Infrant Technologies (www.infrant.com) debuted the latest addition to its award-winning line of network-attached storage (NAS) devices, the ReadyNAST NV. Among the new advancements ReadyNAST brings to the line are four hot-swappable Serial ATA disk trays, a faster network storage processor (NSP), a programmable backup button, a cable lock, and a carrying handle, all in an ultra-compact design.
Pelican Products (www.pelican.com) is shining the way for safety lights to come with glow-in-the-dark versions of its most popular flashlights, which will feature photoluminescent lens rings. The special material in the lens ring maintains a charge from exposure to ambient light from almost any source, including light bulbs, the sun, or even the flashlight’s own beam. The resulting green glow shines like a beacon even after the light is switched off, providing a tough, dependable flashlight for blackouts and emergency situations.
NEC Display Solutions of America
NEC Display Solutions of America (www.necdisplay.com) announced the replacement to its popular MultiSync 80-series of professional LCD monitors, the NEC MultiSync 90-series. Designed to deliver technology-leading screen performance to image-critical markets, the new series contains over 25 new or improved features that produce crisper, clearer images; enable better control and connectivity; increase energy efficiency; and provide greater adjustment versatility.
Broncolor (www.sinarbron.com) is charged about its new Verso Power Pack. Designed as a studio power pack, the Verso A2 has a “dock-on” rechargeable battery that lets photographers work with asymmetric power distribution, even without any AC power nearby. It also features a fast recycle time of 0.2 – 0.9 seconds, short flash durations of 1/1500 seconds, and three lamphead outlets for complex lighting situations. The pack provides 1200Ws of flash energy and constant color temperature over 4 f-stops.
Olympus (www.olympusamerica.com) debuted the EVOLT E-330, the world’s first interchangeable lens digital SLR to feature a true “Live View” image on the LCD screen in addition to an optical viewfinder. The camera’s “articulated” 2.5-inch, HyperCrystal LCD enables it to extend out from the camera body and swivel downward or upward so the E-330 can be held overhead to shoot over a crowd, held at the hip, or even placed on the ground. Other features include a live MOS 7.5-Megapixel Image Sensor, a patented dust reduction system for spot-free photos, and the company’s TruePic TURBO Image processor for fast camera response.
Metz (www.bogenimaging.com) is spotlighting its two new handle-mount flash units. Specifically designed for digital, the Mecablitz 76 MZ-5 Digital and 45 CL-4 Digital offer high light output and a unique adapter system that allows one flash unit to be used with a variety of cameras. The units feature multiple shooting modes, a 20mm wide-angle diffuser, and a zoom reflector from 24mm-105mm. Users will also benefit from the primary reflector’s ability to tilt 90º and swivel 360º.
Kingston Technology Company Inc. (www.kingston.com) introduced the Kingston U3 DataTraveler. Available in capacities up to 2GB and smaller than a pack of gum, the unit features software to help file, organize, and share photos; automatically populate forms; generate, manage, and secure passwords; and read and interact with digital publications. The preloaded software programs include Pass2Go, ACDSee, and Zinio, and a “U3 Launchpad” enables applications to be opened on Windows 200/XP.
Moab Paper (www.moabpaper.com) debuted its Moab Desert Varnish, a spray-on coating that greatly enhances the life of digital prints and documents providing a clear water- and UV-resistant surface. Available in a 400ml Aerosol can, the archival-safe spray is specifically designed for water-soluble prints, including most dye and pigment ink jets. It protects portfolio pages against damage caused by normal wear and tear, and prints from scratches and water.
Argraph Corporation (www.argraph.com) is giving you the perfect view from any angle with the world’s first real-time digital angle viewfinder, Zigview. The viewfinder’s unique rotating LCD monitor simply attaches to the eyepiece of your digital or film SLR camera and displays the image in real time on a 2-inch TFT color LCD. Zigview-R adds remote, intervalometer, and motion detection shutter release capabilities and is particularly useful for low- and high-angle photography, where you would normally struggle to see through the viewfinder.
GretagMacbeth (www.gretagmacbeth.com) suggests photographers who need help reading charts get some “iSis”tence. The new Eye-One automatic chart reader, “iSis,” provides fast, precise measurement of reflective test charts measuring 1500 patches in just four minutes with a minimum amount of effort and training. iSis is ideal for high production environments like prepress, photo processing, high-speed digital printing, and fine-art printing.
Tamron (www.tamron.com) introduced the AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD, a lightweight, compact, high-image-quality telephoto zoom lens with macro capability of 1:2. The lens uses an optical system with improved multi-coating that enables it to function with both digital SLR and film cameras. With this 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens, flipping a macro switch in the focal length range of 180mm to 300mm obtains a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 at a minimum focus distance as short as 95cm, enabling closeup shots that normally require the use of a specially designed macro lens.
OmegaSatter (www.omegasatter.com) announced the Z-PRO filter holder. Engineered to fit the newest generation of digital and film SLRs and Video/Broadcast cameras, the holder is modular and can be easily dismantled to accept filters of 1.6mm to 4.0mm in thickness. To prevent vignetting when used with an ultra wide-angle lens, the holder is fully reversible. This means that a filter can fit into an adapter’s ring slot and that the adapter can fit into the filter’s slot.