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In Focus: October 2010

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One of the standout features of Canon’s new PIXMA printers is a Full High Definition (HD) Movie Print function. So if you’re out shooting video of wildlife with your 5D Mark II or a PowerShot model, you can print individual movie frames. The PIXMA MG5220 and PIXMA MP495 Wireless Photo All-in-One, PIXMA MG5120 and PIXMA MP280 Photo All-in-One, and PIXMA iP4820 inkjet printers feature a new design that improves overall usability. Canon also has enhanced its Easy-PhotoPrint EX software, allowing images to be searched for and used from Flickr. Estimated Street Price: $69 to $149. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
For many photographers, the Apple iPad has become a useful tool to take on photo trips. Similar to the version it provides for the iPhone, Tiffen’s Photo fx Ultra v2 allows you to do more with your images on the iPad, taking full advantage of the increased screen size and higher resolution. You can choose from nearly 80 filters to apply to your image and more than 900 presets to customize it. Or you can do all of your own customizing by adjusting the filter’s parameters via on-screen sliders. Multiple layers can be added to a photo, with each one having its own filter effect. Photo fx Ultra also has masking capability and can share filter setup data with Tiffen Dfx for Mac or PC. Estimated Street Price: $5 (free for current users). Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.
Change the way you capture video with the Sony NEX-VG10, an interchangeable-lens camcorder. It uses the same Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor found in Sony’s Alpha NEX-5 and NEX-3 digital cameras and is compatible with E-mount lenses, which are smaller, lighter and optimized for shooting video with silent operation and autofocus. You also can use A-mount lenses (those found on Sony’s DSLR cameras) with the optional LA-EA1 mount adapter. The NEX-VG10 captures full 1920x1080 high-definition video at up to 24 Mb/s. Other notable features include Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight and Anti Motion Blur functionality, as well as a continuous burst rate of up to 7 fps. The camcorder comes with an E-mount 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 zoom lens. Estimated Street Price: About $2,000. Contact: Sony, (877) 865-SONY, www.sonystyle.com.
Pack up your gear in the M-Rock McKinley 671 roller backpack. The cart handle and wheels can be quickly removed and the interior can be customized to fit your needs exactly. The main compartment holds a pro-sized DSLR with up to a six-inch lens attached, plus several more lenses. Replacing the Accessory Bag with extra dividers (all included) expands the camera section, creating space for a second DSLR body and longer lenses. The rear section holds a laptop up to 15.5 inches. The bag is constructed with water-resistant zippers and 600D nylon. Estimated Street Price: $211. Contact: M-Rock, (800) 773-7067, www.m-rock.com.
The Benro A-150EXU Digital Tripod Kit is compact, lightweight and comes with plenty of useful features that will help you take sharper shots. It weighs 2.2 pounds, can support up to 4.4 pounds and travels well with a folded height of 20.4 inches. When extended, the A-150EXU measures 62.7 inches. Three-position leg angles allow you to adjust the height quickly and do low-angle work, especially when used in combination with the reversible center column, which splits to allow shooting at just 7.5 inches from the ground. Setup is fast, thanks to quick-lock leg levers and anti-rotation legs. The ballhead has a bubble level and oversized camera plate with a dual-lock quick-release system. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Benro, (914) 347-3300, www.benro.com.


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