Tamron has launched a couple of compact, high-power zoom lenses designed to reduce flare and ghosting with digital SLRs. The AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD telephoto zoom lens has a macro capability of 1:2. Along with the AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 XR Di Aspherical [IF] Macro lens, both lenses have been optimized for Tamron's Di optical system. Improved multiple-layer coating technology helps counteract reflection and produce high-definition images with accurate color balance. List Price: $281 (70-300mm); $490 (28-200mm). Contact: Tamron, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron.com.
Masterter lighting with ShootSmarter University's latest DVD, Digital Portrait Lighting 3. Christopher Grey, an author, speaker and photographer, discusses lighting tools, styles and techniques using "real world" studio setups. In the 62-minute DVD, Grey also covers step-by-step three-zone lighting, film vs. digital, RAW and JPEG formats and various portrait lighting styles. List Price: $39. Contact: The MAC Group, (914) 347-3300, www.macgroupus.com.
The Epson PowerLite S4 is a multipurpose, feature-rich 3-LCD projector that costs under $700. The S4 displays nearly all forms of visual content with rich colors and sharp detail in up to 1,800 ANSI lumens of brightness and SVGA (800 x 600) native resolution. The portable projector weighs 5.7 pounds. It sets up and shuts down quickly with minimal hassle. Estimated Street Price: $699. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
From sleek padded laptop sleeve to stylish tote, versatility is the key to Skooba Skin from Tenba/RoadWired. The bag protects your laptop while carrying it inside another bag or suitcase, and you can use it alone when the computer is all you need. Just slide your laptop in and pull the flaps together to form a carrying handle. The Skin comes in three sizes to fit nearly any laptop. Seven fabric/color combinations are available, including metallic silver with orange lining and brown corduroy with teal interior. List Price: $29 to $39. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.roadwired.com.