LITTLE BIG DRIVE Smaller in size but larger in capacity, the redesigned Western Digital Passport Portable Hard Drive weighs less than five ounces and stores up to 160 GB. The drive comes with customizable WD Sync software, allowing you to save important data and take it with you. Plug the drive into any PC for editing files and viewing photos, and then sync all of your changes back to your home or office computer. Available capacities are 60, 80, 120 and 160 GB. List Price: $90 to $150. Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.westerndigital.com.
TOUGH TRANSPORTER Move your valuable equipment in the Pelican 1780 Transport Case. With an interior of 42x22x15 inches, the rigid case offers plenty of rugged protection, with humidity gauges and pressure equalization valves to keep moisture out and to prevent vacuum lock so it's easy to open at any altitude. Additional standard features include two double-wide handles, dual sets of polyurethane wheels and dual-action latches that can withstand nearly 400 pounds of pressure. List Price: $600. Contact: Pelican Products, (800) 473-5422, www.pelican.com.
ALL-IN-ONE ZOOM Whether you're taking a close-up, wide-angle or telephoto shot, the Sigma 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 DC OS lens helps you do it all. Two Special-Low-Dispersion (SLD) glass elements and two aspherical lenses correct all types of optical aberrations for high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. The lens is equipped with Sigma's OS (Optical Stabilizer) technology to counteract unwanted camera movement. An incorrect price was given in the June issue of OP. Estimated Street Price: $550. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com.
BLACK-AND-WHITE STYLE Add a classic touch to your landscape shots with theB/W Styler version 1.01. The plug-in converts your color digital images into stunning black-and-whites by simulating the techniques and materials used in traditional black-and-white photography. You can choose from different film emulsions, lens filters, lab effects, photo papers and more. The B&W Quick Mode does sophisticated conversions with 16 different controls, and the Expert Mode features dozens of effects, more than 100 controls and almost 200 local presets. List Price: $50. Contact: The Plugin Site, www.thepluginsite.com.
STORAGE ON THE GO Whether you're on a short day trip or thousands of miles from home, you need to back up your images. Digital Foci's Photo Safe portable hard drive features a built-in memory card reader, so you can download files straight to the drive from any kind of memory card. At just 4.6x3x0.8 inches, Photo Safe won't take up too much room in your camera bag. It's available in capacities of 40, 80 and 120 GB. List Price: $139 (40 GB); $179 (80 GB); $229 (120 GB). Contact: Digital Foci, (310) 763-9100, www.digitalfoci.com.
STORM SHELTER Keep your camera dry using Kaiser's Digicam Wavecase, an all-weather protective housing for compact digital cameras up to 2.2x4.2x1 inches with a 1.5-inch maximum lens extension. The case can be used underwater down to 13 feet with easy access to camera functions. The Wavecase is made from a crystal-clear polycarbonate with a scratch-resistant coating on the lens side and a flexible silicon foil covering the LCD side. List Price: $119. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Books 'N Such
Penguin Life: Surviving with Style in the South Atlantic by Andy Rouse (David & Charles Publishers, 2007; ISBN: 0-7153-2682-1). The award-winning photographer captures beautiful images of the flightless birds swimming, fishing, breeding and surviving under harsh conditions. The book is full of powerful and poignant photos.
Dominant Wave Theory by Andy Hughes (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2007; ISBN: 0-8109-9309-0). Hughes uses his photography to explore the conflict between the pollutants generated by an industrial consumer-driven society and the coastal habitat. He has photographed coastal areas for the past decade.
Chesapeake Bay of Light: An Exploration of the Chesapeake Bay's Wild and Forgotten Places by Ian J. Plant and Tom Horton (Mountain Trail Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-9777933-4-1). Filled with beautiful photographs capturing one of America's most celebrated treasures, the book also features essays on recent resuscitation efforts.
Flyways: A Celebration of Waterfowl and Wetlands by Gary Kramer (Ducks Unlimited, Inc., 2006; ISBN: 1-932052-28-3). Discover the drama of bird migration in this collection of photographs, which examines the winged creatures and their habitats as they travel across North America.
Once Around the Sun In Yellowstone by Doug Dance (Doug Dance Nature Photography, 2005; ISBN: 0-9738707-0-2). Dance has photographed the landscapes and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park for 15 years. In 2003, he began a one-year mission to tell the story of the creatures that roam the park, resulting in this large-format book.
California Natural History Guides: Introduction to California Chaparral by Ronald D. Quinn and Sterling C. Keeley (University of California Press, 2006; ISBN: 0-520-24566-0). Learn about the soft bluish-green blanket of vegetation covering much of the California landscape in this in-depth guide, which provides a general overview of the chaparral.