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In Focus: January/February 2010

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If you prefer to work with a pen or a touch screen rather than a mouse, the Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch tablet features multitouch (finger-based) and pen-input technology. Offering a more intuitive way of editing images or navigating between programs, the tablet allows you to zoom in, scroll through, pan and rotate images and other files. The Bamboo family includes five tablets—touch-only, pen-only and three versions of the pen-and-multitouch combination. Estimated Street Price: $69 to $199. Contact: Wacom, (800) 922-6613, www.wacom.com.
Simulate the look of a selective-focus or tilt-shift lens using the latest, more robust version of onOne Software’s FocalPoint app. In the second version, multiple-focus bugs can be combined to create unique shapes or highlight multiple subjects. The FocusBug is what controls how much blur is added, and it has two shapes, round and planar. The round bug simulates a selective-focus lens or filter. Another new feature is the FocusBrush, which can be used to paint in focus and blur. Estimated Street Price: $159. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
The third lens in the Zeiss ZE series for Canon EOS SLRs is the ultrawide Distagon T* 3,5/18 ZE. The 18mm lens is designed for full-frame cameras, delivering a 99-degree field of view. Internal focusing helps keep its sizecompact with smooth, precise focus control. To prevent aberrations during close-ups, the lens uses a floating-elements design in which internal lens groups are repositioned individually during focusing. Anti-reflective coating prevents reflections from affecting the glass. Estimated Street Price: $1,290. Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.
Take sharp close-ups of distant wildlife or sports action with the Sigma 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6 DG OS lens. With the built-in Optical Stabilizer anti-shake function, you can shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would otherwise be possible. The compact tele weighs just 1.3 pounds and measures 3x5 inches, a nice size for taking on a hike or camping trip. It’s available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax mounts. Sony and Pentax cameras now utilize the OS function in either the body or the viewfinder, available only with Sigma. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.
Load your camera with SanDisk’s Extreme Pro CompactFlash memory cards that capture RAW stills and HD video clips at data-transfer speeds of up to 90 MB/s, in addition to HD video. The cards work best with more advanced, UDMA 6-enabled DSLRs and come in 16, 32 and 64 GB capacities. The large capacities with fast read and write speeds mean you can shoot high-resolution images continuously for an extended period of time without having to switch cards. SanDisk also offers the Extreme Pro ExpressCard Adapter for taking full advantage of the fast read-speed capability. Estimated Street Price: $300 to $800 (cards); $49 (reader). Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK, www.sandisk.com.


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