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In Focus: August 2013

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The Canon EOS Rebel T5i has powerful features in a small size, making it perfect when you're packing light. It has an APS-C 18-megapixel CMOS image sensor, Canon's DIGIC 5 Image Processor and an ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600), performing well in low-light situations. The 5 fps continuous shooting capabilities combine with a 9-point (all cross-type) AF system to help capture quick action shots. There's also an improved Hybrid CMOS AF system for Live View and Movie Servo AF. The Rebel T5i has 1080/30p full HD Movie Mode with a stereo microphone and manual audio level capability. The smudge-resistant, 3-inch Clear View LCD touch screen has flexible positioning for tough angles and clear viewing even in bright outdoor conditions. Estimated Street Price: $749. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

Carl Zeiss has been listening to the desires of landscape photographers and has created light, compact autofocus lenses fully compatible with the Sony NEX- and Fujifilm X-series cameras. Currently the world's widest wide-angle lens for an APS-C-format camera, the Touit 2.8/12 and the standard-focal-length Touit 1.8/32 lenses are built from robust metals to withstand heavy usage. A grippy focus ring aids in precise manual focus. Both lenses have 9-blade circular apertures and the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating to reduce ghosting and flare. Estimated Street Price: $900 (Touit 1.8/32); $1,250 (Touit 2.8/12). Contact: Zeiss, zeiss.com.

Organizing your workflow across devices and collaborating within a team become easier as Adobe unveils the Creative Cloud system. With desktop applications, cross-device collaborations and publication capabilities, the workflow process moves quickly. The centralized Creative Cloud hub stores files, settings and notifications that can be synced and shared via the Creative Cloud on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android devices. You can edit a file from your smartphone while on the go, and the edits are automatically synced between devices with the version history. Team members stay connected to each other through the Cloud with update notifications. Creative Cloud is fully integrated with the portfolio creative community Behance, allowing quick publication for feedback and global exposure. Creative Cloud is also integrated with Digital Publishing Suite and PhoneGap for publishing digital magazines and mobile apps. Tools that have previously been known as the Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro) are now part of the CC family and have been updated in rich technology and the ability to share with the CC workflow. Adobe Creative Cloud membership is based on an individual or a team basis. Individuals will pay $49.99/month for annual membership, with existing members receiving a discount of $29.99/month. The Team membership receives 100 GB of additional storage, centralized deployment and administration capabilities for $69.99/month per seat. Current members will receive the team membership for $39.99/month per seat if you sign up before the end of August. Estimated Street Price: $29-$69. Contact: Adobe, www.adobe.com.

When you're hiking, climbing and shooting at the same time, your neck and shoulders will ache after a long day under an awkward camera strap. The Camera Vest by Cotton Carrier aims to eliminate your back pain by stopping your camera from swinging and attaching it safely to your body while it's not in use. A camera hub connects to the tripod hole at the base of the camera and locks into the vest system. Simply turn the camera 45 degrees to release when you're ready to shoot. A second version of the vest has a detachable side holster for an additional camera. The vest itself is one size fits all, made out of 1680 Denier Polypropylene for comfort and durability. A fiberglass-reinforced camera tether, hand strap and universal tripod adapter plate are included. Estimated Street Price: $149. Contact: Cotton Carrier, www.cottoncarrier.com.

From sandy beaches to grassy fields, every time you take out your camera, you're exposing it to the inevitable dust, dirt and fingerprints. Lenspen has now bundled three of their cleaners together—the Original Lenspen for lenses, the FilterKlear for filters and the MicroPro for eyepieces—for the ultimate on-the-go Lenspen DSLR Pro Kit. Each pen has one end with a retractable natural brush for removing loose dust and the opposite cleaning pad end for removing fingerprints. The kit also includes a microfiber pouch that serves dual purpose for cleaning as well as toting the three pens. Estimated Street Price: $34. Contact: Lenspen, www.lenspen.com.

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