Rechargeable Qflash Base
New from Quantum is the Turbo Compact, a rechargeable power supply unit
that screws onto the base of a Quantum Qflash. Said to be the smallest
Turbo yet, it weighs just 16 oz and packs nearly the same power as the
standard Turbo. The remaining charge capacity is visibly displayed on
a "fuel gauge" so the photographer is not caught unaware.
It recharges in just 11/2 hours and the gauge will show the charging
process. It offers a remote-controlled flash system for powering both
the FreeXwire and Qflash to provide extra lighting in any situation.
The MSRP for the Turbo Compact is $512. Contact: Quantum Instruments,
Inc., 1075 Stewart Ave., Garden City, NY 11530; (516) 222-6000; fax:
(516) 222-0569; www.qtm.com.
Pelican: Cube Case
& Brighter, Submersible LED Flashlight
The new Pelican 20" Cube Case is said to offer features not previously
available in hard-side cases. The most distinct feature is optional castors
that easily snap onto the base plate for easier transportation. When shipping
the case, they can be removed and stored inside. Deep channels in the
lid permit another Cube to be stacked on top. Since the Cube Case is squarish,
it's extra deep so it's possible to layer divider sets or
foam to protect the contents. It retains all the features found on other
Pelican cases, such as water and dustproof neoprene o-ring seals, an automatic
purge valve, and new double-throw latches capable of withstanding 400
lbs of strain. It carries a lifetime guarantee and has a MSRP of $375.
Also, Pelican's new
Super SabreLite LED flashlight uses innovative technology to produce a
light beam that is said by the company to be 33 times brighter than the
nearest competition. Recoil LED Technology directs the LED light into
the reflector by aiming it backward. This design also produces a beam
free from scattered peripheral light, which increases the capability to
cut through obscure surroundings such as smoke and fog and low-visibility
environments encountered by divers. It provides light for up to 10,000
hours and has 50 percent greater battery life. The o-ring sealed flashlight
body is made from ABS plastic with a polycarbonate lens and is the first
submersible LED light for diving to depths down to 500 ft. The MSRP for
the Super SabreLite LED is $70. Contact: Pelican Products, Inc., 23215
Early Ave., Torrance, CA 90505; (800) 473-5422 (outside CA), (310) 326-4700
(within CA); fax: (310) 326-3311; www.pelican.com.
Digital Power Supply For Norman 900 Lampheads
The Norman D24 is a 2400 ws, fan-cooled power supply featuring four lamphead
outlets with digital displays. Power settings are adjusted through two
channels, each having a five-stop range, and a recycle time of 2.4 seconds
at full power. Soft-push buttons control most functions while rotary knobs
control power output and modeling light levels. Compatible with over 100
Norman accessories and light modifiers, the D24 weighs only 18 lbs and
has a footprint of 7.5x12". Contact: Photo Control Corporation,
4800 Quebec Ave. N, Minneapolis, MN 55428; (800) 787-8078, (763) 537-3601;
fax: (763) 537-2852;
Gitzo Leveling And
Gitzo, the firm that produced the first carbon-fiber tripods, has introduced
two leveling tripods and an ultra-compact tripod. They are said to make
every shot easier, especially when the tripod is used on an uneven surface.
The Gitzo G1227LVL ($668) and G1228LVL ($715) permit the user to level
the tripod without having to adjust the length of the tripod legs. Just
one twist of a knob allows the adjustment of the center column +/- 12Þ.
This is especially important when being used for video, panoramic, or
virtual reality photography. These LVL carbon-fiber tripods are 30 percent
lighter than aluminum, have a center column spirit level, and a convenient
hook below the column for hanging a camera bag. The three-section G1227LVL
has a maximum height of 63.8", collapses down to 13.4", and
weighs 3.84 lbs, yet will hold a load of 17.6 lbs. The four-section G1228LVL
has a maximum height of 61" and minimum height of 12.6" and
the same weight and load factor. The ultra-compact G0027 carbon fiber
($292) is said to be ideal for compact film and digital cameras. It weighs
less than 1 lb and easily fits into most camera bags or briefcases when
collapsed to only 11.8". This three-section model extends to 28.3"
and handles a maximum load of 5.5 lbs. Contact: Bogen Imaging Inc., 565
East Crescent Ave., Ramsey, NJ 07446;
(201) 818-9500; fax: (201) 818-9177; www.bogenimaging.us.
The Novoflex ClassicBall 5 is said to be the first ball head to have three
vertical 90Þ openings, a new AFC (Advanced Friction Control) system
for precise repeatable friction preset and absolutely no change of ball
position during locking. The Novoflex ClassicBall 5 is an all-metal design
with matte-titanium finish. With it, the camera can swing smoothly through
180Þ vertically with no loss of stability. AFC permits the user
to set the friction on a setting ring at the center of the ball head to
set the correct braking rate even before attaching a camera and lens.
It has two camera threads (1/4" and 3/8") and is permanently
grease-free. It weighs 1.9 lbs, supports up to 26.5 lbs, and carries a
street price of $500. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., 16 Chapin Rd., Pine
Brook, NJ 07058; (800) 735-4373; fax: (800) 282-9010; www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Film/ Digital Camera Pouches
Brand new from Lowepro are the Rezo-series of small camera pouches for
both digital and film point-and-shoot cameras. Six different models offer
a custom fit for various size cameras by using a stretch fabric designed
to hug the camera and provide protection without bulkiness. There is room
for essential accessories such as memory cards and batteries. A SlipLock
attachment tab permits attaching the pouch to the belt or any SlipLock
compatible Lowepro product. They are available for a very reasonable MSRP
price range of $10-$17. Contact: Lowepro, 3171 Guerneville Rd., Santa
Rosa, CA 95401; (707) 575-4363; fax: (707) 575-4389; www.lowepro.com.
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