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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

September/October 2012

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

PORTABLE STORAGE

Back up your memory cards and preview images while you're still out shooting using the NextoDI ND2730 hard drive. All major memory formats are supported, including CF, SDXC and SDHC. Operation is simple. Just insert your card and press the button, and your image files are copied to the drive. That same button, which is located on the 1.44-inch TFT LCD, controls all other functions, including deleting, browsing and previewing images. The ND2730 can back up a CF card at 70 MB/s, which is three times faster than previous models, and SD format cards at up to 25 MB/s. It's compatible with USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 interfaces, and available in 500 GB and 750 GB capacities. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $450. Contact: NextoDI (International Supplies), (800) 999-1984, www.nextodiusa.com.

CLEAN UP

Get rid of the smudges, dust and grime that can build up on lenses, LCD screens and other glass exteriors using the redesigned LensPen. The available models consist of the Original, DigiKlear, MiniPro, MicroPro and FilterKlear. The cleaning tools come with a fresh look, but function the same as previous models. Using the grease-cutting properties found in carbon compounds is how LensPen removes fingerprints from optical surfaces. Before the carbon goes to work, a retractable natural brush removes loose dust from the lens surface. The cap screws on to ensure the carbon is replenished in the cleaning pad. Estimated Street Price: $14 (Original). Contact: LensPen, www.lenspen.com.

SPOTLESS OPTICS

Correct optical flaws in your images with DxO Optics Pro 7.5, which now features 64-bit functionality and can deliver faster previewing and processing. The program also handles much larger files, even those up to 200 megapixels. If you're unfamiliar with the program, it's built around what DxO calls Optics Modules based on a series of tests that analyze different camera and lens combinations. The software automatically detects the camera body and lens, then asks to download and use those optical characteristics to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, lens softness and more. There are more than 7,000 modules. This update adds nearly 200 more, of which 60 are for the Nikon D800. List Price: $149 (Standard); $299 (Elite). Contact: DxO Labs, www.dxo.com.

PORTRAIT LIGHT

Use the LumiQuest Location/Portrait Kit to play with light and give your people pictures a boost. The Softbox III, Snoot XTR, FXtra and two UltraStraps are all included. The Softbox III is about 20 times the size of a portable flash head so the light it produces is soft and favorable for capturing good-looking portraits. The Snoot XTR is used for hair or accent light. The FXtra is a nine-piece colored gel kit that includes theatrical gels and those for balancing your flash for tungsten and fluorescent light. The nonadhesive straps allow you to securely attach all of these accessories to your flash. The kit weighs less than a pound. Estimated Street Price: $75. Contact: LumiQuest, (800) 332-4644, www.lumiquest.com.

OVER THE SHOULDER

Hit the street wearing the Lowepro Urban Photo Sling to haul your photo gear around in. The bag is made for those of you who are often on the move, with the design allowing you to shift it from your front to the side to the back so that you're wearing the bag however it feels the most comfortable. You can load and unload from the top for easy access or with the front panel fully open for maximum organization. It's available in two sizes and has a padded, separate compartment for an iPad or other tablet. List Price: $84 and $99. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.

MOBILE EDITOR

Have another creative photo-editing tool for your mobile devices at your disposal with Tiffen Photo fx and Photo fx Ultra. Both apps allow you to reproduce the look of many Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, color correction, natural light and effects, as well as use a paint system (fx Ultra only) with a variety of brushes. When you're done, you can share the finished product in several ways as the apps allow you to post photos to Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter and more. You can save your favorite Photo fx effects as presets and import them into Tiffen Dfx 3. Also, Photo fx Ultra supports the high-resolution Retina display of the latest iPad. Estimated Street Price: $3 (fx); $5 (fx Ultra). Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.


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