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In Focus: January/February 2014

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Live music, indoor sports and night photography images can be complicated due to low-light shooting conditions. DxO Optics Pro 9 has made advancements in denoising technology to bring these photos to life. The Standard mode adds an additional 3 stops of denoising with finer grain and more detail than DxO Optics Pro v8. The additional PRIME mode also adds another stop, bringing the total to a 4-stop denoising gain. While reducing noise, the software retains the same level of detail as the original image, as well as preserves saturation and texture. The software includes new color rendering with more accurate skin tones, visual presets, denoise previews and a new export system for a smooth workflow. List Price: $169 (Standard); $299 (Elite). Contact: DxO Image Science, www.dxo.com.
FUJINON XF23mm F/1.4
As more professionals add mirrorless cameras to their gear bags, Fujifilm has added the 35mm equivalent Fujinon XF23mm ƒ/1.4 R lens to their X-series lens lineup. The compact 10.6-ounce, 2.48-inch lens uses metal parts for the focus and aperture ring, feeling solid as a versatile everyday shooter. The camera-to-subject distance indicator and depth-of-field scale provide manual prefocus tools while the high-torque DC coreless motor provides quick AF. A multilayer High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating ensures durability, as well as an even spread of light across the camera sensor. List Price: $899. Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilmusa.com.
A high-capacity, lightweight option for storing and backing up your files while on the go, the WD My Passport Slim portable hard drive with a metal case comes in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities. Measuring 4.33x3.14x0.48 inches for the 1 TB drive, the slim profile fits snugly in your travel bag. The WD Smartware Pro data protection software allows you to back up your files to both the My Passport Slim, as well as your Dropbox account, and back up your Dropbox account directly to the My Passport Slim. The drive has a 256-bit, hardware-based encryption, USB 3.0 connectivity and comes with a 3-year limited warranty. List Price: $99 (1 TB); $149 (2 TB). Contact: WD, www.wdstore.com.

The HD PENTAX DA Limited prime lens series by Ricoh Imaging consists of five lenses designed for K-mount DSLRs. Each lens features Super Protect and high-definition coating for sharp images with reduced ghosting and flare. A round-shaped diaphragm has been designed to produce a natural bokeh effect. Created from high-grade aluminum, each lens is hand-machined to ensure proportion and feel. Lenses are available in both black and silver. Estimated Street Price: $549 (HD PENTAX DA 15mm ƒ/4 ED AL Limited); $699 (HD PENTAX DA 21mm ƒ/3.2 AL Limited); $699 (HD PENTAX DA 35mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Limited); $749 (HD PENTAX DA 40mm ƒ/2.8 Limited); $749 (HD PENTAX DA 70mm ƒ/2.4 Limited). Contact: Ricoh Imaging, www.ricoh-imaging.com.
Totally Rad! Inc. has created Replichrome, a group of Lightroom and Photoshop presets for digital shooters who still relish the look particular traditional film stocks could provide. The company collected 13 popular film stocks, including Fuji 400H, Kodak Portra 400 and Kodak TRI-X, and shot in every lighting condition and with every camera possible. Then, using Noritsu and Frontier scanners, the team created 134 total workflow presets. Each preset gives you additional control over tone, color, grain and density. List Price: $99. Contact: Totally Rad! Inc., www.gettotallyrad.com.
Tamrac has added the Jazz Sling Pack 78 to their lineup, a lightweight pack that provides an easy way to access your gear by sliding it around your body instead of taking off the entire pack. The side zipper door allows fast access to a DSLR with an attached lens up to six inches long, in addition to two small lenses and a flash. The top compartment with a mesh pocket is perfect for storing batteries, flash cards and other accessories. A back zipper pocket protects your iPad, and a side mesh pocket can hold a water bottle, map or other items you may need to reach. The foam padded sling strap keeps the weight of the pack evenly and comfortably distributed. Estimated Street Price: $70. Contact: Tamrac, www.tamrac.com.


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