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In Focus: September 2012


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SILENT REBEL
Using the Canon EOS Rebel T4i and the STM (Stepping Motor Technology) lenses developed for it to shoot video on your next trip should be a quiet experience. This is because the camera's Movie Servo AF mode and the lenses' quiet autofocus operation combine to allow you to continuously track wildlife, sports action and other scenes with fast-moving subjects smoothly, quickly and without picking up unwanted noise. The touch-screen functionality of the three-inch Clear View LCD is based on the technology found in mobile devices. Zooming or changing images, controlling settings and activating the shutter release all can be done by touching the screen. Rounding out the top features is an 18-megapixel APS-C sensor, ISO at up to 12,800 and the new DIGIC 5 image processor. Estimated Street Price: $1,199 (with EF-S 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens). Contact: Canon,
(800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
REMOTE APP
Give yourself more freedom and flexibility when you're out shooting using DSLR Camera Remote from onOne Software. The latest version allows Nikon D800/D800E and D4 DSLR shooters to fire remotely from their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. A total of 29 Nikon and Canon DSLRs are now compatible with the app, which allows you to adjust camera settings, fire the shutter, review images, preview through the viewfinder in real time and record video using your iOS device's screen. The update is free to current owners. Estimated Street Price: $9 (iPhone and iPod touch); $24 (iPad). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
LENS BUNDLE
The tilt-shift look created by Lensbaby selective-focus lenses is a popular one. If you've wanted to try it out yourself, the company now offers the Pro Effects Kit, which puts the flagship Composer Pro and two special-effects optics in one bundle. The Sweet 35 Optic is a 35mm ƒ/2.5 selective-focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture that creates a sharp sweet spot of focus surrounded by blur. The Edge 80 is an 80mm ƒ/2.8 flat field-of-focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture that delivers a slice of sharp focus through the image surrounded by soft blur. Finally, two macro converters, an 8mm and a 16mm, can be stacked together to create a 24mm converter. Estimated Street Price: $750. Contact: Lensbaby, (877) 536-7222, www.lensbaby.com.

MICRO BAG
Carry your mirrorless camera system in the Tamrac Rally Micro, a lightweight, compact bag that's just the right size for these smaller-size cameras. It fits a mirrorless model with an attached lens, an extra lens, a small flash and accessories. The Speed Flap Top and Easy Squeeze quick-release buckle with hook-and-loop closure offer top-notch security. The zippered front pocket has smaller pockets inside to keep extra memory cards and batteries organized, while two mesh side pockets hold even more gadgets. An adjustable shoulder strap and carrying handle give you some carrying options. Estimated Street Price: $37. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
SMOOTH PRINTS
Make your landscape photographs stand out on paper using the Ilford GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss 310 gsm or Smooth Pearl 310 gsm. Clear nanoporous coating combined with other technological advancements help make these paper types ideal for producing images with top-notch clarity, sharpness and color. With a high-density heavyweight base and smooth finish, the papers are designed to deliver the true look and feel of an old-school photograph. Glare and fingerprints are eliminated when using Smooth Pearl. Both papers are compatible with pigment- and dye-based printers. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Ilford, www.ilford.com.

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