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In Focus: November 2011


STURDY LEGS
Steady your shot using the Davis & Sanford Magnum XG tripod from Tiffen. Made from a high-quality aluminum alloy, the tripod's legs have been redesigned to offer improved ergonomics of the leg-angle release mechanism and the quick-action leg locks for speedier setup. The maximum height is 72 inches and the lowest is 8 inches. The FX12 low-profile head, which is included with the Magnum XG, incorporates an advanced built-in fluid system that's ideal for use with HD video DSLRs. Load capacity is up to 12 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.
Stocking Stuffers
HOODMAN RAW 4 GB COMPACT FLASH MEMORY CARD
You can't have too much memory. The Hoodman UDMA RAW 4 GB CompactFlash is fast and reliable. The 675X 100 MB/s speed can keep up with a fast DSLR, and it makes downloads to the computer painless. Hoodman CF cards are built in the USA and feature a lifetime warranty. Estimated Street Price: $89. Contact: Hoodman, (800) 818-3946, www.hoodmanusa.com.

LENSPEN PHOTOPRO KIT
A dirty lens and sensor lead to a need for tedious computer retouching or worse: unusable images. Keep your DSLR and lenses spotless with the LensPen PhotoPRO kit, which includes the LensPen, MiniProll and MicroKlear cloth. The kit comes with a case to keep all of the components together. Estimated Street Price: $25. Contact: Tocad, (973) 627-9600, www.tocad.com.
GIOTTOS MICROFIBER MITTEN
Wiping down a camera, lenses, LCD screens and even a tablet screen is easy with the Giottos Microfiber Mitten. Having one of these in your bag at all times is a must for any nature shooter. The microfiber construction can hold seven times its weight in water, it absorbs oil, and it won't cause a buildup of static electricity. Estimated Street Price: $10. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

KEEP ON THE LEVEL
The Manfrotto 337 Hot Shoe Double Axis Spirit Level takes the guesswork out of keeping your DSLR lined up with the horizon. It fits right on the camera's hot-shoe, and it weighs next to nothing. This is one of those little accessories that should be part of everyone's standard kit. Estimated Street Price: $27. Contact: Manfrotto, (201) 818-9500, www.manfrotto.us.
DOMKE WRAP 15"x15"
These simple, padded squares from Domke won't scratch your equipment and can safely wrap lenses, extra bodies and accessories. Velcro® hook-and-loop tabs on the corners self-affix to the knit fabric to hold the wrap closed. Estimated Street Price: $15. Contact: Tiffen, (800) 645-2522, www.tiffen.com.


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