Monday, May 14, 2007
Minimize camera shake with the Sigma 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 DC OS wide-angle zoom lens. A consistent minimum focusing distance of 17.7 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.9 make this a great all-around lens for your close-up, wide-angle and telephoto needs. Compatible with Sigma, Canon and Nikon D-SLR cameras, the lens features Sigma’s Optical Stabilization and uses two sensors, vertical and horizontal, to detect and compensate for vibrations. Low-dispersion glass and three aspherical lenses correct for distortion, and a multilayer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting. Estimated Street Price: $549. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com.
Preview, copy and store your pictures without ever turning on your computer. JOBO’s mobile AG Spectator hard drive downloads images directly from the integrated card reader, with support for CFI/CFII, SD, MMC, MS and MD memory cards. The 2.5-inch LCD color screen displays images immediately. The auto-verify function ensures safe data transfer. List Price: 40 GB ($249); 80 GB ($299); 120 GB ($379). Contact: JOBO AG, (734) 677-6989, www.jobo-usa.com.
HOT POCKET CAMERA
Take Samsung’s sleek new L77 on your next trip and you won’t have to make much room for it. The camera is less than an inch thick, but takes 7-megapixel photos and captures MPEG-4 video clips at 30 fps. View bright, clear images on the 2.5-inch TFT LCD, and edit your images in-camera with tools for trimming, resizing and adding creative effects. Other features include a shake reduction mode for image stabilization and a continuous movie mode. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Samsung, www.samsungcamerausa.com.
If you’re the type of shooter who takes a lot of high-res images, consider checking out Secure Digital High Capacity cards. These cards look identical in size and shape to standard SD cards, but hold higher capacities from 4 GB to 32 GB. Note, however, that although they look identical to standard SD cards, only SDHC-compatible cameras and devices will work properly with this card format.
SanDisk is shipping its new 8 GB Ultra II SDHC card with the MicroMate USB 2.0 reader at no extra charge. The MicroMate works with both SDHC and SD cards. The 8 GB card writes at 9 MBps and reads at 10 MBps. A 4 GB card is also available. List Price: $239. Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK, www.sandisk.com.
Kingston is offering three new 8 GB cards with varying minimum data transfer speed rates of 2 MBps to 6 MBps. Also available are two 4 GB SDHC cards with minimum speeds of 2 MBps and 4 MBps. Estimated Street Price: $113 to $138 (8 GB); $58 to $98 (4 GB). Contact: Kingston, (877) KINGSTON, www.kingston.com.
The Lexar Professional 133x 4 GB SDHC card is capable of minimum read and write speeds of 20 MBps, speeding up capture and image download times. The card includes image recovery software if files are accidentally erased or the card is corrupted. The software also can reformat the card, securely delete images and report on its overall condition so you’re prepared for the next shoot. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Lexar Media, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.
PNY Technologies 4 GB SDHC card has a read and write speed of 4 MBps, which is ideal for recording video or images on the latest digital cameras. Estimated Street Price: $90. Contact: PNY Technologies, www2.pny.com.
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