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March/April 2009

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The second generation of Tenba’s growing Shootout Convertible Photo Sling Bag collection is smaller, but still holds an SLR with up to a 300mm lens attached. The design allows you to swing the bag around to the front of your body, grab your camera quickly and shoot. Removable padded walls allow you to fit a variety of camera-and-lens combinations, or you can take the walls out completely and use it as a long-lens bag. The Photo Sling is made from water-resistant nylon, uses weather-sealed YKK zippers on all outside openings and has protective rubber bottom treads. List Price: $103. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.

Take off with your valuable camera equipment stowed safely away in the Think Tank Photo Airport Acceleration V2.0 carry-on backpack. The midsized bag fits a pro SLR and up to a 500mm ƒ/4 lens (without the body attached). It comes with a 15-inch laptop case that slips into a compressible front pocket and can be removed easily to reduce the bag’s size if necessary. Other features include a security cable and lock, interior pockets for storing accessories, “tuck-away” shoulder straps and a removable waist belt. List Price: $279. Contact: Think Tank Photo, (866) 55-THINK, www.thinktankphoto.com.

Make your photos look and feel like fine art using Museo’s Textured Rag. The paper is touted as being similar to old-world cold-press watercolor paper that’s 100 percent cotton- and acid-free. An ink-receptive layer helps deliver the most vivid images possible. With substantial weight and surface texture, Textured Rag is ideal for art reproductions, portraits, portfolios and exhibition prints. A range of sheet and roll sizes are available. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Museo, (877) 306-8736, www.museofineart.com.

Take the guesswork out of cropping and color correction with CorrectPhoto 3.2 from PictoColor. The editing solution features AutoRez Crop to Fit technology that retains the pixel count of your original image after cropping to a standard print size for home or online printing. OneClick color technology improves exposure and vibrancy by removing unwanted colorcast. In addition to color correction, CorrectPhoto 3.2 fixes white balance and saturation. Separate controls allow you to manually adjust brightness and contrast. List Price: $39. Contact: PictoColor, (952) 894-8890, www.pictocolor.com.

Control your flash units wirelessly from up to 150 feet away with the Calumet Four-Channel Radio Flash Trigger Kit. The transmitter has a hot-shoe for on-camera mounting, and the large digital read-out specifies which channel is selected. The transmitter also has a socket for connecting to your computer. The receiver comes with a standard 3.5mm jack, a 6.5mm photo jack adapter and a PC flash socket. It can be mounted with the included Velcro® strap or by using the metal hook. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Calumet Photographic, (800) CALUMET, www.calumetphoto.com.

Show off your photos in classic-looking frames that do more than simply display images one at a time. With a 7-inch TFT display, the JOBO PDJ077 produces clear, sharp-looking images full screen, as thumbnails or as slideshows with transition effects. ViewSonic’s DPG801BK and DPG807BK 8-inch frames feature SwifTouch touch-screen technology with hidden control buttons that give the displays a clean, clutter-free look. The 4:3 aspect ratio helps to minimize distortion and deliver crisp images in a variety of formats, including JPEG and BMP. List Price: $159 to $179 (JOBO); $129 (ViewSonic). Contact: JOBO AG, (734) 453-0300, www.jobo-usa.com; ViewSonic, (800) 888-8583, www.viewsonic.com.


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