Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Gear: July/August 2014

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New Gear: July/August 2014


For active photographers, Cotton Carrier has created the Carry-Lite strap and holster system. Using a patented locking system, the camera hub slides in and securely mounts in the holster, then quickly releases when turned 90°. The removable side holster is made of durable 1680 Denier Polypropylene, fitted with a Lexan (polycarbonate resin) camera receptacle. Included with the Carry-Lite is the Cotton Carrier Hand Strap and Universal Adapter Plate for quick and safe transitions from handheld to tripod use. List Price: $139. Contact: Cotton Carrier, www.cottoncarrier.com.


OnSlot is a clever cleaning tool for your LCD that conveniently mounts to your camera's hot-shoe. The OnSlot also cleans other digital device screens, such as your laptop, tablet and smartphone. It's available in four colors: a Polished Rosewood with a black or white pedestal, Piano Black or Piano White. For a small additional fee, you can add your own personal logo. List Price: $9-$19. Contact: OnSlot, www.omegabrandess.com.


Panasonic has developed the Leica DG SUMMILUX 15mm ƒ/1.7 ASPH Micro Four Thirds System prime lens. With nine elements in seven groups, it includes three aspherical lenses and a nano surface coating that reduces reflection for clear images with a dramatic reduction of ghosting and flare. The new stepping motor makes focus action silent and smooth, ideal for both still photo and video shooting. The lens includes an aperture ring and AF/MF switch for those who prefer manual focusing. List Price: $599. Contact: Panasonic, shop.panasonic.com.


Canon's new flagship PowerShot, the G1 X Mark II, features a 12.8-megapixel, high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor, boasting quick autofocus and a 100-12,800 ISO range. The ƒ/2.0-3.9 5x optical zoom lens (24-120mm equivalent) has been designed with Dual Control Rings to give a DSLR-like feel within a compact body. The 3-inch LCD touch screen tilts 180° up and 45° downward. The G1 X Mark II includes WiFi for instant image sharing and remote camera control. An optional electronic viewfinder and grip are available. Estimated Street Price: $799. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.


The Flashpoint 3Pod H5 ballhead uses aluminum construction to increase durability while decreasing weight and bulk for reliability coupled with portability. The H5 fastens to a tripod body or center column or can be used alone as a tabletop mount. The 33mm ball has 360° panning capability and precise adjustment knobs for making measurements up to the millimeter. With a hydraulic damping system, the H5 supports up to 55 pounds of gear. The ballhead uses a rapid-locking quick-release plate system and a 1?4-inch mounting screw. List Price: $149. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

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