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New Gear: January/February 2014

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New Gear: January/February 2014

SUPERZOOM CAMERA

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 versatility in an all-in-one design, perfect for lightweight travel. Combining the large Exmor R CMOS sensor from the RX100 II and the new BIONZ X processor found in the high-end Alpha a7 and a7R, the RX10 offers some of Sony's latest advances in image quality and sensitivity. Also like the a7 and a7R, it's possible to increase or decrease the size of the AF spot to better match the size to your subject for more accurate focusing. Fast action can be captured at up to 10 fps with continuous AF. The RX10 offers exceptional video capabilities, with 60p and 24p frame rates, HDMI out, an adjustable audio level meter and headphone out for audio monitoring. It's compatible with the XLR-K1M adapter for adding accessories like external mics. List Price: $1,299. Contact: Sony, www.sony.com.

ULTRATELEPHOTO ZOOM

Tamron recently announced the development of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD ultratelephoto zoom lens, compatible with both full-frame and APS-C-format cameras. With a large focal-length-range expansion from Tamron's current 200-500mm, this lens is of particular interest for sports and wildlife photographers who need a little extra length without losing quality (from extenders) or time (by changing lenses). Including Vibration Compensation, a redesigned tripod mount and an Ultrasonic Silent Drive for accurate AF, the lens is set up to shoot sharp images at long focal lengths whether mounted or handheld. List Price: TBA. Contact: Tamron, www.tamron-usa.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.

COREL PAINTSHOP PRO X6

The latest version of Corel PaintShop Pro X6 integrates new 64-bit power to elevate the photo organizer and editor software to pro-level speeds. The interface has undergone a redesign, too, for a cleaner, more user-friendly environment. Auto-grouping of sequential images helps simplify file management. Additional advanced editing tools include Smart Carver and Object Remover for removing unwanted objects from your image, Auto Selection with edge detect for quickly snapping to the edges of your subjects, and the Smart Selection Brush for intuitive masking. Corel offers the PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate package, which includes the Perfectly Clear and FaceFilter3 plug-ins for advanced portrait toning, and a collection of royalty-free images, brushes and textures for added creativity. List Price: $79/$59 upgrade (PaintShop Pro X6); $99/$79 upgrade (PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate). Contact: Corel, www.corel.com.

PRECISION PANHEAD

The Induro PHD3 panhead provides quick and precise camera positioning from a wide range of angles using a single-lock knob, which gives full control over the 360º rotation of the panning base, while a separate knob controls +90º/-45º front-back tilt movement and +45º/-45º side-to-side tilt. A graduated scale and bubble level aid in accuracy. A double-safety lock is incorporated on the quick-release clamp of the included Arca-Swiss-style top plate. List Price: $385. Contact: Induro, www.indurogear.com.

NIKKOR DX LARGE-RANGE ZOOM

The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens from Nikon will be your go-to lens, with a great range for portraits, landscapes and travel shoots. You have four stops of VR image stabilization for sharp photos and videos when shooting handheld or under low-light conditions. A Silent Wave Motor keeps AF operation quiet, critical for video work. The lens contains one ED glass element, one aspherical lens element and a seven-blade diaphragm to create natural blur. Two focus modes are provided: M/A (AF with manual override) and M (for complete manual control). Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

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