NIKON GOES D2XS
Modifying its flagship D-SLR, Nikon unveils the new D2xs with a refined High-Speed Crop Mode, a 2.5-inch LCD with a wider 170-degree viewing angle and a variety of other changes from its predecessor, the D2x. The camera keeps many of the performance features of the D2x, including capturing 12.4-megapixel images at up to 5 fps, a fast startup time and a 37-millisecond shutter release time lag. When using the High-Speed Crop Mode, which is capable of taking 6.8-megapixel images at up to 8 fps, the newly developed viewfinder superimposes a mask over the cropped area for easier and more accurate composition. Other new features include a faster and more precise autofocus system, a Black-And-White Mode, a higher-capacity battery and an ISO capability that allows you to maintain a specific shutter speed while the camera automatically selects an appropriate ISO setting based on existing lighting conditions. The Nikon D2xs has the same look, size and weight of the previous model. Estimated Street Price: $4,649. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-UX, www.nikonusa.com.
The Tamron SP AF90mm ƒ/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro lens has been retooled to optimize it for digital photography. The lightweight, compact lens has 1:1 macro capability and features improved coating technology that reduces internal reflections, which can cause unwanted flare or ghosting in an image. The 90mm lens offers a medium telephoto focal length that, when used with a small-format D-SLR, equals 140mm on a 35mm camera. The filter size is 55mm. The lens weighs 14.3 ounces and measures 2.8x3.8 inches. List Price: $850. Contact: Tamron, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron.com.
VideoStudio from Intervideo/Ulead now supports high-definition capture, editing, authoring, output and playback. VideoStudio 10 gives entry-level users simple tools for creating home movies. VideoStudio 10 Plus offers more advanced features, including allowing users to create discs in HD DVD format. Upgrades also include enhanced trimming and scanning tools, along with light and anti-shake filters. List Price: $69 (10); $99 (10 Plus); $59 (upgrade). Contact: Intervideo, (510) 651-0888, www.intervideo.com; Ulead, www.ulead.com.
Secure your photo gear with a strap tested to handle it all. Upstrap has released a nonslip shoulder strap strong enough to support 300 pounds of equipment, which can be used as a camera neck strap or on camera, laptop or messenger bags, too. A double-locking adjustment system is attached to the shoulder pad. Additionally, a quick-release wrist and tripod safety loop are also available. List Price: $50. Contact: Upstrap, (877) 872-7639, www.upstrap.com.