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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

In Focus: August 2012


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STABLE PLATFORM
Boost the quality of your DSLR filmmaking with support from the Redrock Micro ultraCage DSLR. It secures the camera body at three points by screwing into the camera base, fastening to the top hot-shoe and locking the camera in place with an anti-rotation pin. Several Canon and Nikon bodies, including the Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D800/D800E, have been tested with the support system, which includes industry-standard 15mm bottom rails for accessories such as a mattebox, follow focus or lens support. The built-in 15mm top rail lets you keep a camera-top monitor or remote focus motor on your camera at all times, and there are 22 mounting points (standard 1⁄4-inch and 3⁄8-inch) for other accessories. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $595. Contact: Redrock Micro, (888) 214-3903, www.redrockmicro.com.

SUITE ROLLER
Keep your camera gear close when traveling by air using the Rolling DigiSuite DSLR Camera Case from Petrol Bags to tote your stuff around. The carry-on-size rollaway camera bag glides along smoothly, and the front lid quickly unzips for getting into the central compartment where your equipment is stored. It fits up to two DSLRs with lenses attached, and removable dividers can be configured for storing spare lenses, a mattebox, camera baseplate, follow focus, cables and more. Without the dividers, the bag functions like a standard suitcase. The lid has a padded pouch that fits up to a 17-inch screen and a smaller zippered envelope-style mesh pocket that holds small accessories. Estimated Street Price: $279. Contact: Petrol Bags, (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.
SHARP SHOTS
Keep your DSLR firmly grounded with help from the Davis & Sanford Pro Elite tripods. With both a ground- and mid-level spreader, the tripods will stabilize your camera no matter what kind of surface you're shooting on. An ergonomically designed lever system lets you pan, scan and tilt the fluid head, and counter-balance control mechanisms provide support for a wide range of camera weights. The variable quick release allows you to fine-tune camera balance rather easily. All three models feature aluminum legs and have a maximum height of 64 inches and a minimum height of 23.6 inches. The high-end Pro Elite 5100-25 is a 100mm video tripod with a head that has four-position pan-and-tilt drag functionality. Estimated Street Price: $1,099 (5100-25). Contact: Davis & Sanford (Tiffen), (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.
LITTLE CAMERA, BIG SENSOR
Sometimes the convenience of a point-and-shoot is just too good to pass up on a hiking or camping trip, but that doesn't mean you still can't take some awesome-looking photos. The Leica X2 features a large APS-C CMOS sensor with 16-megapixel resolution. The autofocus system is noticeably faster than its X1 predecessor, especially in low light, and you can crank the ISO all the way up to 12,500 when needed. The X2 has the same fast 24mm ƒ/2.8 lens as the X1. A range of shooting options lets you switch between manual and automatic control, and the 2.7-inch LCD delivers a bright, clear view, even in strong lighting conditions. List Price: $1,999. Contact: Leica, (800) 222-0118, www.leica-camera.com.


BACK UP
The NEXTODI ND2730 storage drive gives you a fast, reliable way of not only backing up your images, but also previewing them out in the field. Copy, delete, browse, backup and preview functions are accessible through a single button on the 1.44-inch TFT LCD. Compatible with CF, SD, SDXC and SDHC memory card formats, the drive can back up a CF card at 70 MBps, which is three times faster than previous models, and SD, SDXC and SDHC cards at up to 25 MBps. Available in 500 GB and 750 GB capacities, the drive is also compatible with USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 interfaces for speedy transfer to and from your computer. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $450. Contact: NEXTODI (International Supplies), (800) 999-1984, www.nextodiusa.com.

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