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SLR GPS system

Posted by: Mark Peters Monday 12th, March 2007

At the stand of Jobo I had a chat with Annika Hummerich of Jobo Germany. There were several products showcased at the Jobo stand amongst them a pre-production model of a interesting device for the professional photographer. The Jobo photoGPS is a GPS device that is mounted on the hot-shoe of a SLR camera and is able to get you GPS data that will be inserted into your Exif automatically. According to Annika not only the location data in figures will be edited into the Exif, also the name of the place where the picture is taken will be noted. The Jobo photoGPS will get its power via an USB interface. The energy system is intelligent and is only active when needed which result into an energy capacity of 1 year!

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SLR camera protection from Probrella

Posted by: Mark Peters Monday 12th, March 2007

Last year it was the Popabrella which made me smile, at this years PMA 2007 show it is the new Probrella that made my day. Sometimes you see one of those gadgets that after thinking of it are not a bad idea at all. The Probrella could be the solution for those out there who have always the 'luck' taking their favorable moments in the middle of the rain. Although it is claimed to be aimed at the professional photographer I cannot help it to think that it is hard to believe seeing a professional out there in the field with the Probrella attached to his professional SLR camera. But who knows, it could also be me that is 'old fashioned' The Probrella is for me the gadget of the today's PMA 2007!

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Lastolite LiteTables

Posted by: Ralf Jurrien Saturday 10th, March 2007

If you use a traditional light table to take product photographs, you’re probably well aware of the hassle that comes with the territory. Light tables are typically cumbersome and difficult to set up, forcing many photographers to leave them assembled even when not in use. At PMA 2007, Lastolite, a leading manufacturer of lighting solutions, will showcase the next generation light table which will prove to be the ultimate solution for product photography - the LiteTable. Unlike traditional tubular framed light tables, the revolutionary design of the LiteTable allows it to be assembled in a matter of minutes without the need of any tools or screws.

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Fujifilm Fujichrome Velvia 50

Posted by: Ralf Jurrien Saturday 10th, March 2007

Fujifilm USA, Inc. is introducing new Fujichrome Velvia 50 for Professionals (RVP 50), a high color saturation, high contrast transparency film at the PMA 2007 Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV. At the beginning of 2005 Fujifilm announced the discontinuation of previous Fujichrome Velvia for Professionals (RVP) due to difficulties in procuring some of the key raw materials used to produce the product. However, since the last stocks were sold earlier last year, the company received many requests from photographers worldwide to restart manufacturing, as they had used Velvia for many years and consider it unmatched in terms of quality and character.

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Fujifilm CP-49LR Frontier cartridge

Posted by: Ralf Jurrien Saturday 10th, March 2007

Fujifilm USA, Inc., announced the immediate release of the CP-49LR Frontier Chemical Cartridge. The CP-49LR is developed for use on medium-to-high throughput Frontier systems and specifically designed to reduce reduces the volume of packaging materials for disposal. Additionally, because of the 11% reduction of replenishment rate for Crystal Archive Type II Paper, less chemical waste handling and disposal is necessary. Each CP-49LR PC cartridge will process 125 m² (1,345.5 ft²) Fujicolor Crystal Archive Type II Paper, a significant increase compared to the current CP-49E cartridge capacity. This increase in capacity results in fewer cartridge changes.

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Manfrotto 501HDV

Posted by: Ralf Jurrien Thursday 8th, March 2007

Manfrotto, will be featuring its 501HDV Video Head at this year’s PMA. Designed to meet the needs of HDV shooters, the 501HDV features a powerful new feature that takes its inspiration from Manfrotto’s top professional head models - a fixed counterbalance spring - which helps ensure both smoother tilt movements and greater equipment safety, even when the tilt locks are inadvertently left off. An easy-access on/off switch allows the counterbalance system to be engaged or disengaged for different filming needs and for quick panning and tilting. The 501HDV offers an updated design, which has been created for improved ergonomics with locks and knobs that allow for a more solid grip.

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Manfrotto 561B monopod

Posted by: Ralf Jurrien Thursday 8th, March 2007

Manfrotto’s award-winning 560B fluid monopod revolutionized the landscape of support solutions for the photo and video industries. Highly praised by professional and amateurs alike for its stable, fluid design, the 560B provides smooth panning and image capture in any environment. Improving on the popular 560B, Manfrotto is proud to launch its bigger sibling, the 561B. The 561B is higher, sturdier and more robust, making it ideal for Mini DV, HDV and photo applications; however, it boasts many of the same features as the 560B, including a fluid cartridge and three pivoting, retractable feet for the ultimate in jump free panning. Both the 560B and 561B will be on display at PMA 2007.

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Manfrotto 804RC2 three way head

Posted by: Ralf Jurrien Thursday 8th, March 2007

If you’re headed to PMA 2007, Manfrotto invites you to swing by the Bogen Imaging booth, as it will be featuring the 804RC2, one of its new revolutionary three-way heads. Dedicated to perfection, Manfrotto challenged its team of engineers to improve the company’s already best selling head, the 3030, even more. The result; a head that incorporates new features and materials never before seen in the three way head market and that’s sure to far exceed the needs of professional photographers. In designing the 804RC2, Manfrotto’s engineers were also able to develop a new high performance polymer, known as Adapto - a special technical polymer that’s comparable to aluminum in strength but 50% lighter.

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Without accessories, a professional photographer cannot do his job. Also, the consumer using his camera for private use requires accessories. The PMA 2011 show offers a wide range of all kinds of accessories, allowing the best experience for digital photography. A DSLR or compact camera without a memory card is useless, and the offer of flash memory cards also meets the needs of consumers. Fast and high capacity cards for the pro, and cheap memory cards for the snapshots of the consumer, are also among the standard accessories for photography. GPS and navigation appear to be adopted by the photo industry more and more. The integration of GPS into cameras does not happen all that fast, yet it seems that 2011 will signal a breakthrough. The PMA International Convention and Trade Show also provide an overview of new bags, tripods, lenses, flash units, etc.