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July/August 2011

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July/August 2011

SDCH MEMORY

Capture lots of high-resolution stills and HD video clips with the Patriot LX PRO Series SDHC memory cards. With 20 MB/s transfer speeds and capacities of 16 GB and 32 GB, the Class 10-rated cards deliver twice the classified speed of the SD Association's performance specification for uninterrupted continuous mode photography and top-notch video recording. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Patriot Memory, (800) 800-9600, www.patriotmemory.com.

SAMSUNG NX SHOOTING

Get yourself some new glass with five more lenses now available for the Samsung NX series of mirrorless cameras. The lineup features a little something for every kind of shooter. A versatile 18-200mm has Optical Image Stabilization for delivering crisp and clear images. The fast-aperture 16mm ƒ/2.4 is ideal for landscape and low-light shooting. A Super Sonic Actuator in the 60mm Macro helps deliver fast and quiet autofocus; this lens also has full-time manual-focus capability. The fast 85mm ƒ/1.4 includes the SSA function, as well as manual focus, and the 16-80mm features O.I.S. and modes for capturing video without recording the sound of the camera's autofocus system. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Samsung, (800) 726-7864, www.samsung.com.

O BRACKET

Take sharp close-ups with support from the Flashpoint O-Shape Twin Flash Bracket (FABO), which consists of two C-shaped tracks that form an O for attaching two flash units as desired. The bracket is an ideal solution for producing light from multiple angles. The flash units can be placed vertically or horizontally, depending on what the situation calls for. The length of the bottom bar is extendable for matching different lenses of varying lengths. Estimated Street Price: $26. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

BIG STORAGE

Back up your valuable image files to the dual-drive Western Digital My Book Studio II. With four interfaces and 6 TB of storage, it's more than capable of handling large HD and still files. The drive features eSATA and FireWire 800 for maximizing performance, and FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 when you need more flexibility. For Mac users, the drive is now compatible with Time Machine. Powered by WD's GreenPower Technology, it consumes about one-third less power than standard dual-drive external storage systems and runs quietly without a fan. Estimated Street Price: $549. Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.westerndigital.com.

LOTS OF BAGS

Choose from an assortment of bag styles and sizes that make up the Tenba Vector collection. With small camera pouches for point-and-shoots, top-loading bags for an SLR and single lens, and shoulder bags and daypacks for larger camera systems, there's a bag for every need. The lightweight bags are constructed of water-resistant fabric, and some of the models include an all-weather cover wrap. Every zipper, clip, D-ring, rain cover, lens cloth and piece of fabric is custom-dyed to match the colors the bags are available in; those include Krypton Green, Oxygen Blue, Cadmium Red and Carbon Black. Estimated Street Price: $12 to $79. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.

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