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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 21, 2008 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) has announced the highly anticipated
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 software for Macintosh is now available for pre-order
at www.adobe.com/go/buyphotoshop_elements_mac.
Photoshop Elements 6 software for Mac combines power and simplicity so consumers
at all experience levels can easily achieve outstanding results with their digital
photos.



Photoshop Elements 6 software helps photo enthusiasts achieve desired results
quickly and easily. New features based on proprietary Photomerge technology let
users easily combine the best facial expressions and body language from a series
of shots to create a single, perfect group shot. The new Quick Selection Tool
reduces a once time-consuming select-and-adjust task to a single click. Photographers
-- beginner to expert -- can choose from one of three edit modes, each
geared toward a different experience level. A new Guided Edit mode helps walk
users through the steps of improving a photo. Photoshop Elements 6 software streamlines
editing with clean, uncluttered screens that draw focus to the photos, with new
tabs providing simple access to the many capabilities of the program. Additional
enhancements include an improved conversion tool that dramatically converts color
images into elegant, nuanced black-and-whites.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 20, 2008 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has announced improved versions of its Kodak Professional
Portra 400NC and 400VC films.



The new films offer:

· Finer Grain: Extended use of antenna dye technology
enables PORTRA 400NC and 400VC films to deliver finer grain than ever before.




· Outstanding Scanning Results: With finer grain and an
emulsion overcoat specially designed for scanners, PORTRA 400 films reproduce
beautifully, with either optical or digital output.



· Spectacular Skin Tones: The new PORTRA 400 films continue
to deliver smooth, natural reproduction of skin tones.



Kodak introduced the new Kodak Professional Portra film family in 2006. The new
Kodak Professional Portra films will be available worldwide on a stock-turnover
basis beginning Q1 2008.



www.kodak.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 19, 2008 0 comments

Lexar has announced that it has increased the capacity of its SDHC (Secure Digital
High Capacity) format memory cards in all three of the company's popular
product lines including Professional, Platinum II, and standard. Available later
this month, the new 8GB cards provide consumers and professionals with the ultimate
in functionality and performance, and are designed for SDHC-compatible devices
such as digital cameras, PDAs, and mobile phones, to name only a few of the
many popular SDHC-compatible product categories.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 15, 2008 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation, (NASDAQ: SNDK) has announced it has begun to sample 12-gigabyte
(GB) microSDHC flash memory cards to major phone manufacturers for testing and
evaluation. The 12GB card represents a 50 percent boost in card capacity from
SanDisk's industry-leading 8GB microSDHC cards, which are currently available
worldwide, and highlights the growing popularity of mobile phones with storageintensive
features that include music players, digital cameras, video recording and playback
and GPS capabilities.



SanDisk has embarked on a `slot education' program to raise awareness
of both the card slot included in the majority of new mobile phones available
today and the benefits to the consumers who use it. More information is available
at: www.WakeUpYourPhone.com.



A 12GB microSDHC is ideal for storing large quantities of music, photos and
video. For example, it will be able to store a combination of 1,500 songs, 3,600
photos and 24.5 hours of video.



SDHC is the designation for any SD or SD-based card that is larger than 2GB
and adheres to the new SD 2.00 specification required for cards and hosts to
support 4GB to 32GB capacities. The specification was developed by the SD Association,
an industry standards board, which has also created three classes to define
minimum sustained data transfer speed. These cards adhere to the SD Speed Class
4 Rating.



www.sandisk.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 14, 2008 0 comments

The DSLR-A200 model features upgrades influenced by the recently-introduced, enthusiast-class
DSLR-A700 camera and replaces the former Sony DSLR-A100 model, which was Sony's
first in the DSLR class. The new model is designed to be faster, lighter and easier
to use. Upgraded features include a wider, 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCDTM screen for
easy playback viewing; a more compact body and an easily-accessible mode dial;
an easy-to-use function menu (camera function display); improved noise control
for higher quality images; an auto focus speed 1.7x faster than the previous model;
improved predictive control performance; quieter shutter sound; automatic pop-up
flash; and a battery life indicator that displays the percentage of battery life
remaining so you know exactly when to recharge.



As seen in all a (alpha) camera bodies, the DSLR-A200 camera incorporates Super
SteadyShot image stabilization in the body to allow shooting at shutter speeds
of 2.5 to 3.5 steps slower than otherwise possible -- a benefit realized
with every compatible lens attached to the camera. Compatible lenses encompass
all Minolta Maxxum mount lenses, in addition to Sony a (alpha) lens lineup - including
Carl Zeiss® lenses.



With its 10.2-megapixel (effective) APS CCD image sensor, the DSLR-A200 camera
is said to continue to offer high-quality images by allowing more light to pass
through to each pixel -- increasing sensitivity, reducing noise, and providing
greater detail. Clean, reduced-noise signals are sent from the image sensor to
Sony's BIONZ processing engine, which processes data-rich picture information
at high speeds and reduces picture noise in the RAW data stage before image JPEG
conversion. The results are high-resolution, detailed images with rich tonal reproduction.



The DSLR-A200 model supports JPEG and RAW file format support. It has a slot for
CompactFlash Type I/II media cards. An adaptor for Memory Stick Duo media cards
is sold separately as an accessory.



Get The Photo Results You Want


In addition to Super SteadyShot image stabilization for virtually blur-free photos,
the new model incorporates Sony's D-Range Optimizer (DRO). It helps you
capture well-exposed images, especially when shooting high-contrast or backlit
scenes that often lead to loss of highlight and shadow detail. Sony's DRO
modifies the range from highlights to shadows, including gain and contrast, through
its in-camera hardware processing to produce more natural, evenly exposed pictures.
The camera's image analysis technology studies the captured image data and
instantly determines the best exposure and color tonality for the image before
JPEG compression.



The BIONZ image processing engine powers the camera up immediately and the eye-start
autofocus starts the focusing system before you even press the shutter. The camera
can shoot up to three continuous frames per second at 10.2-megapixels at the finest
JPEG compression level.



As seen in previous a (alpha) models, the new model carries a static-free anti-dust
coating on the CCD filter which is gently vibrated to dislodge any dust that might
have collected each time the camera is powered off.



Additionally, the DSLR-A200 camera's supplied lithium ion battery offers
up to 750 shots per full charge.



Sony is providing a full line of accessories for the model, including flashes,
rechargeable battery packs and several carrying cases. An interesting addition
is the VG-B30AM ergonomic vertical grip equipped with the most essential controls
for portrait orientation shooting. It also allows for the use of two InfoLITHIUM
batteries (sold separately) for up to 1,500 shots on a single, full charge.



The DSLR-A200K kit includes the camera body and a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 3.9x zoom
lens for about $700. The DSLR-A200W kit includes the camera body, the DT 18-70mm
lens and a 75--300mm f4.5-5.6 lens for about $900. Both will ship in February
and will be available at sonystyle.com,
Sony Style retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail),
military base exchanges, and authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin online
on Jan. 7 at www.sonystyle.com/dslr.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 13, 2008 0 comments

Epson has announced the release of the Epson Stylus Photo R1900, a 13-inch
printer designed for advanced photographers and graphic designers. The Epson
R1900 provides an unprecedented standard in glossy color photographic prints
with its Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink featuring an improved Gloss Optimizer
and new red and orange ink cartridges. The Epson R1900 is also raising the creative
standard for print quality with the introduction of Radiance Technology, an
innovation dramatically improving color transitions, resulting in brilliant,
true-to-life photos.



"Innovation is an integral part of Epson's design philosophy,"
said Patrick Chen, product manager, Epson America Inc. "After a decade
of leadership, our engineers continue to develop printers that significantly
raise the creative standard. The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 is no exception with
its UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 inks and Radiance Technology, innovations designed
to help deliver optimum results for photographers and graphic designers."



The Epson R1900 is the ideal productivity solution for customers looking for
the best combination of image quality, speed and archivability on glossy and
matte media up to 13-inches wide. The Epson R1900 will replace the Epson Stylus
Photo R1800, the award-winning and No. 1-selling Epson 13-inch photo printer,
and offers a vast array of improvements over its predecessor in ink technology,
print quality and speed.



More about the EPSON Stylus Photo R1900

· New Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 Ink - Achieves an
optimal level of gloss and color vibrancy in a pigment ink system using eight
colors -- including new red and orange inks -- plus an enhanced Gloss
Optimizer. The red and orange inks have replaced the red and blue inks found
in the Epson R1800, resulting in improved color gamut and facial tones. This
next generation pigment ink set produces quick-drying, archival results that
can last up to 200 years under glass.1 Auto-switching photo and matte black
cartridges ensure the deepest blacks on any media type.



· New Radiance Technology -- The breakthrough mathematical
architecture on the Epson R1900 was co-developed by color scientists at Epson
and the Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) to take advantage of the
wider color gamuts possible with today's advanced ink sets. The technology
is built into the printer software and optimizes how the individual UltraChrome
Hi-Gloss 2 inks are mixed while simultaneously providing a high level of print
quality. This technology reduces grain and dramatically improves color transitions.



· Faster Print Speeds -- Creates prints up to 35
percent faster than the Epson R1800, particularly at higher resolutions, boosting
productivity for final layouts and sellable photographic images. Produces breathtaking
11" x 14" prints as fast as 1 minute, 46 seconds.2



· Superior Media Flexibility -- Offers the same
media versatility as the Epson R1800 with the ability to print on glossy, luster
and matte medias as well as thicker fine art media, roll papers, canvas and
directly onto inkjet printable CD/DVDs.



· Enhanced Connectivity -- Allows two computers
to simultaneously connect to the R1900 via two hi-speed USB 2.0 ports for seamless
printing from either computer.



· Epson PreciseColor Manufacturing -- Applies colorimetric
calibration to the permanent MicroPiezo print head at the factory through an
enhanced manufacturing process, eliminating the need for internal calibration
devices or constant calibration.



· Exceptional Reliability -- Features a new ink-repelling
coating on the print head that prolongs the life of the Epson R1900 and decreases
maintenance time. A built-in sensor also allows for automatic print head alignment
and nozzle checking.


For more information on the Epson R1900, please visit www.epson.com/SPR1900.
For information on Epson products and services, visit Epson.com.



Pricing, Support and Availability

The Epson R1900 will be available in the first quarter of 2008 for an estimated
street price of $549.99 through direct market resellers, specialty photo stores,
computer superstores, online retailers and Epson's retail Web site at
www.epsonstore.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 12, 2008 0 comments

JOBO AG announces the addition of a new ultra stylish, state-of-the-art digital
picture frame to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. The new
JOBO Photo Display PDJ151 features a large 15" high intensity luminous
resolution and vibrant TFT-Color-LCD display designed to beautifully showcase
digital images, a big internal memory for easy access to images and many other
user-friendly functions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2008 0 comments

Lexar Media announced its line of Crucial solid state drives (SSD). Crucial
SSDs are said to be more durable, require less power, and offer greater overall
system performance than traditional hard disk drives. The SSDs will be available
in capacities of 32GB and 64GB in an industry standard 2.5-inch drive enclosure
with an industry-leading native SATA 3.0Gb/s interface. Additionally, Lexar
Media will offer the Crucial SK01 external drive kit and various online customer
tools--including the Crucial SSD Advisor tool, the only tool of its kind
on the market today--available at www.crucial.com/ssd
or www.crucial.com/uk/ssd.
Product availability is expected in Q1 2008.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 08, 2008 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) has announced Cruzer Titanium Plus, a USB
flash drive that offers automatic online backup for every file copied to the
drive. With a capacity of four gigabytes (GB), it is the first flash memory
product from SanDisk to offer online backup. Users get the best of both worlds,
with access online and offline: Data is always available when Cruzer Titanium
Plus is plugged into any computer. Users also get quick access to their backed-up
files through any computer connected to the Internet, should they forget to
bring the drive with them, or if the drive is lost or stolen.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 07, 2008 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc.has posted the latest series of images submitted
by aspiring photographers worldwide seeking advice for taking better pictures
from its world-class `Icons of Photography' members.



"The quantity of images to be critiqued by our Icons seems to increase
with each series and the Icons are really enjoying the quality of the work submitted,"
said Jaja Lin, Flash product marketing manager, Kingston. "The continued
positive response demonstrates the benefits of the Icons program educating consumers
on Kingston Flash memory. The Icons have said sharing so much of their knowledge
and experience with digital photographers of all levels is tremendously rewarding."



Critique My Image, a feature offered through Kingston's `Icons of
Photography' microsite, provides professional and aspiring photographers
with an opportunity to have their images reviewed by some of the best photographers
in the world. In this installment, each photographer selected several images
from the scores of photographs submitted and provided constructive advice for
improving or enhancing each photograph. From lighting and exposure to composition
and styling, each critique is constructed as a lesson that can be applied by
all viewers to their respective photography. Visitors are encouraged to upload
images for critique by logging onto http://www.kingston.com/iop.



"It is a wonderful feeling to be consulted by fellow photographers for
our opinions about their work," said Harry Benson. "Good photography
comes from the heart and often represents a very personal side of that photographer.
Kingston's Icons program gives us an opportunity to view beautiful work
and offer our humbled opinions about how it might be improved next time. That's
what is special about this program to me."



Kingston's `Icons of Photography' includes Benson, acclaimed
documentary photographer and photojournalist, Colin Finlay, National Geographic
photographer Gerd Ludwig and Sports Illustrated photographer Peter Read Miller.



Consisting of three elements -- 20 Questions, Ask the Icon and Critique
My Image -- the site provides visitors with personal insight in an interactive
forum where questions can be asked and images can be shared with the Icons.
The microsite will continue to showcase the latest work produced by each photographer,
along with a listing of upcoming projects, lectures and workshops from each.
In February, Kingston will publish 20 Questions with Gerd Ludwig, an up-close-and-personal
interview.


For more detailed information visit the Kingston IOP Web site at www.kingston.com/iop.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 06, 2008 0 comments

Nik Software, Inc. has announced Viveza, the latest addition to its line of
photographic plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Nik Software's
Viveza is a powerful and intuitive software tool designed to enable photographers
of all skill levels to precisely select and control the light and color in photographic
images while working within Photoshop.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 05, 2008 0 comments

Nikon, Inc. has introduced the new PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens, the latest
in a series of lenses that are equipped with a tilt/shift mechanism that enables
photographers the flexibility to effectively manipulate perspective, distortion
and focus. Whether photographing architecture, landscapes, interiors or panoramas,
this Perspective Control (PC) lens easily corrects linear distortion and aberration
to deliver images that more accurately reproduce the view as the human eye sees
it.



Typically, tilting the axis of a camera can result in a misrepresentation of
perspective. A Perspective Control lens' ability to fine-tune perspective
and focus elements virtually eliminates these issues, an essential function
for architectural and interior photographers.



The same features that make this lens excellent for architectural photography
also provide nature and landscape photographers with an essential means to better
control perspective, allowing them to capture nature's beauty more accurately
and naturally. Additionally, the 24mm PC lens enables professional product photographers
to sight just the right shooting angles on reflective objects without capturing
their own reflection in the process.



A special tilt/shift mechanism gives users up to +/- 11.5 mm shift and +/- 8.5-degree
tilt for perspective control. When shooting with a conventional lens, some objects,
such as tall trees and buildings, can be challenging to photograph due to rectilinear
distortion and converging lines that warp perspective. The 24mm Perspective
Control lens corrects this issue with convenient side-mounted controls at 1mm
/ 1-degree intervals that will adjust the focal plane with shift and tilt adjustments.
The lens optics can also be rotated up to 90 degrees right or left for perspective
control adjustment, while a click-stop is provided every 30 degrees. Importantly,
photographers can see the effect of every adjustment accurately through their
Nikon SLR viewfinder.



In addition to providing linear perspective correction, the new 24mm PC lens
has unique characteristics that make it well suited for a variety of tasks and
offers a wide angle-of-view combined with dramatic depth-of-field control potential,
perfect for capturing stunning landscapes. To further control the image, users
can quickly adjust aperture with a stop-down button, or with the aperture ring.
These same characteristics also make the 24mm PC lens a great choice for close-up
macro work, with a minimum focusing distance of 0.7 feet and the ability to
fine tune focus with perspective control.



The PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens continues NIKKOR's legacy of high-quality
optics and durable design. It features the new "E" designation,
which denotes an electromagnetic diaphragm that automatically controls aperture
with the latest Nikon D-SLR cameras. Three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements
provide superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic
aberration, while three aspherical lens elements minimize various types of lens
aberration. In addition to the Nikon Super Integrated coating that delivers
superior color reproduction, Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat helps
to virtually eliminate any remaining instances of ghosting and flare.



The PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens is the first in a new series of PC lenses
being designed to meet the needs of photo professionals and enthusiasts. Two
more PC lenses are currently in development and are scheduled to become available
through Nikon authorized dealers during the summer of 2008.



The new PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens as well as prototypes of the upcoming
PC-E NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED and PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D ED lenses will
be exhibited along with Nikon's entire line of photographic, optical and
digital imaging solutions at the PMA 2008 International Convention and Trade
Show in Las Vegas, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at exhibitor booth # G220.



The NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens is scheduled to become available through Nikon
authorized dealers in the U.S. in spring 2008 for an estimated selling price
of $1929.



www.nikonusa.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 04, 2008 0 comments

The PCX Lite cases are designed as wheeled, semi-hard side, airline carryon
size, luggage cases with a patented Case to Cart conversion feature that will
carry over 100 pounds of other baggage on top. Beginning at a street price $99.00,
the PCX Lite series offers three carryon travel solutions to accommodate the
needs of most frequent travelers. Currently available with a standard interior
for clothes, with adjustable dividers and foam for cameras, projector, etc.,
or with a customizable layered foam interior.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

Samsung is set to introduce the GX-20 -- its highly-anticipated, next generation
DSLR. A 14.6 mega-pixel DSLR, the GX 20 extends the range of Samsung's
acclaimed GX-Series. The GX-20 improves on many of the advanced qualities of
its sibling DSLR, the 10.2 mega-pixel GX-10; however a host of new features
and firsts truly set this camera apart from any other GX Series model previously
introduced by Samsung. The GX-20 is highlighted by its proprietary, high performance
CMOS sensor. The Samsung CMOS sensor is equipped with 14 mega-pixel resolution,
can capture 14-bit RAW images, and maintains outstanding noise performance,
even at a high ISO setting of 6400. The GX 20 also incorporates improved sensor-based
shake-reduction as well as a double dust-removal system, which is designed to
prevent miniscule specs of dust from ruining a perfect image.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 31, 2008 0 comments

Sony Develops 35mm full size CMOS Image Sensor with 24.81 Effective Megapixel
resolution and extremely high signal conversion speed for use in Digital SLR Cameras



Sony Corporation has announced the development of a 35mm full size (diagonal:43.3mm/Type
2.7) 24.81 effective megapixel, ultra-high speed high image quality CMOS image
sensor designed to meet the increasing requirement for rapid image capture and
advanced picture quality within digital SLR cameras.
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