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July/August 2013

By The Editors Published in Next: New Gear
July/August 2013

PRECISION EDITING

The computer mouse is great for navigating around a page, but it isn't an ideal precision instrument for photo editing. The Wacom Cintiq 13HD gives you the fine control of a pen, which many photographers and professional retouchers prefer to a clumsy mouse, and an integrated touch-sensitive display. The Pro Pen, 13-inch HD screen and adjustable stand are compatible with both Mac OS and Windows, and the HD screen stand can be used in a flat position or set at 22, 35 or 50 degrees for optimal comfort. The HD LED screen displays a 1920x1080 resolution at a 178-degree viewing angle. With 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt recognition, the cordless and battery-free Pro Pen gives you personalized control. Estimated Street Price: $999. Contact: Wacom, www.wacom.com.

BACKPACK EVOLUTION

The Evolution 6 Photo Sling Backpack by Tamrac is a versatile pack giving you quick access to your gear at all times. Using a harness system, the bag can be worn as a backpack or as a sling pack over the right or left shoulder, and gear can be accessed through zippered doors from the front, left or right sides. The Evolution 6 fits a DSLR with a 51?2-inch lens attached and an additional lens or two, as well as a flash. The foam-padded upper compartment can store accessories, a backup camera or snacks. The mesh back pocket and windowpane-mesh pocket inside the door are perfect for memory and smaller accessories. The right pocket holds a rain cover to protect the entire bag during rough weather. Estimated Street Price: $129. Contact: Tamrac, www.tamrac.com.

CREATIVE CLOUD

Big changes are underway for Photoshop fans as Adobe unveils its new Creative Cloud. The venerable Creative Suite with its perpetual license is being replaced by this new cloud-based service, which gives subscribers access to the complete family of software formerly packaged as Creative Suite, such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro, along with other new offerings. In addition, Creative Cloud makes it easy to collaborate and work on files across multiple computers and mobile devices, and also includes online storage. Individuals will pay $49.99 per month for the annual membership, with current owners of qualifying Creative Suite products receiving a discounted price of $29.99 per month for the first year. Team memberships are also available. Estimated Street Price: $29-$49. Contact: Adobe, www.adobe.com.

REBEL T5i

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i has powerful features in a small size, making it a perfect choice when you're packing light. It has an APS-C 18-megapixel CMOS image sensor, Canon's DIGIC 5 Image Processor and an ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600), performing well in low-light situations. The 5 fps continuous shooting capabilities combine with a 9-point (all cross-type) AF system to help capture quick action shots. There's also an improved Hybrid CMOS AF system for Live View and Movie Servo AF. The Rebel T5i has 1080/30p full HD Movie Mode with a stereo microphone and manual audio level capability. The smudge-resistant 3-inch Clear View LCD touch screen has flexible positioning for tough angles and clear viewing even in bright outdoor conditions. Estimated Street Price: $749. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

ZOOM LENS

The AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6G ED VR is ideal for the wildlife or sports photographer looking to catch quick action. The Vibration Reduction system offers speed at the equivalent of four stops faster than the lens' predecessor, allowing quick and accurate handheld and low-light shooting. The Silent Wave Motor (SWM) maintains quiet autofocus operation even while shooting at top speeds. A Nano Crystal Coat on the lens reduces ghosting and flare. Focus mode comes in three priorities: the A/M autofocus and manual override gives AF priority; the M/A autofocus and manual override gives manual priority; and M gives pure manual priority. Autofocus is functional with a 1.4x teleconverter on an ƒ/8-compatible camera. Estimated Street Price: $2,696. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

MIRRORLESS PRIMES

Carl Zeiss has been listening to the desires of street photographers and has created light, compact autofocus lenses fully compatible with the Sony NEX- and Fujifilm X-series cameras. Currently the world's widest wide-angle lens for an APS-C format camera, the Touit 2.8/12 and the standard-focal-length Touit 1.8/32 lenses are built from robust metals to withstand heavy usage. A grippy focus ring aids in precise manual focus. Both lenses have 9-blade circular apertures and the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating to reduce ghosting and flare. Estimated Street Price: $900 (Touit 1.8/32); $1,250 (Touit 2.8/12). Contact: Zeiss, zeiss.com.

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