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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 02, 2008 0 comments

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the Sigma DP1 compact
digital camera featuring a 14 megapixel FOVEON X3 direct image sensor (2652
× 1768 × 3 layers) as used in the Sigma SD14 digital SLR.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

The second D-SLR from Panasonic, this 10-megapixel model is quite different than the original 7-megapixel Lumix DMC-L1. The latter--built like a tank, and still available--is an unusually traditional model in many respects. It resembles a large/heavy 35mm rangefinder camera and features "retro"-style controls, including a mechanical aperture ring on the...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

This ultra-telephoto
zoom lens covers a telephoto range up to 500mm and allows photographers to bring
the subject close and short perspective. Sigma's original OS (Optical Stabilizer)
function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower. It is
ideal for sports, wildlife and landscape photography with handheld shooting. Three
SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for chromatic
aberration. This lens is equipped with a rear focus system that minimizes fluctuation
of aberration caused by focusing. The super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare
and ghosting. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range.
This lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), which ensures a quiet and high-speed
AF as well as full-time manual focusing capability. The addition of the (optional)
1.4x EX DG APO or 2x EX DG APO Tele Converters produce a 210-700mm F7-9 MF ultra-telephoto
zoom lens or a 300-1000mm F10-13 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens respectively. A
removable tripod socket (TS-31) is included as a standard component.



www.sigmaphoto.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 31, 2008 0 comments

Delkin's SensorScope System is said to be the first complete solution
for inspecting and cleaning digital SLR sensors. The system includes unique
components to safely inspect and effectively clean a DSLR's camera sensor of
all types of contaminants, wet or dry. The distinctive, first-of-its-kind components
of the SensorScope System, and the overall system itself, are what earned the
DIMA award.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 28, 2008 0 comments

JOBO AG has introduced its new line of JOBO Energy PREMIO rechargeable batteries
for today's most popular digital cameras and camcorders. The JOBO Energy
PREMIO battery line has been developed specifically for use with digital SLRs,
compact point-and-shoot digital cameras and camcorders. In total there are about
300 battery models (mostly Lithium-ion, but some NiMH), 60 of the most common
of them will be readily available for the 400 most popular camera models.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 27, 2008 0 comments

The Tamrac
Adventure 10 gear carrier is a lightweight, uniquely designed backpack combines
a functional camera bag, comfortable daypack and computer backpack in one easy-to-carry
pack. It holds camera equipment, personal items, and laptops with up to 17"
screens, and for security does not look like a camera bag.

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 26, 2008 0 comments

If you ever want a unique point of view try a "fisheye" lens. Like
looking through a door peephole (which in fact is a "fisheye" type)
this order of lens sacrifices linear correction in favor of a very wide angle
of view. Originally made for creating "full sky" images when pointed
straight up, they had long ago been adopted by photographers for creation of
decidedly different points of view, and, today, even doing QuickTime movies
to display the interior of a condo or vacation home.


Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM (Motor-in) Lenses

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 24, 2008 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) has increased both capacities and speeds in
its SanDisk Ultra II line with the introduction of 32- and 16-gigabyte SDHC cards
and an 8GB SDHC Plus card. The cards offer faster read and write speeds of 15
megabytes per second (15MB/sec), up from previous speeds of 10MB/sec read and
9MB/sec write in the SanDisk Ultra II line.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 24, 2008 0 comments

Delkin Devices, Inc. debuts the ImageRouter, their latest, cutting-edge card
reader. The ImageRouter is a reader that offers professional photographers a
complete file import system specifically designed to improve workflow efficiency.
ImageRouter, a four-slot, USB 2.0 CompactFlash card reader with a built-in powered
hub, simultaneously transfers data from four CF cards to a PC when combined
with BackupandBurn file management software. Users simply insert their cards,
start the transfer and walk away.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 21, 2008 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced it is adding a 16GB Class 4 SDHC
Flash memory card to optimize use of today's higher resolution imaging equipment.
The new 16GB card is the largest capacity in Kingston's line of SDHC cards,
which include 4- and 8GB SDHC Class 2/4/6 versions.



Even with today's high resolution recording devices, a 16GB memory card
can store literally thousands of photos and hours of high definition video. For
example, the new 16GB SDHC card can capture more than 7,500 images (with a 6MP
camera) and more than four hours* of video (for 6Mbps HD Extended recording).
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 20, 2008 0 comments

Sony is introducing a line of colorful W-series Cyber-shot digital cameras
with new imaging technologies for easier photo capture.



The 10.1-megapixel DSC-W170 and 8.1-megapixel DSC-W150 models feature Carl Zeiss
5x optical zoom lenses with wide angles of view, 28 mm -- 140 mm and 30
mm -- 150 mm, respectively, and 2.7-inch LCD screens along with eye-level
viewfinders. Rounding out the series are the 8.1-megapixel DSC-W130 models and
7.2-megapixel DSC-W120 units with 4x optical zoom and 2.5 inch LCD screens.



Newly-available on the W-series cameras is Sony's "smile shutter"
mode, which automatically captures an image when your subject smiles --
without having to press the shutter. This function even lets you prioritize
adult or child faces to capture photos only when the intended subjects smile.



Each of the new W series models includes Sony's improved face detection
technology, which, like the smile shutter technology, can now distinguish between
the faces of children and adults. You can select "child priority"
or "adult priority" and the camera will detect up to eight faces
in the camera frame and optimize focus, exposure, white balance, and flash control.




The W170 and W150 cameras feature new intelligent scene recognition (iSCN) technology,
which allows the camera to automatically select the optimal scene mode for a
variety shooting situations. In advanced iSCN mode, the camera will take a photo
based on the user's settings. If the camera determines that another setting
would yield better exposure, it will automatically take a second photo with
that setting. The user ultimately has two images to choose from.



The series features a number of powerful features, including: Sony's D-Range
Optimizer to retrieve picture detail in photos with harsh highlights or dark
shadows; semi-manual focus that allows you to select the focusing distance based
on your subject's location; an improved auto focus system that includes
macro ranges; Super SteadyShot image stabilization; high sensitivity settings
up to ISO 3200; and in-camera editing functions such as "unsharp mask"
to sharpen images.



The W170 and W150 units are equipped with advanced image management functionality.
Filtering options allow you to search for photos by date and smile. Images can
be viewed by date or in a helpful calendar view, and organized in the cameras'
"favorites" folder for quick retrieval of beloved images.



The slideshow function of W170 and W150 has also been upgraded. Photos can be
selected using the same advanced filtering options available in playback mode
and transitions have been improved through the application of face detection
technology. Now your subjects can take center stage as the slideshow moves through
sophisticated pans, fades and wipes. Improvements to the background music function
include a choice of more tracks, longer tracks, and multiple tracks for longer
slideshows.


To view your images in 1080 high-definition resolution, you can connect each
of the cameras to a compatible HDTV sets via HD component cable or Sony's
HD Cyber-shot Station® cradle (both sold separately).



In pink, blue, black and silver, the DSC-W120 camera will be available for about
$200 in March. The DSC-W130 model will be offered in pink, black and silver
for about $230 that same month. The DSC-W150 model will hit retail in sophisticated
champagne, red, black and silver for about $250 in April. The DSC-W170 model
will also be available then in those same colors for about $300.



The new models can be purchased online at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style®
retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail),
at military base exchanges, and at authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders
begin on Jan. 31 at www.sonystyle.com.



Editor's Note: The viewable area of LCD displays is measured
diagonally. For additional information about Sony products, your readers can
call toll-free (888) 222-SONY, or visit Sony's web site at www.sonystyle.com.
Press releases and digital images are available for the news media at Sony Electronics'
news and information web site at www.sony.com/news.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 19, 2008 0 comments

The following was posted recently on the Adobe blog page site:



The Lightroom 1.4 update for Mac and Windows has been temporarily removed from
the Adobe.com web site. Those Lightroom users who have installed Lightroom 1.4
should uninstall the update and install Lightroom 1.3.1.(Mac, Win) until a further
update can be provided. For those not in immediate need of the updated camera
support available in Camera Raw 4.4 or the DNG 4.4 Converter, it's recommended
that you also continue working with the 4.3.1 versions. (Mac, Win) This decision
is based on the following errors that have been discovered with the recent update:



EXIF Time Stamp Error: There is an error in the EXIF time stamp
update technology that causes Lightroom to believe that the files are out of
sync with the correct time stamp as displayed in Lightroom. Any ensuing metadata
update will attempt to incorrectly modify the EXIF time stamp in the original
raw file itself. This is the only metadata field that Lightroom will write to
an original proprietary raw file. This error will not impact the integrity of
your image data. The Camera Raw plug-in also will incorrectly change the EXIF
time stamp in files converted by the plug-in. The information written to the
XMP sidecar files or XMP metadata in the converted files will remain correct.



DNG Conversion Error(Windows Only): With the latest version
of the Lightroom 1.4 and Camera Raw 4.4 applications, Adobe has included technology
to verify that the image data in a DNG file is unchanged from when it was originally
converted to DNG. Unfortunately, when converting to DNG using Lightroom 1.4
on Windows, the application will write an incorrect verification tag to describe
the image data. When Lightroom attempts to work with those files in the Develop
module, the application reads that incorrect tag, believes that there is something
wrong with the raw data and will present an error. Rest assured, there is nothing
wrong with the integrity of your image data or metadata. For those that have
already converted their files to DNG using Lightroom 1.4 (Windows only) we recommend
using the DNG 4.3.1 converter to convert the DNG files you've created
with Lightroom 1.4.



Olympus Conversion Error: There is an error in converting Olympus
JPEG files to other formats in Lightroom 1.4 and the Camera Raw 4.4 plug-in.




To uninstall Lightroom 1.4 please see the instructions per your platform: Mac:
Delete the Lightroom application in the Application folder (Mac) and Delete
the following file: Library/Receipts/Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.pkg Windows:
Choose the Uninstall Lightroom 1.4 menu item from the Windows start menu. The
Add/Remove Program utility on Windows will also achieve the same result.



To replace the Camera Raw 4.4 plug-in with the 4.3.1 plug-in, follow the manual
installation instructions provided.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2008 0 comments

Summit, NJ February 18, 2008: On April 4-6, 2008, the Visual Arts Center of New
Jersey will host the largest Photographic Educational Conference in the state.
Utilizing the Art Center's state-of-the-art facility, an exciting weekend
of workshops, speakers, portfolio reviews as well as a vendor fair is planned.
Workshops presented at the conference will run the gamut from camera and light
fundamentals to fine art printing and scanning. Lectures will be given by some
of the leading names in the industry including George Tice and Stephen Perloff.
Participants choose only the Workshops, Speeches, Panel Discussions, and Portfolio
Reviews that they are interested in attending. The cost to attend two workshops
is $45. To view the conference schedule, workshop listings, instructor biographies
and to register, visit www.njphotoconference.com.




On Friday April 4th from 7- 9 PM, participants will be able to listen to keynote
speaker, Stephen Perloff, founder and editor of Photo Review Magazine. His lecture,
Photographic Truth in the Digital Age, addresses how we view reality and truthfulness
in photography when, through digital advancement, images can so easily be manipulated.



On Saturday, the conference is running workshops, lectures and portfolio reviews
utilizing the Art Center's nine art studios. The day will culminate in a
lively panel discussion on contemporary issues in photography including panelists
from all segments of the industry moderated by George Schaub, editor of Shutterbug
Magazine. The panel topic is The Image as Information: Where Does That Lead Us?
Panelists include Ted Harris, Editor, View Camera Magazine; Joel M. Smith, Curator
of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum; Donald Lokuta, Art Professor,
Kean University; and Diana Edkins, Director of Exhibitions and Limited-Edition
Photographs for Aperture Foundation.



A highlight of the conference is a slide lecture and book signing by George Tice,
one of the best known fine-art photographers in the nation. Making photographs
for over 40 years, Mr. Tice's prints are in many museums including the Museum
of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Metropolitan Museum, where
he had a one-man show in 1972. His photographs have been shown all over the world.
The lecture is scheduled for Saturday, April 5th from 4-6pm. A book signing, which
is open to the public, follows and will end at 6:45PM. This is a rare opportunity
to learn from a master in the photography field and all those interested in attending
should register early to reserve a spot.



Many events taking place at the conference are free to attend. On Sunday April
6th, an exhibitor fair of photography equipment and supply manufacturers will
be opened to the public from 10am-6pm. This day also includes free events such
as darkroom demos, tours and mini workshops by vendors. To become a vendor, contact
Event Producer Nancy Ori at nancyori@comcast.net.



The mission of the conference is to create a central presence at the Visual Arts
Center of New Jersey for the study and practice of photographic art within the
state. The Art Center is committed to teaching traditional darkroom photography,
an important part of the fine art experience, as well as providing courses in
state-of-the-art digital advances. The Art Center houses digital labs and a traditional
wet darkroom. It offers a wide range of classes, workshops, and open studios.
Visit www.artcenternj.org to view the latest course offerings.



The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is celebrating its 75th anniversary of "bringing
art and people together." Since its founding in 1933, the Visual Arts Center
of New Jersey has evolved into a major regional art center with a professionally
recognized art school, a critically acclaimed exhibition program and an extensive
community outreach program. In 2003, the Art Center completed a $6.5 million renovation
featuring a nine studio art school with three interior galleries and an outdoor
sculpture park. For further information, please visit the Art Center at www.artcenternj.org.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2008 0 comments

The latest version of the MultiMAX has several incremental features that distinguish
it from previous MultiMAX versions. Based a new radio chipset, the units now
have:

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 13, 2008 0 comments

FotoNation has announced "ChromaFix" a new one-step chromatic aberration
correction technology. ChromaFix brings advanced image processing technology
normally found in much higher-priced cameras to low-cost low-power devices,
including consumer digital cameras and camera phones. ChromaFix is offered in
several configurations: a software-only solution or coupled with FotoNation's
IP-Core hardware acceleration technology to achieve maximum performance.



Higher-end digital cameras often include sophisticated glass lenses that minimize
aberrations. Low-cost consumer-level cameras and camera phones have different
price/performance dynamics, resulting in lower quality optics through the use
of plastic lenses. With ChromaFix, consumers can get high-quality results at
a low cost.



An example of chromatic aberrations is the occurrence of purple fringes around
high contrast edges in a photo, which is the result of a misalignment of the
red, green and blue wave-lengths of light during focusing. The prevalence of
purple fringing is dependent on the design of the optical system in the camera,
including: optical light path, lens materials, aperture of the exposure and
the design of the image processing system executed during image capture. The
purple color results from the fact that most lens designs are optimized to focus
based on the green wave lengths of light. The blue and red wavelengths of light
fall out of focus and overlap, producing a purple color due to the additive
properties of color perception (blue and red result in purple).



For more information, see www.fotonation.com

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