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In Focus: October 2008


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SHOOTOUT SLING
The second generation of Tenba’s Shootout Convertible Photo Sling Bag is smaller, but still fits a D-SLR with mounted 300mm telephoto lens. What makes this bag great for wildlife and nature photographers is that, at a moment’s notice, you can swing the bag around to the front of your body, pull out the camera and shoot. Removable padded walls let you fit a variety of camera-lens combinations. Taking the walls out completely converts it into a long-lens bag. The Photo Sling is made from water-resistant nylon, uses weather-sealed YKK zippers on all outside openings and has protective rubber bottom treads. Estimated Street Price: $103. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.
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POCKET-SIZED BACKUP
Carry the Kingston 32 GB Data Traveler 150 when you’re on the road as a simple, portable backup. The 32 GB of capacity is a real boon for photographers who take a lot of images when traveling. Measuring just 3x1x0.5 inches, the USB flash drive is compatible with Mac- and Windows-based operating systems. Estimated Street Price: $139. Contact: Kingston, (877) KINGSTON, www.kingston.com.
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SIZE UP
Expand your landscapes to massive sizes using the upgraded Genuine Fractals 6 from onOne Software. A new batch-processing tool makes workflow more efficient, allowing you to select multiple files for resizing, changing file names, saving to a new location or file type and more. The app now includes texture presets that give you an easy way of fine-tuning the algorithm that powers the program. A cool tiling feature splits images into pieces for printing on smaller printers. The Pro version includes support for Lightroom 2 and Aperture 2.1. Estimated Street Price: $159 (Standard); $299 (Pro). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
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ADD A FLASH
Whether used as fill light to better illuminate the foreground of a landscape or for capturing more detail in macro shots, a flash can make a dramatic difference in your outdoor photography. The long-lasting wireless Qflash TRIO QF8 combines a Qflash head with a built-in FreeXwire TTL radio and QTTL adapter. It fits on the camera hot-shoe. The unit’s radio sends TTL commands to remote Qflash TRIO units. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Quantum Instruments, (631) 656-7400, www.qtm.com.
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LONG LENS
Get the distance needed for photographing wildlife or sports using the compact and very affordable Pro-Optic 500mm ƒ/6.3 Mirror lens. The ultra-tele has a fixed aperture of ƒ/6.3, a minimum focusing distance of 6.1 inches and weighs just 25 ounces. Measuring less than five inches long, it won’t take up too much room in your backpack. A T-mount adapter screws onto the lens to fit almost any SLR. Estimated Street Price: $160. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
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DUAL-ACCESS PACK
To capture spontaneous wildlife shots, you need quick access to your camera. The Tamrac Aero Speed Pack 85 allows you to do that with a convenient side-door entry option. When wearing the bag over your shoulder, you can bring it around to the front and use the side door to get your camera. Traditional front-panel access also is an option when the pack is removed. It fits a D-SLR with grip and attached zoom, two to three lenses and accessories. A foam-padded laptop compartment holds most 17-inch notebooks. Estimated Street Price: $149. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
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