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In Focus: July 2012

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Balance your HDSLR on the Ace tripod system from Sachtler. Made from a unique composite material, the durable tripod is compact and lightweight. The fluid head is designed specifically for video DSLRs and small HDV camcorders. It can support up to 8.8 pounds, has five-step counterbalance for quick camera balancing and positioning, plus a drag system with three horizontal and three vertical steps. This allows for precise panning and tilting, as well as choosing a drag setting suitable for any shooting situation. Estimated Street Price: $535. Contact: Sachtler, (845) 268-0100, www.sachtler.com.
Carry your HDSLR system using one of the Pro-Light Pro-V Backpack options from Kata. The bags can fit a range of large HDSLR rig configurations or a DSLR with an attached lens of up to 300mm. The slim, streamlined exterior has full-front access to the main compartment so four padded storage pouches are accessible from outside or inside the bag. The pouches conform to gear size and shape for protection. The Pro-V 410 fits an HDV camcorder, a large HDSLR rig configuration or a DSLR with a lens of up to 300mm attached, six to eight lenses, an extra body and accessories. A rear, padded pocket holds up to a 15.4-inch laptop. The Pro-V 610 holds the same, except that you can fit a DSLR with up to a 500mm attached and up to a 17-inch laptop. Estimated Street Price: $299 (Pro-V 410); $349 (Pro-V 610). Contact: Kata, (201) 818-9500, www.kata-bags.us.
Bumping up capacity to 2 TB isn't all that's new about the Western Digital My Passport hard drive. The outer shell is designed to be more resistant to scratches and fingerprints while USB 3.0 connectivity and continuous automatic backup software inside deliver a fast and secure system for storing your image files while still out in the field. Password protection and hardware encryption allow you to take an extra step toward protecting your files from unauthorized use or access. Other available capacities include 500 GB, 750 GB and 1 TB. Estimated Street Price: $249 (2 TB). Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.wdc.com.
Make your landscapes look as though they were taken on Polaroid 669 or Kodachrome with Digital Film Tools Film Stocks. With nearly 300 presets, the program includes color, black-and-white, motion-picture and historical photographic processes. In addition to Polaroid and Kodak, some of the other film types include Agfa, Fuji, Ilford and Rollei. You can create presets from scratch, as well as the skewed color looks of cross-processing, the Lo-Fi photographic styles of Lomo and Holga toy cameras, and the aged look of faded films. Other features include masking tools, vignettes, 8- and 16-bit image processing, and multiprocessor acceleration. Estimated Street Price: $95. Contact: Digital Film Tools, (818) 761-6577, www.digitalfilmtool.com.
If you're noticing a lot of dropped video frames, lag time when shooting RAW or long download times, you may need to get a faster memory card. The Delkin 700x CF memory cards deliver transfer rates of up to 105 MB/s and write speeds of up to 67 MB/s. With that kind of speed, the cards are ideal for using with high-performance DSLRs and video modes, such as slow-motion recording. They're available in capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. Estimated Street Price: $54 (16 GB); $99 (32 GB); $224 (64 GB); TBA (128 GB). Contact: Delkin Devices, (800) 637-8087, www.delkin.com.


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