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January/February 2008

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apple caseAPPLE CASE
Ship your Mac safely using Tenba's lightweight Air Case collection, which has been expanded to support Apple computers and Cinema Displays. Ideal for transporting sensitive and expensive equipment, each case is built with air-channeled plastic panels, high-density foam and a ballistic nylon outer shell, providing excellent protection. Custom-fit cases are available for the MacPro Tower, 17-, 20- and 24-inch iMacs, as well as 20-, 23- and 30-inch Cinema Displays. Smaller cases are available for MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. Estimated Street Price: Varies by size and model. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.

tamronMOTION CONTROL
Take sharp, focused people shots from up close or far away with the Tamron AF28-300mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] Macro Zoom lens. Aside from the big wide-angle-to-telephoto-zoom range, the most notable feature is a Vibration Compensation mechanism that uses a gyro sensor to detect involuntary movement caused by handholding a camera. The system reacts by automatically shifting special optical elements in the lens to compensate for the movement. The result is crisp-looking photography, even in low light or from telephoto range when shake typically occurs. The zoom covers a 35mm-equivalent range of 43-465mm. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Tamron, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron.com.

scan and saveSCAN AND SAVE
Digitize your old slides, negatives and prints using ScanCafe, an affordable, high-quality scanning service. Simply pack up and send off your images. The service scans, retouches and rotates the images before posting them to your account on the ScanCafe website. You then go through and decide which images to keep. You can reject up to 50 percent of the total order without having to pay. Once you're done, ScanCafe returns the originals and ships a DVD/CD of your images and originals. Turnaround time is four to six weeks. List Price: $0.19/negative (3000 dpi); $0.24/slide (3000 dpi); $0.27/photo (600 dpi). Contact: ScanCafe, (866) 745-0392, www.scancafe.com.

color efexFILTERS WORK
Make quick, targeted enhancements to your digital photos with Color Efex Pro 3.0 from Nik Software. The upgraded version of the filter application now features U Point technology. With this function, you have more editing control because you can place Control Points on the exact parts of the image to be changed. The update includes new filter options for simulating the color, contrast and grain of more than 30 film types, adding glow effects to portraits and landscapes, and controlling tonal contrast separately in the highlights, midtones and shadows. Other features include a Filter List organized by photography styles, large before-and-after previews and a Navigator Loupe. List Price: $299 (complete); $159 (select); $99 (standard). Contact: Nik Software, (888) 284-4085, www.niksoftware.com.

moab paperGREEN PRINTS
Make eco-friendly prints using Legion Paper. The manufacturer has launched a comprehensive eco-friendly paper-classification system as part of its website. Each paper is organized into five categories: Alternative Energy, Chlorine-Free, Handmade Papers, Mill Certification and Tree-Free. In addition to being an educational tool, the site is designed to provide you with a simple way of upping your environmental attention. Contact: Legion Paper, (800) 727-3716, www.legionpaper.com.



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