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In Focus: November 2012

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TAMRON SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD M
There's a lot to like about the Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD lens. It has a fairly large ƒ/2.8 maximum aperture, plus optical image stabilization that makes it especially useful in low-light situations. The rounded aperture blades produce attractive bokeh, as well. The upgraded Vibration Compensation system uses a moving coil mechanism that consists of a lighter coil that reduces the load on the drive system. Since the unit is more compact, the lens' overall weight and size have been reduced. Estimated Street Price: $1,299. Contact: Tamron USA, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron-usa.com.
NIKONAF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Cover your wide-angle to telephoto needs using the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G ED VR, a vibration-reducing, compact superzoom built for the DX sensor size. In 35mm format, the lens has a focal-length range equivalent to 27-450mm. The lens' optical design includes three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for minimizing chromatic aberration at the widest aperture settings. You can capture close-ups with top-notch detail, as the lens delivers a 1.48-foot minimum focusing distance at 300mm. Estimated Street Price: $999. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.
Create dramatic and dynamic landscape images with the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/15. The 15mm prime has a fast ƒ/2.8 aperture, can focus from just 10 inches and offers a 110º field angle of view on a full-frame camera. A combination of aspherical lens elements, partial dispersion glass and a floating-elements design controls distortion and chromatic aberration. The lens is available with an EF (ZE) or F bayonet (ZF.2) mount. Estimated Street Price: $2,950. Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.
SIGMA 50-150mm F2.8 APO EX DC OS HSM
With Optical Stabilizer technology, the Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 APO EX DC OS HSM telephoto lens allows you to take sharp shots of wildlife and other distant subjects. The OS system enables you to
use shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would be possible otherwise. Six SLD glass elements correct for all kinds of aberrations and provide high-quality imagery throughout the zoom range. The
Hyper-Sonic Motor (HSM) delivers quiet, high-speed autofocusing while allowing full-time manual-focus capability. Estimated Street Price: $1,650. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.

TOKINA AT-X 16-28 F/2.8 PRO FX
Sporting a fast ƒ/2.8 aperture that remains constant across the focal range, the Tokina AT-X 16-28 F/2.8 Pro FX is a wide-angle zoom that combines a GMR magnetic autofocus sensor with a silent DC motor to make autofocusing faster than with previous models. Super-low dispersion glass and aspheric elements reduce chromatic aberration, improve clarity and minimize distortion from edge to edge across the frame. Hitting the One-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows you to quickly switch between autofocus and manual focus. Estimated Street Price: $849. Contact: Tokina (THK Photo), (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
With three sizes to choose from, the Kata D-Light DR Digital Rucksack gives you options for carrying a large or small load of gear. The D-Light DR-467 offers the most room, holding a DSLR and mounted lens, three to four more lenses, a flash and laptops up to 17 inches. In the middle is the DR-466, which carries the same amount of gear except for a smaller 15.4-inch laptop. And the smallest, the DR-465, stores fewer lenses and no laptop. List Price: $89 to $109. Contact: Kata, (201) 818-9500, www.kata-bags.us.

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