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Improve the video clips captured on your HD-capable DSLR with the Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro. Especially useful for reducing outdoor glare and for those who wear glasses, the kit now includes a smart hot-shoe mount called the HoodCrane for the HoodLoupe 3.0. The HoodCrane swings up and pivots out for shared LCD viewing or still shooting. Also in the kit is the HoodMAG, a new magnifying video eyecup for the HoodLoupe, which has a +/-3 diopter and fits up to three-inch LCD screens. Estimated Street Price: $209. Contact: Hoodman, (800) 818-3946, www.hoodmanusa.com.

Anchor your compact camera or mini-video camera to the Joby Gorillapod Magnetic tripod. With magnets in the feet and flexible legs that are capable of wrapping, the tripod makes it easy to secure the camera to almost any surface, such as a pole, tree branch, rocks and more. Other features include a lock ring that provides extra security for keeping the camera attached and more than two dozen leg joints that bend and rotate 360 degrees. The tripod supports up to 11.5 ounces, weighs 2.5 ounces and is six inches tall. Estimated Street Price: $24. Contact: Joby, (410) 374-3250, www.joby.com.

Give your workflow a major power boost with the Cerise Quad-Core Workstation. For serious imaging enthusiasts and pros, the computer’s motherboard, an Intel WX58BP, has been designed and tested for everyday, all-day use. Data, video and audio ports are located on top of the computer, instead of the back, for improved access. This layout also allows for better cooling, with three large fans drawing cool air into the case from the bottom. The air naturally rises to the top and cools the interior. Also included is sound insulation foam on all internal surfaces for almost silent operation. Estimated Street Price: $2,400. Contact: Cerise, (888) 769-8979, www.cerise.com.

Use the Kiboko bag to haul around heavy photo gear. This is the first model to debut from top wildlife photographer Andy Biggs’ Gura Gear line. Weighing in at four pounds, the durable and water-resistant bag is made from high-tech Dimension Polyant VX-21 material, which is what’s used on America’s Cup racing yachts. Fully customizable with extra dividers and a rain cover, the bag is large enough to hold both 500mm and 600mm lenses. The bag was designed to handle between 25 and 35 pounds of camera equipment. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Gura Gear, (832) 295-0709, www.guragear.com.

Move around freely with your DSLR or camcorder in tow using the Adorama B-Grip. The belt-mounted holder keeps the camera connected to your body when you’re on the move and allows you to pull it out quickly for capturing a shot. Any configuration of the camera is possible, and it can support up to 17.5 pounds for accommodating a flash, zoom lens, additional batteries or big video cameras. Estimated Street Price: $49 (special price); $54 (regular price). Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

Stay on top of your growing photo collection with ACDSee Photo Manager 12, a workflow program that lets you specify categories, add keywords and create backups while uploading images from the camera or card reader. Browsing is possible right away with access to folders and files in real time without having to import to a separate library. The refined interface makes navigating between organizing, view, editing and sharing photos easier. A new online mode provides access to a free 2 GB account for storing and sharing images. Estimated Street Price: $69. Contact: ACD Systems, www.acdsee.com.

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