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January/February 2010

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SHARP SHOTS
Stabilize your camera with the Arca-Swiss Monoball p0 tripod head. For better handling, the 9.9-ounce head was designed without knobs so it can be grasped from any angle, left or right, and locked by turning the knurled part. As the camera is placed directly on the ball, and not on its neck, the movements are as stable as if they were on a rubber ring. It offers a tilt ball range of 90 degrees and 360 degrees panning. Estimated Street Price: From $249. Contact: Arca-Swiss, (773) 248-2513, www.precisioncameraworks.com.

TRAVEL TRIPOD
Take the Benro Carbon Travel Angel on your next trip. The tripod is a nice choice when you’re on the go because when folded it’s just 14.6 inches long and fits easily into a backpack or suitcase. Model TRCB269 features a load capacity of 26.4 pounds, weighs 3.5 pounds and lengthens to 61.3 inches with the center column extended. The legs can be independently locked into place at two different angles, making it possible to shoot on uneven terrain or in tight spaces. It also comes with a shoulder strap and carrying case. Estimated Street Price: $482. Contact: Benro, (914) 347-3300, www.benro.com.

REDUCE NOISE
Gain between one and two full stops of ISO sensitivity beyond what your camera’s limits are using DxO Optics Pro 6. The program preserves high image quality of shots taken at extreme ISO settings. New noise-reduction technology extends dynamic range and removes unpleasant low-frequency noise. The program also includes a new sharpening control that creates crisper images by amplifying fine details, and it automatically corrects for various lens problems such as chromatic aberration. Estimated Street Price: $169 (Standard); $299 (Elite). Contact: DxO Optics, www.dxo.com.

GOING GIMBAL
Give your long lenses the support they deserve with the Induro GHB1 gimbal head. With +90º/-90º of tilt range and 360º of panning, GHB1 gimbal heads are able to track motion vertically and horizontally, ideal for erratic, fast-moving subjects like wildlife or athletes. The Gravity Balanced operation makes panning movements feel as if they’re weightless. The dovetail Quick Release system detaches the camera quickly from the head, and it’s Arca-Swiss-compatible. A bubble level is included. The GHB1 weighs 1.7 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $360. Contact: Induro, (914) 347-3300, www.indurogear.com.

FINE-ART PAPER
Make prints fit for a gallery wall with Hahnemühle’s Baryta FB and Photo Rag 500 papers. Baryta FB is a bright-white paper with an extra-smooth surface and glossy coating reminiscent of traditional fiber-based Baryta paper. It has a base weight of 350 gsm. Photo Rag 500 gsm replaces its 460-gsm predecessor. The structure and surface are designed to match the Photo Rag 308 gsm and will be available in sizes of 24x30 and 35x46.75 inches in 25-sheet packages. Estimated Street Price: Varies by format and size. Contact: Hahnemühle, (815) 502-5880, www.hahnemuhle.com.

ROCK SOLID
Show your camera some support by using Gitzo’s new, revamped Basalt collection of tripods, which are up to 22 percent stronger than previous models. The lineup includes six tripods, with maximum height ranging up to 44.7 inches and up to 65.2 inches when the center column is extended. Basalt-rock fiber is about 20 percent lighter than aluminum. The heaviest model weighs six pounds and can support 33 pounds. Three quick-release center ballheads, a monopod and boom round out the collection. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us

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