Monday, December 16, 2013

New Gear: January/February 2014

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New Gear: January/February 2014


Weighing a featherlight 4 pounds, yet able to support 22 pounds of camera and lens, the versatile 3POD P5CRH 5-section Carbon Fiber Compact Tripod with K3 Ballhead by Flashpoint is the perfect travel companion. With wear-resistant lock guards that provide against slippage due to use and temperature changes, the 5-section legs individually fold and unfold with metal-jacketed twist locks and three position settings to compensate for uneven surfaces. Each foot has a spike for outdoor trail use with a nonslip rubber cap. Quick moments and tight spaces may call for the P5CRH's monopod configuration, utilizing the center column's reinforced twist-lock technology. The included K3 Ballhead provides smooth 360º panning with two bubble levels and a sliding quick-release plate. List Price: $124. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama),


Hoya's nine new PROND neutral-density filters for both still photo and video range from 2 to 10 stops in light reduction. ACCU-ND metallic technology coats the front and back of optical glass, creating the neutral-density effect with a neutral color balance that doesn't add any additional color cast. A one-piece, thin, aluminum frame keeps the filter secure and parallel to the sensor. Available in ND4X (2 stops) through ND1000X (10 stops) densities and sizes 49mm-82mm. Estimated Street Price: Varies by filter size. Contact: Kenko Tokina USA,


An attractive alternative to sling bags and backpacks, the Artisan & Artist Tote Type Camera Bag offers a stylish way to carry your camera gear while still providing protection. The rich, navy blue canvas is both water- and stain-resistant. The bag is accented with brown cowhide leather handles and a detachable shoulder strap. Moveable interior padded pockets protect your camera gear, as well as a laptop. One zippered pocket and two exterior pockets are available for additional accessories and personal papers. List Price: $379. Contact: Minox,


Instead of single-image pseudo-HDR, bring true multi-image HDR photography to your smartphone. The Pro HDR app by eyeApps LLC expands your dynamic range by merging multiple images. Compatible with your phone's front and rear cameras, there's both auto capture and manual modes, plus a digital zoom, self-timer and flash control. Edit your images with adjustments for brightness, contrast and saturation. Compatible with iOS and Android devices. List Price: $2. Contact:

Using an intuitive, simple interface, Filterstorm Neue makes it easy to enhance images no matter your skill level. The app includes basic cropping, preset filter effects, contrast and highlight adjustments for quick edits, and for more advanced users, sophisticated tools like curves, tone mapping, masking, a 10-step undo history, RAW file import and IPTC metadata control. Filterstorm Neue also offers several tutorials to get to know the app functions. List Price: $4. Contact:

Rego helps you organize and remember places. Great for scouting photo locations when traveling, you can add each place to your map along with notes about the location. Or, use the app as an everyday journal to mark locations for later as you pass by or hear about them from friends. Rego is a private app, but there's a share feature for location meet-ups. List Price: $5. Contact:

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