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Gitzo tripods usually command a premium price, but product innovations and a new production facility have enabled Gitzo to drop prices across their line. The amount of the reduction varies, but prices on most major models have been cut at least 15-20%, some of the flagship carbon fiber models have had their prices reduced as much as 33%. Gitzo tripods and heads also come with Gitzo's limited lifetime warranty for the U.S., and backed by Bogen Photo (when imported into the U.S. by Bogen). For more information, visit

Manco Inc. introduced the Duck brand ezLaminator, featuring Xyron technology for cold-laminating. The compact unit has no power cords to tangle and is heat-free so there is no risk of burns. Users simply place the object to be laminated in the feed tray and turn the handle to advance it through the machine. A built-in blade trimmer cuts the film. The ezLaminator has an MSRP of $59.95. Refill cartridges in 30- and 60-foot lengths are available for $24.99 and $39.99 respectively. For more information, check out
Gretag Upgrades Netprinter 812
Gretag has upgraded its Netprinter 812 with the new Calibration On-Board (COB) system to allow users to perform routine calibrations without service assistance. Gretag has also added a Microtek ArtixScan 1100 flatbed scanner to the unit. To use the scanner for the scanning of the operator's production images, an additional SCSI card is needed and can be used with either a Windows-based PC or Macintosh computer. The Netprinter 812 features a PC-based architecture and Ethernet connectivity, creating an open system. For more information, check out the website at recently debuted on the Internet, specifically tailored to the photo lab industry. was created by Joel Pedersen, who has 13-plus years experience in the digital imaging and photo processing industries. Go to
New Cruse Scanners
Cruse Digital Equipment has recently introduced the Synchron Table series of scanners, aimed at fine-art imagers. The new scanners feature a fixed light source and image sensor, and scan by moving the original on a specially designed vacuum table. This process keeps the light reflection angle fixed throughout the entire scan, resulting in maximum sharpness from edge to edge.
Four models will be sold in the U.S. market, from the CS 155 ST which can scan originals as large as 36"x48" to the CS 285ST with the ability to scan originals as large as 59"x88". Synchron Table scanners can be customized to the individual application with a wide range of options, including: additional lighting, automatic load positioning, polarization filters, and a frame correction feature. For more information on the Cruse scanner product line, call Cruse Digital Equipment at (973) 208-7289.

Noritsu is now offering the Noritsu CD-R External Writing System Connection Set utilizing the Rimage CD-R writer and the Noritsu External PC Writing Kit using the CD-R in a generic PC.
The Noritsu CD-R External Writing System Connection Set is designed for use with the Rimage Desktop Publisher (DTP-1000). The Rimage DTP-1000 features a fully automated process of burning picture CDs with full-color, custom labels printed directly to the surface of the disc while printing and using other applications simultaneously. The system enables the connection of a Rimage CD-R Writer to a Noritsu QSS-2801/2802 or QSS-2901. The Noritsu External PC Writing Kit enables users to send image data to an external PC where the images are written to generic CDs. Both kits include software, PCB and cables. For more information, visit
Bulbtronics Hits the Net
Distributor Bulbtronics Inc., has launched an e-commerce website at Visitors can search by keyword, product type and by equipment for over 20,000 bulbs, fixtures, batteries, fuses and other lighting products. Visitors will also have access to "The Learning Center" area of the site, which is stocked with information from manufacturers and a section on new products and specials.
TAP Forms Photo Packaging Advisory Council
Glen A. Clark, vice president, Professional Markets, of the Chilcote Co., parent company for Taprell Loomis, Topflight and Winthrop Atkins, formed the TAP Professional Advisory Council, an organization of photographic studio owners and industry representatives. The primary purpose of the advisory council will be to promote the role of "Professional Photo Packaging" in enhancing the image and increasing sales. The TAP Professional Advisory Council was launched with a three-day strategic session in June in Cleveland, Ohio; a variety of professionals, representing a cross-section of the industry attended the meetings.
In the July issue of PTN, Ferrania Imaging Technologies' website was listed incorrectly. The web address should have read