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In Focus: June 2011

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The Nikon D5100 has a 16.2-megapixel sensor and records 1080p HD video at 30 and 24 fps with full-time autofocus and manual-exposure control. Nikon is releasing its ME-1 microphone (sold separately) for taking full advantage of the camera’s video capabilities. Other key features include a 3-inch, 921,000-dot Vari-angle LCD that rotates 180º horizontally and vertically, a Night Vision mode offering low-light capability that allows the camera to shoot at ISO 102,400, and full manual controls. Estimated Street Price: $799 (body only); $899 (with 18-55mm lens); $179 (ME-1). Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.

With four interfaces and 6 TB of storage, the dual-drive Western Digital My Book Studio II is more than capable of handling your large HD video and photo files. The drive features eSATA and FireWire 800 for maximizing performance, and FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 when you need more flexibility. For Mac users, the drive is now compatible with Time Machine. Powered by WD’s GreenPower Technology, it consumes about one-third less power than standard dual-drive external storage systems and runs quietly without a fan. Estimated Street Price: $549. Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.westerndigital.com.
Gain more perspective control with the new lineup of PC-TS lenses from Schneider Optics. Three models are available: the Super Angulon ƒ/2.8 50mm and Makro-Symmar ƒ/4.0 90mm PC-TS lenses for DSLRs, and the Apo-Digitar 5.6/120 HM Aspheric lens for the medium-format Mamiya/Phase One digital camera system. The lenses can shift laterally up to 12mm or tilt at an angle of up to 8º. These movements can be applied in 30º increments at any position within the 360º lens rotation and with a 90mm image circle for DSLRs and 120mm for medium-format cameras. The lenses retain the full range of movements without vignetting. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Schneider Optics, (818) 766-3715, www.schneideroptics.com.
To create more mood or drama in your landscape shots, try adding the Rogue Grid from ExpoImaging to your flash. The lighting device produces three different honeycomb grid angles of 45º and 25º, and can be stacked to create a 16º angle. The angle of the grid determines the size of the spot projected forward, with smaller-degree grids producing smaller spots and larger angles producing larger spots. A modular design makes changing the grid angles or adding lighting gels easy to do. Weighing just 3.5 ounces, the compact grid comes with a convenient nylon pouch for easy storage in your backpack and an adjustable tension strap for attaching it to your flash. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: ExpoImaging, (800) 446-5086, www.expoimaging.com.

You can carry the Tamrac Evolution 9 as a backpack or as a sling pack over your right or left shoulder. Gear is accessible through doors on each side of the pack when it’s worn over the shoulder. There’s also a front panel that provides entry to your camera when the pack is removed. The main compartment holds a DSLR with a grip and up to an 8¾-inch lens attached, as well as several more lenses, a flash and up to a 17.3-inch laptop, which is held in the rear laptop pocket. Also included are a clip for holding a tripod and a removable rain cover. Estimated Street Price: $259. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.


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