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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 06, 2006 0 comments

Bellamax, Inc. (www.bellamax.com)
has announced the open beta release of a new photo editing software tool, UpShot.
UpShot is aimed at the consumer photo hobbyist market and leverages the Bellamax
technology currently used in the professional photography market.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 03, 2006 0 comments

Memorex has introduced two handy accessories that enable you to transfer digital
photos, data, music and other files between flash cards, digital cameras, USB
flash drives, external hard drives, MP3 players, and most other USB mass storage
devices--all without the use of a computer.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 02, 2006 0 comments

Lyson, Inc.has introduced a bulk ink feed system and bulk ink for Epson's
popular Stylus Photo R2400 inkjet printer. The Lyson bulk feed system for the
Epson R2400 uses components specifically designed for use in continuous ink
supply systems. The space-saving modular ink reservoirs can be topped up while
printing, and sealed when not in use to prolong ink life. The proprietary bulk
ink feed cartridges feature built-in pressure dampers to automatically regulate
ink flow, filters to protect the print head, and uses no foam rubber (which
can deteriorate and lead to clogging during use). Even the ink tubing used is
laboratory standard to reduce thickening of ink over time.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 02, 2006 0 comments

The third sale of cameras from the collection of the late James A. Collins,
Jr. brought a total of $708,000 and record prices for a number of rare items.
"The star of the auction was an extremely rare Leica MP-2 camera with motor
and two battery packs," says Chris Everard, one of the principals of Everard
and Company. "Only 27 cameras and 15 motors are known to have been produced.
Something like this comes up once in a collector's lifetime, and it set an Internet
auction record of $86,250."

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 02, 2006 0 comments

Fuji's 6.3 megapixel FinePix F30 is the world's first point-and-shoot
digital camera with full-resolution ISO equivalency speeds as high as 3200--a
capability previously reserved for cameras targeted at advanced amateur and
professional photographers. The F30 also features a Picture Stabilization mode
in which the camera automatically sets the light sensitivity and shutter speed
for the highest quality results.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Plasticsmith has introduced a slick (and functional) accessory for those whose
laptop does double duty as a desktop computer. Constructed of laser-cut steel
with a polished acrylic platform, the attractive Lapvantage Loft raises your
computer to eye level for optimal viewing. There's room beneath the platform
to store an external keyboard--a nice feature for those with limited desk
space.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Nikon, Olympus and Pentax have introduced five digital cameras designed to connect
to Kodak's EASYSHARE printer dock via the IMAGELINK system standard. The
IMAGELINK print system, introduced by Kodak and a consortium of leading digital
camera manufacturers at Photokina in September 2004, is a standard that allows
pictures taken with a digital camera to be printed directly on the KODAK EASYSHARE
printer dock.



The newly unveiled IMAGELINK system compatible cameras from Nikon, Olympus and
Pentax include :

· NIKON COOLPIX S5 - 6 megapixel, 3X zoom, 2.5" LCD; and COOLPIX S6
- 6 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 3" LCD, Wi-Fi capability.



· OLYMPUS FE-130 --5.1 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 2" LCD; and FE-140,
6 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 2.5" LCD.



· PENTAX OPTIO M10 - 6 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 2.5" LCD.



Each of the five new digital camera models will be shipped with a custom dock
insert to ensure a great out-of-the-box consumer experience. All of the cameras
are compatible with the KODAK EASYSHARE series 3 printer dock and planned future
models. Customer availability of the new cameras is expected to start in March
2006, and distribution will be worldwide.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Argraph
Corporation has introduced the innovative new Samigon V-H Flip Bracket. The new
Samigon V-H Flip Bracket is designed for both digital and traditional 35mm SLR
cameras. It allows photographers to flip their camera from Vertical to Horizontal
without changing flash position. This flip motion is smooth and does not require
any locking or unlocking, enabling the photographer to go from vertical to horizontal
as quickly as the action dictates. The flash is mounted on a plate attached to
two telescoping sections extending up to 28" high to eliminate shadow and
red eye.



The Samigon V H Flip Bracket has a specially designed platform that folds up neatly
into its own customized nylon case when not in use so that it occupies very little
space in a camera bag. A sliding camera mount allows the camera to be centered
under the flash no matter where the tripod mount is located on the camera. There
is also a large rubber handgrip so the photographer can easily carry the camera
and flash.



Additional information is available at www.argraph.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Crane & Company has announced the official launch of Museo Silver Rag--a
digital fiber based photo paper designed with the fine art photographer in mind.
It combines the semi-gloss look of a traditional air-dried fiber print with
the feel of a fine cotton paper and the image quality rivaling market leading
photo quality inkjet papers. Manufactured to archival standards, Museo Silver
Rag provides exceptional print performance for both B&W and color imaging.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 28, 2006 0 comments

Kanguru Solutions has unveiled an external combination hard drive featuring
high-speed transfer rates and capacities up to 500GB. The Kanguru QuickSilver
features both USB 2.0 and Serial ATA connectivity, with blazing transfer rates
of up to 1.5Gb per second! The drive also features a rugged enclosure that resists
up to 200 Gs of shock to protect it from external damage.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 28, 2006 0 comments

Argraph Corporation has introduced Digital High Grade (DHG) Filters, the first
optical filters designed specifically for digital cameras and lenses. Marumi
Optical Company of Japan has designed the DGH range of lens filters to eliminate
the flare and ghosting prevalent when the CCD or CMOS chips in digital cameras
convert light into electrical signals. A newly developed ultra-low reflection
coating increases light transmission. In addition the lens' outer rim
is blackened to minimize internal reflection. The satin smooth, ultra thin,
matte-black metal filter frame further minimizes refection. The new Marumi DHG
filters are available in UV, Circular Polarizer, Star-Cross, Neutral Density-8
and Soft Fantasy varieties, and come in standard metric sizes from 49mm-82mm.
There is also a Macro +3 close up filter available in sizes from 49mm-77mm.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 28, 2006 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has announced improvements across its professional output
product portfolio designed to increase efficiency and bolster quality. Products
include a new version of Digital Print Production Software /DP2, the introduction
of Kodak Digital Printing Software/ DP1, an improved Kodak ultra Endura Paper,
improvements to Kodak PROSHOTS and Studio Suite software and Kodak DIGITAL SHO,
GEM and ROC photo software plug-ins.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 27, 2006 0 comments

Fuji has introduced three new digicams at PMA 2006, the FinePix F30, the FinePix
F650, and the FinePix A600. Perhaps the most interesting is their new FinePix
F30. It incorporates Fujifilm's second era of Real Photo Technology, containing
a sixth generation Super CCD sensor and the RP Processor II. This 6.3 MP FinePix
F30 is the world's first point-and-shoot digital camera for consumers with full-resolution
ISO equivalency speeds as high as 3200 - a setting previously reserved for higher-end
professional digital camera models. Higher light sensitivities allow the FinePix
F30 to shoot with faster shutter speeds, which lessen the likelihood of blurred
pictures. In addition, the F30 is said to have a battery that can deliver 500
pictures on a single charge.



A new flash system, called i-Flash, works in tandem with Real Photo Technology
to intelligently read available light and adjust its power accordingly for proper
contrast. This coordinated action exposes subjects more accurately, adjusting
intensity and focus point by measuring a variety of environmental scene factors
to ultimately capture an image as your eye sees it.



On the film front, Fujifilm commemorates the 20th Anniversary of its invention
of the One-Time-Use Camera with the introduction of QuickSnap 1000. The new QuickSnap
1000 models are preloaded with new 1000 speed Fujicolor film with Fujifilm's patented
4th Color Layer Technology -- the highest speed film of any One-Time-Use Camera
in the U.S. today. They are available in Flash, Colors (Blue, Red and Purple)
and Outdoor versions and provide several important benefits for consumers including
a flash range extended to 17 ft. (except for Outdoor model), better action shots
and less blur than other Fujifilm models, and better pictures in low light.



Fujifilm has also introduced Fujichrome T64 Professional Film, a new ISO 64 tungsten-type
color transparency film that delivers ultra-fine grain and optimum tonal scale
and gradation under tungsten lighting. Fujichrome T64 Professional incorporates
new-generation color couplers and Multi-Color Correction Layer Technology that
ensure pure, accurate color reproduction. This film is ideal for a wide range
of product shots, interiors, furniture, architecture, certain medical imaging
needs and other professional applications requiring tungsten lighting. The new
film also possesses excellent color image stability.



And, an increasing rarity at any photo show, Fujifilm has also introduced two
new 35mm film cameras.The Fujifilm Clear Shot V ll, with manual film advance and
manual flash, and Clear Shot M ll, with Automatic Film Advance and Rewind and
Automatic Flash feature focus-free Fujinon lenses and Red-Eye Reduction and offer
big, bright viewfinders for easy photo composition.

www.fujifilm.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 27, 2006 0 comments

Canon has introduced a host of new products at the annual PMA Show, including
a new DSLR, pro-quality lenses and pro printers. New products include:



EOS 30D Digital SLR: As a step-up from the EOS 20D model, Canon's new EOS 30D
Digital SLR incorporates features similar to the higher-priced EOS 5D model, at
a lower price. The EOS 30D Digital SLR incorporates a 2.5-inch LCD screen, claimed
shutter durability rated to 100,000 cycles; an increased burst rate (five frames-per-second
(fps) up to 30 consecutive frames in JPEG mode); an optional RGB histogram function;
and ISO adjustment in 1/3-stop increments.



Scheduled for mid-March delivery, the EOS 30D Digital SLR will be available at
estimated street prices of $1,399 for the body kit, and $1,499 for the EF-S 18-55mm
II zoom lens kit.



EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM: Canon has improved upon its original EF 85mm f/1.2L II
lens with a new model that has approximately 1.8X faster autofocusing than its
predecessor to meet the needs of demanding professionals. Available in mid-March,
the lens has an estimated street price of $2,099.



EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM: Professional photographers and advanced amateurs with
APS-C size digital SLRs now have access to the fastest Canon EF-S zoom lens yet.
Three-stop optical image stabilization along with three aspherical and two UD
elements combine. This lens is dedicated to the EOS 30D, EOS 20D, EOS Digital
Rebel XT and EOS Digital Rebel SLRs. Scheduled for delivery in mid-March, this
lens has an estimated selling price of $1,149.



imagePROGRAF iPF5000 Large Format Printer: This new printer provides a 12-color
pigment-based ink set and is designed to produce professional-style prints with
outstanding archival image quality, using Canon's new Lucia pigmented inks. The
iPF5000 device is ideal for professional photographers looking to have their work
stand out in a crowd. This next evolution in Canon's large format portfolio provides
one of the industry's largest color gamuts with a new 12-color inkset. Available
in April, the printer will carry a manufacturer's suggested list price of $1,945.



PIXMA Pro9500 model: This is the first PIXMA photo printer to use ten pigment
ink cartridges with Canon's new Lucia pigmented inks which provide Photo Black,
Matte Black, Gray, Photo Magenta, Magenta, Photo Cyan, Cyan, Yellow, Green, and
Red for true-to-life color and monochrome prints that are ready for the gallery
wall.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 24, 2006 0 comments

Sanyo's new Xacti HD1 is the world's smallest and lightest high-definition
digital media camera, designed to record both 720p high-definition video and
5.1 megapixel digital still images to a standard SD flash memory card. The innovative
camera will be available in the U.S. in late March at an MSRP of $799.99.

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