STRAP AND HOLSTER SYSTEM
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.
LEICA SUMMILUX PRIME
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 G1 X MARK II
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.
The Photo Monopod by Benro uses a ball socket design with an extra-wide base and swivel pod foot for steady support on almost any surface. The rubberized grip provides a firm and comfortable way to carry the monopod. Leg-lock levers include an anti-rotation system, ensuring the legs won’t twist and swivel while allowing quick height adjustments. Head mount threads are available in both 1?4"-20 and 3?8"-16 sizes. Max load ranges from 39.6 to 55 pounds, depending on the model. List Price: $65-$173. Contact: Benro, www.benrousa.com.
MINI FLASH KIT
Photographers who use both the on-camera flash and an off-camera strobe will enjoy the versatility of the LumiQuest Mini Kit with three elements. The Soft Screen is a diffuser for the DSLR pop-up flash that mounts via the camera hot-shoe. The Mini SoftBox maintains a low profile while diffusing light and increasing the original strobe light output by four to five times. The Ultra Strap is a secure, nonadhesive flash attachment. All three pieces are provided in a small pouch. List Price: $40. Contact: LumiQuest, www.lumiquest.com.
All-WEATHER CASE FOR GOPROS
The iM2050 GP1 and GP2 Pelican Storm Cases are constructed of a high-performance HPX polymer outer shell with a custom foam interior to protect one (GP1) or two (GP2) GoPro cameras, mounts and cables/accessories. The Press & Pull latches protect the case from opening despite tumbles. The lid includes a polymer O-ring for dust and watertight sealing and an auto-pressure-equalization Vortex valve to prevent moisture or vacuum locking, even at high altitudes. List Price: $99 (GP1); $109 (GP2). Contact: Pelican, www.pelican.com.
For photographers constantly on the move, incorporating mobile editing into your workflow can be a real advantage for efficiency. Adobe‘s new Lightroom mobile for the iPad provides tagging and editing functionality that mirrors the desktop application, allowing it to integrate seamlessly with Lightroom 5 through cloud functionality. As you work, your mobile edit automatically updates to your desktop. Local download is available for offline editing, or view and share images directly through lightroom.adobe.com when you sign in with your Adobe Creative Cloud ID. List Price: Free (with Creative Cloud subscription). Contact: Adobe, www.adobe.com.
WATERPROOF iPHONE CASE
Due to its small size and, of course, its multitasking capabilities, our go-to camera is often our smartphone. Optrix has designed the rugged, waterproof PhotoProX case with interchangeable lenses so you can truly capture photos everywhere you go. Lenses include a macro, fisheye, telephoto 2x and low profile 0°. In addition to the housi
ng and lenses, the PhotoProX includes an O-ring, padded lens case, leash and lens cloth. Compatible with the iPhone 5, 5S and 5c. List Price: $149. Contact: Optrix, www.optrix.com.
VERSATILE LIGHTSTAND SYSTEM
The multifunctional Nanopole Stand (MS0490A) and Snap Tilthead (MLH1HS) from Manfrotto work together to create a versatile lighting system for your studio or on location. The lightweight, 2.2-pound Nanopole stand has a hook to attach a sandbag and a leveling leg for stability on uneven surfaces. Easily detach the central column from the stand by pressing the Manfrotto logo, and you have a handheld boom pole. The Snap Tilthead comes with a hot-shoe attachment that’s compatible with all branded strobes, as well as an umbrella socket. A smart counterbalance system and locking lever allow variable tilt adjustment while maintaining a safe workspace. List Price: $88 (Nanopole Stand); $44 (Snap Tilthead). Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us.
ULTIMATE VIDEO HEAD
Designed specifically for a DSLR or smaller compact camera, the FH-350 fluid head by Really Right Stuff features a sinusoidal counterbalance system with infinite adjustability up to 10 pounds at 5 inches above the tilt axis for smooth 180° tilts. Proprietary damping grease provides consistent pans and tilts in weather ranging from 0º-140° F. Tilt damping is managed in three strength levels, with an off position. The lever release clamping system integrates with 1.5-inch dovetail rails for easy swapping between setups. It uses a 3?8"-16 threaded tripod mount. The handle utilizes a clutch-style locking system that’s less prone to wear and tear. List Price: $1,695. Contact: Really Right Stuff, reallyrightstuff.com.
Nikon recently updated their popular go-to lens, the Nikkor 18-300mm ƒ/3.5-6.3G ED VR DX format lens with an impressive and versatile 16.7x zoom range, while remaining compact and a lightweight 19.4 ounces. With 16 elements in 12 groups, the lens includes three aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion glass elements to maximize contrast while minimizing ghosting and flare. The rounded, 7-blade diaphragm provides a natural background blur. Silent Wave Motor technology gives quick and accurate autofocus, even while handholding. List Price: $899. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.
The new TCL-X100 is a tele-conversion lens specifically for the Fujifilm X100/X100S camera, multiplying the built-in lens’ 23mm focal length by 1.4x to 33mm (or a 50mm equivalent) and offering a 5.5-inch macro shooting distance. The special coating reduces ghosting and flare while maintaining the original X100/X100S lens characteristics. The TCL-X100 is also compatible with the hybrid viewfinder. List Price: $349. Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilmusa.com.
MITROS FOR SONY
Phottix has released the Mitros TTL Flash for Sony cameras, taking a large stride toward integrating flash, transmitter and receiver technology. The Mitros offers built-in IR triggering with Master and Slave modes, Fast Flash Mode with 0.1- to 2.5-second recharging times, as well as an AF assist light and auto/manual zooming flash head with 180° rotation. The Mitros includes a 3.5mm sync port, a USB port for firmware upgrades and an external battery pack port. Compatible with Phottix Odin TTL Flash Triggers for Sony. Estimated Street Price: $349. Contact: Phottix, www.omegabrandess.com.