Pan the scene smoothly using Manfrotto's 561B Monopod. Fluid cartridges in the head and base allow for steady, level panning or tracking of shots. The 561B comes with a modified 701RC2 video fluid head offering tilts of +/- 90 degrees. Three retractable, pivoting feet make it ideal for shooting from tight spaces. A reversible 1⁄4-inch and 3⁄8-inch quick-release plate doubles as a camera or a camcorder support. The 561B supports up to 8.8 pounds and extends from 30.7 to 79.5 inches. Estimated Street Price: $222. Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.
Make high-resolution 4800 dpi scans from your film and slides with the affordable Epson Perfection V200 Photo scanner. The 180-degree, high-rise hinged lid lets you also scan three-dimensional objects up to 25mm thick. The easy-to-use V200 features one-touch buttons for scanning, copying, e-mailing and creating PDFs. A range of editing tools includes color restoration and dust and scratch correction. List Price: $99. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
Carry your photo gear safely in the new PCS283 case from the RSV Series of Pelican Soft Camera Cases. The main compartment holds your D-SLR, lenses and accessories while a removable tray with dividers keeps your equipment organized. Plus, there are removable tripod straps with a catch pocket for the legs. Remove the computer case and the bag meets the size requirements for carry-on luggage. The messenger-style computer case holds up to a 17-inch laptop. The PCS283 is designed from ballistic nylon material with molded corners for extra protection. List Price: $399. Contact: BKA, (847) 821-0450, www.bkaphoto.com.
Try the new version of ACDSee Pro 2.0 before it hits shelves by downloading the beta version from the company's website for free. The software is a comprehensive workflow solution that lets you view, edit, catalog and publish your photo collection. Upgrades include faster viewing, better quality and more nondestructive RAW editing features, batch conversion of RAW files to multiple formats in a single step, and more. The full version is expected to be released this fall with a list price of $129. Contact: ACD Systems, www.acdseepro.com.