Go from wide to tele with a constant ƒ/4 maximum aperture with the smc Pentax DA 17-70mm ƒ/4 AL zoom. The 17.1-ounce lens covers a 4.1x focal range of 26-107mm (35mm equivalent) on Pentax D-SLRs. Key features include a 0.31x maximum magnification, an 11-inch close-focus distance and a Quick-Shift Focus System for instant switching from auto to manual focus. Pentax SP coating protects the lens surface from grease, water and dust. List Price: $599. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.
ULTIMATE B+W PRINTER
Get high-quality black-and-white prints with the Epson R2880, a 13-inch, wide-format printer that replaces the R2400 as the company's flagship printer. The R2880 borrows from Epson's Stylus Pro line by using nine inks based on the UltraChrome K3 Vivid Magenta ink set for a wider color gamut. Improved reds, blues and purples, along with three levels of black, deliver better gray balance and tonal range. Radiance Technology enhances color transitions and reduces grain by improving highlight and shadow detail as well as color consistency. Estimated Street Price: $799. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
Back up your photos on the road with My Passport Studio from Western Digital. Mac users can take full advantage of this sleekly designed portable hard drive, which supports Time Machine, Apple's backup software utility in the Leopard operating system. Weighing less than five ounces, the drive comes with up to 320 GB of storage and offers both FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 connectivity. A smart capacity gauge lets you know how much space is left. List Price: $219 (320 GB); $159 (250 GB). Contact: Western Digital, (877) 934-6972, www.westerndigital.com.
Stream your photos and video directly to your HDTV using the MediaGate MG-450HD entertainment server. Designed for large image and media collections, the device streams content from the hard drive of any networked computer or USB drive or from an optional internal hard drive. It operates on 802.11g wireless networks and supports HDMI, composite, S-video and component video outputs, as well as connections for digital or analog 5.1-channel sound. List Price: $229. Contact: MediaGate, www.mediagateusa.com.
ALL-WEATHER SHOULDER BAG
Throw the Lowepro Nova AW over your shoulder on your next photo adventur convenient access to your SLR, lenses and more. Your gear is protected from the elements by Lowepro's innovative All Weather Cover, which provides access to the main compartment without removing the shell. Available in six sizes, the bag ise for designed for shooters of all levels, with the largest capacity holding two SLRs with attached lens, plus four to five extra lenses or flash units. With a padded top handle, shoulder strap and built-in belt, you have plenty of carrying options. Estimated Street Price: $32 to $110. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
STABILIZED SUPER ZOOM
Capture sharper low-light shots using the Tamron AF28-300mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro lens, which features a Vibration Compensation mechanism to prevent blur. This is great if you do a lot of handheld photography because you can shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would be possible otherwise. With a wide-angle to telephoto range and close-up capability, the lens covers a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 43-465mm and now features a built-in AF motor for use with Nikon D-SLRs. The lens works with all Canon and Nikon small-sensor and full-frame D-SLRs. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Tamron, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron.com.