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In Focus: October 2012

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The Phottix Odin TTL flash-triggering system is now available for Nikon shooters (the Canon-compatible version came out last year). You can wirelessly trigger TTL flashes, retaining full TTL functions, as well as remotely control power and flash zoom settings. It offers four operating channels and can wirelessly trigger and adjust up to three groups of remote Nikon flashes. You can manually adjust the flash head zoom from 20mm to 200mm and you can alter it as you adjust the lens. Other features include remote power control of groups in TTL with +/- EV adjustments (three stops in 1⁄3-stop increments, 18 different levels) and remote manual mode flash power control with 1⁄3-stop adjustments. Estimated Street Price: $350 (transmitter and receiver); $140 (receiver). Contact: OmegaBrandess, (410) 374-3250, www.omegabrandess.com.
A good landscape photograph often contains dramatic lighting. When natural light isn't working, having some portable lighting tools on hand can be crucial. The Rogue Master Lighting Kit from ExpoImaging includes small and large versions of the Rogue FlashBender reflectors, which change shape to allow a single reflector to control bounce flash or create a snoot. The Rogue Large Diffusion Panel converts those reflectors into small softboxes. Another modifier in the kit, the 3-in-1 Honeycomb Grid, consists of stacking honeycomb grids to create 16°, 25° and 45° spot-lighting control. There are two colored-gel kits. Rogue Gels are made from high-quality Lee Filters and have the gel name and ƒ-stop loss printed onto each one. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: ExpoImaging, (800) 446-5086, www.expoimaging.com.
If storing files using a cloud-based system isn't for you, GoodSync 9 connects and synchronizes computers directly without requiring online storage. After installing the software and setting up log-in information, you can connect multiple computers and devices through your GoodSync Connect account. With new block-level synchronization capability, this latest version offers improved transfer speed over its predecessor by synchronizing only the changed portion of individual files rather than the entire file. Estimated Street Price: $29 (Windows); $39 (Mac). Contact: GoodSync, (703) 218-1851, www.goodsync.com.
With a precision-machined, black-anodized aluminum frame, the Flashpoint Hollywood HD-DSLR Camera Cage allows you to add video lights, microphones, an on-camera monitor and other accessories for enhancing the video-making experience. The cage has openings that provide access to camera controls, the LCD screen and other parts of the camera. A hand grip on top makes it comfortable to hold when shooting from low angles or transporting to another location. An included bracket attaches to the base for holding the two 15mm rods, which allow you to mount a matte box or follow-focus system. Estimated Street Price: $149. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


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