Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Nikon’s compact AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 10-24mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED lens creates picture angles ranging from 109 to 61 degrees, giving the lens a 35mm (or FX-format) equivalent focal-length range of 15-36mm. This kind of versatility makes it a great choice for getting indoor tight shots or a sweeping landscape. Silent Wave Motor technology enables quiet, fast and accurate autofocusing down to less than a foot. Advanced optics featuring two extra-low-dispersion glass and three aspherical lens elements help minimize distortion. Estimated Street Price: $899. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-UX, www.nikonusa.com.
Designed for pros who need to get to the camera quickly, Lowepro’s Toploader Pro AW bags allow you to stay flexible when you’re out on assignment. Based on how or what you’re shooting, you can adjust the way the bag is worn to fit your changing needs. Wear it three ways: holster-style with a shoulder strap, with a belt system or with the Topload Chest Harness for hands-free use (sold separately). The Toploader’s easy-grip access means the camera sits sideways, making it easier for you to grab and shoot quickly. The bag is offered in three sizes and comes with an All Weather AW Cover. Estimated Street Price: TBA. (NOTE: In the printed copy of the magazine, we inadvertently refer to the bag as a backpack.) Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
Editing in Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter using the latest Wacom Intuos4 pen tablet gives you a more natural way of working with images. This latest model supports an expanded 2,048 levels of pen sensitivity, starting with a single gram. This means you can lighten or darken areas of an image with greater precision. As in previous versions, the tablet comes with customizable ExpressKeys, but they now have OLED-illuminated displays, allowing you to see what each key currently is set to. The design is reversible so all of the keys are positioned conveniently for both right- and left-handers. Estimated Street Price: $229 to $789. Contact: Wacom,(800) 922-6613, www.wacom.com.
Maximize hard-drive capacity with the LaCie Rugged XL, a supersized version of the original Rugged that holds up to 1 TB. The drive looks and is built the same as the original, with its durable aluminum casing, signature orange rubber sleeve, internal bumper to minimize shock and heat-dissipating features. Designed for speed-intensive applications and large-scale backups, the drive is easy to set up and comes with LaCie’s Backup Assistant software, which allows you to customize the formatting. The Rugged XL is compatible with both Mac and PC systems. Estimated Street Price: $159. Contact: LaCie, (503) 844-4500, www.lacie.com.
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