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In Focus: July 2009

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Take steadier stills and videos when using one of the latest video D-SLRs with Zacuto’s Gunstock Shooters. There are four D-SLR models—the Sharp Shooter, Marksmen, Sniper and Precision Shooter. They work with all camera models, are very lightweight and adjust to anyone’s eye or shoulder height. Basic features of all Shooters include the Zgrip Z-Mount, shoulder pad, Z-Finder Optical Viewfinder, strap and mounting risers. All kits are light and easy to handle, which is critical for smooth movement and less user fatigue. Estimated Street Price: $1,432 to $5,239. Contact: Zacuto USA, (888) 294-3456, www.zacuto.com.
Vanguard USA’s Kenline i-Pro 56 is a midsized, heavy-duty photo backpack with a fully customizable interior. Each of the soft-cloth-lined dividers can be easily detached and reattached to fit lenses, camera bodies, battery packs and other accessories. It holds a couple of SLR bodies, four to five lenses, and has a laptop slot for up to 15-inch screens. Other features include anti-shock feet, water-resistant fabric and side straps for holding a tripod, as well as built-in wheels and an extending handle for easily rolling through an airport. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Vanguard USA, www.vanguardusa.com.
Increase the speed and efficiency of your workflow with SanDisk ImageMate memory card readers. Besides traditional drag-and-drop, there’s a transfer button for automatically launching an app or a website that you specify, like Photoshop or Flickr. From there, you can transfer or edit photos. The All-In-One ImageMate reader reaches speeds of up to 34 MBps when using SanDisk’s Extreme IV 45 MBps CompactFlash card. The Multi-Card reader is capable of up to 30 MBps (read) and 27 MBps (write) when using an Extreme III 30 MBps SDHC card. List Price: $29 (All-In-One); $19 (Multi-Card). Contact: SanDisk, (408) 801-1000, www.sandisk.com.
Take sharp pictures or video clips while out riding your bicycle with help from the Flashpoint Bicycle Bracket. The support is made from a high-grade alloy and is available in two sizes for 25.4mm and 31.8mm handlebars. You need a ballhead to attach it to your camera. List Price: $37. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


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