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In Focus: November 2012

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Transport your gear safely in the Tamrac Zuma 9 Secure Traveler. The interior is only accessible through a rear-opening door that's up against your back when you're wearing the pack. Grab the camera quickly by tightening the waist belt, slipping out of the shoulder straps and bringing the pack around to your front. There's room for a DSLR with up to a six-inch lens attached, an extra lens, a flash, an iPad and extras. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
Having a sturdy camera support is critical for capturing sharp stills and smooth video. For your motion-capture needs, Redrock Micro has developed the ultraCage DSLR to help prevent shaky footage. The handheld rig screws into the camera base, fastens to the top hot-shoe and locks the camera in place with an anti-rotation pin. It includes industry-standard 15mm bottom rails for accessories such as a mattebox, follow-focus or lens support. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $595. Contact: Redrock Micro, (888) 214-3903, www.redrockmicro.com.
Light up your next video clip with the Litepanels Croma, a portable on-camera LED. It features adjustable color temperature output that ranges from daylight to tungsten. There are two dials. The first one allows you to dim from 100% to zero with no obvious color shift, and the second lets you dial in fill light to any point between daylight and tungsten. The light mounts to DSLRs and stands, or you can hold it. Estimated Street Price: $595. Contact: Litepanels, (818) 752-7009, www.litepanels.com.
Sometimes getting the shot you want requires firing your camera from a distance. The Flashpoint X-Series Remote Flash Trigger Kit is an affordable solution that offers a lot of value, with six channels and a maximum range of nearly 600 feet. The receiver can be mounted on a tripod screw or a hot-shoe (with the supplied adapter). The receiver and transmitter are powered by AAA batteries. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

The design of the Manfrotto SYMPLA rigging system is a simple one. It can be configured in seconds, without tools, and accommodates a wide range of DSLRs, camcorders and lenses. It consists of self-supporting clamps that stay in place even before they're locked and easy-locking ball-joint handgrips, which were inspired by Manfrotto's ballheads for still cameras. The rig can be mounted on a tripod, supported on the shoulder or held like a "steering wheel" using an optional attachment. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Manfrotto, (201) 818-9500, www.manfrotto.us.
A new tone-mapping engine in HDR Efex Pro 2 from Nik Software improves color rendering and delivers more natural-looking high dynamic range images. The program features Nik's long-established U Point technology, which allows you to fine-tune color and contrast locally for a refined HDR effect. You can review the adjustments you've made and experiment with different looks using the History Browser, which records every enhancement you make in an editing session. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Nik Software, www.niksoftware.com.

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