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New Gear: May/June 2014

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New Gear: May/June 2014

ALL-IN-ONE LENS

For photographers who want more flexibility with less gear, Tamron has announced the "All-In-One" 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD macro lens, providing an 18.8x zoom ratio for DSLRs with an APS-C-sized sensor. Tamron has adopted a new design approach to make the lens particularly compact, using UXR glass, a 5-lens-group zoom design and precise mechanical engineering. The lens includes macro capabilities across the entire zoom range with a 15.3-inch focus distance and 1:2.9 magnification ratio. The Piezo Drive (PZD) ensures quick and quiet AF capabilities, and the Vibration Compensation (VC) enables handheld shooting at long focal lengths. List Price: TBA. Contact: Tamron, www.tamron-usa.com.

APPLEJUCE

Wherever you're shooting, it's important to maintain dirt-, dust- and fingerprint-free gear. The pocket-sized appleJuce 2ml Key Chain Pump can clean your lenses, tablet and smartphone screens. The spray pump and 2x2-inch microfiber cloth are fastened together by a metal ring, which can be attached to a keychain or camera bag. List Price: $3. Contact: Tether Tools, www.tethertools.com/applejuce-key.

PEAK DESIGN CAMERA CLIP

For photographers who crave an innovative camera strap alternative, the CapturePRO Camera Clip by Peak Design provides a versatile and secure solution. The aluminum CapturePRO clamp attaches to your backpack, belt or bag. Using a choice of plates for slim-body cameras or with Arca- and Manfrotto-compatibility and D-ring connection, your camera slips into the clamp and locks with a one-hand quick-release system. The clip can also be used as a GoPro mount for capturing point-of-view footage. List Price: $79. Contact: Peak Design, Ltd., peakdesignltd.com.

TRAVEL STROBE

For full flash power packed in a small and simple design, Nissin has introduced the new i40. The travel-sized strobe measures 3.5 inches high and weighs less than 8 ounces. With only two selector dials, one for function and one for power, it's easy to use at any skill level. Functions include wireless TTL and two optical slave modes, as well as a video light mode with 9 steps of adjustment and high-speed sync up to 1?8000 sec. The i40 has a 180° horizontal rotation and 90° tilt, and is powered by 4 AA batteries. Estimated Street Price: $269. Contact: Nissin, www.nissindigital.com.

APACHE 4 MESSENGER BAG

Made of soft, yet durable and waterproof sailcloth with an abrasion- and moisture-resistant Hypatex bottom, the Tamrac Apache 4 is a lightweight messenger bag with a main compartment that holds a DSLR with a 4½-inch attached lens, one to two additional lenses and flash. A foam-padded compartment keeps your tablet safe and a zippered front pocket holds cables, batteries, a hard drive and other accessories. The Apache 4 also features a Piggy-Back Pocket to fit over a roller-bag handle and expanding side pockets for your cell phone or water bottle. The Silent Closure System silences Velcro®, when needed. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Tamrac, www.tamrac.com.

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