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Posted: Jul 22, 2008 0 comments

The Reporter Flash Ring, originally designed only for cameras with a vertical
grip, can now be used on SLRs without a vertical grip when coupled with the
RFR105 Universal Mounting Adapter. The camera must have its tripod mounting
hole centered to the lens.

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Posted: Jul 21, 2008 0 comments

dotPhoto announces the EuroBook, a new service for creating customized, hard-bound
digital photo books. EuroBook technology gives photographers unlimited creativity
and enables them to organize photos on their computer and preserve memories
in the form of premium hard-bound books, which are ordered online and delivered
in six to 10 business days. To coincide with the announcement, dotPhoto is also
offering free shipping on all EuroBooks ordered in July.



Available at www.dotphoto.com
or www.eurobook.us, there is no charge
to download or use the EuroBook software.



EuroBook software automatically groups photos by colors and texture, matches
backgrounds, and creates a book that looks professionally designed. Book designers
can also change any attribute of the book at any time prior to printing. With
over 200 page layouts and background options, the Eurobook software provides
complete control and flexibility. EuroBook also enables users to create pages
with an image as a background, as well as allowing the user to move, zoom, crop,
rotate, or tilt an image. Text options are available anywhere on the cover or
individual pages, and feature over 150 font styles. Because the software is
downloadable, users can create photo books offline without worrying about Internet
connections -- for instance, while traveling.



More interesting than traditional photo albums, customizable dotPhoto EuroBooks
are available in over 200 configurations that vary in size, features and price,
and bring a new quality standard to photo books. EuroBooks resemble "coffee
table"-style books with high-quality professional binding as well as 135
pound paper. Pricing begins at $9.95 for the 5x5 inch, 26-page book. The popular
Classic 8x11 inch EuroBook starts at $19.95. The Deluxe 11.6x11.6 inch EuroBook,
which is perfect for special occasions and presentations, starts at $68.95.
Pricing is also based on the number of pages and choice of cover material: soft
cover, hard cover, linen, premium linen, booklet and faux leather.



There are three simple steps in ordering a dotPhoto EuroBook:

· Download the free EuroBook software

· Create your book from your digital photos

· Place your order online



For additional information on dotPhoto or to order a EuroBook, please visit
www.dotphoto.com.

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Posted: Jul 18, 2008 0 comments

Tenba has announced the addition of the first in a new series of Convertible
Photo Sling Bags to its growing Shootout collection. According to the company,
the new Slings are unique in their ability to be converted from a "quick-draw"
shooting bag to a long lens bag configuration, offering significantly more versatility,
especially to sports and wildlife/outdoor photographers. Tenba says its new
line brings a variety of other new, innovative and exclusive features to the
sling-style bag category.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2008 0 comments

The F. J. Westcott Company is building a place on its newly remodeled web site
for imagemakers to share their knowledge with others and learn new ideas and
techniques through discussion. Going live in July, 2008, the Westcott Community
will offer a contest for the Top 100 Westcott Endorsed Pros, an Image Gallery,
a Forum and an Ask the Expert advice panel.

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Posted: Jul 16, 2008 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has achieved another breakthrough in imaging technology
innovation with the introduction of the world's first 50 million pixel CCD
image sensor for professional photography. At 50 million pixels, or megapixels,
the sensor captures digital images with unprecedented resolution and detail. For
instance, with a 50 megapixel camera, in an aerial photo of a field 1-½
miles across, you could detect an object about the size of a small notebook computer
(1 foot by 1 foot).



What's more, the KODAK KAF-50100 Image Sensor features a newly designed
pixel that is smaller in size than the pixel used in current products for this
professional market. This new pixel also reduces "click-to-capture"
time for improved camera response, lowers power consumption for improved battery
life, and improves color fidelity without compromising on the benefits to be enjoyed
from larger pixel sizes.



"Professional photographers need to capture ever-increasing image detail
with higher camera performance, and that to drives us to develop new technologies
and products to serve this important market," said Michael Miller, manager
of Kodak's CCD Image Sensor Business, part of the company's Image
Sensor Solutions group. "Kodak image sensors have been known as the professional
imaging standard for years, and today's announcement reaffirms our dedication
to provide industry-leading image sensors that give professional photographers
a real competitive advantage."



The new Kodak sensor is the first to utilize the company's new KODAK TRUESENSE
6.0 micron Full Frame CCD Technology Platform, which increases both the resolution
and camera performance available to photographers. Based on a newly designed 6.0
micron pixel, the platform provides increased data throughput for faster frame
rate, a reduced "click to capture" time for improved camera response,
lower power consumption for improved battery life, and improved color fidelity,
while still retaining key performance parameters available from the larger, 6.8
micron pixel used in current products. With an 8176 x 6132 pixel array, the 50
million pixel sensor provides the highest resolution available in the popular
48 mm x 36 mm optical format used in medium format photography.



The KAF-50100 is the latest addition to Kodak's family of full-frame CCD
image sensors for the professional photography market. Engineering grade devices
of the KAF-50100 are currently available, with volume production planned for Q4,
2008.


For additional information regarding this technology, please contact Image Sensor
Solutions, Eastman Kodak Company at (585) 722-4385 or by email at imagers@kodak.com.
For more information on Kodak's entire portfolio of image sensors, please
visit www.kodak.com/go/imagers.

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Posted: Jul 15, 2008 0 comments

Nik Software has announced the new Silver Efex Pro photographic plug-in for use
with Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture. It is said to be the most advanced, complete,
and straightforward black-and-white solution. Silver Efex Pro uses a range of
advanced imaging algorithms that protect against unwanted artifacts, a comprehensive
collection of 18 emulated black-and-white film types, and a state-of-the-art grain
engine that truly mimics the silver halide process and creates the highest quality
black-and-white images possible from scanned or digital color photographs.



With Nik Software's patented U Point technology, Silver Efex Pro provides easy-to-use
tools for direct on-image control of tonality, contrast, and structure. Precisely
controlling specific areas of a photo can be achieved easily using just a few
mouse clicks without the need to create complicated selections and layer masks.
Silver Efex Pro combined with U Point technology offers users unprecedented control
over selective tonal and contrast adjustment in black-and-white images.



Working seamlessly within Photoshop and Aperture, Silver Efex Pro begins by presenting
photographers with a basic "neutral" conversion of their color image
to black-and-white. One-click adjustments can be made from a choice of over 20
preset styles from nostalgic processes like the ambrotype and tin type to classic
artistic renderings, trendy high contrast, soft focus or grainy images that emulate
the most popular film types and shooting styles.



This initial set of creative options can be used as is or as a starting point
for photographers who wish to create and even share their own customized black-and-white
styles. In addition, color filters, variable toning controls (includes sepia,
selenium, split-toning and user-defined colors for maximum flexibility), vignettes,
and more only add to the number of advanced stylistic effects photographers will
enjoy with Silver Efex Pro.



Additional sliders for global brightness, contrast, and structure, as well as
Smart Filter compatibility within Photoshop and multi-image support in Aperture
provide the ultimate level of control. With U Point powered Control Points photographers
have the flexibility to specifically fine tune tonality, contrast, and structure
and create stunning black-and-white images.



Pricing, Availability, & Promotion with Gekko-brand Fine Art Papers

Silver Efex Pro is available now for electronic delivery directly from Nik Software
(www.niksoftware.com).
Boxed versions will be available from Nik Software and through specialty camera
retailers in August 2008. A complete list of resellers may be found at www.niksoftware.com/resellers.
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Posted: Jul 14, 2008 3 comments

Sinar eXposure is a state-of-the-art, ICC based application for capturing,
processing and exporting images shot with Sinar digital camera backs. Sinar
eXposure is the result of the amalgamation of Jenoptik's Eyelike Capture Pro
and Sinar CaptureShop. Shortly after Sinar joined the Jenoptik group in 2005,
development on eXposure commenced, resulting in the new product.

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Staff Posted: Jul 11, 2008 0 comments

Phase One has confirmed that the Phase One 645 Camera system -- providing professional
photographers freedom of choice -- is now in volume production and shipping to
customers world-wide. The Phase One 645 Camera body is lightweight, with a user-friendly
ergonomic design. It is an open platform, designed to support pro photographers'
choice of lenses and digital backs or film operation to achieve superior image
quality. The camera system comes with a warranty covering 3 years or 300,000 shutter
actuations, and is backed by full support and service of a global team of Phase
One dealers.
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Staff Posted: Jul 10, 2008 0 comments

The Tamrac Adventure 5 is a "messenger" type bag designed to hold
a digital SLR with up to 7-inch zoom lens attached, plus several addition lenses,
flash and accessories. It also can hold up to a 13-inch laptop in a separate
side, zippered compartment. The top is Tamrac's Speed Flap with an Esay
Squeeze buckle. Foam padded, movable dividers hold gear separate and securely.
There is also a zippered front poclet and back pocket. The bag has both a padded
shoulder strap and carrying handle. To complete the convenience the bag has
Tamrac's Picggy Back Pocket, which allows it to slip over the handle of
a Tamrac rolling case. The bag is lightweight at 2 lbs 6 oz and measures (external)
14.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches. You can find dealers by visiting the Tamrac web site.

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Staff Posted: Jul 09, 2008 0 comments

Hasselblad has announced the launch of a new generation of raw processor, workflow
and camera control software, Phocus version 1.0 for Mac. Providing the ultimate
processing tool for Hasselblad digital images, the new Phocus RAW processor
is said to deliver perfect colors through the Hasselblad Natural Color Solution,
and includes digital lens corrections for color aberration, distortion and vignetting
(DAC I, II and III). Another key advantage and designed to save hours of post-production
work, Phocus's leading edge moiré removal technology allows image
detail to be preserved, even on extremely high resolution images. By automatically
removing moiré directly from the raw data, image quality remains intact,
while any need for special masking selections or other manual procedures is
eliminated.

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Staff Posted: Jul 08, 2008 0 comments

WD (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its new My Book Mirror Edition dual-drive storage
systems, which can automatically store valuable personal content not once, but
twice, to maximize data safety. This RAID-based continuous data protection feature,
called mirroring, makes WD's My Book Mirror Edition storage systems the safest
place for storing irreplaceable data.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 03, 2008 0 comments

OmegaSatter of Hampstead, Maryland announced that effective June 1, 2008 it
had acquired the assets of Novatron Electronics Corporation of Dallas, Texas,
manufacturer of Novatron brand professional photographic lighting equipment.


Said Cindy Wesolowski, President of OmegaSatter, "Novatron has perfect
synergy with OmegaSatter. We are a manufacturer and we market and sell our products
to the same customers as Novatron. OmegaSatter has coveted a strong, high quality
brand and presence in the professional photographic lighting market and Novatron
is the perfect fit."

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Posted: Jul 02, 2008 0 comments

Nikon, Inc. has introduced the new D700 digital SLR camera featuring a 12.1-effective
megapixel Nikon FX-format sensor that measures 23.9 x 36mm, which is nearly
identical to the size of 35mm film. The D700 offers pro-level performance and
an extensive array of features and innovations. In addition to the Nikon-original
FX-format CMOS sensor, the D700 incorporates Nikon's EXPEED Image Processing
System, Nikon's 51-point auto focus system with 3D Focus Tracking and
two Live View shooting modes that allow photographers to frame a shot using
the camera's three-inch high-resolution LCD monitor. The D700 also features
Nikon's Scene Recognition System and a new active dust reduction system.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2008 0 comments

Nikon, Inc. has introduced the SB-900 Speedlight to provide Nikon digital SLR
photographers with a flash capable of a wide zoom range, increased versatility,
faster recycling time, and a wealth of intelligent features to enhance the already
vast functionality of the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS). Building on
the success of the popular SB-800 Speedlight, the SB-900 provides users with
extensive creative lighting possibilities with a simplified interface and the
ability to stay up to date with future technologies through user-applied firmware
updates.

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2008 1 comments

Nikon keeps cranking out new D-SLRs, most recently with the D3 and D300 (see Shutterbug reviews at www.shutterbug.com), and now, building on the great success with their amateur line-up of the D40 and D40X, the new D60. Sporting 10.2 megapixels (same as the D40X), the D60 has the lightweight and portable feel of the D40 series, with some extra tricks up its sleeve. Foregoing...

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