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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2003-11-03

Surviving the Short Course: Penn Camera's Specials for the Month
By Jeff Snyder

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Jeff Snyder and the Nikon D2H.
Nikon D2H has not come in yet … however, while traveling the country last week on the NPPA's Flying Short Course, I had the opportunity to hold, play with and get to know the D2H. Those of you awaiting delivery will be thrilled when that day arrives very soon!

It's been fantastic to have also met so many (and I mean SO MANY) SportsShooter.com members at all of the FSC stops … It's true what they say, "Cleveland ROCKS!" And by far, at least through San Antonio, Cleveland had the most members stop by the trade show to say hello! There certainly was great Sports Shooter representation, with Joe Gosen of Brooks Institute, Jody Grober of Roberts and myself, Jeff Snyder of Penn Camera cruising the country on this year's Flying Short Course.

Now for a few tidbits of info:

Quantum has introduced the new Quantum Turbo Compact. The Turbo Compact screws into the tripod socket (and has a lock down key) under you camera and will power both your camera and flash at the same time. It's a NiMH battery, with no memory and long life, and also has a "fuel gauge" display for remaining power. Also, during the 90-minute charge time, the "fuel gauge" displays the charging progress. Weighs in at 16oz, and has almost the same power as the standard Turbo Battery. Cables for most cameras and strobes are available. (Canon 1D cables will be available in the next few months).

YOU NEED THE SPEED! I know I mentioned these last month too, but here it is again … The Delkin CardBus 32 is getting rave reviews … basically this is a 32-bit PCMCIA Card adapter. Your existing PC Card adapter is 16-bit. The tests on the 32-bit version are astounding. In our tests, we transferred a full 512mb CF card on the 16-bit adapter in about 6.5 minutes, where the same card in the new Delkin 32=Bit CardBus adapter took 1.5 minutes. Contact me for SportsShooter.com member pricing.

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Olympus E-1
Olympus has begun delivery of their new E-1Digital SLR system, and based on the responses I've been seeing during the Flying Short Course, the E-1 will be popping up in photographer's hands everywhere. With an array of Zuiko Digital lenses designed specifically for the E-1, the new 4/3-type Full Frame transfer CCD delivers incredible sharpness. This is a fast, rugged camera that delivers new levels of resolution, contrast, and control. The E-1 built to withstand the demands of a pro. It's a lightweight, heavy-duty magnesium alloy body. Also, it's a "Splash-resistant" construction, with an innovative dust reduction system with Supersonic Wave Filter. Currently, Olympus has the following lenses available: 14-54 f2.8-3.5, 50mm f2 Macro, 50-200 f2.8-3.5, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4X Teleconverter. Just announced for delivery this December is an 11-22mm zoom. Olympus is offering support for working pro's, take a look: www.olympusamerica.com/e-1

To go hand in hand with the Olympus E-1, Olympus has also started to deliver their new Camedia P-440 Photo Printer. At a new lower price point of $499, the P-440 can create true 8x10" dye sub prints in just 75 seconds. Insert your media card into the printer, look at the built in color LCD screen, choose your image to be printed and push the button! It's that easy … and the best part? The P-440 can be used with or without being cabled to your computer. Now also available, Matte or Glossy ribbons for your prints

I'm heading up to PhotoEast in NYC, so as soon as I have more information, I'll be passing it along!

One last note, Penn Camera will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary with a big blow out at the Lansdowne Resort in Ashburn, VA the same weekend as this year's Sports Shooter Workshop & Luau. I'll miss seeing everyone this year, but rest assured, I won't miss next year's Luau!

Have a BLAST, learn as much as you can from the best of the best in the business at the finest workshop out there. Be a sponge, take it all in …

Until next month …


(Jeff Snyder can be contacted at Penn Camera at: 1-800-347-5770 or FAX 301-210-7370; Email: jsnyder@penncamera.com; AOL Instant Messenger: JeffPennCamera. On the web: http://www.penncamera.com and http://www.photo-fax.com.)


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