September/October 2013

Canon EOS 70D

The new Canon EOS 70D is a mid-level DSLR with some particularly interesting features for motion capture. Its unique 20.2-megapixel Dual Pixel APS-C CMOS AF sensor is new technology that gives you fast and accurate phase-detection AF on the sensor. Each pixel contains two photodiodes, which serve to both record the image and perform AF duty for faster focus acquisition, improved tracking and smooth focus transitions during motion capture. The upshot is enhanced low-light AF accuracy, and you can smoothly rack focus via the built-in touch-screen LCD monitor without getting the sort of back-and-forth hunting that’s common with contrast-detection AF systems. The game-changing benefit is that this gives you the ability to create a sophisticated focus move without a focus puller or complicated and bulky equipment. When shooting stills, the 70D can shoot 7 fps bursts, and there’s built-in WiFi for wireless image transfers from the camera to your smartphone or tablet, along with full remote control. Estimated Street Price: $1,199. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

Wide Glass

Sigma has added the 18-35mm ƒ/1.8 DC HSM lens to its Art collection. Specifically made for APS-C lenses, this zoom lens gives you both wide-angle and standard shooting capabilities with a large ƒ/1.8 aperture, making it a standard go-to for event, portrait and travel photographers. The Super Multi-Layer coating reduces flare and ghosting and increases contrast while the Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) maintains a silent high-speed autofocus function. The nine-blade rounded diaphragm produces a smooth bokeh with the large aperture. It’s compatible with the Sigma USB dock for firmware updates and focus parameter adjustments. Estimated Street Price: $799. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.

Adobe Lightroom

While Adobe Creative Cloud has been getting a lot of attention, it shouldn’t be overlooked that one of its standalone products has been upgraded. Adobe Lightroom 5 covers your workflow from photo organization to edit to sharing. New features include an Upright tool to straighten skewed lines, a Radial Gradient for off-center vignettes, an Advanced Healing brush to remove irregularly shaped objects and Smart Previews, which create stand-in files for on-the-go edits. The software includes location-based organization for grouping your photos by GPS location or creating photo journeys, advanced black-and-white and eight colors when converting to grayscale, and improved book creation with customizable templates. Lightroom 5 works tightly with both Photoshop CC and Premiere Pro CC in Creative Cloud. It can be licensed alone or as part of the Creative Cloud membership. Estimated Street Price: $149 (full license); $79 (upgrade). Contact: Adobe, www.adobe.com.

Linhof 3D Geared Leveling Head

Originally introduced at Photokina in 2010, the Linhof 3D Geared Leveling Head is back with a second version, which includes an Arca quick-release mount. The head has been designed to provide precise positioning in two directions and has 360º panning in two places, below the lowest tilt plane and another just below the upper tilt plane. Two self-locking tilt mechanisms are positioned 90º apart and are driven by rubber-coated knobs. Each tilt plane is fully calibrated with dual pointers for accurate setting and resetting. The calibrated panorama plates sit below the tilt planes with full 360º rotation. The 4.1×4.1×3.1-inch head is equipped with an Arca-compatible quick-release, accepting Arca- and Novoflex-compatible plates (not included), with two bubble levels. It supports cameras up to 22 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $1,999. Contact: Linhof, www.linhof.com.

PIXI Mini-Tripod

With a rugged stainless-steel and Adapto finish and eye-catching Italian design, the conveniently compact and lightweight Manfrotto PIXI mini-tripod supports sharp images without the bulky equipment. Measuring 5 inches when open, 7 inches when closed, and weighing 8 ounces, the PIXI is easy to carry. The push-button ball joint releases quickly for camera positioning, tilting 35º vertically and 360º horizontally. Supporting 1.4 pounds, it’s compatible with iPhones (using the KLYP case), compact cameras, compact system cameras and entry-level DSLRs. Estimated Street Price: $28. Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us/pixi.

High-Resolution Compact

Sony has added the 35mm ƒ/2 full-frame compact RX1R to their lineup. To take advantage of the Exmor CMOS sensor’s high-resolution power, Sony has removed the multi-segment optical low-pass filter (OLPF) that’s part of the RX1, giving the RX1R the ability to bring out more fine details in your subject. The camera’s processing functions have been optimized for sharpness to complement the lens and sensor performance. As with the RX1, the RX1R has an ISO range of 100-25600 and the low-light feature of combining six rapid capture images to create one image with reduced noise equivalent to two steps of ISO sensitivity. The BIONZ image processor shoots at 5 fps for fast action shots. The RX1R is also compatible with TRILUMINOS Color technology when connected to compatible BRAVIA televisions. Estimated Street Price: $2,800. Contact: Sony, www.sony.com.

Maximized Monitor

Avoid costly reshoots and postprocessing by making sure your video is shot properly in the field. The 1280×800-pixel resolution Flashpoint 7″ LED Field Monitor increases the size of your typical 3-inch on-camera LCD screen by five times. The 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for shooting HD video and allows you to move between a black border and full screen modes. View the screen from a wide range of positions with the 178º horizontal and vertical viewing angle. The housing is constructed from metal to ensure durability and includes a clip-on sun hood, which also provides screen protection. Full HDMI input and output, headphone jack, mono speaker, three-way power switch and mini-ballhead shoe-mount bracket for adjusting position are included. Estimated Street Price: $400. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

It’s Handled

Keep a comfortable handle on your camera with the Hand Strap by Cotton Carrier. The Hand Strap is adjustable with heavy-duty Velcro®, so you can tighten and loosen your hand against the body of your camera, as needed. The strap attaches to the camera with a hard anodized aluminum Arca-Swiss-style plate that offers a ¼”x20 thread hole, which allows you to still attach the camera directly to a tripod or to
a tripod quick-release plate. This way, you can move from the tripod to handheld shooting with ease. Estimated Street Price: $19. Contact: Cotton Carrier, www.cottoncarrier.com.

Outpost Project

The new Outpost Project line of camera bags by Crumpler provides a versatile selection of six bags that take you from an urban commute to an outdoor adventure. Each bag utilizes the rucksack design with water-resistant 600D Field Twill on the outer shell, as well as ultra-durable, anti-abrasive materials throughout the bags. The line is comprised of the Cobram Messenger Bag, Kashgar Shoulder Bag, Sebang Sling Bag, Karachi Backpack, Aso Commuter Backpack and Tondo Casual Backpack, ensuring that you’ll find the size and style of bag to fit your gear and shooting style. All bags come with the Crumpler lifetime guarantee. Estimated Street Price: $95-$265. Contact: Crumpler, www.crumpler.com.

Patron Umbrella System

Novoflex has created the all-weather, multifunctional Patron Umbrella System. The umbrella protects photographers from rain and harsh sun during location shoots, while also providing a 44.9-inch silver reflector. An accessory set of three reversible light panels is available for attachment to the inside or outside of the Patron for additional reflector options. When closed, the Patron’s telescoping shaft and ballhead mount may be used as a monopod or walking stick, or the umbrella may be fully flipped inside out for an eight-legged camera stand for mirrorless and compact cameras. An additional Novoflex tent add-on is available. Estimated Street Price: $169. Contact: Novoflex (HP Marketing Corp.), www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

Expert Review

Receiving a photo review from an industry expert just became a bit more convenient and affordable with Eyeist.com. The first web-based photo review service (no software needed), Eyeist.com offers photo and website reviews, as well as career guidance from leading photographers, art buyers, picture editors and museum curators. You can choose a reviewer or be automatically matched based on your needs. Turnaround time once you’re paired with your reviewer averages 72 hours. Registration and image uploading are free, and you choose from a variety of review packages. Estimated Street Price: $100-$350. Contact: Eyeist, www.eyeist.com.

Motion Control

When you’re working on a time-lapse project or shooting video, one of your most important tools is your tripod head. The monoball Z1g+ by ARCA-SWISS is now 30% smaller and lighter than its Z1g predecessor. With Motion Related Gravity Control (MRGC), it has variable and bidirectional drag, making it independently operative and stabilized in all directions. Horizontally, the level of friction remains constant, while vertically the level of friction increases progressively for optimal control. Additionally, the Z1g+ includes a panorama above the ball, allowing smooth horizontal panning regardless of the tripod placement. Estimated Street Price: $749. Contact: Arca-Swiss.

Zoom H6 Recorder

The best way to capture high-quality audio while shooting with a DSLR has been a highly debated and somewhat murky subject. The Zoom H6 Handy Recorder breathes new life into audio recording with a unique interchangeable input capsule design—including X/Y, MS, Shotgun and dual XLR/TRS combo—adding to the four main mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors. The LCD screen is an angled, full-color display for easy level reading and menu navigation in all shooting environments. The H6 records time-stamped WAV files, as well as MP3s with pre-record, backup-record and auto-record modes so you don’t miss a moment. Using four AA alkalines, the H6 operates for over 20 hours. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Zoom North America, www.zoom-na.com.

Shoulder-Relieving Rig

Long days running-and-gunning can put your body out of balance. The Zacuto QR Shoulder Pad System places the camera directly over your shoulder in a traditional ENG-style setup, instantly making your rig lighter and shorter. Made out of Akton Polymer, the curved gel pad provides added comfort for your shoulder when supporting your setup.

Along with the pad, the system comes with a dovetail plate, one 1⁄4″-20 screw and one 3⁄8″-16 screw. The quick-release red cam lever locks in the plate when tight, allows forward slide movement for camera balance when at a 90º angle, and releases completely when fully extended. The dovetail plate is compatible with Kessler and Arca-Swiss tripod, monopod and slider quick-release plates. Estimated Street Price: $355. Contact: Zacuto, www.zacuto.com.

Free Flying

Transferring their aerospace design to cinema products, the engineers at Freefly Systems have taken their custom design of the MōVI M10 one step further with the compact and lightweight MōVI M5, specifically for DSLR cameras up to 5 pounds. The handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal brings big production camera moves to more productions. The Majestic Mode translates a single operator’s movements into stabilized pans and tilts, keeping the camera footprint small. The system is nearly silent, maintaining the ability to capture on-camera audio. Real-time Bluetooth connection allows for live adjustments of the gimbal parameters. When some camera shake aesthetic is preferred, the noise filter controls the desired level, letting the camera operator focus on framing. Estimated Street Price: $4,995. Contact: Freefly Systems, www.freeflysystems.com.

Mobile Apps For Professionals

Easy Release

As you’re traveling and shooting on location, carrying around a bundle of model release forms can be cumbersome. The Easy Release App by ApplicationGap keeps model releases conveniently collected and organized on your iPhone, iPad or Android device and then emails a PDF and JPEG to you. Designed by professional photographers for professional photographers, Easy Release uses industry-s
tandard legal language accepted by stock companies like Getty and Alamy while also allowing custom language additions. Estimated Street Price: $9.99. Contact: ApplicationGap, www.applicationgap.com.

Shoot & Sell

Show clients the full potential of your print capabilities by providing a visualization of the image in the client’s home or in a stylish stock room with the Shoot & Sell app. Import any picture of your client’s room or take one instantly with the iPad camera, or use a customizable stock room, then import the desired print image from your iPad library, Flickr or Dropbox to the room wall. The image may be spread or pinched to illustrate different print sizes, and rotated, cropped or flipped to meet client needs. Frames and mats for single images or custom groupings are included to provide a full visual effect. You can share your designs on Flickr, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with a watermark. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Shoot & Sell, www.shootandsellapp.com.

Pheed

A brand new social-sharing app, Pheed just joined the scene in the fall of 2012. It looks at digital content with a wide view, sharing photos, videos, audio clips and voice notes, video and live broadcast. You can subscribe to a friend’s Pheed channel and “love” or “heartache” a post. As a user, you have the option to monetize your Pheed content and apply a subscription fee to your channel or create pay-per-view settings for a Live Broadcast. Stepping out of the box with a diverse background of support, Pheed is being hailed by critics as the new Twitter, but looks like a lot more. Free. Contact: Pheed, www.pheed.com.

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