The newly designed Epson Stylus Pro 4900 17” printer is literally built from the ground up, and exceeds all expectations. Although it uses the same top-notch technology as the Epson Pro Stylus 9900 series, less than 5% of its parts are shared with its big brother.
By the dawn of the new millennium it was clear to all but a handful of diehards that the upside potential of digital imaging was far greater than that of chemically-based image capture, also known as film. One could, and did, argue about when, not if, the digital revolution would be upon us in full force.
Canon U.S.A. (Lake Success, NY, www.usa.canon.com) recently marked the production of its 60-millionth EF lens. First introduced in March 1987, along with Canon’s EOS SLR camera system, the EF lens system has, over the years, featured a range of technologies, including Ultrasonic Motor-powered lens (USM) technology, Image Stabilizer (IS), Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology, and a super-telephoto lens that employs a diffractive optical element.
Sigma Corporation of America (Ronkonkoma, NY, www.sigmaphoto.com) has announced the pricing for three lenses that incorporate the company’s new, weather-resistant design.
A new Lightsphere Collapsible model is now available from Gary Fong. Compared to previous models this new Lightsphere Collapsible version is ideally suited for travel. Collapsing down to a 1½-inch-thick ring, this model can be easily stored in any camera bag.
Westcott offers two Speedlite Kits designed for portable flash: The Speedlite Kits 2201 and 2202. The 2201 includes the Micro Apollo 5 x 8-in. softbox and Mini Apollo 16 x 16-in. softbox, along with a 5015 Shoe-Mount Umbrella Bracket allows you mount and insert the speedlite directly inside the Apollo and then rotate the speedlite head toward the back of the softbox to provide soft indirect lighting.