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In Focus: June 2010

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Lugging heavy photo gear around the vast outdoors can turn tiresome quickly. To help ease the load, top wildlife photographer Andy Biggs has developed the Kiboko bag, the first model to debut from his Gura Gear line. Weighing in at four pounds, the durable and water-resistant bag is made from high-tech Dimension Polyant VX-21 material, which is what’s used on America’s Cup racing yachts. Fully customizable with extra dividers and a rain cover, the Kiboko is large enough to hold both 500mm and 600mm lenses. The bag was designed to handle between 25 and 35 pounds of camera equipment. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Gura Gear, (832) 295-0709, www.guragear.com.
Put the same amount of effort into the final print as you did into capturing the image using Moab Somerset Museum Rag. The 300gsm paper is archival and acid-free. It’s mould-made using a traditional cylinder mould machine that creates a durable and consistent surface. The 100-percent cotton paper produces deep blacks and a wide color gamut. It’s available in 25-sheet boxes, including sizes of 8½x11, 11x17, 13x19 and 17x22 inches. Rolls of up to 60 inches wide by 50 feet long also will be offered. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Moab, (800) 727-3716, www.moabpaper.com.
Look at your images in greater detail on the NEC MultiSync PA241W desktop display. The 24-inch screen delivers crisp, accurate images with improved color coverage, a sleeker design and enhanced connectivity. It covers 102 percent and 99.3 percent of the NTSC and AdobeRGB color spaces, respectively, and that’s a 72-percent increase over its predecessor. With a 38-percent smaller footprint size, the display frees up some space on your desktop. Improved cable management enables simpler setup, and a new 10-bit DisplayPort and USB hub increase input connectivity options. Estimated Street Price: $1,079. Contact: NEC Display Solutions, (866) NEC-MORE, www.necdisplay.com.
Make sure your equipment is stored safely whether you’re on the road or at home using the Pelican 0550 Transport Case. Two integrated automatic pressure-equalization valves keep moisture out and prevent vacuum lock, ensuring the case is easier to open at any altitude. Like all of Pelican’s Protector Cases, this model features open cell-core wall, polymer construction to protect sensitive equipment from severe conditions. Optional heavy-duty caster wheels are rated to handle up to 250 pounds. A robust “honeycomb” style, reinforced lid provides extra support for stacking multiple cases. Estimated Street Price: $909 (without foam). Contact: Pelican, (800) 473-5422, www.pelican.com.
The CarrySafe 100 strap from Pacsafe is made of durable nylon, neoprene padding with high-tensile stainless-steel wire built in, making the strap slashproof. With universal webbing connectors, the strap easily attaches to most SLRs, binoculars or their carrying cases. The ends of the strap are triangularly shaped, making it easier to attach them to your camera. A lock/unlock latch on the D-Ring offers even more security. Spring-loaded metal clips allow the strap to be quickly clipped to a camera case without removing the webbing connectors from the camera. Estimated Street Price: $19. Contact: Pacsafe, (800) 873-9415, www.pacsafe.com.


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