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Online Only: Pro Products Previewed At Photokina

NIKON's ( D2X features a new DX Format CMOS sensor, for capturing 12.4-megapixel images. The camera's DX sensor is optimized for use with DX lenses and is compatible with the full Nikkor line. A new generation system LSI image processing engine improves image quality. Nikon has expanded the range of color modes available. Other features include an improved 3D-Color Matrix Metering II system, and simultaneous recording of NEF and JPEG files. The D2X also is compatible with the new Nikon Wireless Transmitter WT-2, for wireless transmission of images via 802.11 b/g, as well as wireless Capture Control from a computer running Nikon Capture v4.2 software.

Nikon also introduced its new flagship 35mm film SLR body, the F6. The camera is compatible with Nikon's Creative Lighting system, offering i-TTL balanced fill-flash, wireless advanced lighting capability with the SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights. The F6 SLR features the Nikon F lens mount, and is compatible with a range of Nikon accessories. The company also introduced a new 300mm lens.


OLYMPUS ( introduced an 8 MP digital SLR, the E-300, for the prosumer market. The camera utilizes Olympus' Four Thirds standard, same as the E-1 DSLR. The E-300 incorporates a Supersonic Wave Filter to reduce dust on the sensor, features Olympus' TruePic TURBO image processor, a built-in flash, and comes in a kit with a 14-45mm Zuiko Digital Zoom lens. The E-300 is compatible with a range of E system accessories including all of the E-system lenses.

New Zuiko Digital lenses for Olympus' E system DSLRs include: 7-14mm, 14-45mm, and 40-150mm. Olympus also introduced the FL-36 flash for the E system.

PENTAX ( introduced its second digital SLR, the 6.1 MP *ist DS, one of the smallest and lightest on the market. The camera is compatible with most Pentax interchangeable lenses. Features include a 2" LCD, user friendly design, 16-segment, multi-pattern metering, and an 11-point AF sensor.

Pentax also introduced the new Pentax-DA Zoom 18mm-55mm F3.5-F5.6 AL lens, designed for Pentax's digital SLRs.

SIGMA CORPORATION ( showcased a range of new lenses, designed specifically for use with DSLR cameras. They include an 18-50mm zoom, and comes in Sigma, Canon and Nikon (D) AF lens mounts. Also new is Sigma's 18-125mm lens. Both are compatible with APS-C size image sensors only.

Sigma also showed its new APO Macro 150mm lens for film and digital. The lens comes in Sigma, Canon, Nikon (D), Konica Minolta and Pentax lens mounts.

Tamron AF11-18mm Lens

TAMRON CO., LTD., ( announced two new lenses at photokina—the ultra-wide-angle 11-18mm zoom and 18-200mm MACRO lens—both designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras using APS-C size image sensors. The lenses cannot be used with digital SLR cameras that feature image sensors larger than the APS-C type, or with 35mm film cameras, as they are optimized for digital cameras. The 18-200mm lens is available for Canon AF-D, Nikon AF-D, Konica Minolta AF-D, and Pentax AF-D lens mounts; the 11-18mm lens comes in Nikon AF-D, Canon AF-D, and Konica Minolta AF-D lens mounts.

ARCA-SWISS (email: introduced its new View Camera System, offering precise, adjustments, in an adaptable system. The new camera line is reduced in weight and dimension—from the large format to the medium format class. Newly developed components include: an electronic shutter, a 3D-Scheimpflug calculator, a sliding back and compatibility with digital backs.


AGFA ( has expanded its product line with the introduction of its line of "Digital Film." Card formats that will be available are CF, SD/MMC, Memory Stick and SM, with initial capacities of up to 1GB. Also introduced, the Agfa USB Stick 2.0.

EPSON ( showcased its new P-2000 Photo Viewer. The second generation viewer features a 3.8" LCD to view images, 40GB hard drive, JPEG and RAW (Nikon, Canon, Epson) file format compatibility, and a USB 2.0 interface.

LEXAR Pro CF Readers

LEXAR ( introduced two new Professional CompactFlash Readers designed to improve workflows by allowing users to connect the readers for concurrent downloading of images. The new card readers support Lexar's ActiveMemory System, which was also introduced at photokina.

Lexar's ActiveMemory System technology is designed to optimize digital photography workflows in and out of the studio. At the center of the ActiveMemory System are ActiveMemory-enabled Professional CF cards that can store user preferences and host device settings in a protected area on the card.