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In Focus: December 2013

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The ultimate remote control for minimizing long-lens and macro photography camera shake, CamRanger connects to many popular Canon and Nikon DSLRs to transform your smartphone or tablet into a live viewfinder and control center. Get a big view of your composition, change exposure settings, adjust focus, review histograms and release the shutter wirelessly from 150 Feet. There's also an intervalometer feature for time-lapse photography and an advanced Bulb mode that lets you define the shutter duration. Rechargeable, replaceable batteries power the CamRanger for up to six hours under typical use. List Price: From $299. Contact: CamRanger, www.camranger.com. —WP
Moab has designed the new Slickrock Metallic Silver 300 for photographers looking for ultra shine and increased depth in an inkjet paper. The metal-like surface provides the deep blacks and bright metallic highlights, but is still able to be handled right off the printer. Prints show detail, brightness and luminosity inherent in the metal surface. It's available in 5x7, 8.5x11, 11x14 and 13x19 inches, A2 and A4, as well as rolls of 17, 24 and 44 inches wide by 50 or 100 feet long. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Moab by Legion Paper, www.moabpaper.com. —AMT
Unburden your neck from that heavy telephoto lens with the sure, secure grip of Cotton Carrier's Hand Strap. The built-in Arca-Swiss-compatible mini-plate lets you attach your camera to your tripod without removing the strap, or pair it with your quick-release plate for fast transitions from tripod to handheld shooting. Heavy-grade Velcro® allows you to easily adjust the strap for better comfort. It works with practically any camera, even with accessory battery grips attached. List Price: $20. Contact: Cotton Carrier, www.cottoncarrier.com. —WP
SIGMA 18-35mm ƒ/1.8 DC HS
Sigma has done a tremendous job of releasing several low-priced, high-quality lenses. The new 18-35mm ƒ/1.8 DC HSM for APS-C mounts continues this trend, with high marks for color accuracy and sharpness that rival that of many primes, not to mention a record-setting constant aperture of ƒ/1.8 throughout the zoom range (35mm equivalent of 27-53mm). Available in mounts for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony APS-C cameras, the compact lens weighs only 1.79 pounds and measures five inches in length with a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches. Estimated Street Price: $799. Contact: Sigma Corporation of America, www.sigmaphoto.com. —DW
The Nikon D7100 has a 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), and it delivers excellent image quality. It has terrific AF performance (handles birds in flight well, the ultimate AF test in my book), and the 1.3x DX crop mode makes my 300mm lens frame like a 600mm on a full-frame camera, still with 15.4 megapixels—great for those distant chirpies. The D7100 can shoot at 6 fps (7 fps in 1.3x DX crop mode). It's as rugged as my pro D800, has a nice pentaprism viewfinder that shows 100% of the actual image area and provides two memory card slots, and it can do 1080 full HD video at 30p and 24p—and 60i, in 1.3x DX crop mode. The D7100 also has an onboard AF motor, so it can autofocus with all AF Nikkor lenses, not (like the D5200) only those with built-in AF-S motors. Estimated Street Price: $1,199. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com. —MS
Designed for the unique needs of low-weight camera and camcorder systems like DSLRs, Steadicam's Solo Stabilizer and Monopod is a hybrid stabilization solution for achieving Hollywood-like panning and tracking shots with DSLRs and smaller camcorders. The device will support up to 10 pounds, offering sophisticated counterbalance and gimbal systems that keep your frame perfectly leveled when moving the camera to incorporate a scene. The Solo Stabilizer also converts to a monopod mode for shooting from tight corners or pivoting quickly to track fast-moving wildlife. Compared to other Steadicam systems, the Solo Stabilizer and Monopod is very affordable, and it's also compatible with a vest and arm system that will take the weight of the camera off of your hands so you can comfortably capture extended takes or hike over long distances while recording. List Price: $499 (Solo Stabilizer and Monopod); $995 (Steadicam Solo Arm Vest Kit). Contact: Steadicam (Tiffen Company), www.tiffen.com. —DW


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