5cm LCD screen flips 180º for reflection reduction or self-portraits. Estimated Street Price: $498. Contact:Sony, www.sony.com.

Double-Barrel Shooter

Carrying two camera bodies loaded with different lenses can be a necessity for a professional photojournalist or wildlife photographer, but doing so while maintaining balance, coordination and comfort is no easy task. The Yeti, by Black Rapid, is designed to alleviate strain and increase mobility for the dual camera shooter, with a single shoulder pad and two camera straps. One strap moves straight down your side; the other strap fits across your chest and includes a cross-body stabilizer to hold the system snugly in place. When you’re traveling a bit lighter, you can detach the secondary strap, and the Yeti functions similarly to Black Rapid’s Sports straps. The Yeti also comes in the Yeti Slim, which has all of the same options, but is built for people with a smaller frame. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact:Black Rapid, www.blackrapid.com.

Video Team Workflow

When collaborating on a video project, transferring large files and communicating fluently while working remotely comes with challenges. PixelFlow.com is an online browser-based workspace created to make that process easier by bringing production teams closer and making clients part of the process. Once a video is uploaded, team members can view, chat and move the video playback head in real time from multiple computers. As clients add notes and approve videos, you get instant SMS and email notifications of the action. It’s not until the end of the process, when you give permission, that the client or team is given access to download the video, as well as share directly with social networks. Estimated Street Price: $15/month to $250/month. Contact:PixelFlow, www.pixelflow.com.

Slick Paper

The popularity of metallic prints recently has been growing in the photographic art world due to their increased detail, brightness and luminosity inherent in the metal surface. Moab by Legion Paper has designed the new Slickrock Metallic Silver 300 for photographers looking for ultra shine and increased depth in an inkjet paper. The m
etal-like surface provides deep blacks and bright metallic highlights, but is still able to be handled right off the printer. It’s available in 25-sheet boxes sized 8.5×11 and 13×19 inches, A2 and A4, as well as rolls of 17, 24 and 44 inches wide by 50 feet long. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact:Moab by Legion Paper, www.moabpaper.com.

Pro Studio Stand

Designed specifically for the professional studio and portrait photographer, the Studio Titan Digital Studio Stand from Tallyn‘s provides a sturdy and flexible method to set up equipment while shooting. Use any 3⁄8-inch threaded ballhead or pan-tilt head to position your camera on one side of the cross arm. Add your laptop to the other side and shoot tethered or wirelessly for quick and easy image preview or file storage. A basket collects camera accessories and batteries for quick accessibility and to prevent studio clutter. The stand features a heavy center column, sturdy wheeled base with locking knobs for quick adjusting and securing position, and counterweighted cross arms. The Studio Titan Professional Studio Stand features a left-to-right shifting cross arm and heavier center column for stability. Estimated Street Price: $1,299 (Studio Titan Professional); $999 (Studio Titan Digital). Contact:Tallyn’s, www.tallyns.com.

Magnification Mode

Viewing a small LCD screen on a bright sunny day can be tricky, but the Flashpoint Swivi HD DSLR LCD Universal Foldable Viewfinder Version II with 3.0x Magnification helps make the LCD screen viewable, making clear focus and accurate exposure obtainable. In Magnification Mode, a 3x magnification is provided to view details and ensure focus. The viewfinder loupe attaches to the camera with a mounting plate and fits on most DSLRs with a 3-inch LCD. The eyepiece ensures safety of the LCD in sunlight. The rubber eyecup may be rotated for either right- or left-eye-dominant shooting. Estimated Street Price: $120. Contact:Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

Stealthy Stabilizer

As a versatile professional, moving between video and stills in the studio and out in the field becomes the norm. It’s crucial to have a camera stabilizer that’s as versatile as you are. The Stealthy Photo/Video Support by VariZoom can pull double-, triple-, even quadruple-duty as both a motion and still photo support by transforming itself between handheld motion stabilizer, 3-point shooter, mini-monopod, tabletop tripod and full 6-foot monopod in seconds. It fits DSLR and video cameras weighing from 8 ounces to several pounds. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact:VariZoom, www.varizoom.com.

Leica Miami

Positioned in an area of rich color, culture and art, Leica has added the new Leica Store Miami in the thriving Coral Gables shopping district along the Miracle Mile. The 2,200-square-foot showroom will display products such as the Leica X2 Edition Paul Smith, as well as showcase photography displays. This store joins the current Leica Store DC and Leica Store SoHo. Leica reports that they will continue to grow in 2013 by opening additional Leica store locations in North America. Contact:Visit www.leicastoremiami.com for more information.

DSLR Hard

The iSeries 1914 Pro DSLR Case from SKB Cases has a waterproof, impact-resistant exterior combined with a versatile, lightweight foam interior that will keep your cameras and accessories safe through your roughest travels. The case accommodates two DSLR bodies and provides a removable foam insert, tailoring the space to your specific body size with or without a camera grip. Three of the four lens slots are outfitted with three half-inch foam rings that you can remove to fit different-sized lenses. The case has additional compartments for a flash, batteries, memory cards and additional accessories. For quick and secure airport travel, the case is equipped with TSA lockable trigger release latches. SKB backs this case with their Unconditional Lifetime Warranty. Estimated Street Price: $279. Contact:SKB Cases, www.skbcases.com.

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