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In Focus: January/February 2012

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Looking at a landscape or wildlife photograph in print makes a different impact than just looking at the image on screen. The Canon PIXMA PRO-1 uses a 12-ink system, five of which are monochrome, and a tubular ink-delivery system designed to improve print speed. Located on the side of the printer, the ink tanks are 2.5 times larger than those used in previous models, and a new FINE print head is used to deliver the ink with improved consistency. Canon touts the PRO-1 as capable of producing a 13x19-inch print in about four minutes and 20 seconds. Estimated Street Price: $999. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.

With 10 new filter presets to choose from, Tiffen has added more options to its Dfx 3 software program, a comprehensive collection of more than 2,000 filters, effects and correction tools. New features include: Match Filter for matching the lighting and color of a different image, Rays for changing points of light into stunning rays, DeNoise for reducing grain and noise, Key Light for adding directional or point light to a scene, and Film Stocks for simulating the look of more than 100 color and black-and-white film types. Dfx 3 comes as a standalone or as a plug-in for most popular photo or video/film-editing software. Estimated Street Price: $169 (Standalone); $199 (Photo plug-in); $599 (Video/Film plug-in). Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.

Canon shooters with sizable EF lens collections now can use those lenses on Micro Four Thirds cameras with the LiveLens MFT from Redrock Micro. The lens mount has a touch pad that allows you to control the aperture in increments as small as a 1⁄3-stop, and it works with nearly all available EF models including variable-aperture zoom, prime, L-series and third-party EF-compatible lenses. The compact LiveLens MFT weighs less than six ounces. Estimated Street Price: $442. Contact: Redrock Micro, (888) 214-3903, www.redrockmicro.com.

If you spend more time capturing dramatic landscapes than distant wildlife, wide-angle lenses probably take up more space in your camera bag than any other kind of lens. The latest wide-angle option from Carl Zeiss, the Distagon T* 2/25, is a 25mm lens constructed of 11 lens elements in 10 groups, and features a maximum aperture of ƒ/2 and an 81º diagonal angle of view. Available in Canon (ZE) and Nikon (ZF.2) mounts, both models include a CPU to provide aperture information to the camera, allowing the use of automatic exposure modes and the recording of EXIF data. Select types of glass and two aspheric surfaces prevent color fringes from appearing on high-contrast edges. Estimated Street Price: $1,699. Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.

Whether you need a daypack, backpack or sling, the Adaptor series from Vanguard has you covered. Converting from a backpack to a sling is as easy as moving one of the shoulder straps and tucking away the other in a pocket. Quick-access zippered openings on both sides of the bag accommodate left- or right-handed shooters. The inside is spacious with thick padding to protect your gear. A zippered and buckled top compartment stores additional equipment and extras. There's also a tripod holder and zippered pockets for small accessories and lens caps. Estimated Street Price: $89 to $129. Contact: Vanguard, (800) 875-3322, www.vanguardworld.com.


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