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In Focus: August 2007

7.2-megapixel compact Samsung L74 Wide

Take landscape and nature shots with finely tuned color using the Sigma DP1. This high-end compact camera features the same unique Foveon X3 direct image sensor, with 14-megapixel color photosites, used in the SD14 D-SLR for capturing full and accurate color image information. The sensor uses three silicon embedded layers of photo sensors, stacked to take advantage of silicon's ability to absorb red, green and blue light at different respective depths. The sensor is physically as big as sensors on other compact digital cameras by a factor of 10 to 12. The DP1 features a 16.6mm ƒ/4 lens (35mm equivalent of 28mm), a 2.5-inch LCD and shoots RAW and JPEG formats. List Price: Less than $1,000. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com.

LaCie‚’s 526 LCD monitorH20 HOUSE
Dive deep with the
Olympus PT-EO3 underwater housing. designed specifically for the company's EVOLT E-410 D-SLR. A fluorite window in front of the lens allows for clear, bright images. The PT-EO3's design lets you easily see the LCD panel, giving a full view of what's floating in the water. The housing can be used down to about 133 feet. All Olympus housings feature a large shutter button and full access to the camera's controls. List Price: TBD. Contact: Olympus,
(888) 553-4448,www.olympusamerica.com.


Gitzo‚’s next-generation aluminum Series 2 tripodsSHOULDER THIS
Put your gear in Tenba's new Shootout collection of shoulder bags designed for the outdoor photographer. The bags come in small, medium and large sizes, covering a range of space needs from a single SLR and lens to multiple camera bodies, lenses and a laptop. The well-padded interiors are customized to fit your needs, with front and side accessory pockets, a removable media wallet and a phone pouch. The medium- and large-sized bags have Quick Access pockets that let you access your gear from the side without having to open the entire bag. List Price: $140 to $228. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.


Celestron‚’s VistaPix IS70 Digital Spotting ScopeJUST FOR STUDENTS
Every year, the North American Nature Photography Association awards scholarships to 10 high school students, ages 14 to 18. Winners get to attend the association's annual summit where they learn about nature photography, meet professional photographers and writers, and take part in classroom and field instruction three days before the conference begins. The application deadline is October 15. The next program will take place in Destin, Fla., from February 24 to March 2, 2008. Application information is available online. Contact: NANPA, (303) 422-8527, www.nanpa.org/scholarships.html.

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Make navigation easy with the
nuvi 650 by Garmin. The sleek device features a bright, 4.3-inch wide-screen display for improved map viewing, points-of-interest lookup and a touch screen for easy use. A simplified interface, turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions, preloaded street maps with an extensive database of hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and more all help you stay on track from point A to point B. Estimated Street Price: $749. Contact: Garmin, (800) 800-1020, www.garmin.com.

Woolrich‚’s Afton jacketCOMPASS PLUS
When you're out hiking around, know where you're going with the Traildrop from High Gear. The device functions as a digital compass, temperature gauge, watch and chronograph. The compass displays your bearings in degrees and cardinal points with a leveling bubble for increased accuracy. The temperature is measured in degrees Celsius and Fahrenheit, while the watch keeps tabs on the hour, day, date and month with dual time zone capability. List Price: $50. Contact: High Gear, www.highgear.com.


Windwatch Pro II from MinoxSTEEL BLADE
Buck Knives new Buck/Mayo Waimea knife features a smooth one-handed opening, contoured frame-lock design and high-quality titanium handle. The stainless-steel blade weighs just 1.8 ounces, making it ideal for everyday use. The handle has a titanium pocket clip, and like all knives made from Buck Knives company, the blade features advanced Edge2x technology for enhanced sharpness. List Price: $270. Contact: Buck Knives, (800) 326-2825, www.buckknives.com.


Steiner‚’s finely crafted Peregrine XP BinocularsSHINE ON
When the sun goes down, light up with the 10-LED Hand Torch from Essential Gear. The flashlight has two modes, with one using three LEDs at a burn time of 80 hours and the other using 10 LEDs with a 25-hour burn time. Its rugged, water-resistant aluminum body stands up to the rigors of the outdoors. The light is about 6.6x1.6x1.1 inches and weighs nine ounces. List Price: $40. Contact: Essential Gear, (800) 582-3861 www.essentialgear.com.


Garmont‚’s Sitka bootsBED DOWN
The latest version of the Therm-a-Rest ToughSkin backpacking mattress is puncture resistant. Integrated open-and closed-cell foam construction protects against tears from thorns and sharp rocks. Lightweight and warm, the mattress comes in two sizes; the small version is 20x47 inches, and the regular version is 20x72 inches. Both are 1.5 inches thick. List Price: $99 (small); $119 (regular). Contact: Therm-a-Rest, (800) 531-9531, www.thermarest.com.


Big Sur HydrapakOPEN TOES
On your next outdoor adventure, slip on the lightweight Tilden sports sandals from Ahnu. The sandals are constructed with several features designed to keep your feet comfortable and supported, whether you're on the trail, in the water or on the sidewalk. Some of those features include QuiteLight non-marking rubber outsoles for solid traction, cross-venting and highly breathable cushioning, and arch support that keep your entire foot stable and even. List Price: $89. Contact: Ahnu, (510) 865-3900, www.ahnufootwear.com.



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