Friday, June 12, 2009
Get creative with your images in-camera when shooting with the Olympus EVOLT E-620. Six Art Effect Filters, which are activated via the camera’s mode dial, allow you to enhance colors, change lighting, convert to black-and-white and more. With Autofocus Live View, you can preview these effects along with other settings like white balance and exposure. Weighing just 16.7 ounces, the 12.3-megapixel E-620 features many of the technologies used in more advanced Olympus D-SLRs like a 2.7-inch LCD that swivels 270 degrees, multiple-exposure shooting and in-body image stabilization. List Price: $699 (body only). Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.olympusamerica.com.
Work with your images in a more natural way using Wacom’s Intuos4 pen tablet displays. The slightest pen-to-tablet pressure gets you started, with the pen now featuring 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity—double the sensitivity of previous models. Also exciting is the addition of illuminated displays for the customizable ExpressKeys, so you don’t have to remember the shortcuts you’ve assigned to them. The tablet is designed to be reversible, with all of the shortcut and modifier keys positioned conveniently for both right- and left-handers. The new series comes in four sizes. List Price: $229 to $789. Contact: Wacom, (800) 922-6613, www.wacom.com.
SMALL HD CAMERA
Capture high-definition video on Panasonic’s latest Micro Four Thirds camera. The Lumix DMC-GH1 shares many of the same features introduced in its predecessor, the DMC-G1, but the GH1 comes with a long zoom lens that supports HD video recording with a silent motor and continuous autofocus. The Micro Four Thirds system replaces the bulky mirror-and-prismmechanism that makes up an SLR’s viewfinder with an electronic one, allowing for smaller and lighter designs. With the Live View Finder, you can preview exposure, aperture, shutter speed and other settings before taking the photo. List Price: TBA. Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.
Convert your 50mm Lensbaby lens into a 21mm wide-angle using the 0.42x Super Wide Angle Conversion lens. It attaches to the front of any Lensbaby via a 37mm screw thread and is compatible with the Optic Swap System as well as older models. If you’re not familiar, Lensbaby lenses are selective-focus special-effects lenses that allow you to control depth of field by surrounding a sweet spot of sharp focus by graduated blur. The 0.42x also has macro capability, allowing you to focus as close as 2.75 inches away from the lens. List Price: $79. Contact: Lensbaby, (877) 536-7222, www.lensbaby.com.
Take steady shots with Sigma’s 18-50mm ƒ/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM lens, which features a built-in anti-shake system and large aperture for taking high-quality images in low light. Top features include a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches, a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.1 and Super Multi-Layer Coating that reduces flare and ghosting. Inner focusing and zooming systems help achieve good image quality throughout the entire zoom range. The Hyper Sonic Motor delivers quiet high-speed autofocus. List Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.
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