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In Focus: April 2011

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Shoot 18-megapixel stills and 1920x1080 HD video with the Canon EOS Rebel T3i. The 3-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD has 1,040,000-dot VGA resolution with an anti-reflective, smudge-resistant coating so you’re able to preview shots clearly even under bright sunlight. When shooting video, the Movie Digital Zoom function magnifies the center of an image by 3X-10X, and the Video Snapshot feature captures short video clips of 2, 4 or 8 seconds and then combines them into one video file as a snapshot. Also new to the lineup is the compact Canon EOS Rebel T3. Top features include a 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, 1280x720 HD video capture and a 9-point autofocus system. Estimated Street Price: $899 (T3i with 18-55mm IS lens); $599 (T3 with 18-55mm lens). Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.

The ikan iLED ONE is an on-camera LED light that’s small, lightweight and durable. The single, interchangeable bulb allows for daylight or tungsten LED bulbs and your choice of flood or spot light configurations, making the bulb versatile. It comes with a tungsten 60-degree flood bulb, a shoe mount and an inline power switch. Available accessories include a battery plate, a belt clip and 40- to 60-degree daylight or tungsten interchangeable LED bulbs with options of tungsten spot, daylight spot and daylight flood. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: ikan Corp., (713) 272-8822, www.ikancorp.com.

The Sekonic L-308DC DigiCineMate offers three different modes based on what kind of shooting you’re doing. If you’re recording video using a DSLR, you can make exposure readings, use shutter speeds and frame rates, and get accurate aperture settings in HD Cine Mode. For stills, Photo Mode delivers a shutter-priority display with a range of ambient and flash functions. Cine Mode contains more useful frame rates and shutter angles for digital cinematographers. The LCD readout can be customized to display only the specific functions needed for what you’re shooting. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Sekonic, (914) 347-3300, www.sekonic.com.
Store a DSLR with up to a six-inch lens attached, extra lenses, a flash and accessories in the Tamrac Rally 6. Its slim, body-hugging profile and sleek look allow you to be discreet when hauling around your gear. The foam-padded compartment inside offers plenty of cushioned protection. A zippered front pocket and open back pocket provide extra storage for manuals, accessories and other items. A foam-padded adjustable shoulder strap provides more comfort when you’re on the go. Estimated Street Price: $59. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.

Whether you’re recording video or stills, avoid coming home with a bunch of blurry images by supporting your camera on the DAIWA DST-43 or DST-73 tripods. Both have all-metal, fluid pan heads, with one pan handle as well as handle mounts on both sides. The DST-43 has a 60mm ball mount, a maximum height of 59.4 inches, supports up to 8.8 pounds and weighs 7 pounds. The DST-73 has a 75mm ball mount, a maximum height of 62.4 inches, supports up to 15 pounds and weighs 10 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $349 (DST-43); $599 (DST-73). Contact: DAIWA (THK Photo), (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.


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