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PhotoPlus East Struts High End Digital Products

New York – The higher end of the digital photography market will be on display at the PhotoPlus East trade show here on Nov. 1-3 at the Jacob Javits convention center.

Registered attendance is running only slightly below last year’s number of 22,000, according to show planners, who say the economic slow down and terror attacks have not dampened enthusiasm.

The show will have approximately 300 exhibitors geared largely at the pro and advanced amateur end of the market, as well as retailers and photo-labs. Exhibitors include Olympus, Eastman Kodak, Nikon, Canon, Calumet, Hasselblad, Mamiya, Fujifilm, Adobe, Epson, Digital Vision, and B&H Photo-Video-Audio.

Among the new products expected to be shown:

Kodak’s will demonstrate the recently introduced DCS 720x digital SLR along with its new Ultima Picture Paper line, a heavy weight inkjet paper for home printers with longevity ratings of 20 to 30-plus years depending on the printer used.

Canon will be introducing its new high-end 4-megapixel digital SLR, the EOS-1D, capable of 8fps for 21 frames (JPEG) using a 28.7mm x 19.1mm chip. The camera has a new 16mm-35mm f/2.8L USM wide-angle zoom a new macro ring light flash system.

Nikon will show its new D1 digital SLRs, the D1X and the D1H. Both are designed to fit the range of Nikkor lenses. Nikon will also display its just announced CoolPix 5000, a 5-megapixel camera that offers a wide range of new and expanded features for $1099.95.

Olympus will demonstrate its D-40 for the first time. The camera, which the company dubs the ‘world’s smallest 4-megapixel digital camera’ carries a $799 suggested retail price. Olympus will also unveil the new E-20N, a 5-megapixel SLR with the first dual interlaced and progressive scan CCD system for $1999.

For the retailer considering adding a networked digital camera kiosk, Gretag will be demonstrating its new Digital Photo Station, a broadband enabled kiosk that allows consumers to upload and download digital images to online accounts. The Photo Station, which costs approximately $10,000, also lets consumers enhance and manipulate their digital images which can be routed to an independent printer onsite or to a remote production facility. Gretag offers connectivity to its MasterFlex D minilab for onsite printing.

Flash memory manufacturer Lexar Media will demonstrate its new line of 16X Professional Series CompactFlash cards, with speed tests at its booth.