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Get a fresh perspective on your nature and travel photography using the Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm DX Wide-Range lens. Designed for digital SLRs with APS-C-sized sensors, the lens delivers a focal length range of 25-200mm in 35mm format. Aperture ranges from F/3.5-6.5. Three aspherical elements, one all-glass precision-molded element and two compound elements, produce high contrast. Two Super-Low (SD) Dispersion glass elements correct chromatic aberration. List Price: TBA. Contact: THK Photo, (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.

Take one of Sony’s smaller and lighter Alpha DSLRs on your next trip. The A230, A330 and A380 are more compact versions of their respective A200, A300 and A350 predecessors. Both the A330 and A380 incorporate Sony’s Quick Autofocus (AF) Live View technology by using a dedicated image sensor to maintain the fast response of a D-SLR while avoiding delay. All models have a 2.7-inch LCD, and the A330 and A380 feature screens that can tilt up or down. The A230 and A330 have 10.2-megapixel sensors and the A380’s sensor is 14.2 megapixels. Weight ranges from 15.9 to 17.2 ounces. List Price: $550 to $850. Contact: Sony, (800) 222-SONY, www.sonystyle.com.

Carry your gear comfortably no matter where you roam in the Kata DT-213. The main compartment holds an SLR with battery grip and up to a 70-200mm lens attached. Two pockets on the back and side of the pack hold memory cards, cables and other extras. A second strap can be used to form a triangle shape to the pack, giving you more balance and better comfort. Estimated Street Price: $80. Contact: Kata (Bogen Imaging), (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.

Do away with harsh flash shadows using the orbis Ring Flash, which uses your existing flash to create the soft, even look that a professional-level unit would for a fraction of the cost. The handheld unit’s “light tunnel” redirects light from your flash, transforming it into a ring flash. It’s designed to work with a range of flash units and strobes without needing add-ons. The orbis is made from durable plastic and weighs just over a pound, making it totally portable. List Price: $199. Contact: OmegaSatter, (410) 374-3250, www.omegasatter.com.

Showcase your work like a pro by putting together a well-polished slideshow with ProShow Gold 4.0 from Photodex. This version speeds up the process significantly with more than 50 preconfigured Slide Styles. Simply drag and drop your image in, add a Slide Style, and the rest is done for you. You also can create your own style for a more customized look. A new audio sync tool syncs slides to a soundtrack. Slideshows can be uploaded to YouTube and played back in HD. List Price: $79. Contact: Photodex, (800) 377-4686, www.photodex.com.

Cut out any number of people or objects from different photos and layer them into new compositions using the Play With Pictures software app from Vertus. An automatic blend tool smoothes over hard edges and provides seamless transitions between background and foreground layers. A slider adjusts the transparency of each cutout. You can add titles, captions or even a speech bubble. The font and text color can be independently adjusted. List Price: $39. Contact: Vertus, (877) 558-3788, www.playwithpictures.com.


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