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September/October 2009

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Go from moderate to long telephoto while maintaining image sharpness with the Sigma 50-200mm ƒ/4-5.6 DC OS HSM. With Optical Stabilizer technology, the lens uses two sensors to detect vertical and horizontal movement. It then compensates for the detected shake with an optical image-stabilizing group, effectively offering up to four stops of blur reduction. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 43.3 inches throughout its entire zoom range and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.5. An inner focusing system eliminates front lens rotation, allowing you to use circular polarizers. List Price: $500. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.

Fire your Canon or Nikon D-SLR from an iPhone or iPod Touch with onOne Software’s DSLR Camera Remote app. Simply connect the camera to a WiFi-enabled computer, and the app allows you to remotely control the camera’s settings, fire the shutter, review images and get a live viewfinder preview. Triggering your camera remotely can be useful when you want to get high or low or shoot from other difficult positions. The app comes in two versions: Lite and Professional (most features are in the pro version only). Estimated Street Price: $2 (Lite); $20 (Professional). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.

Carry your complete imaging system in one of Tamrac’s Ultra Pro Series shoulder bags. The Ultra Pro 11 holds two SLRs with attached lenses, three to four additional lenses, accessories and a 13.3-inch laptop. The Ultra Pro 13 also holds two SLRs with attached lenses, four to five additional lenses, accessories and a 15.4-inch notebook. The Double Lens-Bridge Divider System cradles your cameras with grips and lenses attached. List Price: $149 (Pro 11); $169 (Pro 13). Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.

Expand your close-up photography with Tamron’s SP AF60mm F2 Di-II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro, a fast medium-telephoto lens designed for APS-C-sized D-SLRs. In 35mm format, the lens covers a 93mm angle of view. Other features include an internal-focus system, which is helpful in close-focusing situations because the overall length of the lens doesn’t change. There’s also a full-time manual-control mechanism so you can manually adjust focus without hitting the AF/MF switchover button, even when you’re in autofocus mode. It’s available for Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. Estimated Street Price: $569. Contact: Tamron, (800) 827-8880, www.tamron.com.

Go from wide-angle to tele to close-up using the Pentax X70, which packs a 24x optical zoom lens with a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 26-624mm. The 12-megapixel camera incorporates three Shake Reduction technologies, including a sensor-shift mechanism, digital Shake Reduction via high ISO and Movie Shake Reduction for capturing blur-free HD video. Other features include high-speed continuous shooting at 11 fps, a 2.7-inch LCD and a Super Macro mode for getting as close as 1cm from the lens. List Price: $399. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.

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