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In Focus: June 2013

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A compact, 7.5-ounce body with interchangeable lenses, providing RAW+JPEG stills and full 1080 HD video, the Sony NEX-3N makes a great compact backup camera, but it's easily capable of doing the heavy lifting. The 16.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor boosts maximum ISO to 16,000 for low-light shooting, and a zoom lever on the top of the body gives fingertip control of the lens length. The BIONZ processor provides area-specific noise reduction and sharpness without loss of detail. The 7.5cm LCD screen flips 180º for shooting at difficult angles or self-portraits. Estimated Street Price: $498. Contact: Sony, www.sony.com.

Recently, the popularity of metallic prints has been growing in the photographic art world. Moab has designed the new Slickrock Metallic Silver 300 for photographers looking for ultra-shine and increased depth in an inkjet paper. The metal-like surface provides the deep blacks and bright metallic highlights, but is still able to be handled right off the printer. Prints show detail, brightness and luminosity inherent in the metal surface. It's available in 25-sheet boxes sized 8.5x11 and 13x19 inches, A2 and A4, as well as rolls of 17, 24 and 44 inches wide by 50 feet long. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Moab by Legion Paper, moabpaper.com.

The unique design of the Giottos YTL Tripod makes it a light and easy travel companion. The new "Y"-shaped center column adds strength and rigidity to the tripod while also allowing the legs to close 30% closer to the center than traditional round center columns, reducing bulk and weight. The legs have three adjustable angle positions with separate locks on each leg. The Giottos Quick Lever leg lock system and index markers on the lowest leg section make setup smooth even with gloved hands. The 2-way version allows you to raise, lower and reverse the center column, while the 3-way version allows you to move through 180º and lock the center column where needed. Available in aluminum or carbon fiber. Estimated Street Price: $149-$456. Contact: Giottos (HP Marketing Corp.), www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

Take full control of your camera from a distance with the CamRanger wireless tethering system. Ideal for macrophotography, CamRanger connects to your camera via USB and then turns your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a live control pad using its own WiFi connection up to 150 feet away (no outside network needed). From your mobile device, you can change basic camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO. For complete focus control, the CamRanger gives you touch focus, incremental adjustments and focus stacking. Set up your intervalometer and HDR or record movies and use live touch focus during recording. Photos are saved to your camera's internal memory card and optionally may be saved to your iOS device, as well. With Client mode, friends and family may wirelessly view photos as they're taken by the photographer at the camera. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: CamRanger, www.camranger.com.

The incredibly slim, vertical-style Zuma 32 Photo/iPad Bag from Tamrac is ideal for carrying your daily necessities in a sleek silhouette. A front pocket with two neoprene compartments holds most compact DSLRs or mirrorless cameras with a lens attached and an extra lens. The middle, foam-padded pocket holds an iPad or 11-inch MacBook Air. A back pocket with mesh and zipper pockets holds cords, adapters and larger items such as a mini-tripod. It features two carrying handles and a sliding shoulder strap for comfortable toting. Estimated Street Price: $80. Contact: Tamrac, www.tamrac.com.


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