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Phottix Atlas arrival in U.S. postponed or cancelled?  
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | by Rob Galbraith
Changes made to the Atlas page on the Phottix website, as well as to the page for the Interfit Titan Pro (a rebranded version of the Atlas), suggest the 344MHz wireless radio transceiver won't be coming to the United States either soon or at all. The website changes appear to have come in the wake of LPA Design's patent infringement lawsuit, launched late last week against Phottix and its parent company Eternal Fortune. (See the story Patent infringment suit filed on eve of 344MHz Phottix Atlas production for an explanation of the suit and a mini-review of the Atlas.)

The Phottix Atlas web page today, and before, is below. Roll your cursor over the buttons beneath the screenshots to see the differences in the text, including the phrase "THIS PRODUCT IS NOT FOR SALE IN AMERICA." Note that the earlier screenshot is from December 9, 2010, which is the most recent cached version of the page on Google. We did, however, view this page on or about January 5, 2011, and did not see the text regarding the Atlas not being for sale in America at that time.

Atlas
January 11, 2011
December 9, 2010
A similar transformation has taken place on the Titan Pro page at Interfit's site. We viewed this page on January 8, 2011 and at that time it still made mention of the upcoming USA availability.

TitanPro
January 11, 2011
December 9, 2010
In addition, B&H's page for the 344MHz Titan Pro now states that the product is no longer available.

Calumet Photographic's U.S. operation had also planned to sell the 344MHz Atlas, rebadged with a Calumet label and called the Pro Series Wireless Transceiver. The scan below is from their most recent U.S. printed catalog and shows the unit as shipping this month. As of this writing we don't know if that's still the case, though in light of the lawsuit, and the changes made to the Phottix and Interfit sites, it seems unlikely.

calumet_catalog.jpg
In Print: Page 42 of Calumet Photographic's Winter 2010 U.S. catalog showing an entry for the Calumet Pro Series Wireless Transceiver

Earlier today, we requested through email a comment about the lawsuit from Phottix president Steve Peer. He indicated he couldn't say anything at this time but would give a statement to us in the future.
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