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Sigma Corporation ( added the new 18-200mm f/2.5-6.3 DC OS HSM lens for Nikon to its line. The new lens is designed for use with Nikon digital SLR cameras that utilize an APS-C-size image sensor. The lens is equipped with Sigma’s own unique OS (Optical Stabilizer) function. The lens offers a minimum focus distance of 17.7-inches at all focal lengths. It also incorporates an HSM or Hyper Sonic Motor for quiet, high-speed autofocusing with all Nikon DSLRs. The filter size of the new lens is 72mm.

Carl Zeiss
Carl Zeiss ( introduced the new Distagon T* 2/28 lens, designed for use with both digital and film 35mm SLRs. The lens features a fast f/2 aperture, is equipped with manual focus, and comes in two versions: The Distagon T* 2/28 ZF is for cameras with the F-bayonet mount, and the Distagon T* 2/28 ZK is for cameras using a K-bayonet mount. According to the company, the lens is consistent throughout the entire image field, even with pro DSLRs that use a full-format sensor. The lens is scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter of this year.

JOBO AG ( announced the GIGA one ultra portable image storage device. The unit offers a download speed of up to 5.47MB per second and 1GB of data in about three minutes. The GIGA one ultra is available in capacities of 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, and 200GB; it supports all popular media card types. Compatible file formats include RAW, JPEG, TIFF, MP3, DOC, PPT, and more. Other features include USB 2.0 compatibility, a battery status indicator, and covered media card slots to protect against dirt and dust. The unit displays the amount of hard-drive space that’s free, as well as the status of each download.

Pelican Products ( introduced its new Memory Card Case in four different insert configurations—able to house up to 32 media cards. The case is black and comes standard with a silicon o-ring for extra protection in the field. The inserts are designed to accommodate all media card types.

Eastman Kodak
Eastman Kodak (
) introduced an improved Professional T-Max 400 black-and-white film, offering the finest grain available. Kodak recently conducted a survey of professional photographers who cited the benefits of shooting with black-and-white film. According to the study, the respondents said that film better captures certain images, particularly black-and-white photographs.

Hasselblad ( introduced the H3DII-39MS, a multi-shot version of its recently announced H3DII-39 DSLR. Much of the multi-shot technology in the H3DII-39MS comes from the 39MP Hasselblad CF-39MS digital back. What this means to users of the new camera is that the key features of the new H3DII DSLR system are available in this model too, including: the new RAW converter; Ultra-Focus; and DAC-Digital Auto Correction. Although the H3DII-39MS will not be film-compatible, the digital magazine that contains the sensor unit and related technology can be used on a view camera via an adapter. The camera is scheduled for January 2008 availability.

Olympus ( launched the new Olympus E-3, which is the flagship of its digital SLR line. The camera offers a range of advanced features, including the company’s proven Live View and Dust Reduction technologies. New in the E-3 is Body-Integrated Mechanical Image Stabilization, designed to stabilize every lens put on the camera. The E-3 utilizes a 10-megapixel Live MOS image sensor to capture images, housed in a magnesium alloy body for dust-proof and splash-proof durability. Other features include an 11-point biaxial cross-type AF system, 5-fps continuous shooting, and a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second. Olympus also introduced three new Zuiko Digital Supersonic Wave Drive lenses: the ED 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 SWD, ED 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD, and ED 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD.