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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

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.


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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 30, 2008 0 comments

PENTAX Imaging Company has announced two new digital SLR camera models including
the PENTAX K20D digital SLR camera with 14.6 megapixels and the PENTAX K200D
digital SLR with 10.2 megapixels. Both cameras are equipped with advanced features
including dust-proof and weather-resistant bodies, an improved PRIME image processor,
and PENTAX developed Shake Reduction that works with any of the 24 million PENTAX
lenses ever manufactured.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 29, 2008 0 comments

Nikon, Inc., has introduced the new D60 digital SLR camera. The D60 joins Nikon's
line of D-series digital SLR cameras and shares a form factor similar to the
D40, with 10.2 effective megapixels. The D60 will be packaged with Nikon's
new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 28, 2008 0 comments

Canon U.S.A., Inc.'s EOS Rebel series of digital single lens reflex cameras
have now redefined the gateway prowess and "pro-ness" of the DSLR
category with the introduction of the line's new leader, the 12.2-megapixel
EOS Rebel XSi camera. Incorporating a number of high-end functions and technology
found in Canon's professional SLR models, the EOS Rebel XSi camera boasts
an improved autofocus sensor, enhanced 14-bit A/D conversion, an advanced Live
View function, and the proprietary DIGIC III image processor. When paired with
any of the more than 60 compatible Canon EF and EF-S lenses, including optically
image stabilized EF-S lenses like the EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS -- now included
in the EOS Rebel XSi kit -- or the new EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, the EOS
Rebel XSi DSLR delivers images that will delight and inspire family and friends
at an entry level price tag.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 25, 2008 0 comments

Leading Professional Photographer and Contest Judge Selects Grand Prize Winner
and Twenty Favorites Now Posted on Tamron's On-Line Gallery.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 24, 2008 0 comments

Quantum Instruments is now offering a series of ten 5 to 6 ½ minute
video lessons featuring Will Crockett using Qflash, Turbo Batteries, FreeXwire
and Qnexus. In these free lessons he demonstrates how they seamlessly integrate
with each other and how best to use them in different practical lighting situations.
The lessons start with Qflash basics, then progress to equipment setup, including
the best camera settings for consistent results, use of light modifiers and
advanced techniques.

These lessons can be viewed on line at, just click on the Qflash
Academy link and choose which lesson you would to see or you can request a FREE
Qflash Academy DVD., e-mail:


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 23, 2008 0 comments

Datacolor has announced Spyder3Pro and Spyder3Print. These two new solutions
are expertly designed to address the color management needs of photographers
and creative professionals that require the most accurate color for digital
editing and printing.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 22, 2008 0 comments

We recently received an email from photographers James C. Williams about his
efforts to convince Kodak not to discontinue manufacture of HIE-135mm film.
We reproduce his letter and plea for photographers to join his efforts to save
this film.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 18, 2008 0 comments

Delkin Devices, Inc. has expanded CompactFlash card storage capacity and speed
for digital cameras by announcing its 16GB UDMA enabled CompactFlash PRO card.
This latest addition to Delkin's Compact Flash PRO line boosts fast read/write
speeds-up to 305x (45MB/sec sustained transfer speed capability). Now photographers
using UDMA enabled cameras such as the Canon 1Ds Mark III, Nikon D300 and Nikon
D3X have a memory card that can maximize the full benefits of their camera investment.

Photographers without UDMA enabled digital cameras and camera backs can apply
the technology's benefits to their workflow process right away. The enhanced card-to-computer
transfer times are striking. Delkin's UDMA CompactFlash Pro cards, when used with
the company's UDMA enabled FireWire reader and adapters, dramatically reduce the
time needed to download digital image files to a computer.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 17, 2008 0 comments

has announced the AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro, a lightweight,
compact and ultra high power zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR
cameras with APS-C sized image sensors with a Built-In Motor for Nikon (Model
A18N II). The AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro boasts the
world's greatest zoom ratio of 13.9X.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 16, 2008 0 comments

Pantone, Inc. and onOne Software Inc. have announced a new digital imaging bundle
that improves the color fidelity and image control for design projects. Now available
at a 30 percent cost savings, the bundle includes PANTONE hueyPRO, and onOne Software's
Genuine Fractals 5, an Adobe Photoshop plug-in for image scaling.

hueyPRO offers color clarity and consistency across multiple CRT, laptop and LCD
displays at an unprecedented level of precision calibration. Additionally, it
features an embedded high-precision sensor that automatically measures the ambient
light within a room. Genuine Fractals 5 is the industry standard for image enlargements,
allowing users to increase images by 1000 percent with no loss in image quality.

The PANTONE hueyPRO/Genuine Fractals 5 bundle is available immediately for $199
SRP at and Both products are compatible
with Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

PANTONE hueyPRO is also sold separately through Pantone at and
other major electronics, photo and online retailers for $129 SRP.

Genuine Fractals 5 is sold separately at for $159.95 SRP.


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