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In Focus: January/February 2011

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Perfect Resize is the next generation of onOne Software’s popular Genuine Fractals program. Some of the new features include sharper detail refinement when enlarging images, more gallery wrap and tiling options (Pro version), and interface enhancements. You can adjust the smoothness of curved edges to minimize artifacts, useful when resizing a
low-resolution file. Two new methods allow small details to be made sharper without causing halos on larger edges. The first technique targets out-of-focus images and the second adapts the sharpening amount automatically to the size of image details. The program supports Photoshop CS2 and higher and can be used directly from within Lightroom and Aperture. Estimated Street Price: $159 (Standard); $299 (Professional). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.

Keep your camera steady with support from the Manfrotto Pro Tripod 057. Features include a load capacity ranging from 26.5 to 39.7 pounds, a maximum height of nearly 80 inches and different configuration options for meeting your specific needs. Two sizes of leg extensions are available at 52 inches and 71 inches, and there are two different column types. One model features a gradual adjustment mechanism with an aluminum column for high precision, and the other features a classic rapid adjustment with a carbon column for quick changes. An innovative design and good ergonomics make the tripod easy to handle. Estimated Street Price: $751 to $912. Contact: Manfrotto, (201) 818-9500, www.manfrotto.us.

Wherever your photographic pursuits take you, make sure your gear is safe and protected by using a bag like the Camsafe 200 Camera Shoulder Bag from Pacsafe. The lower front and bottom panels feature eXomesh Slashguards, which provides a layer of stainless-steel wire mesh sandwiched between the bag’s exterior and liner. This prevents thieves from cutting the bag with a razor or knife and taking off with your stuff. The slash-proof adjustable shoulder strap has a built-in lock for anchoring the bag to something secure and locking it in place. The bag fits a DSLR with attached zoom, an extra lens and a flash. There are also pockets for storing memory cards, cords and batteries. Estimated Street Price: $109. Contact: Pacsafe, (800) 873-9415, www.pacsafe.com.
With video becoming such an important part of DSLRs, the way images are taken is changing along with the gear used for support. When you’re recording video, having a fluid head that can pan and tilt with precision is essential to getting good-looking shots. The Sachtler Cine DSLR fluid head has a load capacity of two to 11 pounds and a tilt range of +90º to -75º. A counterbalance in 10 steps and three vertical horizontal grades of drag enhance its operation. Other features include a special camera plate with an anti-twist retainer designed for HD DSLRs, finely graded three-step damping and a robust metal housing. List Price: $1,500. Contact: Sachtler, (845) 268-0100, www.sachtler.us.
Porter Case luggage is known for its innovative built-in CART, or trolley, which folds out and allows up to 150 pounds of other luggage to be carried on top. The latest PCi cases have TSA combination locks, allowing you to lock and check them. Other features include four-inch ball-bearing wheels, a water- and dust-resistant gasket, spring-loaded side and end carrying handles, a new extension handle lock for the CART position and tough polypropylene construction. Four carry-on sizes are available with more than 20 interior configurations to accommodate your specific needs. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $136. Contact: Porter Case, (800) 356-8348, www.portercase.com.


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