NEW PRODUCTS

NIKON D3X

Nikon Europe has introduced its new top-of-the-range D-SLR, the D3X. Building on the reliability, handling and durability of the award-winning D3, the D3X offers an imaging sensor with far higher resolution than its counterpart, breaking new ground in imaging quality. The all-new 24.5MP CMOS sensor makes the new camera eminently suitable for the broadest range of shooting situations, both in the studio and on location.

“This is the camera that many professional photographers have been waiting for,” said Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products and NPS at Nikon Europe. “Just as the D3 has become the professionals’ camera of choice in sports photography, the D3X’s extremely high imaging resolution will raise the bar for commercial, fashion and stock photography. The results speak for themselves: this is without doubt our highest-quality camera to date.”

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ORBIS MODULAR RING FLASH

The Orbis ring flash has just been released. Designed and developed by New Zealand photographer James Madelin, the Orbis represents several breakthroughs: James' company Enlight Photo is the first and only photographic lighting company in Australasia and the Orbis is the most effective modular ring flash available anywhere in the world. Already being used by some of the world's best portrait and press photographers, the Orbis turns your standard SLR flash gun into a ring flash, bringing that beautiful ring flash look into the reach of every hard-working photographer.

Visit www.orbisflash.com to find out more. The Orbis is distributed in New Zealand by ProGear and is available from all good photography shops.

POCKETWIZARD FLEX TT5 & MINI TT1

Professional photographers have depended on PocketWizard radio slaves for reliable triggering of their manual flashes for years. But, with the advent of digital technology, photographers have been seeking a simpler solution for off-camera TTL flash. The available products and solutions have been good, but not without limitations or complexity.  PocketWizard has made it possible with the “slide-n-shoot” simplicity of the new ControlTL system, featuring the MiniTT1 Transmitter and FlexTT5 Transceiver for Canon and Nikon.

Now photographers can get perfect off-camera flash photos in any environment - around corners, out-of-sight and in bright sun. Canon and Nikon users can use the new MiniTT1 Transmitter and FlexTT5 Transceiver to control single or multiple off-camera Canon E-TTL or Nikon i-TTL flashes at speeds up to 8/fps.  The new units are compatible with any PocketWizard for triggering manual flash or remote cameras.

For more detailed information visit www.pocketwizard.com

CANON PIXMA PRO 9500 & 9000 PRINTERS

Canon, a leader in digital imaging, has introduced two new printers for professional and advanced photographers - the ten-color PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II and the eight-color PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Photo Printers. The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II printer takes advantage of Canon's professional Lucia brand pigment-based inks for long-lasting, professional-quality prints. The PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II printer uses the Company's dye-based inks to produce brilliant, gallery-quality prints up to 13 x 19 inches on a variety of fine art papers and glossy media.

"Canon is known within the professional photographer community for providing the right output tools to manage their photographic creations and the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II Photo Printer continues to deliver on that tradition with its superior quality and archiveability," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

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PHASE ONE P 40+

Phase One, the leader in open-platform based medium format camera systems and solutions, has announced availability of the Phase One P 40+ - the company's second Sensor+ enabled digital camera back/camera system.

Like the P 65+ introduced last year, this new system offers two separate image-capture modes. In normal mode, the P 40+ delivers full 40 megapixel captures for high-quality image details. And when shooting conditions demand, a photographer can push a button and instantly switch from 40 megapixels to 10 megapixels, gaining a four-fold increase in light sensitivity (ISO to 3200), and a capture rate of up to 1.8 frames per second - an ideal performance for hand-held and/or low-light conditions.

The versatility of the P 40+ system is important for those who seek quality medium-format 16-bit capture under a variety of working conditions. Both modes feature a 12.5 f-stop dynamic range. From high-end wedding, fashion and fine-art photographers to photojournalists, the choice of capture modes in a single camera system frees photographers to focus on the job at hand rather than worry over equipment.

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MAMIYA M SERIES DIGITAL BACKS

Mamiya Digital Imaging has announced the launch of the new M series digital backs, consisting of three new models: the M18, M22 and M31, the latest additions to their digital line-up.

The M series digital backs have all been designed for compatibility with Mamiya's 645AFDIII. Through use of the specifically designed digital back adapter HX701, the backs can also be attached to our famed RZ Pro IID. The M18 has a resolution of 18 megapixels and a CCD size of 44.2 x 33.1mm. The M22 has a resolution of 22.1 megapixels and a CCD size of 48.9 x 36.7mm while the M31 has 31.6 megapixels and a 44.2 x 33.1mm CCD. These large sized CCDs make the digital backs ideal for medium format photography. Each digital back can be purchased separately or in a system kit with the Mamiya 645AFDIII camera and Sekor 80mm F2.8 D lens. The M series backs are the quintessential tool for commercial photographers and studios, covering portraiture and on location work.

www.mamiya.com

LENOVO THINKPAD W700DS

The Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds offers exceptional performance and cutting-edge technology in the ultimate 17" mobile workstation, plus a second, retractable screen that expands the display area by 39 percent for enhanced, dual-screen productivity.

Other features include:
Powerful Intel Core2 processors with Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) offer superior performance along with enhanced management.
NVIDIA Quadro FX MXM based graphics solution that is stable, compatible, and optimized for all professional applications.
Next-generation DisplayPort technology provides clearer, crisper images and a larger viewing area.
X-Rite PANTONE color calibration for greater image accuracy, more precise color matching, and a consistently true display.
Built in 120mm x 80mm Wacom palm-rest digitizer and pen, ideal for digital content creation.

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SONY ALPHA A850

The new A850 digital SLR from Sony offers serious photo enthusiasts a step up to the creative possibilities of full-frame imaging at a compelling price.

Ruggedly built for unflinching pro-style handling and performance, the A850 shares the same 24.6 megapixel sensor and virtually all features of the flagship A900, introduced last year. Like its full-frame sibling, the A850 fully exploits the creative possibilities of the α family of lenses that includes premium full-frame optics from Carl Zeiss, plus five high-performance G Lens models.

At the heart of the A850 is a full frame 24.6 effective megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor that captures flawless, detail-packed images with vibrant, lifelike colours and fine textures.

www.sony.co.nz

SANDISK EXTREME PRO CF CARDS

SanDisk Corporation has introduced a new line of SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash memory cards, setting a new standard for fast, reliable, high-capacity memory cards designed for professional photographers. SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards feature a new SanDisk Power Core Controller, an advanced memory controller that enables lightning-fast read and write speeds of up to 90MB/s, doubling the performance from previous SanDisk high-end camera memory cards. The cards are shipping worldwide now with capacities ranging from 16 GB to 64GB.

"The new SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash line is the direct result of SanDisk's passion, commitment, and break-through engineering innovation to provide best-in-class flash memory cards for professional photography," said Eric Bone, vice president, retail product marketing, SanDisk. "The SanDisk Power Core Controller delivers unmatched write speed and reliability, providing photographers with a spectacular combination of performance, capacity and peace of mind that images are safely stored."

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CANON EOS-1D MARK IV

Canon has announced  the launch of the new EOS-1D Mark IV - a high-speed, professional Digital SLR camera designed to empower photographers to capture split-second moments in high resolution, under the most challenging of conditions. Ideal for shooting action, sports, news events and wildlife photography, the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV delivers speed, power and high-resolution images, creating the perfect camera for photographers who require reliability in fast-paced, high-pressure situations.

Developed incorporating feedback from professional photographers, the EOS-1D Mark IV features a new Canon 16.1MP APS-H CMOS sensor and a brand new 45-point Auto Focus system with 39 f/2.8 sensitive cross-type points, providing a wide selection of precise focus areas across the frame. Dual "DIGIC 4" processors provide the power to shoot continuous, high-resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, as well as delivering the widest ISO range ever to feature in a Canon camera.

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