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In Focus: December 2013

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The new Canon EOS 70D has Canon's new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, which provides a combination of contrast-detect and phase-detect AF. The upshot is the ability to have fast, accurate AF in still and motion shooting, and in low light. The touch screen lets you choose an AF area and smoothly rack focus when you're shooting video. This ability to smoothly rack focus gives you a very sophisticated motion shooting technique. Estimated Street Price: $1,199. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com. —CR
TAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
A 70-200mm lens is a mainstay for any nature photographer. The new Tamron SP 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 Di VC USD has a fast ƒ/2.8 maximum aperture and Tamron's VC image-stabilization system. The Tamron Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) motor is fast and completely quiet. Fast ƒ/2.8 70-200mm zooms have some heft, and this one is no exception, but that's a small price to pay for sharpness, fast AF and VC image stabilization. Estimated Street Price: $1,499. Contact: Tamron, www.tamron-usa.com. —CR
Add a flash booster atop your DSLR's pop-up flash with the Rogue Safari. This diminutive piece of gear will give you lighting power, as well as the ability to add a catchlight in the eyes of wildlife. The conical-shaped booster mounts to the DSLR's hot-shoe, and it's optimized for lenses over 100mm. You can check the website to see if your DSLR is compatible. Estimated Street Price: $34. Contact: Rogue Photographic Design (ExpoImaging), www.rogueflash.com. —CR
Shooting panoramas can be done a lot of ways, but for maximum accuracy, you want to have the camera anchored down and rotating around the nodal point of the lens. The Linhof 3D Micro Panorama Head has two leveling segments that are mounted crosswise for precision. The panoramic plate is mounted above the movement axis for maximum accuracy. This is a serious precision instrument for photographers who demand the very best. Estimated Street Price: $2,069. Contact: Linhof (HP Marketing Corp.), www.hpmarketingcorp.com. —CR
With a dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof magnesium-alloy body, the 16.3-megapixel Olympus OM-D E-M1 interchangeable-lens camera provides high-quality images for active photographers. The OM-D E-M1 utilizes a Dual Fast AF system, and is fully compatible with both the ZUIKO and M.ZUIKO digital lens lines. The TruePic VII image processor enables fast shooting at up to 10 fps. The 2.36-million-dot-resolution electronic viewfinder provides a large coverage area with adaptive brightness adjusting to conditions to reduce perception error, and the 2x2 dial control system gives a comfortable and familiar feel for DSLR shooters. Built-in 5-Axis Stabilization with Multi-Motion reduces motion blur, effective at low shutter speeds, and with still photo and video panning. Built-in WiFi connects with your smart device using the Olympus Image Share 2.0 smartphone app for remote viewfinder control and triggering. Estimated Street Price: $1,399. Contact: Olympus, www.getolympus.com. —AMT
With my ever-growing library of still images and motion clips, safe storage has become a serious priority for me. The G-Technology Evolution series has removable drive cartridges that can connect via USB (USB 3.0) if I want to use one on the road, and the desktop enclosure has a Thunderbolt interface for maximum transfer speeds. The Evolution drive ships with two 1 TB drives. Estimated Street Price: $749 (2 TB). Contact: G-Technology, www.g-technology.com. —CR


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