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In Focus: April 2010




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SMALL DSLR
The Samsung NX10 packs a 14.6-megapixel APS-C-format sensor in a body that’s just 1.6x4.2x3.4 inches. To make the body smaller than typical DSLRs, Samsung removed the mirror box, but retained an interchangeable-lens system, similar to Micro Four Thirds cameras. The camera takes new NX-mount lenses and will ship with an 18-55mm kit lens with optical image stabilization. A 50-200mm lens and 30mm lens also will be offered, along with a K-mount adapter for Pentax lenses to expand your options. Additional features include a built-in electronic viewfinder, pop-up flash and three-inch display. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Samsung, (800) 726-7864, www.samsung.com.
GET CLOSE
The weather-resistant Pentax D FA Macro 100mm ƒ/2.8 WR lens produces a life-size reproduction ratio at its minimum working distance of just over five inches. The lens features a rounded diaphragm for beautiful natural bokeh at large apertures. SP coating repels dust, water and fingerprints, while a Quick-Shift focus system allows for manual focusing without leaving AF mode. The lens can be used on all Pentax DSLRs, digital and 35mm, but is optimized for the APS-C sensor. Estimated Street Price: $849. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.

PHOTO EXPEDITION
Pack up your camera system in the Tamrac Expedition 9x backpack. The roomy bag was specifically designed to hold a DSLR with a 400mm, 500mm or 600mm lens attached. It has a multi-section divider system for long telephoto lenses of varying lengths and diameters, multiple camera bodies, flashes and accessories. The top section supports the camera and cinches tightly to the narrow portion of the lens where it attaches to the camera. The bottom section includes two foam-padded, plastic-reinforced vertical dividers and a horizontal divider that can be adjusted vertically to fit lenses of all sizes. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
WIRELESS FLASH CONTROL
Optimized for Canon, the PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter and FlexTT5 Transceiver allow you to wirelessly control single or multiple off-camera flash units. The radios interpret exposure data sent via the camera’s hot-shoe and digitally transmit it through a radio signal. This allows you to place TTL or manual flash units anywhere you need to. Remote ETTL flash units are connected to dedicated FlexTT5 Transceivers for wireless TTL operation. The Version 5.0 firmware upgrade includes a new Automatic Camera Detection feature that allows the ControlTL system to automatically detect exactly which camera is being used for optimal performance. Estimated Street Price: $199 (MiniTT1); $219 (FlexTT5). Contact: PocketWizard, (914) 347-3300, www.pocketwizard.com.
WIRELESS TABLET
For those who like the more intuitive way of working with images using pen tablets, Wacom has designed a version of the Intuos4 with Bluetooth wireless technology, adding more flexibility to your workflow. All of the same great features remain such as the Grip Pen, which has 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity and a pressure-sensitive eraser. The application-specific ExpressKeys have OLED-illuminated displays, allowing you to see what each key currently is set to. The tablet’s asymmetrical design puts the Touch Ring and ExpressKeys in a position that’s convenient for both right- and left-handers. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Wacom, (800) 922-6613, www.wacom.com.
SHARP IMAGES
Space is an obvious concern when you spend most of your time shooting outdoors, but you don’t have to sacrifice image quality with the Davis & Sanford Traverse tripod. The legs fold up over the head, saving several inches of space. The tripod opens up to a full size of 57 inches, folds down to just 16 inches and weighs just 3.3 pounds. The independent legs have two stops to shoot down to 16 inches or up to 57 inches. The legs are constructed of strong, durable, lightweight aluminum with quick-twist rubberized locks. Estimated Street Price: $119 (with BHQ8 ballhead); $169 (with BH11 ballhead). Contact: Tiffen, (800) 645-2522, www.tiffen.com.

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