November 2013

Olympus OM-D E-M1

The 16.3-megapixel Olympus OM-D E-M1 is fully compatible with both ZUIKO digital and M.ZUIKO lenses utilizing a Dual Fast AF system, which picks either a 37-point on-chip phase-detection AF or 81-point contrast-detection AF to maximize the lens being used. In addition to reducing noise and color fading at high ISO, the TruePic VII image processor enables fast shooting at 6.5 fps with a 50-picture RAW buffer or 10 fps with a 36-picture RAW buffer. The 2×2 dial control system provides a comfortable and familiar way for DSLR shooters to control aperture/shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO and white balance. The 2.36-million-dot-resolution electronic viewfinder provides as large of a coverage area as a full-frame DSLR viewfinder and has adaptive brightness, adjusting the screen brightness according to the conditions to reduce perception error. The dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof magnesium-alloy body has built-in 5-Axis Stabilization with Multi-Motion to reduce motion blur, effective at low shutter speeds and with still photo and video panning. Built-in Wi-Fi connects with your smart device using the Olympus Image Share 2.0 smartphone app, allowing your device to act as a remote viewfinder and controller for triggering from a distance. Estimated Street Price: $1,399. Contact: Olympus,

Lens-Style Camera

While it may look like a simple lens accessory, the Sony DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 cameras contain all the parts of a full compact camera, bringing a novel experience to shooting on the go. The DSC-QX100 includes a 20.2-megapixel Exmor RCMOS sensor, identical to the RX100 II sensor, as well as a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 3.6x optical zoom and dedicated ring for manual focus and zoom. The DSC-QX10’s 18.2-megapixel Exmor RCMOS sensor and 10x optical zoom carry versatility in a small package. Utilizing Wi-Fi capabilities, or NFC connection for Android devices, the QX series connects to your smartphone, turning your LCD screen into a real-time viewfinder. By using the adapter to physically connect the camera to your phone, you can take photos in a traditional way, similar to a compact camera. But by having the camera and smartphone viewfinder physically separated, you’re able to capture unique angles and new perspectives with a fluid, controlled and intuitive experience. Images are saved to both the camera’s internal SD card, as well as your smartphone for instant sharing. Estimated Street Price: $500 (DSC-QX100); $250 (DSC-QX10). Contact: Sony,

Panasonic Mirrorless

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX7 16-megapixel MOS sensor mirrorless camera incorporates DSLR-like control in a lightweight package. With adjustment dials in the front and back, manual shooting feels similar to a DSLR. The 90º tiltable Live Viewfinder allows you to change your perspective, shooting from above or straight on, through the 2764K-dot, high-resolution, 16:9 wide screen providing 100% field of view. The Eye Sensor Auto Focus starts the AF mechanism as you look into the viewfinder. The in-camera stabilization system gives you stabilization with classic, nonstabilized lenses, and the camera can shoot at up to 5 fps. The GX7 shoots HD 1920×1080 60p video in AVCHD and MP4 formats with stereo sound or in a 24p cinematic style. Silent Mode switches the shutter system from mechanical to electronic, ensuring camera noise won’t ruin the moment in the field. Estimated Street Price: $999. Contact: Panasonic,

Novoflex Castbal–T/S

When used in combination with the Castel–Q macro focusing rack, the Castbal–T/S by Novoflex becomes a small and transportable tilt/shift bellows system. The Castbal–T/S lens standard adjusts 25º left or right for Scheimpflug control. Precise focus control can be shifted from within the quick-release mount of the focusing rack. When used with the Novoflex adapter system, the Castbal–T/S is compatible with a variety of camera and lens combinations. The system gives you a compact tool for macrophotography and perspective control. Estimated Street Price: $514. Contact: Novoflex (HP Marketing Corp.),

Versatile Zoom

The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a lightweight lens for on-the-go versatility. With a large 7.8x zoom range, this lens is equipped with four stops of VR image stabilization for sharp photos and videos, even while shooting handheld or under low-light conditions. A Silent Wave Motor keeps AF operation quiet. The lens contains one ED glass element, one aspherical lens element and a seven-blade diaphragm to create natural blur. Two focus modes are provided: M/A (AF with manual override) and M (for complete manual control). Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Nikon,

Mobile Digital Darkroom

Shooting, downloading and completing a workflow on location can be difficult. The i-Visor LS Pro MAG by Seaport Digital creates a mobile “darkroom” workstation with a trifold visor and extra cloth for full coverage, making screen viewing feasible in bright environments. The strong and lightweight magnesium-alloy frame connects to a tripod stand with no additional parts, making mobility and height adjustment quick and easy. Accommodating up to a 17-inch laptop, the i-Visor LS Pro MAG includes several pockets for cables, batteries and external hard drives, as well as pass-through cable ports. With a padded rigid core, ballistics outer fabric and waterproof zippers, the i-Visor LS Pro MAG will keep your important equipment safe during your travels. List Price: $249. Contact: Seaport Digital,

Mount Conversion Service

As your photography style has developed over time, your equipment may have changed, as well. Now Sigma is working with photographers to integrate your gear collection. Owners of Sigma Global Vision Lenses will be able to take advantage of Sigma’s new Mount Conversion Service and convert Sport, Art or Contemporary DSLR lenses to a new mount of their choice, be it Sigma, Sony, Pentax, Nikon or Canon, as long as Sigma has released that product in the requested mount. Additionally, mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras can be switched to a Micro Four Thirds or a Sony E-mount. Sigma is also extending the warranty on all products—cameras, flashes and lenses—to four years. Estimated Street Price: $80-$250, plus shipping costs. Contact: Sigma,

Yeti Solar Generator Kit

Packing enough fully charged batteries
can feel like a losing battle. With the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator Kit, you can recharge your DSLR batteries, laptop, phone, tablet or any other device that uses USB, 12V or AC power while on location. Simply plug in the device to the Goal Zero Yeti 150 the same way you plug in the device to the wall. The Goal Zero Yeti 150 has a battery life display and recharges via an AC wall port, 12V car charger or solar panel. List Price: $199 (Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator); $359 (with Nomad 13 Solar Panel); $324 (with Boulder 15 Solar Panel). Contact: Goal Zero,

Video Monopod

The Benro A38TBS2 and A48TBS4 Video Monopod Kits are designed for video support with smooth movements in a convenient mobile package, perfect for wedding, live-event and documentary shooting. The three-leg base creates a stable support for tilting movement, includes a pan cartridge for smooth panning shots, and folds compactly for travel. The Twist Lock leg grips allow quick manipulation of height, with the A38TBS2 extending to 68.9 inches and holding 5.5 pounds of gear, and the A48TBS4 reaching 73.2 inches and the ability to hold 8.8 pounds of equipment. A pan lock/unlock gives the head optional freedom to move independently from the monopod for more diverse fluid panning. An interchangeable pan bar provides 360º panning, while a built-in bubble level aids in pan leveling, and the head has a tilt range of +/-85º for the A38TBS2 and +95/-75º for the A48TBS4. Set the tension of the head to match your camera weight using the tilt drag/lock lever. Estimated Street Price: $139 (A38TBS2); $199 (A48TBS4). Contact: Benro,

Steadycam Curve

The newest member of Tiffen‘s Steadicam family, the compact half-pound Steadicam CURVE is a camera-stabilizing system designed specifically for GoPro HEROs. A fine-tune adjustment knob gives control over precise system balance. Ergonomically designed for one-handed use, it fully extends to 63⁄8 inches and folds compactly to pocket-sized for storage and travel. The durable aluminum frame is available in five colors—black, blue, red, silver and purple. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Tiffen,

Fujifilm X-M1

With a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, the Fujifilm X-M1 is a compact system camera offering flexible options in a slim size. The removal of the optical low-pass filter combined with the addition of the EXR Processor II results in an increased resolution and reduction of noise (providing an ISO range of 200-6400 with a boost range of 100-25600 with 1⁄3-step increments), as well as a quick burst rate of 5.6 fps. The built-in flash has guide numbers and Super Intelligent Flash technology to automatically control flash strength according to scene type. The X-M1 records full 1080p30 HD video with a built-in stereo mic. A Wi-Fi button transfers photo and video assets to your smartphone, tablet and computer using the free FUJIFILM Camera Application. Estimated Street Price: $799 (body and lens kit). Contact: Fujifilm,

Prime Lens Line

The HD PENTAX DA Limited prime lens series by Ricoh Imaging consists of five lenses designed for K-mount DSLRs. Each lens features Super Protect and high-definition coating for sharp images with reduced ghosting and flare. A round-shaped diaphragm has been designed to produce a natural bokeh effect. Created from high-grade aluminum, each lens is hand-machined to ensure proportion and feel. Lenses are available in both black and silver. Estimated Street Price: $549 (HD PENTAX DA 15mm ƒ/4 ED AL Limited); $699 (HD PENTAX DA 21mm ƒ/3.2 AL Limited); $699 (HD PENTAX DA 35mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Limited); $749 (HD PENTAX DA 40mm ƒ/2.8 Limited); $749 (HD PENTAX DA 70mm ƒ/2.4 Limited). Contact: Ricoh Imaging,

Glow Diffusion Lighting Series

Flashpoint has created the Glow Diffusion Series of studio and location lighting modifiers designed to aid in creating the perfect lighting setup for fashion, editorial and product shots. The line consists of R-series softboxes, Grand Softboxes and HexaPop diffusers. The R-series softboxes come in rectangles, squares and octagonal shapes of varying sizes. The Grand Softboxes are available in 71-inch and 47-inch parabolic designs. The unique HexaPop modifier combines the reflective qualities of an umbrella with the diffuse qualities of a softbox, creating a natural, yet controllable soft light source. Available in 20-inch or 24-inch sizes, the HexaPop attaches to a strobe, providing a 105º spread of light. All Glow modifiers are heat-resistant and designed from durable gridded fabric lining. Estimated Street Price: $49-$324. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama),

Macro Ring Flash

For the macrophotographer, Nissin‘s MF18 Macro Ring Flash offers a new tube flash, designed to achieve flexible lighting with power ratios controlled independently to adjust for your particular lighting conditions. Fine Macro mode gives light control from 1/128 to 1/1024 in 1⁄6-EV steps to adjust the accuracy of the macro flash. Manual mode controls full power to 1/64 in 1⁄3-EV steps. The expandable ring head can adapt to lenses ranging from 49mm to 82mm, eliminating unwanted vignetting and corner clipping. The MF18 has been specifically designed to work with Canon E-TTL and E-TTL II capabilities, and can be used with the Di866 Mark II/Di700/Di622 Mark II and original Canon and Nikon strobes as a master flash with +/- 3.0 EV compensation settings. The MF18 package includes adapter rings for 52mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm and 77mm lenses. Estimated Street Price: $439. Contact: Nissin,

Fast Memory

Transcend‘s 128 GB 600x and 64 GB 300x SDXC UHS-I cards ensure large storage space and high read/write and transfer speeds for professional-quality photo and video files. The 128 GB cards are capable of storing 20,000 high-resolution JPEG files (from a 12-megapixel camera, 6 MB file size), over 8,500 RAW images (14 MB file size) or 32 hours of 1080p HD video footage (at 1920×1080 9 Mb/s H.264AVC). The SDXC UHS-I cards speed up your workflow with incredibly quick transfer rates of 90 MB/s and 45 MB/s for the 128 GB and 64 GB cards, respectively. Each Transcend memory card comes with a free download of the RecoveRx software, used to bring back lost or deleted files. Estimated Street Price: $109 (64 GB 300x); $279 (128 GB 600x). Contact: Transcend,

Custom Blackmagic Camera Case

With a rugged exterior and a custom interior, the iSeries 13096BKMG by SKB Cases will keep your Blackmagic Cinema Camera and accessories safe and you worry-free. Interior PE foam has been custom-designed to fit the Blackmagic Camera, and includes a 5.5×7.5×4.5-inch compartment that fits accessories such as your lens, cables, sun hood and memory cards. The exterior of the military-grade case has been constructed from ultra-high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin and has a waterproof and submersible design that’s corrosion- and impact-resistant. The iSeries 13096BKMG case also features a trigger-release latch, snap-down rubber overmolded cushion grip handle, automatic ambient pressure-equalization valve and secure stacking. Estimated Street Price: $119. Contact: SKB Cases,

Storage Tower

Through the years, as you shoot endless photos and videos, it becomes necessary to deal with organizing your digital assets. The CRU RTX800-TR Tower provides up to 32 TB of storage through eight 3.5-inch SAS or SATA hard disk drives in CRU TrayFree Bays with dual Thunderbolt ports. The Tower incorporates the ATTO Technology ThunderStream SC 3808E RAID adapter for high-speed I/O, configured for RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10. Estimated Street Price: $2,299. Contact: CRU,

Perspektiv Camera Bag

The Perspektiv Messenger Bag, part of the new award-winning line by adventure gear company Thule, is a durable and weather-resistant camera bag that easily transitions from outdoor location shoots to an office setting. The interior features a removable pod system, fitting a prosumer DSLR body with attached zoom lens and extended battery grip. A padded compartment holds a 15-inch MacBook Pro, and the high-visibility lining allows you to easily see even small accessories. The top flap features a weather-resistant zipper, giving you quick access to your camera. The quick-release, micro-adjustable strap system conforms to your body with a removable T-strap for additional cross-body stability. Estimated Street Price: $139. Contact: Thule,

Gyro Stabilizer

When you’re moving quickly through the air or over water, uncontrollable currents put hiccups in your footage. The X Series 3 Axis Gyro Stabilizer by Kenyon Laboratories helps smooth out your shooting experience. One X Series gyro provides the convenience of two standard gyros while saving space and reducing cord clutter. Inside the gyro stabilizer, three-axis motion of yaw, pitch and roll are controlled by four mass-stabilization gyro wheels. The X Series can be stacked for additional stabilization using optional mounting plates. Full kits include the gyro, inverter, battery pack, charger and cigarette lighter adapter in a Pelican case. Estimated Street Price: $2,560-$6,880. Contact: Kenyon Laboratories,

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