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The month after PMA is typically a slow one for news as manufacturers rush to make sure new products are ready for PMA. This year is no different though there are some interesting items here. 

Leica introduces new 2.1 Megapixel Minox M3

Leica announced the new Minox Leica M3 2.1, an updated version of its popular Minox DCC (Digital Classic Camera) Leica M3, now with 2.1 megapixels.

The M3 was modeled after the classic Leica M3 camera of the 1950's and it's compact size makes it easy to carry. The M3 is a mere 2.5x2x1.7 inches and weighs just 3 ounces. 

It stores images internally in 32MB of flash memory and can hold from 41 to 99 images depending on resolution(1600 x 1200 pixels max). It has a fixed ISO of 100 and shutter speeds from 1/4 to 1/1000th of a second. 

But as with any Leica product the star is the lens. It is a 5 element all glass  f2.8 lens with an integral IR filter, and the equivalent focal length of 48mm in 35mm format.

Images are captured in JPEG format and transferred from the camera via USB cable (included). 

Lexar Media to supply cards for Coolpix cameras
Nikon announced that for the second year in a row Lexar media will be the exclusive provider of memory cards for Nikon digital cameras.

Lowel announces equipment upgrades
Lowel Light announced upgrades across their line of studio lights, controls, mounts and lighting kits. There are over a dozen new lighting kits available. Some combine lights from different Lowell products and many feature a new compact 250w Rifa-44 quick setup soft light. 

A number of existing kits have had light control accessories added and their abilities expanded by adding mounting clamps for wider placement options. For more information, visit

Bogen Partners with Delsey on New Bag Line
Bogen has partnered with Delsey, the world's second largest manufacturer of luggage, to design a new line of camera bags. 

The line will be marketed as the PRO Collection and are designed to be stylish as well as functional. They are made from a lightweight, waterproof  ballistic/nylon/polyester fabrix. There is no exterior stictching, additional bottom padding, rubber feet, and a dual handle system that lets you choose a handle or shoulder strap and allows you to hide the other out of the way when not in use. 

The PRO Collection includes four camera bags, 2 briefcases, a backpack and a carry-on trolley with an insert for instant conversion between camera case and luggage. Click here for more information. 

Applied Science Fiction Announces New Plug-in
Applied Science Fiction has announced that Digital Gem will now be available as a Photoshop compatible plug-in. 

Digital Gem softens film grain in images and was previously only available as a firmware option on scanners. As a plug-in it can be used with any image and is available as a download from their Website.

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