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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In Focus: September 2011


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BACK UP
A pair of portable drives from Lexar makes it easy to take your digital content with you. The Echo MX ranges in capacities from 8 GB to 128 GB, and delivers read and write transfer speeds of 30 MB/s and 17 MB/s, respectively, based on capacity. There's also a capacity meter that allows you to see available backup space anytime. The Echo ZX comes in capacities of 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB, with read and write transfer speeds of 28 MB/s and 15 MB/s, respectively, again based on capacity. It's designed to stay hooked up to a laptop for ongoing backup. Both drives are compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems. Estimated Street Price: $29 to $399 (MX); $29 to $99 (ZX). Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.
FLASH BRACKET
Use the NovaFlip Flash Bracket to rotate your flash from a horizontal to a vertical position. The bracket's thin vertical arm supports the flash arm, keeping the flash always over the lens to produce more natural light. The arm is placed against the camera grip, so holding the grip means you're also holding the flash bracket. To prevent a flash cord from dangling between the camera and flash, the cord can be threaded through two L-slots in the lip on the flash arm. The NovaFlip weighs 9.4 ounces. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

COLOR APP
If you've ditched the laptop in favor of an iPad when working in the field, you now can make sure the colors you're viewing are correct using the SpdyerGallery app from Datacolor. Just download the app, use the Spyder3 colorimeter to measure output, and a custom color profile is created for your iPad. The app has a built-in gallery viewer for displaying fully color-corrected images. Other features include pixel-level zooming capabilities and personal photo watermarking. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $89 (Spyder3); Free (app). Contact: Datacolor, (609) 924-2189, www.datacolor.com.

SAFE CASE
Protect your WD My Passport storage drive from water, mud and dust with the WD Nomad Rugged case. With a hard polycarbonate shell and shock-absorbing elastomer cushioning inside, the case seals out unwanted elements with a heavy-duty latch and silicon liner. The design includes an opening for the drive's USB connector, so you can use the drive without having to remove it from the case. If you're unfamiliar with the My Passport drives, they allow photographers to back up stills and video files while in the field. The case is compatible with most of the drives in the My Passport lineup. Estimated Street Price: $29. Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.wdc.com.

BIG VIEW
Give yourself plenty of room for viewing video clips taken on your HD DSLR using the Flashpoint Big-View LCD 8-inch monitor (FPSCAW). Features include a resolution of 800x600 RGB pixels and 100 feet of remote capability. The external display has an HDMI or AV port and displays in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Estimated Street Price: $598. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

BACKUP CAMERA
The sleek, compact Leica V-Lux 30 is a 15.1-megapixel (14.1-megapixel effective) camera with 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.



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