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January/February 2011

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IN PRINT
Give your images the finish they deserve by printing them on the Epson Stylus Pro 4900. The 17-inch printer produces a wide range of colors at fast speeds, and many of the technologies found in the more advanced, large-format Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 are incorporated into this printer. A one-inch-wide, 360-nozzle-per-channel MicroPiezo TFP print head delivers accurate dot shape and placement of the printer’s 10 separate ink channels. The 10-color, pigment-based UltraChrome HDR ink system includes orange, green and automatic switching between Matte and Photo Black. Estimated Street Price: $2,495. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.proimaging.epson.com.

PRIME OPTIC
Take great fast-action and people shots with the Sigma 85mm ƒ/1.4 EX DG HSM, which is designed for use with full-frame DSLRs. If you like shooting in low light, the fast ƒ/1.4 aperture makes this lens a particularly worthy addition to your camera bag. When used with APS-C-sized sensors, the focal length increases to 127.5mm. SLD glass and a glass-mold element ensure color correction is achieved for all types of aberrations. A rear focus system minimizes fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing, and the Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. Estimated Street Price: $1,400. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.

DSLR + iPAD BAG
Carry all of your gear, including that must-have iPad, in the Tamrac Rally 5 without looking too obvious. The bag holds a DSLR with up to a six-inch lens attached, as well as additional lenses, a flash and accessories. An interior foam-padded compartment holds an iPad or netbooks with 10.1-inch screens. The bag has a slim body-hugging profile that allows you to navigate through crowded or hectic environments without slowing down. The zippered front pocket and an open back pocket provide extra storage for manuals, accessories and other extras. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.

FLASH POWER
Take more control of lighting using the Nikon Speedlight SB-700, which has a wide 24-120mm zoom range. The flash automatically detects whether you’re using an FX (full-frame) or DX (APS-C) camera and optimizes zoom settings based on the camera body. Three light distribution patterns—standard, center-weight and even—accommodate a variety of shooting situations. The SB-700 also supports Nikon’s advanced wireless TTL operation and can function as a wireless Commander with control over two separate groups of Speedlights, or as a Remote Speedlight when controlled by the SB-900 or the built-in Speedlight set to Commander Mode found in most Nikon DSLRs. Estimated Street Price: $329. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.

ON-THE-GO STORAGE
Keep your creative library with you when out and about using the 320 GB G-Drive slim from G-Technology. With a compact 5x3x0.4-inch frame and a sleek-looking exterior, the unit is powered by a rugged Hitachi GST 7mm Travelstar Z5K320 drive. A solid aluminum enclosure acts as a heat sink for keeping the internal drive cool and protecting data. Shock protection and quiet acoustics make it ideal for using in the home, at work or on the road. Powered by USB 2.0, the five-ounce G-Drive slim is formatted for Macs with Time Machine compatibility, giving you added backup protection. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: G-Technology, (310) 449-4599, www.g-technology.com.

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