Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Capture images with first-rate optical quality and precision using Zeiss ZE-series lenses, which are designed for Canon EOS digital SLRs. The first pair of lenses to be released with EF bayonet mounts are the Planar T* 50mm ƒ/1.4 ZE and Planar T* 85mm ƒ/1.4 ZE. The 50mm and 85mm primes have a fast and constant aperture of ƒ/1.4. They maintain all exposure modes such as programmed auto exposure, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual settings. E-TTL flash metering is also supported. List Price: $660 (50mm); $1,170 (85mm). Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.
LEICA GOES FOUR THIRDS
Shoot legendary Leica M-series lenses with your Micro Four Thirds camera using a new adapter from Novoflex. The lens adapter is designed to ensure exact infinity focus on these camera bodies, which include the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1 and future models in the works from Panasonic and Olympus. With the G1, TTL exposure metering is possible, as is aperture-priority auto exposure. Novoflex also plans to release adapters for Leica R, Contax/Yashica, Minolta MD, Nikon, Olympus OM and Pentax lenses. Estimated Street Price: $192. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Enlarge your photos to poster-like sizes with Genuine Fractals 6 from onOne Software. Powered by a resizing algorithm, the program can increase image size by more than 1,000 percent without losing sharpness and detail. Among the new features are batch processing and a clever tiling tool that splits images into pieces for smaller printers. The app now includes texture presets that allow you to set key parameters that guide the algorithm powering the program. The pro version also features a “gallery wrap” function. List Price: $159 (standard); $299 (pro). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
LONG LENS BAG
Keep your SLR and long telephoto lens safe in the Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW II. With a deep and roomy main compartment, the bag can fit a pro-level SLR with an attached 600mm lens or an unattached 800mm lens, plus lens hood and tripod collar. If you do a lot of nature or sports photography and are used to carrying around these heavy lenses, the backpack is designed with an ergonomic, removable and fully adjustable torso harness system to keep you comfortable. List Price: $219. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
TOUCH-SCREEN PHOTO PRINTER
Make vibrant prints that burst with color on the HP Photosmart D7560 printer, which uses five individual Vivera inks. When used with HP photo papers, images print with an optimized resolution of up to 9600 x 2400 dpi. You can print directly from PictBridge cameras or memory cards, or via USB, with a 3.5-inch color LCD for previewing photos before printing. The LCD doubles as a touch screen for giving commands. A 4x6-inch photo prints in as fast as 18 seconds. List Price: $149. Contact: HP, (800) 752-0900, www.hp.com.
Play photo slideshows, digital movies and music directly from your portable hard drive on your high-definition television with Western Digital’s TV Media Player. The device was specifically designed for the WD My Passport drive, but it works with many other USB storage devices. You can search for content by file name or image thumbnails. With the Media Library, all of your files can be viewed by type in one menu regardless of their location in folders or drives. The included remote control makes navigation easier. List Price: $129. Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.westerndigital.com.
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