Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Thin Is In
With dimensions of only 3.4x2.1x0.7 inches, the 6-megapixel Pentax Optio S6 camera has an ultra-slim body, but still manages to pack in big features. A 3x sliding lens system, with a 35mm equivalency of 38-114mm, keeps the design compact, while glass molded aspherical lens elements minimize ghosting and flare. A large 2.5-inch LCD screen has a Beau-Reflective monitor that makes it easy to see your images, even in bright sun. List Price: $350. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.
You're Not Dreaming
Create dreamlike images with selective focus in different areas of your scene with the Dreamagon lens. The lens works with a newly developed segment-aperture diaphragm that allows you to vary the degree of softness over a four-stop range—ƒ/4 (very soft) to ƒ/11 (sharp). Each stop allows for a different degree of softness and changes the characteristics of sharpness from the center to the edges of the photograph. Available in a variety of SLR lens mounts. List Price: $395. Contact: Dreamagon, (904) 389-6160, www.dreamagon-usa.com.
Convenient Color Reference Card
The RawWorkflow.com WhiBal White Balance Reference Card makes adjusting the color in your images a snap. By quickly taking a picture of the WhiBal in your scene, you can use that image as a reference to balance the color of all the images shot in the same lighting conditions. The WhiBal includes two shades of gray cards and a white and black card (connected by a rivet) so you easily can control the dynamic range within your RAW conversion software. The cards are waterproof and scratchproof so they maintain their true neutral color under rugged conditions. A pocket size (2x3.5 inches) is available with a neck strap for easy carrying and quick access. List Price: $40 to $50 (depending on size). Contact: RawWorkflow.com, (321) 752-9700, www.rawworkflow.com.
Versatile Filter System
The Cokin Z-Pro filter holder is designed to fit both film and digital equipment. The holder's modular design can be dismantled easily to accept filters with a 1.6mm thickness (which most photographers use). Additionally, the adapter ring allows the holder to fit a variety of lenses. A Pro Grad Filter Kit comes with three different Graduated Blue filters and a Pro Grad ND Kit includes three different Neutral Grads; both kits include a storage wallet. List Price: $45 (Filter Holder); $159 (Pro Grad Filter Kit); $199 (Pro Grad ND Kit). Contact: Cokin (OmegaSatter), (410) 374-3250, www.cokin.com.
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