January/February 2013


Hit the pavement for some candid, on-the-go shooting with the Olympus Stylus XZ-2. The 12-megapixel camera has a 1/1.7-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 28-112mm ƒ/1.8-2.5 (35mm equivalent) zoom and ISO sensitivity up to 12,800 for solid performance in low light. The camera has a tilting 3-inch LCD with 920,000-dot resolution and supports touch control. There’s a removable hand grip and a "hybrid control ring" that’s built around the lens and allows you to assign function settings based on your preferences, as well as switch between analog and digital operation. Rounding out the top features are 1080p HD video recording and a TruePic VI image processor. List Price: $599. Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.getolympus.com.


The Pro-Optic Macro Zoomer is an extension tube that allows you to continuously adjust magnification without having to remove the lens and change tubes. The tube functions like a zoom lens. Rotating its "zoom" ring adjusts the magnification. Autofocus and auto-exposure operation are both preserved. The focusing range is between 46mm and 68mm. The Macro Zoomer is available for Canon and Nikon shooters. Estimated Street Price: $129. Contact: Pro-Optic (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


If portraiture is your thing, you know how valuable the 70-200mm focal-length range is to your DSLR system. With its AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm ƒ/4G ED VR lens, Nikon now offers an impressive five stops of image stabilization through its Vibration Reduction technology. This not only helps at the longer telephoto end, but also in low-light situations that call for using slower shutter speeds. This model is smaller and lighter than Nikon’s ƒ/2.8 version of the lens. When used with the D4, D800 series and D600 DSLRs, the 70-200mm ƒ/4 allows you to take advantage of Nikon’s teleconverters for increasing focal length without sacrificing its AF and VR capabilities. Estimated Street Price: $1,399. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.


Control your flash the same way you do many of your devices, by touch. The Metz mecablitz 52 AF-1 is the first hot-shoe flash to feature a touch-screen-based user interface. This means less button-pushing and faster, more intuitive control over settings. The menus rotate when switching from horizontal shooting to portrait shooting, and there are several models for syncing with the automatic TTL exposure capabilities of camera systems including Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax and Sony. With a high guide number of 52 at the 105mm position (ISO 100), the flagship flash also comes with wireless abilities for use as a commanding master or a remote slave. List Price: TBA. Contact: Metz, (201) 818-9500, www.metz.us.


Experiment with time-lapse photography using the Satechi WTR-A Wireless Timer Remote Control Shutter. It’s compatible with most advanced Canon cameras, including the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The WTR-A can program multiple tasks, including delaying the capture of a photo, managing exposure time, setting a shooting interval and organizing a number of shots from 50 feet away. The remote is also helpful for capturing subjects that are difficult to approach, like wildlife, causing minimal vibration. Other features include a time remind speaker, which is a beeping alert that indicates the shutter is active and counts down the seconds until the shutter goes off. Estimated Street Price: $59. Contact: Satechi, (858) 268-1800, www.satechi.net.


Make your images look great in print using the newest member of the Moab Lasal inkjet family. Dual Semigloss 330 is the first dual-sided heavyweight (330gsm) paper in its class. Featuring the latest in coating technology, the paper delivers consistent image quality and dries instantly. You can handle prints immediately without worrying about fingerprints or scuffing. Moab offers several different kinds of its Lasal paper, including single-sided luster, gloss and matte, as well as the double-sided Photo Matte 235. Dual Semigloss 330 is compatible with pigment and dye inks, but pigment is recommended, and is available in 25-sheet packs of 8.5×11, 11×14, A3+ and A4 sizes. Estimated Street Price: $29 to $35. Contact: Moab, (800) 727-3716, www.moabpaper.com.

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