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ARCA-SWISS FOR NEX
Accessorize your Sony Alpha NEX-3 or NEX-5 with some useful tools from Arca-Swiss. The NEX Kit consists of a mini L-bracket and a shoe for attaching an optical finder. The Nex L-bracket is fully adaptable with the monoball Fix and monoball Classic quick-release systems and allows you to quickly switch between landscape and portrait positioning. The bracket also provides more secure handling when shooting handheld. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Arca-Swiss International, P.O. Box 28450, Tempe, AZ 85285, (480) 755-3364, www.precisioncameraworks.com.

CLASSIC STYLE
Create images that have the timeless look of film using DxO FilmPack 3. You can simulate the grain, color, saturation and contrast of popular film stocks, including Kodak Kodachrome and TRI-X, Polaroid 669, Agfa APX 25 and others. More than 60 film renditions are available with hundreds of possible combinations. The redesigned interface features a filmstrip that lets you easily navigate through all of the different looks. Ten film looks and 10 color filters have been added, as well as hue, saturation and lightness sliders, and noise removal for more authentic-looking grain. Estimated Street Price: $129 (Expert). Contact: DxO Labs, www.dxo.com.

OLD-SCHOOL SHOOTER
Shoot sharp-looking stills and video with full manual control using the Fujifilm X10. Its 12-megapixel, 2⁄3-inch EXR CMOS sensor is larger than those found in similar point-and-shoots, and the Fujinon 4x zoom lens (28-112mm equivalent) can be operated by manually twisting the lens barrel to adjust focal length. You can choose between manual focus and autofocus via a front-mounted dial, and the lens has maximum aperture settings from ƒ/2 at the wide end to ƒ/2.8 at the telephoto end. Additional features include a RAW shooting mode, a dedicated exposure-compensation dial for making fast adjustments, a 2.8-inch LCD and an eye-level optical viewfinder. Estimated Street Price: $600. Contact: Fujifilm, (800) 800-3854, www.fujifilmusa.com.

iPHONE OPTICS
Add some oomph to your iPhone photography with the iPro Lens System from Schneider Optics. The kit is designed for the iPhone 4 and 4S, and consists of wide-angle and fisheye lenses. Using a bayonet mount, the lenses securely fasten to a pocket-sized case, which serves as a protector, universal tripod mount and grip. The lenses twist on and off and have metal lens barrels. The fisheye has a 165° field of view, which is equivalent to a 12mm lens, and the wide-angle has an 86° field of view, which is equivalent to a 19mm lens. List Price: $199. Contact: Schneider Optics, (818) 766-3715, www.iprolens.com.

GRIP IT
Mount a small flash to the Lastolite Brolly Grip, a handheld bracket that's designed to support a flashgun along the shaft of an umbrella. A 20-inch translucent umbrella is included in the kit for creating a compact, easy-to-set-up mobile solution. The unit is designed for umbrellas with 8mm and 10mm shafts, either one at a time or both at the same time. It also can be mounted on a stand. List Price: $36. Contact: Lastolite, (201) 818-9500, www.lastolite.us.


MAC DRIVE
Back up your files to the Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive, a silver and black external storage unit designed, both aesthetically and physically, to fit on the base below the screen of your iMac or display. Available in 2 TB and 3 TB capacities, the 7,200 rpm drive has two FireWire 800 interfaces and a two-port USB 2.0 hub for connecting a USB printer and your iPhone, or another iOS device, simultaneously. A front-panel capacity indicator lights up as the drive fills up. Iomega Protection Suite software is included (via download). List Price: $195 (2 TB); $295 (3 TB). Contact: Iomega, www.iomega.com.

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