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In Focus: December 2009

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Flashpoint F-1128 Tripod and F-1 Ballhead
You just can’t fix a blurry image, so making sure that every photograph you take is tack-sharp is the first step to getting great photos. Thankfully, there are amazing tripods and ballheads available that feature tough, rigid construction and precise control. Available in a wide range of weight capacities, Flashpoint from Adorama offers a series of affordable magnesium-alloy tripod ballheads and carbon-fiber legs that work together to support your camera. The ballheads in the series feature a quick-release plate with safety catch, and available models support cameras at a range of weight capacities, from 8.8 pounds all the way up to 44 pounds. The four-section legs in the series feature rubber double-grip twist locks and extend to maximum heights ranging from 55 inches to 72 inches, depending on model. The center column also can be converted into a low column for ground and macro shooting, and the carbon-fiber material provides sturdiness while staying lightweight, absorbing vibration and minimizing heat and cold conduction to bare hands in intemperate weather. List Price: Begins at $49 (Flashpoint F-1 balllhead); $149 (Flashpoint F-1128 tripod). Contact: Adorama, www.adorama.com. —DW
Canon PowerShot G11
As far as point-and-shoots go, Canon’s PowerShot G series continues to earn high marks for how many SLR-like features are offered in such a compact body. The latest model, the Canon PowerShot G11, doesn’t disappoint. I find the 2.8-inch Vari-Angle LCD, which is new to the G series, particularly useful because I have more flexibility and control when framing. With a variety of shooting modes and compatibility with EOS accessories, the G11 lets you shoot in RAW+JPEG mode for complete editing control. The 10-megapixel sensor offers improved dynamic range and better performance at high ISO settings. The 28mm wide-angle zoom is equivalent to 28-140mm in 35mm format. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com. —KC
Lowepro Pro Trekker AW
A comfortable bag is your best friend on a long hike. The Pro Trekker AW backpack series from Lowepro provides capacity and 10 adjustment points for an ergonomic fit. The Pro Trekker 300 AW, 400 AW and 600 AW all have more than enough space for pro cameras and lenses, flashes, accessories and up to a 15.4-inch widescreen laptop. There are a variety of ways to organize your gear in the bag, with adjustable, padded dividers and a removable accessory pouch. There also are three exterior tripod sleeves that are compatible with skis or hiking sticks. An All Weather AW Cover is included for protection from the elements, and the ballistic nylon and Hypalon materials provide reinforcement at stress points. Estimated Street Price: $239 (300 AW); $279 (400 AW); $319 (600 AW). Contact: Lowepro, www.lowepro.com. —DW

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