Monday, May 5, 2008
Capture sharp-looking shots from way out with a pair of new Canon L-series pro lenses: the fast EF 200mm ƒ/2L IS USM and the EF 800mm ƒ/5.6L IS USM super-telephoto. The 200mm is a full stop faster than ƒ/2.8, great for low-light and selective-focus shooting. The 800mm is the longest lens in Canon's lineup and is about the same physical size as their 600mm. Both lenses have four-stop image stabilization built in, handy AF-stop buttons and focus presets, and feature magnesium-alloy lens barrels with enhanced resistance to moisture and dust. List Price: $5,999 (200mm); $11,999 (800mm). Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
Shoot from near and far with the Tamron SP AF70-200mm ƒ/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro lens. Compact yet fast, the lens delivers an ƒ/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the focal range, focuses down to 37.4 inches at all focal lengths (for a best-in-class reproduction ratio of 1:3 at 200mm), yet measures just 3.5x7.6 inches and weighs 2.5 pounds. It's available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony mounts. Estimated Street Price: $699. Contact: Tamron, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron.com.
STYLISH DIGITAL frames
Display your favorite photos the high-tech way using the latest Sony digital picture frames. The 7-inch DPF-V700 and DPF-D70 and the 9-inch DPF-V900 all have WVGA (800 x 480 pixel) resolution, 15:9 aspect ratio screens, and image processors that can scale and display photos up to 48 megapixels. The DPF-V700 and DPF-V900 have 512 MB of storage and the DPF-D70 has 256 MB of storage. Estimated Street Price: $249 (V900); $189 (V700); $139 (D70). Contact: Sony, (877) 865-SONY, www.sonystyle.com.
Carry your equipment in the UrbanGear U30 from Naneu Pro. The backpack is ideal for a D-SLR like the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT or the Nikon D40 with a 70-200mm lens attached. There's also room for two to three additional lenses and a flash. Constructed with water-resistant 1680D ballistic nylon and inverted YKK zippers, the U30 has 10.5x9x4.4 inches of interior room and weighs about two pounds. List Price: $49. Contact: Naneu Pro, (866) 806-2638, www.naneupro.com.
Send your images directly from your desktop without the hassle of an FTP or e-mails that take a lot of time to upload. YouSendIt Express is a desktop program for Mac or Windows that lets you send images quickly with security options, including password protection and setting an expiration date. A built-in zipping feature lets you easily drag and drop folders that automatically zip up before sending. YouSendIt Express allows a bandwidth of up to 40 GB per month. List Price: $9 per month. Contact: YouSendIt, (866) 55U-SEND, www.yousendit.com.
Get big range with the Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd, a 10-megapixel camera with 18x optical zoom (27-486mm, 35mm equivalent) that goes from true wide-angle to true super-telephoto. The S8100fd incorporates Dual Image Stabilization to help you get sharp shots throughout that great range. This includes sensor-shift stabilization that compensates for camera shake and Picture Stabilization Technology, which raises the ISO as high as 6400 to provide handheld shutter speeds even in dim lighting. Other features include Face Detection, 6.8 fps shooting at 5 megapixels or 13.5 fps at 3 megapixels (up to 33 frames) and a full range of programmed Scene modes, plus full manual control. List Price: $399. Contact: Fujifilm, (800) 800-FUJI, www.fujifilmusa.com.
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