SPEED OF LIGHT
Large-aperture “fast glass” lets you use faster shutter speeds in dim light. They also allow you to limit depth of field for soft portrait backgrounds. Nikon, Pentax and Sigma have added new fast lenses to their lineups.
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm ƒ/1.4G delivers top-notch light transmission and color consistency while reducing flare. The Silent Wave Motor allows for fast, accurate and quiet autofocusing. Estimated Street Price: $439. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.
The smc Pentax DA 55mm ƒ/1.4 SDM is a compact medium telephoto lens with Aero Bright coating for maximum light transmission. The Quick-Shift Focus system allows instant switching from auto to manual. Estimated Street Price: $799. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.
The Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 EX DG HSM employs molded glass aspherical elements to spread light more evenly across the sensor. The lens incorporates Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor for quiet, high-speed autofocusing, as well as full-time manual-focus capability. Estimated Street Price: $730. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.
Rapid-Fire Zoom Camera
Record 9.1-megapixel still images at up to 40 frames per second and movies at up to 1000 fps with the compact Casio EXILIM EX-FH20 ultrazoom. The 20x optical zoom lens covers a range of 26-520mm (35mm equivalent). Sensor-shift anti-shake technology helps counteract handheld vibration, especially useful at the long end of the mega-range zoom. There’s also a high-definition recording option. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Casio, (800) 435-7732, www.casio.com.
Add a wide-angle zoom like Tamron’s SP AF10-24mm ƒ/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) lens to your playbook for expansive landscapes, creative portraits and striking indoor shots. Like all of Tamron’s Di II-Series lenses, it’s specifically designed for use with APS-size SLR sensors. HID (High Index/High Dispersion) glass, a pair of Low Dispersion glass elements and four aspherical elements correct optical aberrations. Focus as close as 9.4 inches across the entire zoom range. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Tamron, (800) 827-8880, www.tamron.com.
Protect, organize and carry all of your equipment with ease using Lowepro’s Primus Minimus AW backpack. This bag is ideal for carrying your system’s essentials: an SLR, a couple of lenses and a tripod. The dual-compartment design makes room for your camera gear to fit in the lower part, while personal items and other accessories go up top. An eight-point harness system with DryFlo lining helps distribute weight evenly for more comfort. Estimated Street Price: $249. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
Extend the power of Aperture 2 with Picture Code’s Noise Ninja, now available as a plug-in for Apple’s pro photo app. Noise Ninja is a powerful tool for removing noise from digital images, typically a concern when shooting at high ISO equivalents and in low-light situations. Manual and automatic noise analysis along with camera-specific profiles allow the plug-in to remove noise while maintaining color fidelity and image sharpness. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Picture Code, www.picturecode.com.