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In Focus: July 2010

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Keep your CompactFlash or SecureDigital memory cards together with the Media Keeper from OP/TECH USA. The felt-lined leather pouch is designed to attach to any camera strap or belt and opens like a wallet to reveal two pockets for holding either CF or SD cards in jewel cases. The hook fastener secures contents and offers quick, easy access. If you use OP/TECH USA camera straps, the Media Keeper can be threaded through the quick disconnect feature as an added safeguard. Estimated Street Price: $9. Contact: OP/TECH USA, (800) 251-7815, www.optechusa.com.
The 12.1-megapixel Leica V-Lux 20 can serve as a powerful backup to your DSLR or as a solid alternative when hiking around with a big camera isn’t practical. The DC-Vario-Elmar 4.1-49.2mm ƒ/3.3-4.9 ASPH zoom lens offers a 25-300mm focal-length range in 35mm format, making it ideal for getting open landscapes, close-up macro shots or distant wildlife. Image stabilization, 720p HD video functionality, GPS tagging, a three-inch LCD and ergonomically positioned controls for easy handling are among the key features. Manual control of the shutter speed and aperture also is possible. Estimated Street Price: $699. Contact: Leica, (800) 222-0118, www.leica-camera.com.

Capture better video on your DSLR with the Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro. Especially useful for reducing outdoor glare and for those who wear glasses, the kit now includes a smart hot-shoe mount called the HoodCrane for the HoodLoupe 3.0. The HoodCrane swings up and pivots out for shared LCD viewing or still shooting. Also in the kit is the HoodMAG, a new magnifying video eyecup for the HoodLoupe. Estimated Street Price: $209. Contact: Hoodman, (800) 818-3946, www.hoodmanusa.com.
Weighing in at just three pounds, the Tenba Ultralight backpack can handle a full DSLR system with one or two cameras, three to four lenses, a flash and accessories. The pack is constructed of a dobby nylon and diamond ripstop nylon combination that makes it durable, water-resistant and lightweight. Every opening has gasket-sealed YKK zippers for weather protection. For extra security, the SwitchBack camera insert can be reversed to be accessible only from the back of the pack and the zipper can be locked on both sides. Estimated Street Price: $134. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.
Support your camera on the sturdy, aluminum Espod Plus tripod from Vanguard. The ergonomic leg-angle release button makes it easy to set up and take down. Four models are available with load capacities of 4.4 pounds and 6.6 pounds, and weigh between just under a pound and 2.87 pounds. Maximum extended height for all is 57.3 inches, with folded height ranging from 20.5 inches to 22.7 inches. The Espod Plus is flexible, too, with a detachable low-angle adapter that allows you to reverse the center column and get the camera low for macro shooting. Other features include a three-way pan head, 25º, 50º and 80º leg angles, and quick-flip leg locks. Estimated Street Price: $79 to $109. Contact: Vanguard, (800) 875-3322, www.vanguardworld.com.

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