Gear Up: September's Essentials in Photo Gadgets and Gizmos
by Libby Peterson
September 01, 2014 —
The Lomo’Instant Becomes a Reality
Using Fujifilm Instax Mini Film, the compact cameras—which come in all black, white and Sanremo—have a built-in 27mm-equivalent wide-angle lens, but Lomography is also offering a lens package deal with a Fisheye lens (spanning 170 degrees), a 35mm Portrait lens and a Close-Up lens with a 10cm-15cm focusing distance. The flash system has three modes: Flash On Auto Mode, which deploys the right amount of flash based on detected brightness, Creative Mode with Flash On for indoor shooting, and Creative Mode with Flash Off for long exposures at night. Photographers looking to accessorize a little something extra can look into getting eight different color gels, a tripod mount and a cable release thread.
The Lomo’Instant is available for pre-order, with a scheduled delivery of December 2014.
Prices: Camera in black or white, $119 (with lens package deal, $149); Sanremo camera, $139 (with lens package deal, $169)
Westcott Eyelighter, Ahead of the Curve
Created with a curvature, this reflector is designed specifically to create a more flattering arched light on the subject and catchlight in the eye, following the curve below a subject’s iris rather than cutting into the pupil with a starry pop.
Most ideal for clamshell lighting, the Eyelighter’s curvature is supposed to help eliminate imperfections and fill in age lines, making it particularly useful for headshots. The makers of Eyelighter also promise that it will help darker eye colors stand out more, which may otherwise blend with the pupils. There’s a slight learning curve as far as placing the reflector, but in general it should be below the subject, about 30 inches away from the model’s chin. Made of aluminum and double-laminated cloth, the Eyelighter measures 57 x 25 x 21 inches, and weighs around 5 pounds.
Case Logic’s Luminosity Split Pack
The foam dividers are adjustable, and smaller items like SD cards have their own pockets, too. The bag comes with a lens cloth and a removable weather-resistant cover.
PrinTao 8: A Color-Resistant Printing Option
Prices: Vary from $99 to $699, depending on edition
Adorama’s New Jib-Like Hybrid Stabilizer
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