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March/April 2012

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

WIDE GLASS

Get a more expansive view with the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25. The 25mm lens is constructed of 11 lens elements in 10 groups, and features a maximum aperture of ƒ/2 and an 81º diagonal angle of view. Available in Canon (ZE) and Nikon (ZF.2) mounts, both models include a CPU to provide aperture information to the camera, allowing the use of automatic exposure modes and the recording of EXIF data. Select types of glass and two aspheric surfaces prevent color fringes from appearing on high-contrast edges. Estimated Street Price: $1,699. Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.

FLUID VIDEO

The Pan and tilt your HD video DSLR smoothly when recording motion by supporting it on the Manfrotto 502 professional video head. Variable fluid mechanisms give you full control over how smooth those movements are, and a pan fluid drag system offers more ergonomic operation. The MVH502A has a 75mm ball base, and the MVH502AH has a flat base with a 3?8-inch thread. Both models use Manfrotto's bridge architecture and support up to 8.8 pounds counterbalance and 13.2 pounds total payload. The 8.8-pound maximum counterbalance system provides you with more support for better control no matter how the camera's weight is distributed. Estimated Street Price: $225 (MVH502A); $200 (MVH502AH). Contact: Manfrotto, (201) 818-9500, www.manfrotto.us.

ACTION CAMERA

Turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a sports-action camera with the Optrix HD Sport Mount. The rugged waterproof case mounts to a helmet, bike or just about anything else to shoot video. Your device's interface is easily accessible, allowing instant playback, editing and uploading. You can view a full-screen image of the framed shot, and a one-hand, quick-release design allows you to adjust shooting angles quickly. The HD Sport Mount also comes with a variety of base mounts that safely adhere to any surface. List Price: $79. Contact: Optrix, www.optrixhd.com.

FOAM BASE

Steady your camera on the Puffin Pad when shooting from a car window. A lightweight alternative to a beanbag, the pad has a slot that fits over the car window and allows you to tilt your DSLR up or down. Constructed of automotive closed-cell foam, the Puffin Pad weighs just 3.4 ounces and measures 7x5x5 inches. When the window retracts into the door, it saddles most car doors. You can use it on other surfaces, as well, such as a fence post, table or gate. Estimated Street Price: $29. Contact: Puffin Pad, (407) 207-8198, www.puffinpad.com.

PORTABLE HARD DRIVE

Store up to 500 GB of images on the Flashpoint DataBank 500. With a transfer rate of up to 5 MB/sec., the drive can safely copy about 1 GB of data in about 3.5 minutes. It's compatible with most popular memory card formats and is small enough to be used as a portable drive out in the field. All image formats are supported, including RAW. When transfering files, the backlit screen lets you know the status, as well as remaining drive capacity and battery charge. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

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