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In Focus: December 2007

Stable Legs
The Giottos MT II Classic Tripods feature three leg-angle positions and a reversible center column, allowing you more versatility in your shot selection, especially for low-angle and macro work. The column can be taken out and reattached upside down so the tripod head is between the legs. A retractable hanging hook lets you add weight for stability. Other features include a bubble level for leveling control, sandproof twisting leg locks and an anti-twist tube-lock system. The tripods are available in carbon fiber, lava or aluminum. List Price: $100 to $491. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Giottos MT II Classic Tripods

Light Support
Carrying a high-quality backup camera in the field is always a good idea. Save yourself some space with a compact zoom like the Canon 12-megapixel PowerShot G9. The 6x 35-210mm (35mm-equiv.) lens is image stabilized. This latest G-series model has several upgraded features, including a 3-inch LCD, compatibility with Canon EOS Speedlites and a full range of recording modes, including RAW. List Price: $499. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com

Canon PowerShot G9

Pocket Gear
Make room for all of your equipment in the Tenba Response Shoulder Bags, which can be internally expanded or retracted, depending on your needs. With the unique Pop-Out Pocket system, you get 20 to 25 percent more volume when necessary. Conversely, you can set up a more compact configuration when less equipment is needed. The Pop-Out pockets are usable outside or inside the bag. Divider walls can be folded and arranged in tons of ways for a truly customized fit. The bag comes in three sizes, in either black or khaki and black. List Price: $170 to $230. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.
Tenba Shoulder Bag

Fast Photo Manager
Process RAW image files as quickly as JPEGs with ACDSee Pro 2 workflow-management software. The new version features some powerful upgrades, including expanded RAW-processing power, more flexible cataloging and new, advanced editing features. The new interface is fully customizable and lets you quickly view, sort and compare photos with instant full-screen viewing and fast thumbnail browsing. Other additions include one-step cropping and rotating tools, and a Highlights Recovery slider that lets you recover up to two stops of lost highlight detail. Cataloguing is better with improved metadata features that include automated file-sorting capabilities. List Price: $129. Contact: ACD Systems, (888) 359-8449, www.acdsee.com.

ACDSee Pro

Photo Cards
Just in time for the holidays, Mpix has created new winter holiday-themed greeting-card templates for you to personalize with your photos. Mpix, a division of Miller’s Professional Imaging, is an online lab for photographers to upload, store, and share images in albums and order prints or other specialty products like books and gallery wraps. Other new templates include thank-you, graduation and baby-announcement cards. List Price: Varies. Contact: Mpix, www.mpix.com.
Mpix Greeting Cards

Data Robot
Drobo is a fully automated data-storage solution that monitors and repairs problems that could put your data at risk. The device automatically controls all aspects of storage management and takes no configuration or setup. Drobo knows where your data is stored, so it finds the most effective way of protecting and repairing itself before there’s a disk failure or data corruption. You can add new drives, expanding capacity as your storage demands grow. It plugs in via USB 2.0. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Data Robotics, Inc., (866) 997-6268, www.drobo.com.

Drobo Disk Storage

UV/IR Blocker
By preventing ultraviolet and infrared rays from affecting your D-SLR’s sensor, you get bluer skies, better reds and greens, and improved color separation. The Heliopan Digital Filter is designed to do just that with both sides receiving multiple dichroic coatings before it’s mounted in a slim brass ring. The ring is threaded on both sides, so other filters, screw-in hoods and snap-caps can be easily attached. Made from Schott (Zeiss) glass, the filter works with all digital cameras, backs and lenses, except for extreme wide-angle. Sizes range from 27mm to 82mm. List Price: Varies by size. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Heliopan Digital Filter


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