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March/April 2013

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March/April 2013


Shoot with the fast Transcend 1000X CompactFlash memory card. High-megapixel RAW still shooting and HD video require fast memory cards and the Transcend 1000X supports UDMA Mode 7, with high-speed transfer rates of up to 160 MB/s read and 120 MB/s write. It's also VPG-20-compliant, which means it's able to capture pro-quality video at sustained write speeds of at least 20 MB/s without dropping frames. Capacities of up to 128 GB are available. Estimated Street Price: $109 (16 GB) to $749 (128 GB). Contact: Transcend,


Make prints that are fit for hanging on a wall using the popular Epson Signature Worthy paper collection, which now includes three new canvases. Exhibition Canvas Natural delivers gallery-quality prints with industry-leading Dmax and color gamut and without employing optical brightening agents (OBAs). The paper is available in Gloss, Satin and Matte finishes, and features a new OBA-free coating that maintains a bright white point for saturated colors, rich blacks and solid shadow detail. All three types are available in roll widths of 13, 17, 24, 44 and 60 inches, as well as 17x22-inch cut sheets. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Epson,


Illuminate your stills using the Nissin MG8000, which is designed for shooters who need extended output over a long time without overheating or shutting down. This new flash produces more than 1,000 continuous 1/1 flashes without overheating. It delivers all the features and benefits of the popular Nissin Di866 Mark II flash, with the added advantage of solid heat resistance. Nissin used special heat-resistant materials developed specifically for this model, as well as replaced the traditional flash tube with a quartz tube for significant heat reduction. Estimated Street Price: $629. Contact: Nissin,


Choose from the different LensPen models, all with a specific job to tackle, for cleaning the optical surfaces of your camera equipment: the Original LensPen for DSLR lenses; MiniPro for compact camera and video lenses; MicroPro for eyepieces, as well as phone and tablet camera lenses; FilterKlear for filters; and DigiKlear for LCD displays. All the models feature two working ends with a retractable natural brush for removing loose dust and a carbon-impregnated cleaning pad for removing fingerprints from the optics surface. The carbon compound used is similar to the one found in printer's ink. The LensPen lineup is sleek, compact and fits easily in a pocket or camera bag. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: LensPen,


Create more realistic-looking HDR images with HDR Express 2 from Unified Color. The second version comes with some helpful new features, including image-stacking functionality for automatically arranging, sorting and grouping bracketed exposures. A visual browser allows you to quickly and easily identify images by thumbnails rather than file names. The program is powered by Beyond RGB color technology, which allows color and brightness channels to be adjusted independently, preventing the color shifts typically associated with HDR images that look overdone. List Price: $99 (new); $59 (upgrade). Contact: Unified Color, (650) 591-5511,


Take a wireless approach to triggering your flash using the Phottix Odin TTL Trigger, which allows you to retain full TTL functions, as well as remote-control power and flash zoom settings. The Odin consists of an on-camera transmitter and control unit, plus receiver units for Canon, Nikon or Sony hot-shoe flash units. You can mix TTL and manual flash units, use high-speed sync (up to 1/8000) and second-curtain functions, adjust manual power remotely and more. The four-channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter and receiver units can operate at ranges greater than 328 feet, and use AA batteries. Estimated Street Price: $349 (transmitter and receiver). Contact: OmegaBrandess, (410) 374-3250,
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