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Innovations
A peek at what's hot and new...


Argraph
Argraph
Better Light
Better Light
Delkin
Delkin
Fujifilm Hunt
Fujifilm Hunt
Ilford
Ilford
Intelicoat
Intelicoat
Lexar
Lexar
Neschen
Neschen
Olympus
Olympus
Quantum
Quantum
Startech.com
Startech.com
Tenba
Tenba
Tiffen
Tiffen
Westcott
Westcott

ARGRAPH CORPORATION
Argraph Corporation (www.argraph.com) introduced the latest addition to their QP family of color monitoring targets for digital photography: the 4-Step Gray Scale Card (QPcard 102). Like the original QPcard and QPcolor card, the QPcard 102 is easy to use and significantly improves the color in digital photos. It has four fields for better distribution along the gray scale, and replaces the black with a dark gray field. These four fields work with Adobe Photoshop to correct the balance. The spectral response is flat, making the card perfect in all light conditions without causing metameric problems. With no fluorescent whitening agents, the card is ideal for Custom White Balance Setting in any light.

BETTER LIGHT
Better Light (www.betterlight.com) unveiled the Super10K-HS, a digital scanning back that captures up to 416 megapixels of true RGB image data in every scan. Used on a 4x5 view camera or any device accepting 4x5 film holders, the Super10K-HS has a capture area that's 72mm x 96mm (120mm diagonal). Each pixel receives pure red, green, and blue data so there's no interpolation of color data, typical digital artifacts, or pattern issues to deal with in post-production. The Super10K-HS can create a direct digital image at a native resolution of 10,200 x 13,600 pixels. This high resolution allows scanning of originals up to 34x45 inches at 300 pixels per inch, and generates a 794MB, 48-bit RGB file.

DELKIN DEVICES
Delkin Devices (www.delkin.com) announced its eFilm ExpressCard 54 CF adapter, a UDMA-enabled ExpressCard adapter that allows fast image transfer to your laptop, with a high-speed transfer rate of up to 33MB/s. The ExpressCard 54 CF adapter is also compatible with non-UDMA CF (Type I and II) cards and microdrives.

FUJIFILM HUNT
Fujifilm Hunt Chemicals U.S.A., Inc. (www.fujihuntusa.com) announced the availability of an Epson/Fujifilm Stylus Pro 7800 wide-format inkjet solution for Fujifilm Frontier systems. The wide-format inkjet printer integrated with a Frontier system provides on-demand, poster-size enlargements. The kit is available with an upgrade to Frontier Photo Image Controller (PIC) Version 3, which supports the full line of Frontier Digital Lab systems, including the new Frontier Life system. The plug-and-play aspect of the printer makes for quick operator training with minimal capital expenditure.

ILFORD PHOTO
Ilford Photo (www.ilfordphoto.com) reintroduced its SFX 200 film, a special film with extended red sensitivity that's perfect for landscapes, due to its ability to add high definition to green foliage, cloud formations, and open skies. A medium-speed panchromatic film, SFX 200 is available in 35mm and 120mm roll film. Because of its sensitivity, the film will be produced in small quantities on a "made on demand" basis. Production had ceased when the company went through a corporate reorganization in 2005.

INTELICOAT TECHNOLOGIES
Intelicoat Technologies (www.intelicoat.com) introduced the Magiclee brand Torino Décor, a universal, matte-finish canvas designed to produce long-term, fade-resistant fine art or photo reproductions. An economy-grade, poly/cotton, 19 mil canvas, Torino Décor features a universal matte ink jet coating, making it ideal for production art and photo printing with both solvent and aqueous pigment and piezo printers.

LEXAR
Lexar (www.lexar.com) introduced Image Rescue 3, the new version of its image recovery software. Image Rescue 3 allows users to recover lost or deleted photo, video, and audio files, regardless of flash-memory card format, manufacturer, or the mass storage-compliant reader. Its redesigned, step-by-step interface walks the user through the image recovery process, delivers extensive recovery capabilities, and offers a live online customer support chat link as an enhancement to its existing support features.

NESCHEN AMERICAS
Neschen Americas (www.neschen
americas.com
) added the low profile, space-saving ProSEAL 25 to its line of pouch laminators. When combined with ProSEAL pouches, pouch boards, and mounting boards, the new 25-inch-wide ProSEAL laminator provides one-step mounting and laminating for a broad range of indoor graphics applications, including mounted and laminated posters and prints, mounted presentations, short-term signs, and displays. For picture-framing applications, the unit can be used as a roller press to mount art or photos. Features a thickness selector knob with preset roller pressure, preset digitally controlled temperature, heat on/off switch, reverse mode, silicone rollers, and variable speed controls.

OLYMPUS
Olympus (www.olympusamerica.com) unveiled the EVOLT E-510, a digital SLR camera that appeals to photographers who desire complete creative control. The E-510 offers key features like the Live View LCD, which enables users to compose shots from a variety of angles; mechanical image stabilization with supersonic wave drive technology, providing blur-free images; and a dust-reduction system.

QUANTUM
Quantum (www.qtm.com) unveiled the new Mini Folding Softbox QF69, which allows users to shoot up-close without the worry of overexposing the subject. Replace the reflector of a Qflash 4d, 5d or 5d-R with the included Hot Spot Reducer, and then slip on the Mini Folding Softbox QF 69 for very soft, diffused lighting. The Mini Folding Softbox QF69 gives close to a 180-degree light spread for use with very wide-angle lenses. Its placement on the flash head of a Qflash 4d, 5d, or 5d-R allows for Automatic (using Qflash Sensor), Manual, and TTL shooting modes with Qflash.

STARTECH.COM
StarTech.com (www.startech.com) announced two new InfoSafe 2.5-inch On-The-Go External Drive Enclosures (IDECASE25OTG and SATCASE25OTG). The brushed-aluminum cases turn any compatible 2.5-inch hard drive into a portable storage unit. Featuring a 480Mbps data transfer rate and USB 2.0 PC connectivity, the InfoSafe On-The-Go Drive Enclosures offer convenient storage, without a PC.

TENBA
Tenba, distributed in the U.S. by the MAC Group (www.macgroupus.com), introduced the "Airbook" collection of cases. Featuring an Air Case frame, a multi-layered skeleton of air-channeled plastic panels, high-density foam, and specially molded framing components, the Airbook's exterior is wrapped in ultra-tough ballistic nylon to protect contents. The interior has corner cutouts to protect mounted prints and delicate books from shipping damage, and hand cutouts on each side that allow for easy removal of the contents.

TIFFEN
Tiffen (www.tiffen.com) unveiled its Dfx digital filter suite software, which is offered as a comprehensive stand-alone and as a suite of application-specific plug-ins. Windows- and Mac-compatible, the plug-ins are designed to seamlessly integrate with image-manipulation or video post-production software. The suites range from limited filter selections to the complete filter set, with more than 1,000 effects and gels. All sets can apply factory presets or save custom effects, providing total creative and technical control with user-friendly filter-effect palettes.

Westcott
Westcott (www.fjwestcott.com) along with photographer Bruce Dorn to create the Bruce Dorn Select Strip Bank. The Strip Bank is an asymmetrical 18x42-inch box, and comes standard with three removable front diffusion panels.The Strip Bank includes an asymmetrical feather to reduce highlight blowout.


   







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