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Thursday, March 1, 2007

In Focus: March 2007


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Samsung SyncMaster XL20
Color Matters
Give your images some room to stretch on the
Samsung SyncMaster XL20 monitor. Designed for users with lofty color demands, the 20-inch display uses a unique light-emitting diode backlight unit for an ultra-wide color gamut.

The monitor is further enhanced by a color-management system that helps provide vivid and precise color. The system includes color calibration and Image Viewer, a tool that corrects color differences between monitors and printers. Other notable features include a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a wide 178-degree viewing angle and a high resolution of 1600 x 1200. List Price: $1,999. Contact: Samsung, (800) SAMSUNG, www.samsung.com.

Camera ArmorShooter Shield
Cover up your D-SLR with
Camera Armor. The line of silicone rubber jackets fits snugly over your camera’s most important parts, protecting them from impact, abrasion, dust and fingerprints without sacrificing any of the camera’s functions or adding too much weight. All of the controls and access ports are functional and accessible without taking the camera out of the jacket. Camera Armor fits the Canon EOS 30D, Canon Rebel XTi, Nikon D70 and Nikon D80.
List Price: $50. Contact: OmegaSatter, (410) 374-3250, www.omegasatter.com.

Velvia IIBack By Demand
Fujifilm has plans to reintroduce an ISO 50 Fujichrome Velvia professional film, tentatively named Velvia II. When introduced in 1990, the original was the first high color saturation, high-contrast transparency E-6 compatible film and became popular among photographers. The film was discontinued last year because of difficulties getting some of the production materials. Thanks to substitute materials and new manufacturing technologies, the characteristics of this emulsion should mirror that of its predecessor. Contact: Fujifilm, (800) 800-FUJI, www.fujifilmusa.com.

Carbon 8X C-series carbon-fiber tripod from InduroSolid Support
Take to the trail with a Carbon 8X C-series carbon-fiber tripod from Induro. The series is touted as 60-percent stronger than conventional carbon-fiber tripods, thanks to next-generation eight-layer carbon-fiber tubing. Features include leg-angle adjustments, reversible center columns with spring-loaded weight hooks, foam leg grips, and anti-dust and moisture rubber leg lock grips. The tripods come with a bag, shoulder strap and removable rubber or stainless-steel spikes. They’re backed with a five-year warranty. List Price: TBA. Contact: Induro, (914) 347-3300, www.indurogear.com.




Dryzone Boot Dryer
Quick Dry
When the weather takes a wet turn, dry out with the Dryzone Boot Dryer. It fits into any shoe, boot or glove and uses technology designed to prolong the life of your footwear and gear; you can also use it with your camera equipment. The crystals dry without electricity, regenerating quickly to provide years of protection. Pop it into the microwave for about four minutes and it’s ready to go again. Estimated Street Price: $24. Contact: Dryzone, (425) 303-1410, www.dryzoneusa.com.

Hunter’s Specialties’ Attractor from Johnny Stewart Wildlife CallsAnimal Sounds
Hunter’s Specialties’ Attractor from Johnny Stewart Wildlife Calls is compact and loaded with features. Each handheld caller comes with five preprogrammed, 16-bit sounds. The base unit has an 8-ohm, 0.5-watt speaker that pivots 180 degrees for directional calling. The 30-second sounds can be played in a loop for continuous action. The remote has a range of 50 yards. Five models are available. List Price: $48. Contact: Hunter’s Specialties, (319) 395-0321, www.hunterspec.com.

Load up your Mountainsmith Treklight PCT 45 backpackPack Up
Load up your Mountainsmith Treklight PCT 45 backpack and you won’t feel too weighed down while out on a hike. The feature-loaded PCT comes equipped with load-dispersion technology, adjustable shoulder straps with dual-density foam and plenty of pockets, including one on the waist belt. The durable backpack measures 27x11.5x11 inches and is designed to support ultra-lightweight gear. List Price: $179. Contact: Mountainsmith, (800) 551-5889, www.mountainsmith.com.

LongBack Air Chair from Crazy CreekCozy Camping Chair
Take a warm, comfortable seat out in the chilly air with the LongBack Air Chair from Crazy Creek. The microfleece surface provides extra warmth for the cold-weather camper while staying lightweight. You can customize your comfort with the touch
of a button using Crazy Creek’s patented On Air Comfort technology. The LongBack also functions as a sleeping pad. List Price: $64. Contact: Crazy Creek, (800) 331-0304, www.crazycreek.com.

Mack corduroy pants from Horny ToadActive Cords
Combine style and comfort when you pull on the Mack corduroy pants from Horny Toad. Made from a stretchy blend of cotton and spandex, they allow you to move freely no matter what you’re doing. Triple-needle stitching and rivet-reinforced front pockets add to their versatility. For extra convenience, a utility pocket on the right thigh is included, along with rear patch pockets. The pants come in three colors: caviar, mocha and dark khaki. List Price: $68. Contact: Horny Toad, (888) 865-8623, www.hornytoad.com.

Therm-a-Rest ProLite 4Get Some Rest
Give your back a well-deserved break from hiking with the Therm-a-Rest ProLite 4. The ultralight backpacking mattress is 25-percent lighter than previous versions. The super-grip bottom keeps the mattress from slipping, and thanks to a tapered ergonomic design, the bag rolls up to easily fit in your backpack. The mattress comes in three sizes: small (11x4 inches), medium (11x4.8 inches) and large (13x5.1 inches). List Price: $84 to $104. Contact: Therm-a-Rest, (800) 531-9531, www.thermarest.com.



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