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|| News Item: Posted 2008-01-29

Sports Shooter Equipment News & Notes
By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

"New" MultiMax Has Shipped

LPA Designs has announced a revised version of their popular MultiMax radio trigger transceiver.

Patrick Clow from LPA Designs said that the new version is based on a new chip set and offers these new features and improvements:
• A USB port that will enable users to update their transceivers' firmware
• Better close range performance
• The return of the "Fast Mode", which enables the use of higher shutter speeds with remote flashes
• Remote pre-release control via a new cable, which will be available in "mid - February"
• Improved menus and user interface, including low-power operation with the intervalometer feature and hours-minutes-seconds display; improved low-battery/AC detection; faster frames per second handling with the latest high-speed motordrive cameras

LPA Design's Jim Clark said that the new units have begun to ship and "should be in stores soon, if not already".

For more information about the new MultiMax, go to the website:

Think Tank Hydrophobia Now Available

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Think Tank co-founder Kurt Rogers tests out the new Think Tank Hydrophobia.
After months of rumors, design changes and testing, Think Tank Photo's entry into the rain cover market is now available.

Dubbed the Hydrophobia, the rain cover is designed for use with long lenses, 300mm to 600mm and features a unique design: it is attached to the lens hood and can be installed before use, but still tucked out of the way available to be rolled into place once bad weather hits.

The Hydrophobia also features a small pocket, which stores the eye-piece for the camera and a small carrying case pouch.

For more information about the Hydrophobia, check the company's website:

The Think Tank Photo rain cover is now available at dealers including those that support the Sports Shooter Newsletter: Robert Distributors, Penn Camera and Samy's Camera.

New "Soft" Underwater Camera Housing

While wandering around the trade show of the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I ran across a small booth near the robotics area showing off a new line of underwater housings for electronic gear like cellphones, iPods and yes, digital still and video cameras. (Why they were located in the robotics area at CES is anyone's guess.)

The DiCAPac Waterproof case is rated for depths of 10 meters, but has been tested at depths far greater with success.

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The DiCAPac Waterproof case
While I have no idea why anyone would want to have their iPod or cellphone underwater, having a small, light waterproof housing --- especially a reasonably priced one --- handy is something that I think a lot of us might find attractive.

We all can't and don't go surfing and diving with our digital SLRs like Robert Beck and Donald Miralle but having something like this tucked away in a case or your trunk would be very useful.

No it's not an AquaTech housing (which we recently featured in a "Photographers Toy Box" column) but if you're shooting features at a swimming pool or want to try your hand at a cool UW portrait of a water polo player, this might fit the bill.

Currently the company's website only shows the DiCAPac housings for point & shoot cameras but at CES they were showing a very well designed and constructed version that will fit any digital SLR camera.

USA branch director Joseph Cho says that the SLR version will be available in March.

The DiCAPac is like other "soft" bag-type underwater housings, but has a hard rubberized tube that surrounds the lens. Also the SLR version had little glove-like fingers that allowed a photographer access to the camera's controls.

Another use of the DiCAPac is in wet weather or in windy - dusty conditions. Sealing up your camera against Mother Nature is always a good thing ... especially if you're using your gear and not company-issued gear!

For more information about the DiCAPac Water Proof Case, check the company's website at:

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