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In Focus: September 2012

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Give yourself another creative outlet for working with stills on a mobile device using the Tiffen Photo fx and Photo fx Ultra apps. Each one lets you simulate the look of many Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, color correction, natural light and effects, as well as use a paint system (fx Ultra only) with a variety of brushes. Both apps also provide a number of ways for sharing those enhanced or retouched images with options for posting to Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter and more. You can save your favorite Photo fx looks as presets and import them into Tiffen Dfx 3. Also, Photo fx Ultra supports the high-resolution Retina display of the latest iPad. Estimated Street Price: $3 (fx); $5 (fx Ultra). Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.
L.L.Bean is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a special selection of outdoor gear that includes a collector's edition Swiss Army knife. The grip is made from reclaimed Swiss walnut, which is handpicked and features different shades of dark brown and variable grain patterns so each knife is unique. The handle is ergonomically shaped to fit your hand comfortably. The 11 stainless-steel tools consist of a flat screwdriver, large knife blade, bottle opener, wire bender, nail file, nail cleaner, corkscrew, can opener, small cross-head screwdriver, key ring and reamer/awl. It measures 3.5x1x1 inches and weighs 2.1 ounces. Estimated Street Price: $59. Contact: L.L.Bean, (800) 813-7473, www.llbean.com.
Get your camera into just the right position using the Vanguard BBH ballheads. Built around the company's Rapid Level System technology, the ballhead keeps the camera even with the base, while two bubble levels help maintain the tripod's balance, allowing you to pan 360º whether shooting stills or video. Constructed of magnesium, the ballhead's open-body design keeps it lightweight, and the scratch-free, oxidized surface of the ball helps you smoothly move the camera into position. The BBH-200 is one of the three available models. It has a load capacity of 44 pounds and weighs just over a pound. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Vanguard, (800) 875-3322, www.vanguardworld.com.
The Pro-Optic Macro Zoomer is an extension tube that allows you to continuously adjust magnification without having to remove the lens and change tubes. The tube functions like a zoom lens. Rotating its "zoom" ring adjusts the magnification. Autofocus and auto-exposure operation are both preserved. The focusing range is between 46mm and 68mm. The Macro Zoomer is available for Canon and Nikon shooters. Estimated Street Price: $129. Contact: Pro-Optic (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
Stay warm when the temperature drops at night by taking the High Peak Mt. Rainier 20°F Sleeping Bag on your next camping trip. The mummy-style design uses a double layer of insulation that helps you retain body heat and stays warm even when wet. The fabric is breathable and allows any perspiration on your skin to evaporate, keeping you dry. The top of the bag uses ripstop nylon, while the bottom is nylon taffeta. An internal chest collar with a drawstring and barrel lock keeps heat from seeping out of the face opening. Estimated Street Price: $117. Contact: High Peak, (425) 251-5106, www.highpeakusa.com.


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