These innovative products may be the perfect solution for fellow photographers on your holiday list.
a. That special photographer on your list—maybe yourself!—won't be able to wait to put this new TENBA (www.tenbagear.com) Metro Vest to the test! This wearable toting system marries up-to-the-minute utility with classic photojournalist styling. The vest features nearly two dozen pockets, compartments, organizing spaces, and accessory attachment points to keep gear close at hand. Designed for comfort and mobility, the vest is made of 100-percent cotton with mesh panels at the chest and back for cooling ventilation.
b. Like the big man's sled, the new NIKON (www.nikondigital.com) D200 is loaded with photographer "goodies." Based on Nikon's venerable D2X professional digital SLR camera, the D200 features a newly developed 10.2-effective-megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor, 2.5-inch LCD screen, sophisticated 1005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II system, new 11-area Autofocus system, advanced WiFi image-transmission options, and an advanced image-processing engine. With a power-up time of 0.15 seconds and a 50-millisecond shutter-release lag time, the D200 will overtake the reindeer!
c. It's the gift they'll never stop "thanking you" for. Introducing the THANK-U COMPANY (www.thank-u.com), which lets you purchase beautiful and distinctive Customer Appreciation Gifts for your customers. Nothing new, you say? Here's the best part: While the Thank-U Company handles everything from designing the gift to mailing it, the photographer gets all the credit. Using a new process called Laser Imaging, the company will print your images, logos, and artwork onto wood, glass, and multiple different substrates to create personalized crystal gifts for your clients.
d. The CANON (www.cusa.canon.com) PowerShot SD 550 is too good to be a stocking stuffer, but could certainly fit in one! This ultra-compact 7.1-megapixel Digital ELPH comes fully loaded with 3x Optical Zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD screen, and a DIGIC II Image Processor for even faster processing speed. With multiple transition options for a "slide show" effect, My Colors Mode for customization while shooting, a USB Hi-Speed interface for faster image transfers, and a Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, this is one ELPH anyone would want as a little helper!
e. For you or another shooter who spends all day in front of multiple linked monitors or a widescreen display, WACOM (www.wacom.com) introduces the world's first wide-format pen tablet. The Intuos3 6x11 (height-to-width) provides high-quality pen control and efficient use of the entire tablet. Combined with the Wacom Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display (available separately), the tablet lets you navigate seamlessly across multiple monitors using the cordless, battery-free Intuos3 Grip Pen. Intuos3 features four programmable ExpressKeys and a finger-sensitive Touch Strip, which offer quick access to modifier keys, button clicks, keystrokes, and scrolling/zooming operations. The tablet also comes packaged with industry-leading software.
f. Of all the gifts you exchange for the holidays, items from the KINGSTON TECHNOLOGY COMPANY (www.kingston.com) U3 DataTraveler line of USB smart drives are sure to be among the most used. Based on the innovative U3 smart drive computing platform, DataTraveler devices create a secure workspace. Similar to a Start Menu, a built-in U3 Launchpad enables users to launch programs, add/remove software, change computer settings or preferences, manage storage capacity, and monitor programs. Initial shipments feature 512MB and 1GB capacities.