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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 17, 2007 0 comments

Lowepro
has unveiled a camera backpack commemorating the company's 40th anniversary
-- the Primus AW. The industry's first backpack designed for the
professional photographer that is made primarily from recycled materials, the
Primus AW is said to be a perfect combination of unmatched easy access points
and extreme-condition protection. Primus AW is designed to provide maximum comfort,
protection and accessibility with minimal bulk, making it ideal for outdoor
photography. Funds raised from the sale of the Primus AW will support Polar
Bears International (PBI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the worldwide
conservation of the polar bear.



Primus AW enables photographers to carry and access all the necessary components
for outdoor photography while providing the highest possible comfort and extreme
protection during a full day of shooting in the great outdoors. The main camera
compartment is padded and holds a digital SLR Pro body with zoom lens attached,
in addition to 1-2 extra lens or flash units. The camera compartment is expandable,
enabling large equipment capacity and quick equipment retrieval. The Primus
AW also offers photographers quick and easy access to their equipment, without
removing the bag, through expandable side zipped camera pockets. The bag's
exclusive lumbar equipment access points allow instant access to camera gear
of varying sizes, while keeping equipment off the ground. An additional top
daypack compartment is large enough to carry all the accessories needed for
extreme outdoor photography, plus personal gear. Primus AW also boasts a seam-sealed
All-Weather Cover, a built-in memory card pouch, back hatch, hideaway tripod
mount with ice axe loop and Glide-Lock™ attachment.



With the release of the Primus AW, Lowepro is honored to present the industry's
first backpack to be constructed of 51% recycled materials. The majority of
the bag is made up of Cyclpet, a 100% post consumer recycled fabric, establishing
the Primus AW as the industry standard for eco-friendly carrying solutions.
Each bag contains enough recycled material to equate to 22.6 soda bottles. By
preventing this material from reaching a landfill, .0034 cubic yards of landfill
space is being conserved for each bag produced. By simply requiring that each
bag be made from 51% recycled materials, Lowepro is able to conserve 15,109
BTU's of energy, .002 barrels of crude oil and .12 gallons of refined
oil throughout the production process.



Polar Bears International's mission is to conserve the world's polar
bear population through research and education, as well as to serve as a central
educational resource on polar bears worldwide. A potentially threatened species,
the major threat to the polar bear is climate change due to global warming which
could easily put the polar bear on the endangered species list. Polar bears
are also jeopardized by pollution, poaching, and industrial disturbances. All
officers and directors serve the foundation without pay or expense reimbursement,
so the organization is able to apply 100% of its revenue directly to research
programming.



Additional features of the Primus AW backpack include an ergonomic, dryflow
lined harness system used to distribute weight evenly and allow for breathable
comfort. The 100% post consumer recycled fabric combines water and abrasion
resistance with an ecologically minded design. This pack also conforms to a
variety of body types with an adjustable 8-point harness system giving the adventure
photographer exceptional comfort under heavy load. Silent zipper pulls provide
quiet access to equipment while leaving wildlife subjects undisturbed.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 16, 2007 0 comments

Delkin Devices, Inc. has announced the SensorScope System, said to be the safest
and most effective system for cleaning your digital SLR image sensor. The innovative
SensorScope (patent pending) is the first and only sensor inspection device
in the market designed for DSLRs. Its use of magnification and focused, high
intensity light enables camera owners to inspect their camera's sensor to see
if it needs cleaning. Why risk damaging your camera -don't clean your sensor
if it doesn't need it!

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 13, 2007 0 comments

JOBO AG has announced the new JOBO photoGPS -- a small and lightweight
Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver that fits directly on any digital camera's
hot shoe, just as if it were a regular flash unit, without the need for extra
cables. This new device allows automatic geo-tagging -- country, city,
street -- entered into the image's Exif file.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 13, 2007 0 comments

Shutterbug and Panasonic are happy to announce the winner of our "Inspirations"
Photo Contest, conducted on the web site Galleries at www.shutterbug.com. Jim
Semonik, who resides in central New Jersey, submitted his image and won the
votes of judges and web commentators alike. Jim's shot was taken in Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida. Said Jim, "I saw the boat and took about 60 pictures
of it over two mornings -- the first day was overcast the second was perfect.
I still have 59 other shots from every possible angle."



As
to his growing love of photography, Jim said, "I had an interest in photography
back in the `70s but marriage, daughters (who had a nasty habit of wanting
to eat!) put hobbies on hold. Digital rekindled my creative spirit and I have
been trying to improve. I started with an HP 2MP camera went to a Fuji 3MP,
then 6 MP and finally took the plunge on a Nikon D50. The kids are grown now
and I love to travel. I get to see some interesting places because of my job
but I fell in love with the Southwest and the Islands. It's probably that
mid-life Jimmy Buffett deal!"

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 12, 2007 0 comments

Elinchrom, a leading manufacturer of professional lighting solutions is pleased
to introduce its affordable D-Lite studio flash kits, specifically designed
to meet the needs of entry-level shooters. The kits will include two D Lite
heads, two Softboxes, two light stands and bags, with estimated street pricing
of under $900 for the 200W D-Lite 2 and under $1,100 for the 400W D-Lite 4.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2007 0 comments

Nik Software
Inc. has announced the latest upgrade to its noise reduction tool Dfine 2.0.
Designed to improve image quality, Dfine 2.0 now includes Nik Software's
patented U Point technology for selective editing control and a completely new
user interface that is easier to use and improves workflow for busy photographers.

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Posted: Apr 10, 2007 0 comments

Gitzo
has introduced its new line of aluminum Series 2 tripods. New and improved features
include a sleek matte black finish and new materials that significantly reduce
the overall weight when compared to regular aluminum. The new two tripods revamp
the traditional and highly successful Gitzo aluminum range with a new design
concept. Gitzo engineers have designed 1.2mm wall tubes for maximum rigidity
and stability, while dramatically reducing the weight of other components in
order to achieve exceptionally strong and yet extremely light aluminum tripods.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 09, 2007 0 comments

Olympus
has unveiled its EVOLT E-510, a 10 MP portable digital SLR (single lens reflex)
camera. The E-510 features a Live View LCD to provide users with the freedom
to choose how they compose their shots, using either the LCD or the optical
viewfinder on the back of the camera. The Olympus Live View LCD empowers users
to easily compose their subjects live on the LCD before the shot has been taken.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 06, 2007 0 comments

The
new Quantum Mini Folding Softbox QF69 is for shooting up-closes without the
worry of over-exposing your subject. Replace the reflector of a Qflash 4d, 5d
or 5d-R with the included Hot Spot Reducer and then slip on the Mini Folding
Softbox QF 69 for very soft, diffused lighting.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 05, 2007 0 comments

Nik Software Inc. and Phase One today announced a new software bundle designed
to offer photographers superior image sharpening and exceptional RAW file processing.
The Nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 Complete Edition and Capture One PRO combination offers
photographers significant savings.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 04, 2007 0 comments

Lexar
has introduced Image Rescue 3, the new version of the company's award-winning
image recovery software. In most circumstances, Lexar Image Rescue 3 allows
users to recover lost or deleted photo, video, and audio files, regardless of
flash memory card format, manufacturer, or mass storage compliant reader. Designed
for both professionals and consumers alike, Image Rescue 3 boasts a redesigned,
step-by-step interface that walks the user through the intuitive image recovery
process, delivers extensive recovery capabilities, and offers a live online
customer support chat link as an enhancement to its existing support features.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 03, 2007 0 comments

Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color and provider of professional color
standards for the design industries, today introduced huey PRO, a new member
to its huey family of display calibration products. hueyPRO is designed for
photographers and creative professionals to improve color clarity and consistency
across multiple CRT, laptop and LCD displays. The original huey made the once
complicated task of monitor calibration simple and approachable. The new hueyPRO
offers additional functionality for users who frequently print photos and other
graphics, share them between monitors or upload them to Web sites.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 02, 2007 0 comments

Ilford PHOTO has launched a new competition called White Light, White Heat,
which invites all amateur photographers to demonstrate their creative usage
of Ilford SFX 200 film. This unique ISO200 black-and-white film offers the creative
photographer opportunities not available with conventional monochrome films.
This is due to its advanced emulsion with extended red sensitivity, which allows
the use of filters ranging from yellow to deep red to create outstanding contrast
and textural effects.


Ilford SFX 200 has been reintroduced by Ilford PHOTO after an absence from the
company's film catalog, and is being launched with a special value promotional
pack of three rolls of 35mm ILFORD SFX 200 plus an ILFORD Cokin 'P' filter.




The Ilford SFX 200 competition offers a first prize of a professionally framed
print of the winning image plus $400 of Ilford Photo products. The second and
third place winners will receive $200 and $100 of Ilford Pnoto products respectively.




For more information on Ilford SFX 200 film, visit www.ilfordphoto.com
and for rules and entry form for the ILFORD SFX 200 competition, log onto www.ilfordphoto.com/sfx

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 30, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc.features images on its `Icons of Photography'
Web site created by photographer Gerd Ludwig while on assignment in Chernobyl
for National Geographic Magazine. On his first trek in 1993, seven years after
the nuclear reactor meltdown in Russia, Ludwig carried close to 800 rolls of
film to document the tragedy. On his most recent visit, he used Kingston CompactFlash
Ultimate cards paired with a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II digital SLR camera.



Kingston recognizes the importance of educating and informing photographers
of all levels and is proud to offer its Icons of Photography, an online forum
showcasing the talents and advice from several of the world's most respected
photographers. Each month the program spotlights an icon and his/her suggestions
for managing a shoot, capturing better images and improving workflow. Kingston's
Icons present these tips in a `try it yourself' manner suitable
for enthusiasts and pros.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 29, 2007 0 comments

Underlining its commitment to the world of black-and-white photography, Ilford
Photo is in the process of reintroducing various specialist films. Leading this
movement, and available from March 2007, is ILFORD SFX 200 film.



Ilford SFX 200 is a special film with extended red sensitivity perfect for landscapes
and similar subjects due to its ability to add high definition to green foliage,
cloud formations and open skies, especially when combined with the ILFORD SFX
200 Cokin 'P' series mounted red filter. It is also popular with architectural
photographers due to its characteristic for emphasizing contrasting textures.




A medium speed panchromatic film, Ilford SFX 200 is available in 35mm and 120
roll film. It has long been a favorite with specialist photographers, but ceased
production when the company went through a corporate reorganization in 2005. Because
of its sensitivity, the film will be produced in small quantities on a 'made on
demand' basis to ensure that it is always fresh and fully active.



Ilford SFX 200 is available in special value promotional packs which contain three
rolls of 36x135 film plus an Ilford Cokin P red filter.



An Ilford SFX 200 print competition is planned to encourage photographers to experience
the versatility of this film, and to put their artistic talents to the test. Full
details will be announced shortly.



A full technical data sheet on the Ilford SFX 200 film can be downloaded from
www.ilfordphoto.com...

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