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In Focus: September 2009





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MAXIMUM MEMORY
Shoot big images fast using the 32 GB SanDisk Extreme SDHC memory card. With read and write speeds of up to 30 MBps, the memory card allows you to do more continuous-burst shooting without worrying about storage or speed limits. The fast transfer rate also makes downloading images quicker. If you shoot with one of the new video D-SLRs, the card is fast enough to handle high-definition video recording. It’s capable of storing 160 minutes of full HD 1920x1080 video at a 24 MBps data-transfer rate. List Price: TBA. Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK, www.sandisk.com.
STUFF IT
Automate repetitive tasks like backing up and uploading files to FTP servers with StuffIt Deluxe 2009. To save time, Windows users can create multiple unique Droplet tools for doing these tasks and access them quickly without launching the app. The Context Menu gives instant access to the most recent and frequently used actions. In the Mac version, there’s support for the Leopard operating system and Time Machine. StuffIt Deluxe automatically transfers and backs up archives for MobileMe users with the DropStuff and StuffIt Scheduler. List Price: $79 (Mac); $49 (Windows). Contact: Smith Micro Software, (800) 964-7674, www.smithmicro.com.
POWER UP
Extend your shooting time with Zeikos battery power grips, which are available for popular Canon and Nikon cameras. All units come with AA adapters so you can use either AA or the camera’s batteries. The ZE-NBG60 works with the Nikon D40, D40X and D60; the ZE-NBG90 with the D80 and D90; and the ZE-NBG300 with the D300 and D700. The ZE-CBG50 works with the Canon EOS 40D and 50D, the ZE-CBGXSI with the Rebel XSi and XS, and the ZE-CBG5DII with the EOS 5D Mark II. Estimated Street Price: Varies by model. Contact: Zeikos Inc., (888) 934-5675,www.zeikos.com.
FIELD STUDY
Every year, the North American Nature Photography Association awards scholarships to 10 high-school students, ages 14 to 18. Winners get to attend the group’s annual summit where they learn about nature photography, meet professional photographers and writers, and take part in classroom and field instruction. This year, the application deadline is October 19. The 2010 NANPA Summit takes place in Reno, Nev., February 13-20. Application information is available online. Contact: NANPA, (303) 422-8527, www.nanpa.org.
QUICK RELEASE
The Ideesign Q-top quick release delivers a fast, secure way of attaching your camera to a tripod. Pressing the spring-loaded push-button is all that it takes to attach and release. It features a stable, solid base, lightweight camera plates and an integrated spirit level. After a manufacturing hiatus of a few years, the Q-top is now being produced again. In the U.S., Adorama is the sole distributor. Estimated Street Price: $149. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


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