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In Focus: June 2007

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Memory Cards

If you’re the type of shooter who takes a lot of high-res images, you’ll find no shortage of options in Secure
Digital High Capacity cards this year. These cards look identical in size and shape to standard SD cards, but only SDHC-compatible cameras and devices can accept this format.
Compare PricesKingston offers three new 8 GB SDHC cards with varying minimum data transfer speed rates of 2 to 6 MBps. Also available are two 4 GB SDHC cards with minimum speeds of 2 and 4 MBps. Estimated Street Price: $113 to $138 (8 GB); $58 to $98 (4 GB). Contact: Kingston, (877) KINGSTON, www.kingston.com.
Lexar Professional 133x 4GB SDHC card is capable of minimum read and write speeds of 20 MBps, speeding up capture and image download times. The card includes image recovery software if files are accidentally erased or the card is corrupted. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Lexar Media, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.
Compare PricesPNY Technologies 4 GB SDHC card has a read and write speed of 4 MBps, which is ideal for recording video or images on the latest digital cameras. SDHC cards must be used with compatible SDHC devices and card readers. Estimated Street Price: $90. Contact: PNY Technologies, www2.pny.com.
Compare PricesSanDisk ships its new 8 GB Ultra II SDHC card with the MicroMate USB 2.0 reader at no extra charge. The MicroMate works with both SDHC and SD cards. The 8 GB card writes at 9 MBps and reads at 10 MBps. A 4 GB card also is available. List Price: $239. Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK, www.sandisk.com.

Jobo's photoGPS, every time your camera takes a picture, the device records satellite data, allowing you to tag your images with country, region and district, city, street and longitude/latitude information. The small, lightweight receiver fits directly into the camera's hot shoe. It comes with PC- and Mac-compatible software and the database needed for post-processing. After downloading the data via USB and entering the directory name of the folder storing the images, the computer matches up the EXIF time recorded by the camera and GPS to update the longitude and latitude coordinates. Estimated Street Price: $149. Contact: Jobo AG, (800) 777-6634, www.jobo-usa.com.


Elinchrom‚’s SkyportFLASH REMOTELY
A small, radio-controlled flash-triggering system, Elinchrom's Skyport provides handheld or computer wireless control of all Elinchrom RX power units. A Universal Set is available for flash synchronization with other flash systems. For multiple flash unit control, there are eight frequency channels and four workgroups. The device also works when objects are blocking its path. List Price: TBA. Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.


Put your camera anywhere—on the ground, a rock, a wall or a tree branch—and get all of the support needed with the Omnipod. The 9x4.5x1.25-inch base provides stable support for any D-SLR and even long telephoto zoom lenses. The Omnipod is available in two configurations—bundled with a QRC-2 quick-release clamp or with a standard threaded screw to attach directly to your camera or lens. List Prices: $25 (standard); $75 (QRC-2). Contact: Kirk Enterprises, (800) 626-5074, www.kirkphoto.com.


Sunpak Pistol Grip QR ballheadEASY-TO-USE BALLHEAD
The Sunpak Pistol Grip QR ballhead is ideal for capturing wildlife and adventure sports photos because it adjusts quickly in any direction using controlled, single-action movement. With a trigger-style head, it's easy to move and locks into place with one squeeze of the rubberized trigger release. There's also a quick-release plate for fast mounting and dismounting and a built-in bubble level for quick leveling of the camera. It weighs 1.2 pounds and supports up to 6.6 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $56. Contact: Sunpak, (973) 627-9600, www.sunpak.com.


V2 ballhead from AcratechCompare PricesON THE BALL
Lend your camera
some support with the lightweight, rugged V2 ballhead from Acratech. Weighing less than a pound, the head can hold more than 25 pounds at any angle and has fully adjustable tension control. The oil-free, greaseless ball won't attract or hold dirt and debris. The V2 fits all standard tripods. List Price: $329 (with quick-release clamp); $269 (without). Contact: Acratech Inc., (909) 394-1802, www.acratechusa.com.


Heliopan Infrared FiltersLIGHT MODIFIERS
Compose your landscape scenes with an artistic edge using the new Heliopan Infrared Filters. The filters are made from Schott glass and pass only the exact areas of the infrared spectrum. Additionally, the company has designed digital filters for imaging with sensors that have a significantly higher sensitivity in the infrared area than film. The filters block both UV and IR light for improved color separation and sharpness. List Price: TBD. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.


onOne Software‚’s Essentials for Adobe Photoshop ElementsPLUG IT IN
With onOne Software's Essentials for Adobe Photoshop Elements, you get four powerful, finely tuned software plug-ins that make image processing more efficient. Correct colors with Intellihance Pro, cut out and separate foreground and background objects using Mask Pro, add unique borders and edges around your photos with PhotoFrame Pro, and increase the size and resolution of photos for larger print sizes with Genuine Fractals. The software supports versions of Elements 4 and 5 for Windows and Elements 4 for Macs. List Price: $60. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.


Premium PapersGive your black-and-white digital images the look and feel of a genuine silver gelatin print using
Ilford's Galerie FB Digital paper. The 315gsm fiber base baryta paper is designed for long-term archival use with the ability to be exposed in digital laser printers. Initially, the paper will be supplied in 100-foot rolls by 20-, 30-, 40- and 50-inch widths. List Price: Varies by size. Contact: Ilford Photo, (888) 372-2338, www.ilfordphoto.com.

The Colorado Fiber Gloss and Satine fine-art papers are the first of many products to debut from the new Moab by Legion Paper brand. Based on traditional F surface papers, Colorado Fiber is compatible with desktop and large-format printers. The medium-weight 245gsm paper produces vivid colors while the smooth surface is enhanced with a slight fiber texture and feel. It's available in both sheets and rolls. List Price: Varies by size. Contact: Moab Paper, www.moabpaper.com.


M-Rock‚’s Grand Canyon SLR Extreme bagROCK THIS
Carry M-Rock's Grand Canyon SLR Extreme bag any way you like—as a shoulder bag, backpack, pack, tummy bag or even as a fanny pack. The two shoulder straps with swivel snap hooks and six small, metal D-rings work as a harness system, allowing you to carry the water-resistant bag how you want to. Two deep pockets, along with multiple sub-pockets and sleeves, provide ample room for digital accessories. Smaller modular bags like the Niagra can be attached to the left and right side of medium and larger bags for even more storage. List Price: $70 (Grand Canyon #517); $28 each (Niagra modular #506). Contact: M-Rock, www.m-rock.com.

Tamrac Velocity 8x Model 5768 slingSLING IT
The Tamrac Velocity 8x Model 5768 sling wears comfortably like a backpack, but swings around to the front of your body for fast, convenient access. Ideal for carrying a pro digital or film SLR with attached 70-200mm zoom lens, the pack features adjustable, foam-padded dividers that protect your equipment. There's also room for a couple of additional lenses. The front pocket uses Tamrac's Memory & Battery Management System, which identifies used memory cards and batteries. List Price: $99. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.

Nik Software‚’s Dfine plug-in for Photoshop. Version 2.0NOISE ERASER
Reduce noise in your images with the latest version of Nik Software's Dfine plug-in for Photoshop. Version 2.0 features U Point technology, which allows you to place Control Points on an image and selectively adjust the amount of contrast and color noise reduction. A newly designed, easy-to-use interface, new auto camera profile system and the addition of the Control Points help you improve image quality quickly and easily. List Price: $99. Contact: Nik Software, (619) 725-3150, www.niksoftware.com.



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