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Press Release Posted: Nov 20, 2009 0 comments

Induro tripods are available in a wide range of sizes for any shooting situation. Whether you’re working in a studio, or in the field, Induro has a tripod for every photographer. New products  in the line include:
Induro AT-Series Aluminum Alloy tripods are made from the highest grade materials and are designed to offer the uncompromising quality, strength and durability demanded by professionals and serious photographers, at a reasonable price. Like all tripods in the new Induro family, the AT-Series incorporates enhancements that make them more rugged, stable and capable of handling higher load capacities. And the range of features and included accessories is unequalled in the marketplace.

For the photographer who wants a tripod with matching head, the Induro Adventure Series Tripod Kits have become one of the most popular products on the market today. While they were conceived with the budget-conscious photographer in mind, a close look will show that no compromises were made in the materials, design or construction. The AKB kits include an aluminum and magnesium tripod with quick lock legs and a single-action ballhead with quick release plate. Built to the same standards, and having the same enhancements as top-of-the-line Induro professional tripods, Induro has created an outstanding tripod outfit for an outstanding price.

Induro Monopods have also become very important equipment for photographers. They offer support in tight spaces, plus the mobility needed in fast shooting situations. The new Carbon Fiber and Aluminum alloy models take full advantage of the latest refinements and have up to twice the load capacity of earlier models. They’re ideal for photographers on the move - Sports, Nature, Landscape, Travel – and in the studio.

With the introduction of the new BHD-Series, Induro has brought the professional ballhead to a new level. These dual-action ballheads offer increased load capacities, large ergonomic locking knobs, adjustable drag and tension control, independent panning control and much more. To provide maximum strength and lighter weight, the new BHD-series ballheads are made of precision-machined Magnesium alloy. In response to photographers’ requests, the latest Induro ballheads have an Arca-Swiss style quick release plate system.

A visit to your dealer or to InduroGear.com will give you the information you need, including new videos, to make an informed decision.

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Staff Posted: Nov 18, 2009 0 comments

ACD Systems International Inc. unveiled ACDSee Pro 3, a new version of its leading digital image management software that retains the same fast and flexible features photographers rely upon and incorporates an enhanced user experience that delivers professional level workflow tools at a tremendous value.

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Press Release Posted: Nov 18, 2009 0 comments

Mamiya has announced two new and exciting lines of DSLRs, plus a new series of leaf-shutter lenses optimized for digital. This introduction brings together the professional workhorse heritage of Mamiya cameras, and Mamiya’s reputation for making world-class lenses.

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Staff Posted: Nov 16, 2009 0 comments

Schneider Optic’s renowned Classic Soft, HD Classic Soft, Black Frost, and Hollywood Black Magic diffusion filters are now available in popular round sizes specifically for today’s leading SLR, digital SLR and DV cameras.

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Staff Posted: Nov 16, 2009 0 comments

Wacom announced an exciting new computer input solution with the introduction of Multi-Touch in its new family of Bamboo tablets. Bamboo tablets are USB peripherals that deliver natural and intuitive input to desktop or laptop computer users. With the ultimate goal of creating harmony between humans and technology, Wacom combines Multi-Touch (finger-based input) with pen input to deliver an entirely new standard in human-computer interaction. “Multi-Touch provides a very natural and intuitive way for users to navigate and interact with applications,” said Dennis Hoff, senior consumer product manager for Wacom. “By combining Multi-Touch with our renowned pen technology, Bamboo provides users with a new computer input approach that is not only extremely flexible, but friendly, fresh and fun.”

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Press Release Posted: Nov 13, 2009 0 comments

FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. announced the availability of the Instax Mini 7S Instant Camera and Instax Mini Instant Color Film to the U.S. market.

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Press Release Posted: Nov 13, 2009 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 software available for Windows and Mac, providing automated and intelligent photo-editing technology across both platforms.

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Press Release Posted: Nov 11, 2009 0 comments

Direct Source Marketing (DSM), the sole U.S. distributor of Horseman photo products for professionals and high-end consumers, today announced unique multi-coated conversion lenses for DSLR cameras.

Among the numerous models is the Horseman 0.7 Wide, which is designed exclusively for 18-55mm zoom lenses. The 0.7x wide conversion lens is thin, lightweight and can be attached in front of the taking lens of your camera, quickly and easily. Another is the Horseman 0.6 Wide/Macro, a 0.6x wide conversion lens that also serves as a macro lens. The lens delivers crisp images without chromatic aberration in the periphery of images, enabling you to enjoy wide-angle photography over the entire focal length range of your DSLR zoom lens.

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Staff Posted: Nov 11, 2009 0 comments

X-Rite, Incorporated announced ColorChecker Passport (www.xritephoto.com), an all-new solution for digital photographers working in a Raw workflow to quickly and easily capture accurate color, instantly enhance portraits and landscapes, and maintain color control from capture to edit. For more info: www.cjcstrategists.com/resources/xrite/X-Rite_Passport_Press_Brief.pdf

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Press Release Posted: Nov 09, 2009 0 comments

Epson America unveiled the Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner, a new mid-range scanning solution offering advanced performance for photos, film, slides, and everyday documents. Delivering outstanding resolution and extensive versatility, the Perfection V600 scanner features 6400 x 9600 dpi resolution1 and 3.4 Dmax for creating beautiful high-quality enlargements up to 17” x 22”. It also includes powerful photo restoration tools for both film and prints to bring faded and damaged photos back to life, as well as productivity enhancing Epson ReadyScan LED technology.

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Press Release Posted: Nov 09, 2009 0 comments

Alien Skin Software has announced the immediate availability of Blow Up 2.0.3, the new version of its photo resizing plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.  Blow Up 2.0.3 is a free update for owners of Blow Up 2.0.0 or later.  Simply installing the latest demo of Blow Up from the Alien Skin Software Web site will upgrade an existing installation of Blow Up 2 to version 2.0.3.

Blow Up 2.0.3 comes with two Photoshop CS4 panels that are accessed in the Window->Extensions menu.  These panels can be moved and docked just like Photoshop’s built-in panels, such as the Layers palette.  The first of these is the Startup Panel which makes common output sizes and paper types available with a single click.  The Startup Panel can also start Blow Up’s full interface with a single click rather than navigating into Photoshop’s menus.

The other Photoshop CS4 panel installed with Blow Up 2.0.3 is the Gallery Wrap Panel.  This panel prepares images for printing on canvas that is stretched around the outside of a wood frame.  This popular mounting technique requires extending an image to cover the sides of the frame, which can be a confusing and tedious process.  The Gallery Wrap Panel provides full control over this process while taking care of all the technical details.  The resulting image is ready to send to professional printing companies such as APC (http://artisticphotocanvas.com).

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Press Release Posted: Nov 06, 2009 0 comments

Skooba Design has again expanded its original Checkthrough “checkpoint-friendly” laptop bag collection, with the addition of an ultralight backpack and a rolling laptop/business case. Checkthrough bags are specially designed and tested to pass through airport security x-ray screening without having to remove the computer. According to the company, its Checkthrough bags—developed in close coordination with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)—are the best-selling items in Skooba’s 10-year history, and the new styles are in response to significant customer demand for more and different versions of the product. The company has multiple patents pending on both current and future Checkthrough products, and also offers a broad range of checkpoint-friendly laptop skins.

At first glance, the Checkthrough Backpack looks like a standard, high-end business or travel backpack. But unlike traditional laptop packs, it opens and hinges in the middle to separate and isolate the laptop compartment from the rest of the bag. For initial, immediate visual reference, the laptop can be seen by the inspector through a clear window that is exposed when the bag is unfolded. With the window facing up, the bag is sent through X-ray screening. The design of the laptop compartment is such that the image presented to the screener is the same as if the laptop were removed and placed in a bin. The Checkthrough bag and all of its contents can be carried securely with or without the hinge zipped shut, so it can be readied in line, prior to screening. Once through, the traveler can simply pick up the bag and go, zipping it back up on the move or at the gate.

The new Checkthrough Roller works the same way as the backpack, with a hinged laptop compartment and preview window. It glides on urethane skate wheels mounted to aluminum wheel guard brackets, pulled along by a heavy-duty retractable handle. Skooba says that the roller is among the lightest rolling cases in its category, capacity and feature-set, and that it fits in all major airline storage spaces. Yet the case has room for a large stack of files and papers, or even an overnight’s worth of clothing and travel necessities.

Both the backpack and roller feature durable, weather-repellant ballistic exterior fabric, nickel-finished hardware, Doc Pocket™ organizers for airline tickets and passport, clear zippered pouches for allowable liquids, and many other travel-friendly features. Plenty of pockets—20 in the backpack and 18 in the Roller—organize gadgets, accessories and other small items.

The new Checkthrough Backpack and Roller are in stock now and available for immediate delivery, at suggested retail prices of $129.95 and $189.95, respectively. For more information, visit www.Tenba.com.

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Staff Posted: Nov 04, 2009 0 comments

Sigma Corporation (www.sigmaphoto.com) is pleased to announce the new 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS lens. This compact, telephoto zoom lens provides an extremely long zoom range that can capture an array of subject matter spanning from portrait to sports photography. In fact, with smaller chip cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax, this large-aperture lens’ focal length grows to the equivalent of about 105-450mm.

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Staff Posted: Nov 04, 2009 0 comments

Nik Software announced Viveza 2, an upgraded plug-in for selective color and light control. Available in December, Viveza 2 now offers users robust global adjustments and precise selective controls that utilize Nik Software’s award-winning U Point technology. Viveza 2 eliminates the need to create complicated selections or layer masks and provides a powerful solution for users looking to save time and effort when editing images.   

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Staff Posted: Nov 02, 2009 0 comments

Toshiba’s new Digital Media Frame models make it possible for users to automatically share priceless memories with friends and family anywhere in the world thanks to FrameChannel. Simply set up a FrameChannel account and upload images or link favorite photos, music and videos from popular sites like Flickr, Photobucket, and Facebook. Friends and family can stay updated with new photos when their frames are connected to the account.

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