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New Gear: March/April 2014

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New Gear: March/April 2014


Polaroid introduces three new mountable, high-definition sports-action cameras, all with shockproof, waterproof technology and ultrawide-angle lenses. The XS100i provides Wi-Fi with iOS and Android apps, a distortion-free lens with 170° of coverage, and can do 1080p, 960p and 720p video, plus 16 MP still images. The XS1000i features a unique, patented, quick-change mounting system, a 16 MP Aptina CMOS sensor and a 170° angle of view. It can do 1080p and 960p video at 30 fps and 720p at 60 fps, as well as still images. The Polaroid C features a square design, 5 MP CMOS sensor and 120° angle of view, and can do 720p and 640x480 video, as well as 5 MP still images. List Price: $179 (XS100i); TBA (XS1000i, Polaroid C). Contact: Polaroid,


Everimaging has improved their HDR software with the newest version of HDR Darkroom 3. While the software offers additional HDR styles, the real upgrade is in processing power. An improved alignment algorithm consistently corrects any alignment issues that arise between bracketed frames without you needing to intervene. Advanced ghost-reduction technology also removes objects when they differ between frames. HDR Darkroom 3 supports over 150 cameras, including Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic models, and is available for both Mac and Windows. List Price: $129. Contact: Everimaging,


The HD Pentax DA Limited prime lens series by Ricoh Imaging consists of five lenses designed for K-mount DSLRs. Each lens features Super Protect and high-definition coating for sharp images with reduced ghosting and flare. A round-shaped diaphragm has been designed to produce a natural bokeh effect. Created from high-grade aluminum, each lens is hand-machined to ensure proportion and feel. Lenses are available in both black and silver. Estimated Street Price: $549 (HD Pentax DA 15mm ƒ/4 ED AL Limited); $699 (HD Pentax DA 21mm ƒ/3.2 AL Limited); $699 (HD Pentax DA 35mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Limited); $749 (HD Pentax DA 40mm ƒ/2.8 Limited); $749 (HD Pentax DA 70mm ƒ/2.4 Limited). Contact: Ricoh Imaging,


Ideal for indoor use with versatility to light large group portraits down to studio product photography, the FlexFlash monolights, in both 200Ws and 400Ws options, are now being offered by Photoflex. With an oversized LCD screen, these monolights sync with speedlights using a preflash detection system and contain an auto-cooling system. With auto-voltage protection for worldwide use, Continuous Mode allows for output control independent of the flash for continuous light, and Auto Power Save kicks in after 20 minutes of inactivity. The FlexFlash features the universal S-type bayonet mount for all sizes of softboxes. Estimated Street Price: $319 (FlexFlash 200Ws); $389 (FlexFlash 400Ws). Contact: Photoflex,


The Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 10 Sling Camera Bag provides a lightweight, versatile and convenient way to carry your DSLR or mirrorless camera and equipment. Designed in a body-conforming shape using lightweight poly-ballistic water-resistant fabric, the TurnStyle 10 can be worn as a shoulder sling or belt pack, shifting for comfort, gear and location conditions. The customizable interior holds a standard DSLR, one to three lenses and a small tablet. A front organizer pocket stores batteries, memory cards, filters and other small accessories with easy-to-access placement. The breathable air-mesh back panel provides cooling airflow for all-day wearability. The shoulder strap is wide with a quick-release buckle; the bag comes with a seam-sealed rain cover. List Price: $84. Contact: Think Tank Photo,
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