Monday, May 15, 2006
Illuminate your stills with 300 watts of halogen power from Adorama's Flashpoint Bright Beam 300. The head has a bayonet mounting system for quickly changing reflectors and accessories. An umbrella holder allows you to adjust the distance from umbrella to light source for even light distribution. The Bright Beam takes all of the Flashpoint II Monolights. List Price: $69 (with bulb). Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
A FOUR THIRDS FUTURE
Sigma is taking its lenses in another direction. Five more lenses are converted to the Four Thirds system, including the 30mm ƒ/1.4 EX DC HSM, 18-50mm ƒ/2.8 EX DC, 105mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG Macro, APO 150mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG HSM Macro and APO 50-500mm ƒ/4-6.3 EX DG HSM. The lenses are designed to maximize quality in a compact, lightweight body. Estimated Street Price: $429 (30mm); $409 (18-50mm); $399 (105mm); $599 (150mm); $999 (50-500mm). Contact: Sigma, (800) 896-6858, www.sigma-photo.com.
JUST THE RIGHT SIZE
Protect your camera out on a shoot in Op/Tech's new and improved SoftPouch. The durable neoprene case fits snugly to protect the camera and lens from impact, dust and moisture whether they're in use or in storage. Changes made to the pouch include a quick opening feature, giving you better access to the camera. List Price: Various sizes up to $35. Contact: Op/Tech USA, (800) 251-7815, www.optechusa.com.
MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK
Dust balls are forming on that pile of photos marked "Kids' Soccer Games." It's time to do something about them. With Unibind's PhotoBook Creator, a low-cost, do-it-yourself photo binding system, the effort is minimal. Just place your 81⁄2x11-inch photos in the PhotoBook hardcover album, put the album into the binding system and wait for the indicator light to turn green, signaling the job is done. Creator can bind albums of up to 220 pages. List Price: $99 (binding machine, one hardcover PhotoBook and software to lay out pages). Contact: Unibind, (800) 864-2463, www.unibind.com.
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