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In Focus: November 2010

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Tamrac Evolution
Versatility is key to the design of Tamrac’s Evolution series of bags. The Evolution 6 and 8 can be carried as backpacks or slings on either shoulder. The Triple Access System allows you to get to equipment through the central front door or using two side doors. When wearing it as a backpack, you slip off the shoulder strap, swing the pack around to the front and open the side door. To get to additional equipment, swing the pack around to the opposite shoulder and open the side door on the other side of the pack. It converts to a sling by cross-connecting a single shoulder strap. Estimated Street Price: $149 (Evolution 6); $199 (Evolution 8). Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
Manfrotto Joystick Heads
Compose your shot and get the camera into position quickly using the Manfrotto 327RC2 and 324RC2 joystick heads. Developed with a new type of ball joint, the heads provide intuitive, fast operation with improved comfort. Grip the head to move the camera, and as soon as you release, it locks securely into place. The magnesium 327RC2 weighs 1.4 pounds and has a load capacity of 12 pounds. The 324RC2 weighs nearly a pound and supports just less than eight pounds. Both feature +/-90º front tilt range and 360º panoramic rotation. Estimated Street Price: $211 (327RC2); $142 (324RC2). Contact: Manfrotto, (201) 818-9500, www.manfrotto.us.
Flashpoint WSA-84
With 21x12.6x7.6 inches of interior space, the Flashpoint WSA-84 watertight hard case with wheels has lots of room for storing your DSLR system. Made from a high-impact structural polymer material, the case is strong, durable and resistant to dust and chemicals. A purge valve for quick pressure equalization makes it easy to open after changes in air pressure. High-density foam protects equipment against impact, vibration or shock. Two molded-in holes allow you to add standard-size padlocks for security. Estimated Street Price: $139. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
Subaru Outback
Make sure you hit the road with a vehicle that can handle rough terrain along with hauling all of your photo gear. The Subaru Outback is a crossover vehicle that drives like a car but features SUV-like utility. With its standard all-wheel-drive system, the Outback can handle poor weather and slick road conditions. Fuel economy is 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway when paired with automatic transmission. Estimated Street Price: $23,220 to $31,187. Contact: Subaru, www.subaru.com.
Lightweight Monitor
LCD screens are great for previewing still images, but for video, being able to accurately view a moving picture on a large screen is integral to keeping consistent focus and perfect exposure throughout a scene. Targeted specifically for HD DSLR users, the V-LCD50-HDMI 5-inch field monitor from Marshall Electronics is small enough to anchor comfortably to the top of a video-capable DSLR, yet big enough to showcase scenes on the 800x480 pixel-resolution screen. The monitor is LED-backlit for bright viewing in the field with wide viewing angles at 85º. There are four programmable buttons for displaying viewing functions, including False Color and Peaking filters for checking optimum camera exposure. The ¼”-20 mount fits to most DSLRs, and the unit can be powered in remote locations through four AA batteries or the included power supply. An HDMI input will port video directly from compatible HD DSLRs. List Price: $599. Contact: Marshall Electronics, www.lcdracks.com.


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