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Digital Camera News: Zigview Digital Viewfinder for SLRs, Digital Foci Memory Card Gateway
by Ben Stafford -  4/18/2006

Digital Foci Memory Card Gateway Announced

The Digital Foci Memory Card Gateway is a card reader that can handle all of the current memory cards formats (CompactFlash Type I/II, MicroDrive, SmartMedia, MultiMedia Card, SD Card, miniSD, Memory Stick,MS PRO, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, and MagicGate MS).

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The Memory Card Gateway connects to your computer via a USB 2.0 connection for transfers up to 480Mbps.  The reader is fully powered through the USB connection.  An LED for each card type shows the connection status and transfer status.  A Velcro mounting pad lets you mount it wherever you want and you can even copy from card to card since there are 4 separate slots in the device.

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The Digital Foci Memory Card Gateway is available in three colors: Lucid Purple, Midnight Gray, and Crystal Blue. The device measures 3.6" x 2.1" x 0.6" and weighs only 1.8 oz.  The Memory Card Gateway includes a USB cable, Quick Start Guide, Resource Disc, and Velcro mounting pad.  You can purchase directly from Digital Foci at www.digitalfoci.com for $29.95.

Zigview, First Digital Angle Viewfinder for SLR Cameras Announced

Argraph has announced two products, both called Zigview, that attach to the viewfinder of an SLR to make it easy to take low and high angle photography easier, and has some additional features.  Two models are available - the Zigview-B and Zigview-R.

The Zigview-B is the "base" model.  A 2 inch TFT LCD can be rotated so that low angle shots or high angle shots can be framed correctly.

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The Zigview-R adds a motion detection shutter release, sophisticated intervalometer, and bulb exposure controller.  The motion sensor works by detecting brightness changes in 9 areas of the viewfinder image.  A sensitivity adjustment prevents any false alarms.  This is a great feature for a nature photographer who is waiting for a bird to land in a nest.  The photographer can sit back and just wait.

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Zigview-R (view large image)

The intervalometer on the Zigview-R allows you to shoot up to 999,999 times over a period of 999 days with intervals between 0.5 seconds and 99 days.  This can be combined with the bulb control to allow long exposures.

Available at "photo retailers nationwide", the price will be around $249 for the Zigview-B and $299 for the Zigview-R.  For more information, see http://www.adi-digital.com/Zigview/page1/Zigview_page1.htm