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May/June 2012

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TOUCH TABLET
Edit your images using the Wacom Intuos5, which is the latest generation of the popular pen tablet series. It features a multitouch surface that supports gestures for zooming, scrolling, panning and rotating images. Customizable gestures can be created in supported applications, like Photoshop, to make your workflow even more productive. For those who like working with a pen, the Grip Pen remains key. With 2,048 levels of pressure and up to 60º of pen tilt, you can work the way you would with a paintbrush, marker or traditional pen. List Price: $229 (small); $349 (medium); $469 (large). Contact: Wacom, (800) 922-6613, www.wacom.com.

PRIME MACRO
Focus on the details with the Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens. This is the successor to the 180mm F3.5 EX DG macro lens and includes upgrades such as a 1:1 magnification ratio, fast ƒ/2.8 aperture and Optical Stabilizer technology. The stabilization system allows you to shoot at shutter speeds about four stops slower than would be possible otherwise so you can capture sharp close-ups handheld. The lens has a focusing distance of 18.5 inches. List Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.

SHOULDER LOAD
Keep your camera from sliding or needing constant readjustment using the XX-Pad from UPstrap. Designed to prevent the camera strap from slipping down your shoulder, the XX-Pad allows you to carry a range of cameras that vary in weight. UPstrap offers nylon or kevlar webbing, and a heavy-duty quick-release system is available for the large- and medium-sized pads. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $33. Contact: UPstrap, (850) 878-1088, www.upstrap-pro.com.



MOBILE SHOWCASE
Share your photos using the Tamron MyPhotoExhibits app for the iPad and iPhone. It allows on-the-go viewing and sharing of 3D photo exhibits you create on the MyPhotoExhibits website. If you're new to the interactive site, setup is easy. After creating login info, you simply upload images and create your own exhibit space. You can choose from a variety of wall and floor textures and colors for your gallery, as well as photo frames, furniture and lighting options. An unlimited number of exhibits can be created that feature different themes. In addition to the app, you can share with friends by sending an invitation from the site or using Facebook or other social media. Estimated Street Price: Free. Contact: Tamron, www.myphotoexhibits.com.

OLD-SCHOOL APPEAL
Give your images a vintage look with Digital Film Tools Film Stocks. With 288 analog film presets that consist of color, black-and-white, motion picture and historical photographic processes, film-type options include Agfa, Fuji, Ilford, Kodak, Polaroid and Rollei. You can create your own presets from scratch, as well as the skewed color looks of cross-processing, the Lo-Fi photographic styles of Lomo and Holga toy cameras, and the aged look of faded films. Other features include masking tools, vignettes, 8/16-bit image processing and multi-processor acceleration. List Price: $95. Contact: Digital Film Tools, (818) 761-6577, www.digitalfilmtools.com.

STORAGE HUB
Make your backup system faster and more efficient with the LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series. The portable hard drive has two Thunderbolt ports and two eSATA ports. You can use the first port to connect up to two eSATA drives to the Hub and the second to hook up other devices or hubs if your needs require multiple eSATA drives. Up to 12 drives (6x Dock, 2x eSATA links per Hub) can be connected via a single connection to a Mac with full eSATA 3 Gb/s speeds. If you have an older Mac, you now can upgrade to a newer one that uses Thunderbolt technology without having to buy new drives. List Price: TBA. Contact: LaCie, (503) 844-4500, www.lacie.com.

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