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Hot Products Debut at PMA



This year's PMA show in Orlando , Florida , February 20-23, featured hundreds of new and upgraded products. Among them were traditional photographic equipment, including cameras, both film and digital, lenses, flashes, and accessories; lighting and other studio and on-location equipment; bags and cases; albums; and online workflow solutions. Films and photographic papers debuted, as did a multitude of inks, papers, and other specialty media. A range of digital darkroom equipment, such as scanners, CD/DVD burners, monitors, software, and calibration devices were introduced along with inkjet and dye-sublimation printers. Here are some of the many new products we saw, as we walked the aisles . . .

Cameras

EOS Digital Rebel XT

Canon (www.usa.canon.com) introduced the prosumer EOS Digital Rebel XT, featuring 8 megapixels in resolution, Canon's Digic II image processor and a range of custom and manual controls.

Canon's Wireless Controller LC-5 is a newly enhanced infrared remote that provides the flexible control of essential camera functions at distances up to about 330 feet. The unit will be available in June.

Layton L-45A

Layton Camera (www.laytoncamera.com) introduced the L-45A, 4x5 Field Camera, based on the patented L-1 4x5 Field Camera. The L-45 is sleeker, more compact, lighter, and more full-featured than the original.

Mamiya (www.mamiya.com) debuted its ZD and ZD Back at photokina 2004 this past fall. The medium-format digital SLR and digital back were officially launched in the U.S. at PMA. ( See the Product Preview on page 20.)

Nikon Inc. (www.nikonusa.com) introduced its latest flagship 35mm film camera, the F6. The new F6 benefits from the advancements Nikon has made in recent years, developing the company's line of digital SLRs. The F6 features Nikon's Multi-CAM2000 11-area AF system, i-TTL Creative Lighting system, and newly refined 3D Color Matrix Metering system. Nikon has introduced a number of dedicated accessories for the camera.

Nikon D2HS

Nikon also introduced the new D2Hs designed for photojournalists and sports/action photographers. The camera integrates the best technologies from its predecessors with an array of new features. The 4.1-megapixel D2Hs incorporates an all-new image processing engine, newly refined exposure metering system, fine-tuning of the camera's auto white balance and auto focusing systems, and an enhanced buffer.

Also at PMA, Nikon showcased the D2 X digital SLR. The camera features an all-new 12.4 megapixel sensor, with 'High Speed Cropped Image' mode that boosts the shooting speed while dropping the resolution to 6.8-megapixel. The D2 X also features Nikon's new generation system LSI for improved image processing and A/D conversion, Nikon Multi-CAM2000 high-speed AF, and more. (See Product Spotlight, pp. 53-54.)

Rolleiflex 6008A

Rollei (www.rollei.com) introduced the Rolleiflex 6008AF/Rolleiflex 6008 Integral 2 medium-format SLR camera with the capability to use both film backs and digital. The camera features a square format and can use over 20 PQ and PQS Schneider-Kreuznach and Carl Zeiss lenses originally designed for the 6000 system. Other compatible accessories include interchangeable finders and focusing screens.

Rollei offers the Rollei Digital-Bundle which consists of the Rolleiflex 6008AF and db20p Digital Back with 1GB storage medium.

Rollei also introduced three new Schneider-Kreuznach lenses, designed specifically for the new 6008AF.

Lenses Tamron SP AF11

Tamron Co., Ltd. (www.tamron.com) announced the development of the SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF), a new high-performance, ultra-wideangle zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras featuring 16mm x 24mm size or smaller image sensors.

Tamron also announced the development of the AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO, a high-power zoom lens, designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras featuring 16mm x 24mm or smaller image sensors.

Canon (www.usa.canon.com) added the new EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens, designed specifically for its Digital Rebels and EOS 20D SLRs. The lens focuses from infinity down to 1:1 (life size) at a working distance of approximately four inches from the subject.

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