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In Focus: November 2011

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Steady your shot using the Manfrotto Pro Tripod 057 series. The lineup includes three models that range in load capacity from 26.5 to 39.7 pounds, with a maximum height of nearly 80 inches and different configuration options for meeting your specific needs. Two sizes of leg extensions are available at 52 inches and 71 inches, and there are two different column types. One model has a gradual adjustment mechanism with an aluminum column for high precision, and the other features a classic rapid adjustment with a carbon column for quick changes. An innovative design and good ergonomics make the tripod easy to handle. Estimated Street Price: $751 to $912. Contact: Manfrotto, (201) 818-9500, www.manfrotto.us.
Keeping the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w GPS with SPOT Satellite Communicator on hand means you not only have a GPS trail map, but also a satellite transmitter that can send out messages (up to 40 characters) for keeping in contact with friends, family and emergency services, from locations around the world. If you go out of cell phone range, you can still send messages to cell phones, email addresses and social-networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, from the most remote places. Your position is pinpointed on included DeLorme Topo North America GPS maps. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $449. Contact: DeLorme, (800) 561-5105, www.delorme.com.
Nothing beats seeing the fine details and bold colors you photographed out on the trail in print. Take your images from screen to print using the 13-inch Epson Photo Stylus R3000, which uses the same UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink system found in the R2880 and R3880. Unlike those printers, the R3000 automatically switches between Photo and Matte black inks to produce deep blacks and rich color on glossy, matte or fine-art media. Other features include an eight-channel MicroPiezo AMC Print Head that produces smaller ink droplet sizes for more precision and an advanced Black-and-White Photo Mode. Connectivity options include Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Ethernet and Wireless-N. Estimated Street Price: $849. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
Saturate those bright blue skies by attaching the Kenko Zeta EX circular polarizer to the front of your lens. The filter transmits 25% more light, which is about a half-stop more than standard circular polarizers. Built with a thin frame and a four-layer glass element that's just 0.8mm thick, the Zeta EX weighs only 0.3 ounces. ZR (Zero Reflection) Super Multi Coating prevents interference with any color or light transmission. Light can enter the filter from any angle, eliminating reflections. Nano Glass Technology delivers stain- and scratch- resistance. The filter is compatible with wide-angle lenses and has a front screw-on function for attaching a lens cap. Estimated Street Price: $249 (77mm). Contact: Kenko (THK Photo), (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
Create 360° panoramas in three or four shots with your DSLR and a fisheye lens using the Novoflex VR-SLANT. It's comprised of two Novoflex Arca-compatible Q Mount quick-release mounts, a pistol grip and two calibrated Arca-compatible quick-release plates for accurate positioning of the nodal point when required. The pistol grip's upper Q Mount can be adjusted 15° to tilt the camera up or down for more or less of the horizon. The upper mount is angled at 60° so when the camera is mounted to it, the diagonal of the image sensor will be vertical to the image. Estimated Street Price: $426. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
With a simplified design and control setup, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 measures just 4.2x2.6x1.3 inches and weighs less than 8 ounces (without lens and battery). The 12-megapixel, interchangeable-lens camera features a 3-inch LCD with touch-to-focus functionality, a fast and accurate autofocus system that locks in at about 0.18 seconds and 3.8 fps burst-mode shooting. You can set most shooting, focusing, playback and effects controls from the LCD, and the Pinpoint AF feature provides precision touch autofocus point selection for setting AF points anywhere on the screen by touching it. For those who prefer a more traditional shooting experience, there's a control dial for quickly cycling through all the available modes. Estimated Street Price: $699 (with 14mm); $599 (with 14-42mm). Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.


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