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In Focus: November 2010

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Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader
With five slots supporting 24 memory card formats, the Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB reader is versatile. It can read multiple cards from multiple card slots simultaneously, and allows for card-to-card file transfer between cards in different slots. A unique pop-up mechanism lets you open and close the reader with a simple push, protecting the card slots when not in use. Supported memory-card formats include SDHC and other SD types, CompactFlash, Memory Stick and more. A blue LED activity light lets you know when file transfer is complete. Estimated Street Price: $29. Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.
Litepanels MicroPro Hybrid
HD-capable DSLR shooters should appreciate the flexibility offered by the Litepanels MicroPro Hybrid. Combining continuous light output with flash functionality when used in continuous mode, the light provides soft, wrap-around lighting for video. While the Flash setting produces a 400% brighter burst for illuminating stills. The unit generates 1.5 hours of continuous output using six AA batteries or five to six hours using Energizer e2 Lithium cells. An integrated dimmer at the top of the housing delivers instant dimming from 100% to zero with minimal color shift. List Price: $525. Contact: Litepanels, (818) 752-7009, www.litepanels.com.
Giottos Vitruvian VGR tripods
Give your DSLR some solid support with the Giottos Vitruvian VGR series. The lightweight tripods are designed with “reverse technology” legs so that when collapsed they fold through 180º to “surround” the tripod center column and head, folding down into a unit that measures about 16 inches. Aluminum and carbon models are available with a maximum height of 62 inches and a load capacity of nine pounds. Removing and attaching the center column to one of the legs turns the tripod into a full-sized monopod. And the name does come from Leonardo da Vinci’s famous “Vitruvian Man” drawing. Estimated Street Price: $245 (aluminum); $409 (carbon). Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Ewa-Marine U-BF100
Take dramatic stormy-weather photos while keeping your camera protected in the ewa-marine U-BF100 waterproof weather housing. A full-sized glove is built into its flexible, double-laminated PVC design for zooming the lens, as well as manually controlling functions that require more than touch-pad operation. The housing is large enough to accommodate pro DSLRs and makes shooting possible in depths down to 33 feet. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: RTS, Inc., (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.
SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash
If your camera supports UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) CompactFlash, you can take advantage of write speeds that are about three times faster than non-UDMA cards. This is especially appealing if you shoot RAW stills and HD video. The SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards feature write speeds of 90 MB/s and capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. List Price: $335 to $900. Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK, www.sandisk.com.


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