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Since it came out, Tiffen Dfx has been a hit for photographers looking to apply interesting filters and effects to an image. The latest version, Dfx 3.0, can simulate more than 2,000 filter, specialized lens and photo effects. The software is ideal for either still or motion shooters. With so many effects, you would expect the interface to be complicated, but it’s actually quite intuitive, and you can be up and running with it very quickly. Dfx 3.0 is available as a standalone or a plug-in. List Price: $169 (Standalone); $199 (Plug-in); $599 (Video/Film plug-in). Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com. —CR
Going from a cool place to a warm one, or vice versa, can be hard on your camera gear because of the condensation that forms. BRNO dri+Caps are camera body and lens caps that contain orange silica gel, which absorbs damaging moisture for maintaining an ideal 35%-45% humidity level at all times. The gel turns green when it’s time to replace it. Kits are available for Canon or Nikon gear. Each contains an O-ringed camera body cap, an O-ringed rear lens cap and eight packets of silica gel. Estimated Street Price: $44. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com. —KC
The Hoodman HoodEYE is an oversized rubber accessory eyecup for DSLRs that seals out ambient light when shooting outside for improved viewfinder clarity. The latest version can be used with glasses. The eyecup is self-locking, and works with both left-eye and right-eye shooters. A slip ring mount allows you to adjust the diopter with the eyecup pressed up to your eye. Five models fit all Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Estimated Street Price: $19. Hoodman USA, (800) 818-3946, www.hoodmanusa.com. —KC
With the Eye-Fi Mobile X2 memory card, you can transfer images directly to an iPad or iPhone while shooting, which saves you from having to remove the card and download images to a card reader. The card basically creates its own wireless network through its Direct Mode, allowing you to upload images from anywhere, so you can edit images with apps on your phone or back them up to your home computer. List Price: $79. Contact: Eye-Fi, (877) 873-9334, www.eye.fi. —KC
Lensbaby offers a series of tiltable lenses that make it easy to control a sharp "sweet spot" and the out-of-focus areas in an image. The Composer Pro features a ball-and-socket design with an upgraded swivel ball for smooth and precise control. Just bend the lens to position the Sweet Spot, then rotate the focusing ring to bring the subject into focus. You can lock the lens in position if desired. The Lensbaby Composer Pro is compatible with all Lensbaby Optic Swap System lenses and is available in a variety of camera mounts. Estimated Street Price: $300 (with Double Glass lens); $400 (with Sweet 35 optic). Contact: Lensbaby, (877) 536 -7222, www.lensbaby.com. —MS
Grids are great lighting tools because they allow you to control the spread of light, but they can be limiting unless you use multiple units. Enter the ExpoImaging Rogue Grid, which produces three different honeycomb grid angles. The unit consists of a 45° screen, a 25° screen and the two can be stacked to create a 16° screen. Changing angles and adding gels is easy because of the grid’s modular design, and it weighs just 3.5 ounces. List Price: $49. Contact: ExpoImaging, (800) 446-5086, www.expoimaging.com. —KC

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