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|| News Item: Posted 1999-05-17

Gear Heads Unite!
By Bruce Kwitny, Roberts Distributors

Equipment Updates:
I have received many questions regarding the new Pocket Wizards availability. According to Jack Bingham of LPA Design, the makers of the Pocket Wizard, delivery should start the week of May 24th approximately.

We have ordered a large quantity of these units and should be able to fill all requests quickly. Some people have asked if we will be taking trade-ins on the current model...the answer is YES we will. Another common question is the compatibility with the current model. The first 16 channels on the new units will work perfectly in conjunction with the current model. For anyone interested in the current model, we are offering the last couple of dozen units for $199.00 each...this includes a custom ID channel. This represents savings of $70.00 per unit!

Lightware...Another common question I have been getting lately is regarding the Lightware rolling case, called the Lightwalker. The current model has officially been discontinued because it is now too large for most airlines. They ARE working on a new model, which should be available in the not too distant future. It will also have wheels and a retractable handle, and most importantly will fit within the new fascist airline guidelines. One other Lightware note: they will have a much anticipated web site launching within the next few weeks. The URL will be Please be aware that this link is NOT active yet. If all goes well it should be up and running by late May. Hasselblad...The current promo for the free back or prism with lens purchase will be expiring on June 30th. Please see last issue of Sports Shooter for details.

Nikon...Scanner rebates will expire on July 31st for the LS2000 and LS30. Please see the last issue of Sports Shooter for details.

Lowe-Pro...New long lens case is now available. Lowe-Pro has just brought out a very nice new long lens case that will work with 300/2.8, 400/2.8. 500/4.0 and 600/4.0 lenses. Some unique features include a moveable partition for adjusting to the height of your lens. It also has a Removable Lens Stabilizer...basically this is a donut that goes around the small part of the lens barrel to keep it from moving inside of the case. The Drop-Down Zipper provides very easy access. Like many professional Lowe-Pro case this one also features a built-in All Weather Rain Cover for extra protection from the elements. Introductory price is only $119.95 for Sports Shooter readers.

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Sony...We have just received the new Sony 2-Way Radios. At only $89.00 each, these offer some very impressive features:
-Water Resistant Design
- 14 Channels with 38 Privacy Codes
- Group Talk
- Backlit LCD Display
- Belt Clip
- Collapsible Antenna
- Up to 2-Mile Transmission Range (in ideal conditions of course!)
- Available in Gray or Yellow

NBA Playoffs...For those who don't know where to go to get all the necessary stuff for the playoffs, here is a shameless self-promoting plug for Roberts. We have pretty much everything you need to do your job. (Go Pacers!) We have rubber lens hoods, zip cord, add-a-taps, male plugs, safety cables, clamps, studs, Bogen Magic Arms, ball heads and Cinefoil (more commonly known as black wrap). (Go Pacers!)

Please feel free to call anytime with questions...and more importantly, your orders!

Our toll-free number is 800-726-5544.

New Products From Kinesis. This from Richard Strum of Kenesis Photo Gear:

I just made a major update to our Web site, introducing numerous new products. Most of these new products are available for immediate shipment.

They include the following:
- Film Stuff Sack, only $19, a functional product at a non-typical Kinesis price [A291/A292]
- Flat Utility Pouch, only $9, a simple pouch for cell phones or Leatherman [F100]
- New LW (LightWeight) Long Lens Case that meets airline carry-on specs [L525]
- Rain/dust covers for the belt system [N330/N950]
- Tripod Carrying Strap, at $19, it is less expensive than the competitions' strap, plus this one will serve double-duty as a regular shoulder strap AND as a tripod carrying strap! [T515]
- New ultra lightweight SafariSack├┤ filled with buckwheat hulls (1.75 lbs instead of 6 lbs. for Poly fill) [R423]

We have also created a new page with a concise summary of all products with list prices. We call it the Product Index Page:


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