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March/April 2014

By The Editors Published in Next: New Gear
March/April 2014

COMPACT CONTINUOUS LIGHT

If you're taking advantage of HD video capabilities on Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras, the compact, even, continuous-light performance of the LD-1000 LED Movie Light accessory may peak your interest. With a built-in diffusion panel, the light provides consistent soft lighting, designed for supplementary video lighting while also being suitable for still photos. A removable bracket attaches the light to the camera for easy operation while allowing for removal for handheld control of lighting direction and height. List Price: $99. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

PRO SLING STRAP

When you're constantly on the move, it's important to have a camera strap that keeps your camera safe and secure. JOBY has created the Pro Sling Strap, using an adjustable-length Speed Cinch pulley system to harness your camera to your body while it's not in use, then quickly deploys it so you don't miss a shot. You can use Fast-Cinch mode for a quick release when you know time is of the essence, or Locked mode, to prevent tangles and scuffs while hiking, biking or maneuvering crowded spaces. JOBY has placed as much attention to their materials as they did to their product design by creating a custom textile for the strap providing for flexibility and durability. List Price: $69. Contact: JOBY, www.joby.com.

BARE-BULB PRO-FLASH

The Strobies Pro-Flash One Eighty provides versatile lighting options at a budget-friendly price. Used on- or off-camera, jut like a traditional speedlight, the 180Ws bare-bulb flash spreads smooth and even light across your frame. The Pro-Flash One Eighty is powered by an external 11.1V/4500 mAh lithium-ion battery pack that provides 700 flashes with a 2.2-sec. recycle time for shutter speeds as quick as 1?8000 sec. The One Eighty can also be used with a variety of modifiers to vary the lighting look. List Price: $594 (Strobies Pro-Flash One Eighty and Battery Pack); $405 (Strobies Pro-Flash One Eighty Flash Head); $209 (Strobies Pro-Flash Battery Pack, compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony and Metz speedlights). Contact: Interfit, www.interfitphotographic.com.

NEW SIGMA GLOBAL VISION LENSES

Sigma has introduced two new lenses in their Global Vision lineup: the 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM Contemporary and the 50mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art. The 18-200mm is smaller and lighter than its predecessor and improves macro capabilities (focusing down to 15.4 inches for a 1:3 reproduction ratio), with updated optics for corrected chromatic aberration and minimized distortion. The new 50mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM is a pro-level performer for full-frame DSLRs, updated with SLD glass and improved large-aperture performance. An optimized autofocus algorithm and a floating focusing system improve AF. Both lenses provide quiet high-speed AF thanks to Sigma's Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM), and are compatible with Sigma's USB Dock and Mount Conversion Service. List Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 12

Using the technology of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 offers both organizational and editing tools. The Organizer provides a hub to catalog photo and video assets by location, person (with face recognition), event and personalized tags. With Elements Mobile Albums and Adobe Revel integration, it's easy to view and edit your images while moving between your desktop, tablet and smartphone. Elements 12 continues to offer three levels of editing. Quick Mode includes new effects, textures and frames. Guided Mode offers tutorials for more advanced edits, such as Restore Old Photo editing. Expert adjustments include a new Pet Eye tool and Straightening with auto-fill edges. A new Collaboration Mode offers the ability to invite a group or team to collect and share photos from an event in one convenient place. List Price: $99 (Full License/Elements 12); Free (50 uploads/month); $4.99 (per month for unlimited space/Adobe Revel App). Contact: Adobe, www.adobe.com.

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