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Sony Low Cost Zoom

Finding a long lens that won't break your bank account can be challenging, but that's what Sony offers with the Cyber-shot DSC-H5. The 7.2-megapixel camera has a three-inch LCD screen and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 12x optical zoom lens with a focal range of 36-432mm (35mm equivalent). The new model uses Sony's SteadyShot image-stabilization technology to help reduce blur caused by hand movement. List Price: $499. Contact: Sony, (800) 222-SONY, www.sony.com.


With 100x speed ratings, Kingston's CompactFlash Ultimate Cards get down to business quickly when transferring images. The memory cards deliver a read speed of up to 18 MBps and a write speed of up to 15 MBps Designed for pros and photo enthusiasts, the cards come in 1, 2 and 4 GB storage capacities. Estimated Street Price: $59 (1 GB); $99 (2 GB); $189 (4 GB). Contact: Kingston, (800) 337-8410, www.kingston.com.

Phase One Capture OneCAPTURE THIS
With Phase One's latest version of Capture One, you get RAW image-processing software that supports more cameras, more file formats and Intel-based Macs. Tests for Capture One 3.7.4 have shown faster RAW processing rates for both Macs and Windows. The software is a universal Mac application designed to run natively on both Intel and PowerPC-based Mac computers. Existing users can upgrade for free. List Price: $499 (new users). Contact: Phase One, (888) PHASE-ONE, www.phaseone.com.

Digital Foci Card CaseCARD HOLDER
Stay organized when you're on the road by keeping all your memory cards in one place. Digital Foci's Memory Card Travel Case holds up to eight cards and fits all types, including CompactFlash, Secure Digital, xD Picture Card and Sony Memory Stick. The holder has a durable, silver-brushed aluminum shell with rubber lining for protection. The lightweight case weighs 3.5 ounces and measures 4.2x2.8x0.7 inches. List Price: $19. Contact: Digital Foci, (310) 763-9100, www.digitalfoci.com.

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