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In Focus: September 2009

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Get to your photo gear quickly using the Tamrac Aero Speed Pack, which features a convenient side-door entry for grabbing your camera when wearing the bag over your shoulder. Just swing it around to the front of your body or go through the front panel when wearing the bag like a traditional backpack. Two models are available—Aero Speed Pack 75 and 85. The 75 holds a D-SLR with up to a 7 1⁄2-inch lens attached, one to two extra lenses and a flash, while the 85 fits a D-SLR with an 81⁄2-inch lens attached, a couple of extra zooms and up to a 17-inch laptop. Estimated Street Price: $89 (75); $119 (85). Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.

The Tamron SP AF60mm F2 Di-II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro is a fast medium-telephoto lens designed for APS-C-sized D-SLRs. In 35mm format, the lens covers a 93mm angle of view. Other features include an internal focus system, which is helpful in close-focusing situations because the overall length of the lens doesn’t change. There’s also a full-time manual-control mechanism so you can manually adjust the focus without hitting the AF/MF switchover button, even when you’re in autofocus mode. It’s available for Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. Estimated Street Price: $569. Contact: Tamron, (800) 827-8880, www.tamron.com.

Capture D-SLR-quality images with the compact Sigma DP2. The camera’s key feature is its 20.7x13.8mm 14-megapixel Foveon X3 image sensor, which is taken directly from the SD14 D-SLR (and DP1) and incorporates the unique Foveon design of laying blue, green and red sensors together as a stack. This allows the sensor to gather more light. Other features include the True II image processor, which is the same unit used in the SD15 D-SLR, and a 24.2mm (41mm-equivalent) ƒ/2.8 lens. Estimated Street Price: $649. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.

onOne Software is giving iPhone and iPod Touch users a new way to fire their Canon and Nikon cameras through its D-SLR Camera Remote app. The program lets you trigger the camera remotely by connecting it to a WiFi-enabled computer. This allows you to control settings, fire the shutter, review images and get a live viewfinder preview, all from a distance. Shooting remotely is especially nice when you want to do high- or low-angle photography. Lite and Professional versions are available. List Price: $2 (Lite); $20 (Pro). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
The Cullmann Magnesit 532C tripod is strong and lightweight, and features vibration-cushioned carbon legs for optimal stability. With a newly developed leg-clamping design, the legs lock quickly and securely. You can position the camera as low as 12 inches for ground-level exposures. Height ranges from 25 to 72 inches, and it weighs 4.6 pounds. Magnesit tripods are equipped with adjustable steel spikes, a separable center strut and foam casing on the upper legs that protects against bumps and damage. Estimated Street Price: $375. Contact: R.T.S., Inc., (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.

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