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In Focus: May 2011

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The Qflash TRIO Basic is a more affordable version of Quantum’s Qflash TRIO shoe-mount flash. The TRIO Basic incorporates all of the features of the more advanced version minus the built-in FreeXwire TTL radio. The unit delivers full TTL dedication for Canon and Nikon DSLRs with high-speed sync, manual, auto, auto-fill and program (pre-sets) functions, which are all found in the Qflash TRIO. Other features include unlimited rapid fires of full power flashes, a removable reflector, and long and short power cords. The TRIO Basic is powered by Quantum Turbo battery packs. Estimated Street Price: $701. Contact: Quantum Instruments, (631) 656-7400, www.qtm.com.
The lightweight Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit is a USB solar-charging system that powers up cell phones, GPS units and rechargeable batteries just about anywhere there’s sunlight. The portable Nomad 7M solar panel fits easily into a backpack for on-the-go charging. You can use the pack to power a device or as a power source for recharging AA or AAA batteries. The kit comes with a Guide 10 battery pack, Nomad 7M solar panel, AAA battery insert, ultra-charge solar cord and 12V cigarette adapter. Estimated Street Price: $139. Contact: Goal Zero, (888) 794-6250, www.goalzero.com.
Create more room for storage by attaching the FotoSharp Camera Caddy to your tripod. This handy, tripod-mounted accessory bag gives you an additional place to store lenses, filters, flash units and other extras. Filling the bag with rocks, sand bags or extra gear allows it also to serve as a stabilizer when you’re using a smaller travel tripod. The Camera Caddy can hold more than 30 pounds, has a durable build with one-inch webbing fasteners and stays on your tripod when you collapse the legs for transport or storage. Estimated Street Price: $29. Contact: FotoSharp, (800) 361-8341, www.fotosharp.com.

Position your DSLR precisely the way you want with the smooth, fluid-like movement of the Induro PHT-Series 3-Way Panheads, which allow for front and side tilt and horizontal panning movements. Each head uses a secure, dual quick-release locking system that includes a snap-in-style quick-release plate. Three fully graduated scales allow you to see and set the position of tilts and pans, and a built-in bubble level provides fast, accurate alignment for panning and stitching. The panheads also have folding control handles, making packing and transport easy. Three sizes are available. Estimated Street Price: $77 to $114. Contact: Induro, (914) 347-3300, www.indurogear.com.

Carrying a camera around your neck can cause some aches and pains after awhile. This is where the Black Widow Camera Holster from Spider Holster comes in. A smaller, lighter version of the original SpiderPro Holster, the Black Widow allows you to carry more compact DSLRs and mirrorless cameras on your hip. There are two parts: the clip or “holster” that threads onto almost any belt (or you can get one from Spider) and a pin that screws to the bottom of the camera. The camera slides into the holster and makes a locking sound so that you know it’s secure. Along with the belt, a variety of accessories are available, such as the Black Widow Plate and Pad. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: Spider Holster, www.spiderholster.com.


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