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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 30, 2007 0 comments

Stroboframe
a division of The Tiffen Company, has announced the Pro-DCRS, an innovatively
designed bracket for DSLR and 35mm cameras. The Stroboframe Pro-Digital Camera
Rotating System is a fully-functioning bracket right out of the box - no additional
accessories are required. The Pro-DCRS comes with a Universal Camera Mounting
Plate, a built-in tripod/ballhead mount and quick-release plate. Designed for
the professional, the Pro-DCRS fits even the largest DSLR cameras.



This bracket features a 2 Point "Sure-Lock" (patent pending) rotating
system that glides on Delrin components, providing a smooth and virtually silent
90 degree rotation, while locking firmly into place. Delrin is strong, moisture
resistant and has self-lubricating properties making it an ideal choice for
a high performance, professional bracket.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 29, 2007 0 comments

Nik Software, Inc. has announced the latest upgrade to its Color Efex Pro collection
of photographic filters for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. The new
Color Efex Pro 3.0 filter collection now integrates Nik Software's patented
U Point technology for precise selective editing control, includes new and updated
filters offering the widest range of professional photographic enhancements
and effects, and features a completely redesigned user interface.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc., has announced it has posted an interview
with photojournalist and documentary photographer Colin Finlay on its `Icons
of Photography' microsite. The 20 Questions interview gives site visitors
an up-close-and-personal look at the world-class photographer.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 20, 2007 0 comments

More capacity and fast transfer speeds are the chief benefits of the SanDisk Extreme®
III 8-gigabyte SDH (SD High-Capacity) flash memory card. The 8GB SDHC card will
be packaged with a SanDisk MicroMate USB 2.0 Reader -- a $20 value --
so that users have a one-stop solution for capturing, storing and transferring
their images. The bundled card and reader are expected to ship within the next
30 days to U.S. retailers at a suggested price of $179.99. It will also be available
in Europe.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 16, 2007 0 comments

JOBO
AG has announced the new GIGA one ultra portable image storage device featuring
an ultra quick download speed of up to 5.47 MB per second (more than twice as
fast as the JOBO GIGA one) and 1 GB of data in about three minutes. Available
in four hard disc capacities up to 200 GB, the new JOBO GIGA one ultra supports
all popular media card types, including SecureDigital High Capacity (SDHC).



The new PC and Mac compatible JOBO GIGA one ultra is available in four hard disc
capacities -- 40 GB, 80 GB, 120 GB and 200 GB. This new unit accommodates
all popular media cards featuring slots for CompactFlash (CF) I/II, Microdrive,
SecureDigital (SD), SDHC, (Memory Stick) MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, and MultiMediaCard
(MMC). In addition, the GIGA one ultra can store digital data in popular file
formats such as RAW, JPG, TIFF, MP3, doc, xls, ppt, etc. And if the user chooses
to do so, this unit is capable of deleting all data from a user's memory
card via the GIGA one ultra once file transfer is confirmed.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 15, 2007 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) enhances its black-and-white professional film
portfolio with the introduction of an improved Kodak Professional T-MAX 400 Film.
The new film, utilizing Kodak's patented T-GRAIN emulsions, delivers finer
grain and higher sharpness. T-MAX 400 is said by the company to be the world's
finest grained and the world's sharpest 400-speed black-and-white film,
offering photographers a level of clarity normally only available from a 100-speed
film.



The new T-MAX 400 complements Kodak's full range of black-and-white films.
In addition to T-MAX 400, the portfolio includes:
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 14, 2007 0 comments

Epson America Inc. has announced what many professional photographers are saying
is the perfect blend of revered darkroom papers with the limitless creative
control of ink jet printing with the introduction of its Signature Worthy Exhibition
Fiber Paper. The paper will be available in 25-sheet packages of 8.5"x
11," 13"x 19," 17"x 22," and 24"x 30"
cut sheets.



This breakthrough paper was developed over several years in collaboration with
many of the industry's leading professional photographers to meet their
most discerning requirements. Many who have contributed to the development of
Exhibition Fiber Paper have commented that what sets it apart are its extraordinary
blacks, clean whites and a surface texture that is just like a true black-and-white
silver gelatin print. Additionally, Exhibition Fiber Paper produces extraordinary
color output enabling photographers to make stunning prints in both color and
black-and-white.



As part of an ongoing collaboration with creative professionals to produce the
highest quality prints, Epson has partnered with the Pixel Genius group, a unique
collaboration of industry-leading digital workflow experts, to produce custom
color profiles for use with the new Exhibition Fiber Paper. The custom profiles
will be available for download October 15 at www.pixelgenius.com/epson,
along with valuable information on their use and how to optimize a color managed
workflow.

More information about Exhibition Fiber Paper can be found at www.proimaging.epson.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 13, 2007 0 comments

IJ Technologies has introduced Premium Edition Artist Texture Canvas, a new
water resistant matte canvas for OEM pigment and UltraChrome inks which provides
artists, publishers and photographers a more textured option for canvas prints.
In addition, Premium Edition Artist Texture canvas maintains a solid white point
without the use of optical brighteners.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 12, 2007 0 comments

ACD Systems International Inc. has unveiled ACDSee 10 Photo Manager, the latest
update to its photo organization and sharing software. Improved features afford
seamless integration with photo sharing sites such as Flickr and SmugMug, as
well as cameras and other devices. Additional features include real-time viewing,
management and editing of multiple image files, even in large albums and photo
collections.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 09, 2007 0 comments

Pentax Imaging Company has announced the Pentax Optio A40, the latest model
in the Optio A series of advanced compact digital cameras with superior image
quality and performance. Featuring 12 megapixels, this latest Optio features
three types of Shake Reduction including mechanical, digital and movie. Each
version helps deliver sharp, blur-free shots where camera shake is an issue
such as action photography or in low light conditions at dawn, dusk or at night.
The Optio A model also features the newest Face Recognition technology including
a Natural Skin Tone mode and a Half-length Portrait mode, which automatically
takes a head and shoulder photograph of subjects.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 08, 2007 0 comments

Alien Skin Software has announced the release of Exposure 2, the latest version
of its film stock simulator and effects package. Exposure 2 lets digital photographers
and graphic artists enhance any digital photo by simulating the rich, organic
look of film.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 07, 2007 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced DxO Optics Pro v5, the latest version of its flagship software
application for automatic image quality enhancement for Digital SLR camera users.
Due to be released later in the fall, DxO Optics Pro v5 is said to set a new standard
for image quality with its new RAW conversion engine. All purchasers of DxO Optics
Pro v4.5 on or after August 1st, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to DxO Optics
Pro v5.



DxO Optics Pro v5's RAW conversion engine includes a completely new demosaicing
algorithm which produces images with much more detail and fewer artifacts. Demosaicing
is the crucial step of RAW conversion during which the camera's image sensor
pattern is reconstructed as a visible image for the human eye. Inherently, demosaicing
involves trade-offs between image sharpness, details, noise, processing time and
conversion artifacts. The quality of demosaicing determines the amount of detail
and artifacts in the final image. These artifacts, particularly visible and unsightly,
are compounded at high ISO settings and are in large part responsible for what
is deemed the unnatural look of digital images.



The other key characteristic of DxO Optics Pro's new RAW Engine is that
instead of applying noise reduction techniques after demosaicing, a newly-developed
noise reduction is performed upfront, before noise has a chance to be amplified
by the RAW conversion process and absorb important fine details.



Combined with other proprietary techniques, DxO Optics Pro v5's new RAW
Engine is said by the maker to produce both the most detailed and most natural
looking images yet -- its very fine and homogenous grain translating into
subtle shades and textures. DxO Optics Pro v5's new RAW conversion engine
has been fine-tuned and optimized with the rest of the software's automated
image enhancement features (optical corrections, color rendering, exposure optimization,
highlight recovery, etc.) to produce best-in class results.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 07, 2007 0 comments

Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CREL; TSX: CRE) has unveiled Corel Painter Essentials
4, the latest release from the company's digital media portfolio. Based on Corel
Painter, Corel Painter Essentials 4 includes everything new users need to set
up their own home art studio. Featuring a wide selection of paint brushes, pencils,
paper textures and built-in tutorials, Painter Essentials 4 is the perfect program
to help users get started.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 06, 2007 0 comments

AsukaBook USA, a division of Kubota Photo Design, Inc., has introduced three new
products -- the new Book Bound LX, Book Bound FLX and a new Varnish choice
in the Book Bound EX line.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 05, 2007 0 comments

"On February 1st, 2008 Sony will close the ImageStation online photo
service. The closure will happen in phases and most site features such as upload,
sharing and shopping will be disabled on November 12th 2007.

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