Nikon Corp. has released a new FX-format telephoto zoom lens, AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR for full-frame D-SLR cameras. The lens employs a stepping motor to the AF drive to realise high speed and quiet shutter release, also important to videography. The lens is equipped with optical vibration reduction (VR) function giving about 4.5-step advantage. It is also equipped with a SPORT mode to photograph fast-moving subjects. The lens consists of 18 elements in 14 groups, including one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) element to correct chromatic aberrations. The closest shooting distance is 1.2m for the entire zoom. The lens is also designed as ‘antidust and antisplash’. The maximum diameter is 80.5mm, length 146m and weighs about 680g. Suggested list price: 94,000 yen.
Konica Minolta and Screen Graphic Solutions (Screen GA) have strengthened their collaboration in the commercial digital printing area. The companies plan to promote hybrid workflows and increase user-friendliness in offset printing and digital printing. Plans also include further enhancement of efficiency, extending business opportunities, and delivering new value in the commercial printing industry. The seamless hybrid workflows will be achieved by improving data exchange between Screen GA's Equios and the Accurio portfolio of Konica Minolta. The companies have improved data exchange in the Job Definition Format between the Equios universal workflow systems and the Accurio inkjet and toner digital presses. The improved data : exchange allows users to directly carry out digital printing from the Equios, achieving seamless operation that features colour management and finishing. The solution increases commercial printing efficiency in a production; environment and provides new business opportunities by taking full advantage of ondemand printing. Screen GA business development division head and corporate officer Toru Kawada said the company has continuously improved the Equios universal workflow systems that combine CTP workflow systems with cutting-edge inkjet printing technologies.
HP Inc. India has installed the HP Indigo WS6800 digital press at Skanem Interlabels in Mumbai. Skanem Interlabels is one of India’s leading labeling solution providers and leader in selfadhesive labels. The installation of Indigo press from HP will enable Skanem Interlabels to offer a complete digital labeling solutions for their clients. With the latest HP Indigo WS6800 installation, Skanem Interlabels is all set to double their capacity and offer faster service to their customers. The HP Indigo WS6800 Digital Press delivers high productivity, wide versatility, and intelligent colour automation. This will enable Skanem Interlabels to cater to the self-adhesive labels and also deliver innovative printing solutions to both its global and domestic clients as well. Speaking on the continued business association with Skanem Interlabels, Country Manager of Indigo and Inkjet Web Press, HP Inc. India—A. Appadurai said, “Skanem Interlabels has been one of our most valued partners since 2011 and is known to provide state of the art labelling solutions to their customers across the country. To help them further their growth, we partnered with them to provide our best-inclass HP Indigo WS6800. With its capability for printing variety of labeling and packaging applications, high productivity through higher speed and in line priming units and accurate colour management through the inline spectrophotometer, HP Indigo WS6800 will help Skanem Interlabels in catering to challenging requirements of their end customers.”