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In Focus: May 2010

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Expanding its Messenger collection, Tenba has a new Camera Shoulder Bag and Photo/Laptop Daypack. The lightweight Shoulder Bag features a customizable interior, loads of accessory pockets and holds one to two DSLRs, three to five lenses, a flash and accessories. It also has a “Velcro® silencer,” which is a tuck-away flap that can be unfolded to create a barrier between the Velcro® closures for opening the bag silently, a great feature for wildlife shooters. The Daypack fits most 15-inch laptops, and even 17-inch MacBook Pro models, as well as a DSLR, two to three lenses, a flash and accessories. Both are constructed of military-grade, 1000 denier nylon. Estimated Street Price: $129 (Camera Bag); $139 (Daypack). Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.
If you want to lighten up your gear and you’re not using big, heavy cameras and lenses, check out the aluminum Davis & Sanford Vista Voyager Lite tripod. Height ranges from 7.5 inches to 63 inches, and when folded, it’s 21 inches. The tripod weighs three pounds and can support up to eight pounds. Other features include three independent leg-angle adjustments, a spirit level, a quick-lift, two-section center column, quick-snap-lock legs, foam leg-warmers and retractable rubber spiked feet. The Voyager Lite comes with the BHQ8 ballhead with quick-release platform and bubble level. Estimated Street Price: $59. Contact: Davis & Sanford (Tiffen), (800) 645-2522, www.tiffen.com.
The slim, powerful Sigma DP2s is a 14-megapixel camera that features the FOVEON X3 Direct Image Sensor, a 24.2mm ƒ/2.8 (35mm equivalent) lens and a new algorithm for faster autofocusing. It comes with Sigma’s Photo Pro4.0 RAW processing software, which delivers improved image-processing speed, image quality and compatibility with multicore CPUs. A new noise-reduction algorithm reduces Chroma and Luminance noise when processing X3F files taken at ISO 400 or more. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com.
When you’re hiking around and don’t want to deal with the bulk of a DSLR, Fujifilm’s FinePix HS10 delivers features that allow you to still capture high-quality imagery. With a Fujinon 30x lens, you can zoom from wide angle to super-tele with 24-720mm (35mm equivalent) focal-length range, and the twist-barrel manual zoom control allows you to make precise adjustments. The camera uses triple image-stabilization technology, combining a mechanically stabilized CMOS sensor with high ISO sensitivities and advanced multiframe digital stabilization. There’s also a full HD 1080p movie mode. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Fujifilm, (800) 800-FUJI, www.fujifilmusa.com.
With Kata’s 3N1 series, you now can carry a compact laptop or netbook along with the rest of your photo gear. Designed with the quick camera access of a sling and the comfort of a backpack, the bags feature customizable main compartments with dividers that can be configured to fit your needs. The largest model holds a DSLR with battery grip and long zoom attached, as well as five to six additional lenses, up to a 15.4-inch laptop and accessories. The bags can be configured as slings for right- or left-handed use, or as a traditional backpack. Estimated Street Price: $100 to $145. Contact: Kata Bags, (201) 818-9500, www.kata-bags.us.


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