Friday, June 12, 2009
Store your photos and other files in one central location, and access them anywhere using Western Digital’s My Book World Edition hard drives. Providing automatic and continuous backup for all the computers in your network, the drives offer a lot of room with 1- and 2-terabyte capacities. Additional features include simple recovery of damaged or lost files, a capacitygauge and remote access technology, allowing you to get to your files from anywhere. The drives are compatible with Windows and Mac computers. List Price: $229 (1 TB); $449 (2 TB). Contact: Western Digital, (877) 934-6972, www.westerndigital.com.
Support your camera using the lightweight, yet very robust Series 2 Traveler Tripod from Gitzo. This version is more compact than its predecessor, but able to accommodate D-SLRs with 200mm and 300mm lenses attached. The new design uses a 180-degree leg folding system that’s more space-efficient by housing the head inside the folded tripod legs. It features all of Gitzo’s most advanced features, including 6X tubing, G-Lock, “Ground Level Set” allowing you to use the tripod at ground level, removable self-locking feet, a rapid and reversible column, and a retractable hook. Estimated Street Price: $875. Contact: Gitzo (Bogen Imaging), (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.
Capture up to 224-degree panoramic shots in a single motion using the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1. Just press the shutter and pan the camera. The HX1 continuously shoots full-resolution images and stitches them together to create a single photograph. The 9.1-megapixel camera has a CMOS sensor adapted from Sony’s Alpha DSLR lineup and a Sony G lens that’s equivalent to 28-560mm ƒ/2.8-5.2 in 35mm format. Estimated Street Price: $500. Contact: Sony, (877) 865-SONY, www.sonystyle.com.
Explore new and quick ways to get creative with your digital photos using Tiffen’s Dfx Essentials software. Featuring 37 specialized filters and effects, the app has hundreds of built-in presets or you can create and save your own custom setups. Essentials is a selective version of Tiffen’s pro Dfx Creative Digital Effects software and comes with an easy-to-follow video tutorial. The intuitive filter palette with thumbnail previews lets you evaluate effects before applying them to an image. The app is compatible with a wide range of file types. List Price: $59. Contact: Tiffen, (800) 645-2522, www.tiffen.com.
Back up images while in the field and free up space on your memory card using JOBO’s GIGA Vu SONIC and GIGA one SONIC portable storage devices. The GIGA Vu can download up to 1 GB in 30 seconds, features TRUE RAW decoding of most RAW formats, has a 3.2-inch color LCD and comes in capacities up to 250 GB. The GIGA one can transfer up to 1 GB in less than a minute, has a 1.8-inch LCD and comes in capacities up to 200 GB. List Price: $430 (250 GB GIGA Vu); $329 (200 GB GIGA one). Contact: JOBO AG, (734) 677-6989, www.jobo-usa.com.
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