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March/April 2012

By The Editors Published in Next: New Gear
March/April 2012

SURVIVAL KIT

Achieve sharp images even when taking a tripod isn't doable with the Novoflex Survival Kit. There are a bunch of tools that come with it, including a mini-tripod, a clamp with a 13?4-inch opening that can be affixed to just about anything, a mini-ballhead, a suction-type clamp for adhering to smooth surfaces, a plastic clamp for holding objects other than a camera, a six-inch extension post that can extend any part of the kit, a 31?8-inch ground spike and the storage case. The kit can support camera weights of up to about 61?2 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $210. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

CLOSE-UP RING FLASH

Up the quality of your macro photography by adding the Nissin MF18 Macro Ring Flash to your lighting setup. Designed to support Canon E-TTL and Nikon iTTL systems, the flash has an expandable head and macro lens mount adapters from 49mm to 82mm with a guide number of 16. The MF18 has two flash tubes that can be controlled independently to give you lighting ratio control and four built-in LED modeling lamps for focus assist, and the power ratio can be adjusted from 1/1 down to 1/1024 power in Fine Macro mode. The basic setup includes 52mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm and 77mm lens mount adapters with available options of 49mm, 55mm and 82mm. List Price: $439. Contact: Nissin, www.nissindigital.com.

B&W EFFECTS

Do your black-and-white conversions using Seim Effects Silver Shadows 2. Designed for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the program features more than 100 presets that can be mixed and matched, customized and tweaked for creating your own unique look without leaving Lightroom. You have total control of delicate tonality, shadows, highlights and hues. Silver Shadows 2 works side by side with other Seim Effects tools and is compatible with Lightroom 1, 2 and 3 for Mac and PC. List Price: $54. Contact: Seim Effects, www.seimeffect.com.

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHOOTER

Capture images in 3D using the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-3D1, which features a twin-lens design for capturing stills and video simultaneously. The 25mm lenses record 8-megapixel 3D photos and 1920x1080 60i 3D HD video using a side-by-side method. There's also a shooting option for capturing standard 12-megapixel photos and 1920x1080i HD video. The camera has two separate image-capture mechanisms so you can shoot HD video through one lens and traditional stills through the other. A 2D/3D switch on the back of the camera lets you easily switch between the two modes. The 3.5-inch Smart Touch screen controls the camera's functions. List Price: $499. Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.

HIP BAG

Stay discreet when carrying around your valuable photo gear in the Lowepro Pro Messenger AW. The bag is made of high-performance fabric that has a soft canvas-like feel and conforms to your body for a nice fit right at your hip. There's enough room inside for a pro-sized camera body with grip and an attached 70-200mm zoom, as well as accessories. There are three available sizes, and all feature spacious main compartments with adjustable padded dividers that can be customized to suit your needs. A dual-purpose pocket on the back can be unzipped and converted into a trolley sleeve for travel on a suitcase roller with a retractable handle. List Price: $195 to $229. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.

THE BIG SCREEN

Give yourself plenty of space for reviewing and fine-tuning images with the 24-inch widescreen MultiSync P241W from NEC Display Solutions. Features include 1920x1200 native resolution, a 1000:1 contrast ratio and LCD technology that minimizes color shift when viewing images from the widest angle possible. Thanks to the DisplaySync Pro system, you can work across two computers simultaneously with one keyboard and mouse, using the display to switch between computers. Connectivity options include DisplayPort, VGA, two DVI-D inputs and a USB hub. Estimated Street Price: $749; $1,249 (with SpectraViewII color-calibration system). Contact: NEC Display Solutions, (800) 632-4662, www.necdisplay.com.

STURDY CARRY-ON

Keep your camera close the next time you board an airplane by stowing it in the Pelican 1510 Carry On Case. Watertight, dustproof and "nearly indestructible," the case is made from high-impact structural polymers. It comes with a retractable extension handle, strong polyurethane wheels with stainless-steel bearings and easy-to-open Double Throw latches. The rubber over-molded top and side handles make the case comfortable to carry. Pick N Pluck foam on the inside cushions your camera, lenses and accessories. At 19.7x11x7.6 inches, it meets the FAA's maximum carry-on size. Estimated Street Price: $255. Contact: Pelican, (800) 473-5422, www.pelican.com.

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