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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 12, 2006 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced it is expanding
its line of CompactFlash Elite Pro cards with the addition of a new 8-GB card.
The card is for studio, catalog and portrait photographers who need to produce
large files for catalog reproduction and other commercial purposes.  The
8-GB CompactFlash Elite Pro card joins the company’s 512 MB, 1-GB, 2-GB
and 4-GB CompactFlash cards. When used in conjunction with matching high-performance
digital devices, Kingston’s entire line of CF Elite Pro cards are said
to provide ultra-fast transfer times with read speeds up to 8 MB/sec. and write
speeds up to 6.75 MB/sec.

Kingston’s 8-GB Type I CompactFlash Elite Pro card has an
MSRP of $399.99. Kingston notes that some of the listed capacity is used for
formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. For
more information, please consult Kingston’s Flash Memory Guide at Kingston.com/Digital_Media_Guide.

All Kingston CompactFlash products come with a lifetime warranty
and free technical support. For more information on Kingston’s complete
Flash Memory product line, visit http://www.kingston.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
The Gallery Art & Design in Richmond, VA is hosting their
first annual International Juried Photography competition to benefit the
renowned Richmond's Children Hospital.
This year's theme is "Colors of Life." The
deadline for submissions is Sept 1, 2006. Anyone may apply (18+ of age)
with any photographic medium. There will be a prestigious jury composed
of local and international art curators and collectors electing the top
three finalists who will receive awards of $1000, $500, and $250 respectively.
The Top Ten Finalists will exhibit at the culminating night gala in February
'07 at the historic Jefferson Hotel Ballroom; there will be an awards ceremony
for the artists and a silent auction of their work with the net proceeds
going to the Children's Hospital to help double the size of their Transitional
Care Unit (TCU). There will be International media coverage, and thus an
opportunity to introduce work to an International market.


Those interested may email photocontest@the-gallery.it, call Karen at +1
804.355.0102 or visit our website http://www.the-gallery.it/photocontest_eng.asp.
Application forms and details are available online.


The Gallery is located at 16 S. Dooley Ave Richmond, VA 23221

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 08, 2006 0 comments

The Elevated Photography Company lives up to its name with a fifty foot aluminum
alloy telescoping mast that can be vehicle, trailer, or tripod mounted. This
completely wireless system allows a user to tilt and pan the camera 360 degrees
from the ground while previewing a live image on a portable monitor. Set up
can be activated or removed from a vehicle in minutes. List price is approximately
$15,000 depending upon the mounting method desired.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 07, 2006 0 comments

Sony's (alpha) DSLR-A100 system features a  10.2-megapixel APS CCD image
sensor andwill be introduced with 19 high-quality Sony lenses. All will be compatible
with most of the former Konica-Minolta Maxxum mount lenses. The system will
include a wide range of accessories as well. Sony has developed a new Dynamic
Range Optimizer image analysis technology that is said by the company to provide
exceptional picture quality and natural color reproduction, along with a new
Bionz image processing engine. This new engine supports a continuous burst mode
for fast-action shooting and performs intelligent power management.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 06, 2006 0 comments

The Broncolor Verso A2 Power Pack is said to be an ideal lighting solution
for studio and location photographers, thanks to its ability to utilize an AC
or Battery power source. The Broncolor Power Pack combines high intensity output
and short recharge time, and features sturdy, reinforced aluminum and hard rubber
construction for added durability and protection during transport.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 05, 2006 0 comments

Ansel Adams--John Muir Trail Exhibit, Opens September 23, 2006. This exhibit
features more than 20 Ansel Adams originals as well as over a dozen vintage
prints. It will also showcase over 100 landscapes captured on the trail.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 02, 2006 0 comments

Pictureframes.com has just launched an online service portal devoted to the
artist and photographer community: www.pictureframes.com/artandphoto.
It is intended for artists and photographers who seek a single source for everything
from fine art printing to matting, framing, fulfillment, secure archiving and
an unfolding suite of web services. The new online portal is said to make it
easier for artists and photographers to maximize their exposure and sell more
work with useful services such as limited and open editions with the latest
giclee technology, free telephone forums on high interest topics and regular
Graphik Dimensions news updates. Even more reseller benefits are scheduled to
premiere this summer. Other advantages found at pictureframes.com/artandphoto
include a free full-sized proof with each edition, free certificates of authenticity,
the ability to hand-sign editions and nearly a dozen fine art quality papers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Nikon (www.nikondigital.com)
has introduced the new D2XS professional digital SLR camera, which shares many
performance and design innovations with the current D2X camera, including the
12.4 million pixel DX format CMOS image sensor. The D2XS also has a range of
upgraded features, including refined viewfinder performance that makes for easier
composition when shooting in Nikon's exclusive High-Speed Crop mode, a new 2.5
inch LCD with a 170-degree wide viewing angle, which is individually calibrated
at the factory to ensure consistent color fidelity, significantly increased
battery life and a wide range of firmware enhancements. Options such as the
WT-2A Wi-Fi transmitter achieve full wireless remote camera control and transmission.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

SmartDisk
Corporation today introduced FireLite XPress, a portable, palm-sized hard drive
that includes a unique cholesteric liquid crystal display. The always-on display
is readable without power, identifies the drive by a user-designated name, indicates
the last date that information was recorded and provides a table of contents
for the drive. The display provides excellent readability even in direct sunlight,
allows for wide-angle viewing and exhibits high brightness and contrast.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 31, 2006 0 comments

Lenmar Enterprises, Inc. has announced a replacement battery for the Canon Digital
Rebel XT. The Lenmar DLC-2L Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 750mHa with a company-estimated
usage of 525 images. The Lenmar DLC-2L can be used as a replacement for standard
Canon NB-2L (570mHa), and also the new Canon NB-2LH (720mHa). Street price for
the battery is about $34.99.



For a complete "Fits and Replaces" chart, visit www.lenmar.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 30, 2006 0 comments

The Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography will host a two-week
Benefit Exhibition and Print Sale, June 22 through July 2, 2006. A gala
Public Reception, with live music and refreshments will be held
Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. All are welcome
to the free exhibition. The entire proceeds from the print sale will be
donated to aid the international humanitarian medical organization,
Doctors Without Borders.


The exhibit and sale is a collaboration between the museum and
contributing students from Hallmark Institute of Photography. It will
showcase over one-hundred fifty professional- level, donated
photographs having appeal to a wide range of tastes and preferences in
visual art.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 26, 2006 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced that DxO Optics Pro v3.55 Digital SLR and lens automatic
image quality enhancement software now supports the recently released Canon
EOS 30D Digital Single-lens Reflex (SLR) camera. Existing users of either DxO
Optics Pro Elite or Standard versions can add support for the Canon EOS 30D
free of charge from the DxO Optics Pro Web site. DxO Optics Pro v3.55 support
for the Canon EOS 30D debuts with an initial assortment of 12 popular lenses,
including the recently released Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. More lens support
will be added throughout the coming weeks and months.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 25, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced an update to the Camera Raw plug-in for
Adobe Photoshop CS2, extending raw file support to eight additional digital camera
models. Available as a free download from the Adobe Web site, the Camera Raw 3.4
plug-in builds on Photoshop CS2 raw file support for digital cameras from leading
manufacturers such as Canon, Epson, Leaf, Olympus, Pentax and Samsung.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 24, 2006 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced that internationally-acclaimed
and award-winning documentary photographer, Chris Rainier, is the featured photographer
on Kingston's Icons of Photography Web site. Recognized for his study
and pictorial documentation of indigenous cultures and tribes around the world,
Chris Rainier is considered one of the premiere Master Photo Printers in the
world. His love and appreciation for black-and-white photography can be traced
back to his days as an assistant to Ansel Adams. Today, Chris Rainier continues
his documentary photography of disappearing cultures around the world and is
the director of Cultures on the Edge, a Web site, which is part of National
Geographic's Cultures Initiative.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 23, 2006 0 comments

PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX K100D, which combines 6.1 effective
megapixels with a host of advanced technologies including a Shake Reduction
(SR) system to deliver high-quality digital SLR photography and user-friendly
operation to all levels of photographers. The PENTAX-developed Shake Reduction
(SR) system in the K100D effectively offers a two-stop advantage for sharp,
blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions, such as using a telephoto
lens or shooting in low light without a flash.



The SR mechanism is designed to minimize camera shake by oscillating the CCD
image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed using magnetic force,
while adjusting the speed of oscillation in proportion to the amount of camera
shake detected by a built-in sensor. As a result, the system does not require
special anti-shake lenses and can be used with almost all existing PENTAX interchangeable
lenses.



Also announced is the PENTAX K110D, an entry-level digital SLR camera, which
has all of the features of the K100D with the exception of Shake Reduction.
Both models reflect a new digital SLR naming system that references the reverse
compatibility that each body has with the legacy of PENTAX K-mount lenses. The
PENTAX K100D will ship along with the smc 18-55mm lens in July 2006 for $699.95
US, while the PENTAX K110D will ship along with the smc 18-55mm lens in August
2006 for $599.95 US.



Along with the two new SLR models, PENTAX announced the smc PENTAX DA 21mm F3.2
AL Limited interchangeable wide-angle lens. Previewed at PMA 2006 in Orlando,
the lens features a versatile angle of view and an ultra-thin, pancake design
that offers go-anywhere portability that is ideal for casual, day-to-day snapshot
photography. The latest lens inherits all the attributes of the acclaimed PENTAX
Limited lens series including high-quality image reproduction, distinctive visual
description, and high-grade lens-barrel finish. The smc PENTAX DA 21mm F3.2
AL Limited lens will ship in July 2006 for $549.95.



www.pentax.com

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