THE GOODS

 BlackRapid RS-Sport

Buy now, think later.

A HIGHER CALLING

Nokia 808 PureView Wecut to the chase. Nokia has gone and built themselves a phone with a 41MP camera sensor in it. Thankfully for your poor memory card, the 808 PureView does not typically produce 41MB files. Instead, it uses pixel oversampling to reduce noise and improve low-light performance in the remarkably detailed 2, 3, 5 or 8 MB files it spits out (you can output photos up to 38MB, but youlose all the oversampling benefits). Combine that sensor with Carl Zeiss optics and a mechanical shutter and yougot something pretty wonderful. Less wonderful is the fact itrunning Nokiamoribund Symbian OS (an odd choice, given Nokiarecent embrace of Windows Phone) and its almost comical 640x360 184ppi screen. In the coming year we hope to see the PureView technology on phones with OSes and screens that do it justice.

BUY IT $685, nokia.com

STRICTLY MONITORED

Samsung Series 9 27" Monitor We first ogled Samsung27-inch Series 9 LED monitor back in January during its CES announcement, and now the stunner is available for purchase. Sure, ita display that costs more than a MacBook Air or an entry-level DSLR, but donthink about that! Think about its 2560x144016:9 PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) screen that offers wider viewing angles and better brightness than typical IPS (In-Plane Switching) displays. Think about its height-adjustable stand. Think about its built-in color calibration tools and MHL port for plugging in compatible mobile devices. Because this is not a device thatterribly expensive. Ita device thatwonderfully expensive.

BUY IT $1,200, samsung.com

PRINTS AND THE REVOLUTION

Polaroid Z2300 We all love digital tech, but nothing beats being able to hand someone a physical print right after you snap an embarrassing photo of them. Leave it to Polaroid to scratch our real-world itch, just as it has since the 1940s. The past decade of bankruptcy, sales and strange dealings means that Polaroid is no longer the company that Edwin Land built, but wehappy that someone is still producing instant-print cameras using the brand name. Essentially the Z2300 takes a basic 10MP point-and-shoot and embeds a printer that uses the Zink (Zero Ink) process, which creates images using heat to activate crystals embedded in special 2x3-inch paper: It takes about a minute to make a print, and because itdigital, you can make multiple copies of the same image.

A 50-sheet paper pack runs about $25. BUY IT $160, polaroid.com

CRUMPLED UP

Crumpler Extravaganza Line Welong been fans of Crumpler for the combination of design and durability they bring to their bags. Thus, the news that the company was making a line of pro-level camera totes was welcomed with ebullient outbursts usually reserved for taco night or a new episode of Louie. The Extravaganza line is low-key (de rigueur when youcarrying thousands of dollars worth of gear around) and highly functional, from the compact Bronzed (shown here) to the larger Flaked and the roily goodness of the Gourmet.

BUY IT $295-$395, crumpler.com

SILENT RUNNING

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Finally, a 24-70mm lens that maintains a constant aperture of f/2.8 throughout its range and incorporates image stabilization (or as Tamron calls it, Compensation”). An ultrasonic silent drive motor ensures you wondisturb your subjects (or end up with motor noise in your videos). The Canon and Nikon versions are available now, with Sony-compatible lenses to follow later.

BUY IT $1,300, tamron-usa.com

WHATLEFT

BlackRapid RS-Sport L We talk to a lot of photographers, and a lot of photographers talk about the BlackRapid strap. They say things like have,”saver”and it.”They seem to love its combination of minimal, shoulder-mounted design and strong sense of security. But wenever seen a lefty version. Why? Because of the same unfair forces of oppression demanding that the sinistral use righty scissors and separate elevators*. But today a line is drawn. Today a stance is taken. Today you can strap on a BlackRapid RS-Sport even if youa southpaw.

BUY IT $70, blackrapid.com

FEAST YOUR RETINAS

15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display Ever since Apple debuted its gorgeous retina displays in the iPhone and iPad, webeen patiently waiting to get one in a laptop. We have been rewarded. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro takes many of its design cues and hardware choices from Applesvelte Air line —no optical drive, no spinning hard disk, no FireWire port, no Ethernet port. In their place are solid-state storage, USB 3 ports and a high-speed Thunderbolt interface. The entry-level model comes with a 2.3 Ghz quad core processor, 8GB RAM, a 256GB solid-state hard drive and a 7-hour battery.

The whole package is 0.71 inch thick and a hair under 4.5 pounds. Itmore power than most civilians need, but a near no-brainer for imaging professionals.

BUY IT $2,200 and up, apple.com

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