Covering The Photo Beat; PhotoLight Frames, Portfolio Cases, And A Creative Aperture Kit

Creative Aperture Kit From Lensbabies
Lensbabies has introduced their new Creative Aperture Kit. Made for use with the Lensbaby 3G and 2.0 SLR lenses, the kit contains one star-shaped aperture disk, one heart-shaped disk, and five blank disks. The blanks can be custom shaped by using a paper punch or knife. The Lensbaby Creative Aperture Kit has a retail value of $9.99. Contact: Lensbabies, LLC, 516 SE Morrison St., Ste. M4, Portland, OR 97214; (971) 223-5662;

The Billingham PhotoVest
The Billingham PhotoVest can accommodate a camera, lenses, and enough accessories for any situation. It features four 7x9" pockets, two horizontal 10" long pockets for lenses, two 9" horizontal pockets, a left flap pocket for press ID or a wallet, and pen slots. The PhotoVest has a retail value of $398; it is made from durable fabric and closes with a heavy-duty zipper. The vest is available in four sizes and a light khaki color. Contact: R.T.S. Inc., 40-11 Burt Dr., Deer Park, NY 11729; (631) 242-6801;

2GB JetFlash V90P Flash Drive From Transcend
Transcend Information Inc. has introduced the JetFlash V90P USB 2.0 Flash Drive. Designed as a high-tech fashion accessory, the metal body has mother-of-pearl accents and comes with a long and short chain so it can be worn around the neck or attached to a key ring. It weighs only 8 grams and measures 33.9mm long, 13.2mm wide, and 4.8mm thick. The JetFlash V90P includes AutoLogin, PC-Lock, Favorites, Secret-Zip, E-mail, DataBackup, Online Update, and My JetFlash software. This drive has a lifetime warranty and is compatible with Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP/Vista, Mac OS 9.0 or later, and Linux Kernel 2.4.2 or later. Contact: Transcend Information, Inc., 1645 N. Brian St., Orange, CA 92867; (714) 921-2000;

The Quantum QF69 Mini Folding Softbox And Hot Spot Reducer
The QF69 Mini Folding Softbox is the latest addition to Quantum's Qflash line. Replace the reflector of a Qflash 4d, 5d, or 5d-R with the Hot Spot Reducer and use it with the QF69 for soft lighting effects. It can be attached to a Qflash and mounted to a camera or umbrella bracket on a light stand; it provides 180Þ light spread for use with wide angle lenses. Contact: Quantum Instruments, Inc., 10 Commerce Dr., Hauppauge, NY 11788; (631) 656-7400;

PhotoLight Frames
Radaresas, Inc. is offering illuminated frames that make unique accent or night lights. They are crafted from durable metal and are available in black, silver, or rustic copper finish. A 7w bulb and 6-foot cord with an on/off switch are also included. Changing the photo is easy--simply slip the image between the clear plastic inserts in the frame. The PhotoLight Frame uses images printed on inkjet photo paper and minilab or kiosk prints. The 5x7 landscape and portrait frames cost $22.95, and the 5x5 and 4x6 frames cost $19.95. Contact: Radaresas, Inc., 18716 Prairie St., Northridge, CA 91324; (818) 576-9731;