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Monday, November 1, 2004

OP Editors' Picks 2004

New technologies mean exceptional gear for photographers

19) DeLorme Topo USA
Getting lost is frustrating, which is why I love DeLorme's Topo USA 5.0. It's fast and easy to generate routes and upload them to your GPS receiver. You also can view the maps in 3-D and get nationwide campground information. List Price: $99.95 (CD and DVD versions). Contact: DeLorme, (800) 561-5105, www.delorme.com.—DK

20) XtremePower XP20
This XtremePower XP20 battery earns my choice because it provides a lot of power in a small package, letting me concentrate on shooting without worrying about how much juice I've got left. It will power up cameras, a laptop and more, and runs well in the cold. List Price: $549. Contact: MAC Group, (914) 347-3300, www.macgroupus.com.—ZS

21) Buck Knives Northshore
The Buck/Mayo Northshore Model 173 from Buck Knives has all the qualities I look for in an all-purpose knife. It weighs 2.6 ounces, features a sharp stainless-steel blade, and is reliably strong with a hard anodized aluminum handle. The sleek, high-tech design is a bonus. List Price: $90. Contact: Buck Knives, (800) 326-2825, www.buckknives.com.—DK

22) Kata Rucksack
A camera bag that offers superior protection for my gear easily finds a home among our editors' picks. The Kata Rucksack R102 features a well-padded ribbed design for resistance against shock and impact damage, plus an easy-access front panel for a camera and attached lens. List Price: $199.95. Contact: Bogen Imaging Inc., (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.—IP

23) SanDisk Extreme Memory Card
Extreme weather and temperature won't affect the SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash card. The rugged card has proven performance at temperatures between -13 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit while providing high shock- and impact-resistance. List Price: $79 to $479. Contact: SanDisk, (408) 542-0500, www.sandisk.com.—IP

24) Brunton Solarroll
The Brunton Solarroll lets us carry on indefinitely in remote locations, far from electricity. We chose this solar cell because it keeps a laptop running with a few hours of sunlight, yet rolls up quickly and doesn't take up too much space. Suggested Retail Price: $399. Contact: Brunton, (307) 856-6559, www.brunton.com.—ZS


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