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PhotoPlus Expo Report

(February 2005) posted on Wed Feb 02, 2005

A sampling of new products introduced at PhotoPlus.

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PhotoPlus Expo Report

More than 22,000 professional photographers and creatives
attended the 2004 PhotoPlus Expo in NY Oct. 21-23. With
more than 230 exhibitors offering the latest in digital camera
equipment, scanners, imaging software, lighting equipment,
and more, visitors learned about all of the new products
and technology.

In addition, there were numerous educational opportunities
"?from the 100+ seminars (from workflow and color management
to techniques and opportunities) to the Digital Learning
Center (with a focus on digital workflow and the business
of photography). Here is a sampling of the new products introduced
to the US market at PhotoPlus:

Nikon's 12.4-Mpxl D2X
Professional Digital Camera

Nikon's latest digital SLR camera is the
12.4-Mpxl D2X, which offers a 23.7 x 15.7
mm CMOS sensor, and a maximum resolution
of 4288 x 2848 dpi.

The D2X offers users two options on
shooting, depending on the image size and
speed required for the job. At full 12.4-Mpxl
resolution, the D2X shoots 5 frames/sec
(up to 21 consecutive), or users can
choose to shoot 6.8-Mpxl 'high-speed
cropped' images (up to 3216 x 2136 dpi) at
the rate of 8 frames/sec (up to 35 consecutive
images). The high-speed-cropped
option decreases the number of pixels
used to record the image on the sensor.

The wireless Nikon Creative Lighting
System allows photographers the portability
of setting up creative lighting
schemes anywhere they can carry a set
of compact speedlights. The D2X also features
a 2.5-in. LCD monitor, and the new
DX Format CMOS sensor is optimized for
use with the full line of Nikkor lenses. The
Next Generation Color Reproduction
Engine offers finer gradations and
smoother color transitions for color accuracy
over a wider exposure range.

Images are stored onto CompactFlash
cards and Microdrives. And the optional
WT-2A Wi-Fi transmitter allows full wireless
remote camera control and data
transmission; the D2X also offers USB or
FTP transfer. The magnesium-alloy body is
built to stand up to professional use and is
sealed to protect against water and dust.

The D2X is scheduled to be available in
January 2005. The price has yet to be set.

Epson R-D1 Rangefinder
Digital Camera

Epson's new R-D1 camera combines a classic
feel and look of a traditional Rangefinder
camera with the latest digital technology.
The 6.1-Mpxl camera sports an aluminum
die-cast body, a magnesium alloy exterior,
and L/M-mount lenses (with more than
200 lenses available).