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 1920×1080 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Nissin Di700 Flash augments the previous model’s features in an easy-to-use design, making it friendly for beginners while meeting the needs of professionals. The focal-range coverage reaches from 24mm to 200mm, with a maximum output of GN50 at 200mm. The swivel/tilt bounce head has a horizontal rotation of 180 degrees, left and right, and tilts up 90 degrees and down 7 degrees. The Nissin Di700 is equipped with external power sockets for connecting to the Nissin Power Pack PS 8, which decreases the recycling time and increases the number of flashes. Great for quick action photography, it supports High Speed Sync up to a 1/8000 sec. shutter speed. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Nissin, www.nissindigital.com.
Sigma has added the 18-35mm ƒ/1.8 DC HSM lens to its Art collection. Made out of Thermal Stable Composite (TSC) compound materials, it performs well at extreme temperatures, and with its small size and weight—3.1×4.8 inches, 28.6 ounces—it’s the perfect addition to your bag. The Super Multi-Layer coating reduces flare and ghosting, and increases contrast, while the Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) maintains a silent high-speed autofocus function. The 9-blade rounded diaphragm produces a smooth bokeh with the large aperture. It’s compatible with the Sigma USB dock f
or firmware updates and focus parameter adjustments. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.
The unique design of the Giottos YTL Tripod makes it a light and easy travel companion. The new "Y"-shaped center column adds strength and rigidity to the tripod while also allowing the legs to close 30% closer to the center than traditional round center columns, reducing bulk and weight. The legs have three adjustable angle positions with separate locks on each leg. The Giottos Quick Lever leg lock system and index markers on the lowest leg section make setup smooth even with gloved hands. The 2-way version allows you to raise, lower and reverse the center column, while the 3-way version allows you to move through 180 degrees and lock the center column where needed. Available in aluminum or carbon fiber. Estimated Street Price: $149-$456. Contact: Giottos (HP Marketing Corp.), www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Layer multiple images in the creative Photoshop Touch app for iOS and Android. Use the Scribble Selection tool to choose elements to keep or remove from your image, refine the selection with the Refine-Edge and Edge-Aware painting tools, adjust tone and color with levels and curves, and easily add text. Send your image to the Cloud to access your image from a home computer or share with friends. Estimated Street Price: $4.99/phone; $9.99/tablets. Contact: Adobe, www.adobe.com.
More than just a mobile photo-editing station, the Camera Zoom FX app for Android is also a dynamic camera application, offering a 10-shot burst mode, customizable hardware buttons, and settings for ISO, exposure, focus metering, time lapse, timer and voice control. After shooting, edit your photos with filters, textures, vignettes, bokeh and composites, and then share with your social networks. Estimated Street Price: $2.99. Contact: play.google.com.
Create and share digital photo cards with your friends and family with the Bamboo Loop app by Wacom. Take a photo, choose a border, sketch or write a message directly on the photo, and send. Your friend can write a note and loop it back to you, or add to it and forward it on to someone else. Zoom in or out to add detailed scribbles, drawings and messages with your finger or stylus. While this is a one-on-one communication, like a digital postcard, you can upload your creations to social media and share with friends. Currently available for iOS; Android version coming soon. Estimated Street Price: Free. Contact: Wacom, bambooloop.wacom.com.
Quickly and easily create multiple clones of your subject within one single photo frame with the Clone Camera app. Take around two to four photos of your subject in different positions and locations in the frame. Use your finger to select the subject you want to clone. Clone Camera synthesizes the images together, making your subject appear in multiple places at the same time. Apply filters and text, and share with your friends over social media. Check out examples on Instagram with the hashtag #CloneCamera. Estimated Street Price: $1.99. Contact: Clone Camera, www.clonecamera.com.
Keep quick tips at your fingertips with Rick Sammon’s 50+ Tips for Nik Color Efex Pro app for your iPhone/iPad. With an ebook-like design, the app illustrates before-and-after examples of every filter in Nik Color Efex Pro, as well as gives you over 50 tips for how to best utilize the software. In addition, the app comes with 50 photographs that can be used as wallpaper for your device. Estimated Street Price: $1.99. Contact: Rick Sammon, ricksammon.com.
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.
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.
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: $47
9. 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.
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.