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In Focus: May 2011





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CLOUD STORAGE
For some photographers, the flexibility of cloud-based storage is somewhat diminished by having to store files on an outside host. The CloudStor from Buffalo Technology provides a smart solution. The slim, network-attached storage device uses Pogoplug software for securely sharing files over the web to any of your media devices. Files are always stored locally on CloudStor, and the online service is used only to connect you and those who you decide to share with to specified files on the drive. When you want to share with family or friends, simply e-mail them a link. When you go on a trip with your laptop, the drive remains accessible as long as you have an Internet connection. Estimated Street Price: $169 (1 TB); $269 (2 TB). Contact: Buffalo Technology, (800) 456-9799, www.buffalotech.com.
HARDY CAMERA
Trek up and down the mountain with the tough 14-megapixel Pentax Optio WG-1 (GPS) in tow. The camera is waterproof down to 33 feet, can survive drops from up to five feet and can withstand being crushed by a weight of up to 220 pounds. The design also offers protection in dry, dusty environments and in temperatures as cold as 14º F. The WG-1 has a 2.7-inch LCD with antireflective coating and a wide-angle 16:9 aspect ratio. The 5x optical zoom lens is the equivalent of 28-140mm in 35mm format. The camera captures 720p HD video at 30 frames per second, and has GPS functionality for recording positional data while taking pictures. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.


PRO SDHC CARD
The SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-1 reaches image-transfer speeds of up to 45 MB/s. It meets the new Ultra High Speed Class 1 video requirement, delivering 10 MB/s minimum sustained speeds to easily capture full 1080p HD video and 3D video. The card is compatible with UHS-enabled cameras, such as the Nikon D7000, for high performance and efficient power consumption. It’s built to withstand water, shock, X-ray and extreme temperatures. Capacities range from 8 GB to 32 GB. Estimated Street Price: $109 to $349. Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK, www.sandisk.com.
HEAVY LUSTER
Make sharp, vivid prints of your nature photography using Lasal Exhibition Luster 300 from Moab. The 300gsm exhibition paper is heavy and has top-notch archival properties. Fourth-generation coating technology allows for a high D-Max, which produces a broad tonal range with deep, rich blacks and bright whites. The new coating also improves scratch resistance, enhances stiffness, reduces curl and increases opacity to prevent light from spilling through the paper. The paper is compatible with all archival pigmented and dye-based inks. It’s available in a variety of the most popular sheet and roll sizes. Estimated Street Price: $40 (50 sheets of 8 ½x11). Contact: Moab By Legion, (800) 727-3716, www.moabpaper.com.
COMPACT ULTRA ZOOM
Taking the 12.1-megapixel Nikon Coolpix P500 on your next wildlife adventure gives you a lens that can capture the 35mm equivalent of a 22.5mm wide-angle to an 810mm supertelephoto. A highly sensitive, back-illuminated CMOS sensor and EXPEED C2 dual image processors allow for high-speed continuous shooting and top-notch image quality in low light or extremely bright conditions. To reduce image blur, the camera uses both image-sensor shift and electronic vibration reduction. To further combat the effects of camera shake, an additional zoom control on the side of the lens barrel increases stability when shooting handheld photos and video. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.


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