Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Take Sigma’s portable and powerful DP1x or DP2s on your next trip. The 14-megapixel cameras use the same FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor found in Sigma’s DSLR models. The DP1x has a 16.6mm ƒ/4 lens (equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format) and incorporates the TRUE II processing engine used in the DP2s, which features a 24.2mm ƒ/2.8 (35mm equivalent) lens. Both cameras come with Sigma’s Photo Pro4.0 RAW processing software, which delivers improved image-processing speed, image quality and compatibility with multicore CPUs. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.
Pack up your gear in the Tenba Camera Shoulder Bag or Photo/Laptop Daypack from the Messenger collection. The lightweight Shoulder Bag features a customizable interior, loads of accessory pockets and holds one to two DSLRs, three to five lenses, a flash and accessories. It has a “Velcro® silencer,” which is a tuckaway flap that can be unfolded to create a barrier between the Velcro® closures for opening the bag silently, a great feature when shooting in quiet environments. The Daypack fits most 15-inch laptops, and even 17-inch MacBook Pro models, as well as a DSLR, two to three lenses, a flash and accessories. Both are constructed of military-grade, 1000 denier nylon. Estimated Street Price: $129 (Camera Bag); $139 (Daypack). Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.
Capture photos and video on the Sanyo Dual Camera Xacti VPC-CS1, a full HD camera that weighs 5 ounces and is just an inch thick. To make the camera more compact than previous models, Sanyo developed a new slim sensor module and 38mm wide-angle lens. The VPC-CS1 records 1920x1080-resolution video and takes 8-megapixel stills. Video files are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, which is supported by Windows 7, and allows them to be displayed in the same thumbnail format as still image files. Video can be played back directly using Windows Media Player and edited with Windows Live Movie Maker. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Sanyo, us.sanyo.com.
Make your load of gear less heavy by using the lightweight Davis & Sanford Traverse tripod. The legs fold up over the head, saving several inches of space. The tripod opens up to a full size of 57 inches, folds down to just 16 inches and weighs just 3.3 pounds. The independent legs have two stops to shoot down to 16 inches or up to 57 inches. The legs are constructed of strong, durable, lightweight aluminum with quick-twist rubberized locks. Estimated Street Price: $119 (with BHQ8 ballhead); $169 (with BH11 ballhead). Contact: Tiffen, (800) 645-2522, www.tiffen.com.
Refine the color of your images using onOne Software PhotoTune 3. The program features a new patent-pending advanced dynamic range enhancement algorithm that remaps the tones in your image to match what you saw in-camera. New to the interface are tone, color and sharpening controls that allow you to make adjustments intuitively. Simply drag the image up or down, left or right, or at an angle, and the app applies the change immediately. Black-and-white conversions take just seconds to do. Estimated Street Price: $159. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
Boost the focal length of your lenses with the Kenko DGX TelePlus series of teleconverters. The TelePlus MC4 AF 1.4X DGX multiplies the focal length of your lens by 1.4x, has a four-element design, and full autofocus is possible at apertures of ƒ/4 or brighter. The TelePlus MC4 AF 2.0X DGX and MC7 AF 2.0X DGX double the focal length of a lens, turning a 300mm lens into a 600mm lens. The MC4 features a four-element design while the MC7 has seven elements. For both, full autofocus is possible at apertures of ƒ/2.8 or faster. Autofocus may be possible with lenses slower than ƒ/4 or ƒ/2.8, but it depends on the amount of light and contrast. The converters are available for Canon EOS EF and Nikon AF lenses. Estimated Street Price: $179 to $259. Contact: THK Photo, (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
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