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In Focus: April 2007

Adobe LightroomLightroom
Quickly import, organize, manage and showcase large volumes of your digital photographs using Adobe Lightroom. With powerful workflow tools and a streamlined user interface, Lightroom processes your images nondestructively in RAW, JPEG and TIFF. All of the tasks you see in the main interface—Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print and Web—are designed to act as independent modules so you have full, intuitive control. Tools include a precision white-balance selection option, tone curve adjustment for making midtone, shadow and highlight modifications, and search presets for quicker image retrieval. Lightroom is compatible with Photoshop CS2 and Elements, and works with Macintosh- and Windows-based systems. List Price: $199 (introductory price); $299 (standard). Contact: Adobe Systems, (800) 833-6687, www.adobe.com.

Tamron AF18-250mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) macro lensCompare PricesAll-In-One Zoom
Give your landscape and wildlife photos some help with the
Tamron AF18-250mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) macro lens. An expanded focal-length range lets you take a variety of wide-angle to telephoto shots. The lens has a 13.9x zoom ratio and weighs 15.2 ounces, and is part of Tamron’s Digitally Integrated series designed for exclusive use with digital SLRs that have APS-C-sized image sensors. List Price: $499. Contact: Tamron, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron.com.

Datacolor ColorVision PrintFIX PRO 2.0Compare PricesColor Control
Improve your print quality and consistency with Datacolor ColorVision PrintFIX PRO 2.0. The upgraded printer profiling software features advanced presets for selecting prebuilt or custom sets of profile settings with specific combinations of highlight and shadow tint, and detail and neutrality settings. A new curves function lets you adjust the entire profile rather than individual images. A gray axis algorithm with enhanced color data improves the quality of tinted and black-and-white prints.
List Price: $549. Contact: Datacolor ColorVision, (800) 554-8688, www.colorvision.com.

Apple’s ApertureCompare PricesAperture
Make quick work of organizing and processing your images with the latest version of Apple’s Aperture software. Version 1.5 is full of new features that include a more flexible way of managing images. You can now store images in the Aperture library, in your own folder setup or on external hard drives and disks. Powerful new tools let you adjust hue, saturation and luminance on a color-by-color basis. Metadata presets automatically add copyright, credit and caption information. List Price: $299 (update is free to existing users). Contact: Apple, (800) MY-APPLE, www.apple.com.

Faster & Lighter Shell from Columbia Sportswear
Light Jacket
Don’t let this lightweight shell fool you. The
Faster & Lighter Shell from Columbia Sportswear is just the right jacket for braving wet spring weather. With a sleek, minimalist design, the 100-percent nylon Omni-Tech jacket is waterproof, breathable and ideal for high-energy activities. The jacket comes in cayenne, jet, sail red and sulfur. List Price: $179. Contact: Columbia Sportswear, (800) 547-8066, www.columbia.com.

Suunto X9i watchWatch It
Check for time and direction on your wrist with the Suunto X9i watch. Equipped with GPS, a compass, chronograph, altimeter and barometer, you won’t lose track of your whereabouts. The watch is water-resistant down to 100 feet, and comes with a PC connector and software that analyzes your performance. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Suunto, (800) 543-9124, www.suunto.com.

Ultralight tent series from KeltySet Up Camp
Take shelter during the rainy season in the Ultralight tent series from Kelty. At less than five pounds, an innovative upgraded design cuts the weight without sacrificing living space, strength and stability. Features include nylon ripstop tent walls, taped seams, sidewall vents, mesh ceilings and internal storage pockets. List Price: $225 to $300. Contact: Kelty, (800) 423-2320, www.kelty.com.

Surefire U2 Ultra flashlightShine On
When you’re out in the dark, light up with the Surefire U2 Ultra flashlight. This high-intensity
LED light provides six different levels of output, from a long-running low beam to a brilliant white tactical-level high beam nearly seven times brighter than a two-D-cell flashlight. Other features include a rugged and weatherproof aluminum body, compact size and a 10-year battery shelf life. List Price: $279. Contact: Surefire, (800) 828-8809, www.surefire.com.

DCF ED line of binoculars from PentaxSee Clearly
Enhance your view with the DCF ED line of binoculars from Pentax. The specs feature extra-low-dispersion glass with multilayer optical coatings to deliver clear, vivid images. The durable, lightweight body is made from a magnesium alloy resistant to shock and impact. A hard coating on the lenses prevents scratches and marks. They’re also waterproof and can be submerged under water to a depth of 3.3 feet. List Price: Under $300. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.



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