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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

2006 Editors' Choice Awards

30 of our favorite new products & technologies for 2006

Labels: Buyers Guide

Tamron SP AF11-18mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
Zoom lenses help keep our system weight to a minimum. A wide-angle zoom like the lightweight and compact Tamron SP AF11-18mm is a great choice for getting a wide perspective with smaller-sensor D-SLRs. It covers a 35mm equivalent of 17-28mm, measures 3.3x3.1 inches and weighs only 12.5 ounces. List Price: $982. Contact: Tamron, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron.com.

Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006
Our favorite part of Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 is the sidebar tool, which performs automatic corrections that you can fine-tune—perfect for learning to make manual adjustments on your own. This robust image-editing package includes all the tools you'll need to organize, adjust and output your photos. Hover over thumbnails in the Digital Image Library to enlarge pictures for easier navigation through your photo files. List Price: $99. Contact: Microsoft, (800) 642-7676, www.microsoft.com.

Sekonic X-Rite Digital Suite
The best photos start with accurate exposures and end with a color-managed workflow-and the Sekonic X-Rite Digital Suite will get you there. It includes a Sekonic L-558R multi-function light meter for smart exposure decisions when shooting and a MonacoOPTIX XR colorimeter to calibrate your CRT or LCD display to ensure precise image corrections in the computer. List Price: $379. Contact: X-Rite (The MAC Group), (914) 347-3300, www.xritephoto.com.

Digital Film Tools 55mm
We love products that help us get professional results without requiring a lot of time. Digital Film Tools 55mm is a plug-in filter set that includes high-end special effects originally developed for feature films, as well as traditional photographic filters, in an easy-to-use interface. Apply sophisticated filter effects that would take hours to do manually with a few mouse-clicks. List Price: $195. Contact: Digital Film Tools, (323) 874-2330, www.digitalfilmtools.com.

Manfrotto Mag Fiber Tripod 055MF3
The lightweight Manfrotto Mag Fiber Tripod 055MF3 provides versatile shooting positions with its pan/tilt head, center column (which converts into a lateral arm), and legs that can be splayed and locked for low-to-the-ground compositions. It stands just 4.3 inches high at its lowest positions and extends to over 5.5 feet high. Carbon-fiber legs in three sections have action-leveler locks and can support up to 15 pounds. List Price: $425. Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.




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