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Limited Edition, Soft Gear Bag Sports White House Logo
The Domke White House Bag, which was designed exclusively for the 2004 White House News Photographers Association Annual Awards Event, is now available in a limited edition. The bag is soft, smooth, and made of 100 percent cotton duck canvas that is water-resistant. It can be used as a conventional shoulder bag, or with the "Gripper" shoulder strap removed, as a waist pack/belt bag. It comfortably holds a SLR or rangefinder camera along with one or two lenses, filters, film, and accessories. There are seven compartments and pockets with two removable padded divider walls in the main compartment. The measurements are 10.5x4.5x6.5" and it weighs just 1 lb. 5 oz. It's available in black with the White House insignia. Contact: The Tiffen Company, 90 Oser Ave., Hauppauge, NY 11788; (631) 273-2500; fax: (631) 273-2557;

Flash Adapts To Many Cameras
The new Quantaray DC800 hot shoe electronic flash (available exclusively at Ritz Camera Centers) can be adapted to digital SLRs such as the Nikon (D-TTL/TTL) and Canon (E-TTL) with a digital module and it can also be used with existing 35mm film cameras with the proper module. The flash is controlled entirely by the camera via information sent through the electronic connection in the shoe. It has bounce, swivel, and a zoom head to match the lens focal length for more efficient field coverage. Energy-saving circuitry gives a fast recycling time of 0.3-10 seconds. The MSRP of the flash alone is $70 plus the needed camera module, which is $140 more. Contact: Ritz Camera Centers, Inc., (877) 690-0099;