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In Focus: April 2010

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Fine-tune the color of your landscape and wildlife shots using onOne Software’s Photo Tune 3. The program features a new patent-pending, advanced dynamic-range-enhancement algorithm that remaps the tones in your image to match what you saw in-camera. New to the interface are tone, color and sharpening controls that allow you to make adjustments intuitively. Simply drag the image up or down, left or right, or at an angle, and the app applies the change immediately. Black-and-white conversions take just seconds to do. Estimated Street Price: $159. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
Make certain that the rich colors you capture outside don’t get lost in the final print using Epson’s Signature Worthy paper collection, which now includes new Hot Press and Cold Press Papers along with Exhibition Fiber Paper. Optimized for use with Epson Stylus Pro printers and inks, including the latest UltraChrome HDR ink technology, the papers produce rich blacks, smooth tonal transitions and an expanded color gamut. The Hot Press papers offer a smooth surface while the Cold Press papers deliver a textured one. The Exhibition Fiber Paper closely replicates an F surface, air-dried silver-halide print. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
The high-performance Flashpoint II Model 320M A/C - D/C Monolight is compact, lightweight and has a portable battery pack, which is convenient for outdoor use. You don’t have to hook it up to a central power pack. The light can be fired with the Sync Cord attached to the camera’s PC terminal, with a PC adapter on the hot-shoe or with the built-in slave unit. It has variable flash power settings with quick recycle time and a flash-ready indicator. There are several kits available, including a version that includes a light stand and an umbrella. Estimated Street Price: $199 (320M and portable power pack). Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
Expanding on its ZE series of lenses for Canon EOS SLRs, the fast-aperture Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/50 ZE (50mm ƒ/2) and Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZE (100mm ƒ/2) capture sharp, detail-rich images even in low light. Both feature a 1:2 image ratio at close range, thanks to the Carl Zeiss “floating elements” design, which employs a special lens alignment that enables high optical performance across the entire focusing range, from 9.4 inches to infinity. The lenses also are available for F-bayonet (ZF.2) and K-bayonet cameras (ZK), and are optimized for analog and full-format DSLRs. Estimated Street Price: $1,283 (2/50 ZE); $1,843 (2/100 ZE). Contact: Carl Zeiss, (800) 543-1033, www.zeiss.com/photo.
Building on a 120-year tradition of producing professional camera systems, Linhof’s Techno is a compact, high-tech digital field camera designed for the outdoors. Among the camera’s features are 40mm of self-aligning, geared vertical shift with exact parallel control; zero click-stops that can be engaged when needed; spirit levels on the lens standard and rear standard for precise vertical orientation; and a special wide-angle bellows for easy adjustments. The Techno also provides the necessary adjustment facilities for extreme short- to long-focal-length lenses. All currently available digital backs can be adapted. Estimated Street Price: Varies depending on configuration. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.


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