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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 17, 2006 0 comments

Opus Pro has introduced the L300 AC/DC Travel Kit, a set of two monolights and
a battery pack with three power source options for the studio or on-location.
The system uses a rechargeable battery that can fire two 300ws monolight heads
at full power for 180 flashes. In addition, the unit can also be plugged into
either a standard 120-volt household outlet or a 12V car outlet.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 16, 2006 0 comments

Pantone, Inc announced the availability of PANTONE ColorVANTAGE pigment-based
inks for EPSON K3 printers, including the EPSON Stylus Photo 2400, the EPSON
Stylus Pro 4800, the EPSON Stylus Pro 7800 and the EPSON Stylus Pro 9800. The
new ColorVANTAGE inks for EPSON K3 printers deliver superior color quality without
performance loss and are priced approximately 20 percent less than Epson inks.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2006 0 comments

Fujifilm U.S.A. has announced a new, lower price for the FinePix S3 Pro professional
D-SLR camera: $1,699. This new price carries additional value as it includes
an AC adapter and the HS-V2 Hyper Utility software. Both were optional accessories.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2006 0 comments

Giving digital still camera (DSC) manufacturers the benefits of full software
programmability with the performance of hard-wired solutions, Texas Instruments
Incorporated has introduced DaVinci technology optimized for the digital still
camera market. The technology includes a new highly flexible processor, a software
suite that simulates a full digital still camera system and third parties offering
camera-specific algorithms.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 13, 2006 0 comments

PENTAX Imaging Company has announced three additional digital SLR products
that are currently under development and that were showcased under glass at
the PMA show. PENTAX has confirmed that the company will unveil a yet to be
named PENTAX 10 megapixel digital SLR camera body, tentatively scheduled for
a formal launch in Autumn 2006.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 10, 2006 0 comments

Logitech and Adobe Systems Incorporated have announced the results of a collaboration
to provide creative professionals and design enthusiasts new levels of control
when using Adobe Creative Suite 2 (CS2) and standalone CS2 applications: the NuLOOQ
Professional Series. The new Logitech product line comprises the NuLOOQ navigator,
an innovative device used in conjunction with a mouse and a keyboard to manipulate
images and documents, and the NuLOOQ tooldial, customizable on-demand interface
software that provides quick access to design tools. Both are designed for use
with the Mac versions of Adobe Creative Suite 2, Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe
InDesign CS2, and Adobe Photoshop CS2.



The NuLOOQ Professional Series places the frequently used tools and options in
the Adobe Creative Suite right at creative professionals' fingertips, saving
them time and giving them the ability to shift their focus to the most important
aspect of design -- imagery and layout.



Many designers today use multiple large monitors, which means the mouse cursor
has to travel farther to complete basic tasks. This takes up valuable creative
time and results in workspace inefficiency. The NuLOOQ Professional Series addresses
these challenges and provides solutions for the time-intensive elements of design
-- navigating images, adjusting option values, and accessing menus --
so that creative professionals can accomplish more.



The NuLOOQ navigator is a companion to the creative designer's existing
toolset -- a mouse and a tablet or keyboard. Approximately the size and shape
of half a tennis ball, this stationary device sits under the non-mousing hand
and has a circular touch-sensitive surface (the tooltuner dial) for adjusting
option values in supported applications. A moveable rubber-like ring (the navring
controller) at the base allows designers to easily navigate images and documents,
while embedded buttons (triggerpoint buttons) call up frequently used tools. Additional
features include:



Scroll and zoom with ease: A minor nudge of the navring controller
moves selected images, while twisting it controls the zoom feature. The navring
controller's built-in sensor is based on advanced robotics technology that
senses small movements for quick reaction.



Touch-sensitive control:
Located on top of the NuLOOQ navigator, the
tooltuner dial gives creative designers the ability to adjust or tune tool-option
values, such as text leading or brush size. This feature minimizes arm movement
and saves valuable time by eliminating repeat trips to the option bar to adjust
values.



Context-sensitive and application-aware:
The NuLOOQ navigator automatically
detects the current Adobe CS2 application, selected object or tool, presenting
applicable option values for that application when prompted.



Instant access to frequently used tools:
Three built-in triggerpoint
buttons embedded in the tooltuner dial provide instant access to commands, modifier
keys, and tooldial menus.



NuLOOQ tooldial: Complete Interface Control

· Included with the NuLOOQ navigator or available for purchase separately,
the NuLOOQ tooldial software centralizes frequently used tools, commands and files
within an intuitive, on-demand circular menu that is divided into eight wedges.
Each of these wedges can have up to eight associated wedges appear when the cursor
lingers over the original wedge for a total of 72 available tools, commands and
files per tooldial. When launched using a keystroke, mouse click or one of the
NuLOOQ navigator triggerpoint buttons, the tooldial wheel appears centered under
the cursor and disappears when the activity is completed, giving creative designers
full control over their interface while keeping their virtual desktop clutter-free.




Pricing and Availability

The NuLOOQ Professional Series has a suggested retail price in the U.S. of $149.99.
The NuLOOQ tooldial can be purchased separately online for a suggested retail
price of $49.99 at www.logitech.com/nulooq.
A 30-day free trial is also available for download at the NuLOOQ Web site.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 09, 2006 0 comments

Delkin Devices has announced the addition of Scratch Armor to their Archival
Gold line. They are available in both CD-R and DVD-R formats. Scratch Armor's
protective layer is said to prevent scratches, scuffs, dirt, chemicals, and
fingerprints; making it the best way to protect your precious memories, music,
and important documents. The clear scratch resistant coating that comes on the
Archival Gold media prevents damage from the daily grind that CD's and
DVD's are faced with. Combined with Archival Gold's established
reliability, Archival Gold with Scratch Armor also increases the quality and
lifespan of your recordable media.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 08, 2006 0 comments

Adorama has added to new models to its popular Slinger line of photo/video
bags. The new Pro Slinger and Left hand Slinger both features rugged, water-resistant
materials, secure quick-snap buckles, comfortable shoulder straps, and wide
waist belts that help distribute the load between the hips and the shoulders.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 07, 2006 0 comments

Canon has expanded their line of multimedia projectors with three new models--
the REALiS SX6, REALiS SX60, and REALiS X600--designed to meet the needs
of professional photographers, business presenters and home cinema enthusiasts.
These new projectors feature Canon's proprietary Aspectual Illumination
System optical system for crisp, color-rich, intricately detailed images.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 06, 2006 0 comments

Bellamax, Inc. (www.bellamax.com)
has announced the open beta release of a new photo editing software tool, UpShot.
UpShot is aimed at the consumer photo hobbyist market and leverages the Bellamax
technology currently used in the professional photography market.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 03, 2006 0 comments

Memorex has introduced two handy accessories that enable you to transfer digital
photos, data, music and other files between flash cards, digital cameras, USB
flash drives, external hard drives, MP3 players, and most other USB mass storage
devices--all without the use of a computer.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 02, 2006 0 comments

Lyson, Inc.has introduced a bulk ink feed system and bulk ink for Epson's
popular Stylus Photo R2400 inkjet printer. The Lyson bulk feed system for the
Epson R2400 uses components specifically designed for use in continuous ink
supply systems. The space-saving modular ink reservoirs can be topped up while
printing, and sealed when not in use to prolong ink life. The proprietary bulk
ink feed cartridges feature built-in pressure dampers to automatically regulate
ink flow, filters to protect the print head, and uses no foam rubber (which
can deteriorate and lead to clogging during use). Even the ink tubing used is
laboratory standard to reduce thickening of ink over time.

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