December 2013

Full-Frame Mirrorless

The 36.4-megapixel Alpha 7R by Sony is the smallest full-frame mirrorless camera to date. Using a 16-bit BIONZ X processor (compared to the previous 14-bit), this camera has increased speed and noise reduction. The processor, coupled with the elimination of a low-pass filter, also produces exceptional detail. Flexible Spot AF allows three selectable sizes for improved focus targeting. Particularly attractive for DSLR shooters, the Alpha 7R has a 2.4-million-dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder, as well as a 3-inch tiltable high-resolution LCD screen, 9 customizable buttons and 46 assignable functions. For video enthusiasts, the Alpha 7R captures 1080p60 HD and AVCHD progressive video, provides zebra bars for exposure tracking and HDMI for an external monitor or audio output, and is compatible with an XLR adapter kit. With built-in WiFi and NFC, the camera easily transfers files to smart devices or sharing websites. Sony’s PlayMemories Camera Apps can also be utilized for triggering the camera from your smartphone or adding filters and effects directly from the camera. The Alpha 7R is compatible with Sony’s new line of full-frame E-mount lenses, as well as A-mount optics (with a converter). List Price: $2,300. Contact: Sony,

Wide-Medium Telephoto Zoom

Sigma now provides a versatile standard zoom for full-frame cameras with the 24-105mm ƒ/4 DG OS HSM Art lens. The wide to medium telephoto range covers basic daily needs for portraiture, landscape, journalism and architecture photography with a constant ƒ/4 aperture. Optical Stabilizer technology is designed to counteract camera shake for sharp, handheld images. The Inner Focus system eliminates front lens rotation, improves stability and allows the use of circular polarizing filters. The Hyper Sonic Motor ensures quiet high-speed autofocus. SLD and FLD glass elements prevent unwanted distortions and aberrations through the entire zoom range. The lens is compatible with the Sigma USB dock for firmware upgrades and custom focus parameters. List Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma,

Pro Roller Bag

Manfrotto has announced a new Pro bag line, including the Roller 50. With durable wheels and three handles along the top, side and bottom of the bag for easy maneuvering while traveling and on location, the roller bag also features a rigid, multi-layered Exo-Tough outer construction with thermo-formed areas and reinforced feet that protect against impact. The bag’s interior Camera Protection System (CPS) center includes thickly layered core center dividers that mold to cradle your equipment and provide shock-absorption for your DSLRs, lenses, strobe, laptop, tablet, cables and accessories. When unzipped, the top flap opens completely for use as a field mat. Additional exterior pockets provide easy accesses to personal items, and straps secure your tripod to the outside of the roller. List Price: $324. Contact: Manfrotto,

Nikon D610

About a year after releasing the D600, Nikon has followed up with the 24.3-megapixel, CMOS-sensor D610, making only a few, yet significant improvements. The lightweight, full-format HDSLR uses the EXPEED 3 processor, which provides vivid colors and tonal ranges, as well as quick data transfer. Standing out amongst the camera’s features are the new shutter mechanism that captures quick action at 6 fps and the quiet continuous shutter mode, perfect for capturing event and wildlife photography at 3 fps. An improved Auto White Balance makes skin tones and reproduction of artificial light more true to life. The 39-point AF System can be adjusted between single point, continuous, dynamic and 3D autofocus modes to match your shooting situation. The D610 also shoots 1080p HD video in 24p and 30p. List Price: $1,999. Contact:

Profoto B1 Cordless Strobe

Profoto has created the powerful, high-quality B1 Off-Camera Flash for added versatility with location shooting. The cordless B1 is powered by an exchangeable battery, providing 220 full-power flashes, and is wirelessly synced via an Air System at up to 1,000 feet. The 500W max power makes it 10 times as powerful as an average speedlight, ensuring it will have impact on your subject on a sunny outdoor location shoot and light large groups. Setting the B1 on QuickBurst lowers the power setting and increases the speed to allow for 20 flashes per second. The Air Remote TTL-C may be added to your hot-shoe mount to remotely control the B1 in TTL or Manual mode. Equipped with a high-efficiency LED modeling light, it may also be used as a location video light. List Price: $2,000. Contact: Profoto,

Fujinon XF23mm F/1.4 R

As more professionals add mirrorless cameras to their gear bags, Fujifilm has added the 35mm equivalent Fujinon XF23mm ƒ/1.4 R lens to their X-series lens lineup. The compact 10.6-ounce and 2.48-inch lens uses metal parts for the focus and aperture ring, feeling solid as a versatile everyday shooter. The camera-to-subject distance indicator and depth-of-field scale provide manual prefocus tools while the high-torque DC coreless motor provides quick AF. A multilayer High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating ensures durability, as well as an even spread of light across the camera sensor. List Price: $899. Contact: Fujifilm,

Multiple Card Reader Hub

The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution lets you transfer photo and video files from up to four memory cards at once with only one 3.0 USB port. The four-bay hub allows you to mix and match readers to configure your own personalized Workflow Reader from formats such as XQD, UDMA 7, CF, SDXC UHS-I and SDHC UHS-I. The hub and readers include a two-year limited warranty. Estimated Street Price: $99 (hub); $29-$44 (readers). Contact: Lexar,

Accurate Archivals

As needs for archival and digitization increase, so does the need for accurate reproduction photography. The Sinar rePro RC, compatible with all professional lenses, connects to your computer via USB using Sinar CaptureFlow Software to provide two speed levels of remote-controlled focus. Precise sharpness is achieved when used in conjunction with the Sinar Parallel. The battery-powered Parallel uses a laser beam reflected from the camera mirror to determine exact alignment and flatness of the archived object. List Price: $9,970 (Sinar rePro RC with case); $877 (Sinar Par
allel). Contact: Sinar,

Steady Your Small Camera

Shoot smooth panning, tilting and running shots regardless of the rough, shaky or obstacle-like terrain with the Glidecam iGlide handheld camera stabilizer. Built for POV cameras, compacts and camcorders weighing 4 to 14 ounces, the iGlide uses a 3-axis gimbal with adjustable axis convergence controls to create perfect alignment. The Camera Mounting Platform moves forward, backward and side to side for proper horizontal balance, while the no-tools telescoping central post adjusts for height balance, and small Counter Weight Disks may be added on the Base Platform to perfect the weight balance. With a foam-cushioned Handle Grip for comfort, the iGlide comes in black, blue, orange and green color choices. List Price: $149. Contact: Glidecam,

CapturePRO Camera

For photographers who crave an innovative camera strap alternative, the CapturePRO Camera Clip by Peak Design provides a versatile and secure solution. The aluminum CapturePRO clamp attaches to your backpack, belt or bag. Using a choice of plates for either slim-body cameras or with ARCA and Manfrotto compatibility and D-ring connection, your camera slips into the clamp and locks. The clamp’s quick-release system can be operated with one hand. This system can also be used as a GoPro mount for capturing point-of-view footage. List Price: $79. Contact: Peak Design, Ltd.,

Litepanels Hilio

The eco-friendly Litepanels Hilio provides balanced daylight while outputting 85% less energy than conventional lights. The Hilio provides light up to a 20- to 25-foot distance and fully dims 100% to 0 manually or via a DMX protocol without any change in color temperature. The anodized aluminum housing has an integrated slot for gel filters and a standard yoke for mounting. The Hilio has several powering options for flexible shooting. Shift from AC power to DC power using the Anton/Bauer QRC-Hilio Gold Mount battery adapter plate for four hours of use or power the Hilio with two DIONIC HC Li-ion batteries for up to two hours of continuous use at 100% power. List Price: $3,495. Contact: Litepanels,

Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 Memory Card

The SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 Memory Card is designed to meet the needs of high-performance professional photo and video equipment. The pinless CF card can withstand temperature, shock and vibration exposure. Writing at speeds of up to 350 MB/s (2333x), the card transfers 100 GB of files in as little as four minutes with a 450 MB/s (3000x) read speed. Cameras such as the ARRI AMIRA record directly to the card in-camera, while the ALEXA XT uses the CFast 2.0 adapter. The Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 card is available in 60 GB and 120 GB capacities, and you can use it with the SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 Reader/Writer to get transfer speeds of up to 500 MB/s via USB 3.0. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: SanDisk,

Perfection Photo Scanner

The Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner makes it quick and easy to scan film, slides, negatives and printed photos. Scanning at a high-quality 6400 dpi resolution, with a 3.4 Dmax and 48-bit depth, you can create enlargements up to 17×22 inches directly from the V550. Easy Photo Fix software provides a quick way to restore faded colors from photos, and DIGITAL ICE technology aids in the removal of scratches, creases or other damage created due to time and wear and tear. Auto-detection allows scanning of multiple images at once while saving each as individual files. Images may be uploaded directly to Facebook, Picasa and other cloud services. List Price: $199. Contact: Epson,

DxO Optics Pro 9

Live music, indoor sports and night photography images can be complicated due to low-light shooting conditions. DxO Optics Pro 9 has made advancements in denoising technology to bring these photos to life. The Standard mode adds an additional 3 stops of denoising with finer grain and more detail than DxO Optics Pro v8. The additional PRIME mode also adds another stop, bringing the total to a 4-stop denoising gain. While reducing noise, the software retains the same level of detail as the original image, as well as preserves saturation and texture. The software includes new color rendering with more accurate skin tones, visual presets, denoise previews and a new export system for a smooth workflow. List Price: $169 (Standard); $299 (Elite). Contact: DxO Image Science,

TTL Transceiver Flash

Phottix has released the Mitros+ TTL Transceiver Flash, taking a large stride toward integrating flash, transmitter and receiver technology. The Mitros+ combines a hot-shoe flash with built-in radio flash triggering for controlling compatible flashes and other Phottix triggers in TTL or Manual mode, eliminating the need for an external trigger. The transmitter allows for a mix of TTL (with +/- 3 EV adjustments) and Manual control, both in 1/3-stop increments. The flash has a zoom of 24-105mm, AF assist light, high-speed sync and second curtain sync. List Price: $499. Contact: Phottix,

Slim 2 TB Hard Drive

A high-capacity, lightweight option for storing and backing up your assets while on the go, the WD My Passport Slim portable hard drive with a metal case comes in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities. Measuring 4.33×3.14×0.48 inches for the 1 TB drive, the slim profile fits snugly in your travel bag. The WD Smartware Pro data protection software allows you to back up to the My Passport Slim and your Dropbox account, and back up your Dropbox account directly to the My Passport Slim. The drive has a 256-bit, hardware-based encryption, USB 3.0 connectivity and comes with a 3-year limited warranty. List Price: $99 (1 TB); $149 (2 TB). Contact: WD,


Compatible with over 300 different camera models, Triggertrap Mobile 2.0 is a free smartphone app that connects to a camera using the Triggertrap WiFi-enabled
dongle. Using Triggertrap Mobile 2.0, you control basic shutter, aperture and ISO settings, as well as professional HDR and time-lapse controls. Additional key features include sensor mode—using sound, GPS and vibration for trigger release—as well as Startrail mode, DistanceLapse, using GPS for distance intervals, and a Wireless Mode to control more than 100 cameras at the same time. Triggertrap Mobile 2.0 is functional on locations without WiFi networks, as the dongle can connect to your smartphone via your phone’s Personal Hotspot mode. List Price: $31 (dongle kit). Contact: Triggertrap,

Instead of single-image pseudo-HDR, bring true multi-image HDR photography to your smartphone. The Pro HDR app by eyeApps LLC expands your dynamic range with multiple image merging from the palm of your hand. Compatible with front and rear phone cameras, you can use auto capture or manual mode, digital zoom, self-timer and flash. Edit the images by adjusting brightness, contrast and saturation, then save GPS and EXIF data. Compatible with iOS and Android devices. List Price: $1.99. Contact: eyeApps LLC,

Keep a light meter handy at all times with the free Pocket Light Meter app for iPhone by NuWaste Studios. The live-view light meter gives you the option to switch aperture, ISO and shutter speed settings, as well as save and log notes. The new 8.4 version additionally supports the Luxi diffuser. Contact: NuWaste Studios,

Dark Sky is a striking weather app made possible through the backing of Kickstarter supporters. Using GPS, Dark Sky provides up-to-the-minute forecasts for your location up to an hour in advance. Alerts will let you know in advance when rain is about to hit your location, so you can pack up your non-weatherproof gear first. Or, if you’re an active storm chaser, follow the smooth radar animation to track the storm’s movement. List Price: $3.99. Contact: Dark Sky,

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