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July/August 2012

By The Editors Published in Next: New Gear
July/August 2012


Add some authenticity to your digital images with Alien Skin Software Exposure 4. The program offers a slew of new features for simulating the look of historical photographic processes like cyanotype, lith printing and wet-plate photography. True film fans can get even more real, using tools that reproduce defects such as light leaks, dust and scratches—flaws that film photographers try to prevent. Alien Skin did extensive research into how grain should look, so it clumps and is strongest in the midtones, just like the real thing. It also scales with your image size. List Price: $249. Contact: Alien Skin, (888) 921-SKIN,


Attach a DSLR to your backpack or a second one to a camera vest with the Cotton Carrier StrapShot. An ideal solution for photographers who are often on the move, the StrapShot is compatible with any backpack, and the quick-release locking system delivers easy one-handed operation. The StrapShot clips to a backpack strap D-ring using high-quality Velcro® wings to attach securely to the strap. The strap is weatherproof and made of rugged 1680 denier nylon. A free hand strap also is included. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Cotton Carrier, (877) 852-9423,


Boost the quality of your video using the Flashpoint DSLR Movie Bundle. The system includes a shoulder-mount bracket rig with two grips, a matte box, industry-standard 15mm rods, a follow-focus unit and gear belt. With an ergonomic design, you can comfortably shoot with the rig over long periods of time. The fully adjustable lever-locking design allows you to adjust camera positioning for comfort and balance. The placement and angle of the handles alsocan be modified, and the large, smooth-turning knob of the geared focusing system lets you change focus without having to reach for the focusing ring of the lens. Estimated Street Price: $459. Contact: Adorama (Flashpoint), (800) 223-2500,


Cover every angle using the Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens. With a versatile 15:1 zoom ratio, the lens allows you to go from true wide-angle (equivalent to 28mm on a 35mm camera) to supertelephoto (about 419mm equivalent). With the Vibration Compensation system, you can handhold this powerful zoom all the way out to 270mm for sports or wildlife photography and capture clear, sharp images. The stabilizer is in the lens so it steadies the viewfinder image as well as the recorded one. The lens focuses down to 19.3 inches at all focal lengths, further extending its versatility. It's available for Canon, Nikon and Sony. Estimated Street Price: $649. Contact: Tamron USA, (631) 858-8400,


Tailor your RAW workflow to fit your needs with Corel AfterShot Pro. The program delivers lots of useful features and options for working with RAW files in the most efficient manner possible. During import, you can upload images into custom or portable catalogues if you want to move them to another computer or work with files from their current location on your hard drive or memory card. Customize metadata to display only the information you want to see or use presets to attach information for easy searching. Optimized for multi-CPU computers, AfterShot Pro delivers maximum speed for previewing, making adjustments and outputting. Nondestructive editing tools include exposure and tone control, color correction, white balance, noise reduction, lens correction and more. List Price: $99. Contact: Corel,


Put your mind at ease when you're traveling with expensive camera gear by using the Tamrac Zuma 9 Secure Traveler. You can only get inside the bag through a rear-opening door that's up against your back when you're wearing the pack. When it's time to shoot, you simply tighten the waist belt around your waist, slip out of the shoulder straps and bring the pack around to your front. From there, you can just unzip the door and grab your camera without having to remove the bag and set it down. There's room for a DSLR with up to a six-inch lens attached, an extra lens, a flash, an iPad and personal items. List Price: $99. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717,


Shoot at full speed by investing in a couple of new memory card options. Delivering minimum read speeds of 150 MB/s, the Lexar Professional 1000x CompactFlash card revs up your workflow when shooting sports or other action scenes. The fast transfer rate also is helpful for quickly moving still and video files from the card to your computer. Capacities of 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB are available, and there's support for the VG-20 specification. This means the card has been tested to capture video at up to 20 MB/s with no dropped frames. List Price: $169 to $899. Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418,
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