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In Focus: March 2014

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An ideal travel companion, Novoflex's modular tripod, the TrioPod, is available in five different sets. Each part is available individually for maximum flexibility to match your changing needs. The system includes the 0.69-pound TrioPod tripod base, a center column, which extends the stand base height by 3.15 inches, 3- and 4-segment aluminum legs, 3- and 4-segment carbon-fiber legs, mini-tripod legs and a 3-segment hiking stick. List Price: $585 (TrioPod with 3-section aluminum leg set); $657 (TrioPod with 4-section aluminum leg set); $887 (TrioPod with 3-section carbon-fiber leg set); $930 (TrioPod with 4-section carbon-fiber leg set); $709 (TrioPod with Hikingstick II 3-section leg set). Contact: Novoflex (HP Marketing Corp.), www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
The Induro LHD3 panhead provides quick and precise camera positioning from a wide range of angles using a single-lock knob control. The one-lock knob gives full control over the 360º rotation of the panning base while a separate knob controls +90º/-45º front-back tilt movement and +45º/-45º side-to-side tilt. A graduated scale and bubble level aid in accuracy. A double safety lock is incorporated on the Quick Release clamp of the included Arca-Swiss-style top plate. Fits size 2- and 3-series tripods. List Price: $385. Contact: Induro, www.indurogear.com.
For photographers who crave an innovative camera strap alternative, the CapturePRO Camera Clip by Peak Design provides a versatile and secure solution. The aluminum CapturePRO clamp attaches to your backpack, belt or bag. Using a choice of plates for either slim-body cameras or with Arca and Manfrotto compatibility and D-ring connection, your camera slips into the clam and locks. The clamp's quick-release system can be operated with one hand. This system can also be used as a GoPro mount for capturing POV footage. List Price: $79. Contact: Peak Design, Ltd., peakdesignltd.com.

Fujifilm continues to expand their X-series lens lineup for interchangeable-system cameras with the ultrawide 2.4x XF10-24mm F4 R OIS lens. The 15-36mm equivalent range is optimal for grand landscapes. Fujifilm has designed a new optical system with four high-precision aspherical lenses and three extra-low dispersion glass lenses to match the performance of Fujifilm X-Trans sensors. The lens also features a new coating on the reverse side of the lens, going one step further to reduce ghosting and flare. With a seven-blade aperture diaphragm, the lens has a 24cm minimum macro working distance. The lens will be available in March 2014. List Price: $999. Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilmusa.com.

When you're constantly on the move to get your shot, it's important to have a camera strap that keeps your camera safe and secure. JOBY has created the Pro Sling Strap, which uses an adjustable-length Speed Cinch pulley system to harness your camera to your body while it's not in use, then quickly deploys it so you don't miss a shot. You can use Fast-Cinch mode for a quick release when you know time is of the essence, or Locked mode, to prevent tangles and scuffs while hiking, biking or maneuvering crowded spaces. JOBY has placed as much attention to their materials as they did their product design by creating a custom textile for the strap, providing for flexibility and durability. List Price: $69. Contact: JOBY, www.joby.com.


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