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September/October 2012

By The Editors Published in Next: New Gear
September/October 2012

CAMERA CAGE

Make better movies using your DSLR by giving it some solid support from the Redrock Micro ultraCage DSLR. Securing the camera at three points, the handheld rig screws into the camera base, fastens to the top hot-shoe and locks the camera in place with an anti-rotation pin. The cage encloses the camera with 22 mounting points (standard 1?4-inch and 3?8-inch) and includes industry-standard 15mm bottom rails for accessories, such as a mattebox, follow-focus or lens support. The built-in 15mm top rail lets you keep a camera-top monitor or remote focus motor on your camera at all times. Redrock has tested the support system with several Canon and Nikon bodies, including the Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D800/D800E. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $595. Contact: Redrock Micro, (888) 214-3903, www.redrockmicro.com.

SILENT FOCUS

Take advantage of the motion-capture-friendly features offered in a pair of Canon lenses designed for the EOS Rebel T4i. New autofocus technology in the EF-S 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS STM (Stepping Motor Technology) and EF 40mm ƒ/2.8 makes focusing smooth and quiet. This is particularly helpful when used with the camera's Movie Servo AF feature, which allows you to continuously track wildlife, sports action and other scenes with fast-moving subjects. The combination makes it possible for the camera to refocus during recording without picking up unwanted noise. List Price: $549 (18-135mm); $199 (40mm). Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.

SUPERZOOM

Cover every angle with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens from Nikon. To go along with the versatile focal-length range, which is 27-450mm in 35mm format, the lens includes Vibration Reduction technology that helps you take sharper shots when shooting handheld across the entire zoom range. The compact lens weighs about 1.8 pounds and incorporates three Extra-low Dispersion and three aspherical glass elements for minimizing optical flaws. The lens is also a good choice for taking close-ups with a 1.48-foot minimum focusing distance at 300mm and a 1:3.2x maximum reproduction ratio. List Price: $999. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.

iPHONE PLATFORM

Do more with your iPhone camera using Galileo from Motrr. The device is a rotating platform that can pan and tilt 360° at speeds of up to 200° per second in any orientation, so you can capture panoramas or do time-lapse shots with your phone. Swipe your finger on the device's screen and Galileo reacts by orienting your iPhone, iPad or other iOS device accordingly. Mount the Galileo on rails and you can create a mini-rig for your phone. You also can integrate the device's functionality into existing apps or create new apps built around its movement abilities. Estimated Street Price: $129. Contact: Motrr, www.motrr.com.

HELPFUL TOOLS

Add some extras to your b-grip EVO belt holder to make your shooting experience even more comfortable and productive. The Universal Tripod Adapter fits nearly all tripod models and is compatible with all b-grip camera accessories. The HS+ Handstrap includes the b-grip Quick Release Plate to securely go from belt to shooting in no time. The unique "S" shape of the strap is designed to keep your fingers free for operating the camera. The Travel Kit lets you attach your camera directly to a backpack shoulder strap. List Price: $19 (Tripod Adapter); $24 (Handstrap); $19 (Travel Kit). Contact: OmegaBrandess, (410) 374-3250, www.omegabrandess.com.

PAPER PRESTIGE

Help your images to stand out in print as much as they do on screen using Ilford GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss 310gsm or Smooth Pearl 310gsm. Clear nanoporous coating, as well as other technological advancements, helps make these papers a solid choice for producing images with top-notch clarity, sharpness and color. A high-density heavyweight base and smooth finish combine to give your prints the genuine look and feel of a traditional photograph. Smooth Pearl eliminates glare and fingerprints, and both types are compatible with pigment- and dye-based inkjet printers. List Price: TBA. Contact: Ilford, www.ilford.com.

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