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George Schaub Posted: Dec 23, 2009 1 comments

The Fujifilm Finepix 200 EXR (list: $599; street, under $500) sports a 12 megapixel sensor and a 14.3X optical zoom lens that is equivalent to 30.5-436mm (!) It takes stills and high-quality video and has a built in mic that delivers quality sound without much if any whirring from the camera. Having that much zoom capability means that you never will want on the tele side with this integral lens camera, and even 30mm is not bad on the wide side.

Looking like a small D-SLR with a moderate zoom lens, the S200EXR actually sports a 30.5-436mm optical zoom, an incredible range in a lens this small, though smaller sensor size is part of the reason they could attain the smaller size.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 23, 2009 0 comments

Camtrol, a stabilizing
platform for video and DSLR cameras, is said to open a new world of balance,
support, and freedom for action shots taken by videographers and photographers.
Camtrol’s action control grip (ACG) with its anatomical articulating ergonomics
provides for natural hand positioning and control. The ACG has a hollow inside,
which accommodates any remote--putting control of the camera always under
the thumb of the shooter. Camtrol with a remote is a one-handed operation
giving the user the liberty to take any shot without restriction, and it works
for right- and left-handed shooters.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 21, 2009 0 comments

Leica
Camera AG, Solms presents a new, limited special edition -- the LEICA
M7 Edition ‘Hermès’. As the
successor to the ‘LEICA MP Edition Hermès’ launched in 2003, this is now the
second series of cameras created in cooperation with Hermès, the Parisian
company renowned throughout the world for its exclusive products. This
strictly limited LEICA M7 Edition ‘Hermès’ offers a total of 200 silver chrome
LEICA M7 cameras finished in exclusive calfskin leather supplied by Hermès. The
colors of this exclusive ‘Veau Swift’ leather are particularly extravagant.
Connoisseurs of items that are extraordinary in both quality and style may
choose between two eye-catching varieties in ‘Ètoupe’ and ‘Orange’. Only 100
cameras are available in each of the two leather colors.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 18, 2009 0 comments

Zeiss has introduced a new series of lenses for the semi-professional market: the
ZF.2 with F bayonet for digital SLRs. Thanks to its electronic interface (CPU),
these new ZEISS lenses support all-important operations such as the automatic
mechanisms for time, aperture setting and program. The CPU also supports manual
exposure settings, including those for camera casings that are not
AI-compatible. Since the lens now transmits the EXIF data such as manufacturer,
date, metering system and exposure to the camera, photographers no longer need
to set the parameters manually.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 16, 2009 0 comments

ImageSpan Inc. and Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) announced that they have partnered to deliver a complete solution to manage, monitor and monetize valuable image assets. ImageSpan’s LicenseStream automated licensing, publishing and royalty processing platform will be combined with Digimarc for Images, which lets photography agencies, media companies, museums and archives add an imperceptible digital watermark to communicate copyright ownership and information on how to contact the owner wherever the image is found online. The LicenseStream   Content Tracker then crawls the Web looking for uniquely watermarked images, providing regular reporting on where a content owner’s images are found so they can take appropriate action.

The solution optimizes content for search engines before it is published to the Web and then provides the means for any buyer to license that content with a mouse click and with flexible pricing based on use. Since watermarks can be unique to various instances of the same image, content owners have the flexibility to set licensing terms depending on the specific usage and buyer.

The Content Tracker continuously monitors billions of images on the Web to locate a customer’s digitally watermarked images. In addition to the standard search, the solution offers a directed search option that lets a content owner specify Web sites to be monitored regularly. Search reports include thumbnails of the images found with the URLs of the websites where they were located. Reports are automatically sent out each month. Alternatively, content owners can generate their own reports at any time. 

www.imagespan.com
www.digimarc.com

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Press Release Posted: Dec 14, 2009 0 comments

Mamiya introduced two new software packages for the Mamiya DM and DL series digital cameras: Capture One v5.0 and Leaf Capture 11.2.9.  With these new releases, along with existing Raw file support in Adobe Lightroom™, Mamiya DSLR photographers now have unrivaled flexibility in choosing the Raw file processing solution that best fits their needs.

Capture One v5.0 DB builds upon the long-time favorite software of many professionals, expanding it to new dimensions.  In addition to adding support for processing Raw files from the Mamiya DM and DL series digital products, Capture One v5.0 DB offers new features such as Focus Mask, Skin Tone Enhancer, RGB Levels and Curves, Dust Spot Removal, and many more workflow acceleration tools.

Leaf Capture 11.2.9 is the latest in the long line of stable Leaf Capture software solutions, offering RAW file processing, as well as tethered shooting with the Mamiya DM and DL series digital products.  Leaf Capture 11.2.9 supports Apple OS 10.6 - Snow Leopard - and features 64-bit performance, as well as enhanced image processing and speed.  For tethered mode usage, Leaf Capture 11.2.9 also adds the power and flexibility of remote shooting for users of the Mamiya DM and DL series cameras, when utilizing Mamiya 645AFDIII or 645DF camera bodies.

Capture One v5.0 DB and Leaf Capture 11.2.9 are now available for download at www.Mamiya.com.  Technical support for Mamiya digital products and their associated software, as well as repair services, can be contacted at 914-347-3300.

In addition, MAC Group is also pleased to announce continuing technical support and repair of Leaf digital backs sold by Leaf America, both for in-warranty and out-of-warranty products. Technical support and repair services for Leaf Valeo, Aptus, Aptus-S, AFi, AFi-II, and some Aptus-II products can be obtained by simply calling 914-347-3300.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 14, 2009 0 comments

TAP announces the addition of an Instax Folder to its PF-34 line.  The new Instax White Folders are available in a vertical and horizontal format, making these the perfect delivery vehicle for your Instax images. 

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Press Release Posted: Dec 11, 2009 0 comments

onOne Software, Inc announced FocalPoint 2, an Adobe Photoshop plug-in for simulating depth-of-field and selective focus.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 11, 2009 2 comments

Enjoy window light anytime, anywhere with the new Home Studio Lighting Kit, the latest addition to Westcott’s Photo Basics product line.  The kit includes (2) uLite constant lights with 6’ Light Stands, (2) 85-watt fluorescent lamps, (2) 20” Soft Boxes, and an educational DVD.  The constant uLites, combined with 85-watt fluorescents, provide perfect “what you see is what you get” lighting for photo and video.  Featuring 500 equivalent watts of power and true daylight balanced (5500K) temperature, these fluorescent lamps have a lifespan of over 8,000 hours.  This kit keeps things simple with portable, compact 20” Soft Boxes that set up and collapse in seconds. 

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Press Release Posted: Dec 09, 2009 0 comments

DxO Labs is pleased to announce the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro version 6, its award-winning software solution for demanding photographers. This new version provides the best-ever images from extreme ISO shots and further extends optical fault correction, while increasing both accessibility and productivity.

DxO Optics Pro 6 will be offered with an exceptional 33% introductory discount through December 31, 2009.

While camera manufacturers keep competing for high ISO performance, DxO Labs now offers the image processing technologies which are critical to delivering top-notch image quality from such extreme ISO shots.

In low-light conditions, photographers must choose between using low ISO and risking unnatural flash lighting or camera shake, or using high ISO settings with its typical image noise and loss of colors and details. But now, thanks to a new technological approach, DxO Optics Pro 6 sets a new bar for RAW conversion: photographers can push their cameras to the ISO limits and even beyond - as much as one to two stops above their usual ISO settings! - and still get great photos without any noticeable loss in image quality.

DxO Labs' new de-noising technology significantly extends the effective dynamic range and best leverages the higher bit-depth that modern sensors provide. Cleaning noise out of dark regions of the images allows photographers to digitally relight them (e.g. using DxO Lighting tool).

DxO Optics Pro has long been recognized for its unrivalled automatic optical fault correction based on DxO Optics Modules - laboratory-grade mathematical models characterizing the optical faults of each particular camera & lens combination which are computed for each focal length, each aperture, each focusing distance, etc. More than 1600 DxO Optics Modules are available today and can now be automatically detected and downloaded to the application - and this number is growing at an accelerated pace.

Also, for photographers who desire to adjust optical correction for a creative purpose, or to handle lenses that are not calibrated yet, DxO Optics Pro 6 now provides controls to manually adjust distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and sharpness (USM) for any lens.

As DxO Optics Pro expert users always look for more precise controls, DxO Optics Pro 6 features an additional fine detail adjustment which specifically deals with the preservation of high spatial frequency texture and details of the images - another demonstration of DxO Labs' consistent effort to bring the best to the optical faults correction so photographers can obtain the most perfect images.

DxO Optics Pro 6's user interface has been revamped to ease the first hands-on experience for beginners, providing them with the easiest RAW Conversion tool delivering best quality without the pain. For experts and professional photographers, productivity and control levels have also been improved.

Both the Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 6 add support to the Olympus D-SLR family, along with latest Sony and Nikon cameras:

  • Olympus E3, E30, E410, E420, E450, E510, E520, E620,
  • Sony A230, A330, A380,
  • Nikon D300s.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 09, 2009 0 comments

World
Press Photo invites professional photographers and photojournalists from around
the world to enter the 53rd World Press Photo contest. The web entry site is
open for uploading entries from 1 December 2009 until the deadline of 14
January 2010. The web entry site can be accessed via href="http://www.worldpressphoto.org/contest" target="_blank">www.worldpressphoto.org/contest.
For the 2010 contest, it is no longer possible to submit entries by post on a
CD/DVD. Entries submitted by email are also not accepted.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 07, 2009 0 comments

The Lowel Blender is said to be is the perfect solution for todays ‘run & gun’ video lighting needs.

Twin array’s of color accurate LED’s, in daylight & tungsten color temperatures, are mixed via 2 rotary
controls on the back of the unit and give the perfect blend of color to match a mixed light source environment.

Shooting in a daylit lobby with a hanging tungsten chandelier? Put beautiful fill-light on your talent that’sall tungsten, or all daylight, or more importantly, that perfect mix of the 2 that suddenly makes your shotlook naturally lit. Blender makes location lighting intuitive, just dial it ‘till it’s right.

The lamphead’s compact size (4 x 3 x 3”) makes it small enough to fit on a camera-top stud, or easilyheld on a pistol grip, or compact stand. It can be powered by popular video camera batteries, or
its own compact AC supply. Blender™ comes with a selection of hard plastic front diffusers for softening & diffusing the mixed output. 1 & 2 light packs in carry bags are available, as well as a more traditional
1 light kit. Originally designed by videographer Tom Robotham, the Lowel Blender is the location light your HD camera has been waiting for.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 07, 2009 0 comments

Phase One released Capture One 5 PRO. Known for rendering superior quality images from a wide range of pro DSLR, Mamiya and Phase One medium format cameras, Capture One PRO is now enhanced with workflow accelerators to handle large volume shoots faster. Capture One 5 PRO is the RAW converter and workflow application with the broadest tethered shooting support, not only for Phase One digital backs, but also for DSLRs from Canon and Nikon. This version adds support for additional DSLR models and RAW file support for selected Leaf digital backs.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 04, 2009 0 comments

Lensbaby announced the addition of the new Fisheye Optic and Soft Focus Optic to the Lensbaby Optic Swap System. Each new optic is available for use with the Lensbaby Composer and Muse.  In addition, the Soft Focus Optic is compatible with the Lensbaby Control Freak.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 04, 2009 0 comments

Leaf Imaging announced the Leaf Aptus-II 5 medium format digital camera back. The company’s newest addition to the Leaf Aptus-II product family, the Leaf Aptus-II 5 features a resolution of 22 MP.  At a capture rate of 0.9 seconds per frame, it represents the family’s fastest digital back. The Leaf Aptus-II series of digital backs offers professional photographers the speed, image quality and flexibility to allow their work to keep pace with their imagination. Leaf Aptus-II series backs offer the largest display, 3.5” (6x7 cm), and only touch screen controls in the medium format market. The Leaf Aptus-II 5 camera back is priced at $7,995. The Phase One 645AF camera body with 80 mm lens is available for an additional $2,000.  All equipment can be ordered now from Leaf dealers (for the dealer nearest you, please see: http://www.leaf-photography.com/findaleaf_nam.asp).

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