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In Focus: July 2009

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Capture big images fast using Hoodman’s RAW UDMA 300x CompactFlash memory cards. The cards come in capacities ranging from 2 GB to 16 GB and have a transfer rate of 45 MBps. Hoodman now uses SSD (Solid State Drive) flash inside the cards for increased reliability and stability. The cards also are enabled with UDMA, increasing card-to-computer transfer rates considerably when paired with a compatible reader. List Price: $49 (2 GB); $89 (4 GB); $179 (8 GB); $299 (16 GB). Contact: Hoodman USA, (800) 818-3946, www.hoodmanusa.com.
Shoot with the versatile smc Pentax DA* 60-250mm ƒ/4 ED (IF) SDM lens, a nice option for those hard-to-get shots of fast-moving wildlife. The zoom covers a 35mm-equivalent focal-length range of 92-383mm. With a maximum constant ƒ/4 aperture across the entire zoom range, the 60-250mm delivers fast shutter speeds, solid depth-of-field control and extended capabilities for shooting in low light while in the field. Estimated Street Price: $1,499. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.
The Olympus FL-BK04 Flash Bracket and FL-BKM03 Twin Flash Bracket are designed to work seamlessly with the E-30 and E-3’s dual-axis LCD monitors for easy free-angle Live View shooting. The FL-BK04 allows for easy mounting of an external flash on either the left or right side of the camera for vertical flash shooting. With the FL-BKM03, you can freely adjust the arm angle and flash position to make flash shooting possible using any Zuiko Digital lens, including ultra-wide-angle lenses. List Price: $199 (each). Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.olympusamerica.com.
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The airport-friendly Pro Roller x-Series from Lowepro comes with a lot of hidden features designed to make traveling with your gear easier and safer. The Lock & Go System has a three-digit combination lock and a retractable cable for keeping your equipment secure. You also can downsize at the last minute by putting essential gear in the unique Reserve Pack that fits inside the roller and has smaller carry-on dimensions. Also nifty is the bag’s retractable TelePod Handle that serves as a makeshift tripod mount or lighting platform with a built-in threaded camera mount. List Price: TBA. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
Support your high-definition camcorder using one of Vinten’s lightweight Vision AS pan-and-tilt heads. The company’s Perfect Balance technology allows you to move the camera in any direction without having to constantly readjust. The side-load camera-plate feature lets you mount and dismount the camera in seconds, reducing setup time and improving operational flexibility. The restyled pan-and-tilt brake knobs have a more robust and user-friendly design for withstanding everyday use. There are four models, and load capacity ranges from 4.4 to 32 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $1,181 to $4,234. Contact: Vinten, (888) 2-VINTEN, www.vinten.com.
Support your camera with the innovative QuadroPod from Novoflex. The versatile four-leg tripod system features a modularly designed tripod collar that can be equipped with different leg variations. Aluminum or carbon legs with three or four sections are available with height ranging from 2.8 to 70.9 inches. It’s available in three versions—with a center column, without it and a variable model with three or four legs. Having a fourth leg increases stability, which is ideal when using long, heavy telephoto lenses. Load capacity is a robust 110 pounds. List Price: TBA. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
The Leica M8.2 Safari camera set features the latest M-series digital rangefinder camera in an olive-green finish, a silver anodized Leica Elmarit-M 28mm ƒ/2.8 ASPH lens with a classically designed metal lens shade and a silver E89 UV/IR filter. It also includes a premium-quality brown calfskin strap and a matching camera bag. Specs are the same as for the standard model: a 10.3-megapixel CCD, 2.5-inch LCD with scratch-resistant cover, and a rugged and compact body (5.5x3.2x1.5 inches, 19.2 ounces). Estimated Street Price: $9,000. Contact: Leica, (800) 222-0118, www.leica-camera.com.

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