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In Focus: June 2012

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Take a more natural approach to editing your images with the Wacom Intuos5. This is the latest generation of the company's popular pen-tablet lineup, and it features a multitouch surface that supports gestures for zooming, scrolling, panning and rotating images. You can create customized gestures in supported applications, like Photoshop, to make your workflow more efficient. For those who like working with a pen, the Grip Pen is still the linchpin. With 2,048 levels of pressure and up to 60 degrees of pen tilt, you can work the way you would with a paintbrush, marker or traditional pen. List Price: $229 (small); $349 (medium); $469 (large). Contact: Wacom, (800) 922-6613, www.wacom.com.
Deal with fast-changing lighting conditions using the Litepanels Croma. It takes the MicroPro a step further by adding adjustable color temperature output that ranges from daylight (5600K) to tungsten (3200K), so you can change the color temperature of the Croma to match the ambient light and give your images a more natural look. The on-camera LED features two dials. The first one allows you to dim from 100% to zero without obvious color shift, and the second lets you dial in fill light to any point between daylight and tungsten. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Litepanels, (818) 752-7009, www.litepanels.com.
Mount your camera on your backpack or a second camera on your camera vest using the Cotton Carrier StrapShot. Ideal for hiking or travel, the StrapShot is compatible with any backpack, and the quick-release locking system provides easy one-handed operation. The StrapShot clips to a backpack strap D-ring using high-quality Velcro® wings to attach securely to the strap. The strap is weatherproof and made of rugged 1680 denier Nylon. A free hand strap is also included. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Cotton Carrier, (877) 852-9423, www.cottoncarrier.com.

Capture close-ups of nature's tiniest details with the Flashpoint Digital Microscope Camera, which features 10-500X magnification, a built-in LED ringlight, a 2.7-inch TFT LCD monitor and zoom control. The ringlight delivers even lighting without shadows when the camera is right up against the subject. It's powered by four AAA batteries, is compatible with SD memory cards and has a mini USB outlet for downloading directly to your computer or storage device. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


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