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Friday, August 11, 2006

Nikon 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX ZOOM-NIKKOR LENS

MELVILLE, NY, AUGUST 9, 2006 – Nikon® (www.nikondigital.com) today introduced the versatile, affordable new 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens, further expanding Nikon’s successful line of DX Nikkor lenses, engineered for use exclusively with Nikon’s DX format digital SLR cameras. Developed for use with all Nikon D-series digital SLR Cameras, the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX lens will be included as the compact, lightweight 7.5x zoom lens in the recently announced Nikon D80™ 10.2-megapixel digital SLR camera Outfit.The 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX has a broad focal length range (providing picture angle performance approximating a 28-200mm lens on a 35mm film SLR camera) that is suitable for a wide variety of shooting situations, ranging from wide-angle landscapes to portraits, recreational sports, action and close-ups. This new lens offers a selection of Nikon’s highly regarded technologies such as compact Silent Wave motor (AF-S) for super fast and quiet autofocus operation, Extra-Low Dispersion glass (ED) for minimized chromatic aberrations, and Internal Focusing (IF) for convenient and balanced handling.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Nikon 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR ZOOM-NIKKOR LENS

MELVILLE, NY, AUGUST 9, 2006 – Nikon Inc. (www.nikondigital.com) today introduced the new 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor lens, a 4.3x zoom lens that is ideal for telephoto shooting opportunities. It incorporates many of Nikon’s most advanced lens design attributes such as Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass, Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM) and Enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR II), in a design engineered for use with both Nikon DX format digital and 35mm film SLR cameras. With a high-powered 70-300mm focal length range, the lens is ideal for sports, action, wildlife, travel and portrait photography, among other telephoto applications. When used on a Nikon DX format digital SLR, this lens approximates the picture angle performance of a 105-450mm lens on a 35mm SLR camera.“Nikon’s range of Nikkor lenses with Vibration Reduction technology has grown substantially and the new 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor lens is another excellent addition, offering both Nikon digital and 35mm SLR photographers an advanced high-powered zoom lens in a surprisingly compact, lightweight design,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products, at Nikon Inc. “High quality lens design requires a challenging blend of art, science and, of course, photographic experience. With the new 70-300mm AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor, Nikon engineers have again met that challenge, producing a lens whose optical performance delivers clarity and contrast typically found only in lenses costing substantially more,” he added.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Nikon N80 DSLR

MELVILLE, NY, AUGUST 9, 2006 – Building on the extraordinary success of the D70 and D70s, Nikon® (www.nikondigital.com) today introduced the new D80™ digital SLR camera – an impressively featured, high performance camera that incorporates Nikon’s latest digital and photographic technologies, and offers advanced features as well as automated operation to satisfy any photographer with the passion to create beautiful photographs and preserve special moments. With a new 10.2 effective megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor and an exclusive high-resolution color processing engine inherited from Nikon’s latest professional digital SLR cameras, the D80 can render images with incredible resolution, sharp detail and vibrant color that is unmatched in this class of cameras. And it can shoot these images fast – at speeds of up to 3 frames per second, for up to 100 consecutive shots (in JPEG Normal mode), ensuring that the camera’s always ready for the next fleeting moment.  

Friday, June 23, 2006

Olympus E-330 Firmware Update

Olympus today announced the availability of firmware updates for the EVOLT E-330 and the EVOLT E-300. For the E-330, the latest firmware enables autofocusing in the Macro Live Preview “B” mode. In addition, the updates lend both cameras improved exposure precision in macro mode and when using spot metering. Both firmware updates are now available for download.

Friday, June 9, 2006

TENBA’s Air Case

ELMSFORD, NY - MAY 20, 2006 - TENBA’s Air Case™ line of lightweight, shippable equipment transport cases has been further enhanced by the introduction of an exclusive Datapanel™ identification system that facilitates faster, easier and more reliable shipping, tracking, tracing and identification. The new feature will be supplied as standard equipment on those Air Case models and sizes typically used for equipment shipping, rental houses and similar applications. 

Friday, June 9, 2006

New “Skooba Skin” Converts from Laptop Sleeve to Tote

With a flip of the flap, the new Skooba Skin converts from a sleek, padded laptop sleeve to a handled carry bag, or vice-versa. The latest introduction from Skooba/RoadWired, the Skooba Skin is designed to protect a computer while carried inside another bag or suitcase, or to be used on its own for meetings, classes or other times when the laptop alone is all that needs to be carried. 

Thursday, June 8, 2006


Nikon® (www.nikondigital.com), the world leader in photography, today introduced the new D2xs™ professional digital SLR camera, incorporating an impressive range of refinements that improve overall camera performance and enhance the user experience.

Monday, April 3, 2006

Philip Hyde Passes Away

He was a pioneer landscape photographer

Philip Jean Hyde, 84, passed away from complications resulting from a stroke at 6:00 am on March 30, 2006 at the Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, four years after his beloved wife of 56 years, Ardis King Hyde, passed in March 2002. Philip was born in San Francisco in 1921. His father Leland Hyde, a painter and furniture designer, took Philip, his sister Betty, brother Davey and mother Jessie on frequent camping and backpacking trips in Yosemite and other National Parks.

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D

This compact D-SLR offers image stabilization with every lens

Do you know what an obsidian dome is? Well, other than knowing that it had something to do with old volcanic activity, I didn’t either. I had noticed a reference to an obsidian dome between Mammoth Lakes and June Lake, Calif., on the maps and I was curious. It turns out an obsidian dome is a huge upwelling of volcanic rock that has solidified into black, glass-like obsidian rock.

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