Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Add more range to your system with the Sigma 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM. The telephoto lens now features Optical Stabilization technology for taking steady pictures when shooting handheld and in low light. On Sony and Pentax bodies, the OS function makes viewing stabilized images in the viewfinder possible, if desired. The lens is designed for full-frame DSLRs. With smaller APS-C-sized sensors, the focal length increases to 100-300mm on most cameras. The Hyper-Sonic Motor delivers quiet, high-speed autofocus, as well as full-time manual-focus capability. Estimated Street Price: $2,470. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.
Use the Tamrac Evolution Messenger 4 as a camera bag or a briefcase. When used for photo gear, the bag holds a DSLR with attached lens, two to three additional lenses (including a 70-200mm ƒ/2.8) and a flash. The foam-padded interior compartment can be removed, converting the Messenger into a briefcase. Behind the main section is another foam-padded compartment that holds most 15.6-inch laptops. The zippered top opens away from the body for quick access to your camera. There are plenty of pockets for storing cell phones, keys and other extras. Estimated Street Price: $134. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
Speed up your workflow with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3. A faster interface, improved noise reduction, lens-correction controls and support for tethered shooting are just some of the standout features found in this latest version. Rebuilt from the core, the 64-bit-capable app is more robust for handling larger image libraries and contains a highly efficient raw processing engine with noise-reduction and sharpening tools. With automated lens correction, clicking a checkbox fixes geometric distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting. For those using HD-capable DSLRs, Lightroom now lets you import and manage video files. During import, previews and default selections have been added to give you quick access for sorting through and finding images. Estimated Street Price: $299 (new); $99 (upgrade). Contact: Adobe, (800) 833-6687, www.adobe.com.
Shoot stills and video without interruption using the high-performance Lexar Professional 133x Secure Digital High Capacity memory cards. With larger capacities and faster write speed capabilities, the cards are ideal if you take higher-resolution photos and large-sized, high-definition video files. They’re offered in sizes of 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB with a write speed of 20 MB/s. The fast transfer rate also helps accelerate downloading images from the card to your computer. Estimated Street Price: $259 (32 GB); $149 (16 GB); $89 (8 GB). Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.
Capture big groups of people or vast, open landscapes using the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX. The ultra-wide-angle 11-16mm lens marks the first time since 2005 that Tokina is producing lens mounts for Sony shooters. With a fast ƒ/2.8 aperture, the lens captures high-quality images in low light. The one-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows you to switch between autofocus and manual focus by simply snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the camera for manual. This lens is available for Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras with APS-C-sized sensors. For Nikon shooters, there’s no need to change the AF/MF switch on the camera body. On Canon bodies, the focus ring adjusts the mode so there’s no second AF/MF switch. Estimated Street Price: $649. Contact: THK Photo, (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
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