Monday, March 23, 2009
Go from wide to long tele with image stabilization using Sigma’s 18-250mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM. This zoom delivers top-notch image quality throughout its entire range with low-dispersion glass and aspherical-lens elements for minimizing chromatic aberrations and spreading light evenly across the sensor. Hybrid Optical Stabilizer technology compensates for shake by providing image stabilization in the camera body and viewfinder. A minimum focusing distance of 17.7 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.4 allow you to get up close. Estimated Street Price: $530. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.
RARE D-SLR RELEASE
Check out Pentax’s limited-edition white K2000 D-SLR system, which comes with a double-zoom lens kit. The uniquely colored camera comes with the DA L 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 AL and 50-200mm ƒ/4-5.6 AL, which both feature white trim. The camera sports a 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor, advanced manual control, an Auto Picture Mode, sensor-shift Shake Reduction that works with all lenses, a comprehensive sensor-dust removal system and a dedicated programmable Help button for those who are new to using a D-SLR. List Price: $679. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaxslr.com.
Enhance your landscape scenics using Tokina’s AT-X 124 PRO DX II 12-24mm ƒ/4 AF lens. The ultrawide-angle zoom is the 35mm equivalent of an 18-36mm lens. For Nikon users, the second generation of this lens features a built-in autofocus motordrive designed to work with the D40, D60 and other bodies. The Canon version already had a built-in AF motor. A new multicoating helps reduce reflections that can cause flare and ghosting. The one-touch focus clutch mechanism gives you a fast way of switching between auto and manual focus. List Price: TBA. Contact: THK Photo Products, (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
Store loads of images without necessarily having to take up valuable space on your desktop hard drive using Western Digital’s My Passport and My Book external storage drives, which now come preformatted for Macs. My Passport is a shock-resistant device powered through USB, and comes in 320 GB and 500 GB capacities. My Book also features a USB interface, holds 1 TB and preserves power by turning itself on and off with your computer. List Price: $129, $179 (320 GB, 500 GB My Passport); $179 (My Book). Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.westerndigital.com.
THE BIG PICTURE
Project your stills and video in top-notch quality with the Canon REALiS SX800 Multimedia Projector. The bright, high-contrast projector supports SXGA (1400x1050) resolution and can be used with widescreen notebook and desktop computers. The SX800 can display 720p high-definition video uncompressed and also supports 1080p. Powered by its AISYS Optical Engine, the projector produces images with crisp details, vibrant colors, smooth rendition of fine lines, and subtle color gradations and tones. Estimated Street Price: $2,199. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
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