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In Focus: August 2011

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Designed for the most active shooters, the Lowepro Photo Sport AW Series is very capable of handling gear for those who are often on the move. The Photo Sport 200 AW backpack and Photo Sport Sling 100 AW are dual-compartment packs that can handle a modest camera system. The main compartment holds a DSLR with an attached lens and a flash unit. For fast access, the lower compartment features Lowepro's Ultra-Cinch Camera Chamber, which holds gear tightly in place while you're hiking or skiing. A side pocket allows you to grab the camera quickly by simply rotating the pack to your front, unzipping the pocket and opening the camera compartment. Estimated Street Price: $199 (200 AW); $129 (100 AW). Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.

Tiffen and Director of Photography Shane Hurlbut have teamed up to produce a line of filters designed specifically for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and other HD-capable DSLRs. The Tiffen HV Filter Kits are available in four different configurations and include a variety of neutral-density filters of varying strengths, a WW Ultra Circular Polarizer (depending on the kit) and a belt-loop-style pouch for keeping them all organized and accessible. The kits come in two sizes: 77mm and 4x5.65. They're engineered to provide up to 7 stops in order to shoot the 5D Mark II and other HD DSLRs wide open under bright sun at ƒ/2. Estimated Street Price: $969 (Pro Plus 4x5.65); $329 (Indie HV Kit 77mm). Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.
The Cinevate Atlas FLT is a lightweight camera slider for HD video DSLRs that helps you create horizontal, vertical and even-angled camera movements when capturing video. Measuring just 26 inches long and weighing less than 10 pounds, the camera slider features a nonreflective, black satin anodized finish, full CNC aluminum and steel construction, and stainless-steel fasteners. The Cinevate Atlas FLT is equipped with a 3/8" screw, making it compatible with any standard 3/8" threaded ballhead. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $579. Contact: Cinevate, (807) 344-7153, www.cinevate.com.
Whether you shoot with a DSLR, Micro Four Thirds or rangefinder camera, the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 5 can handle your gear. The shoulder bag holds a standard-sized DSLR with one to three lenses or a complete Micro Four Thirds or rangefinder camera system. Simple, yet functional, the bag features removable dividers for creating a customized layout, Sound Silencers for eliminating noise that could scare off wildlife when opening the bag, and plenty of zippered pockets for accessories. An expandable front pocket fits a pro-sized DSLR body or accessories. It's available in two colors, black and pinestone. Estimated Street Price: $129. Contact: Think Tank Photo, (866) 558-4465, www.thinktankphoto.com.

Updating its flash card reader to support faster cards and the higher-speed USB 3.0 interface, Lexar has designed the Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader to help make your digital workflow more efficient. Like its predecessor, the new model handles CompactFlash and Secure Digital memory cards. What's new is that it's compatible with SDXC, which provides for larger capacities and the higher-speed interface of SD UHS-I. If your computer supports USB 3.0, transfer times are noticeably faster. The reader can transfer images from SD and CF cards simultaneously, and it allows for easy file transfer from one card to another. It has the same pop-up design as its predecessor, letting you close it when not in use. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.

Display your nature and travel photography in a book that's worthy of your bookshelf or someone else's using Blurb's ProLine. Among the offerings are two heavy, professional-grade papers from art media manufacturer Mohawk Fine Papers, linen hardcovers in Oatmeal and Charcoal, plus a choice of five heavyweight end sheets in charcoal gray, dove gray, warm gray, black and white. Each of the options is offered à la carte to give you plenty of combinations from which to choose. The papers consist of two finishes: Pearl Photo and Uncoated. Pearl Photo has a luster semigloss surface that emulates real photographic papers. Uncoated is Mohawk's Superfine Ultra white with an Eggshell finish. Estimated Street Price: $63 (hardcover, dust jacket, with ProLine Linen and 81-120 pages). Contact: Blurb, www.blurb.com/proline.


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