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In Focus: December 2011

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

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When you have to cart your gear over tough terrain, and shoot there, you'll like the Lowepro Photo Sport AW Backpacks. They make it easy to carry and protect your camera kit and other necessities. Designed for the trail-running, mountain-biking, snowboarding photographer, they feature lightweight, high-performance technical fabrics, a built-in all-weather AW cover and dual compartments, including a padded Ultra-Cinch Camera Chamber. The Photo Sport Sling 100 AW features a 9-liter top compartment; the Photo Sport 200 AW has a 13.9-liter top compartment. Both units feature a side-access pocket that allows quick access to your camera. List Price: $129 (Sport Sling 100); $199 (Sport 200). Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.—MS
Mpix Gallery Wraps are one of my favorite ways to finish and display a great photograph. Ready to hang, Gallery Wraps are printed on high-quality canvas and wrapped to a 1.5-inch wood stretcher. An easy online ordering system helps you upload and configure your Gallery Wrap in a few steps. They're available in 13 sizes from 8x10 to 24x36 inches. List Price: $55 (8x10); $170 (24x36). Contact: Mpix, www.mpix.com.—WP
If your neck is starting to feel the pain of always carrying a DSLR around it, switch it up with one of the solutions from Cotton Carrier. The basic Camera Vest system accommodates one or two regular DSLRs, comes with a unique one-size-fits-all adjustable vest and is available in a variety of configurations. The lighter, more streamlined Cotton Carry-Lite uses a cotton waist-belt system with a shoulder strap and works best for cameras with small- to medium-sized lenses. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $99 (each). Contact: Cotton Carrier, (877) 852-9423, www.cottoncarrier.com.—KC
I enjoy shooting video with my HD DSLR, but depending on how my camera is positioned and mounted, real-time viewing on the camera's 3-inch fixed LCD can be uncomfortable at best. Adding a hot-shoe-mountable accessory viewer like the Flashpoint LCD 8-inch Monitor with Remote (FPSCAW) makes composing and viewing video capture easier, especially when your camera is mounted on a tripod. The monitor provides 100% coverage and connects to your camera via HDMI or an included wireless adapter that gives you up to 100 feet of range. List Price: $598. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.—WP
Create just the kind of light you need, no matter what you're shooting, with the Honl Photo Speed System. With a mix of grids, snoots, reflectors, gobos and gels, all of the pieces are durable and lightweight, making the system easy to take along on a hike, road trip or airplane. The tools fit practically any shoe-mount flash and attach easily with the Speed Strap. The nonslip Velcro® strap simply wraps around the flash head and doesn't require any glue. Estimated Street Price: $9 to $99. Contact: Honl Photo, (818) 847-0037, www.honlphoto.com.—KC
Photo books have become extremely affordable to produce. Many photographers are selling fine-art books through their websites and using them as gifts, while also shopping them around to show their portfolios to publishers and potential clients. Bay Photo's online service, BayBooks, gives you a choice of softcover and hardcover styles, paper types and sizing, as well as a variety of other options like embossing, premium 6 Color Printing with light Cyan and light Magenta inks, and almost 50 different cover materials. There are hundreds of page templates if you prefer to customize the look of the layout, and books can be presented with other unique features like Boutique Packaging. List Price: Begins at $34. Contact: Bay Photo Lab, (831) 475-6686, www.bayphoto.com.—DW


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