New Gear: January/February 2015

WESTCOTT OMEGA REFLECTOR

A go-to tool for both natural light shooters and speedlight users, the Westcott® Omega Reflector™ utilizes a shoot-through window and multiple reflective surfaces to offer the results of a beauty dish, ring flash and traditional reflector. The Omega Reflector offers a one-stop diffusion panel, white surface for soft light, silver surface for filling shadows, sunlight surface providing natural warm skin tones, and a black cover to add shadows and block extraneous light. Within the double-riveted 38×45-inch frame, a 2:3 center frame can be removed for shoot-through capabilities that provide a unique catchlight. Suction cups for glass mounting and a travel case with shoulder strap are included. List Price: $99. Contact: Westcott, www.fjwestcott.com.

PORTABLE STUDIO LIGHT

The Phottix Indura 500TTL Studio Light provides high-quality control in a small and portable package. At just 2.1 kg, the 500Ws studio light shoots up to 400 full-power consecutive shots with a two-second recycle time using the 5000 mAh Indra battery. It can also be used with an AC adapter. Stroboscopic, Manual and TTL modes are available, with a large LCD screen placed on the back of the light for intuitive control. Manual mode can be set from 1/128 power to full power with eight stops of adjustment in ½ stops. The Studio Light includes Second Curtain Sync and High Speed Sync capabilities up to 1/8000 sec. Wireless Radio Control can be used with Odin and Mitros+ systems. Odin Canon and Nikon receivers are built in. List Price: $1,295 (light and battery kit). Contact: Phottix, www.phottixstore.com.

SANDISK MICROSD

With 4K Ultra HD video capabilities now offered on smartphones and cameras alike, SanDisk has developed the high-storage-capacity 64 GB Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-I card. With a Class 10 and U3 rating, the card has a transfer speed of up to 95 MB/s for quick video processing and download. It’s also available in 16 GB and 32 GB capacities. List Price: $79-$299. Contact: SanDisk, www.sandisk.com.

GYRO STABILIZER

Flashpoint has developed the ZeroGrav 2-Axis Digital Gyro Stabilizer compatible with DSLRs and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Gyro stabilizers detect angular velocity and acceleration, and balance can be adjusted on the baseplate. The Lithium gyro motor controls pitch and roll/yaw, which can be calibrated for preferred speed. The twin-handle grips maintain a safe center of gravity and pitch balance. List Price: $1,199. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

FOTOMAGICO

FotoMagico 4 by Boinx Software helps you create multimedia slideshows, mixing photos and videos to present your work to clients and friends. The software automatically adjusts for frame rates, aspect ratios and resolution, allowing you to focus on creating a story through transitions, audio and layers. FotoMagico also provides a teleprompter setting to aid in formal presentations. The 4.5 version update supports 4K video with export settings and is optimized for Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite operating systems. List Price: $99; Free update for existing users. Contact: Boinx Software, boinx.com/fotomagico.

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