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In Focus: December 2012


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ARCA-SWISS MONOBALL p0
Ballheads are versatile, but somewhat unwieldy. They let you position the camera as desired, then lock it there with the twist of a knob. The Arca-Swiss monoball p0 does away with the knob—you lock (and unlock) it merely by rotating the knurled portion. This design also makes it easy to pan the camera without losing vertical alignment. Two versions are available: standard and with the QS quick-release system. List Price: $228 (standard); $299. (QS). Contact: Rod Klukas, (480) 755-3364, www.rodklukas.com. —MS
HÄHNEL GIGA T PRO II
The Hähnel Giga T Pro II is a new updated version of the Giga T Pro. It's a powerful wireless remote, which is nice for triggering the camera from afar or to avoid camera shake, especially with long exposures. Those are great functions, but I use it primarily as a time-lapse intervalometer. It's fully programmable as far as exposure count and interval, and it has two timing loops, which lets me repeat a program a set number of times. List Price: $129. Contact: Hähnel (R.T.S. Inc.), (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com. —CR
LITEPANELS CROMA
I'm a big fan of LED lights for photography. I like the fact that I can leave them on continuously so I can see and adjust their effect as I'm composing without worrying about them getting hot. I also like that I can easily adjust their brightness to suit the scene, and with the Litepanels Croma, I even can adjust the color temperature of the light—great for matching the warm light of late afternoon on the landscape. Compact and portable, six AA batteries power the Croma for about 1.5 hours, or use the AC adapter if you're near an outlet. Estimated Street Price: $584. Contact: Litepanels, (818) 752-7009, www.litepanels.com. —WP
BUSHHAWK 32D
Great for birds in flight, the BushHawk 320D double-handled shoulder mount is a rifle-like camera support that feels natural even to non-gun shooters like me. A two-position trigger lets you activate AF, then make the exposure(s) when you wish, while the double grip provides both-handed support for heavier lenses. Available in the Deluxe Kit (without quick-release) or Pro Kit (with quick-release), the 320D comes with a shoulder sling and even a window pod for shooting from a vehicle. List Price: $299 (Deluxe); $399 (Pro). Contact: BushHawk, (877) 325-8542, www.bushhawk.com. —MS

NOVOFLEX ZEBRA CARDS
Nailing exposure and white balance in tricky conditions can be, well, tricky. Novoflex Zebra Cards, available in 6x9- and 8x12-inch sizes, make it easy. To nail white balance, use the white side of the card. To nail exposure, use the gray side. The cards are made of a flexible special polymer, with anti-reflection coating on both sides. List Price: $27 (6x9); $32 (8x12). Contact: Novoflex (HP Marketing Corp.), (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com. —MS
JOBU PRO2 GIMBAL HEAD
When shooting birds in flight and other action with really long lenses, a gimbal head is favored by many. It provides good support while letting you move the camera to track the subject and locks down solidly for stationary shots. The Jobu Pro2 Gimbal Head features an improved swing arm and internal components, providing increased stiffness and strength while reducing weight. List Price: $649. Contact: Jobu Design, (888) 321-JOBU, www.jobu-design.com. —MS

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