DEMA 2008: Backscatter
By Matt J. Weiss, October 25, 2008 @ 02:00 AM (EST)
You may think covering Backscatter is redundant since they are the retailers of many of the manufacturers that are already displaying products at the show. However, Backscatter was displaying some of the more innovative products from companies whose booths you may not think to visit or aren't here. The two that most stood out where the buoyancy arms, the stiX, which had some new features, and XIT 404’s extendable focus gear for macro lenses.
The StiX are buoyancy arms that Backscatter sells. They also make floats for the arms of other manufacturers like Ultralight. It has become clear that buoyancy arms are hot, since just about every retailer or manufacturer are selling their own variety now. StiX are very light to travel with (another trend I noticed) and come in many different sizes. A interesting product was a tray that supported 8 arms (which is a little unnecessary) but seemed cool for people that may want to try and use 4 strobes. Or if your using three, the StiX could be used to keep that third perpendicular arm more buoyant.
StiX makes floats for UCLS arms
Also on display were the XIT 404 extendable focus gear that allows you to manually focus using the zoom gear and extendable for use of 1.4X and 2X teleconverters.
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