New Gear: September/October 2014

TOKINA TELEPHOTO

Tokina has announced the AT-X 70-200mm ƒ/4 PRO FX VCM-S lens, designed for full-frame sensors. Employing Tokina’s Vibration Correction Module (VCM), it allows for up to three stops of vibration correction, reducing the effect of handheld camera shake for instances when you can’t use a tripod. The ring-shaped ultrasonic motor makes autofocus quick and quiet. Three Super-low Dispersion glass elements correct chromatic aberration and maintain a high-quality image throughout the full zoom range. List Price: TBA. Contact: Kenko Tokina USA, www.kenkotokinausa.com.

REMOTE SENSOR TRIGGER

For photographers interested in remote triggering, the Strike Finder TOUCH offers a touch screen to program the device in five different sensory modes. Lightning Mode reacts to a flash event in under 1 millisecond, both day and night, capturing dramatic storm images. Laser Mode captures an image when the laser trigger is tripped, be it by an animal or a flying object. Sound Mode uses an external sensor to capture images during loud noises (such as popped balloons), while Motion Mode fires one exposure or multiple exposures when an infrared sensor attachment is triggered. Time Lapse Mode can start a time-lapse sequence based on any of the above parameters. The 4.0×2.25×1.0-inch device attaches to your camera’s hot-shoe and is powered by four AAA batteries or a power adapter. Estimated Street Price: $349. Contact: Ubertronix, www.ubertronix.com.

EXPOSURE 6

Alien Skin‘s Exposure 6 software offers new features to bring a more organic, analog feel to your digital images. Exposure 6 gives you the ability to manipulate focus, vignettes and depth of field, including the simulation of specific lenses (such as the Canon EF 85mm ƒ/1.2L and Nikon 300mm ƒ/2.8) and lens types (such as a tilt-shift lens). With a clean layout, the software has a new basic control panel for fine-tuning elements like exposure, contrast, highlights and shadows, and offers full-sized instant previews. Exposure 6 also has new borders, textures and lighting effects like realistic light flares. List Price: $149. Contact: Alien Skin, www.alienskin.com.

MIRAGE 6

Tamrac‘s Mirage 6 uses a Dual Action System for quick access to your gear, either through the front panel, like a traditional backpack, or through the side door while worn on one shoulder. The Mirage 6 holds a DSLR with a 5.5-inch lens attached, an extra lens or two and a flash. A top compartment holds accessories and additional gear while a padded zippered back pocket protects a tablet. Padded shoulder straps with a quick-release sternum strap and tuck-a-way waist belt provide comfortable carrying support. The Quick Clip Tripod Attachment System secures a tripod to the center of the pack for hands-free transport. The Mirage 6 also includes a removable raincover. Estimated Street Price: $119. Contact: Tamrac, www.tamrac.com.

SONY RX100 III

The Sony RX100 III combines the 20.1-megapixel, 1-inch, back-illuminated CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor used in the full-frame a7 series, but in an ultracompact body. It provides an ISO range of 125-12,800 for low-light situations and a fast Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm ƒ/1.8-2.8 lens. The camera also includes a built-in, 3-stop ND filter and a high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder with a specially designed eyepiece and Zeiss T* coating to reduce reflections. Video can be recorded in XAVCS and AVCHD formats, as well as MP4 with HDMI output for external monitor review. A new Intelligent Active Mode uses frame analysis and 5-axis compensation to dramatically reduce camera shake when shooting video. The LCD screen tilts up 180° and down approximately 45°. Buttons can be customized to your preferences, and the camera can connect to other devices via WiFi and NFC. List Price: $800. Contact: Sony, store.sony.com.

FOUR THIRDS FLASH

Nissin has expanded the I40 line to include a flash designed specifically for use with Four Thirds system cameras. At under 3.5 inches high and less than 8 ounces in weight, it’s travel-friendly, but don’t let its small size fool you—it’s packed with professional punch. Two dial controls set function modes and power. The i40 includes two traditional optical slave modes for a TTL flash and studio strobe triggering, a high-speed shutter sync up to 1?8000 sec., and flash output of GN40 at 105mm. The flash head rotates 180° horizontally and 90° vertically, and has an auto-adjust zoom head, built-in diffuser and included softbox. The i40 also provides a video light function with nine levels of power adjustment. List Price: $269. Contact: Minox, www.minox.com/usa.

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