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High-tech tools to keep your images secure when you’re in the field

Canon Rebel XSi Among the latest cameras and lenses showcased at the big PMA trade show every winter, there’s also a slew of new gadgets, technological innovations and services that don’t drum up the kind of attention that a hot new D-SLR does. While we can’t cover everything we saw, what follows is a look at some of the offerings from those smaller, “back of the show” manufacturers that caught our attention.

Spot your next subject or location from afar with the Minox MD 50 W spotting scope. At 20 ounces and 8.5 inches long, the small scope delivers a big 16x to 30x magnification, allowing you to zero in on the birds. The scope’s close-focus range lets you go from just 16.4 feet from your subject to infinity. A multilayer M* coating on the lens helps ensure the quality needed to make detailed observations. The MD 50 W is dustproof and waterproof to 16.4 feet. Estimated Street Price: $384. Contact: Minox,

Transferring images has never been easier with the wireless Eye-Fi 2 GB SD card. Using your home WiFi network, images are automatically saved to your PC or Mac as soon as you walk through the door. The Eye-Fi can also transmit photos to photo-sharing websites like Flickr, Phanfare and Snapfish using the Eye-Fi Service, which gets them to the site, takes care of log-ins and passwords, and resizes your pictures if required. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Eye-Fi, (877) 873-9334,
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Shoot high-resolution photos all day long with the Pretec 48 GB 233x CompactFlash card. As with all memory cards, figuring out how many it holds depends on the camera and file size, which vary according to the format and quality setting. But at transfer speeds of more than 35 MBps (read) and 25 MBps (write), you can do more high-speed burst shooting, view images faster on the LCD and minimize the download time. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: PTI Global Inc., (510) 249-9055,

The Trim Gear Heavy-Duty Rotary Trimmers are tailored for the demands of digital printmakers. The locking rail mechanism holds paper firmly in place while the carbide blades ensure precise and accurate cuts. The sturdy metal base is calibrated and features common preset measurements. The paper guide is adjustable and magnetic for making the same cut repeatedly without having to readjust. The device can slice multiple sheets of photo paper at once and also cuts card stock, black core artist mat board, 1⁄8-inch foam board, plastic sheets, acetate and more. The Heavy-Duty Rotary Trimmers are available in select sizes for accommodating 12- to 25-inch sheets. Estimated Street Price: $138 to $406. Contact: Carl Manufacturing, (800) 257-4771,
trim gear heavy duty rotary trimmers

Pairing attractive exteriors with functionality, Jill-E Designs is bringing a fashion sense to camera bags. The large Moss Green Suede Rolling Camera Bag holds two camera bodies, two flashes, two moderate-sized lenses, a 15-inch laptop, and various accoutrements like batteries, cables, filters and manuals. The bag has dual carrying handles, a telescoping handle for rolling the case, a polka-dot, padded interior with adjustable Velcro dividers, a netted pocket and a toiletries pouch with a detachable tether. Jill-E offers a range of sizes, from small wristlets to medium and large bags. Estimated Street Price: $279. Contact: Jill-E Designs, (888) 445-4553,
jill-e camera bag

If you’re the type who comes back from a shoot with multiple memory cards full of images, check out ImageRouter from Delkin Devices. The high-speed USB 2.0 reader lets you unload four CompactFlash cards at a time. With speedy transfer rates of 19 MBps (read) and 18 MBps (write), you won’t have to wait long to start working on your photos. The software that enables the simultaneous download isn’t available for Macs yet. Mac users can still use the router, but you see four separate drives and lose the convenience of dumping thousands of photos all at once. Estimated Street Price: $149 (without software), $249 (with software). Contact: Delkin Devices, (800) 637-8087,
delkin devices

Protect your most valuable images by opening up an online savings account for them with Swiss Picture Bank. The website guarantees the safety and storage of your images by making multiple copies of every picture, encrypting them and securing them on servers located in data centers throughout Switzerland. You pay a one-time fee per picture you deposit. The rate is three cents per compressed image or 15 cents per uncompressed, for 30 years. Contact: Swiss Picture Bank, (877) 762-6292,
swiss picture bank

Save yourself the aggravation of dealing with lousy white balance using the CBL Color Balance System. It’s inexpensive, easy to use, and calibrates your camera for any lighting condition in just a few seconds. For low-light conditions—indoors and out or on cloudy, overcast days—use the white side of the CBL calibrator. The reverse gray side, formulated from a secret combination of 13 different materials, is best suited to studio flash photography and direct sunlight. Estimated Street Price: $140. Contact: International Supplies, (800) 999-1984,
cbl color balance system

Take some amazing shots on your next underwater adventure using the ewa-marine U-BXP housing for D-SLRs. Whether you’re canoeing, snorkeling or diving, you can take the camera safely down to a depth of 150 feet. The integrated neutral, flat-glass port helps preserve the optical quality and auto focus of your camera’s lens. An external flash fits into a special section on top of the housing. It’s designed to fit pro D-SLRs like the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and Nikon D3. Estimated Street Price: $449. Contact: RTS Inc., (631) 242-6801,
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Don’t limit your images to traditional photo paper and framing techniques. With Lazertran transfer papers, you can put your work on exotic Habutai silk, metal foil, clay, textiles, resin and even rocks for really organic presentations. Whether it’s for your home, your studio, a gallery exhibition or a gift, the transfer papers for inkjet printers let you explore wonderfully creative ways to share your work. Estimated Street Price: Varies by size and quantity. Contact: Lazertran, (800) 245-7547,
Lazertran transfer papers

High-quality inks for large-format printers are Fortuna’s specialty, along with eight types of archival inkjet papers. Fortuna makes dye-based, pigment-based and solvent inks for Epson, Roland, Mutoh, HP, Encad, Kodak and Mimaki large-format printers. Paper types include High Glossy 230g, Premium Glossy 260g, Double-Sided Glossy 300g, Luster 260g, Double-Sided Luster 280g, Waterproof Wove 260g, Satin 260g and Pearl 260g. ICC profiles are available for download on Fortuna’s website. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Fortuna Imatek Chemical Co, Ltd.,
fortuna paper and ink

The Supreme 38F from Vanguard USA is a water-, air- and dust-tight way to bring your laptop securely and comfortably into the field. It’s also an ideal travel companion with a weight resistance of up to 265 pounds, an automatic pressure-equalization valve, nonslip rubber feet and a double-sided waterproof memo ID card display. The case includes a shoulder strap, and there are padlock receptacles for secure locking. Custom-sizable foam is available for fitting most devices. It can carry notebook computers up to 15.4 inches. Exterior dimensions are 181/4x145/8x47/8 inches. Estimated Street Price: $105. Contact: Vanguard USA, (800) 875-3322,
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vanguard safe case

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