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In Focus: March 2009


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POWER TOOLS
Speed up your photo workflow by doing away with repetitive image corrections using onOne Software’s PhotoTools 2. Using the power of Photoshop’s Actions commands, the program has more than 270 photographic tools for creating effects, making corrections and performing other automated production tasks. A Preset Mode displays a list of presets or effects, while the Keyword Mode helps you narrow down the list of effects to those that match your search criteria. The pro version includes more than 300 effects along with support for Lightroom 2 and Aperture 2.1. List Price: $159 (Standard); $259 (Professional). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
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CLASSY BAG
Stay incognito when transporting your expensive camera gear using Lowepro’s Classified AW series. Designed with a slim profile, soft edges and leather detailing, the bag looks more like a briefcase than a typical camera bag. Collapsible interior padding lets you customize how you arrange your gear. Capacity ranges from fitting a D-SLR with attached zoom and an additional lens or flash to carrying one to two professional D-SLRs with attached 70-200mm zoom, two to three extra lenses or flash, and a 15.4-inch notebook. List Price: $169 to $259. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
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SOLID LEGS
Take steady shots no matter what kind of environment you’re in using the Davis & Sanford ATPX10. The heavy-duty, all-terrain tripod features weather-resistant aluminum and stainless-steel construction with a black anodized finish. Height ranges from 23 to 61 inches, and it weighs seven pounds with a 35-pound load capacity. The removable 3-way head with quick release works for taking still photography or video. Estimated Street Price: $189. Contact: Tiffen, (800) 645-2522, www.tiffen.com.
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GET ORGANIZED
Keep your photo workflow efficient and fun with ACDSee Photo Manager 2009, which quickly displays more than 100 different file types, including many popular RAW formats. You can view images at full size or as thumbnails, plus the new Quick View feature previews e-mail attachments or desktop files. Drag and drop photos from Windows-based files, and use Photo Manager to add keywords and ratings, edit metadata and create your own categories. List Price: $49. Contact: ACD Systems, (866) 244-2237, www.acdsystems.com.
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WATER GUARD
Be ready for wet weather by throwing the Rainsleeve-Flash into your camera bag. The plastic weather cover is big enough to fit over your camera with a shoe-mounted flash and telephoto lens. The eyepiece opening adapts to most viewfinders so you can compose shots through the lens, not the plastic. It will fit any lens up to seven inches in diameter and up to 14 inches long. Rainsleeve-Flash comes with two in each bag. Estimated Street Price: $9. Contact: OP/TECH USA, (800) 251-7815, www.optechusa.com.
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GO LARGE FORMAT
Make beautiful fine-art prints of your scenics using the HP Photosmart B8550, a dye-based printer with a new five-ink printing system. The B8550 prints a range of sizes from 4x6 to 13x19 inches, with a 4x6-inch color photo printing in as fast as 30 seconds. You can view and print photos just by inserting your memory card into the built-in card slot. The 2.4-inch color display lets you review and enhance images. HP’s dual-drop volume technology helps enhance detail by using small ink droplets. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: HP, (800) 752-0900, www.hp.com.
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