Magazine Article


The Cutting Edge
New Product Focus

wireless flash system
Quantum Instruments
educational DVD for photographers
X-Rite Photo Marketing
Matias Corp.
keyboard for PC and MAC
HD video camera
pen tablets
Paint Shop Pro X and Album 6
Adobe CS2 training tutorials
Software Cinema
camera platform
Bogen Imaging
DVD Burner

1. Quantum Instruments ( launched its Qflash 5d wireless system, as well as its FreeXWires FW7Q, FW8R, and FW9T. The Qflash 5d is a fully dedicated flash that mimics features of camera manufacturer flashes when connected to a camera using a D or Dw series QTTL Adaptor. When paired with the company's FreeXWire system, it receives your camera's TTL exposure commands wirelessly. Also, you can set up an on-camera Qflash and one or two remote flashes with FreeXWires, which enables you to control the ratios of the remote Qflashes wirelessly from the panel of the on-camera flash. The new FreeXWire FW7Q is totally cordless, and mounts flush to the Qflash 4d or 5d. The FW8R is a new receiver, and the FW9T is a new transmitter. The range for the FW7Q is 300-600' and 500-1000' for the FW8R.

2. X-Rite Photo Marketing ( has produced an educational PULSE DVD that walks photographers through the process of managing their complete color workflow from camera, scanner, and monitor all the way to the printer using the Pulse Color Elite System. For a free copy of the DVD, contact the company via its website.

3. Broncolor ( debuted two new ringflashes: the Ringflash P and the Broncolor Ringflash C. Designed for the Para FB series of large umbrellas, the Ringflash P can be moved within the umbrella to create a variety of light effects and directed light can be adjusted from high contrast to extremely soft. In comparison to a large-area lamp, the light stays brilliant, and the focusing rod of the Para FB enables different light angles. The Ringflash C is designed for on-camera use, and can swivel to a specific angle in the optical axis to achieve different light characteristics. The ringflash can also be equipped with a new 3-piece honeycomb set to enable user control of light distrubution. The product's holder features one '' and one 3/8'' thread, and both ringflashes feature modeling lamps.

4. Epson ( introduced the PowerLite 76c projector. It features up to 2,000 ANSI lumens of XGA native resolution at 1,024 x 768, and weighs 5.7 pounds. The projector utilizes Epson's 3LCD technology, a three-chip engine intended to project continuous color and brightness with edge-to-edge consistency. The projector also offers an Instant Off feature and Epson's E-TORL technology, which gathers and projects light to reduce light leakage. In addition, the projector has a four-second start-up time, a 1.2x optical zoom, and a "Low Brightness" mode that increases lamp life.

5. Matias Corp. ( debuted its USB 2.0 Keyboard for PC & Mac. The keyboard is the first to have a USB 2.0 dock, and is up to 40 times faster than the 1.1 hubs found in other keyboards. The keyboard is excellent to sync and charge an iPod, and ideal for use with MP3 players, USB flash drives, and digital cameras. The keyboard is compatible with Windows 98, 2000, ME, and XP, as well as Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The Mac version offers extra keys, including hard-to-find characters. Both keyboards are available with or without a mouse and the mouse features two-buttons and a scroll wheel.

6. Canon ( released its first HD video camera, the XL H1 High Definition camcorder with 20x video zoom lens. Weighing in at 8.3 lbs. (with lens and battery pack), the XL H1 has three 1/3'' 16:9 interlaced CCDs that capture images at 1080i resolution. It has selectable frame rates of 60i, 30 frame, and 24F that enable the user to quickly adjust to different assignments. The video camera includes Canon's DIGIC DV II image processor, which can process both HD and SD video signals, as well as still photos. At the 30 frame rate, photographers can capture fast-paced activities, such as sporting events, and the still-mode offers full HD resolution of 1,920x1080 pixels, recorded to an SD card. It also offers jackpack terminals that feature HD-SDI output, Genlock, and SMPTE. The camera ships with a removable HD-20x zoom XL5.4-106mm L IS II lens, with an f/1.6 to f/3.5 aperture. Canon also introduced Console software for the XL H1. The PC-based program provides control over various camera functions and many of the camera's settings can also be adjusted using the software.

7. Wacom ( debuted its Graphire4 pen tablets for editing photos and writing notes. The tablets come with a battery-free pen, a two button scroll-wheel mouse, and five software applications. They come in a choice of three colors, silver, white, and metallic blue, and are available in two sizes, 4x5 and 6x8 inches. Graphire4 tablets use a USB connection for quick installation on PCs and Macs and a full version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 software is included to help edit and organize photos. Also included is the nik Color Efex Pro 2 GE filter collection, which enables users to selectively apply various photographic enhancements. Also bundled are Corel's Painter Essentials 2 drawing and painting software, and two digital inking software titles.

8. Corel ( released Paint Shop Pro X and Photo Album 6 (both Windows only). Paint Shop Pro X offers a revamped user interface featuring a new Integrated Learning Center and Browser palette. It is designed to accelerate learning and increase productivity with several features including: Smart Photo Fix, which suggests photo settings for auto-correct color, brightness, and sharpness; Makeover Tools for retouching subjects in photos; Object Remover; Special Effects for Black-and-White Photos; Camera Raw Support; Batch Processing; and Perspective Correction; Straighten; and Creative Tools. Photo Album 6 features "zero click," which allows users to download, view, and organize photos without clicking a mouse. Other features include a Photo Downloader; Photo Finder, which locates photos on the computer and organizes by date taken; All Photos View for seeing an entire photo collection at once; Photo Trays; Recent Downloads List; creative project templates; and automatic photo recovery, backup, and storage.

9. Software Cinema ( introduced the latest versions of its Adobe CS2 Product-On-Disc training tutorials featuring Adobe expert Julieanne Kost. The software titles can either be purchased individually or as a three-disc set. The "Photoshop CS Fundamental Techniques," DVD-ROM, with 30 separate sessions, guides users through fundamental CS2 skills, as well as timesaving and pixel-preserving techniques. "Photoshop CS2 Advanced Techniques," with 27 sessions, teaches users more complex tasks, such as how to master the Pen Tool, automate workflows, and customize paint brushes. The third disc, a CD-ROM titled "Photoshop CS2 Extras," has five sessions, and teaches users to create or apply "Polaroid Transfer Effects" and other effects, such as how to hand-color images in CS2, and how to apply a map to an image using displacement mapping. The three-disc set also includes Adobe Bridge workflow automation techniques and presentation methods utilizing Photo Web Gallery and PDF Presentation.

10. Bogen Imaging ( launched THE pod, an easy-to-attach camera platform that can be set up anywhere. It fits in the palm of your hand and can attach to any camera or camcorder using a built-in universal x 20 mounting bolt. THE pod, which resembles a hockey puck, contains plastic beans, is Velcro-sealed to allow for more or less beans to be inserted, and is an excellent solution for when a tripod is not permitted or convenient. It also features water-resistant nylon stitching, and a non-marking, non-slip base. The RED pod is 5'' wide and 2'' high and the YELLOW and BLUE pods are 3.75'' wide and 1.75'' high.

11. Promaster ( introduced the PROMASTER XtraPower PRO 59-Minute Charger, a "smart" charger that uses a built-in battery tester to match the charging rate to each battery's individual needs, and charges most NiMH AA/AAA batteries in 59 minutes or less. The technology behind the charger enables it to extend the life and performance of batteries by keeping them cool during charging, without the need for bulky cooling fans.

12. Sony ( introduced its tenth generation of DVD burners, the DRU-810A and external DRX-810UL models. Both drives support the industry's fastest 8X DVD+R Double Layer (DL) recording speed, and can burn up to 8.5GB of video, data, music, or images on compatible media in about 15 minutes. Other features include 4X DVD-R DL, 16XDVDR, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 48X CD-R, and 32X CD-RW recording.