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September/October 2013

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CANON EOS 70D
The newest addition to the Canon EOS line, the EOS 70D introduces a unique 20.2-megapixel Dual Pixel APS-C CMOS AF sensor. Each pixel contains two photodiodes, which serve to both record the image and perform AF duty for faster focus acquisition, improved tracking and smooth focus transitions for video shooting (check out Canon's fun short film showing off the focusing capabilities at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xf66NFX0Zo). Still image capture speed is also improved, with a 7 fps burst rate. Built-in WiFi allows quick image sharing and wireless image transfers from the camera to your smartphone or tablet, along with full remote control and triggering of the 70D using the free Canon EOS Remote App. Estimated Street Price: $1,199. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

ADOBE LIGHTROOM 5
Available as part of Adobe's new Creative Cloud or as a standalone license, Adobe Lightroom 5 covers your entire workflow from photo organization to editing and sharing. New features include an Upright tool to straighten lens distortion, a Radial Gradient for off-center vignettes and an Advanced Healing brush to remove unwanted objectsfrom your photo. Also new is location-based organization for grouping your photos by GPS location or creating photo journeys. Black-and-white conversion tools have been expanded, too. List Price: $149; $79 (upgrade). Contact: Adobe, www.adobe.com.

GOT IT HANDLED
Keep a comfortable grip on your camera with the Hand Strap by Cotton Carrier. The Hand Strap is adjustable with heavy-duty Velcro® so you can tighten and loosen your hand against the body of your camera, as needed. The strap attaches to the camera's tripod mount with a hard anodized aluminum Arca-Swiss-style plate, which allows you to attach the camera directly to a tripod without removing the strap, transitioning from tripod to handheld shooting with ease. Estimated Street Price: $19. Contact: Cotton Carrier, www.cottoncarrier.com.

LOCATION LIGHTING
The Flashpoint 180 Monolight Kit takes the stress out of achieving perfect lighting on location with a compact, portable kit, including the Flashpoint 180 Monolight with reflector and handle, a small umbrella, cords and carrying case. The kit also includes two NP-F960 batteries, providing up to 700 flashes at 180 w/s. The Monolight has a Bowens-compatible mount for use with modifiers like beauty dishes and a Flashpoint Bowens Speed Ring adapter to use with softboxes and other lighting accessories. Estimated Street Price: $249. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

CLOSE-FOCUS ZOOM
The first zoom lens in Sigma's new Contemporary lens line, the 17-70mm ƒ/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM is 30% smaller than conventional lenses in its range, weighing 16.4 ounces and measuring 3.1x3.2 inches. The lens features Sigma's Optical Stabilizer system to compensate for camera shake, Super Multi-Layer Lens Coating to reduce ghosting and flare, and Hyper Sonic Motor technology to ensure high-speed and quiet AF. The lens can focus to 8.6 inches and with a 1:2.9 magnification for close-up work. It's currently available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax mounts, and is compatible with the innovative Sigma USB Dock for firmware upgrades and focus adjustments. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.

SUPERWIDE PERSPECTIVE
The Tokina AT-X 12-28mm ƒ/4 Wide-Angle Zoom allows you to explore wider perspectives with a constant ƒ/4 aperture. Designed for APS-C sensors, the lens corrects for aberrations and distortions for edge-to-edge sharpness. A new autofocus control sensor has been placed close to the drive unit to speed up the communication between the controller and the autofocus motor. In addition, a silent drive module maintains quiet autofocus functioning critical for video work. Mounts available for Canon and Nikon bodies. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Tokina, www.kenkotokinausa.com.

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