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In Focus: March 2012

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Sometimes a camera phone is all you need, especially if it's the camera in the iPhone. Now you can step up your iPhone photography with the iPro Lens System from Schneider Optics. Designed for the iPhone 4 and 4S, the kit consists of wide-angle and fisheye models. Using a bayonet mount, the lenses securely fasten to a standalone bumper case, twist on and off, and have metal lens barrels. The fisheye has a 165° field of view, which is equivalent to a 12mm lens, and the wide-angle has an 86° field of view, which is equivalent to a 19mm lens. A pocket-sized case serves as a protector, universal tripod mount and grip. List Price: $199. Contact: Schneider Optics, (818) 766-3715, www.iprolens.com.

If you're using the HP Designjet Z3200 to do your printing, download the Large Format Photo Negative software package to produce fine-art-quality prints or hard-copy image archives. You can use a digital file from a film scan or a digitally captured file to create a photo negative on a transparent substrate. The negatives then can be used as masters to produce high-quality, black-and-white fine-art prints through a range of classic, alternative photographic processes such as cyanotype, photogravure, dye-transfer and more. An included paper preset ensures that the printer applies the correct amount and combination of inks for achieving the opacity and tonal gradations needed to create the negative specific to the type of paper used for the final print. Estimated Street Price: Free. Contact: HP, (888) 772-9897, www.hp.com/go/digitalnegative.

Getting high-quality wildlife shots requires a telephoto lens, but carrying it in a bulky bag may slow you down. The Tamrac Super Telephoto Lens Pack holds a pro DSLR with up to a 600mm lens attached and has a narrow profile, making it easier to navigate through crowds and in tight spaces. The foam-padded divider inside adjusts vertically to fit lenses of varying lengths, and you can carry a tripod in the front of the bag with the QuickClip tripod attachment system. The pack also meets airline carry-on size requirements. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
If you're planning a trip that makes taking a DSLR difficult, the Fujifilm X10 is a compact shooter with several advanced features that make it a serviceable backup to a DSLR. The 12-megapixel, 2⁄3-inch EXR CMOS sensor is larger than those found in comparable compacts. You can shoot with full manual control, and the Fujinon 4x zoom lens (28-112mm equivalent) can be operated manually by twisting the lens barrel to adjust focal length. A front-mounted dial allows you to choose between manual focus and autofocus, and the lens has maximum aperture settings from ƒ/2 at the wide end to ƒ/2.8 at the telephoto end. Estimated Street Price: $600. Contact: Fujifilm, (800) 800-3854, www.fujifilmusa.com.

Keep your DSLR system dry when shooting a snowy landscape with the LensCoat RainCoat. No matter what kind of elements you're facing, the RainCoat protects your gear while letting you access the camera controls to keep on shooting. It's made from a lightweight, waterproof and breathable poly tricot material. The RainCoat Pro fits DSLRs with 200-400mm telezooms or 300mm to 800mm primes, and the RainCoat Standard fits smaller lenses up to 100-400mm. Cinch straps make it easy to adjust the length of the cover and keep it snug around the lens. An arm sleeve folds out from a built-in pocket, providing you with access to the camera controls. Estimated Street Price: $79 (Standard); $99 (Pro). Contact: LensCoat, www.lenscoat.com.


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