VERSATILE DSLR The Pentax K-5 is housed in the same water-resistant, weather-sealed body as its predecessor, the K-7, but it’s packed with pro-level upgrades that include a 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 7 fps frame rate and full 1080p HD video at 25 fps. The 11-point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system has a light-source-detection sensor that optimizes the camera’s autofocus based on light wavelength, so autofocus is faster, even in low light. The high-sensitivity, 80-12,800 ISO range is expandable to 51,200 with improved noise performance. Sound can be recorded with video via a built-in microphone or an external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack. In-camera HDR processing also has been enhanced with more blending modes and better image alignment of handheld shots. Estimated Street Price: $1,599. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.
THE FINE PRINT
Make prints that show all of the bright colors and sharp details you captured in-camera with the 17-inch Epson Stylus Pro 4900. Producing a wide color gamut at fast speeds, the printer incorporates many of the technologies found in the large-format Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900. It uses a one-inch-wide, 360-nozzle-per-channel MicroPiezo TFP printhead that delivers accurate dot shape and placement of the printer’s 10 separate ink channels. The 10-color, pigment-based UltraChrome HDR ink system includes orange, green and automatic switching between Matte and Photo Black. Ink-repelling coating and auto nozzle-verification technologies help to significantly reduce clogging. List Price: $2,495. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.proimaging.epson.com.
The Sigma 85mm ƒ/1.4 EX DG HSM is a fast-aperture medium-telephoto lens designed for full-frame DSLRs. The lens also can be used on cameras with APS-C-sized sensors, which increases the focal length to 127.5mm. If you do a lot of low-light shooting, the ƒ/1.4 aperture makes this lens particularly worthy of consideration. SLD glass and a glass mold element ensure color correction is achieved for all types of aberrations. A rear focus system minimizes fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing, and the Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. List Price: $1,400. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.
CAMERA + iPAD BAG
Carry your DSLR and iPad or netbook discreetly in the Tamrac Rally 5, which doesn’t look like a camera bag. It holds a DSLR with up to a six-inch lens attached, as well as additional lenses, a flash and accessories. An interior foam-padded compartment holds an iPad or a netbook with a 10.1-inch screen. The bag is designed with a body-hugging, slim profile to avoid slowing you down in a crowded or hectic setting. The zippered front pocket and an open back pocket provide extra storage for manuals, accessories and other extras. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
The next time you hit the road, take all of your digital content with you using the G-Drive Slim from G-Technology. Inside the sleek-looking, five-ounce unit is a rugged Hitachi GST 7mm Travelstar Z5K320 drive that provides 320 GB of storage and USB 2.0 connectivity in a 5x3x0.4-inch frame. A solid aluminum enclosure acts as a heat sink for keeping the internal drive cool and data protected. Shock protection and quiet acoustics make it ideal for using in the home, at work or on the road. The G-Drive Slim is formatted for Macs with Time Machine compatibility for added backup protection. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: G-Technology, (310) 449-4599, www.g-technology.com.