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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 13, 2006 0 comments

Pantone, Inc. has announced the availability of huey, an easy-to-use monitor
calibration tool developed in partnership with GretagMacbeth. The unique, affordable
device is about the size of a small marker and delivers excellent results on
LCD, laptop and CRT displays without requiring users to have any knowledge of
color management. In addition, huey is the first monitor calibration device
to continually adjust the monitor as room lighting changes.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 10, 2006 0 comments

Westcott's new Spiderlite TD3 is a compact, portable lighting system
that you can take anywhere. Weighing less than 10 pounds, the unit can operate
off of any standard 120 or 220 volt outlet as well as DC using a battery pack
and inverter. Batteries offered through Westcott include a 14.4 Volt NiCd, and
a 12AH Lead Acid. This system allows you to run either three 50-watt Tungsten
Halogen lamps, three 27-watt Daylight Balanced Fluorescent lamps, or two Studio
Strobes with a modeling lamp.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 09, 2006 0 comments

Samsung
Camera has entered the DSLR market with the Samsung GX-1S, a six-megapixel model
featuring Schneider optics and a high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD. The interchangeable
lens DSLR was developed in partnership with Pentax Corporation. The GX-1S features
a precise, 16-segment multi-pattern metering system in addition to center-weighted
and spot metering. The camera incorporates a sophisticated 11-point AF sensor
and a choice of AF-single or AF-modes.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 08, 2006 0 comments

Pentax Imaging Company has dropped the price on the *ist DL digital SLR camera
with 18-55 DA lens to $599.95. Well known for delivering small, lightweight,
easy-to-use and affordable SLRs, Pentax now offers a suite of nine digital lenses
specifically designed for use with their digital SLR bodies. Rebates up to $100
on select lenses are currently available through March 31, 2006. More details
are available at www.pentaxslr.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 07, 2006 0 comments

Rick
Sammon's new instructional DVD, Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Outdoor and Travel
Photographers, is designed to help you improve your wildlife, landscape, nature
and travel images. With 10 lessons and more than 1.5 hours of training, Rick's
latest DVD teaches you how to transform snapshots in great photographs.



The lessons are presented in the QuickTime movie format that includes Rick's
voice and on-screen enhancements guiding you through each step of the process.
Users can stop the movies and go "back in time" if they miss a step
in the enhancement process. Each lesson includes a high-quality JPEG work image,
enabling users to apply Rick's suggestions during their practice sessions.



Free lessons are posted on rickspixelmagic.com to give viewers a glimpse of
Rick's teaching style and the innovative QuickTime movie technology. The interactive
DVD, a rickspixelmagic production, is available for $39.95 (plus shipping and
handling). For more information on Rick's complete line of DVDs, see www.rickspixelmagic.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 06, 2006 0 comments

We
are sad to announce that Carl Koch, inventor of the modular Sinar camera system,
died in late December at the age of 89. This Swiss photographer and inventor
introduced the revolutionary Sinar camera in 1948. Koch's primary motivation
was to offer professional photographers the latest technical refinements. He
was steadfastly successful with the logical implementation of his life's
motto: "What can be done better, shall be done better".



Additional milestones were the automation of the camera with the introduction
of a universal shutter for all lenses, selective exposure metering at the film
plane and the simplification of camera settings.



The education of the new generation of professional photographers was also a
major concern to Koch. He authored a series of textbooks and guidelines for
professional photography, of which Photo Know How'--a self-teaching
course for professional photographers that was translated into many languages
including Chinese and Russian--became a worldwide standard text. To this
day, Koch's principles still guide the philosophy of Sinar, the company
that he founded. The world of professional photography mourns the passing of
one of its great pioneers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 03, 2006 0 comments

Apricorn has introduced the high-capacity 60GB EZ Bus Mini to their popular
ultra-portable USB hard drive line. Utilizing 1.8" hard drive technology,
the EZ Bus Mini is bus powered for optimum versatility. The entire EZ Bus Mini
line, now available in 20GB, 40GB and 60GB capacities, features a Hi-Speed USB
2.0, 4200-RPM hard drive. The enclosure includes an integrated USB cable with
a convenient, recessed storage compartment.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 02, 2006 0 comments

ATP
Electronics Inc. recently unveiled the ProMax line of high-performance CompactFlash
memory cards, designed for use with the latest high-resolution digital SLRs.
Boasting a speed rating of 150X, the water- and shock-resistant ProMax CF cards
feature a 30MB/s data transfer speed for rapid file transfers and seamless multimedia
streaming.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

Phase One, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, is now shipping the world's only digital
camera back with a 39-megapixel sensor for the ultimate in medium- and large-format
digital photography. The new P 45 digital camera back features a capture rate
of 35 frames per minute, a write speed of up to 20MB per second, and a huge
117MB file size.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 31, 2006 0 comments

The new Pentax Optio A10 is the company's first model with an 8MP CCD
packaged in the signature slim, lightweight, stylish design of the Optio digital
camera line. The new flagship camera features an innovative Shake Reduction
system that utilizes two internal gyro sensors to detect camera shake while
a dedicated CPU calculates the required correction to compensate for the level
of camera shake while focusing. In turn, a proprietary mechanism adjusts the
CCD to compensate for the camera shake and deliver sharp images.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 30, 2006 0 comments

Mountainsmith, long known for their innovative backpacks and travel gear, now
offers a 23-piece camera collection designed with input from a team of professional
photographers. Each model in the collection has been designed for worry-free
protection, easy accessibility, and versatile organization. The bags utilize
leading-edge materials and proven suspension.

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Posted: Jan 27, 2006 0 comments

Photographer Sebastião Salgado has raised the money to plant 120,000
trees as part of a project to preserve the Brazilian rainforest, with the auction
of an all-titanium Leica model which fetched $107,500--a new world record
for cameras built after 1945. The highest bid at the Viennese camera auction
was made over the telephone by a collector from Thailand. The LEICA M7 with
the special serial number 3,000,000 was awarded to Salgado by Leica Camera AG,
Solms in honor of his extensive photographic work.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 26, 2006 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced a new "Ultimate"
line of 1GB, 2GB and 4GB CompactFlash cards that feature sustained write speed
ratings of 100x, enabling high-end digital cameras to perform at peak levels.
Designed for professional photographers and serious enthusiasts who require
optimum speed and capacity, Kingston's Ultimate series CompactFlash cards
are designed to write images as they are captured by the camera, allowing a
seamless flow of imaging information from camera to memory card, thereby maximizing
the overall speed and functionality of the camera system.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 25, 2006 0 comments

Amax Inc. has announced the release of a versatile, pocket-sized digital media
player that uses SD memory cards and built-in memory to store and play back
thousands of songs or digital photos. The new ultra-lightweight, ultra-compact
MediaMini V-Pod is available in two models, each equipped with 128 MB of built-in
flash RAM, accepting SD cards up to 4 GB in size, as well as MMC cards up to
256 MB.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 24, 2006 0 comments

SR Electronics has released the L-Ring 3200, its largest and most powerful
LED ring light. Featuring 32 oversized LEDs and a mounting diameter of 72mm,
the L-Ring 3200 is a powerful, versatile ring light that's ideal for use
with today's digital SLR cameras. The innovative L-Ring 3200 ring light
can be used as either a continuous light source or as a connected flash via
a standard hot-shoe or PC connection.

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