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MIRRORLESS ON THE MOVE
Think Tank Photo has created the Mirrorless Mover camera bag collection specifically for your lighter mirrorless system. The four bags—Mirrorless Mover 5, Mirrorless Mover 10, Mirrorless Mover 20 and Mirrorless Mover 30i—vary in size to match your particular system needs. Each bag has a DWR coated fabric exterior for weather resistance, as well as antique nickel-plated metal hardware, 3-ply bonded nylon thread and YKK RC zippers for durability, plus a seam-sealed rain cover in the front pocket. The interior features removable foam dividers, a smartphone slot, two SD card slots and a mesh pocket on the lid for batteries and accessories. The Mirrorless Mover 30i also has a dedicated iPad pocket. Estimated Street Price: $34-$69. Contact: Think Tank Photo, www.thinktankphoto.com.

CONTINUOUS LIGHTS
The Fotodiox LED 100WA Series is a new high-powered continuous light option that pulls only 100 W of energy. The housing has a quiet fan to keep the unit cool to the touch. Both 3200K and 5600K color temperatures are available, and the lights are fully dimmable. Equipped with a Bowens S-type mount, traditional light modifiers such as softboxes, umbrellas and barndoors are attachable. A 24-month warranty is included. Estimated Street Price: $324. Contact: Fotodiox, www.fotodioxpro.com.

SOLOSHOT
Whether you're an athlete, a family member of an athlete or a filmmaker needing an extra set of hands, SOLOSHOT is here to help you capture smooth high-quality video without an additional camera operator. Connect your DSLR, camcorder or smartphone to the SOLOSHOT base atop a tripod and have the athlete wear the waterproof transmitter on his or her arm. The base and transmitter communicate to keep the camera automatically pointing toward the subject, tracking his or her movement at speeds of up to 140 mph and distances of up to 2,000 feet. Security features let you lock the camera to the base and the tripod to stationary objects, similar to a bike lock. Pairing allows multiple SOLOSHOTs to be used within the same area without interference. Estimated Street Price: $479. Contact: SOLOSHOT, www.soloshot.com.

COMPLETE NIK BUNDLE
When Google acquired Nik Software and made Snapseed a free app, stopping development on the Mac and Windows version of the software, many fans felt unsettled about the future of Nik Software. Photographers can now breathe easy as Google shows their commitment to the group by announcing that the Nik Software bundle is now available for $150—down from the previous $750 price tag. The bundle includes HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro 4, Silver Efex Pro 2, Viveza 2, Sharpener Pro 3 and Dfine 2. New users can receive a 15-day trial, and current owners can upgrade their versions for free. Estimated Street Price: $150. Contact: Nik Software, www.niksoftware.com.

ZERO GRAVITY
Capturing smooth, fluid motion shots is difficult when you're moving quickly on location. The ZeroGrav Camera Stabilizer by Flashpoint uses a dynamic spring-powered arm supporting a gimbaled carbon-fiber monopod to create an "anti-gravity" effect, making steady motion shots effortless. Levers, springs, counterbalance weights and concentric rings allow you to control the movement that you want, while avoiding unwanted bumps from jagged terrain. A DSLR is connected directly to the stabilizer platform with a quick-release adapter. Set the true balance for the rig by sliding the socket port into the handle on a standard-dimension light stand. Make quick calibration adjustments with scale and north-south, east-west knobs. Estimated Street Price: $300. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

PRO VIDEO LAB
GoPro videos are perfect for capturing action at unusual angles and high speeds or in hazardous conditions. But after you get your footage back to your computer, you may need to clean up the video. proDAD ProDrenalin software quickly removes fish-eye lens distortions and improves rolling shutter that may occur during a quick pan. Image stabilization is automatic, keeping your images steady. Simple color correction, sensor noise removal and video rotation are also standard. Batch processing for download and optimization keeps your workflow quick and easy. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: proDAD, www.prodad.com.

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