Covering The Photo Beat; Gimbal Heads, Calibration, And Lighting

The Spyder3Express From Datacolor
Datacolor has introduced the Spyder3Express monitor calibration system. This easy-to-use system is for both Mac and PC users and features unlimited license seats so you can calibrate every monitor in the house, regardless of the operating system. The suggested retail price is $89.

Contact: Datacolor, 5 Princess Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648;

Lowel’s SoftCore Light Fixture Accessory
The SoftCore is a multi-patented compact fixture that folds out to attach to a stand or boom and is compatible with three quick-exchange lamp heads. The heads can accommodate one, three, or five Edison-base screw-threaded fluorescent lamps in individually switched sockets. The SoftCore offers a four-arm system to quickly attach softboxes and is counterweighted for perfect balance. It is available separately or in compact kits.

Contact: Lowel-Light Manufacturing, Inc., 90 Oser Ave., Hauppauge, NY 11788; (800) 645-2522;

Induro’s Gimbal Heads
Induro is now offering a line of innovative gimbal heads designed for sports, wildlife, and nature photographers who use long, heavy lenses.
This head renders the lens virtually weightless by positioning it at its natural center of gravity to provide better control and freedom of movement. The GHB1, GHB2, and GHBA range in price from $200-$489, including an ARCA-SWISS-style quick-release plate.

Contact: MAC Group Induro Division, 8 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY 10523; (914) 347-3300;

The Multiblitz PROFILUX-Plus Flash System
This compact flash system can be operated on a power grid or on location with rechargeable batteries. It delivers over 3000 exposures on battery power alone. When the system is power operated it covers a range from 100-260v. The system offers infinite output control via seven f/stops of seamless illumination control and a flash duration from 1⁄3000 sec with a recycle time as fast as 0.2 seconds. The Multiblitz PROFILUX-Plus is available in 200 ws, 400 ws, and 600 ws. Prices start at $1400.

Contact: R.T.S. Inc., 40-11 Burt Dr., Deer Park, NY 11729; (631) 242-6801;