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In Focus: July 2013


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CANON VIXIA
Create high-quality video with the VIXIA HF G20 by Canon. Offering a 10x HD video lens at a 35mm equivalent, the eight-blade iris provides soft, smooth backgrounds, bringing attention to the area of the frame that you intend. The camera is equipped with an HD CMOS sensor for low-light, high-dynamic-range full 1080 HD video. Ready to handle 12 full hours of video recording, the VIXIA records to a 32 GB flash drive or to two memory slots. The image is simultaneously output to the intuitive 3.5-inch Touch Panel LCD, as well as the large eyecup, to match your style of shooting. Estimated Street Price: $1,099. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

WATER ARMOR
As you're hiking through the elements to capture your ultimate image, be sure to take care of your own body by packing enough water, snacks and, of course, sunscreen. Since 1985, BullFrog has been creating sunscreen to stand up to rough weather, and now they've created WaterArmor Sport InstaCool broad-spectrum UVA/UVB 50+ sunscreen, engineered to stay in place on your body regardless of any water you encounter. Menthyl lactate cools and refreshes your overheated skin while vitamin E and aloe work to moisturize dry skin. WaterArmor Sport InstaCool goes on clear with no rubbing required and lasts for 80 minutes. Estimated Street Price: $10. Contact: BullFrog Sunscreen, www.bullfrogsunscreen.com.
FUJIFILM XF
Fujifilm has expanded the flexibility and range of the X-series interchangeable system with the XF 55-200mm ƒ/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens. The first telephoto lens in the series, it includes two linear motors for quiet, high-speed autofocus. The HT-EBC lens coating prevents ghosting, reflections and lens flare. A 1/3-EV-step aperture ring allows small aperture adjustments while holding the camera to your eye. Estimated Street Price: $699. Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilm.com.

PRO VIDEO LAB
GoPro videos are perfect for capturing action at unusual angles and high speeds or in hazardous conditions. But after you get your footage back to your computer, you may need to clean up the video. proDAD ProDrenaliN software quickly removes fish-eye lens distortions and improves rolling shutter that may occur during a quick pan. Image stabilization is automatic with ProDrenalin, keeping your images steady. Simple color correction, sensor noise removal and video rotation also are standard. Batch processing for download and optimization keeps your workflow quick and easy. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: proDAD, www.prodad.com.

WIDE GLASS
Sigma has added the 18-35mm ƒ/1.8 DC HSM lens to its Art collection. Made out of Thermal Stable Composite (TSC) compound materials, it performs well at extreme temperatures, and with its small size and weight—3.1x4.8 inches and 28.6 ounces—it's perfect for your trail bag. The Super Multi-Layer coating reduces flare and ghosting and increases contrast, while the Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) maintains a silent high-speed autofocus function. The nine-blade rounded diaphragm produces a smooth bokeh with the large aperture. It's compatible with the Sigma USB dock for firmware updates and focus parameter adjustments. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.


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