New Gear: July/August 2015

dp0 QUATTRO

Sigma‘s dp0 Quattro is the fourth model in the compact Quattro series, and features the widest angle yet available in a Quattro model: a 14mm ƒ/4 (21mm 35mm equivalent). The dp0 Quattro is built on an updated Foveon Quattro sensor that, like previous Foveon sensors, uses green-, red- and blue-sensitive layers, resulting in highly detailed images with exceptional color fidelity. The dp0 Quattro also has increased ISO performance and improved auto color mode, autofocus and auto white balance compared to its predecessors. List Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.

SCREEN CALIBRATION

To ensure the colors in your print are the same as what you viewed on your monitor while processing your digital image, it’s important to calibrate your monitor. Datacolor has released the redesigned portable Spyder5 calibration system with a 7-detector optical engine for increased tonal response, accurate shadow detail and smooth gradients. The Spyder5 is available in three options depending on your level of need. The Spyder5EXPRESS uses an interactive 4-step guide to walk you through calibration with a before-and-after feature. The Spyder5PRO includes an advanced ambient light sensor to compensate for room light, additional calibration settings and display analysis. The Spyder5ELITE includes a tripod mount for projector display calibration, unlimited calibration settings, monitor matching and optimized gray balance routines. List Price: $129 (Spyder5EXPRESS); $189 (Spyder5PRO); $279 (Spyder5ELITE). Contact: Datacolor, spyder.datacolor.com.

COOLVEE 7

The CoolVee 7 by Flashpoint provides continuous fluorescent lighting for both still and video shooting. The seven cool-running daylight fluorescent spiral lamps offer a total output of 760 watts of tungsten light. Four switches control the configuration of lamps used, as well as their output power. The CoolVee 7 comes with two light modifiers. A detachable pebble-finished reflector creates bright direct light, while the octagonal softbox with removable scrim creates a softer glow. The CoolVee 7 comes with a one-year warranty. List Price: $199. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

MULTIMEDIA TRIPOD

Argraph has developed the SIRUI R-X Series Photo/Video tripods, and each of the four models comes with a 75mm bowl head (as opposed to a flat platform), advantageous for video use, as it allows you to level the camera without adjusting leg heights while maintaining level pans. The design is also compatible with the SIRUI VH-10 and VH-15 video heads, as well as the SIRUI K-40x Professional ballhead and PH-20 gimbal head. The tripod itself has a re-engineered spider using anodized, forged aircraft-grade components, increasing stability and load capacity, and includes a bubble level for horizontal alignment. Ten layers of carbon fiber have been used on the legs, increasing strength and vibration reduction while maintaining a lightweight, 6.2-pound total weight for the tallest 78.7-inch model. List Price: $870-$1,171. Contact: Argraph, www.argraph.com.

PHOTO MOMENTS APP

Photo host and e-commerce platform Zenfolio has launched the Photo Moments App, giving clients a way to view and download digital images from their smartphone. With the app, photographers can enable and disable downloads for password-protected galleries. Once a client signs in, they can download photos and videos to their smartphone and share images through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and personal email. Photographers can create gallery expiration dates and set watermark usage. Zenfolio is continuing to improve the app, currently working on a client Favorites feature. The app is available on iTunes and is free for Zenfolio clients. Contact: Zenfolio, www.zenfolio.com.

ZEISS BATIS LENSES

Finding the wide-angle- and tele-portrait-length lenses to be the most popular focal lengths thus far for the Sony a7 camera family, Zeiss has now developed two full-frame autofocus lenses for the E-mount. Both the Batis 2/25 and Batis 1.8/85 support manual focus with a rubberized focus ring while also offering fast, reliable and quiet autofocus utilizing an AF drive with linear motors. Zeiss has emphasized a modern lens body design with smooth surfaces and has now included an OLED display showing the focal plane distance and depth of field. The Batis 2/25 has 10 lens elements in 8 groups, similar to the Zeiss Distagon optical design. Aspherical elements ensure sharpness to the frame edges. The Batis 1.8/85 has 11 lens elements in 8 groups similar to the Zeiss Sonnar optical design and includes optical image stabilization for a sharp image in difficult light situations. List Price: $1,299 (Batis 2/25); $1,199 (Batis 1.8/85). Contact: Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.

VIDEO ROD ADAPTER

The Really Right Stuff VRA-15 Video Rod Adapter allows you to add 15mm rod accessories to your video rig while using Arca-style plates. The VRA-15 includes a Quick Release lever-style clamp with laser engraving every 1mm that accepts RRS plates and rails, as well as Arca-style plates from other manufacturers. Folding wing screws make adjustments easy without the need for additional tools. The adapter has two 3⁄8"-16 threaded mounting sockets and five ¼"-20 threaded mounting sockets. Kits include one VRA-15 adapter, one VRA-15 rail, rods and spacers. List Price: $355 (VRA-15 adapter); $490-$560 (VRA-15 kits). Contact: Really Right Stuff, www.reallyrightstuff.com.

EPSON SURECOLOR P800

Epson has delivered a 17-inch borderless professional printer with a compact design for desktop use. The SureColor P800 uses Epson MicroPiezo AMC printhead technology and UltraChrome HD eight-color pigment ink for improved black density and print preservation for both color and black-and-white images. The printer has a sheet feeder for photo and matte papers, as well as a front-in and front-out paper path for fine-art papers and posterboards. An optional 17-inch-wide Roll Paper Adapter is available for canvas or panorama prints. The printer supports connections for USB 2.0, Ethernet, wireless, WiFi Direct, Apple Air Print and Google Cloud Print. List Price: $1,295 (SureColor P800); $199 (optional Roll Paper Adapter); $59 (UltraChr
ome HD 80 ml ink cartridge). Contact: Epson, www.epson.com.

190GO! TRAVEL TRIPOD

The 190GO! Tripod by Manfrotto is a compact, travel-friendly version of the popular 190-series tripod. Made from aluminum, the 190GO! collapses to 17.7 inches and weighs 3.75 pounds. Twist locks make extension of the four leg sections quick and easy. The maximum height of the tripod is 57.48 inches, with a 15.43-pound load capacity. The 90° center column uses a special mechanism for single-finger maneuvering and can swing to horizontal to capture difficult angles. An Easy Link attachment in the top casting allows the tripod to hold an LED light, a reflector or other accessory. List Price: $199. Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us.

WEATHER-RESISTANT SUPER ZOOM

With 21 seals, the HD Pentax D FA 150-450mm ƒ/4.5-5.6ED DC AW lens is designed to be weatherproof. Complementary to the Pentax K-mount and future Pentax sensor technology, the lens offers a 35mm system equivalent of 225-675mm. Three Extra-low dispersion and one super-low dispersion glass elements compensate for chromatic aberration, and the high-grade HD coating provides sharp, high-contrast images while reducing flare and ghosting. The Quick-Shift Focus System allows you to instantly switch to manual focus after the subject is captured in focus by the AF system. Three positions (QFS/A, QFS/M and MF) let you set a user priority. The lens also includes a zoom lock lever and a detachable tripod mount with a newly designed anti-falling mechanism. List Price: $2,499. Contact: Ricoh Imaging, www.us.ricoh-imaging.com.

OLYMPUS STYLUS SH-2

The pocket-sized zoom Stylus SH-2 from Olympus offers a lot of features found in interchangeable-lens cameras, like RAW file capture and 5-Axis Image Stabilization System for handheld shots. An aluminum-alloy body with design inspired by the Olympus PEN series houses a 16-megapixel sensor, and a 24x wide-angle optical zoom lens covers a 35mm-equivalent range of 25-600mm. Super Macro Mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 1.2 inches. Video modes include multiple frame rates at 1080p, plus time-lapse movie capture. The Nightscape mode provides various sub-modes to capture cityscapes, star trails and flash-illuminated portraits. The SH-2 has a 3-inch touch LCD and includes WiFi connectivity to shoot remotely or transfer and share images using a smartphone or tablet. List Price: $399. Contact: Olympus, www.getolympus.com.

URBAN APPROACH

Taking notes from the Urban Disguise Classic series, the Urban Approach 10 Mirrorless Camera Shoulder Bag by Think Tank Photo provides a low-profile look for toting high-quality gear. The bag holds one medium to large mirrorless camera body or compact DSLR with lens attached and two to four additional lenses. A dedicated interior pocket stores a 10-inch tablet. A front organizer and rear pocket provide storage for accessories and notebooks, and stretchable side pockets can house a water bottle or flash. Sound Silencers can be used to silence the Velcro® closures. A padded non-slip shoulder strap, removable top grab handle and seam-sealed rain cover are included. List Price: $134. Contact: Think Tank Photo, www.thinktankphoto.com.

SONY ALPHA A-MOUNT LENSES

Sony has developed new high-performance standard zoom and wide-angle zoom lenses. The Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm ƒ/2.8 ZA SSM II and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm ƒ/2.8 ZA SSM II are now available for use with Alpha A-mount cameras or, using an adapter, with Alpha E-mount cameras. Both lenses utilize a Zeiss T* coating on optical surfaces to minimize ghosting and flare. Aspherical and extra-low dispersion glass elements are used to minimize distortion and aberration. Both lenses have enhanced AF capabilities compared to their predecessors with four times the subject tracking speed due to a Super Sonic wave Motor. List Price: $2,100 (Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm ƒ/2.8 ZA SSM II); $2,250 (Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm ƒ/2.8 ZA SSM II). Contact: Sony, store.sony.com.

PENTAX K-3 II ADDS GPS & "ASTROTRACER"

The new Pentax K-3 II from Ricoh Imaging shares the K-3’s dustproof and weather-resistant magnesium-alloy casing and metal chassis, as well as its 24.35-megapixel resolution, 27-point AF system and 8.3 fps shooting speed. New in this upgraded model is a built-in GPS receiver and electronic compass logging image location, camera orientation, altitude, time and date. The K-3 II incorporates Pixel Shift Resolution, which employs the camera’s Shake Reduction system to move the CMOS sensor in single-pixel increments over 4 frames, then combines the frames into a single high-definition image. Another innovative feature, Astrotracer, uses the Shake Reduction system in concert with GPS and magnetic and acceleration sensors to calculate the motion of stars and planets, allowing you to capture them as points of light rather than light trails during long exposures. The K-3 II includes a new high-speed AF algorithm, gyro-sensor panning detection and automatic horizon correction. List Price: $1,099. Contact: Ricoh Imaging, www.us.ricoh-imaging.com.

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