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In Focus: September 2008

With nearly 10,000 cubic inches of space, you can store multiple camera bodies and lenses in the Pelican 1730 Transport Case with room left over for tripods, flash units and other accessories. If you’re going on a road trip, put the case in your car for safely storing gear or keep it at home. The design allows you to stack multiple units for more storage space. For easy manual transport, the case comes with two doublewide handles and rugged polyurethane wheels with stainless-steel ball bearings and nylon hubs for extended towing durability. An integrated automatic pressure equalization valve keeps moisture out. List Price: $549. Contact: Pelican Products, www.pelican.com.

Designed for cameras with M mounts, the Carl Zeiss C Biogon T* 2.8/35 ZM is a compact wide prime compatible with Zeiss and Leica rangefinder cameras. Weighing just 7 ounces and measuring 2.2 inches, the ƒ/2.8 lens has a minimum focusing distance of 2.3 feet. The company touts the lens as delivering practically distortion-free images because of a symmetrical Biogon construction with seven lens elements in five groups. List Price: $817. Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.

Capture fast-moving wildlife and action in high-definition video on your next trip with the light, sleekly designed Canon VIXIA HF10 camcorder. Offering plenty of cool features at a reasonable price, the HF10 is Canon’s first flash-based camcorder, meaning no moving parts, and that makes for a lighter, more compact body. You can record up to six hours of high-definition video to the 16 GB internal Flash drive with the option of recording to an SDHC memory card. (The less expensive VIXIA HF100 only features built-in memory.) Both models include a Genuine Canon 12x HD Video lens and a 3.3-megapixel CMOS sensor for full 1920 x 1080 capture. List Price: $1,099 (HF10); $899 (HF100). Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.

Expand the creative possibilities of what you can do with your images using ACDSee Photo Editor 2008. Along with faster processing times and built-in How-To guides for all of the different features, there are some 70 artistic effects, including Sepia and Gaussian Blur, that can be added, deleted or customized. You also can crop images with shape tools, create your own curve with the Trim to Shape feature and blend images together using masks. List Price: $49. Contact: ACD Systems, www.acdsee.com.

Give your photography a different look using Hahnemühle Art Print papers when it’s time to print. The lineup features Aquarello 170 gsm for watercolor-like prints, Pastell 170 gsm for pastel reproduction, Photo Velvet 170 gsm with a smooth surface for printing photos on art media, Photo Glossy Premium 200 gsm with great color saturation properties and Artist Canvas 340 gsm for replicating oil and acrylic paintings. The papers come in 8½x11-inch sheets in packs of five or 10. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $15. Contact: Hahnemühle, (815) 502-5880, www.hahnemuhle.com.


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