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In Focus: December 2010

Editors' Picks: Our annual look at products that the OP Editors found to be particularly interesting and useful for nature photographers.

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Hoodman PhotoFrames
My aging eyes finally got to the point where there’s not enough dioptric correction built into some of my cameras’ viewfinders, so I need my reading glasses when I shoot, but I can’t see in the distance while wearing them. The Hoodman PhotoFrames provide a great solution. They’re eyeglass frames with flip-up lenses, so I can keep the one for my viewing eye down in viewing position and flip the other up so I can see the actual subject in the distance with that eye. Or, if your near vision is fine, but you wear glasses for distance, flip up the lens over your viewfinder eye and keep the other down for distance viewing. The frames come with clear glass templates to help the optometrist fit the prescription lenses. List Price: $199. Contact: Hoodman USA, (800) 818-3946, www.hoodmanusa.com. —MS
The North Face Kishtwar Jacket
When the weather cools, a solid soft shell is required for staying comfortable outdoors. The North Face Kishtwar Jacket is constructed of Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric to deliver a waterproof, yet breathable garment that can withstand wind, rain and snow. Other features include a fully adjustable hood, two hand pockets, a chest pocket, nonabrasive molded cuff tabs and a hideaway hem cinch cord for getting the perfect fit. List Price: $279. Contact: The North Face, (888) TNF-1968, www.thenorthface.com. —KC
Flashpoint Full Finger Shooting Gloves
Keep your hands warm and comfortable in cold temperatures wearing the Flashpoint Full Finger Shooting Gloves (FPSGS). The thumb and index finger open to allow easy access for zooming the lens and operating the camera controls. Other features include a slip-resistant pad palm with abrasion overlay and an adjustable strap that allows you to wear the glove around your wrist to keep from losing it. List Price: $19. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com. —KC
GOALØ Sherpa Series
The convenience of shooting digitally can’t be understated, unless, that is, you don’t have a power source. For long treks in the field, keeping your digital equipment powered is a necessity, and the Sherpa line of portable power sources will recharge your gear whether out on a day hike or a long-term camping trip. Able to power and recharge any number of devices, including cameras, laptops, cell phones, GPS units and more, the Sherpa Series is lightweight and small enough to fit into packs. They’re also built tough to survive extended hikes even in bad weather, with an optimal operating temperature range between 32º F and 104º F. List Price: Begins at $249 (Sherpa 50 Battery). Contact: GOALØ, (888) 794-6250, www.goal0.com. —DW

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