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In Focus: June 2013

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When out on a shoot, you need fresh, fully charged batteries that are easy to find and safe from the harsh environment. Made of rip-stop nylon, the Pro DSLR Battery Holder by Think Tank Photo keeps your batteries together in one place. The slim, soft case has two individual pockets, one for each battery, and folds in half for compact, flexible storage. When empty, the bag flattens for space-saving storage. Compatible with pro-sized batteries for Canon and Nikon bodies. Estimated Street Price: $18. Contact: Think Tank Photo, www.thinktankphoto.com.

Lighten your load as you hit the trail with the Canon EOS Rebel SL1. Weighing in at just over 14 ounces, this is a DSLR that's small in size, but big in action. Canon's newly designed 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor deliver increased image quality and continuous shooting up to 4 fps. The camera has a wide ISO 100-25,600 range for low-light shooting. With full HD video capture at 1080p, Canon's Movie Servo AF provides continuous autofocus tracking of moving subjects. The smudge-proof, touch-sensitive, three-inch LCD screen allows for quick, intuitive, multi-finger gestures such as zooming in, active focus point and shutter release while shooting. Estimated Street Price: $649. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

With 7x magnification and a sharp field of view up to 124.6 yards away, the Minox MD 7x42 C Monocular helps zero in on birds and other wildlife with the ease of single-handed operation. Additionally, it has an integrated compass for navigation while on land and water or in the air. The metal body protects the optical system in rough conditions and is watertight to a depth of 16'5". Available in both black and white. Estimated Street Price: $119. Contact: Minox, www.minox.com.

Receiving a photo review from an industry expert just became a bit more convenient and affordable with Eyeist.com. The first web-based photo review service (no software needed), Eyeist.com offers photo and website reviews, as well as career guidance from leading photographers, art buyers, picture editors and museum curators. You can choose a reviewer or be automatically matched based on your needs. Turnaround time once you're paired with your reviewer averages 72 hours. Registration and image uploading is free, and you choose from a variety of review packages. Estimated Street Price: $100-$350. Contact: Eyeist, www.Eyeist.com.

Constantly rotating your arm around for vertical shots can sometimes leave you fatigued. The Vertax Battery Grip from Argraph may be just the thing to take the awkward out of that vertical rotation, as it includes a vertical shutter release, shutter and aperture control wheels for Nikon and a single wheel for Canon, an exposure lock and multi-function control buttons. In addition, it's made of the same raw materials as the Nikon and Canon cameras, and provides dust and moisture seals, plus a rubber hand grip to prevent slips. Estimated Street Price: $89-$116. Contact: Argraph, www.argraph.com.


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