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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

In Focus: July 2008


Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1
FRAME BURST
Catch fast-moving wildlife on the Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1. This hybrid camera can capture 6-megapixel stills at a whopping 60 fps or record 720p and 1080i resolution HD video at 1200 fps. Other top-notch features include a 12x optical zoom lens with a 35mm-equivalent focal-length range of 36-432mm, a 2.8-inch screen, manual controls and a maximum shutter speed of 1⁄40,000 sec. The Best Shot function matches the type of image you want to record and the camera then sets it up automatically. List Price: $999. Contact: Casio, (800) 435-7732, www.casio.com.




OPTICAL TRIO
The latest Pentax D-SLR lenses deliver a variety of features tailored for the outdoor photographer. The DA 55-300mm ƒ/4-5.8 ED is an economy-priced tele-zoom, equivalent to 82.5-450mm on a 35mm SLR. The DA* 200mm ƒ/2.8 and 300mm ƒ/4 ED (IF) SDM pro lenses feature Pentax’s new smooth and quiet supersonic focusing motor along with a weather- and dust-resistant body to match those of the K10D and K20D cameras. A Quick-Shift Focus System instantly switches from auto to manual focus. All three lenses were developed for Pentax D-SLRs with SP coating to protect the exposed front elements. Estimated Street Price: $399 (55-300mm); $1,099 (200mm); $1,299 (300mm). Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.
Pentax D-SLR lenses

SHARP SHOOTER
Take blur-free shots with the Olympus E-520, which features three modes of image stabilization. The first covers general shooting. The second is for use when panning with a moving subject while holding the camera horizontally to preserve that sense of motion. The third mode lets you pan holding the camera vertically, keeping the subject sharp against a blurred background. Other highlights include a 2.7-inch Live View LCD, Shadow Adjustment technology and Perfect Shot Preview, which allows you to view and select White Balance and Exposure Compensation on the LCD. This way you can preview how the image looks and make adjustments if necessary. List Price: TBD. Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.olympusamerica.com.

ROCK-SOLID BAG
Tote your gear into the great outdoors using the M-Rock Zion backpack, which comes with a hydration bladder and mouthpiece in the back compartment. A vertical divider system provides room for an SLR with up to an 8.5-inch lens attached, plus four to six extra lenses and accessories. A medium-sized tripod can be mounted to the front. If you’re out on a long hike, the backpack’s neoprene waist belt and compression straps help you stay comfortable. A detachable bag in the top section holds additional gear and personal items. List Price: $180. Contact: M-Rock, (800) 773-7067 www.m-rock.com.

M-Rock Zion backpack

PLUG-IN POWER
Take full advantage of Photoshop with onOne Software’s Plug-In Suite 4, which combines full versions of six software programs—Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro, Photo Tools 1.0 Professional Edition, PhotoFrame 3.1 Professional Edition, Mask Pro 4.1, PhotoTune 2.2 and FocalPoint 1.0. This means you can resize images by more than 1,000 percent without losing detail or sharpness; reproduce a range of authentic camera, filter and darkroom techniques digitally; add border and edge effects; create masks; correct color; and simulate selective focus or tilt-shift lenses for more precision. List Price: $399. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
onOne Software’s Plug-In Suite 4

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SUMMER SHELL
When the sun goes down and the temperature dips, throw on Cloudveil’s featherweight Mountain Cache jacket. Weighing just six ounces, the garment folds into its own zippered pocket. Teflon coating and tightly woven Cyclone fabric shed moisture and buck wind. The jacket has a single zippered chest pocket, extended asymmetrical cuffs that keep wrists covered and an elastic toggle-cord hem. Estimated Street Price: $50. Contact: Cloudveil, (877) 255-8345, www.cloudveil.com.
Cloudveil’s featherweight Mountain Cache jacket

LEATHER-FREE HIKERS
Go trekking in the Garmont Kiowa Vegan XCR hiking boots. With waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex® lining and all-synthetic mesh uppers, the lightweight hikers block out moisture and absorb shock. Other features include hard-line traction, stability with agility and no weight penalty, running shoe flex, and a snug, performance fit. Estimated Street Price: $129. Contact: Garmont, (802) 658-8322, www.garmontusa.com.
Garmont Kiowa Vegan XCR hiking boots

LIGHT UP
As daylight fades, keep sight of the trail with the Surefire G2. This pocket-sized LED flashlight shines a smooth bright beam four times the light of larger two D-cell flashlights, and it lasts for 12 hours. The rugged G2 is constructed of lightweight, corrosion-proof Nitrolon and aerospace-grade aluminum. The body features a molded grid for a secure grip even in wet conditions. List Price: $65. Contact: Surefire, (800) 828-8809, www.surefire.com.
Surefire G2 flashlight

PACK UP
The tough Gregory Z 55 backpack features an all-new ventilated Jet Stream Suspension system, which delivers more airflow across your back for cooling without sacrificing fit and performance. The pack, a top-loader with an expandable front “bucket” pocket and floating lid, also uses perforated closed-cell foam padding in the harness and waist belt to wick moisture away from your body for a smoother, cooler, lighter ride. The pack is ideal for a weekend trek. Estimated Street Price: $189. Contact: Gregory, (800) 477-3420, www.gregorypacks.com.
Gregory Z 55 backpack



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