Monday, December 16, 2013

New Gear: January/February 2014

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New Gear: January/February 2014


Giving photographers more flexibility in creating HDR images, Unified Color Technologies has upgraded the stand-alone software HDR Expose 3 and 32 Float v3 Photoshop plug-in to allow you to merge multiple frames from handheld bracket shooting. The new file browser automatically detects bracketed exposures and can employ a batch merge function. Upgraded alignment capabilities, including fully automatic and manual assist options, calculate proper alignment, while the reengineered "deghosting" algorithms reduce movement in a scene by using a key frame for other frames to reference. New Adaptive Tone Mapping enhances local control of contrast, color and detail retention. List Price: $119 (HDR Expose 3); $89 (32 Float v3). Contact: Unified Color Technologies,


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 17x22 inches. Easy Photo Fix software provides a quick way to restore faded colors, and DIGITAL ICE technology aids in the removal of dust and scratches. 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:


Novoflex's modular tripod, the TrioPod, is available in five different sets, with each part available individually, as well, for maximum flexibility and expandability to match your changing needs. The system includes the 0.69-pound TrioPod tripod base, a center column that extends the stand base height by 3.15 inches, 3- and 4-segment aluminum legs, 3- and 4-segment carbon-fiber legs, mini-tripod legs and a 3-segment hiking stick. List Price: $585 (TrioPod with 3-section aluminum leg set); $657 (TrioPod with 4-section aluminum leg set); $887 (TrioPod with 3-section carbon-fiber leg set); $930 (TrioPod with 4-section carbon-fiber leg set); $709 (TrioPod with Hikingstick II 3-section leg set). Contact: Novoflex (HP Marketing Corp.),


The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM1 is a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera squeezed down to a pocket-sized profile. With a high-quality, 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor, the GM1 shoots both still photos and 1080 HD video at 60i/30p. The metal-alloy frame, with aluminum dials and brushed metal, feels comfortable in hand and has a stylish retro look. The 3-inch LCD screen allows you to set focus and trigger the shutter via touch sensitivity. Silent Shutter mode reduces shutter noise while in the field, great for wildlife photography. Built-in Wi-Fi connects to your smartphone or tablet for asset transfer, as well as remote triggering using the Panasonic Image App. The GM1 also has integrated creative filters, as well as time-lapse and stop-motion features. List Price: $749. Contact: Panasonic,


onOne Software's updated Perfect Photo Suite 8 is available in two versions: Standard, which functions as a stand-alone app, or Premium, which acts as a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture. Both versions feature a unified interface of eight modules, including Effects, Enhance, B+W, Portrait, Mask, Layers, Resize and Browse, handling most common aspects of photo processing. The new Enhance module includes easy-to-use tools for brightness, contrast, sharpness, removing dust spots and adding vignettes. The Perfect Eraser tool removes objects with content-fill technology. Browse from your computer, external drive, network and cloud-based storage and work on multiple images at once. List Price: $299 (Premium); $149 (Premium upgrade); $79 (Standard). Contact: onOne Software,


Customize your favorite bag by turning it into a camera-ready workhorse with the Kit Cube by Mountainsmith. The removable padded compartment features internal dividers to protect and organize your DSLR or interchangeable-lens camera. Made from High Tenacity Nylon with a 5000mm PU waterproof fabric coating, the Kit Cube provides defense against weather and spills. Also available in a "micro" size for smaller bags and camera gear sets. List Price: $35 (Kit Cube); $25 (Kit Cube Micro). Contact: Mountainsmith,
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