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In Focus: May 2013


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DX-FORMAT DSLR
The upgraded Nikon DX-format D7100 builds on the popular D7000's success with several important new features. The lightweight camera integrates a new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO of 100-6400 (up to 25,600 expanded), a 51-point AF system and built-in HDR. The wider and brighter 3.2-inch LCD features a 1229K-dot resolution and a spot white balance that can be adjusted while shooting live video or in unfamiliar conditions. It provides full AF with lenses at ƒ/8 or greater and includes a 1.3x crop mode for both stills and video, giving your telephoto lenses the effect of a longer reach. A stereo internal microphone is provided, as well as a dedicated external microphone terminal. Video is captured at 1080 60i/30p. The D7100 is compatible with D600 and D7000 En-EL batteries and has dual SD card slots. Estimated Street Price: $1,199. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

SECURE TRAVELER
Keep your gear secure on your next adventure in the Tamrac Zuma 9 Secure Traveler. The foam-padded main compartment is accessible through a rear door that sits against your back, keeping gear safe on bumpy trails. It holds a DSLR with lens attached, an additional lens and flash. A second compartment holds your hiker's guidebook, snacks, cables and adapters. Additional mesh pockets hold memory cards, and a foam panel stores an iPad or other tablet. The entire bag may be covered with the included removable rain cover, and adjusted with chest and waist straps. Estimated Street Price: $100. Contact: Tamrac, www.tamrac.com.

CUSTOM FINDER KIT
Shooting video or adjusting your focus on a bright sunny day just got easier with the Hoodman Custom Finder Kit. The kit includes an H32 HoodLoupe with +/-3 diopter adjustment and German glass optics, as well as a ¼-20 mounting solution, perfect for keeping your hands free when shooting video, using Live View mode or quick motion. Anodized aluminum baseplates fit all DSLR bodies and include a hand strap slot. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Hoodman, www.hoodmanusa.com.

PHOTO/VIDEO SUPPORT
When moving between video and still image capture while in the field, having a versatile camera stabilizer becomes crucial. The Stealthy Photo/Video Support from VariZoom can pull double-, triple-, even quadruple-duty as a motion and still photo support by transforming itself between hand­held motion stabilizer, three-point shooter, mini-monopod, tabletop tripod and full six-foot monopod in seconds. It fits DSLR and video cameras weighing from 8 ounces to several pounds. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: VariZoom, www.varizoom.com.

COLOR CORRECTION KIT
Ambient light and color temperature can be tricky to control—because you can't control it. When you need a touch of fill-light color control in your landscapes and wildlife images, the Rogue Flash Gels Color Correction Kit can help. The kit comes with 18 gels, three gels of six different colors, to use with multiple speedlights, along with a storage pouch to take with you on the trail. Gels quickly allow you to balance shade or blue sky ambient light. Estimated Street Price: $30. Contact: ExpoImaging, www.expoimaging.com.

ALPHA CAMERA
If you're looking to upgrade or replace your DSLR, the Sony SLT α 58 may be just what you're looking for. It comes loaded with a 20.1-mega­pixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with BIONZ image-processing engine that adjusts noise reduction and sharpness in different areas of the composition, as well as a 15-point AF system and new Lock-on Autofocus tracking system that's perfect for tracking quick-moving wildlife. For a real-time experience, the new OLED Tru-Finder elec­tronic viewfinder allows you to see the results of your adjust­ments such as exposure, aperture, ISO, white balance and Picture Effect, while composing the shot instead of after you take it. Addi­tionally, the SLT α58 features 15 artistic in-camera Picture Effects for instant use. Estimated Street Price: $600 (kit with 18-55mm lens). Contact: Sony, www.sony.com.


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