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SANTA ROSA, CALIF –Think Tank Photo has launched a new design in photo backpacks, the StreetWalker™ series. With the three new backpacks’ slim vertical profile, photographers can navigate crowded places and public transportation while still being able to access professional photographic equipment. This solves a significant problem experienced by photographers shooting in urban and other crowded environments: getting the shot in spaces that allow little room for navigating. Their unique unisex design makes them useful for both men and women photographers.

A common complaint of female photographers is that photo backpack shoulder harnesses are designed for average-sized men. The shoulder straps on the StreetWalker have been specifically engineered to fit a wider range of sizes for both genders. Women in particular will appreciate the StreetWalker’s very narrow and vertical profile, especially when combined with the shoulder harness design.

The three new StreetWalker backpacks are:

StreetWalker — This slim, lightweight backpack will hold a Pro Size DSLR with 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position. It includes a monopod/tripod mounting system, a contoured harness and air channel for increased comfort, and lots of pockets and organizers for customization.

StreetWalker Pro — This backpack is designed for a Pro Size DSLR with up to a 400 2.8 attached, or a 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position. It also includes the monopod/tripod mounting system, the contoured harness and air channel, and lots of pockets and organizers.

StreetWalker HardDrive — This backpack will hold most 15” laptops and a Pro Size DSLR with 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position. It also includes the monopod/tripod mounting system, the contoured harness and air channel, and lots of pockets and organizers.

The StreetWalker backpacks were designed by veteran camera bag designer Lily
Fisher. “First and foremost these lightweight backpacks give photographers quick access to their gear while allowing them to maneuver easily through crowds,” said Fisher. “Additional benefits are the slim profile and adjustable sternum straps. These backpacks also offer a unique benefit to women photographers, which is that the shoulder harness has been designed to fit our unique body types.”

Internal Dimensions: 8.5” W x 16” H x 5.5” D (22 x 41 x 14 cm)
External Dimensions: 9.5” W x 17” H x 6” D (24 x 43 x 15 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs – 2.8 lbs (0.9kg – 1.3 kg) (Varies based on accessories used)
Price: $139.00

StreetWalker Pro
Internal Dimensions: 9.5” W x 16.5” H x 7” D (24 x 42 18 cm)
External Dimensions: 10” W x 17.5” H x 7.5” D (25 x 45 x 19 cm)
Weight: 2.6 lbs – 3.4 lbs (1.2kg – 1.5kg) (Varies based on accessories used)
Price: $159.00

StreetWalker HardDrive
Internal Dimensions: 11” W x 17” H x 6-7” D (28 x 43 x 15-18 cm)
External Dimensions: 11.5” W x 18” H x 8.5” D (29 x 46 x 22 cm)
Weight: 3.6 lbs – 4.4 lbs (1.6kg – 2kg) (Varies based on accessories used)
Price: $179.00

Second Life documentary from the Drew Carey Project

Drew Carey takes us on a guided tour of Second Life (SL), a virtual world with more than 500,000 residents. This short documentary was produced by Paul Feine and edited by The Digital Filmmaker’s Roger M. Richards.

Second Life isn’t your typical virtual world. Unlike other popular massively multiplayer online role-playing games, like EverQuest and World of Warcraft, there are no defined roles or objectives in SL. Just like in real life, SL residents determine their own goals and decide for themselves how best to achieve them. Moreover, virtually everything in SL was created by the residents themselves using tools provided by Linden Lab, the company that launched SL in 2003.SL is based on a simple set of institutional arrangements that would make F.A. Hayek proud. In essence, the people who own the property in SL make the rules. The result is a spontaneously ordered world in which residents are free to fly, teleport, build, trade and interact with others without interference from the state.

Recently, Linden Lab—the SL equivalent of a state—has begun acting more and more like a real life government by restricting activities such as gambling. But open source competitors based on the SL platform are currently in development. so better virtual worlds offering even more freedom are just around the corner.

Think Tank Photo Releases Complete Line of Rolling Bags

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo today released three new or completely upgraded rolling bags that provide more protection and security for transporting heavy and expensive photography gear. All three rollers feature advanced security features, such as front and back cable locks, a TSA lock, and the Security Plate “Lost and Found” service.

Airport Airstream — This new, small roller complies with international air travel guidelines and accommodates up to a 400mm lens and multiple DSLRs and lenses. It features new and enhanced security features: TSA combination lock for the zipper sliders, a security cable for securing the roller to immovable objects, a front cable and lock for securing a laptop case to the bag, and the new Security Plate system for easy identification. With Think Tank Photo’s new Security Plate photographers can register their roller’s unique serial number at the company’s Lost and Found site. If Think Tank Photo is informed that a lost or stolen bag has been located, it will contact registered users at no charge. The optional Airport Airstream Low Divider Set lets up to a 15″ laptop lay safely inside of the roller.

Airport Security V2.0 — This large roller, which is renowned for its ability to hold a large amount of gear while complying with most USA domestic airline size requirements, has been completely upgraded. Like the Airport Airstream, it now comes with all of the company’s enhanced security features. In addition, the optional Airport Security Low Divider Set is now available, which allows the Artificial Intelligence 15 & 17 laptop cases or the Cable Management 50 to lay inside of the roller.

Airport International V2.0 –This new version of the popular mid-sized roller was recently named a 2008 winner of the “Hot One Award.” In making this award the judges noted that the Airport International was “the first large rolling camera bag to meet all international carry-on size requirements.” The roller, which now includes the new enhanced security features, was designed to accommodate a 300 2.8, 400 2.8, or 500 4 with lens hoods, multiple DSLR bodies and lenses, and other photography accessories.
The AI Low Divider Set is also available for safe laptop storage.

“With all of these rollers we’ve listened to photographer fears and designed in strong, customizable features that allow them to use this rolling camera bag not only as a means of transporting equipment from one site to the next, but for storing it securely during a shoot,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s founder and lead designer. “As they are rollers, photographers can move quickly from one flight to the next and without the burden of carrying this weight on their shoulders. The goal is to minimize the wear and tear on their bodies and the fears associated with transporting expensive photographic equipment.”

About Think Tank Photo
Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.

Product Specifications
Airport Airstream
Internal Dimensions: 13.5” W x 6.5-7.5” D x 15.5” H (34 x 16.5 x 39.5 cm)
External Dimensions: 14” W x 8” D x 17.5” H (36 x 20.5 x 44.5 cm)
Weight: 9 – 10.5 lbs (weight varies depending on accessories)
Price: $289

Airport International V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 13” W x 6.5” – 7.5” D x 18.5” H (33 x 16.5-19 x 47 cm)
External Dimensions: 14” W x 8” D x 21” H (36 x 20 x 53 cm)
Weight: 9.5–11.5 lbs; 4.3–5.2 kg (weight varies depending on accessories used)
Price: $329

Airport Security V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 13” W x 7-8” D x 21” H (33 x 18-20 x 53 cm)
External Dimensions: 14” W x 9” D x 22” H (35.5 x 23 x 56 cm)
Weight: 12 – 14 lbs/5.4 – 6.4 kgs (weight varies on accessories used)
Price: $369

Panasonic delivering AG-HPX500 2/3” shoulder mount P2 HD camcorder, 16GB P2 HD cards

Panasonic is now delivering its highly-anticipated AG-HPX500 shoulder-mount P2 HD camcorder, which received numerous industry awards at the recent NAB exhibit.

With a suggested list price of $14,000, the HPX500 P2 HD shoulder mount camcorder is the first high definition/standard definition product in this price range to offer numerous high-end features, including 2/3” progressive imagers, a tapeless, IT workflow, interchangeable lens, variable frame rates, and extended recording capability. Based on ultra-reliable, solid-state P2 technology, the AG-HPX500 is backed by a total 5-year extended warranty program.

Equipped with many of the popular features of the highly-successful AG-HVX200 handheld P2 HD camcorder, the HPX500 delivers full, production-quality recording, with three 2/3”CCDs, DVCPRO HD 4:2:2 image quality, independent frame encoding, interchangeable lenses, variable frame rates, four independent audio channels and the ultra-reliability of solid-state recording.

The HPX500’s full, progressive 2/3” 3-CCDs deliver exceptional resolution and sensitivity, excellent low-light performance and a wide dynamic range. The multi-format camera can record in 32 high-definition and standard definition formats*, including 1080i and 720p in full bandwidth DVCPRO HD. The HPX500 employs 14-bit A/D conversion, and its digital signal processor (DSP) employs 19-bit internal processing to deliver spectacular HD and SD images. It also offers 50/60Hz selectability for international use and a power consumption of only 22 watts.

The HPX500 has a variable frame rate function that allows professionals to undercrank and overcrank the camera to create fast- or slow-motion effects. For 720p recordings, users can set frame rates at 24p, 30p or 25p in any of 11 steps between 12fps and 60fps (or 50fps). And with the camera’s advanced 1080/480 24pA mode, users have the option of using 2:3:3:2 pull down, which allows most nonlinear editing systems to extract 24 frames on ingest.

With Panasonic’s current delivery of its 16GB P2 card, the HPX500 delivers extended recording time without “hot-swapping” cards. With four of these P2 cards installed, the camcorder can record up to 160 minutes at native 720/24pN in DVCPRO HD, 128 minutes at 720P/30pN in DVCPRO HD, 64 minutes in DVCPRO HD, 128 minutes in DVCPRO 50 and 256 minutes in DVCPRO, so recording capacity is now equal to and often longer than tape-based and disc-based media. The HPX500 provides users with the advantages of P2 HD’s IT workflow, including instant recording, thumbnail clip views, and a host of recording modes, without the need for ingest.

The 8.2-pound camcorder is equipped with eight gamma modes to address a wide range of shooting situations, including Cine-like Gamma to create film-like recordings. Key interfaces include IEEE 1394, USB 2.0, HD-SDI, analog component and four audio XLR inputs. Its four 48-kHz/16-bit digital audio channels are independently controllable. The camera also features an SD memory card slot for saving or loading scene files and user settings and a variety of shooting assist functions and presets. The HPX500 features an automatic Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) function that allows the camera to automatically optimize its performance with new CAC lenses.

The AG-HPX500 is currently available at a suggested list price of $14,000 including a 5-year extended warranty program. A variety of camera packages is available.

Panasonic also announced the delivery of its new AJ-P2C016RG 16GB P2 card that doubles the storage capacity and recording time of its previous P2 solid-state memory card. Available at a suggested list price of $900, the reusable 16GB P2 card now offers P2 camcorders recording capacity comparable to, and often exceeding, tape and disc-based systems.

The enhanced capacity 16GB P2 Card is compatible with all AG-HPX500 recorders and with
AG-HVX200 camcorders with a serial number beginning with E7xxx0001. The 16GB P2 Card is also compatible with AJ-PCD20 drive beginning with the serial number E7xxx0001. Other P2 HD and P2 camcorders and products can be upgraded via a free, downloadable firmware upgrade.

Panasonic also announced that its 32GB P2 card would be available by year-end at a price of $1,800, effectively quadrupling the storage capacity of its previous P2 card.

For more information on the HPX500 and P2 system, visit