LIGHT READER Get better exposures with the help of the Kenko KFM-2100, a flash and ambient light meter. Features include an integrated spot meter for measurements in either ambient or flash mode, a 270-degree rotating receptor head and a vertical LCD that displays ƒ-stop numbers, shutter speed and ISO settings. When metering for flash, the KFM-2100 has settings for both cord and non-cord triggering. There's also ananalyze function to determine the ratio of ambient light to flash light in a scene. List Price: $800. Contact: THK Photo Products, (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
A LEG UP Use a long lens with the flexibility and proven support of the Manfrotto 561B monopod. Improving on the popular 560B, this updated version is touted as higher, sturdier and more robust, making it ideal for any environment. The monopod has three retractable feet attached with a ball joint for jump-free panning. It weighs about 4.4 pounds with maximum support of 8.8 pounds, and height ranges from 30.7 to 79.5 inches. Estimated Street Price: $222. Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.
THE RESIZER Enlarge your landscapes by 1,000 percent with no loss in image quality using Genuine Fractals 5 from onOne Software. Featuring a simplified user interface, faster performance time and an improved scaling algorithm with sharpening controls, Genuine Fractals 5 allows you to crop and resize images in a single step with more than 70 built-in size presets. It's fully compatible with PowerPC and Intel-based Macs and Adobe Photoshop CS3. List Price: $160 (new users); $70 (upgrade). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.onOnesoftware.com.
SPEEDY CARD When you're on a roll capturing vibrant landscape scenes, the last thing you want is for your memory card to fill up. Transcend's 8 GB 266x Ultra-Speed CompactFlash card achieves read and write speeds of up to 40 MBps, allowing you to shoot continuously with a high-end D-SLR. For more power, check out the 8 GB high-speed Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), which reaches up to 32 GB. Estimated Street Price: $131 (CF); $108 (SDHC). Contact: Transcend, (714) 921-2000, www.transcendusa.com.
HANDCRAFTED BAG Aesthetics meet function in the new Billingham Digital Hadley camera bag. The main interior compartment is 7x8x4.5 inches with two adjustable Velcro® dividers and a well-padded foam top. The bag holds a large D-SLR with attached medium zoom lens along with an additional lens or flash. A large 8x9-inch front pocket holds power cords, chargers, memory devices and other accessories. All Billingham bags are handmade in the UK. List Price: $265. Contact: R.T.S. Inc., (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.
SELF-PUBLISHER Build your own landscape photography book with the easy-to-use MyBook Photo Book Kit by Peleman Industries. Simply print out the pages, attach the included cover sheets and remove the adhesive strips. The final product is a customized 8¬Ωx11-inch hardcover photo album containing your beautiful images. The kit contains one book, two end sheets and photo book layout software. List Price: Less than $20. Contact: Peleman Industries, www.mybookcompany.com.
FREE DATA RECOVERY If you lose valuable files, Pandora Recovery can get them back as long as the space on your hard drive hasn't been reused. Pandora boasts that it can successfully recover any deleted file from NTFS-formatted volumes. The New Technology File System is the default system used in all modern operating systems from Microsoft. The program scans your hard drive, builds an index of existing and deleted files and directories, and allows you full control over which files to recover. The program is available as a free download. Contact: Pandora Corporation, www.pandorarecovery.com.
STEADY SUPPORT Lock your camera in quickly and securely with Giottos Pro Series II Ball Socket Heads. Designed to position the camera precisely where you want, the heavily anodized aluminum ball adjusts smoothly, eliminating any vibration and skipping that could affect your image. An ergonomic design and advanced engineering allow for quick adjustment and secure locking. Sizes range from the smallest weighing 2.8 ounces and supporting 6.6 pounds, to the largest weighing 1.9 pounds and supporting 28 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $12-$165. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
CLEAN IT UP Take care of your camera's housing, image sensor and lenses with the Green Clean Sensor Cleaning System. Use the Mini Vacuum and sterile Pick Up vacuum tubes to remove dust and large particles. The Wet Foam Swabs, presoaked in a nontoxic cleansing solution, dissolve any remaining particles or smudges on the image sensor or lenses. The Dry-Sweeper takes care of any remaining residue. List Price: $80. Contact: BKA Photo, (800) 621-5488, www.bkaphoto.com.
SINGLE DRIVE SOLUTION Back up and store your high-resolution landscape images using the Mercury Elite-AL Pro "Quad Interface" 1 TB External Drive from Other World Computing. The high-performance drive offers a variety of connectivity options for FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA ports. It's compatible with Apple OS Versions 8.5 through 9.2x, Apple OS 10.0.3 and higher, Microsoft Windows ME, 2000, XP and Vista, and any OS or device with standard FireWire, USB or eSATA. List Price: $599. Contact: Other World Computing, (800) 275-4576, www.macsales.com.
PRO PHOTO PAPERS Ilford Galerie. is launching a new line of large-format professional photo papers designed for printers that use pigment-based inks or the latest dye-based inks. The Smooth Gloss and Smooth Pearl brands are available in 13x19- and 17x22-inch sheets and 17-inch rolls. Smooth High Gloss is available in 13x19-inch sheets and 17-inch rolls, and Smooth Heavyweight Matte comes in 13x19- and 17x22-inch sheets. Ilford has listed some 1,300 ICC profiles on its Website so you can get the best results with your printer. List Prices: Varies by size. Contact: Ilford, www.ilford.com.
SLING IT AROUND Tote your equipment around in the stylish, roomy Sling Bag by WaterField Designs. Designed for versatility and comfort, the messenger bag sports metallic-looking shiny material on the outside, while inside the spacious main compartment features five secure interior pockets to keep your gear separated and organized. Two tapered exterior pockets provide quick access to other needed items. The Sling comes in blue, brown, silver, green and red. Sizes range from 12x8x5 to 17x14x10 inches. List Price: $99 to $139. Contact: WaterField Designs, (877) 546-1040, www.sfbags.com.