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In Focus: May 2013

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Create lifelike images using HDR technology with the new streamlined workflow of HDR Express 2 from Unified Color. Built for HDR experts and novices alike, this version allows you to identify photos by thumbnail instead of file name, auto arranges, sorts and groups bracketed exposures, uses 32-bit floating point technology to eliminate color shifts and data loss, and uses Adaptive Tone Mapping algorithms to improve contrast, color and detail. In addition, new features let users share slideshows and create single-click presets. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Unified Color Technologies, www.unifiedcolor.com.

Adding the Metabones Speed Booster to your gear instantly diversifies your camera bag. Mounting between a mirrorless camera and an SLR lens, it creates an increase in aperture by 1 stop and a multiplier in focal length of 0.71x, as well as promises sharper images than when simply using a regular adapter. In addition, it's actually shorter than a typical converter and reduces the physical length of the lens combination. It also pulls double-duty as a lens-mount adapter from Canon EF (but not EF-S) to Sony NEX. Metabones reports that other mount combinations will follow soon. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Metabones, www.metabones.com.

Print your next landscape on canvas with Exhibition Canvas Natural in a gloss, satin or matte finish designed to work with Epson printers. The Signature Worthy Collection canvases have been created using feedback from the Epson professional community. Epson created optical brightening agent (OBA)-free canvas that delivers bright whites, rich blacks and enhanced shadow detail. Available in 13-, 17-, 24-, 44- and 60-inch roll widths and 17x22-inch cut sheets. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Epson, www.epson.com.

Capture One Pro 7 from Phase One is a versatile, quick raw converter and photo management software that saves you time and frustration in front of the computer so you can spend more time taking photos. Massively flexible, it allows you to view multiple catalogs at the same time, share catalogs with other users, switch between catalogs without relaunching, tag images for later search and browse files that are offline. In addition, advanced noise algorithms offer precision detail even in night or fog shots. And for the professionals among us, Capture One Pro 7 quickly renders and sizes files according to client needs. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Phase One, www.phaseone.com.

Keep harsh sunlight and intense shadows in check when you bring the MG8000 Extreme by Nissin Digital with you in the field. Compatible with Canon and Nikon DSLRs, it's made with quartz tubes and heat-resistant materials that allow full-flash and high-frequency shooting of quick-moving subjects without overheating. In addition, it supports TTL systems, adjustable to +/-3 EV in 1⁄3-EV steps, has a color display and is compatible with the Nissin Power Pack PS300 to speed recycle time. Estimated Street Price: $559. Contact: Nissin Digital, www.nissindigital.com.

The Olympus 17mm ƒ/1.8 Micro Four Thirds lens is a single-focal-length wide-angle, great for challenging light situations. The Olympus' ZERO lens coating reduces lens flare and ghost images when shooting in bright sunlight. The Snapshot Mechanism allows you to set easy, sharp focus at a specific distance using markings on the lens barrel. With an advanced optical system and a classic metallic finish, this lens will be utilized in every photographer's bag. Estimated Street Price: $500. Contact: Olympus, www.olympusamerica.com.


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