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In Focus: December 2012

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SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM
A fast, sharp, image-stabilized telephoto zoom. What more could you want? The new version of Sigma's popular 120-300mm F2.8 telephoto zoom has Sigma's Optical Stabilization (OS) built in. Having the ability to handhold a lens with this range opens up a slew of sports-action and wildlife possibilities and even telephoto landscapes. This lens, combined with the ISO capabilities of some of today's DSLRs like the Canon EOS 5D Mark III or the Nikon D800, lets you take photos under low light that simply wouldn't have been possible in the past. The ƒ/2.8 maximum aperture is constant throughout the range. Estimated Street Price: $3,199. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com. —CR

The Tamrac Zuma 9 is built for travel while keeping your camera and photo gear safe from prying fingers. It can safely hold a DSLR with a lens, an extra lens, flash and accessories, as well as your iPad or other tablet. The Zuma 9's security works by giving you access only via a rear-opening door that's up against your back when you're wearing the pack. To get at your gear, the bag slides around your body, revealing the zippered panel. There are external pockets for other items, and you can add elements from the Tamrac Modular Accessory System to further customize the setup. The Zuma 9 gives you peace of mind in crowded and unfamiliar urban environments. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com. —CR
Flash modifiers not only make your speedlight more versatile, but they offer you a lot of creative lighting options in the field. The Rogue Master Lighting Kit from ExpoImaging is a complete solution, with both small and large FlashBender reflectors, a Large Diffusion Panel and a honeycomb grid, plus colored gels. The reflectors can be bent into a snoot or paired with the Diffusion Panel to make a softbox. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: ExpoImaging, (800) 446-5086, www.expoimaging.com. —WP
Quite a few photographers have embraced Instagram at the same time that a number of them have bemoaned its popularity, but no matter which way you feel about smartphone photography, there's no denying that connectivity is an incredible resource for photographers. Whether instantaneously uploading to social media or exploring the exciting world of applications, several new compact cameras with WiFi abilities and popular operating systems were announced at Photokina, including the Nikon Coolpix S800c, Samsung NX210 and Canon PowerShot S110. If you think your iPad apps are cool, wait until developers start looking at what they can do with wireless access to your camera and lenses. There may not be a lot of WiFi capabilities in more professional offerings yet, but these cameras hint at an exciting 2013 when it comes to connectivity. List Price: $349 (Nikon Coolpix S800c); $899 (Samsung NX210); $449 (Canon PowerShot S110). —DW
A simple reflector is one of the most cost-effective and useful lighting tools you can carry. The Westcott 6-in-1 Illuminator Reflector Kit includes gold, silver, sunlight and black panels, plus 1-stop and 2-stop diffusers in one easy-to-carry package, so you're prepared for just about any lighting situation. The kit collapses to one-third of its open size and includes a travel case. Available in several sizes, the 20-inch kit is a perfect balance of utility and portability. List Price: From $83 (20-inch kit). Contact: Westcott, (800) 886-1689, www.fjwestcott.com. —WP
Turn your landscapes into prints fit for hanging on a wall using the Canon PIXMA PRO-1. The printer uses a 12-ink system, five of which are monochrome, and a tubular ink delivery system designed to improve print speed. The ink tanks, which are 2.5 times larger than those used in previous models, are located on the side of the printer, and the ink is delivered through a new FINE Print Head for improved consistency. Estimated Street Price: $999. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com. —KC

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