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In Focus: January/February 2014


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QUICK MEMORY
Transcend's 128 GB 600x and 64 GB 300x SDXC UHS-I cards ensure large storage space and high read/write and transfer speeds for professional-quality photo and video files. The 128 GB capacity cards are capable of storing 20,000 high-resolution JPEG files (from a 12-megapixel camera, 6 MB file size), over 8,500 RAW images (14 MB file size) or 32 hours of 1080p HD video footage (at 1920x1080 9 Mb/s H.264AVC). The SDXC UHS-I cards speed up your workflow with incredibly quick transfer rates of 90 MB/s and 45 MB/s for the 128 GB and 64 GB cards, respectively. Each Transcend memory card comes with a free download of RecoveRx software, used to bring back lost or deleted files. Estimated Street Price: $109 (64 GB 300x); $279 (128 GB 600x). Contact: Transcend, www.transcend-info.com.
PROND FILTER LINE
Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. has designed a new line of Hoya PROND filters for both still photo and HDSLR video use. The nine filters range from 2 to 10 stops in light reduction. ACCU-ND metallic technology coats the front and back of optical glass, creating the neutral-density effect for a neutral color balance that doesn't add any additional color cast. A one-piece, thin, aluminum frame keeps the filter secure and parallel to the sensor. Available in ND4X through ND1000X densities and sizes 49mm-82mm. Estimated Street Price: Varies by filter size. Contact: Kenko Tokina USA, Inc., www.kenkotokinausa.com.
iGLIDE HANDHELD STABILIZER
Shoot smooth panning, tilting and running shots regardless of the rough, shaky or obstacle-like terrain with the Glidecam iGlide handheld camera stabilizer. Built for POV cameras, compacts and camcorders weighing 4 to 14 ounces, the iGlide uses a 3-axis gimbal with adjustable axis convergence controls to create perfect alignment. The Camera Mounting Platform moves forward, backward and side-to-side for proper horizontal balance, while the no-tools telescoping central post adjusts for height balance, and small Counter Weight Disks may be added on the Base Platform to perfect the weight balance. With a foam-cushioned Handle Grip for comfort, the iGlide comes in black, blue, orange and green color choices. List Price: $149. Contact: Glidecam, www.glidecam.com.
POWER UP
The Nissin Power Pack PS 8 externally boosts your electronic flash, making it a great tool to have on hand when you want high performance on location. The improved pack body is made out of a high-strength plastic, making it more compact and reducing the heat output of its predecessor. The quick-loading battery design has increased charge capacity while at the same time decreased battery weight. The pack includes an LED battery level indication light indicating the battery charge level, as well as a USB socket for emergency phone, tablet or data transfer device charging. Two power sockets are provided for dual flash use. Estimated Street Price: $249. Contact: Nissin, www.nissindigital.com.

APPS FOR OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Compatible with over 300 different camera models, Triggertrap Mobile 2.0 is a free smartphone app that connects to an SLR camera using the Triggertrap WiFi-enabled dongle. Using Triggertrap Mobile 2.0, you control basic shutter, aperture and ISO settings, as well as professional HDR and time-lapse controls. Additional key features include sensor mode—using sound, GPS and vibration for trigger release—as well as Startrail mode, DistanceLapse, using GPS for distance intervals, and a Wireless Mode to control more than 100 cameras at the same time. Triggertrap Mobile 2.0 is functional on locations without WiFi networks, as the dongle can connect to your smartphone via your phone's Personal Hotspot mode. List Price: $31 (Dongle Kit). Contact: Triggertrap, triggertrap.com.

Dark Sky is a striking weather app made possible through the backing of Kickstarter supporters. Using GPS, Dark Sky provides up-to-the-minute forecasts for your location up to an hour in advance. Alerts will let you know in advance when rain is about to hit your location, so you can pack up your non-weatherproof gear first. Or, if you're an active storm chaser, follow the smooth radar animation to track the storm's movement. List Price: $3.99. Contact: Dark Sky, www.darkskyapp.com.

Instead of single-image pseudo-HDR, bring true multi-image HDR photography to your smartphone. The Pro HDR app by eyeApps LLC expands your dynamic range with multiple image merging from the palm of your hand. Compatible with front and rear phone cameras, you can use auto capture or manual mode, digital zoom, self-timer and flash. Edit the images by adjusting brightness, contrast and saturation, then save GPS and EXIF data. Compatible with iOS and Android devices. List Price: $1.99. Contact: eyeApps LLC, www.eyeapps.com.

Now supporting iOS 7.0, Rick Sammon's My Photo Sundial app for iPhone and iPad features an interactive touch screen that shows the position of the sun. Displaying sunrise and sunset times, a 5-day forecast, a sun compass and a shadow meter, this app ensures you're prepared to find the best light given any weather conditions. The app also includes photo sharing and a gallery of Sammon's favorite tips. List Price: $1.99. Contact: Rick Sammon, ricksammon.com.


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