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In Focus: January/February 2009

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Named for Ono no Komachi, a famous Japanese poet, Olympus delivers the limited-edition E-420 Komachi Kit, which includes the compact D-SLR and the ED 25mm ƒ/2.8 Zuiko Digital lens in a vintage-looking, handmade brown leather case. With the camera weighing just over a pound and the lens just 3.5 ounces, portability is the focus here. Billed as the world’s smallest D-SLR, the 10-megapixel camera incorporates Live View with instant autofocus, Shadow Adjustment technology and Perfect Shot preview. The kit also includes a 1 GB CompactFlash memory card. Estimated Street Price: $749. Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.olympusamerica.com.
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Maximize your focal length when photographing wildlife and landscapes using the Sigma APO 150-500mm ƒ/5-6.3 DG OS HSM telephoto lens. The APO 150-500mm features Optical Stabilizer image-stabilization technology that lets you shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower and a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) for fast autofocusing. The lens is constructed with special low-dispersion glass and a rear focusing system that helps minimize aberrations. It’s available for Canon, Nikon and Sigma mount D-SLRs. List Price: $1,450. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com.
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Give your video camera steady support with the Manfrotto 547B Professional Video Tripod. The unit weighs 5.1 pounds, yet can hold up to 33 pounds. To enhance its rigidity, the 547B was designed with technopolymers incorporated into the upper casting and on the leg collars, resulting in greater stability. Also included are a mid-level fixed spreader and retractable spiked rubber feet. The tripod is sold on its own or with the 701HDV professional video head. Estimated Street Price: $240 (547B); $300 (547B with 701HDV). Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.
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The Lowepro Flipside 400AW is a backpack you can wear all day long and have easy access to your gear. It has the same design features as the smaller Flipside bags—such as getting to your camera through a unique back-entry compartment, adjustable dividers, padded waist belt and back pad—but the 400AW holds more with room for a professional D-SLR with attached 300mm ƒ/2.8 lens, plus four to six additional lenses, a flash and other extras. The bag also includes Lowepro’s patented, built-in All Weather Cover. Estimated Street Price: $189. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
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Camera white-balance presets aren’t always the most accurate. The BRNO baLens cap is designed to correct this even when you’re facing difficult lighting conditions. Simply squeeze both side tabs of the cap for easy placing on the lens. Take a reference exposure with the camera set on manual-focus/auto-exposure mode. The cap then allows the setting of a custom white balance based on the actual color temperature of the light source. The cap is available in standard 52mm to 77mm sizes. Estimated Street Price: $44 to $64. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
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