Stroke of Genius
If you don't believe that digital retouching is better with a tablet and pen than with a mouse, then you haven't tried Wacom's Cintiq 12WX. Hot: Connect to your computer and work with the stylus directly on Cintiq's screen; keep both hands busy with the frame's ExpressKeys and Touch Strips to zoom, scroll, and use shortcuts; and enjoy great screen resolution and a pen with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity -- eraser included. Not: The 12.1-inch (diagonal) screen's a little small compared with Wacom's 20.1-inch Cintiq 20WSX. But, hey, the 12WX is half the price.
Film scanning is an afterthought in many flatbed scanners, but not Microtek's ArtixScan M1 Pro. It can scan prints and documents, but film is its forte. Hot: Film holders for a range of sizes (35mm slides and filmstrips, 4x5-inch film, and 6cm film), high 4800-dpi optical resolution, autofocus, and the richly featured SilverFast Ai Studio software. Not: There's nothing special about its print and document scanning, but that's not why you're buying it.
Mile High Club
If you want an aerial perspective, but you're afraid of heights, Manfrotto's new 24-foot-tall tripod, the 269HDB-3U, could be the answer. Hot: The price -- straps and stakes for stabilization included -- is what you'd expect of a regular-sized tripod. Not: Unless you bring along a ladder, you'll need to use a long cable release or a wireless remote control.
Add a little color to a black-and-white shot with the super-easy, one-stop image editor Color Select Studios ($15, direct). (www.magicsplash.com)
Put yourself in the game when you add your own pictures and property names with Photo-opoly ($30, direct). (photojojo.com/store)
Bounce pop-up flash by snapping a Lightscoop over it, a little piece of plastic genius ($30, direct). (www.lightscoop.com)
Use the wind to charge your camera when you plug it into a HYmini wind-powered charger and stick it out the window ($50, direct). (www.hymini.com)
Spy on your stylist with a wireless camera hidden in a hairdryer for $325, direct. (mysafetynow.com/pro809152.html)