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nextSDHC CARDS
Lexar has increased the capacity of its Secure Digital High-Capacity memory cards to a hefty 8 GB. The Pro series has minimum sustained write speeds of 20 MBps, ideal for burst modes, motion capture and HD camcorders. The midrange Platinum II series has a 9 MBps sustained write speed, and the standard lineup is rated at 2 MBps. Estimated Street Price: $129 (Pro). Contact: Lexar Media, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.


nextGLOSS FINISH
Protect your prints with the Desert Varnish Gel from Moab by Legion Paper. Ideal for prints displayed without glass, the gel is a water-based gloss coating for archival pigment inks that can be used on canvas, fine art and some photo papers. The gel dries highly flexible, contains UV inhibitors and is waterproof and scratchproof. It can be applied with a brush, roller or spray gun. Estimated Street Price: $22 (pint), $139 (gallon). Contact: Moab by Legion Paper, (800) 278-4478, www.moabpaper.com

nextSMART PRINTER
Create and publish professional-looking prints with the HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer. It uses Vivera pigment inks, which provide high-quality dispersion of an extensive palette of colors and are rated to resist fade for more than 200 years. The Electrostatic Drop Detection printhead-management system cleans only individual print nozzles that require attention to keep the printer in top condition while reducing waste. Closed-loop calibration automatically adjusts print settings to maintain color consistency. The B8850 prints photos up to 13x19 inches on media up to 0.7mm thick. List Price: $549. Contact: Hewlett-Packard, (800) 752-0900, www.hp.com.

nextSKOOBA STRAP
Carry your D-SLR comfortably around your neck with the shock-absorbing Skooba Superbungee Camera/Binocular strap from Tenba. The length adjusts from 21 to 45 inches, and the width is 1.5 inches. The underside of the strap consists of a flexible grid of individual, air-filled cells that absorb shock and enhance comfort. The cells are covered in a slip-resistant laminate to help keep your camera in place. Estimated Street Price: $16. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.

nextSOLID GLASS
Use a durable, scratch-resistant filter the next time you're shooting in harsh conditions with Tiffen's Digital Hi-Trans Titanium Multi-Coated lineup. The filters are easy to clean with excellent anti-reflective and high-transmission properties. They reflect less than one percent of the light hitting the front surface while transmitting nearly 99 percent. They are available in 52-82mm sizes with formats ranging from haze to neutral density. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.


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