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Jan 18, 2005 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies and The Holga Manufacturing Company of China have
announced the continuation of Freestyle as the exclusive United States distributor
of Holga brand cameras and photographic equipment. The Holga camera line, which
now consists of nine models and numerous accessories, has achieved near cult status.
The Holga continues to increase in popularity with photographers in virtually
every area of the creative process - from students & educators to fine-art
professionals.



Freestyle introduced Holga¹s new line of filters and lens attachments in
December 2004, along with the new Holga N, FN and CFN model cameras using 120-size
film. These cameras feature important enhancements to the original Holga, including
a "bulb" time exposure switch, brass tripod mount, film-handling improvements
and a color flash wheel on the CFN model. Additionally, Freestyle will now market
& distribute the new Holga 35mm camera both manual and auto focus models.
The new 35mm will be available in April, 2005.

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Shutterbug Staff Jan 14, 2005 0 comments

Casio, Inc. has introduced the EXILIM PRO EX-P700, with a 7.2 million megapixel
CCD and 4X optical zoom. The EX-P700 will be available for a MSRP $599.99. The
EX-P700 features a 4X optical zoom (coupled with 4X digital zoom), combined
with a large 2.0-inch LCD screen. The camera has a claimed start-up time of
approximately 2.0 seconds and a 0.01 second release time lag. The EX-P700 also
features a high speed continuous shooting function that can take 3 photos per
second up to 5 photos. New features include Flash Assist, which operates during
flash photography to compensate for underexposure in areas which are not reached
by flash and Auto Macro, which automatically switches between Macro mode and
AF mode. One of the most interesting features is what Casio calls Business Shot,
which compensates for photos taken at an angle and records them as though taken
from straight ahead. While exposure, white balance and focus position are quickly
set with a single press of the shutter, the multi-bracketing feature enables
a variety of shots with different color effects to be taken in combination with
the rapid shooting function.



www.casio.com

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Shutterbug Staff Jan 13, 2005 0 comments

Datacolor has announced the latest updated V1.0.3 software for ColorVision ColorPlus,
part of the PANTONE COLORVISION product line. Now available in 8- languages
-- English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Chinese (Traditional
and simplified) with an all new easy to use wizard and interface. ColorPlus
is an affordable monitor calibration tool for consumers and photo hobbyists.

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Shutterbug Staff Jan 13, 2005 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has announced pricing and availability for its D2X professional
digital SLR camera introduced at Photokina last year (see Jan, 2005 Shutterbug,
or visit at www.shutterbug
.com
). The camera will begin shipping on February 25, 2005 with a suggested
street price of $4999.95 (MSRP $6299.95). Designed as a truly versatile workhorse
camera for many professional disciplines, the 12.4 million-pixel D2X blends
high levels of resolution and class-leading speed. The D2X can comfortably shoot
full resolution 12.4 million pixel images at 5 frames per second (up to 21 consecutive
JPEGS and 15 NEFs), and when the situation demands yet faster frame rates, the
D2X has a unique 6.8 megapixel 'High Speed Cropped Image' mode that boosts the
shooting rate to 8 frames per second (up to 35 consecutive JPEGs or 26 NEFs)
by cropping the number of pixels used on the sensor to create the image.

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Shutterbug Staff Jan 12, 2005 0 comments

How do digital
photographers handle thousands of pictures, maintain quality and efficiency in
their work, and stay competitive? Several leading digital photography companies
- including Extensis, GretagMacbeth, Lexar, Mirra, Nik Multimedia, Wacom, Microsoft,
Adobe, and Blue Pixel - have partnered together to address these questions. While
most professional seminars focus on the camera, editing, or printing, the Just
Show Me How seminar gives photographers the tools and knowledge they need to maximize
the effectiveness and efficiency of the complete digital process - after they've
taken the picture. The Just Show Me How Tour for professional photographers begins
in February 2005 and will visit 10 cities through April 2005.



The seminar will be taught by Rob Galbraith, professional photographer and digital
photography educator. Rob will guide attendees through the process of creating
an end-to-end solution that really works, using the best features of the hardware
and software available today. The goal of these seminars is to help serious and
professional photographers refine the process after the picture is taken, so that
they can direct their creative energies into what they really love - shooting
pictures.



Seminar Registration Details


Interested seminar attendees should visit www.justshowmehowpro.com
to register for an upcoming event. The cost to attend is $149 in advance or $169
for day of, walk-in registration. Check this web site for the seminar schedule,
which starts Feb 9.
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Shutterbug Staff Jan 11, 2005 0 comments

If you're an underwater photo fan, or just like to photograph in all sorts
of weather, or when surfing, etc. you are probably going to be interested in
the Pentax Optio WP. This small, 5-megapixel camera has a 3X zoom, a 2.0 inch
low reflection LCD, 10MB built-in memory, quick start-up, a nine point autofocus
system and captures movies at 30 frames per second in JPEG format.

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Shutterbug Staff Jan 10, 2005 0 comments

Canon's new compact photo printer, the SELPHY CP-400 allows you to make 4
x 6-inch postcards or photographs in approximately 81 seconds, four seconds
faster than previous Canon models.

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Shutterbug Staff Jan 07, 2005 0 comments

The new C-7070 Wide Zoom from Olympus features a wide-angle lens on a magnesium body and a 7.1-megapixel CCD. With its 4x optical zoom wide-angle lens (equivalent
to 27 to 110mm, f2.8 -- f.8.0), the C-7070 Wide Zoom enables photographers
to capture more of their field of view. For nature photographers, the C-7070
features a Super Macro mode that enables shooting from 1.18 inches. The camera's
1.8-inch Semi-Transmissive swivel LCD makes it easy to take pictures at any
angle -- above the head, from the side, or with the camera placed on the
ground. The LCD can even be swiveled 180° for taking self-portraits. And
while conventional LCD screens appear dim against bright light, the Semi-Transmissive
LCD technology is said to provide excellent high-contrast visibility in any
light condition. The camera body is constructed of magnesium alloy with a rubberized.
The camera is also compact, measuring 4.9" (W) x 3.3" (H) x 3.9"
(D) and weighs 15.3 ounces.

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Shutterbug Staff Jan 06, 2005 0 comments

DxO Labs, a software company focused on research in image processing, has announced
that future versions of its flagship RAW converter DxO Raw Engine will support
Adobe's recently announced DNG (Digital Negative) specification.

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Shutterbug Staff Jan 05, 2005 0 comments

The International Photographic Council (IPC), a non-governmental organization
of the United Nations, has named Mr. Toshiro Shimoyama, Supreme Advisor, Olympus
Corporation, Tokyo, Japan as the recipient of its annual Hall of Fame award. The
award honors legendary contributors to the photographic industry. The presentation
is scheduled to take place at the IPC's 2005 Annual New Years Luncheon on
Tuesday, January 25, 2005, 11:30 a.m., at the United Nations in New York City.
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Shutterbug Staff Jan 03, 2005 0 comments

Swift's Ultra Lite collection are said to be the first and only binoculars
to incorporate two different types of rubber to improve durability, shock-absorption
and comfort. These new binoculars combine harder rubber on their outer edges
for better protection against bangs and bumps. Softer rubber is used in the
area where you grip the binoculars, thereby reducing user fatigue. The softer
rubber also provides a superior grip in any weather condition, wet or dry. This
same technology is also used to create a non-slip focusing knob on these binoculars.
The dual density covering also aids the nature photographer by keeping these
binoculars quiet when rubbing against their clothes.

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Shutterbug Staff Dec 27, 2004 0 comments

The F.J. Westcott Company has introduced their new Spiderlite for still and
video imagemakers. The Spiderlite is less than five inches deep and is constructed
of solid metal. The inner metal surface of the light offers a highly reflective
surface. Any light falling backwards is again reflected back into a Soft Box
allowing for maximum output of the lights. Built-in points allow for direct
attachment of a Soft Box onto the Spiderlite itself. This not only cuts down
the cost of purchasing an adapter ring, but also allows the end user fewer parts
to carry or lose as well as quicker set-up.

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Shutterbug Staff Dec 21, 2004 0 comments

About the size of a hockey puck, the new Seagate USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive is
billed as the biggest small hard drive on the planet - it's the world's first
external hard drive small enough to fit in your pocket or throw in a backpack.
Safely encased in its sleek palm-sized shell, it's as convenient as a USB thumb
drive - but it offers an incredible 5GB of storage to conveniently carry a huge
amount of digital music, photos, video, and business files.

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Dec 20, 2004 0 comments

Recent tests found no evidence of X-ray scanner damage to digital camera media
cards or to the images they hold. The tests of scanner models currently in use
in the U.S. transportation industry were jointly conducted by the International
Imaging Industry Association (I3A), the leading global association for the imaging
industry; SanDisk® Corporation, a manufacturer of digital media cards; and
the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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Shutterbug Staff Dec 17, 2004 0 comments

Delkin Devices Inc. has introduced a new version of its BurnAway portable combo
media player that burns DVDs. With recordable DVD's being able to store
up to 4.7 Gigabytes (GB) of data, Delkin sees the DVD BurnAway as a valuable
companion for digital photographers wanting to take advantage of the new crop
of SLR (Single Lens Reflex) digital cameras. New high-resolution cameras need
additional memory to accommodate larger file sizes, making the DVD BurnAway
a perfect solution for quickly clearing memory cards on the go so you can keep
shooting.

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