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In Focus: July 2009

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Take more dramatic landscape shots with Nikon’s compact AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 10-24mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED. The lens creates picture angles ranging from 109 to 61 degrees, giving the lens a 35mm- (or FX format)-equivalent focal-length range of 15-36mm. Silent Wave Motor technology enables quiet, fast and accurate autofocusing down to less than a foot. Advanced optics featuring two extra-low-dispersion glass and three aspherical lens elements minimize distortion. List Price: $899. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-UX, www.nikonusa.com.
For those photo trips that involve more than just a camera and lens, the Tamrac Ultra Pro Series shoulder bags offer a lot of room and great features. The foam-padded front pocket is designed to hold a laptop, while the Double Lens-Bridge Divider System inside cradles cameras with grips and lenses attached. The Ultra Pro 11 holds two SLRs with attached lenses, three to four additional lenses, accessories and a 13.3-inch laptop. The Ultra Pro 13 also holds two SLRs with attached lenses, four to five additional lenses, accessories and a 15.4-inch notebook. Estimated Street Price: $149 (Pro 11); $169 (Pro 13). Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.

Steady your next shot using Sigma’s 18-50mm ƒ/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM lens, which features a built-in anti-shake system and large aperture for taking high-quality images in low light. Top features include a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches, a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.1 and Super Multi-Layer Coating that reduces flare and ghosting. Inner focusing and zooming systems help achieve good image quality throughout the entire zoom range. The Hyper Sonic Motor delivers quiet high-speed autofocus. List Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.

The Gitzo Ocean Traveler’s compact size and sturdy frame make it a reliable tripod if you spend a lot of time taking pictures in environments that are rich in salty water, sand, mud and high humidity. The amount of water and debris that could get inside the tubes and locking mechanisms is minimized, thanks to special inserts. The Traveler is ideal for use with lenses up to 200mm. It features all of Gitzo’s most advanced features, including 6X tubing, “Ground Level Set” allowing the user to get the tripod down to ground level, removable self-locking feet, rapid and reversible column and retractable hook. Estimated Street Price: $875. Contact: Gitzo (Bogen Imaging), (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.

Give your hard-drive capacity a boost with the LaCie Rugged XL, a super-sized version of the original Rugged that holds up to 1 TB. The drive looks and is built the same as the original with its durable aluminum casing, signature orange rubber sleeve, internal bumper to minimize shock and heat-dissipating features. The drive is easy to set up and comes with LaCie’s Backup Assistant software, which allows you to customize the formatting. The Rugged XL is compatible with both Mac and PC systems. List Price: $159. Contact: LaCie, (503) 844-4500, www.lacie.com.

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