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Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Editors' Picks A Buyer's Guide

A compilation of our favorite gear, gadgets and accessories

editors picks 2005Technology—you can’t stop it, you can only hope to contain it. In the past year, a range of new products has crossed the threshold of the Outdoor Photographer editorial offices. Of that collection, we’ve chosen our favorites and assembled them into this guide. The list of gear ranges from camera bags to color management, software to memory cards, and although it wasn’t easy, we’ve done our best to narrow down the selection to some essential items that we think will help your photography.

Epson Stylus Photo R2400 Printer
Create impressive color and black-and-white prints with the Epson Stylus Photo R2400.
The unit utilizes the eight-color Epson UltraChrome K3 ink set, which has three different levels of black to create true black-and-white images with smooth tonal transitions and depth and detail in shadow areas. In addition to cyan, magenta and yellow, the ink set also incorporates light cyan and light magenta to achieve accurate and vibrant color. The R2400 can produce borderless prints up to 13 inches wide and has three separate printing paper paths that allow for roll, fine-art and board media. List Price: $849. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.

Nikon Coolpix P1 & Coolpix P2
Shoot and download instantly with the Nikon Coolpix P1 and P2 wire-free cameras.
Wireless technology makes it easier to scout locations by allowing you to instantly view pictures on your computer screen in more detail. The 8-megapixel P1 and the 5-megapixel P2 are both equipped with a 3.5x optical zoom and 16 scene shooting modes, 11 of which are advanced shooting modes. They use Nikon’s Electronic Vibration Reduction technology to produce sharper images. The P1 comes with 32 MB of internal memory. List Price: $549 (P1); $399 (P2). Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikondigitalusa.com.

Lowepro CompuRover AW Backpack
Pack your SLR, up to four extra lenses, flash units, a laptop and accessories in a photographer-specific backpack. The Lowepro CompuRover AW backpack has a shoulder harness reinforced with additional padding to alleviate stress when carrying a lot of gear for extended periods of time. A removable waist belt with thick padding provides lumbar support. Additional features include a tripod mount for increased stability and balance, a removable accessory pouch and an All Weather Cover to protect your gear from harsh weather conditions. List Price: $229. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.

iPod With iPod Camera Connector
Download your images straight from your camera onto your iPod with the iPod Camera Connector.
The connector links the two devices together so you can transfer and store your pictures in the field. A crisp, color LCD screen on the iPod allows \you to view and edit your images. List Price: $349 (30 GB iPod); $449 (60 GB iPod); $29 (iPod Camera Connector). Contact: Apple, (800) MY-APPLE, www.apple.com.

Konica Minolta Activa D WP Sport Binoculars
Konica Minolta Activa D WP Sport binoculars put photographic possibilities in close range.
Nitrogen-filled bodies and O-ring optic seals prohibit moisture from clouding your view and make the binoculars waterproof in up to 3.3 feet of water. The binoculars promise to deliver high resolution and contrast. List Price: $408 (8x42D). Contact: Konica Minolta, (800) 285-6422, www.kmpi.konicaminolta.us.

Tamron SP AF 11-18mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Zoom
With its small and compact design, this lens is portable and easy to carry. Geared for small-sensor digital SLRs (it won’t work on full-frame 35mm sensors), the Tamron SP AF 11-18mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Zoom allows you to capture an ultra-wide shot due to its 35mm equivalency of 17-28mm. The optics incorporate low-dispersion glass and aspheric elements to limit lateral and chromatic aberration, and the internal focusing keeps the front of the lens from rotating so your filters will stay in place. List Price: $981. Contact: Tamron, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron.com.


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