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May/June 2009


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in focusin focusCanon Wide-Angle Tilt-Shift Lenses
Answering requests for wider tilt-shift lenses, Canon has introduced the TS-E 24mm ƒ/3.5L II and TS-E 17mm ƒ/4L. Compatible with all EOS SLR cameras (although most effective with the EOS-1 series and EOS 5D/5D Mark II), the duo features the company’s new TS Revolving System, which allows tilting and shifting movements to be made in parallel or at right angles to one another. And once the system has been set, the entire lens can be rotated through a range of +/-90 degrees. With their movements and image circles of 67.2mm (normal image circle for 35mm cameras is 43.2mm), the lenses provide the SLR user with much of the versatility of a view camera. Estimated Street Price: $2,199 (24mm); $2,499 (17mm). Contact: Canon USA, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.

in focusWestern Digital My Book World Edition
While aimed at family networks, Western Digital’s My Book World Edition network hard drives should facilitate backing up files from all the PCs and Macs on a small studio network, too. The 1- and 2-terabyte units automatically back up any changes to the files on the computers and are easy to set up. Features include simple recovery for damaged or lost files, centralized storage and sharing of digital content for all networked computers, a capacity gauge and more. Estimated Street Price: $229 (1 TB); $499 (2 TB). Contact: Western Digital, (877) 934-6972, www.westerndigital.com.

in focusFast Nikkor Glass
Nikon’s new AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm ƒ/1.8G is the fastest DX-format lens as of its introduction. This gives users of Nikon’s DX-format (APS-C) D-SLRs the equivalent of the “classic” 50mm ƒ/1.8“normal” lens for 35mm SLRs (actually, it’s closer to 52mm). This focal length offers the advantages of a fast maximum aperture for low-light shooting and an angle of view that’s similar to that of the human eye, for a “normal” view of the world. The new lens also is compact and lightweight, and affordably priced. The built-in Silent Wave Motor provides quick and quiet autofocusing down to less than a foot. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-UX, www.nikonusa.com.

in focusG-SPEED eS
Store up to 6 TB of content with fail-safe performance using one of G-Technology’s G-SPEED eS hard drives. When bundled with the high-speed, four-lane G-Tech RAID Controller, which supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5 and JBOD, up to four enclosures can be attached. A single unit in RAID 0 delivers a data transfer rate of up to 230 MBps (read) and 207 MBps (write). In RAID 5, the read speed is 173 MBps, and the write speed is 158 MBps. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $999 (3 TB). Contact: G-Technology, (310) 449-4599, www.g-technology.com.

in focusCreative Toolbox
When time is short, but you still want to customize your images with a unique look, onOne Software’s PhotoTools 2 Professional Edition features hundreds of effects that can be applied to stills from within Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Apple Aperture. Choose from a library of nearly 300 effects that were created by Photoshop expert Jack Davis, pro photographer Kevin Kubota and onOne’s engineers. Selectively applying each effect in a stack is now possible with the Masking Brush, and a powerful batch-processing engine speeds up production. Estimated Street Price: $259 (new); $99 (upgrade). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.

 

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