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|| News Item: Posted 2008-07-29

New Nikon Gear, Solar Charging and the Rayflash Highlight Adorama News
By Jeff Snyder

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Brunton Solaris 12 Watt Foldable Solar Array.
Ahhh, So nice to be back in the mix here at Sports Shooter ...It's been an amazing month since the last newsletter, I've heard from so many of you, THANKS!

I'd like to congratulate this month's 'winners from the Student Photographer Contest, as well as the judges (who are also eligible to win monthly prizes, SO GO JUDGE NOW!)
This months winners were: John Nowak - Nikon CoolPix 5100, Jay Drowns - Think Tank Photo Modular Set w/ Belt, and Julia Robinson - SanDisk Extreme III 4GB CF Card...Thank you to all who entered and those who took the time to Judge entries. As a reminder, this contest will take place monthly, so keep entering & judging!

I also wanted to say Good Luck to those of you who have either left or are leaving for the Olympics in Beijing....

As you all are aware, NIKON has begun to ship the new D700 cameras as well as the new SB-900 Speedlight. At the PhotoShelter "Shoot the Day" in NYC last weekend, NIKON was on hand to loan out 25 D700's and some of the SB-900's as well. Both were met with great enthusiasm from the lucky shooters that were able to use them for the day. If you haven't seen anything about the D700, or SB-900, you may want to take a look at Joe McNally's Blog ( Joe goes into depth on both the D700 and SB-900 with his usual amazing results shown there.

Nikon's NX software has been updated to NX2, and is available as a trial here:

Nikon also introduced a "Water Guard" for the hot shoe of the D3 (WG-AS1), D300 (WG-AS2) & D700 (WG-AS3). These water guards are useful for protecting the camera's hot shoe contact when the SB-900 is mounted on these Nikon digital SLR cameras

As a reminder, if you're a member of NPS, I am working very closely with them to prioritize deliveries of these two new products. Contact me directly for details.

SOLAR CHARGING? - Concerned about power to charge your batteries?? DON'T BE! With Brunton's Solaris 12, you can charge your Cell Phone, Camera Batteries, Video Batteries from wherever you may be with SOLAR POWER....This can be a lifesaver when you're out in the field....Take a look :

Keep going Green with Voltaic Systems Solar Backpack, Let's you carry your cameras, and charge them while you hike, bike, or walk
See it here:

• The Voltaic 1001 solar powered backpack is built tough for use as a weekend hike bag or as a large daypack. There are pockets and wire channels for multiple electronic devices and 1,850 cubic inches of storage space.

• The solar panels are waterproof, scratch resistant, and UV resistant. They use a high efficiency monocrystalline cell. The three panels operate independently to generate up to 4 watts of power. This is double the power of typical solar chargers and enough to charge most portable consumer electronics (other than laptop computers). See typical charging times listed below.

• The substrate is an aluminum / plastic composite, specifically designed to be strong and lightweight. They can easily stand up to typical outdoor use including being dropped and leaned on.

• The panels are mounted in a flexible fabric sleeve. They articulate with the bag, which means it doesn't feel rigid or restrictive. Even if you manage to break one, which would probably take a conscious effort, they can easily be removed and replaced.

Have you seen this? ExpoImaging's Ray Flash, converts your existing Canon or Nikon Flash into a "Ring Flash"
See it here for Canon 580EXII: or for Nikon SB800:

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The Ray Flash
The Ray Flash is a unique adapter for your hot-shoe flash unit designed to replicate the lighting effect produced by traditional, expensive, and heavy powered studio ring flash units.

The Ray Flash is portable and lightweight, and has been designed to take advantage of a camera's TTL metering capabilities. Because the Ray Flash relies on the hot-shoe flash to generate its light, it contains no electronics, no flash tubes and requires no cumbersome cables.

The light distribution is accomplished through a sophisticated system of internal prisms, reflectors and light-shapers designed to distribute and project the light evenly around the lens.

The Ray Flash creates a unique ring flash lighting effect: a three-dimensional shadow-wrapped look around the subject. Because ring flash light originates from a circle around the lens, it produces a virtually shadowless look on the front of your subject, while producing a soft even shadow around the edges. The versatile Ray Flash is ideally suited for fashion, wedding, portrait, journalist and macro photography as either a main or fill-in light.

Kingston has introduced a very inexpensive 19-n-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader....You can't go wrong for $14.95 - See it here:

New REBATES from SanDisk....

And, back to Joe McNally for a minute....For those of you that are not aware of Joe's "Faces of Ground Zero" project, you should absolutely read his blog entry:
It's a phenomenal project, and Adorama is very proud to the sponsor of it. You all must also see his chart topping book: "The Moment it Clicks"...

(Contact Snyder directly at email:; AIM: JSnyderAdorama or phone 301-652-4896; Fax 301-652-4971.)

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