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July/August 2011

By The Editors Published in Next: New Gear
July/August 2011


Produce sharp-looking prints of your pictures using Lasal Exhibition Luster 300 from Moab. This 300gsm exhibition paper is heavy and excellent for archival use. Fourth-generation coating technology allows for a high D-Max, which produces a broad tonal range with deep, rich blacks and bright whites. The new coating also improves scratch resistance, enhances stiffness, reduces curl and increases opacity to prevent light from spilling through the paper. The paper is compatible with all archival pigmented and dye-based inks. It's available in a variety of the most popular sheet and roll sizes. Estimated Street Price: $40 (50 sheets of 81?2x11). Contact: Moab By Legion, (800) 727-3716,


Boost your flash output with the XT Flash Extender from Harbor Digital Design. The unit mounts securely to the flash with a custom adapter so no straps or Velcro® are necessary. Quick, secure mounting allows for easy and accurate focusing on your subject, helpful when shooting action or fast-moving wildlife. It produces up to two or more stops of additional light at 100 feet. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Harbor Digital Design, (253) 851-6117,


Keep all of your gadgets with you no matter where you venture off to using the CompuDay Photo bags from Lowepro. The bags are made for carrying laptops, external hard drives, iPods, cell phones and other gadgets, as well as camera gear. An adjustable padded camera compartment holds a compact DSLR with an attached lens, up to a 15.6-inch laptop and more. The size of the DSLR chamber can be adjusted with the cinch strap. A side pocket gives quick access for on-the-go grab-and-shoot situations. The CompuDay Photo 250 is a traditional backpack and the 150 is a messenger bag. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Lowepro, 800) 800-LOWE,


Improve the sound of your video clips with the PIX 220 from Sound Devices. It connects to cameras with HDMI and records directly to QuickTime using Apple's ProRes or, optionally, Avid's DNxHD codec. Since the recorder uses ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in postproduction, making workflow simple and fast. A 5-inch, 800x480-pixel LCD display gives immediate confirmation of recording, playback, audio metering and Setup Menu selections. Estimated Street Price: $1,595. Contact: Sound Devices, (800) 505-0625,


Push your creative limits with the visual-effects software PhotoCopy from Digital Film Tools. The program lets you copy key characteristics from some of the most famous movies, photographs and works of art, and apply them to your picture. The color, tone and brightness of the original work are duplicated while texture, grain and detail can be simulated. You can pick from movies such as Apocalypse Now, Gone with the Wind and The Lord of the Rings, paintings by Monet, Rembrandt and Van Gogh, and photographs by Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston. Estimated Street Price: $95. Contact: Digital Film Tools, (818) 761-6577,
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