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December 2010

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Carry your DSLR in the Think Tank Photo Digital Holster V2.0, an ideal bag when all you need is a camera and lens. Available in five sizes, the bag’s expandable Pop Down section holds lenses of two different vertical heights with the hood in position or reversed. There’s a side pocket for memory cards, a soft flap that covers the LCD, a shoulder strap and a rain cover. It also fits most tripod plates while attached to the camera. The largest model holds a pro-sized DSLR with a 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 lens. Estimated Street Price: $49 to $85. Contact: Think Tank Photo, (866) 558-4465, www.thinktankphoto.com.

Master how to use an accessory flash and other lighting without spending a fortune on equipment using Rick Sammon’s Light It! app for the Apple iPad. It’s packed with 1.5 hours of “before” and “after” photographs and video lessons on how to take good-looking portraits inside, outside, under bright light, in low light at home and on location. The DP columnist includes more than 100 photographs to illustrate the techniques he discusses in the lessons. Estimated Street Price: $5. Contact: Rick Sammon, www.ricksammon.com.

Stay light on your feet when hauling around bulky photo gear using the Skyborne backpack from Vanguard. The bag is designed with air-infused padding to keep you comfortable and your gear protected. An ergonomic harness system with easily adjustable, air-filled shoulder straps helps to minimize tire. The bag holds a laptop in a well-padded compartment with anti-theft buckles and has a bonus detached laptop sleeve with handle and shoulder carrying strap. A tripod can be attached to an adjustable strap and holder. Gear is accessible through the top or bottom, allowing you to get into shooting mode quickly. Estimated Street Price: $229 to $289. Contact: Vanguard, (800) 875-3322, www.vanguardworld.com.

Get a clear view of what your images look like using the LaCie 324i display. The 24-inch monitor is large enough so that you can view two images at once, with room for toolbars and palettes. Other top-notch features include native 1920x1200 resolution, an expanded color gamut and 178º viewing angles for looking at images from contrasting angles without distortion or color loss. The 324i covers 98% of the AdobeRGB color space. An antiglare panel prevents unwanted reflections and a multifunction stand glides effortlessly when raising, lowering, swiveling, tilting or pivoting the display. Estimated Street Price: $1,249. Contact: LaCie, (503) 844-4500, www.lacie.com.

Keep your digital files close by and easily accessible with Iomega eGo portable hard drives. The 1 TB eGo Blackbelt Portable hard drive for Mac comes with Iomega’s Drop Guard Xtreme feature for protection from drops of up to seven feet and has two FireWire 800 ports as well as a USB 2.0 port. For those looking for something besides the standard black or silver finish, the hyperstylized Skin collection features cool graphical designs. These drives come with standard Drop Guard protection that works for distances of up to 51 inches. The drives are all compatible with USB 3.0. Estimated Street Price: $199 (Blackbelt); $109 (Skin). Contact: Iomega, www.iomega.com.


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