Monday, August 17, 2009
Look at your images from a clearer, more enjoyable perspective on the slim JVC Xiview LT-42WX70, a 42-inch, 120 Hz, 1080p display that’s just 15⁄8 inches thick. Its color-gamut capacity encompasses 100 percent and 96 percent of the HDTV broadcasting and Adobe RGB color spaces, respectively. The display’s 12-bit Genessa Picture Engine produces video without blur, color bleed or noise for clear images with natural, accurate colors and smooth movement. To fine-tune color, the LT-42WX70 has 52 on-screen adjustment tools for correcting color, tint, gamma and more. Estimated Street Price: $2,399. Contact: JVC, (800) 526-5308, www.jvc.com.
Support your camera on the Giottos MG Magnesium/Carbon Fiber tripods. Features include three leg positions, classic-lift center column with safety lock and dual camera-mounting screws. Leg positions can be switched easily to different angles by pulling the quick-release lock. The MG8240B weighs 1.9 pounds, supports 6.6 pounds and ranges from 6.7 to 54.3 inches in height, while the MG8250B weighs 2.3 pounds, supports 11 pounds and ranges from 7.5 to 61 inches. Estimated Street Price: $335 (MG8240B); $385 (MG8250B). Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Don’t let your card slow you down. Continuously shoot high-resolution images with the speed you need, using Hoodman’s RAW UDMA 300X CompactFlash memory cards. The cards come in capacities ranging from 2 GB to 16 GB and have a transfer rate of 45 MBps. Hoodman now uses SSD (Solid State Drive) flash inside the cards for increased reliability and stability. The cards also are enabled with UDMA, increasing card-to-computer transfer rates considerably when paired with a compatible reader. List Price: $49 (2 GB) to $299 (16 GB). Contact: Hoodman USA, (800) 818-3946, www.hoodmanusa.com.
Record crystal-clear sound when shooting HD video with Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II using the BeachTek DXA-5D adapter. With control and monitoring ability, the device offers an easy way of connecting microphones and other audio gear through dual transformer-balanced XLR inputs with phantom power and built-in level meters. The built-in headphone jack allows you to monitor the audio. For the most optimal recording quality, you can dial in the proper signal levels using the adapter controls. List Price: $379. Contact: BeachTek, (416) 690-9457, www.beachtek.com.
Get a better handle on your D-SLR using Zeikos battery power grips, which are available for popular Canon and Nikon cameras. All units come with AA adapters so you can use either AA or the camera’s batteries. The ZE-NBG60 works with the Nikon D40, D40X and D60; the ZE-NBG90 with the D80 and D90; and the ZE-NBG300 with the D300 and D700. The ZE-CBG50 works with the Canon EOS 40D and 50D, the ZE-CBGXSI with the Rebel XSi and XS, and the ZE-CBG5DII with the EOS 5D Mark II. Estimated Street Price: Varies by model. Contact: Zeikos Inc., (888) 934-5675, www.zeikos.com.
Achieve different kinds of creative looks with your photography using Alien Skin Software’s Snap Art 2. You start by choosing from hundreds of styles and 10 kinds of natural media, including oil paint, watercolor and pencil sketch. The program simulates the look of individual brushstrokes on a canvas texture, giving the final composition more authenticity. You can customize the brush size, paint thickness and other qualities to create a signature look. Contact: Alien Skin Software, (888) 921-SKIN, www.alienskin.com.
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