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Press release:
Manfrotto, world leader in the equipment and accessories industry for photography and imaging, is pleased to announce the new Manfrotto 500 Video Head. This lightweight fluid head, designed for users of the latest HDSLRs and video cameras, replaces the Manfrotto 701HDV and becomes the smallest head to be built around Manfrotto’s successful Bridging Technology.

Debuted at the recent National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas where it achieved the accolade of Best Support of NAB 2013 Wayne Schulman, Manfrotto Sales and Product Manager, Video commented, “We are happy to debut the new Manfrotto 500 video head, as it provides vastly improved support and balance for equipment while not sacrificing ease of use, safety or efficiency. The Manfrotto 500 Video Head delivers beautiful shots, ensuring smooth and controlled camera movement.”

Better support and balance for your equipment
The “hollowed out” structure of Bridging Technology heads gives the Manfrotto 500 Video Head a great advantage. Without sacrificing its light weight, it has a top plate that is broader, providing better support of the wider shape of DSLRs. The top plate is also longer, so its sliding plate has a greater range of adjustment to balance the shifting centre of gravity of a DLSR or camcorder used with interchangeable prime and zoom lenses.

Faster, easier and safer to use
The Manfrotto 500 Video Head is faster to set up and safer to use. The new side lock lever allows the camera and sliding QR plate to click quickly into the head from above. It is simpler to remove the camera now as well; with only one locking control to release, the camera lifts easily out from above.

The Manfrotto 500 Video Head is set to a fixed counterbalance of 2.4Kg but locking power on the tilt axis ensures the head is perfectly stable under camera equipment weighing up to 5Kg. To allow an external monitor or other accessory equipment to be fitted and properly supported, the Manfrotto 500 Video Head has an industry-standard Easy Link 3/8” connector.

Beautifully smooth shots 
The Manfrotto 500 Video Head has professional fluid cartridges on both pan and tilt axes which ensures that every movement made with the camera is smooth, controlled and gentle.

The Manfrotto 500 Video Head is available as a stand-alone head, in either flat-based or 60mm half-ball versions, in a kit with twin aluminium leg tripod or single carbon fibre tubes tripod. A combination including the Manfrotto 500 Video Head with Manfrotto’s patented fluid monopod is also available. The head’s comfortable pan bar can be switched between left and right sides depending on personal preference.

Prices £129.95 for the Manfrotto MVH500AH and £149.95 for the Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Video Head. £659.95 for the Manfrotto MVK500C Carbon Fibre 60mm Video System.

Product will be available to purchase as of the start of May 2013

For more details on Manfrotto heads, tripods and other accessories visit www.manfrotto.co.uk/ 

 

The EPSON Stylus Photo R3000 review

Page 1 – 3rd March 2011

It’s now nearly 10 years since photo-i was first launched with an interactive review of the Epson Stylus Photo 2100, this was the big breakthrough with pigment ink printing. Epson had previously launched a Stylus Photo 2000 printer but this printer didn’t catch the public’s imagination, or maybe as digital photography was still in its infancy, the 2000  was just too ahead of its time.

The SP2100 was an instant success due to its use of long lasting pigment inks which were claiming a life of 200+ years. Many photographers were now ready to move out of the darkroom and fully embrace digital photography. The SP2100 set a new bench mark for digital photo printing, the quality of photos that this printer could produce was excellent,  traditional wet chemistry process now had a serious rival. The SP2100 remained the de-facto printer that every serious photographer wanted. This was replaced some three years later by the R2400, followed by the R2800 and R2880. Other dye ink based printers were also launched during this time, but for this review I will just stay with the UltraChrome pigment ink printer.

Earlier this year Epson announced yet another A3+ printer the R3000. This is not a replacement to the much loved R2880, but an addition to Epson’s professional line up which includes the R3880 an A2 printer. The R3000 is aimed at both the professional and advanced amateur photographer who may want to produce a short print run or limited edition prints.

The R3000 uses Epson’s tried and tested UltraChrome K3 ink set, which consists of 9 inks including the new Vivid Magenta and four blacks. Although all the inks are loaded into the printer, unfortunately you still have to perform a Matt & Photo Black swap routine. However, this has been greatly improved over previous models and now a very small amount of ink is used for the flushing process. Each cartridge has 25.9 ml of ink, not sure why Epson couldn’t have splashed out on the extra 0.1 ml and made it 26 ml, I’m sure they will have a reason. As with all Pigment ink printer inks, the cartridge has to be shaken before installation.

What’s in the box?

The printer we have here is a late pre-production model, I can’t confirm exactly what will be in the full package, but I assume the following items will be included.

  • R3000 printer
  • Rear roll media holders
  • CD/DVD printing tray
  • X9 ink cartridges
  • Power cable
  • Installation disks

Using past reviews I would also assume that there will be a Quick Start guide and usual warranty leaflets and maybe a sample pack of media.

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