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Nikon's Cool-Light SL-1 macro ring light. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon announces Coolpix ring light!
(Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 06:12 EDT)

Cool-Light SL-1 compatible with numerous Coolpix digital cameras...

Macro photography fans with Nikon Coolpix 775, 88X, 9XX and 5000 cameras (or those of you planning on purchasing the just-announced Coolpix 4500) take note: Nikon has today announced a ring light designed specifically for these cameras! The Cool-Light SL-1 macro ring light is powered by two 3V CR2-type lithium batteries which provide up to 6 hours of lighting, and offers 500 lux luminance from as close as 2 centimeters.

The Cool-Light SL1 weighs 2.8 ounces without batteries, measures 2.8" x 3.6" x 0.8", and requires the use of a lens adapter ring for the Coolpix 775, 880, 885 and 5000 cameras. (It connects directly to the Coolpix 950, 990, 995 and 4500). It will be available in July 2002, with pricing as yet unannounced.

Source: Nikon Inc.

Original Source Press Release:


The Cool-Light SL-1 Offers Easy Lighting for Macro Shooting

MELVILLE, NY, May 29, 2002 - Nikon® (www.nikonusa.com), the world leader in photography, today introduced the Cool-Light SL-1 macro ring light, to provide Nikon Coolpix® users easy macro shooting without the need for special lighting equipment. This extremely portable and easy-to-use light works with eight, high-luminance white LED bulbs to give a lightweight, full-surround illumination.

"Coolpix cameras are often used in work, studio and documentation environments, so the addition of this new Marco light gives Nikon Coolpix users more power and shooting options when they need to be as close as possible to the subject," said Jerry Grossman, vice president, Marketing, Nikon Inc.

The Cool-Light SL-1 lights images from a shooting distance as close as 2cm with the Coolpix 4500 and Coolpix 900 series of cameras, thanks to its flat-front design. The light is powered with two 3V CR2-type lithium batteries to provide approximately 6 hours of continuous lighting, and approximately 500 lux luminance, it can be optionally powered by most Coolpix AC adapters. The Cool-Light SL-1 attaches directly to the Coolpix 950, 990, 995 and Coolpix 4500 digital cameras, while a standard lens adapter ring is necessary for use with the Coolpix 5000, 885, 880 and 775 digital cameras.

Extremely portable, the light measures 2.8 x 3.6 x 0.8-inches and weighs approximately 2.8-ounces (without batteries) to offer photographers easy hand-held shooting operation.

The Cool-Light SL-1 will be available in July 2002.

About Nikon
Nikon Inc., the world leader in precision optics, 35mm and digital imaging technology, is recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance in consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of consumer and professional 35mm film and digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Advanced Photo System cameras; 35mm compact cameras; Coolpix® compact digital cameras; Coolscan® digital film scanners; Nikonos® underwater photographic systems; and Nikon sports and recreational optics. The company plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For product information, contact Nikon at (800) NIKON-UX or visit www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

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