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October 2005

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Fishing For A New Lens?
Get creative using the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 8mm ƒ/3.5 full-frame fisheye lens. An ultra-wide-angle lens with a 180-degree angle of view, the lens lets you fill your frame with the world around you or shoot close-ups and experiment with extreme distortion. Designed specifically for the Olympus E system, the ED lens element helps eliminate chromatic aberrations, and its coating reduces ghosting and flaring. List Price: $799. Contact: Olympus, (888) 622-6372, www.olympusamerica.com.

A Stitch In-Camera Saves Time
No longer do you have to create panoramas on your computer solely via software. Now you can stitch up to five images together and save the panorama directly in the HP Photosmart R818 compact digital camera. The camera's technology allows you to superimpose details from the previous photo to help you align and take the next shot. Other features include a 5-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, 15 different shooting modes and manual controls to give you control over exposure. List Price: $399. Contact: Hewlett-Packard, (800) 752-0900, www.hp.com.

Electric Slideshow
Slideshow software that doesn't need to be installed on a computer makes it easy to share photos with anyone. With tvCD 2.0, you can create a presentation of your images complete with audio, background colors and captions, and burn it to a CD to be viewed on a home DVD player or a computer's CD-ROM. You even can import PowerPoint slides into your slideshow, as tvCD automatically converts them into JPEGs. The program also archives your original images on the CD so you can print them individually. List Price: $32.95 (boxed); $27.95 (download). Contact: tvCD.Biz, (515) 270-1114, www.tvcd.biz.

Home Design Software With Photo Plug-In
Design interiors and landscapes with CAD-PRO 4 Platinum Series software. The new version has a photo plug-in that allows you to quickly place digital photos into your designs and documents. Simply open your photos and trace over them with intuitive tools to create new project designs or to modify those that come with the software. List Price: $79. Contact: CAD Pro, www.cadprosoftware.com.


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