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September/October 2011

By The Editors Published in Next: New Gear
September/October 2011


Take your next wildlife or sports-action shot with a lens that combines length and speed. The Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM has two new "F" Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, as well as a single SLD glass element, that improve overall image quality by reducing chromatic aberrations. With Optical Stabilization, which allows you to use shutter speeds about four stops slower than would be possible otherwise, you can take sharp shots handheld. The splashproof design incorporates O-ring sealing connections to prevent dust and water from getting inside the camera body. List Price: $4,700. Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.


Pack up your camera, iPad and gadgets using the Tamrac Zuma series. The lineup features three models with each bag holding an iPad or a 10-inch-screen Netbook, the Tamrac ZipShot Mini Tripod and other accessories. The Zuma 2 holds a compact digital camera, and the Zuma 4 and Zuma 7 hold a DSLR and extra lenses. Each bag has plenty of pockets for organizing gadgets, such as a wireless keyboard, a smartphone, chargers, memory cards, batteries and more. A slim day bag, a compact shoulder bag and a fast-access backpack are offered. List Price: $59 (Zuma 2); $124 (Zuma 4); $159 (Zuma 7). Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.


Stick the Kenko Zéta EX circular polarizer on your lens and you'll hardly feel a difference, as the filter weighs just 0.3 ounces, yet delivers about a half stop more light than standard circular polarizers. The filter transmits 25% more light through the polarizing film and features ZR (Zero Reflection) Super Multi Coating so there's no interference with any color or light transmission. Weight is kept to a minimum because of a thin frame and four-layer glass element that's just 0.8mm thick. Light can enter the filter from any angle, eliminating reflections. Nano Glass Technology delivers stain- and scratch-resistance. The filter is compatible with wide-angle lenses and has a front screw-on function for attaching a lens cap. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Kenko (THK Photo), (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.


Turn your travel photography into a book worthy of display at a bookstore using the Blurb ProLine. At your disposal are two heavy, professional-grade papers from art media manufacturer Mohawk Fine Papers, linen hardcovers in Oatmeal and Charcoal, plus a choice of five heavyweight end sheets in charcoal gray, dove gray, warm gray, black and white. You can pick and choose for combining different options. The papers consist of two finishes: Pearl Photo and Uncoated. Pearl Photo has a luster semigloss surface that emulates real photographic papers. Uncoated is Mohawk's Superfine Ultra white with an Eggshell finish. Estimated Street Price: $63 (hardcover, dust jacket, with ProLine Linen and 81-120 pages). Contact: Blurb, www.blurb.com/proline.

Photo Sport Sling 100 AW


Stay nimble when you're on the move by transporting your gear using the Lowepro Photo Sport AW Series. Designed for the most active shooters, the Photo Sport 200 AW backpack and Photo Sport Sling 100 AW are dual-compartment packs that can handle a modest camera system. The main compartment holds a DSLR with an attached lens and a flash unit. For fast access, the lower compartment features Lowepro's Ultra-Cinch Camera Chamber, which holds gear tightly in place while you're in transit. Rotate the pack to your front and grab the camera quickly using the side pocket. Estimated Street Price: $199 (200 AW); $129 (100 AW). Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
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