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In Focus: November 2009





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The modular Outback beltpacks from Lowepro consist of a camera compartment and two lens/accessory compartments that are attached by SlipLock loops and secured with compression straps for easy custom configuration. The main compartment has a fast-access lid with pockets for memory cards. There are three models. The largest fits a pro D-SLR with grip and attached 70-200mm ƒ/2.8, plus three to four extra lenses, a flash and accessories. It comes with Lowepro’s patented All Weather (AW) Cover. Estimated Street Price: TBA.Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
Shoulder your load in the Tenba Shootout Medium Sling Bag, which you can quickly swing around to the front of your body for faster access to the camera. It carries one or two SLRs, three to four lenses, a flash and accessories. The bag is made out of weather-resistant nylon, uses weatherproof YKK zippers and has a full-access back panel for opening up and customizing the main inside compartment. You can convert it to a long-lens bag capable of holding a pro body with an attached 300mm ƒ/2.8 lens. The smaller version holds one pro SLR, plus lenses and accessories. Estimated Street Price: $99 (Medium); $89 (Small). Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.
On your next day hike or bike ride, carry a camera and an extra lens in the Clik Elite Compact Sport. With a side-entry design, the bag swings around, giving you access to the camera compartment without having to remove the pack. The top compartment has a hydration sleeve and tube port that fits a reservoir up to 45 ounces. Other features include a full, padded, 9x6x5-inch camera bay with a weather-resistant zipper, mesh side pockets and a media organizer for memory cards, cables and other extras. Estimated Street Price: $150. Contact: Clik Elite, (888) 532-2545, www.clikelite.com.
MINI-RADIO
The PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter locks onto the camera’s hot-shoe supporting an on-camera flash with its own hot-shoe while working with remote PocketWizard units. The 2.3-ounce radio works with one or more FlexTT5 transceivers connected to Canon E-TTL II flashes or any PocketWizard receiver for triggering flash or remote cameras. It operates seamlessly with your camera system so it automatically corrects for changes in flash compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO. Estimated Street Price: $199 (MiniTT1); $219 (with FlexTT5). Contact: PocketWizard, (914) 347-3300, www.pocketwizard.com.

ADVANCED COMPACT
When traveling or camping and taking along a D-SLR just isn’t practical, the Canon PowerShot G11 packs SLR-like functionality into a point-and-shoot-sized body. Features include a 10-megapixel sensor, 28mm wide-angle zoom equivalent to 28-140mm in 35mm format and an all-new, 2.8-inch vari-angle PureColor System LCD for easier image viewing from nearly every angle. Shooting modes include RAW+JPEG for total editing control. The G11 is compatible with EOS accessories. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.

DIGITAL EXPOSURE METER
The Sekonic L-758DR DigitalMaster is a combination 1° spot meter and incident-light meter that reads ambient light and/or flash to 1⁄10-stop accuracy. With this meter and an optional Sekonic Exposure Profile Target, you can profile the specific sensitivity characteristics of your camera’s imaging sensor to compensate for its true native ISO, dynamic range and clipping points. An included Sekonic RT-32 Radio Transmitter Module will wirelessly trigger PocketWizard-enabled flash systems within a 100-foot range for remote photography setups. Data Transfer software is included. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Sekonic, (914) 347-3300, www.sekonic.com.

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