Multiblitz (www.multiblitz.com) introduced the ACCU PAC A12 battery powered flash generator. Featuring a flash power of 1200 Ws, two outlets for flash head connection with symmetric and asymmetric energy distribution, and 7 f-stops in 1/10 step adjustments, the ACCU PAC A12 is versatile and efficient, designed with a logically built control panel.
The MAC Group (www.macgroupus.com) recently expanded its professional family of photographic products with a new line of high quality professional tripods and support gear. Revealed at PMA, under the brand name of Induro, the MAC Group offers a wide range of camera support gear including tripods, monopods, ball heads and accessories. The Induro tripods feature leg angle adjustments, reversible center columns with spring loaded weight hooks, foam leg grips, anti-dust and moisture rubber leg lock grips, reversible 1/4-20 / 3/8" mounting threads, bubble level, mounting set screws, high quality tripod bag, shoulder strap and removable rubber or stainless steel spikes (C, CX and AX series only).
Manfrotto, which is distributed in the US by Bogen Imaging (www.bogenimaging.us), released the 561B Monopod, ideal for Mini DV, HDV and photo applications. Boasting many of the same features as the 560B, including a fluid cartridge and three pivoting, retractable feet for the ultimate in jump free panning, the 561B is sold as a kit, which includes a modified 701RC2 video head. All panning action is controlled by the fluid cartridge at the base of the monopod. With the modified 701RC2 head in place, the 561B weighs approximately 4.38 pounds and is able to support a maximum payload of 8.8 pounds—twice that of its smaller sibling. With over 48" of support, ranging from a minimum height of 30.71" to a maximum height of 79.53," shooters can rest assured that with the 561B, they'll have the support they need no matter what environment they happen to be in.
Direct Source Marketing (www.dsmww.com), the U.S. distributor for medium and large format Horseman and Rolleiflex professional cameras, showcased a series of Rodenstock advanced filters. One of the most unique features of the new Rodenstock HR Digital Filters is the use of optical glass. Rodenstock's use of high transmission glass provides a cleaner path of visible light and reduces ultra violet rays below 400NM, allowing light to pass straight through and not scatter or curve.
Davis & Sanford Tripods, a division of the Tiffen Company (www.tiffen.com), unveiled the Monopad Duo, which is a 60" standard monopod with a ball head. It can support 2.5 pounds on the ball head, or up to 7 pounds on a platform provided on the cap. The ball head is actually a mini tripod that is hidden inside the handle of the monopod. The Mini-tripod disconnects from the inside of the tripod handle to be used as a tabletop tripod for close-up shots.
JOBO AG (www.jobo.com) announced the new JOBO photoGPS—a small, lightweight Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver that fits directly on any digital camera's hot shoe. No extra cables are needed. This device allows automatic geo-tagging—country, city, street—entered into the image's Exif file. Each time the camera takes a picture JOBO's photoGPS will capture GPS time and location information and store this in its own internal memory.
ToCAD America (www.tocad.com) showcased a range of Sunpak flashes, including the Sunpak PF20XD, Sunpak PF30X, and PZ40X II.The Sunpak PF20XD, is a super compact, lightweight flash that offers both auto and manual controls, and a shoe-mount.
The Sunpak PZ40X II is a full-featured, shoe-mount flash for film and digital cameras; and is available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony dedicated configurations.
The Tiffen Company (www.tiffen.com) announced that their Day For Night filters offered exclusively in professional sizes for the motion picture and broadcast industries will now be available in screw-in sizes for the professional and photo enthusiast. Tiffen Day for Night filters are a great way to create the look of night during the day without the hassle. Combined with proper exposure compensation, Tiffen Day for Night filters are an easy, cost-effective way to create a realistic dusk or night time appearance. The Cool Day for Night is based on the perception that moonlight is cool, therefore, bluish in color. To simulate a feeling of moonlight, a specific shade of lavender is used producing visual coolness while maintaining realistic flesh tones. In addition, since the ability to see detail at night is diminished by lower light levels, a low contrast component is added to the filter. Day For Night filters are available in 37mm-82mm screw in sizes as well as professional motion picture and television sizes.
X-Rite Incorporated (www.xrite.com) unveiled the X-Rite ilDisplayLT, which is a colorimeter driven RGB product. The X-Rite ilDisplayLT makes easy work of color balancing monitors with a Wizard-driven user mode, and comes packaged within an X-Rite ilDisplay measurement device for fast and simple color reads. This Mac and Windows compatible emission-only colorimeter features an ambient measurement head and X-Rite ilMatch software for monitors.
Eizo Nanao Technologies Inc. (www.eizo.com) announced the release of two new models to its ColorEdge series of LCD monitors for soft proofing, digital photography and graphic arts, the CG211 and the CG210-N. The ColorEdge CG211 is a ColorEdge Premium Edition model and comes equipped with EIZO's ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit). The ASIC has a 12-bit look-up table with a palette of 4,081 colors for each R,G, and B.