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In Focus: October 2011

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Designed to look like a traditional doctor’s bag, the Dr. DSLR Camera Bag from Petrol Bags has two brackets on the bottom for hooking it into a wheel and trolley system when rolling is more convenient than carrying. Made of black 900D and ballistic nylon fabrics, the bag’s interior is shaped to fit a video DSLR with lens attached. A hinged, extra-wide opening provides fast, easy access. Removable dividers secure contents and create pockets for storing a mattebox, camera plate, follow focus, camera light, viewfinder, cables and spare lenses. Padded red fabric cushions your gear, and internal LED lighting illuminates the interior, making equipment easier to identify and organize. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Petrol Bags, (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.

Fix up your photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Editor, the Mac App Store version of the popular imaging program. The app includes many of the same photo tools as the fuller version such as Content Aware Fill, Group Shot, Panorama and Style Match Photomerge. There are more than 50 tools for select cropping, painting, typing, retouching and adjusting along with hundreds of filters for unlimited options. Elements offers guided edit modes that walk you through how to use effects and clean up photos. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Adobe, (800) 833-6687, www.adobe.com.

Illuminate a dark foreground with the Nissin Di866 Mark II flash, which has been upgraded with a metal foot that replaces the previous model’s plastic foot for increased durability. The redesigned zoom head is quieter, and the range of the wireless sensor is improved. It also delivers a stronger sub-flash power ratio range for more control. The Di866 is compatible with Canon E-TTL and E-TTL II systems, and Nikon i-TTL, and can be used with Canon and Nikon flash units, either as a master or slave. TTL (through-the-lens) metering allows your camera to control flash output and automatically balances exposures. Estimated Street Price: $349. Contact: Nissin, www.nissindigital.com.

The sleek, compact Leica V-Lux 30 is a 15.1-megapixel (14.1-megapixel effective) camera that offers a focal length range equivalent of 24-384mm in 35mm format. Top features include a 3-inch LCD touch-screen display, integrated GPS functionality and video recording in 1080i AVCHD. For capturing fast action, the camera delivers 10 fps consecutive-burst shooting at full resolution or 60 fps at a reduced resolution. The V-Lux 30 comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9. Estimated Street Price: $749. Contact: Leica, (800) 222-0118, www.leica-camera.com.

Use this Flashpoint bracket (FASRSHO) to mount a softbox to a shoe-mount flash. The unit allows you to mount your flash horizontally on top of a light stand and attach a Bowens mount light modifier. With a Bowens speed ring, any softbox can be attached. The unit is adjustable so it fits most shoe-mount flashes. Estimated Street Price: $24. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

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