DPP Home Gear In Focus July/August 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

July/August 2009

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in focusSuper-Wide-Angle Lensbaby
Convert your 50mm Lensbaby lens into a 21mm wide-angle using the 0.42x Super Wide Angle Conversion lens. It attaches to the front of any Lensbaby via 37mm screw threads and is compatible with the Optic Swap System as well as older models. Lensbaby lenses are selective-focus, special-effects lenses that let you control depth of field by surrounding a sweet spot of sharp focus by graduated blur. The 0.42x also has macro capability, allowing you to focus as close as 2.75 inches away from the lens. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Lensbaby, (877) 536-7222, www.lensbaby.com.

in focusNovoflex QuadroPod
Support your camera with the innovative QuadroPod from Novoflex. The versatile, four-leg tripod system features a modularly designed tripod collar that can be equipped with different leg variations. Aluminum or carbon legs with three or four sections are available, with height ranging from 2.8 to 70.9 inches. It’s available in three versions—with a center column, without it and a variable model with three or four legs. Having a fourth leg increases stability, which is a plus when using long, heavy telephoto lenses. Load capacity is a robust 110 pounds. List Price: TBA. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

in focusBigger Storage
Western Digital’s My Book external hard drives have expanded to storage capacities of 2 TB. The update includes the Studio, Mac, Home and Essential Edition models. All of the hard drives allow you to store and back up files in a central location, feature compact designs and have capacity gauges showing how much space is available (except My Book Essential). The Studio version comes with high-speed FireWire 400/800 and eSATA interfaces along with USB 2.0. The eco-friendly drives go into standby mode after 10 minutes of inactivity and turn on and off with the computer. Estimated Street Price: $329 to $379. Contact: Western Digital, (877) 934-6972, www.westerndigital.com.

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Flash Brackets
The Olympus FL-BK04 Flash Bracket and FL-BKM03 Twin Flash Bracket are designed to work seamlessly with the E-30 and E-3’s dual-axis LCD monitors for easy free-angle Live View shooting. The FL-BK04 allows for easy mounting of an external flash on either the left or right side of the camera for vertical flash shooting. With the FL-BKM03, you can freely adjust the arm angle and flash position to make flash shooting possible using any Zuiko Digital lens, including ultra-wide-angle lenses. Estimated Street Price: $199 (each). Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.olympusamerica.com.


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