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In Focus: December 2008

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Make quick work of sharpening your images with Nik Software’s Sharpener Pro 3.0, which is based on the U Point-powered Control Point technology found in the company’s suite of imaging apps. By placing Control Points on the image, you can sharpen more precisely without having to create complex layer masks. Other features include a Sharpening Soft Proof tool that lets you look at results before printing, improved handling of new output devices and new output presets for repeating results. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Nik Software, (888) 284-4085, www.niksoftware.com.
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Zoom from wide angle to telephoto and get close-ups using just one lens. When converted to 35mm format, the Tamron AF18-270mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro covers a focal-length range of 28-419mm. If you like shooting handheld when you’re out in the field, the lens comes with Tamron’s Vibration Compensation technology, which prevents blur and lets you shoot up to four stops slower than would be possible otherwise. This also helps you get sharp shots when shooting long. The 18-270mm lens allows close focusing down to 19.3 inches over the entire zoom range. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Tamron, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron.com.
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More than 95 percent of the materials used to make Lowepro’s Terraclime bags are recycled, making it the company’s greenest series to date. The largest shoulder bag (model 100) holds a D-SLR and lens. Inside there’s a single compartment with additional pockets for memory cards, personal items and other extras. The bag also includes a zippered interior pocket and removable wrap that fits around the camera for an additional layer of protection. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
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Lexar debuts high-capacity 16 GB cards in the Secure Digital High-Capacity and CompactFlash formats. The Lexar Platinum II 60x 16 GB SDHC and 80x 16 GB CF cards let you shoot longer and faster, optimizing your camera’s ability to capture higher-resolution images. The cards also allow up to six hours of 1080 high-definition recording. The 60x SDHC card has a minimum sustained write speed of 9 MBps, and the 80x CF card is rated at 12 MBps. Estimated Street Price: $89 (SDHC), $99 (CF). Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.
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