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In Focus: October 2013


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The Slow Shutter Cam app gives you control over the shutter speed of your iOS device, letting you take creative photos when you're on the go. In automatic mode, you choose the shutter speed with automatic exposure, perfect for waterfalls, ghost effects and blurred movements. Manual mode gives you full control of the sensitivity and shutter speed. Light Trail Mode is designed for capturing fireworks or car light trails. Additional features include a self-timer and exposure lock from shot to shot. List Price: $0.99. Contact: Cogitap, www.cogitap.com.
Use the Photosynth app by Microsoft to stitch together full spherical panoramas using your Windows phone or iOS device. The interactive algorithm system allows you to view and explore the creation process. Once created, your panoramas may be saved to your device, shared on Photosynth.net and your social networks, and published to Bing Maps. Free. Contact: Microsoft Corporation, www.photosynth.net.
PIXI TRIPOD
With a rugged stainless-steel and Adapto finish and eye-catching Italian design, the conveniently compact and lightweight Manfrotto PIXI mini-tripod supports sharp images without the bulky equipment. Measuring 5 inches when open, 7 inches when closed and weighing 8 ounces, the PIXI is easy to carry. The push-button ball joint releases quickly for camera positioning, tilting 35º vertically and 360º horizontally. Supporting 1.4 pounds, it's compatible with iPhones (using the KLYP case), compact cameras, compact system cameras and entry-level DSLRs. Estimated Street Price: $28. Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us/pixi.

FREE-FLYING
Transferring their aerospace design to cinema products, the engineers at Freefly Systems have taken their custom design of the MōVI M10 one step further with the compact and lightweight MōVI M5, specifically for DSLR cameras weighing up to 5 pounds. The handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal brings big production camera moves to more productions. The Majestic Mode translates a single operator's movements into stabilized pans and tilts, keeping the camera footprint small. The system is nearly silent, maintaining the ability to capture on-camera audio. Real-time Bluetooth connection allows for live adjustments of the gimbal parameters. When some camera shake aesthetic is preferred, the noise filter controls the desired level, letting the camera operator focus on framing. Estimated Street Price: $4,995. Contact: Freefly Systems, freeflysystems.com.

SHOOTSKATE DOLLY
For photographers working with video, the portable and lightweight Flashpoint Video Shootskate II Dolly is an inexpensive choice for experimenting with low-angle shots. The polyurethane wheels absorb and dampen unwanted camera shake. Each wheel includes independently lockable 270º pivot rotation and an engraved angle scale. The three handles allow you to directly control the movement of the dolly for personal movement choices. The ¼-20 mounting screw allows you to connect the camera directly to the dolly baseplate or use the dolly with a variety of ballheads, fluid heads and articulating arms. List Price: $149. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

TILT/SHIFT BELLOWS SYSTEM
When used in combination with the Castel—Q macro focusing rack, the Castbal—T/S by Novoflex becomes a small and transportable tilt/shift bellows system. The Castbal—T/S lens standard adjusts 25º left or right for Scheimpflug control. Precise focus control can be shifted from within the quick-release mount of the focusing rack. When used with the Novoflex adapter system, the Castbal—T/S is compatible with a variety of camera and lens combinations. The system gives you an interesting tool for exploring macrophotography and perspective control. Estimated Street Price: $514. Contact: Novoflex (HP Marketing Corp.), www.hpmarketingcorp.com.


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