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September/October 2011

By The Editors Published in Next: New Gear
September/October 2011


Calibrate your iPad using the SpyderGallery app from Datacolor. Setup is fairly straightforward. Just download the app, use the Spyder3 colorimeter to measure output and a custom color profile is created for your iPad. The app has a built-in gallery viewer designed to showcase fully color-corrected images. Looking at photos through the color-managed viewer delivers more accurate colors and provides you with a closer match to desktop monitors and other color-managed displays. Other features include pixel-level zooming capabilities and personal photo watermarking. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $89 (Spyder3); Free (app). Contact: Datacolor, (609) 924-2189, www.datacolor.com.


Share memories of your last travel adventure by making glossy, vibrant prints of your photos using the 13-inch Epson Stylus Photo R2000. The UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 eight-color pigment ink system includes bold red and orange inks, and auto-selects between Photo and Matte Black inks to produce the best results possible on glossy, matte or fine-art media. The printer uses high-capacity ink cartridges that provide up to 50% more ink than the previous model. You can make prints using heavy stationery stock and metallics, as well as photographic and fine-art papers. The R2000 offers Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi and USB 2.0 connectivity. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.


Transfer large image files quickly from a memory card to your computer with the Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader. Just like its predecessor, the new model reads CompactFlash and Secure Digital memory cards, but has been upgraded to include the SDXC format, which provides for larger capacities and the higher-speed interface of SD UHS-I. With computers that support USB 3.0, transfer times are noticeably faster. The reader can transfer images from SD and CF cards simultaneously, and it allows for easy file transfer from one card to another. It has the same pop-up design as its predecessor, letting you close it when not in use. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.


Head off to your next photo workshop or trip with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm ƒ/1.8G in your camera bag. The 50mm prime is a must-have for photographers, and this updated model offers tack-sharp image quality, solid low-light performance and shallow depth of field. Whether you're doing travel, landscape, portraiture or low-light photography, this is an ideal lens to use. It focuses as close as 1.48 feet, uses Nikon's Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet autofocus operation and is optimized for FX-format (full-frame) cameras, but also works well with DX-format (APS-C) cameras. Estimated Street Price: $219. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.


Control the light emitted from the pop-up flash on a Micro Four Thirds camera with the Gary Fong Micro Four Thirds Puffer Pop-Up Flash Diffuser. Designed to mitigate harsh, directional lighting that can mess up an image, the unit attaches to the camera hot-shoe and hangs in front of the flash. The Puffer's compact size makes it easy to bring on a trip, and it's versatile enough for use when capturing landscapes, group shots or any scene that requires fill-flash. It doesn't interfere with in-camera systems so your camera's full capabilities are preserved. Estimated Street Price: $21. Contact: Gary Fong, (800) 906-6447, www.garyfonginc.com.

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