January/February 2013


Give your DSLR some solid support with the Sachtler 75mm Ace L. The fluid head has a load capacity up to 13 pounds, a 7-step counterbalance, and three vertical and horizontal grades of drag. Other popular Sachtler features, such as an illuminated bubble level, are also included in this model. The head is available with a choice of two different carbon-fiber tripods. With the mid-level spreader, the system weighs 8.6 pounds. The head features clearly marked counterbalance settings and has a tilt range of +90° to -75°. List Price: $1,140. Contact: Sachtler, (845) 268-0100, .


Correct the edge distortion that can take place when shooting with a wide-angle lens using ViewPoint from DxO. The program fixes this flaw by automatically restoring the natural proportions of distorted faces and bodies, making them look as normal as those in the center of the image. Adjustments are made that take into account shooting parameters such as focal length and sensor size. The large workspace area includes intuitive toolbars and control palettes. There are also advanced controls for making manual fixes. List Price: $79. Contact: DxO Labs, www.dxo.com.


Position your camera smoothly and accurately using a pair of Arca-Swiss ballheads. The Monoball Z1g+ is lighter than its predecessor and uses a motion-control system that allows it to deliver stabilized movement in all directions. The Monoball Z2+ combines the features of a ballhead with those of a multi-axial
tripod head. It has two panning mechanisms, one at the base of the head and one located above the ball for precise and level panorama stitching. The Z2+ is also lighter. List Price: TBA. Contact: Arca-Swiss International, P.O. Box 28450, Tempe, AZ 85285, (480) 755-3364, [email protected]


Expand your carrying options using a pair of new straps from Sun Sniper. The Back-Pack-Strap allows you to carry your backpack while using it as an additional camera strap for a DSLR. The strap clips onto your bag and has a stainless-steel ball-bearing camera connector, as well as a steel wire that runs through the channels of the strap. With the Strap-Surfer, the camera rests by your side and is ready whenever you need it. Just clip the strap to your bag and attach the stainless-steel bearing connector to your camera’s tripod socket. Estimated Street Price: $67 (Back-Pack-Strap); $96 (Strap-Surfer). Contact: Sun Sniper, www.sunsniperusa.com.


Add some new glass to your camera bag, as Tamron is developing two new lens options for you to consider. The Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD tele zoom will feature Vibration Compensation image-stabilization technology, XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) and four LD (Low Dispersion) elements to minimize chromatic aberrations, and construction that prevents moisture from getting into the lens. The SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD will feature redesigned optics and the VC system, as well as the lens maker’s newly created eBAND coating to reduce flare and ghosting. Both models will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. List Price: $1,499 (70-200mm); $849 (90mm). Contact: Tamron USA, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron-usa.com.


Back up your files while still out shooting using the My Passport Edge from Western Digital. With 500 GB of capacity and a USB 3.0 interface that delivers fast read and write speeds, the drive allows you to quickly manage, share and work with your files from any location. The sleek design makes fitting it into your bag easy. Plus, there are additional security features for safeguarding your content such as password protection and hardware encryption that prevents unauthorized use or access. The all-aluminum exterior protects the drive from scrapes and bumps. Estimated Street Price: $109 (Edge); $119 (Edge for Mac). Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.wd.com.

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