The Goods

A classy compact from Ricoh, film mimic from DxO, and other fun toys for serious photographers.

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Film Festival

While the film-versus-digital debate is pretty much dead (guess who won), that doesn't stop former film buffs from getting nostalgic. The DxO FilmPack v1.1 ($99, direct), a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and DxO Optics Pro, recreates the results of shooting in more than 20 of your favorites, including Fujichrome Velvia, Kodak's Ektachrome and T-Max, and others, in various speeds. You can choose to include the grain or not, and the program actually takes into account the size of your image before creating the precise relative diameter of the grain it's simulating. So you get the aesthetic of that old-school texture, no developing or scanning required. (www.dxo.com)

Meter Leader

Kenko is getting into the metering arena with two flashmeters and a colormeter. Its pro-level, flashand ambient-reading, 6-ounce KFM-2100 ($600, estimated street) has all the bells and whistles you would expect -- and a few you wouldn't. These include a 1-degree spotmetering scope with diopter correction (-3.0 to +1.0), a vertically oriented exposure scale, and extra-large exposure readouts. That built-in spotmetering scope puts aperture readouts in its viewfinder, and the meter's latitude display function can be used to show the difference in stops between highlights and shadows, or between incident and reflective spotmeter readings. (www.thkphoto.com)

Space Saver

You can pack a little lighter thanks to Kingston's new DataTraveler Reader, which offers 1-, 2-, or 4GB of storage space ($19 and up, street). More than just a USB Flash memory drive, it includes an SD/ MMC expansion slot that can read nine different card formats. When you plug it into a USB port, it shows up as two separate drives, so you can transfer files between them, as well as onto your computer. (www.kingston.com)

Shrunken Treasure

A new breed of super-compact packs enough punch to let you leave the DSLR at home (sometimes). Take Ricoh's classy new Caplio GX100 ($699, street). About the size of a deck of cards, it has a 10MP CCD with sensorshifting shake-reduction, RAW and JPEG capture, 2.5-inch LCD, and a hot-shoe. Not only does the shoe hold a flash, but it also takes a tiny, tilting, electronic viewfinder (shown here) so you can shoot like a "real" photographer. The expansive 24-72mm (equivalent) f/2.5-4.4 lens isn't wide enough? Add a 19mm conversion lens ($140, street). See our full lab test. (www.ricoh.com/r_dc/caplio/gx100/index.html)

Put It All in One Place

There are lots of storage devices out there, and lots of personal media players, too. But the eMotion Audio Video Jukebox from MediaStreet ($398, direct) is both. With a 40GB hard drive, you can load it up with photos from your SD card, record TV with the RCA jack, or download content from your computer through the USB port. Then watch it all on the 7-inch, 480x234-pixel screen. (www.mediastreet.com)

How To...

Get your work in a museum
Well, kind of. Your prints might not be ready for MoMA in the near future, so why not fake it in the meantime? Museumr lets you upload or link to your pictures, pick a museum to hang them in, and in one click get a convincing simulation of your work up on the wall. It'll make your parents proud. (www.dumpr.net/museumr.php)

Survive without all the gear
Some stuff you gotta have: tripod, clamps, mounts. Unfortunately, you can't always take it all with you. The Survival Kit ($200, street) from Novoflex comes to the rescue with a mini tripod, suction cup, tripod head (load capacity 6.6 pounds), plastic and metal clamps, and a rod and ground spike, all in a compact carrying case. (www.novoflex.de)

Keep it clean
Let's face it, cleaning your DSLR sensor is a (delicate) chore. But you can make it a lot easier and a little more fun with Dust-Aid ($40, direct). It's a little plastic wand with 12 single-use, foam pads, that comes in a cute, reusable, metal Band-Aid style box. The idea is simple but effective. (www.dust-aid.com)

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