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Kaidan's logo. Click here to visit the Kaidan website! Kaidan announces KiWi for Coolpix 880, 995!
(Friday, July 27, 2001 - 11:38 EDT)

New KiWi bundles support Nikon's latest consumer digicams; upgrade kit available for existing KiWi owners...

Photographic VR company Kaidan Inc. has today announced the addition of two new bundles to its KiWi line of panoramic tripod heads. The new Kaidan KiWi 880 and KiWi 995 support Nikon's latest consumer digital cameras, the Coolpix 880 and Coolpix 995, and will be available in late August or early September.

The bundles include a KiWi 990 panoramic tripod head, plus the appropriate mounting kit for attaching a Coolpix 880 or 995 to the head, and add $14.95 to the standard KiWi 990 cost of $199.95, for a total of $214.90. Mounting kits for existing KiWi 990 owners will cost $24.95 for either version.

Source: Kaidan Inc.

Original Source Press Release:

Kaidan KiWi Solutions for Nikon Coolpix 880 and 995 Cameras

Leading Immersive Imaging Company Expands Their Panoramic Imaging Product Lineup by Supporting Popular Digital Cameras from Nikon.

Feasterville, PA ­ July 27, 2001 - Kaidan Incorporated, the leading manufacturer of Photographic VR hardware, announced today panoramic tripod head support for Nikon's popular Coolpix 880 digital camera and Nikon's latest high-end prosumer digital camera, the Nikon Coolpix 995. With the introduction of the Kaidan KiWi 995, KiWi 880 and corresponding upgrade kits, content creation professionals, web developers and photographers can create immersive imaging content with a variety of panoramic software solutions.

"Kaidan continues to support and offer compelling and affordable immersive imaging solutions that support Nikonšs Coolpix family," said Jim Anders, Kaidan President. "Our KiWi 880 and 995 will continue this tradition and let our customers capture content using Apple QuickTime VR, MGI Photovista, VR Toolbox VR Worx, Easypano Panoweaver, Helmut Dersch's Panotools and iPIX."

The Kaidan KiWi 880 and 995 builds upon the successful Kaidan KiWi 990 and provides an innovative indexing mechanism with interchangeable detent discs that provide increments from 2 through 22 positions. Each tripod head comes with 4 detent discs (2, 5, 14, 18), a camera mounting slider that keeps the camera level and helps to position the camera to accommodate the standard lens, the Nikon 24mm wide angle lens, the Nikon 8mm fisheye lens or any third-party add-on lens.

Owners of the KiWi 990 can purchase upgrade kits for either the Coolpix 880 or Coolpix 995. The upgrade kits include the appropriate camera mounting slider for either the 880 or the 995 and labeling that shows the proper mounting location for the various Nikon lenses. In the case of the KiWi 880 upgrade, an additional camera mounting knob (used to secure the camera to the bracket) is provided as well.

Customers can also purchase bundled solutions from Kaidan that include tripods, carrying cases and panoramic stitching software from Apple, VR Toolbox, MGI and other companies. In all cases, the imaging software offered by Kaidan does not impose a per-image fee or click-fee in order to create a panoramic image. Users can create as many panoramic images as they like and need only pay once for the software application that is used to create these images.

The KiWi 880 and 995 solutions will be available from Kaidan and their resellers in late August or early September. The suggested retail price for the KiWi 880 and 995 is $199.95, which includes the KiWi 990 head (which is used as the base unit) plus $14.95 for either the 880 or 995 mounting kit. Suggested retail pricing for the separate 880 or 995 upgrade kits for existing owners of KiWi 990 tripod heads will be $24.95.


About Kaidan:

Kaidan Incorporated (www.kaidan.com) is the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of Photographic VR solutions for the Internet. Kaidan has alliances with many digital imaging companies such as Kodak, Nikon, VR Toolbox and Apple Computer. Kaidan was founded in 1994, and is a privately held company with their main offices in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. Kaidan offers their products and solutions through their worldwide distribution channel and through their web site. For more information, please contact Kaidan Incorporated at (215) 364-1778 or Fax (215) 322-4186. Contact: Sal DiPaolo, VP Sales and Marketing - [email protected] kaidan.com.

Kaidan and KiWI are trademarks of Kaidan Incorporated. Nikon and Coolpix are registered trademarks of Nikon. QuickTime is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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