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In Focus: September 2013

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SmugMug recently acquired the successful Android app SmugFolio along with the app creator, Brian Wood, and has rebranded and updated the app as SmugMug for Android. The app now allows users to upload photos and videos to unlimited galleries and access your assets even while offline. You can upload your photos with geolocation and detailed photo information as you shoot and share your photo URLs with other Android apps. Or, switch to Read Only mode to avoid accidental edits. For new SmugMug users, sign up through the app and receive 25% off for your first year. Free. Contact: Google Play, play.google.com.
Keep a visual journal of your trip with the Trip Journal app. With full Google Earth and GPS integration, you can geotag and pin each of your photo, video and blog entries on a map. View this map later, or organize your entries by type of media. Share your journal with your friends on Facebook, Flickr and Picasa, or upload your videos directly to YouTube. Trip Journal is also compatible with blogging software for direct embedding with WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Squarespace and Tumblr. Available for iPhone and Android. Estimated Street Price: $2.99. Contact: iQapps, www.trip-journal.com.
The new Outpost Project line of camera bags by Crumpler provides a versatile selection of six bags that take you from an urban commute to an outdoor adventure. Each bag utilizes the rucksack design with water-resistant 600D Field Twill on the outer shell, as well as ultra-durable, anti-abrasive materials throughout the bags. The line is comprised of the Cobram Messenger Bag, Kashgar Shoulder Bag, Sebang Sling Bag, Karachi Backpack, Aso Commuter Backpack and Tondo Casual Backpack, ensuring that you'll find the size and style of bag to fit your gear and shooting style. All bags come with the Crumpler lifetime guarantee. Estimated Street Price: $95-$265. Contact: Crumpler, www.crumpler.com.

Stay prepared with the ION lithium-ion pure sine wave inverter by Photogenic. The 7.5x4.4x3.3-inch ION converts DC battery power to AC power in a 3.5-pound pack that can power your various electronics in the field (laptop, tablet, smartphone, DSLR battery charger, etc.). The control panel includes two 3-pronged AC outlets, an LED battery power level monitor, charger receptacle, power switch and 0.5 amp USB port for cell phone and computer charging. The full kit includes the inverter, one lithium-ion battery, charger, light stand mount and carry strap. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Photogenic, www.photogenic.com.

When you're working on a time-lapse project or experimenting with video, one of your most important tools is your tripod head. The monoball Z1g+ by ARCA-SWISS is now 30% smaller and lighter than its Z1g predecessor. With Motion Related Gravity Control (MRGC), it has variable and bidirectional drag, making it independently operative and stabilized in all directions. Horizontally, the level of friction remains constant, while vertically, the level of friction increases progressively for optimal control. Additionally, the Z1g+ includes a panorama above the ball, allowing smooth horizontal panning regardless of the tripod placement. Estimated Street Price: $749. Contact: Arca-Swiss, rod.klukas@arca-swiss.com.

Made from ballistic nylon, the military-grade Pelican ProGear U160 Urban Elite Half Case Camera Pack includes an integrated Pelican case with a watertight O-ring seal with an automatic pressure-equalization valve that will keep your gear safe under all weather circumstances. Removable padded dividers in the main compartment keep your DSLR and lenses packed safely. A padded upper compartment has room for larger accessories such as hard drives, cables, light meters and chargers. The contrasting yellow interior has been designed for easy visibility. The pack includes a storage pocket for a tablet, multiple side accessory pockets and a tripod carrier strap. Pelican also designed the pack with ergonomics in mind. An aluminum S-curve spine, vented padding, a chest clip and waist belt aid in comfort and balance. Estimated Street Price: $325. Contact: Pelican, www.pelicanprogear.com.


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