Faster Charging Of
Most flash units, a few compact cameras, and some digital cameras use
AA or AAA-size batteries. The new Harding Energy Quest Platinum line
of 2100 mAh Ni-MH rechargeable AA batteries are said to be the most
powerful of this type offered today. They offer over 16 percent more
power than the predecessor batteries and have a MSRP of $15 for four.
The Quest Ni-MH batteries are fully rechargeable, memory-free, and are
said to last twice as long between charges as other types of rechargeables.
A new 120-minute compact charger has retractable plug blades for easier
carrying in a camera case or pocket. The Quest compact charger will
charge up to four AA or AAA (or a mixture of both sizes) faster than
previous models. It has a MSRP of $30 complete with four standard AA-size
batteries. Contact: Harding Energy, Inc., One Energy Centre, Norton
Shores, MI 49441; (800) 798-7740; fax: (231) 798-7044; www.hardingenergy.com.
Giottos offers a new Universal Series of professional tripods that are
available with either carbon fiber or aluminum lens and center column.
Both are offered in three models that differ only in the number of leg
sections, maximum height, and leg diameter. All versions feature reversible
center column, leg spread adjustment, and independent leg adjustment
clamps. These tripods have a built-in spirit level, two-way pan-and-tilt
head, rubber ball feet that convert to metal spikes, thick foam padding
on the legs, and come with a padded adjustable strap, case, and toolkit.
All models support up to 33 lbs. Carbon-fiber versions have a MSRP of
$345-$417 while the aluminum versions have a MSRP of $186-$205. In addition,
Giottos has three new carbon-fiber monopods that are available in both
three- and four-section models. The shortest opens to 59" and
collapses to 24", the longer four-section model opens to 75"
and collapses to 24.7". Each has a spring-loaded foot pedal for
added support and an adjustable wrist strap, case, and toolkit. Contact:
HP Marketing Corp., 16 Chapin Rd., Pine Brook, NJ 07058; (800) 735-4373;
fax: (800) 282-9010; www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Extra Compact Tripod
For Compact Cameras
The new Manfrotto 714B Digit Tripod from Bogen Photo was designed for
use with today's lightweight film and digital cameras. It includes
innovative design elements that combine for stability, portability,
and ease of use. Probably the most unusual feature is an ultra-compact
built-in ball head that is actually recessed into the tripod's
center column. Ball head tension is controlled with a handle located
at the bottom of the center column. By selecting a preset, yet adjustable
tension, there's no need to lock off handles before taking each
picture. You simply set the desired tension for the type of gear on
the tripod and then forget it. A new single hinge design for the leg
pivot allows the leg to fold shorter, down to just 17" when compacted.
The four sections extend to a maximum working height of 52.3"
extended (64" with the center column fully extended). It features
quick-flip leg locks, three-faced center column, and comes complete
with carrying case with twin shoulder straps for backpack-style transport.
Contact: Bogen Photo Corp., 565 East Crescent Ave., Ramsey, NJ 07446;
(201) 818-9500; fax: (201) 818-9177; www.bogenphoto.com.
Lens Filter Holder
Cokin has a new wide angle (slim) "P" filter holder specially
designed to hold single "P-Series" 4" filters when
used with ultra-wide angle lenses of 20mm or above focal lengths. It
offers approximately 20 percent additional angle of vision to minimize
the risk of vignetting. It can be used with the entire Cokin "P-Series"
range of 184 filters and has a MSRP of $14. In addition, Cokin has introduced
the Z-Pro Series of 100mm (4") high-quality filters that includes
85 different filters. Photographers who own a "P" filter
holder can insert all of the new Z-Pro filters into their existing holder
by using a "Z/P Adaptor." Contact: Cokin USA--Proquest
Distribution, 11 New St., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; (877) 497-2371;
fax: (201) 227-8443; www.cokin.fr.
OP/TECH USA has a new combination soft pouch that safely carries a single
lens plus two filters for that lens in the same bag. The top section
has a wide mouth for easier use with larger lenses, even those with
attached lens hoods, and has a padded dust flap and a drawstring for
closing. A zippered section at the base has a padded divider for holding
two filters. There is a belt loop if you don't want to carry it
in a gadget bag. It's offered in three sizes and carries an MSRP
from $17-$19. Contact: OP/TECH USA, 304 Andrea Dr., Belgrade, MT 59714;
(800) 251-7815; fax: (406) 388-2063; www.optechusa.com.