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In Focus: May 2012


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SAFE COVER
Give your DSLR the utmost protection using the LensCoat BodyBag Pro. Made from soft shock-absorbing neoprene, the camera body cover protects your DSLR from the nicks, dings and scratches of accidental impact. It also prevents dust and dirt from getting into your camera, as well as shielding it from the elements. The Velcro® closure makes it easy to take your camera in and out. The BodyBag Pro is especially useful for travel and comes in a variety of colors. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $24. Contact: LensCoat, www.lenscoat.com.
STRONG SUPPORT
Capture steadier, higher-quality video with the Flashpoint DSLR Movie Bundle. This affordable support solution comes with a shoulder-mount bracket rig with two grips, a matte box, industry-standard 15mm rods, a follow-focus unit and gear belt. The rig is comfortable to operate, reducing arm and shoulder fatigue when you're out shooting for long stretches. The fully adjustable lever-locking design allows you to adjust camera positioning for comfort and balance. The placement and angle of the handles also can be modified, and the large, smooth-turning knob of the geared focusing system lets you change focus without having to reach for the focusing ring of the lens. Built-in French flags reduce unwanted light and flares. Estimated Street Price: $459. Contact: Adorama (Flashpoint), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

DESIGNER STRAPS
Replace that boring manufacturer camera strap with a stylish one from Mod. Each one is constructed with durable webbing and has been tested to withstand a "pulldown" weight of 70 to 90 pounds. The straps in the Premium Strap Collection are lined with high-quality, mink-like fabric and have genuine leather ends with quick release. Fabrics are hand-selected, and pattern designs include black zebra, kaleidoscope, skull and crossbones, and many more. Estimated Street Price: $47. Contact: OmegaBrandess, (410) 374-3250, www.omegabrandess.com.

EDGY OPTIC
The Lensbaby 80mm Edge 80 Optic transforms your Composer Pro or Control Freak lens into a tilt-shift lens capable of delivering a selective slice of sharp focus through an image. You can point the Edge 80 straight ahead for capturing conventional photos. For a different look, fluidly tilt the lens to create vertical, horizontal and diagonal slices of selective focus through the image. Changing the aperture with the rotating dial on the front of the optic controls the amount of blur, and objects in the foreground and background can remain in focus within that part of the image. The minimum focusing distance is 17 inches when the lens is at its maximum tilt angle and fully extended. Estimated Street Price: $300. Contact: Lensbaby, (877) 536-7222, www.lensbaby.com.
SHARE PHOTOS
Use the Tamron MyPhotoExhibits app for the iPad and iPhone to showcase your favorite images. An interactive interface allows you to create customizable 3D exhibits of your photos. Setup is easy. After creating login info, just upload images and create your own exhibit space. You can choose from a variety of wall and floor textures and colors for your gallery space, as well as photo frames, furniture and lighting options. Add more images or change how they're displayed at any time. An unlimited number of exhibits can be created as well for featuring different themes, such as travel, wildlife, macro and more. Share with friends by sending an invitation from the site, app and Facebook or other social media. Estimated Street Price: Free. Contact: Tamron, www.myphotoexhibits.com.
ON THE SHOULDER
UPstrap is expanding its lineup of nonslip shoulder pads with the XX Pad. Designed to prevent the camera strap from sliding down your shoulder, the XX Pad allows you to carry a range of cameras that vary in weight. UPstrap offers nylon or kevlar webbing, and a heavy-duty quick-release system is available for the large- and medium-sized pads. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $33. Contact: UPstrap, (850) 878-1088, www.upstrap-pro.com.

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