Sigma Corporation (www.sigmaphoto.com) 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 (www.zeiss.com/photo) 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 (www.jobo.com) 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 (www.pelican.com) 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 (www.kodak.com/
go/bwfilms) 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 (www.hasselbladusa.com) 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 (www.olympusamerica.com) 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.