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In Focus: October 2012

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Steady your camera using the Davis & Sanford Magnum XG13 tripod and FX13 head. The combination is ideal for DSLR video shooting, as well as still capture of fast-moving wildlife and other scenes with a lot of action. The head is made from an aluminum alloy and can support loads of up to 13 pounds. There are three spirit levels, and the pan-and-tilt handle is designed for comfort. The three-way head has 360º pan and 90º downward and 60º upward tilt, plus landscape and portrait tilt modes. The tripod's legs range from a maximum working height of 72 inches to as low as 8 inches. Estimated Street Price: $189. Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.
Work with images in a more natural way using the latest Cintiq pen tablets from Wacom. By combining the precision of the pen with multitouch interaction and gesture support, you can pan, zoom or rotate images with one hand while using the other to sketch or paint. The Cintiq 24HD touch displays more than one billion colors and covers 97% of the Adobe color gamut. You can adjust the counterweighted stand to a position that you're comfortable working in, with the display capable of reaching over the edge of the desk so that it rests in your lap, if desired. If you prefer just the pen, and no touch-screen functionality, the Cintiq 22HD is a solid option with eight ExpressKeys located on either side of the display. Estimated Street Price: $3,699 (24HD touch); $1,999 (22HD). Contact: Wacom, www.wacom.com.
Not every trip calls for taking a weighty DSLR. Sometimes an advanced compact camera can serve your photographic needs while saving space in your suitcase or backpack. The Samsung EX2F has a fast 24mm ƒ/1.4 wide-angle lens, which improves upon the ƒ/1.8 lens used by its predecessor, the TL500. The wide aperture is helpful, particularly if you do a lot of still and video shooting in low light. Along with the lens, the 12.4-megapixel EX2F offers a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, full manual controls, 1080p video shooting at 30 fps, RAW support, an ISO range of 80-3200 (6400-12,800 extended), a three-inch swivel AMOLED display and integrated Wi-Fi functionality for sharing images remotely. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Samsung, (800) SAMSUNG, www.samsung.com.
Sony adds the SAL55300 telephoto lens to its A-mount lineup. It's designed for Alpha A-mount cameras that use Sony's Translucent Mirror Technology and allows you to capture stills and full HD videos of wildlife and other distant, faraway subjects with razor-sharp focus. Features include the quiet Smooth Autofocus Motor system and an advanced optical design. The lens incorporates an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass element, which is commonly found in the higher-end Sony G lens models, for reducing color aberrations, improving image quality and providing solid contrast and sharpness. Estimated Street Price: $300. Contact: Sony, (877) 865-7669, www.sonystyle.com.

There's a new size to choose from for fans of Moab Slickrock Metallic Pearl 260. The popular paper is now available in 11x14-inch sheets. That size is considered a standard for portfolios and framing because it matches original large-format cameras, and as a result, became one of the default image-presentation formats. With a metallic, pearl-like coating, this paper adds shimmer to your black-and-whites. Highlights are bright, while blacks are deep and dark. The microporous glossy surface dries instantly, and the paper is designed for printing with Photo Black inks. This size comes in 25-sheet boxes. Also available are 50-sheet boxes of 5x7-, 8½x11- and 13x19-inch sizes, as well as 17-, 24- and 44-inch rolls. Estimated Street Price: Varies by size. Contact: Moab, (800) 727-3716, moabpaper.com.


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