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September/October 2013

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September/October 2013


A compact camera with ultra-low-light capability, the Sony RX100 II is built around a 28-100mm Exmor R Sonnar T* ƒ/1.8 fixed lens and fits in your pocket on days when you want to travel light. The 1.0-inch CMOS reverse structure sensor increases the sensitivity by 40% from the RX100. The 3.0-inch White Magic LCD screen tilts 84º up and 45º down to aid in overhead and waist-level shooting. Capture full 1080 HD video at 60p and now also 24p for a more cinematic look. A shoe-mount expands versatility, allowing the addition of a viewfinder, flash or clip-on LCD monitor. The RX100 II includes built-in WiFi and Near Field Communication technology for smooth one-touch asset transfer between devices, as well as Smart Remote Control functionality for previewing images and controlling shutter release via your smartphone or tablet. Estimated Street Price: $749. Contact: Sony,


Give your digital photos the look of film with Alien Skin Exposure 5. A variety of film types can be simulated, replicating grain structures and color palettes of classic film types like Kodachrome. Presets can be modified for personal preference and saved for batch processing. Exposure 5 integrates with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture, and works as a stand-alone application. Estimated Street Price: $199; $99 (upgrade). Contact: Alien Skin,


The Nissin Power Pack PS 8 is a boost of power for your electronic flash, extending shooting time and speeding flash recharges. The improved pack body is made out of a high-strength plastic, making it more compact and reducing the heat output of its predecessor. LED indicators let you check battery level at a glance. Making the PS 8 even more useful is a USB socket for charging other devices like a phone or tablet. Dual power sockets enable the PS 8 to power two flashes simultaneously. Estimated Street Price: $249. Contact: Nissin,


The new iPro Lens System Series 2 lenses for iPhone 5 from Schneider Optics take advantage of the increased resolution, lens quality and improved sensor of the latest iPhone. The Series 2 Trio Kit includes the 2x Tele, Super Wide and Macro lenses that attach to your iPhone for expanded creative possibilities. The Super Wide lens doubles the iPhone's field of view to 150º, and the Macro lens provides 2.5x magnification. Estimated Street Price: $229. Contact: Schneider Optics,


With a waterproof, impact-resistant exterior and lightweight foam interior, the iSeries 1914 Pro DSLR Case from SKB Cases is ideal for storing your gear at home, and will protect your cameras and accessories through even your roughest travels. The case accommodates two DSLRs and provides a removable foam insert, tailoring the space to your specific camera body size with or without a camera grip. Three of the four lens slots are outfitted with three half-inch foam rings that you can remove to fit different-sized lenses. The case has additional compartments for a flash, batteries, memory cards and other accessories. For quick and secure airport travel, the case features TSA-lockable trigger release latches. Estimated Street Price: $279. Contact: SKB Cases,


Reduce noise from low-light shooting with ArcSoft Low Light NR software. Based on Multiple Frame Noise Reduction technology, the software combines three to six frames shot in Burst mode to reduce noise and create one high-resolution image. The Auto Group feature helps you determine which images taken in Burst mode will be most suitable for noise reduction. You can also adjust white balance, saturation, contrast and cropping, and then upload the results directly to Facebook, Flickr and Twitter. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: ArcSoft,


The Rogue XL Pro Lighting Kit from ExpoImaging includes multiple tools to shape and refine the output of your flash. Ideal for off-camera lighting, the kit includes the shapable XL Pro FlashBender Reflector that fits all models of shoe-mount flashes and includes a variable-width strip-box attachment, a reversible silver-black attachment and a softbox attachment. The entire kit collapses to fit easily in a typical camera backpack's laptop sleeve. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: ExpoImaging,

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