Covering The Photo Beat; Backpacks, Filter Software, And A Superbungee Strap Page 2

New Backpacks From Calumet
Calumet’s latest additions to their line of photographic equipment bags include the BP935 and BP1500. They are constructed from ballistic pattern nylon and feature an adjustable suspension system with padded shoulder straps, a secure waist strap, and a triple-adjustment chest strap. The backpacks offer a fully customizable interior compartment with removable padded dividers. They close with a self-sealing, watertight zipper and have a breathable mesh back panel. The BP935 model retails for $169.99 and the BP1500 for $199.99. Both come with a limited 10-year warranty. Contact: Calumet Photographic, Inc., 900 W. Bliss St., Chicago, IL 60622; (800) 225-8638;

Tiffen’s Dfx 2.0 Digital Filter Software
Tiffen’s Dfx Version 2.0 software now features multiple masking and layering capabilities with plug-ins for Photoshop and Aperture users. It offers over 1000 new filters and effects that include Ambient Light, Close Up Lens, Dot, Eye Light, Ice Halos, Sepia, Warm Polarizer, and Rainbows. You may also choose from over 2000 special effects filters that can be easily customized and saved in your library for future use. This software is compatible with Windows XP/Vista and Mac OS 10.4 or higher and has a retail value of $99.95. A free trial version is available from Contact: The Tiffen Company, 90 Oser Ave., Hauppauge, NY 11788; (631) 273-2500;

The XOTOPRO Macro Twin Flash Set
XOTOPRO Photographic Equipment Ltd. has introduced the QMM1 macro twin flash mount system. This system is designed to be durable, compact, flexible, and easy to use either handheld or mounted on a tripod. The QMM1 is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and has a 1⁄4-20 camera screw in the base plate that allows you to mount the device to any D-SLR. It weighs over 1 lb and has a retail value of $259.95. Contact: XOTOPRO Photographic Equipment Ltd.;

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