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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 07, 2006 0 comments

Combining a leading medium-format single reflex camera and a 22-megapixel high-performance
digital back is the idea behind the "Super Bundle" now available in
the U.S. from Digital Marketing Services.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 06, 2006 0 comments

Having logged more airline miles recently than I'd care to admit, with
cameras and lenses and laptop to boot, I welcome any products that can make
the trip, and transition between connections easier. The "post-9/11 world",
as it sadly has come to be known, has not made it easier on photographers to
get where they need to go with the gear they must trudge along with them. With
that in mind, we recently had a close look at the Airport Security Roller/Backpack
from ThinkTank Photo, which combines carry-on capability with security and gear
--protecting features.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 05, 2006 0 comments

There
are many options for traveling photographers these days, including on-the-go
download devices, portable CD and DVD burners and of course the venerable laptop
computer. But a new breed of storage devices, USB Flash Drives, is also making
a big for the store and show photographer who doesn't want to lug along
anything more than a drive the size of a pack of gum. Memorex has come up with
a twist on all this with their TravelDrive ID USB Flash Drive. This is the first
USB flash drive with a built-in, customizable LCD screen.



The clever iLCD screen not only shows the remaining memory but also lets you
display a descriptive name for the drive or its contents. This sure helps me
sort out the bunch of Flash Drives I have rattling around my backpack, and now
I can assign one to teaching, one to word docs and one to storing images for
show, all activities I might engage in over the course of a week.



What Memorex calls the "advanced Surface Stabilized Cholesterin (SSC)
LCD" can display up to 11 characters, so you can ID it even when it's
not plugged into a computer's USB port. TravelDrive ID conforms to the
USB 2.0 standard and comes in 512MB, 1GB and 2GB of portable storage. It's
also Mac or PC compatible. The Memorex TravelDrive ID has a suggested retail
price of $79.99 for 512MB of capacity, $119.99 for 1GB of capacity, and $199.99
for 2GB of capacity. It just shows you that there can be something new under
the sun in something as "generic" as USB drives.



www.memorex.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 04, 2006 0 comments

Brandess-Kalt-Atena Group, Inc. has announced the introduction of the first
two models in their new Pelican RSV line. RSV stands for Rugged, Strong, and
Versatile which are terms used to describe this series of cases designed for
professional digital photographers on the move. The PCS247 model is an upright
camera/computer case on wheels that measures, outer dimensions are 18x14x10".
The inner dimensions are 16x12 1/2x7". The PCS2552 is a large camera/computer
case that can be hand or shoulder carried and can fit into the Pelican 1550
shell for added security. It measures 17 1/2x12 1/2x7" and features an
expandable computer pocket on the outside. Both are constructed from water resistant
1680D ballistic nylon and feature leather grain trim, moveable dividers, a padded
computer compartment, and PVC lined inner mesh pockets. Available in black or
green. Contact: Brandess-Kalt-Aetna Group, Inc., 701 Corporate Woods Parkway,
Vernon Hills, IL 60061, (800) 621-5488.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 03, 2006 0 comments

Datacolor has introduced ColorVision PrintFIX PRO, a new spectro precision
profiling hardware and software package. The PrintFIX PRO's handheld Spectrocolorimeter
is designed to meet the needs of discerning photographic professionals as well
as graphic designers and digital imaging specialists for quality output with
an RGB workflow. A key offering in the ColorVision by Datacolor portfolio of
products, ColorVision PrintFIX PRO represents the next generation of the world's
most recognizable and honored brand in color calibration, the Spyder2.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 31, 2006 0 comments

Wi-Pics is designed for anyone who shoots large volumes of images and needs
to easily find them. The DICE AMERICA Wi-Pics with a USB port allows Wi-Pics
users to work with hand held barcode scanners, magnetic strip readers, and later
this year RFID. What makes Wi-Pics unique from other wireless cameras is its
data association. Data association is the ability to rename files as they are
captured and place data into the EXIF header of a JPEG file. Wi-Pics can work
with virtually any digital camera with a type 2 compact flash port.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 30, 2006 0 comments

Based on their highly successful Goombah, the new mini-Goombah has all the same
features, in a smaller, lighter package. It's both a rolling case and
a backpack. The wide-set oversize wheels provide a stable platform for rolling
the case through airports, or down city streets. The thickly padded concealable
shoulder straps, adjustable lumbar pad and waist belt transforms the mini-Goombah
into a backpack.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 28, 2006 0 comments

Sigma Corporation has announced the launch of the new 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO
lens, an ideal large aperture standard zoom lens for digital SLR cameras featuring
an APS-C size image sensor. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 20cm
(7.9") throughout the entire zoom range. Maximum magnification of 1:2.3
enables close-up photography like a macro lens. The new lens design and multi
layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting. A Special Low Dispersion (SLD)
lens and two aspherical lens elements provide excellent correction for all types
of aberrations and produce a high level of optical performance throughout the
entire zoom range.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 28, 2006 0 comments

Coming this spring, the new Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 features
a Di optical system designed for both digital and film cameras. Di (Digitally
Integrated) is a designation Tamron gives lenses featuring optical systems designed
to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras as well as film
cameras.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 28, 2006 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation announced the addition of new card capacities to its Extreme
III line of flash cards for professional digital cameras that are double the
highest capacity points currently available. The new cards include the 8-gigabyte
(GB) CompactFlash, 2GB SD and 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo digital film cards.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 28, 2006 0 comments

Panasonic has introduced the latest of their "super zoom" models,
the six-megapixel DMC-FZ7. This compact camera features a Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT
lens system, a 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 36mm to 432mm on a 35mm film
camera lens) with aperture of F2.8 to 3.3, and Panasonic's MEGA Optical
Image Stabilizer.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 23, 2006 0 comments

Novoflex has added two mini ballheads to their line of three Magic Balls, four
Class Balls and Two Neiger ball heads bringing the total lineup of Novoflex
ball heads to eleven models.



The new Ball 19 and Ball 19P models are ideal for table top tripods like the
Novoflex Micropod and can support cameras up to medium format SLRs.



Despite their small size they are remarkably strong and vibration free! The
Ball 19 measures just 1.75" high and is just over 1" in diameter.
The Ball 19P adds a separate pan lock and is just over 2" tall. Both have
a 1/4" camera screw and a 3/8" tripod socket with a 1/4" reducing
bushing. Both are made by Novoflex in Germany. The Ball 19 has a M.S.R.P. of
$43.00 and the Ball 19P is $48.00. Both models are now available.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 22, 2006 0 comments

Casio, Inc. has announced the release of the latest addition to its EXILIM
ZOOM digital camera series with the EX-Z600. The latest evolution in this popular
series offers 6.0 megapixel high resolution photos in a compact, and pocket-sized
package. The extra large 2.7-inch Super Bright LCD is approximately three times
brighter than the previous EX-Z500 model, producing an impressive luminance
of 1200 candelas per square meter. This significant advancement makes the LCD
easier to see, especially when viewed in the sunny outdoors. In auto mode, the
LCD automatically adjusts to the brightness of the surrounding environment.
The EX-Z600's Super Life Battery now has an even longer battery life,
supporting a staggering 550 shots per charge.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 20, 2006 0 comments

In recognition of the centenary of Victor Hasselblad's birth on March 8, 2006,
Hasselblad has announced the Hasselblad 503CWD Anniversary Kit, a prestigious
high-end photographic system that offers state-of-the-art digital capture technology
elegantly integrated with a classically designed Hasselblad 503CW body.



Combining the rugged reliability of the black and chrome V System body, with its
range of high performance, central shutter-based lenses, and the technology of
Hasselblad's new CFV digital back, the exclusive Hasselblad 503CWD perfectly melds
the heritage of the old Hasselblad with the focus of the new Hasselblad on digital
high-end photography to create a new digital workhorse. Of undoubted appeal to
the Hasselblad connoisseur, the camera delivers the perfect blend of versatility
and simplicity in a compact, professional tool that gives the user complete control
over digital image capture and is a pleasure to operate.



The 503CWD Anniversary kit will be supplied as a limited edition of 500 cameras,
each one numbered and engraved with Victor Hasselblad's signature. Reassuringly
solid, the kit comprises a 503CWD body with waist-level finder, specially marked
focusing screen and chrome winding lever, a Zeiss Planar CFE 2.8/80mm lens and
a CFV digital back, and will be supplied with a beautifully produced book marking
Victor's anniversary.



For existing Hasselblad V System users, the new CFV digital back, the successor
of the V96C back, will also be available separately. Built to match the design
and functionality of the Hasselblad V System cameras, it can be easily and elegantly
integrated into an existing Hasselblad system, enabling the photographer to work
in exactly the same manner and with their preferred equipment, but with the productivity
benefits of digital photography over film.



MSRP Pricing: Hasselblad 503CWD

Anniversary Kit: $12,995

CFV: $9,995



Product availability will be the end of March. The Hasselblad website has been
updated with new product details.

www.hasselblad.com.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 20, 2006 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. has announced that it has doubled the speed rating of its popular
Professional 8GB CompactFlash memory card to 90X. The new 8GB card is said to
be one of the fastest high-capacity CompactFlash cards available. Lexar's
new card is capable of a minimum sustained data write speed of 13.5 MB per second.
In addition to increased speed and performance, the new high-speed card will be
available in CompactFlash Type I flash memory card format, the most popular format
for today's SLR digital cameras.
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