Stabilize your DSLR with the Giottos GTL9242-S2-630 tripod system, which includes the new MH7503 single-lever ballhead with the Giottos MH630 double-action lever lock quick release. Some of the top features include a reversible, nontwist center column with safety lock, a retracting spring-loaded weight hook and 3-position leg angle locks. The tripod has a minimum height of 16 inches and extends to 56.3 inches with the column. It can hold 6.6 pounds, yet weighs only 2.7 pounds. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
SIZE UP Alien Skin Software Blow Up 3 makes resizing images easy and fast with a user interface that works similarly to the resize command in Photoshop. Images stay tack-sharp, especially at the edges, and there are lots of presets for standard paper sizes, making the program even easier to use. Blow Up does output sharpening depending on your paper type to ensure that prints are crystal clear. There's also support now for Lightroom (version 2 or later), in addition to Photoshop (CS4 or later) and Photoshop Elements (version 8 or later). List Price: $199; $99 (upgrade). Contact: Alien Skin, (888) 921-SKIN, www.alienskin.com.
Steady your DSLR on the Sachtler Telescopic TT 75/2 CF tripod. The lightweight carbon-fiber tripod weighs 5.1 pounds, yet it can support 44 pounds, and is designed for DSLRs that shoot high-definition video. Height ranges from 10.6 to 67.3 inches. The tripod features a 75mm bowl and 3-section, single carbon-fiber tubes. It's easy to set up, and the varying leg angles can be quickly deployed and adjusted. The tripod is available with the Sachtler FSB 4, Cine DSLR, FSB 6 or FSB 8 fluid head. Estimated Street Price: $1,224 (with FSB 4 fluid head). Contact: Sachtler, (845) 268-0100, www.sachtler.us.
The PNY Professional High Speed SDHC memory cards have transfer speeds of up to 20 MB/s and capacities of up to 32 GB. Speed and capacity are crucial when shooting stills that involve a lot of action, such as sports and wildlife, and HD video. The cards perform in all temperatures, from -13° F to 185° F, and they feature shock protection, as well as RTV silicone coating added inside for protection against moisture and humidity. Estimated Street Price: $69 (32 GB). Contact: PNY, www.pny.com.
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The Optrix HD Sport Mount is a rugged waterproof case for the iPhone and iPod touch that mounts to a helmet, bike or just about anything else to shoot video. Your device's interface is easily accessible, allowing instant playback, editing and uploading. You can view a full-screen image of the framed shot, and a one-hand quick-release design allows you to adjust shooting angles quickly. The HD Sport Mount also comes with a variety of base mounts that safely adhere to any surface. List Price: $79. Contact: Optrix, www.optrixhd.com.
The Induro BHL Ballheads can support heavy loads, but come with comparatively low weights and size dimensions. The smallest is the BHL1, which weighs 0.9 pounds while supporting 44 pounds, and the largest is the BHL3, which weighs 1.5 pounds and supports 88 pounds. In the middle is the BHL2, weighing 1.1 pounds and supporting 66 pounds. So whether you shoot with a DSLR or view camera, these heads offer an ideal support solution. Features include oversized head lock knobs for a solid grip and smooth camera positioning, and an independent panning action lock. Estimated Street Price: $192 to $311. Contact: Induro, (914) 347-3300, www.indurogear.com.