January/February 2014

All-In-One Superzoom

The 20.2-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 with 24-200mm ƒ/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* high-zoom lens provides incredible variability in an all-in-one design, perfect for lightweight travel. By combining the RX100 II’s Exmor R CMOS sensor and the new BIONZ X processor, Sony continues to reduce area-specific noise and increase detail. Three different sizes can be selected for autofocus, allowing you to match the size to your subject for accurate focusing. Fast action can be captured at up to 10 fps with continuous AF. The RX10 continues to advance in video capabilities, with 60p and 24p frame rates, HDMI out, an adjustable audio level meter and headphone out for audio monitoring. Additionally, it’s compatible with the XLR-K1M adapter for pro audio recording. List Price: $1,299. Contact: Sony, www.sony.com.

Pro Filter Line

Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. has designed a new line of Hoya PROND filters for both still photo and HDSLR video use. The nine filters range from two to 10 stops in light reduction. ACCU-ND metallic technology coats the front and back of optical glass, creating the neutral-density effect for a neutral color balance that doesn’t add any additional color cast. A one-piece, thin, aluminum frame keeps the filter secure and parallel to the sensor. Available in ND4X through ND1000X densities and sizes 49mm-82mm. Estimated Street Price: Varies by filter size. Co
Kenko Tokina USA, Inc., www.kenkotokinausa.com.

Sling Strap For Women

Designed specifically for the female body by female designers, the Kick strap by BlackRapid makes slinging a camera more comfortable for women. The short shoulder pad includes a built-in curve that "kicks" webbing toward the center of the chest, making the sling placement well fitting. The shoulder pad is also thicker and wider than the BlackRapid Elle, which also makes it compatible with the Brad underarm system for extra stabilization. Estimated Street Price: $61. Contact: BlackRapid, www.blackrapid.com.

Versatile Support

Weighing a featherlight four pounds, yet supporting a full 22-pound capacity, the versatile 3POD P5CRH 5-section Carbon Fiber Compact Tripod with K3 Ballhead by Flashpoint is the perfect travel companion. With wear-resistant lock guards that provide against slippage due to wear and temperature changes, the 5-section legs individually fold and unfold with metal-jacketed twist locks and have three position settings to compensate for uneven surfaces. Each foot has a spike for outdoor trail use with a nonslip rubber cap. Quick moments and tight spaces may call for the P5CRH’s monopod configuration, utilizing the center column’s reinforced twist-lock technology. The included K3 Ballhead provides smooth 360º panning with two bubble levels and a sliding quick-release plate. List Price: $124. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

Sigma 35mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art

Photographers looking for a fast prime lens will take note of the Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art lens. Designed for a full-frame sensor and compatible with an APS-C sensor, the lens features a Hyper Sonic Motor for quick and quiet focusing, as well as a floating internal focusing system, allowing high performance, even at close shooting distances. SLD and FLD glass elements correct axial and chromatic aberrations. The lens is compatible with the Sigma USB dock for firmware updates and adjusting focus parameters. Estimated Street Price: $899. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.

High Intensity, Low Heat

A continuous light for both still and video shoots, the LED-200WA High-Intensity Series by Fotodiox produces 15,000 lux/m of luminance, two times the brightness of the previous model, while consuming only 200 watts of electricity. The 200WA runs on constant power instead of alternating current like many equivalent models, allowing it to run twice as long. Though it provides high intensity, it generates very little heat, making studio sessions more comfortable. Available in 5600K (Daylight) or 3200K (Tungsten), it’s housed in a strobe-like package with a Bowens S-type bayonet mount, making it compatible with standard strobe accessories. A built-in glass diffuser creates soft and even light with a high color-rendering index for proper color in all environments. List Price: $424. Contact: Fotodiox, www.fotodioxpro.com.

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