July/August 2012


Expand your perspective when shooting with an interchangeable-lens camera using the Sigma Digital Neo (DN) lenses. The 30mm ƒ/2.8 EX DN and 19mm ƒ/2.8 EX DN are designed for Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras and Sony NEX cameras. The fast primes feature Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating, which reduces flare and ghosting, and a linear autofocus motor that moves the lens unit directly, removing noisy mechanical parts or gears. The result is near-silent AF operation, which is most ideal when capturing video. The 30mm has a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches and a 1:8.1 magnification ratio; the 19mm has a 7.9-inch minimum focusing distance and a 1:7.4 magnification ratio. List Price: $199 (each). Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigmaphoto.com.


Create those dreamy selective-focus Lensbaby effects with a mirrorless camera now that the popular Composer Pro is an option. It’s available for the Panasonic LUMIX G Micro, Olympus PEN, Sony NEX and Samsung NX camera systems. This refined version of the company’s flagship model features all-metal construction and an upgraded swivel ball-and-focus mechanism that delivers smoother focus and greater tilt control than the standard model. The Composer Pro comes with the Double Glass Optic, which produces a "sweet spot" of sharp focus that you can move around the image by tilting the Composer’s swiveling lens body. The unit is compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System. List Price: $300. Contact: Lensbaby, (877) 536-7222, www.lensbaby.com.


Choose from a fast standard zoom and two wide-angle primes as Canon brings some new glass to the market. With a durable build that’s dust- and water-resistant, the EF 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L II USM is a good option if you do a lot of shooting outdoors. The optical design consists of two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) elements and one Super UD to reduce chromatic aberration at wide angles. The EF 24mm ƒ/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm ƒ/2.8 IS USM have been upgraded to include Optical Image Stabilizer technology and autofocus powered by Canon’s Ultrasonic Motor. The stabilization system delivers up to four shutter speed stops worth of shake correction. List Price: $2,299 (24-70mm); $849 (24mm); $799 (28mm). Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.


Boost the size of your Western Digital My Passport hard drive to 2 TB. Larger capacity size is just one of the new features. The outer shell is designed to be more resistant to scratches and fingerprints, while USB 3.0 connectivity and continuous automatic backup software deliver a fast, secure system for storing valuable image files. Password protection and hardware encryption allow you to take an extra step in protecting your files from unauthorized use or access. Other available capacities include 500 GB, 750 GB and 1 TB. List Price: $249 (2 TB). Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.wdc.com.


Carry your DSLR on your hip for a change and give your neck a much needed break using the b-grip EVO belt holder. The base attaches to a waist belt and a quick-release plate connects to the camera’s tripod socket so your DSLR stays firmly in place. When you need it, simply discharge the camera using the quick-release mechanism, and you’re set. There are extra loops for more stability, and you can use an additional belt to secure the bottom of the base to your leg so the camera stays secured to your body. Estimated Street Price: $59. Contact: OmegaBrandess, (410) 374-3250, www.omegabrandess.com.


Take off on your next adventure with the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS. The camera can handle dust, cold weather, being shocked or crushed, and it’s waterproof down to 40 feet. The WG-2 GPS offers some pretty solid shooting features, as well as including a backlit 16-megapixel sensor, a wide-angle 28-140mm zoom (35mm equivalent), a three-inch LCD with 460,000-dot resolution and full HD 1080p video recording at 30 fps. GPS functionality also has been improved, with less lag time before startup and a longer battery life. List Price: $399. Contact: Pentax, (800) 877-0155, www.pentaximaging.com.

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