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Give your close-up photography a boost with the Pentax D FA Macro 100mm ƒ/2.8 WR lens. Like the company’s higher-end DSLRs, it’s weather-resistant and produces a life-sized reproduction ratio at its minimum working distance of just over five inches. The lens features a rounded diaphragm for beautiful, natural bokeh at large apertures. SP coating repels dust, water and fingerprints, while a Quick-Shift focus system allows for manual focusing without leaving AF mode. The lens can be used on all Pentax DSLRs, digital and 35mm, but is optimized for the APS-C sensor. Estimated Street Price: $849. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.

Transport your gear safely and stylishly in the Tamrac Aero 70, an ideal backpack for carrying a DSLR with grip and four-inch lens attached, an extra lens or two, a flash, accessories and personal extras. The foam-padded main compartment contains foam pillars that support the camera and dividers that protect your other gear. Double zipper pulls allow you to get to equipment quickly. A zippered pocket inside the main compartment’s front flap organizes filters, memory cards and other accessories. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.

Steady your DSLR on the Manfrotto Carbon Fiber M-Y 732CY tripod, which weighs just two pounds, but supports more than triple that capacity. When folded, the 732CY measures a compact 16.7 inches, and when extended, reaches a height of 53 inches. The carbon-fiber tubes are constructed using an advanced manufacturing process
that maximizes performance, torsion resistance and dependability. Ergonomically designed upper aluminum die casting with spring-loaded rotating selector dials allow you to individually adjust each leg angle. Estimated Street Price: $200. Contact: Manfrotto Distribution, Inc., (201) 818-9500, www.manfrotto.com.

Download images while you’re on the move using the Flashpoint Databank portable hard drive. With capacities of 320 GB and 500 GB, the drive has a transfer rate of up to 5 MB/s and can safely copy 1 GB of data in about three and a half minutes. It’s compatible with all popular memory-card formats and supports RAW files. The backlit screen displays remaining drive capacity, battery charge and data-transfer status. When tethered to your computer, the 500 GB Flashpoint Databank doubles as a memory-card reader and backup drive. It’s compatible with Mac and PC computers. Estimated Street Price: $160 (320 GB); $220 (500 GB). Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

Move around easily with your camera gear in tow using Lowepro’s travel-friendly Pro Runner AW series. The bags range from smaller, standard models to more spacious units that convert to rolling cases. All feature built-in All Weather AW covers and rain-flap zipper covers for added protection from the elements. The four larger models feature padded laptop compartments, and the two largest feature checkpoint-friendly laptop sleeves. Padded adjustable shoulder straps and tuck-away waist straps enhance comfort. Customizable main compartments and the Hideaway Tripod Mount system add versatility. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.

Get some professional advice on your photography whenever and wherever using DP columnist Rick Sammon’s new iPhone app. Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Buffet offers tips and techniques collected during his 30-plus years of working as a photographer. Codeveloped with Dr. Dave Wilson, the app can be used as a reference for learning basic and advanced techniques, or as a guide to find a quick fix for a tricky photo situation. It’s easy to navigate and features text, 250 sample photos, video tutorials and even a search feature. Estimated Street Price: $5. Contact: AppShopper, www.appshopper.com.


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