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January/February 2012

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January/February 2012


Secure your camera to a tripod using the Giottos Generation II ball socket heads. They're built with a heavily anodized aluminum ball to reduce vibrations and skipping, delivering smooth movements with a calibrated pan base and ball lock. The quick-release plate has a ¼-inch camera screw and a pop-up anti-twist mechanism to prevent the camera from shifting when shooting vertically. A red safety button keeps the quick-release plate from sliding off. There are three heads in the series, with load capacities of 8.8 pounds, 13 pounds and 25 pounds. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $99. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373,


Pop the 64 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC memory card into your DSLR and take plenty of high-resolution stills. This is the latest entry in the lineup, which starts at 8 GB, and delivers write speeds of up to 90 MB/s and read speeds of up to 95 MB/s. With Ultra High Speed (UHS) capability, the card not only captures larger RAW files in continuous burst mode, but full HD video as well. The Error Correction Code engine improves overall data integrity and reliability of the card while it's reading and writing. List Price: Starts at $100. Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK,


Turn your photos into elegant-looking greeting cards for all occasions with Miller's Signature Letterpress. Combining letterpress technology with press printing, the cards give your photos a classic, yet contemporary look. Design options include eight drag-and-drop templates and a variety of color choices. The 5x7-inch cards are printed on 100% premium cotton paper. List Price: Available upon request. Contact: Miller's, (800) 835-0603,


Cover up your iPad in the stylish Trench Runner Sleeve from M-Edge Accessories. With a vintage military-inspired look, the sleeve holds your iPad securely inside its four-sided frame, with a vertical cover that flips back when you're using it and snaps shut for total protection. All ports and buttons are accessible. The sleeve is made from weathered cotton canvas and genuine leather trim with brass hardware. List Price: $19. Contact: M-Edge, (877) 633-4343,


Get more creative in your shot selection by taking the flash off-camera and firing it remotely with the Flashpoint X-Series Remote Flash Trigger Kit. This affordable and sturdy option has 16 channels and a maximum range of nearly 600 feet. The receiver can be mounted on a tripod screw or a hot-shoe (with the supplied adapter). It attaches to a strobe with a 3.5mm mini or ¼-inch mono plug cable and runs off of two AAA batteries. The transmitter is powered by a single AAA battery and mounts to your camera's hot-shoe. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500,


Go from wide-angle to supertele using the Pentax Optio RZ18, which packs a 25-450mm (35mm equivalent) zoom into a 4.3x2.4x1.4-inch body that weighs just 6.7 ounces (with battery and memory card). A 16-megapixel sensor, multiple image-stabilization options, a 3-inch LCD and a 9-point autofocus system with a supermacro mode round out the key specs. Along with face detection, the camera includes smile and blink detection modes that ensure good-looking people shots. The RZ18 captures 720p HD video at 30 frames per second. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155,


Use the Vanguard Adaptor as a daypack, backpack or sling to haul your gear around. Just remove one of the shoulder straps and tuck the other away in a pocket to convert the bag from a backpack to a sling. Zippered openings on both sides of the bag provide quick access and accommodate left- or right-handed shooters. The spacious interior has thick padding to protect your gear. A zippered and buckled top compartment stores additional equipment and extras. There's also a tripod holder and zippered pockets for smaller accessories and lens caps. Estimated Street Price: $89 to $129. Contact: Vanguard, (800) 875-3322,


Bring your prints fully to life with help from the advanced features found in the Canon PIXMA PRO-1. The printer uses a 12-ink system, which includes five that are monochrome, and tubular ink delivery technology that's designed to improve print speed. A 13x19-inch print should take about four minutes and 20 seconds. The ink tanks, which have been moved to the side of the printer, are 2.5 times larger than those used in previous models, and a new FINE print head delivers the ink with improved consistency. List Price: $999. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON,
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