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In Focus: October 2009

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If you shoot with an HD video D-SLR, get a bigger view than what the LCD can provide with Marshall Electronics OLED camera-top and field monitors. They’re thin, portable and deliver accurate colors with a wide range of contrast and brightness. The 6.5-inch V-LCD651ST-HDMI is designed specifically for outdoor use with an anti-reflective screen for optimal image viewing under bright light without a hood. It features 1024x768 resolution and weighs just 1.3 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $1,999 (with small battery adapter); $2,099 (V-mount and Anton/Bauer battery adapter). Contact: Marshall Electronics, (310) 333-0606, www.marshallelectronics.net.
Customize the look of your images for free with onOne Software’s PhotoTools 2 Lite. The pared-down version of the plug-in, which contains hundreds of effects and corrections, features 15 of the app’s most popular tools. These include reproducing classic effects such as Bleach Bypass and Cross Process, simulating film stock like Kodachrome and Fujichrome Velvia, and making adjustments. Go to the website for a free download. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
Rated with ultrafast transfer speeds, Transcend’s Extreme Plus 600X CompactFlash cards are particularly well suited for D-SLR shooters who like to capture big image files in bursts. The cards have read speeds of up to 92 MBps and write speeds of up to 87 MBps. With capacities of up to 16 GB, the UDMA-enabled cards also are great for recording video. Built-in technology detects and corrects any errors that occur during data transfer. List Price: $142 (8 GB); $244 (16 GB). Contact: Transcend, (714) 921-2000, www.transcendusa.com.
Use Hoodman’s HoodEYE for improved viewfinder viewing. The unit basically replaces your D-SLR’s rubber eyecup and improves clarity by preventing stray light from entering. There are five models that fit all Canon and Nikon D-SLRs. A self-locking mount system keeps the HoodEYE securely in place. Estimated Street Price: $29. Contact: Hoodman USA, (800) 818-3946, hoodmanusa.com.

Hiking around with a monopod can be easier than with a full-sized tripod. The Zeikos ZE-MP72 extends out to 72 inches and collapses to 21.2 inches for easy transport. Features include a fully padded handgrip, a four-section aluminum leg with Rapid-Action Locks for quick setup and a rubber leg tip with a spike for easy use on any surface. The ZE-MP72 attaches to most photo backpacks and can double as a walking stick. Estimated Street Price: $23. Contact: Zeikos Inc., (888) 934-5675, www.zeikos.com.
Create just the kind of light you need in the field using the Flashpoint Q Series Attachments Kit. The bundle includes a variety of light-modifying accessories, such as a beauty dish mini reflector, a snoot, a diffuser dome, white and gold deflectors, honeycombs, three colored filters and an extra diffuser. They attach easily and securely to any standard shoe-mounted flash using a band and Velcro® strap. Estimated Street Price: $169. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


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