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In Focus: August 2009

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Head out on your next photo journey with one of Sony’s smaller and lighter Alpha D-SLRs. The A230, A330 and A380 are more compact versions of their respective A200, A300 and A350 predecessors. Both the A330 and A380 incorporate Sony’s Quick Autofocus (AF) Live View technology by using a dedicated image sensor to maintain the fast response of a D-SLR while avoiding delay. All models have a 2.7-inch LCD, with the A330 and A380 featuring screens that can tilt up or down—nice for framing from high or low positions. The A230 and A330 have 10.2-megapixel sensors and the A380’s sensor is 14.2 megapixels. Weight ranges from 15.9 to 17.2 ounces. List Price: $550 to $850. Contact: Sony, (800) 222-SONY, www.sonystyle.com.
Support your video D-SLR on the sturdy Manfrotto 526,545BK or 701HDV,547BK Professional Video Tripod Systems. The 526,545BK is capable of holding up to 35 pounds. The 526 head gives you precise fluid movement while the 545BK legs gives you superior support and stability. The 701HDV,547BK weighs 8.6 pounds and supports up to 8.8 pounds. The 701HDV head gives you professional fluid movement at a very low cost. For greater rigidity, the 547BK was designed with techno polymers incorporated into its upper casting. Both systems feature a midlevel spreader for better stability and a KATA carry bag. The heads and the legs are also available separately and in different systems and configurations. Estimated Street Price: $1,875 (526,545BK System); $300 (701HDV,547BK System). Contact: Manfrotto (Bogen Imaging), (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.
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Capture your next scenic landscape using the Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm DX Wide-Range lens. Designed for digital SLRs with APS-C-sized sensors, the lens delivers a focal length range of 25-200mm in 35mm format. Aperture ranges from ƒ/3.5-6.5. Three aspherical elements, one all-glass precision-molded element and two compound elements, produce high contrast. Two Super-Low (SD) Dispersion glass elements correct chromatic aberration. List Price: TBA. Contact: THK Photo, (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
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Give your panorama shooting a boost with help from the Novoflex VR-System II. The all-in-one solution offers a full set of adjusting and rotational elements for positioning the camera so that the axis of rotation passes through the nodal point of the camera system. Depending on the camera and lenses used, a field of view up to 360 degrees horizontal and 120 degrees vertical is possible. Wide-angle lenses at a minimum of 10mm and standard tele-zooms up to 135mm are recommended. Estimated Street Price: $671 (ballhead not included; bubble level and software are included). Contact: Novoflex (HP Marketing Corp.), (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Transport your gear in the Kata DT-213 when you’re out in the field. The main compartment holds an SLR with battery grip and up to a 70-200mm lens attached. Two pockets on the back and side of the pack hold memory cards, cables and other extras. When you’re out on a long hike, a second strap can be used for forming a triangle shape to the pack. This gives you more balance and better comfort. Estimated Street Price: $80. Contact: Kata (Bogen Imaging), (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.


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