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In Focus: March 2011


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COMPACT 15X ZOOM
Use the Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD for wide-open landscapes and faraway wildlife. The lens is compact, weighing just 15.9 ounces and measuring 3.8 inches in length and 2.9 inches in diameter. With new PZD (Piezo Drive) autofocus technology, the ultrasonic motor delivers fast, quiet focusing. Other features include Vibration Compensation image stabilization, a minimum focusing distance of 19.3 inches throughout the zoom range and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8. Available for Canon and Nikon mounts, with a Sony mount to follow. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Tamron, (800) 827-8880, www.tamron-usa.com.

ESSENTIAL TOOLS
Enlarge images, add layers and choose from different effects with Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 from onOne Software. Seven programs are packed into this editing suite, giving you the ability to tackle a range of specific problems. Perfect Layers 1 allows you to create and edit multilayered Photoshop files in Lightroom and Aperture. PhotoTools 2.6 Pro adds a dozen new effects, bringing the effects library to nearly 300. In PhotoFrame 4.6 Pro, there are more than 1,000 frames, textures and album layouts. MaskPro 4.1 delivers a color-based method for quickly extracting a subject and removing an unwanted background. FocalPoint 2 allows you to add realistic depth of field and selective focus. PhotoTune 3 offers color correction, and Perfect Resize 7 enlarges images. List Price: $499. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.


CONTROL LIGHT
Upgrade your flash power with the Nikon Speedlight SB-700. The unit has a wide 24-120mm zoom range and can automatically detect whether you’re using an FX (full-frame) or a DX (APS-C) camera for optimizing zoom settings based on the camera body. Like the SB-900, there’s a screen-and-control-dial interface. Improvements include dedicated switches for changing modes and for illumination patterns (standard, center-weighted and even). There’s also a motorized zoom, AF-assist illuminator and a Commander Mode for other off-camera flashes. List Price: $329. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.
SHARPEN UP
PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 is a Photoshop Automate plug-in based on three sets of sharpening effects designed to work together. You start with Capture Sharpening for improving image details as you begin to process. Creative Sharpening addresses specific problem areas, and Output Sharpening optimizes the image for each output. New features include a dialog window with a preview button that shows you the selected sharpening effect. Effects with multiple layers and layer groups can be reduced to a single layer to keep file size down. Effects are nondestructive layer-based edits that don’t alter original data. List Price: $99. Contact: PixelGenius, www.pixelgenius.com.


LARGE-FORMAT LENS
The Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 32mm ƒ/4 is designed for cameras with sensors of up to 36x56mm and 40x54mm, as well as larger stitch formats of up to 49x71mm. With a 40x54mm sensor, it has a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 20.6mm (16.5mm when used for stitching to a format of 49x71mm). For shift-and-tilt movements, its large back focal length of 22.3mm leaves free space between the rear mount and the sensor, without touching the sensor or the rear standard. The lens has a resolution of 80 lp/mm and image circle diameters of 90mm. Estimated Street Price: $6,999. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

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