July/August 2013

EPIC Resolution

With a dynamic range of more than 161⁄2 stops, improved light sensitivity and a signal-to-noise ratio of 80 db, the Epic Red Dragon™ camera is capable of several acquisition formats, including 6K, 5K RAW, 4.5K RAW, 3K and 2K in a variety of aspect ratios. Capable of full 6K resolution in frame rates of up to 100 fps, the 19-megapixel 6144×3160 Red Dragon™ sensor offers nine times the resolution of conventional HD video. With Canon EF, Nikon F, Leica-M and cinema lens PL-mount compatibility, a redesigned sensor window in the Epic Dragon allows for a wider field of view over previous Epic models. For use with both Macs and PCs, the RED ROCKET-X acceleration board was announced concurrently to power the DRAGON sensor and enhance 4K playback and transcoding at up to five times the speed of the previous-generation RED ROCKET. It provides real-time 4K playback on displays or projectors through SDI (3G or 1.5) or Display Port outputs. List Price: Epic-M Red Dragon, brain only ($29,000); Red Rocket-X ($6,750). Contact: RED Digital Cinema, www.red.com.

Creative Cloud

Organizing your workflow across devices and collaborating within a team become easier as Adobe unveils the Creative Cloud system. With desktop applications, cross-device collaborations and publication capabilities, the workflow process moves quickly. The centralized Creative Cloud hub stores files, settings and notifications that can be synced and shared via the Creative Cloud on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android devices. You can edit a file from your smartphone while on the go, and the edits are automatically synced between devices with the version history. Team members stay connected to each other through the Cloud with update notifications. Creative Cloud is fully integrated with the portfolio creative community Behance, allowing quick publication for feedback and global exposure. Creative Cloud is also integrated with Digital Publishing Suite and PhoneGap for publishing digital magazines and mobile apps. Tools that have previously been known as the Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro) are now part of the CC family and have been updated in rich technology and the ability to share with the CC workflow. Adobe Creative Cloud membership is based on an individual or a team basis. Individuals will pay $49.99/month for an annual membership, with existing members receiving a discount of $29.99/month. The Team membership receives 100 GB of additional storage, centralized deployment and administration capabilities for $69.99/month per seat. Current members will receive the team membership for $39.99/month per seat if signed up before the end of August. List Price: $29-$69. Contact: Adobe, www.adobe.com.

Zoom Lens

The AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6G ED VR is ideal for the photographer looking to catch action at quick speeds. The Vibration Reduction system lets you shoot four stops slower than your minimum handholding speed, allowing quick and accurate handheld and low-light shooting. The Silent Wave Motor (SWM) maintains quiet autofocus operation even while shooting at top speeds. A Nano Crystal Coat on the lens reduces ghosting and flare. Focus mode comes in three priorities: The A/M autofocus and manual override gives AF priority; the M/A autofocus and manual override gives manual priority; and M gives pure manual priority. Autofocus is functional with a 1.4x teleconverter on an ƒ/8-compatible camera. Estimated Street Price: $2,696. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

Pro Video Lab

GoPro videos are perfect for capturing action at unusual angles and high speeds or in hazardous conditions. But after you get your footage back to your computer, you may need to clean up the video. proDAD ProDRENALIN software quickly removes fish-eye lens distortions and improves rolling shutter that may occur during a quick pan. Image stabilization is automatic with ProDRENALIN, keeping your images steady. Simple color correction, sensor noise removal and video rotation are also standard. Batch processing for download and optimization keeps your workflow quick and easy. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: proDAD, www.prodad.com.

One-Man Crew

Now you can add high-quality motion to your video with a small, reliable and easy-to-set-up piece of equipment. The One Man Crew Complete by Redrock Micro is a 36-inch-long track weighing 14.5 pounds. Set up your camera on the heavy-load tilt head and use the laser-alignment guide to set up consistent shots that are reproducible with the push of a button. The plate works with virtually every camera and has a weight capacity of 20 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $1,495. Contact: Redrock Micro, store.redrockmicro.com.

Zeiss Touit Lenses

Carl Zeiss has been listening to the desires of street photographers and has created light, compact autofocus lenses fully compatible with the Sony NEX- and Fujifilm X-series cameras. Currently, the world’s widest wide-angle lens for an APS-C-format camera, the Touit 2.8/12 and the standard-focal-length Touit 1.8/32 lenses are built from robust metals to withstand heavy usage. A grippy focus ring aids in precise manual focus. Both lenses have a 9-blade circular aperture and the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating to reduce ghosting and flare. Estimated Street Price: $900 (Touit 1.8/32); $1,250 (Touit 2.8/12). Contact: Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/camera-lenses/.

Manfrotto 500 Video Head

Manfrotto has designed the 500 Video Head specifically for HDSLR cameras. The lightweight fluid head improves upon its support and balance system while maintaining a smooth, large range of motion. With a new “hallowed-out” structure using Manfrotto Bridging Technology, the 500 Video Head now has a broader top plate than the previous Manfrotto heads so it’s more in line with the shape of a DSLR body. The top plate is also longer, allowing more varied center-of-gravity adjustment for DSLR zooms vs. prime lenses. The counterbalance is set to five pounds, but locking power on the tilt axis will keep the head stable under equipment weighing up to 11 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $169 (Flat Base); $179 (60mm Half Ball).
Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us.

Buy & Sell In The Stock Market

Shutterstock just reached the milestone of one million licensable video clips in their royalty-free stock footage catalog, solidif
ying the website as a solid resource for both buying and selling stock footage for the freelance professional. Filmmakers needing extra footage for an edit are sure to find a clip to fill the gaps, as the expansive genres range from vintage 8mm film to action sports to celebrity footage. For those with a good eye for short motion clips interested in selling footage, Shutterstock is the perfect place to collect and sell those small projects. Shutterstock uses a simple licensing model and affordable pricing for stock footage based on video format and number of downloads. Contact: Shutterstock, footage.shutterstock.com.

Bust Dust

From covering world events to shooting kids’ portraits, every time you take out your camera, you’re exposing it to the inevitable dust, dirt and fingerprints. Lenspen has now bundled three of their cleaners together—the Original Lenspen for lenses, the FilterKlear for filters and the MicroPro for eyepieces—for the ultimate on-the-go Lenspen DSLR Pro Kit. Each pen has one end with a retractable natural brush for removing loose dust and the opposite cleaning pad end for removing fingerprints. The kit also includes a microfiber pouch that serves dual purpose for cleaning, as well as toting the three pens. Estimated Street Price: $34. Contact: Lenspen, www.lenspen.com.

Dual Shooter

For event or action photographers who often have two cameras strapped to their bodies, the Xit Group has created the Quick Release Dual Shoulder Camera Neck Strap to make toting around two cameras more comfortable and convenient. The strap is ergonomically designed to distribute weight evenly through the widening shoulder pads. The strap uses Velcro® and metal lock fasteners, allowing quick adjustment of strap length while standing up to rigorous usage. Included are two quick-release plates with ¼-inch threads for connecting the camera to a device with a ¼-inch screw. The strap can be divided into two separate camera straps for use individually. Estimated Street Price: $29. Contact: Xit Group, www.xit-group.com.

Complete Light Kit

Compact and lightweight, the Pro X Continuous Lighting Kit by Multiblitz is a complete kit for photographers who prefer continuous lighting. With 1000 W halogen tubes, the two tungsten lights provide 75 hours of 3200K light. Each light weighs 2.6 pounds and is 4.3×5.3×3.8 inches in dimension, making it easy to maneuver. The kit includes two lights, two light stands, two rotating four-flap barn doors and a padded soft case. Estimated Street Price: $849. Contact: Multiblitz, www.multiblitzusa.com.

Motion Made Easy

Filmmakers looking for a way to create a diverse range of motion with a portable device on a tight budget now can turn to the Carbon XL. This all-in-one system is a versatile set of carbon-fiber tubes and hardware that can be assembled into a camera crane, jib, dolly with track, car mount, motorized time-lapse track and more. The fact that Carbon XL utilizes carbon fiber means that it maintains strength and resists corrosion while being lighter than steel, aluminum and magnesium alloy. With the system weighing in at 50 pounds (excluding counterweights and cases), it’s designed specifically for airline and remote location travel, allowing one person to pack, transport and set up. Estimated Street Price: $8,950-$14,950. Contact: Carbon XL, www.carbon-xl.com.

Airport Roller

Photographers who are constantly on the road will get a lot of use out of the Rolling DigiSuite DSLR Camera Case by Petrol Bags. Designed specifically for easy airport travel, the front lid unzips to reveal a central compartment that holds two DSLR cameras with lenses attached. Detachable internal dividers made of soft red-brushed polyester allow you to create custom interior pockets for your lenses, matte box, follow focus, camera light, viewfinder, cables and other accessories. The padded pouch within the lid fits a 17-inch laptop. An additional envelope-style mesh zipper pocket stores smaller accessories. Estimated Street Price: $363. Contact: Petrol Bags, www.petrolbags.com.

Power Supply

With the Broncolor Move 1200L by Hasselblad, you’ll be ready to set up lights for a location shoot at any moment. Weighing less than 14 pounds, the small unit has 1200 ws of power with full asymmetry across two lamp connections. Flash times are down to 1/20,000 sec., and the unit gives a control range of up to nine ƒ-stops, as well as absolute color stability due to Broncolor ECTC technology. The Move also acts as a power supply for continuous lighting for more than two hours. The Move comes with an Outdoor Trolley Backpack for transport and a weatherproof Power Pack Soft Case to protect the actual unit while in use. Estimated Street Price: $4,998-$9,354. Contact: Hasselblad, hasselbladbron.com.

Rebel T5i

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i has powerful features in a small size, making it a great backup camera or a go-to when you’re short on space. It has an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor and an ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600), performing well in low-light situations. The 5 fps continuous shooting capabilities combine with a 9 cross-type AF system to help capture quick action shots. The Rebel T5i has full HD Movie Mode with a stereo microphone and manual audio level adjustments. The smudge-resistant, 3-inch Clear View LCD touch screen has flexible positioning for tough angles and clear viewing, even in bright outdoor conditions. Estimated Street Price: $749. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

LED Illumination

A versatile on-camera light that can stand alone or link with others to form a portable light bank, the Z180 UltraColor Bi-Color LED On Camera Light by F&V Lighting complements your lighting kit. The Z180 has 90 daylight-balanced and 90 tungsten-balanced LED lights with a dimmer knob, giving you intensity control from 0-100%. The Correlated Color Temperature knob lets you transition the color temperature from 3200K to 5600K. Using the Expandable Link System (ELS), the Z180 can join together through quick-release dovetail joints both vertically and horizontally with as many as 36 additional units in any configuration. The SmartSync Control Circu
it (SCC) allows one unit to act as the control center so all the lights act as one, responding to a single dimmer knob. The Z180 has a built-in NP-F battery plate, as well as a built-in AA battery compartment and DC 2.5 jack. A tungsten balance filter and frost diffusion filter are included. Estimated Street Price: $389. Contact: F&V, ww.fvlighting.com.

Fotodiox LED 100

The Fotodiox LED 100WA Series is a new high-powered continuous light option that pulls only 100 W of energy. The housing has a quiet fan to keep the unit cool to the touch. Both 3200K and 5600K color temperatures are available, and the lights are fully dimmable. The lights are equipped with a Bowens S-type mount so traditional light modifiers like softboxes, umbrellas and barndoors are attachable. The lights come with a 24-month warranty. Estimated Street Price: $324. Contact: Fotodiox, www.fotodioxpro.com.

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