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March/April 2011

By The Editors Published in Next: New Gear
March/April 2011

X-FACTOR

Get more capacity and speed out of your memory card, especially if you shoot a lot of video, using the Lexar Professional 133x SDXC cards. Coming in 64 GB and 128 GB capacities, the cards provide a minimum transfer speed of 20 MB/s. You can capture up to 48 hours of 1080p HD video and do sustained, rapid-fire still shooting when the camera is in continuous burst mode. The Secure Digital Extended Capacity format has an official maximum capacity of 2 TB. Remember, these memory cards are only compatible with devices that support the SDXC format. Estimated Street Price: $399 (64 GB); $699 (128 GB). Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.

VIDEO SUPPORT

Avoid shaky shots when shooting video with your camera secured to the DAIWA DST-43 or DST-73 tripod. Both have fluid pan heads that are all metal, with one pan handle as well as handle mounts on both sides. The camera can be easily mounted or dismounted with the long-side quick-release plate. The DST-43 has a 60mm ball mount, a maximum height of 59.4 inches, supports up to 8.8 pounds and weighs 7 pounds. The DST-73 has a 75mm ball mount, a maximum height of 62.4 inches, supports up to 15 pounds and weighs 10 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $349 (DST-43); $599 (DST-73). Contact: DAIWA (THK Photo), (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.

SIGNATURE PRINT

Put your photos on the fine paper found in the Epson Signature Worthy Collection. New to the lineup are Exhibition Canvas Gloss, Exhibition Canvas Satin and Exhibition Canvas Matte. All are built from a polyester and cotton blend that’s coated to produce vibrant colors, as well as rich, deep blacks and smooth tonal gradations. They’re also heavy, and can be stretched and coated for achieving an optimal combination of image quality and archival display life. All three papers are available in roll widths of 13, 17, 24, 36, 44 and 60 inches, and 17x22-inch cut sheets. Estimated Street Price: $34 (13-inch x 20-foot Matte roll); $49 (13-inch x 20-foot Satin roll); $49 (13-inch x 20-foot Gloss roll). Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.proimaging.epson.com.

HIGH SPEED COMPACT

Get creative with your shot selection using the Casio EXILIM EX-ZR100, a powerful compact camera with a dual core processor that lets you take up to 30 10-megapixel stills at 40 fps. The 12-megapixel shooter has several interesting burst modes in which you can capture shots at 1,000 fps by lowering the resolution to 224x64 or shoot 480 fps at 224x160 or 240 fps at 432x320. It captures 1920x1080 HD video at 30 fps, has a built-in stereo microphone and delivers full-time autofocus during capture. Topping it off is a 12x optical zoom (24-300mm 35mm equivalent). Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Casio, (800) 435-7732, www.casio.com.

ON THE ROAD

Wheel your gear through the airport in one of Tenba's Roadie II Photo/Laptop cases. Three sizes are offered with each designed to meet a different set of carry-on standards. The Compact case fits under the seat or in the overhead compartment. The Universal meets international standards, and the Large meets both domestic and international guidelines. The cases have enough room inside for medium to large pro DSLR bodies, large video cameras or medium-format camera systems. Midrange zoom lenses can be stored standing up. Supertelephoto 300mm to 600mm lenses fit with their hoods and tripod collars in place. There’s also a padded storage area for 15- to 17-inch laptops. Estimated Street Price: $279 to $319. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.

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