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In Focus: May 2013

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Joining the retro style of the Domke line, the F-4AF Pro System Bag is made of durable cotton canvas and is a low-key look when you don't want to bring attention to your valuable equipment while on the go. With a nonslip Gripper Strap, removable carrying strap, YKK zipper and steel snap hook, it's built for functionality, flexibility and easy access to your gear. It holds one DSLR with a mounted lens, one to two additional lenses, a flash and additional accessories. Estimated Street Price: $229. Contact: Tiffen, www.tiffen.com.

Keep your close-up still-life photography free of shadows with the Flashpoint Ring Light Comple­­te Kit 400 w/s. With a center opening of 100mm, it's compatible with almost any lens and works off AC or an optional battery. The kit includes the ring light, cords, camera-mounting hardware, sync cords and a carrying case. Estimated Street Price: $395. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

A new go-to lens that should appeal to landscape photographers, in general, and wildflower photographers, in particular, the Sigma 17-70mm ƒ/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM weighs 16.4 ounces and measures 3.1x3.2 inches. The lens features the Sigma Optical Stabilizer system to compensate for camera shake, Super Multi-Layer Lens Coating to reduce ghosting and flare, and Hyper Sonic Motor technology to ensure high-speed and quiet AF. The lens can close focus to 8.6 inches and can get a 1:2.9 magnification for macro work. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.

Create realistic-looking tiger fur and snakeskin or ominous rain clouds with the Alien Skin Eye Candy 7 plug-in for Photoshop. Whether you're building yourself a new graphic logo or adding a smoke effect for mood, Eye Candy 7 will help you realize your vision in a natural and organic way down to the individual hairs. Eye Candy 7 comes with more than 1,000 presets for web interfaces, logos and titles, and presents them in easy-to-use thumbnail previews. Estimated Street Price: $199; $99 (upgrade). Contact: Alien Skin Software, www.alienskin.com.

Sometimes you find the perfect golden-hour landscape, while other times you wish you could just tweak a small section, and yet other times you wish you could create dramatic light yourself. With the Ready for Anything Kit by LumiQuest, you're ready for the ambient light that's available and the creativity that strikes you. The kit comes with an 80-20, Diffusion Screen, White, Silver and Gold inserts, FXtra for color balancing and the nonadhesive flash-mounting UltraStrap in a storage wallet. Estimated Street Price: $86. Contact: LumiQuest, www.lumiquest.com.


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