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In Focus: July 2014


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BALLPOD
Ideal for rough terrain, small spaces and unusual setups, the 298g BallPod is a travel-friendly, compact camera support ready for adventure. About the size of an orange, it has a silicone outer shell and moldable inner filling, making it adaptable to your environment. List Price: $39. Contact: BallPod, www.omegabrandess.com.
PHOTO MONOPOD
The Photo Monopod by Benro uses a ball socket design with an extra-wide base and swivel pod foot that grips almost any surface for steady support. The closed-cell nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) grip provides a firm and comfortable way to carry the monopod. The leg-lock levers include an anti-rotation system, ensuring the legs won't twist and swivel, and making sure you can adjust height quickly. Head mount threads are available in 1⁄4"-20 and 3⁄8"-16 sizes. Max load ranges from 39.6 to 55 pounds, depending on the model. List Price: $65-$173. Contact: Benro, www.benrousa.com.
CLEVER CONVERSION
The new TCL-X100 is a tele-conversion lens specifically for Fujifilm X100/X100S cameras. Increasing versatility, the lens mounts directly to the camera, multiplying the 23mm focal length by 1.4x to 33mm (or a 50mm equivalent) and offering a 5.5-inch macro shooting distance. The HT-EBC coating reduces ghosting and flare while maintaining the original X100/X100S lens characteristics. It's compatible with the hybrid viewfinder. List Price: $349. Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilmusa.com.
Z-FINDER
Whether you're using a DSLR for video shooting or prefer the LCD screen for still shots, the Zacuto Z-Finder is a must-have tool for your camera bag. By cutting out any extraneous light, it makes it possible to use the LCD screen for accurate manual focus. It also encourages you to hold the camera in toward your body for increased stabilization, reducing camera shake. All models provide magnification, anti-fog covers, extender frames, lens cap and lanyard hooks. Z-Finder Pro models also include diopters. List Price: $165-$395. Contact: Zacuto, www.zacuto.com.

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