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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In Focus: July 2010





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SLING IT
The next generation of Lowepro’s popular SlingShot AW series is designed with the Hideaway Tripod Mount system for attaching a compact tripod or monopod to the side of the bag. There’s more room in the upper compartment for personal stuff, and the divider system in the main compartment has been updated. The quick-rotating design for swinging the bag around and grabbing the camera fast is enhanced with easy-glide zippers that enable smooth, swift access to all of the compartments. Three sizes are available. The smallest holds a midsized DSLR with attached zoom, one to two lenses or flash units, accessories, a compact tripod and personal items. The largest holds a pro DSLR with up to a 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 attached, four to six lenses or flash, a tripod and more. Estimated Street Price: $89 to $129. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
GET WET
Whether trekking through a rain forest, whitewater rafting or hanging out at the beach, keep your camera protected in the ewa-marine U-BF100 waterproof weather housing. Made of flexible, double-laminated PVC, the fit is designed so you can use a Nikon D3, Canon EOS-1D model or other pro-level DSLRs with full functionality. The built-in finger control allows you to depress the camera’s shutter release. A full-sized glove is built into it for zooming the lens, as well as manually controlling functions that require more than touchpad operation. The housing makes shooting possible in depths down to 33 feet. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: RTS Inc., (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.
HARD DRIVE APP
Log onto your Western Digital My Book World Edition Drive and view your entire image library using the WD Photos photo viewer, an iPhone/iPod touch app. The app is compatible with WD’s ShareSpace Network Drive, too, running directly on either drive and automatically resizing photos ahead of time for faster viewing on an iPhone or iPod touch without having to wait for them to load. The original files stay safe and in full resolution on the drive. Features include access to all photos copied into the Shared Pictures folder of either drive and smart filtering for viewing photos by album or searching by date or file name. Estimated Street Price: Free. Contact: Western Digital, (877) 934-6972, www.westerndigital.com.

FLUID HEAD
Pan the camera smoothly using the Joby Ballhead X. The portable, yet sturdy ballhead supports 11.1 pounds, weighs nine ounces and is 3.3 inches tall. With full 360º panning and 90º tilt capability, the ballhead lets you position the camera at almost any angle, a feature that’s especially handy for landscape shots. Separate knobs allow for independent panning and tilting. While it’s optimized for Joby’s Gorillapod Focus tripod, the unit accommodates both 3⁄8- and 1/4-inch threads, making it compatible with any tripod. It comes with a quick-release plate that stays attached to the camera for fast setup. Estimated Street Price: $69. Contact: Joby, (888) 569-5629, www.joby.com.

TIME SAVER
Kubota Image Tools DASHBOARD 3 Pro is a one-stop solution for working with Actions in Photoshop. It’s a floating palette that works from within Photoshop as a mini-search engine for Actions. It can find and run any Action instantly, keyword search Actions, add descriptions, mark favorites and use Actions from Kubota or run those from your own collection. Each time you open Photoshop, the Actions list refreshes. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Kubota Image Tools, (877) 330-4330, www.kubotaimagetools.com.


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