STRIKING IMAGES With the Lightning Trigger from Stepping Stone Products in your camera bag this summer, you can capture those impromptu lightning storms from a safe distance. When the trigger is attached to your camera's flash shoe and connected to an auxiliary cable outlet, a flash of light activates the camera's shutter release. You don't have to keep the shutter open because the camera automatically fires when lightning occurs, day or night. The sensors can detect lightning flashes at up to 20 miles away during the day and up to 40 miles away at night. The device is powered by a 9V alkaline battery and weighs just five ounces. Estimated Street Price: $329. Contact: Stepping Stone Products, (800) 452-4167, www.lightningtrigger.com.
STAR SHOOTER If capturing the stars and the sky at night is what gets your creative juices going, the Canon EOS 60Da, which is optimized for shooting through telescopes, includes some powerful new features to boost your astrophotography. The DSLR has a modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with increased sensitivity to the hydrogen alpha floating through the air. Standard camera sensors don't see it, but with the 60Da, you can take pictures of "red hydrogen emission" nebulae and other cosmic phenomena. Key specs include an 18-megapixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, a three-inch Vari-angle 1,040,000-dot LCD, enhanced noise reduction, ISO speeds up to 6,400 and expandable to 12,800, a nine-point autofocus system and full manual controls. Estimated Street Price: $1,499. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
Take a more dramatic point of view when shooting landscapes with the Distagon T* 2,8/15 wide-angle lens from Carl Zeiss. The 15mm lens has a fast ƒ/2.8 aperture, can focus from just 10 inches and offers a 110° field angle of view when mounted on a full-frame camera. A combination of aspherical lens elements, partial dispersion glass and a floating-elements design controls distortion and chromatic aberration. The lens is available with an EF (ZE) or F bayonet (ZF.2) mount. Estimated Street Price: $2,950. Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.
Give your iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices expanded remote-control functionality with Galileo. Capable of infinite 360° pan-and-tilt at speeds of up to 200° per second in any orientation, Galileo lets you swipe your finger on the device's screen and it reacts by orienting your iPhone or iPod touch accordingly. You can create more dynamic time-lapse images and more interesting video with unique transitions and panning capabilities. Mount the Galileo on rails and create a mini-rig for your iPhone. You also can integrate Galileo functionality into existing apps or create new apps built around its movement abilities. Estimated Street Price: $129. Contact: Motrr, www.motrr.com.
Sharpen up those wildlife pictures using the Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 APO EX DC OS HSM telephoto lens. With Optical Stabilizer technology, you can shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would be possible otherwise. This model marks the company's 10th telephoto lens to have the OS system. Six SLD glass elements offer corrections for all types of aberrations and provide high-quality imagery throughout the zoom range. Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, and the Hyper-Sonic Motor (HSM) delivers quiet, high-speed autofocusing while allowing full-time manual-focus capability. List Price: $1,650. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.
Carry your gear with style on your next out-of-town adventure using the Tamrac Aria series of camera bags. Made from a rich, smooth fabric that feels like silk, the bags are durable and don't look like typical camera bags so as not to call a lot of unwanted attention to your valuable gear. It holds a DSLR with a lens attached, a second lens, and a third lens or flash. There's a foam-padded compartment for holding an iPad, as well as a zippered, pleated front pocket for accessories and other items. Two slim side pockets hold a phone or iPod, and the silver interior lining makes it easy to find items. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.