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September/October 2011

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ALPHA ACCESSORIES
Boost your light output with the Sony HVL-F43AM, which is designed for the company's Alpha DSLRs. The compact external flash unit features Quick Shift Bounce adjustment, wireless ratio control, and is resistant to dust and moisture. The Quick Shift system allows for instant flash head positioning when you switch between horizontal and vertical compositions. Other new Alpha accessories include the VCT-55LH bracket for mounting a microphone, the ALC-SH111 lens hood for the 35mm and 85mm SAM lenses, and the LCS-AMB soft carrying case, which holds most Sony DSLRs with an attached standard zoom. Estimated Street Price: $350 (flash); $50 (bracket); $50 (case); $20 (hood). Contact: Sony, (877) 865-7669, www.sonystyle.com.

ALC-SH111 Lens Hood; HVL-F43AM; LCS-AMB Soft Carrying Case; VCT-55LH Bracket

ADDED LAYERS
Open up a single image file, add multiple layers and blend them together using Perfect Layers from onOne Software. The application is designed specifically for Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture users who can't do this in those programs or create single composites from multiple images. With Perfect Layers, you can take a single image, duplicate it and then change how the layers interact with each other using different blending modes. There's also a MaskingBrush and MaskingBug for revealing or hiding selected areas of a layer. onOne Software worked closely with Scott Kelby, who's the editor in chief of Photoshop User magazine, to develop the program. Estimated Street Price: $69. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.

MONITOR SUPPORT
Mount an external monitor on your camera using the Flashpoint 7-inch Adjustable Double Arm (FPAA7). This double-jointed articulating arm is an ideal support solution when you're recording video on an HD DSLR and using a larger external monitor because the camera LCD screen is too small. Both the top and bottom of the arm have ballheads, and it mounts on the camera shoe with single knob control. Estimated Street Price: $53. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

BUILD A RIG
Support your HD DSLR with one of the Universal Bundles from Redrock Micro. With multiple configurations available, the idea is that each setup is built around one of Redrock's popular product lineups—nano, handheld, shouldermount and studio—plus two "master" bundles that build multiple rigs across these lineups. The Complete Universal Bundle allows you to build every rig that Redrock has for HD DSLRs. The rigs also can be adapted for use with the latest video cameras. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $1,276 (varies based on configuration). Contact: Redrock Micro, (888) 214-3903, www.redrockmicro.com.

HV DSLR FILTERS
Shoot your HD DSLR at a fast aperture under bright conditions using one of the Tiffen HV Filter Kits. Tiffen and Director of Photography Shane Hurlbut partnered up to create a line of filters designed specifically for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and other HD video DSLRs. The kits come in four different configurations and include a range of neutral-density filters in varying strengths, a WW Ultra Circular Polarizer (depending on the kit) and a belt loop-style pouch for keeping them all organized and accessible. Two sizes are available: 77mm and 4x5.65. The filters are engineered to provide up to 7 stops in order to shoot wide open under bright sun at ƒ/2. Estimated Street Price: $969 (Pro Plus 4x5.65); $329 (Indie HV Kit 77mm). Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.

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