In Focus: April 2014

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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10

Introduced by the manufacturer as the "Olympus for all," the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 includes the power and quality of the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 in an affordable interchangeable-lens system. A 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII processor, with an ISO range of 100-25,600, are housed in a lightweight metal body with a 1.4K-dot EVF viewfinder, tilting three-inch touch screen and built-in flash. The three-axis stabilization system is similar to the five-axis system found in the E-M5 and E-M1, providing a steady shot even in low light and when using a slow shutter speed. The FAST AF system provides 81 target spots throughout the frame, allowing Small AF Target and Super Spot AF modes to capture specific accurate focus at 8 fps. The E-M10 includes built-in WiFi, which syncs to smart devices using the free Olympus Image Share app for image sharing or remote camera control. List Price: $699 (body only). Contact: Olympus, www.getolympus.com
NIKON D3300
The D3300 is Nikon's newest entry-level DSLR, delivering pro image quality with a 24.2-megapixel DX (APS-C) CMOS sensor, the latest EXPEED 4 image processing and no OLPF (optical low-pass filter) for maximum sharpness. Normal ISO range is 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600). The new camera can shoot stills at 5 fps and do 1080 full HD video with full-time AF at 60p. The eye-level pentamirror viewfinder shows about 95% of the actual image area, while the three-inch, 921K-dot LCD monitor shows 100% (in Live View mode). Shutter speeds range from 30 to 1⁄4000 sec., with X flash sync up to 1⁄200 sec. (with built-in or optional external flash unit). Images are stored on SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (one slot), and the camera also can take Eye-Fi cards. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter adds WiFi connectivity for instant uploading of images and videos to a smart device (which can be used to operate the D3300 remotely). The camera also is compatible with the optional GP-1A GPS. Dimensions are 4.9x3.9x3.0 inches and 15.1 ounces (body only). List Price: $649 (with 18-55mm VR II kit zoom). Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.
PANASONIC LEICA DG NOCTICRON
42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH POWER OIS


Pushing the aperture range of Micro Four Thirds lenses, Panasonic recently announced the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm ƒ/1.2 ASPH Power OIS lens for the LUMIX G system. With an 85mm equivalent, a portrait go-to, the rugged metal case has 14 lens elements in 11 groups. Two aspherical elements, an extra-low dispersion element and an ultra-high refractive index element ensure sharp images from corner to corner with high contrast without color bleed. Nine blades create a smooth bokeh, and the Power OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) compensates for handheld shake, allowing you to take full advantage of the large aperture range. List Price: $1,599. Contact: Panasonic, www.shop.panasonic.com.
TRAIL PACK

The Uinta pack by Gura Gear takes you from the street to the trail. The Cordura and weatherproof ripstop X-Pac bag protects your pro-sized DSLR system using either a Small or Medium Pro Module to customize your gear setup for personalized weight distribution and gear retrieval—either grabbing your gear traditionally from the front or through the quick-access back. The Uinta provides a breathable harness system for added support for long days. An interior padded pocket holds a 17-inch laptop. An additional Tripod & Hydration System accessory can be added to carry a two-liter water bladder and tripod. List Price: $199 (Uinta); $69 (Small Pro Module); $89 (Medium Pro Module); $39 (Tripod & Hydration System). Contact: Gura Gear, www.indurogear.com.
TOUIT 2.8/50 MACRO

For photographers using compact system cameras with an APS-C sensor, Zeiss created the Touit lens line. Adding to the successful Touit 2.8/12 and Touit 1.8/32 lenses, Zeiss is now offering the Touit 2.8/50 Macro lens. Providing a magnification power of 1:1, the lens is incredibly versatile and works well for both detailed macro shots and standard portraits. With a floating element design, including two aspherical elements and two low-dispersion elements, the lens delivers high image quality with reduced chromatic aberration. The round nine-blade iris creates a soft bokeh. Available for E and X mounts in March 2014. List Price: $999. Contact: Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.

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FUJIFILM X-T1

Waterproof, dustproof and freezeproof up to -14º F, the Fujifilm X-T1 features a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II with phase detection, tracking AF and 8 fps shooting. The OLED 2.36M-dot-resolution electronic viewfinder provides multiple display modes, giving you a choice of how many settings you want to view, including a split mode for precise manual focus. The three-inch LCD has a 1.04-million-dot resolution and is made of tempered glass. Five mechanical dials on the top plate, two command dials and six fully customizable function buttons create personalized in-hand comfort. With built-in WiFi, you can share images and control the camera remotely from your smartphone via the Fujifilm Camera Remote app. List Price: $1,299 (body only). Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilmusa.com.
ACRATECH VIDEO BALLHEAD

The aluminum and stainless-steel Acratech Video Ballhead provides a sturdy all-in-one tool for making fluid video movements and sharp still photos. Fluid damping maintains smooth pans and tilts, and you can fully adjust the ball tension control for your needs. The oil-less and greaseless ball doesn't attract dirt, and the open frame allows quick and easy cleaning. The video handle is removable, and a 15mm bull's-eye level and laser-engraved dual-degree markings allow for use as a panoramic head or with a long lens. Compatible with Arca-Swiss quick-release plates, the head fits standard 1⁄4"-20 and 3⁄8"-16 tripods. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Acratech, www.acratech.net.
LOCATION POWERSTATION

A convenient energy source in the field, the fan-cooled Flashpoint Powerstation 800 converts stored lithium energy into sine-wave 120V AC power. Allowing three units to be plugged in at once, the Powerstation provides two switchable modes—one for high-peak strobe generators up to 3000ws and the other for constant low-flow devices like laptops. Three USB ports are also provided for charging small devices. At 7.5 pounds, the main Powerstation 800 can also be run from your car's 12V outlet, or you can swap an interchangeable, 4.85-pound, 12,000m Ah Lithium Ion Phosphate battery module to extend your location shoot time. List Price: $899 (Powerstation 800); $1,100 (Powerstation 800 Kit); $350 (Additional Battery). Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

FOCUS 2

The newly upgraded Focus 2 Mac app uses an intuitive layout for making quick and effective image focus and blurring adjustments. Simple sliders allow you to adjust levels for realistic lens blur and tilt-shift effects. Focus 2 now also includes monochrome tools, vignettes and flexible export options, including PSD, TIFF or JPEG, with export directly to Aperture, Photoshop, Lightroom, iPhoto or any other Macphun product, or sent directly to social media. In late February, Macphun shipped Focus 2 Pro, which adds plug-in support for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture, radial and linear motion blur, and advanced fine-tuning features. List Price: $12 (Focus 2); $40 (Pro); $20 (upgrade). Contact: Macphun Software, www.macphun.com/focus.

360° VIDEO

With its production supported through Kickstarter, the robotic Galileo platform by Motrr has now come to life. Once your iPhone is connected to the device, the continuous 360º pan and tilt ability makes it possible to create interesting video shots with a small footprint and tiny budget. Compatible with a variety of apps, you can shoot multi-exposure panoramas, time-lapse sequences with panning and multi-cam live editing, or use an iPhone or iPod touch as a remote to control the movement on the fly through Bluetooth technology. The Galileo has a 1⁄4-inch tripod mount for stable use anywhere. List Price: $149. Contact: Motrr, motrr.com.


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OLIGHT BATON
For finding gear in your bag, maneuvering dark spaces or light-painting a composition, a flashlight can be an outdoor photographer's best friend. The pocket-sized, 3.4-inch S15 Baton by Olight USA uses a CREE XM-L2 LED light and offers four different power settings from 0.5-280 lumens, as well as a strobe setting. The anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum body includes a pocket clip and magnet for hands-free use. A single AA battery provides 15 days of run time. Reverse polarity protection ensures you won't install the battery improperly, even in the dark. Estimated Street Price: $39. Contact: Olight USA, www.olightworld.com.

APPS FOR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Lapse It is a full-featured app for making time-lapse and stop-motion videos with your mobile device. There are no restrictions as to capture length or number of frames. You can insert soundtracks, adjust the frame rate, apply effects filters, and adjust focus, white balance and exposure. Projects can be rendered to MP4 and MOV, and uploaded directly to your social networks. The Pro version lets you make videos in resolutions from 240p to 1080p, the free version, only a lower resolution. Lapse It is available native for iOS and Android. List Price: $1.99 (Pro version); Free (Basic version). Contact: Lapse It, www.lapseit.com.

PicPlayPost is an all-in-one app that lets you create multimedia collages from your smartphone combining still photos, video and audio tracks into a single frame. With video, you can add effects to videos and still images, play videos in sequence or simultaneously, choose from 36 fully adjustable frames, and rotate images and video inside frames, among other personalizations. The new iOS 7 version lets you add up to six videos per project (four in iOS 6 and earlier). Once you've finished your collage, share your project on your favorite social-networking site (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, etc.). List Price: $1.99. Contact: Flambe Studios, www.flambestudios.com.

Sun Seeker provides a flat-view compass and (in the Pro version) an augmented reality camera (3-D) view showing the sun's path superimposed over the live image, along with its hour intervals, winter and summer solstice paths, rise and set times, plus a map view showing solar direction for each daylight hour. You can choose any date and see the solar path for that day, for any location on Earth. This is a terrific app for planning when to shoot a given subject at a given location: Point your smartphone at the subject, and the app will show you where the sun is relative to it, regardless of clouds, walls or ceilings. It also can provide information about where the sun will be on a different day and time. List Price: $6.99 (Sun Seeker Pro); Free (Sun Seeker Lite). Contact: Ozpda, www.ozpda.com.

Feel safe in the wild with Commander Compass, designed to work where traditional GPS apps fail. The Commander Compass app uses every sensor—GPS, digital compass, gyroscope, accelerometer and more—to turn your iPhone or iPad into a powerful military-spec navigation tool. It includes a milspec compass, a gyrocompass, maps, a GPS tracker, an altimeter, a speedometer, a gyro horizon and an inclinometer. You can see where you are, track the position of any location, track stars, the sun and moon in real time, and use street, satellite or hybrid maps—even find your vehicle when you get back from the field. List Price: $3.99; Free (Commander Compass Lite). Contact: Happymagenta, www.happymagenta.com.

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