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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 04, 2005 0 comments

DxO Labs has made available a public beta version of its soon-to-be released
DxO Optics Pro version 3.0 software. DxO Optics Pro V3.0 automatically enhances
images produced by Digital Single-Lens Reflex (Digital-SLR) cameras and their
lenses with revolutionary optics, noise and lighting corrections packed in an
all-new, easy-to-use feature rich application.



Serious photographers worldwide are invited to download and test-drive DxO Optics
Pro V3.0 from the DxO Labs Web site (http://www.dxo.com) and provide feedback
on all aspects of this landmark application.



DxO Labs' unique, automatic optical corrections are a core part of DxO
Optics Pro V3.0. Based on sophisticated models of camera and lens performance,
DxO Optics Engine together with the associated lens correction modules automatically
removes lens distortion, vignetting, lens softness and lateral chromatic aberration.
Corrections can be accomplished automatically with no user interaction required
even though the corrections required can differ greatly from one image to the
next.



Based on a set of unique algorithms developed by DxO Labs and on precise camera
sensor modelization, the all-new DxO Noise Engine automatically achieves a reduction
of up to two stops in image noise while preserving maximum detail. For example,
an image shot at 1600 ISO and processed by DxO Noise Engine will present a noise
level equivalent to an image shot at 400 ISO.



A brand new DxO technology included in this release, DxO Lighting is a unique
local exposure and dynamic range optimizer. Automatically replicating analog
film techniques known as "dodging and burning", DxO Lighting Engine
brings out shadow detail of digital image files while preserving highlights,
textures, colors and a natural look.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 02, 2005 0 comments

Have you ever wanted to use Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2 to awaken the artist that
lies within? Now you can, with professional photographer, Photoshop instructor
and author Rick Sammon guiding you along the way with his personal, hands-on
lessons.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 29, 2005 0 comments

Incorporating
upgrades based on user feedback and advancement in technologies, Nikon (www.nikondigital.com)
today introduced the D70s 6.1-effective megapixel digital SLR camera. The D70s
builds on the success of the D70, with multiple internal and external refinements
including an improved autofocus system, larger LCD monitor, the addition of
a remote cord port, new graphic user interface, among several other enhancements.
The Nikon D70s has a DX format 6.1-effective megapixel CCD sensor and an improved
autofocus system delivers enhanced performance, especially in Dynamic area AF
and Dynamic area AF with closest subject priority modes. This combined with
Nikon's unique Dynamic Buffer technology (that allows the camera to continuously
take up to 144 pictures at a speed of three pictures per second) makes the D70s
even more responsive and when photographing fast moving subjects.



The D70s incorporates a host of new enhancements and refinements internally
and externally, in addition to all of the advanced features and innovations
found in the D70:

· A refined 5-area autofocus system now has an all-area search priority
to go along with the camera's single area, dynamic area, and close subject
priorities, improving the camera's ability to acquire focus on fast moving
subjects within the frame.

· The camera now boasts a larger 2.0" LCD monitor, making it easier
for users to review images and access menus.

· A new remote port for the MC-DC1 electronic cable release (optional)
allows users to trigger the camera and hold the shutter open via an electronic
cable release

· A built-in Speedlight with a wider angle of coverage, supports 18mm
lenses.

· A new easier-to-read menu design in the D70s uses color-coded menus,
and a larger type-face.

· A higher capacity EN-EL3a battery offers users more pictures per charge.
The EN-EL3a battery comes with a new, smaller MH-18a battery charger. Both the
new battery and charger are included with the D70s.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 28, 2005 0 comments

Nikon
has introduced the D50 digital SLR camera, the smallest, lightest and easiest-to-use
Nikon digital SLR camera to date. The D50 is said to be designed for the broadest
range of consumers including family memory-keepers as well as photo enthusiasts.




Pricing is $899 (for the D50 outfit with the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
ED lens), The camera features seven Digital Vari-Program modes including the
new "Child" mode. The D50's "Child" mode automatically
adjusts several of the camera's settings, including ISO, shutter speeds,
and white balance, to produce optimized images when taking pictures of children.
The D50 also includes a full range of manual controls and custom settings, so
users can grow with the camera, and advanced photo enthusiasts can find themselves
right at home with a D50 in their hands.



The D50, a 6.1 effective megapixel camera, incorporates several important new
Nikon technologies, including the new 3D Color Matrix Metering II, said to ensure
accurate exposure control in all types of lighting situations by automatically
comparing input from its frame-wide 420-pixel metering sensor for each scene
to a large onboard database of over 30,000 scenes from actual photography. Shutter
speed choices in the D50 extend from 30 seconds to 1/4,000 second. A high-speed
flash sync speed goes up to up to 1/500 second. The D50 is said to be ready
to shoot in an imperceptible 0.2 seconds. The shutter responds almost instantly
when a picture is taken, thereby minimizing `shutter-lag'. Continuous
shooting at 2.5 pictures per second* can be maintained for a burst of up to
137 pictures. Pictures taken are instantly processed and recorded to a compact
SD (Secure Digital) memory card, and a new USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface supports
faster transfer of images when connected to a computer.



Newly designed plain-language menus are displayed clearly on the large 2.0-inch
LCD screen, and intuitive help menus are available for on-the-spot reference.
A high capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery helps extend mobility and convenience
by delivering the power to shoot up to 2,000 images on a single charge. The
D50 also offers seamless compatibility with Nikon's extensive family of over
50 high-performance AF Nikkor lenses.



The Nikon D50 outfit, including the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
ED lens, will be available in June for an estimated selling price of $899.95.



www.nikonusa.com

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 26, 2005 0 comments

Several new dye sub printers have been recently announced. These printers employ
thermal transfer technology--they apply heat to a special ink ribbon to produce
colored gas that forms an image on special media. All provide approximately
300dpi resolution, plenty for continuous tone output.



High Speed Pro Printers

Kodak recently introduced two new roll-fed thermal transfer 300dpi Professional
models (with automatic cutters) that generate high quality output for use as
proofs or for immediate sale. Both employ Ektatherm media said to produce prints
that will "last a lifetime". An archival rating has not yet been
published. (They require a computer running Windows 2000 or XP; Mac support
is not available at this time.) The Professional 6850 Digital Photo Printer
is lightning fast. It can deliver 6x8-inch glossies in 15 seconds or 4x6's
in a mere 4 seconds -- hundreds of such photos in a series (without operator
intervention) when high volume is required. (List price $2900; cost per print
not stated; available in August 2005.)

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 26, 2005 0 comments

Tamarkin Photographica will hold its seventeenth rare camera auction in New
York City on June 3, 2005. There will be over 250 lots of rare and unusual photo
gear including a 1000mm Nikkor f6,3 for the Nikon rangefinder that will have
an estimate of over $45,000, a chrome Leica MP, Leica A Elmax, Leica 250 GG,
a beautiful black Nikon S3, and an exceedingly rare black Nikkor J camera.

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 26, 2005 0 comments

There's lots to like about the new Olympus C-7000 camera, including the
size of the image files it puts out and the "seamless" 30X zoom
(5X optical and 6X digital combined) that delivers better quality digital zooms
than many cameras we've worked with in the past. The C-7000 is aimed at
those who like to get involved with their photography, and offers as many options
and modes as you could desire. They certainly make this a camera that allows
you to flex your creative muscles. Granted, you have to delve into the menu
to get at most of the options, something that helps streamline the body but
can hold up spontaneous changes.


Olympus C7000 camera from file (PMA)

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 25, 2005 0 comments

nik multimedia, Inc. has announced nik Sharpener Pro 2.0, the upgrade to the popular nik Sharpener Pro software. nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 is said to provide the easiest way for photographers and digital artists to optimally sharpen their digital images and achieve the best possible detail in their final prints. As a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and other image editing applications, nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 new features include 16-bit compatibility for sharpening 16-bit images, a larger preview area to allow users to see how the sharpening alters their images, and new tools offering more control of where sharpening is applied to the image.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 25, 2005 0 comments

Sigma Corporation has announced the launch of the new 50-500 F4-6.3 EX DG/HSM lens. This high zoom ratio lens is optimized for digital SLR cameras and capable of covering a wide range of focal lengths from 50mm standard to 500mm ultra telephoto. This ultra-zoom lens employs a seven-group zoom system, which provides a high zoom magnification of 10x. Triple-cam Rear Focusing System ensures high precision throughout the whole focus range. The new lens coating reduces flare and ghost, which is a common problem of digital cameras and also creates an optimum color balance. This lens uses four pieces of SLD (the special low dispersion) glass for excellent correction of color aberration. A zoom lock switch eliminates 'zoom creep' during transportation, a convenient addition when traveling. The HSM Hyper Sonic Motor models provide quiet high-speed AF function, as well as full-time manual focus capability., The rear focus mechanism produces a non-rotating front lens element which accepts a bayonet "Petal-type Hood", which prevents extraneous light from degrading the image quality. By adding an APO teleconverter (sold separately), you can use this lens as a 140-700mm f/7.3-8.8 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a 1.4X EX teleconverter, or as a 200-1000mm F10.4-12.6 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a 2X teleconverter. Teleconverters can be used in 100mm – 500mm focal length range.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 25, 2005 0 comments

Sigma Corporation has announced their new 500 F4.5 APO EX DG HSM lens.
This ultra-telephoto lens has a fast maximum aperture, and also features a new super multi-layer coating, which optimizes the characteristics of digital SLR cameras.
Two ELD glass elements in the front lens elements reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum and also ensure sharp, quality images of high contrast. The overall length of the lens does not change during focusing, ensuring convenient handling and ease of use.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 22, 2005 0 comments

Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) today announced the launch of Digimarc MyPictureMarc
2005, bringing photographers and creative professionals new layers of security
to protect their digital image collections.



Digimarc MyPictureMarc 2005 delivers new digital watermarking technology, enhanced
digital rights management tracking, online image backup and free visual watermarking.
The new MyPictureMarc 2005 plug-in is immediately available for download at www.digimarc.com/mypicturemarc,
supporting all current Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) Photoshop 7 and higher products,
as well as Photoshop Elements 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0.



Digital imaging has migrated from pre-press to a mainstay of the imaging workflow:
from capture, to the digital darkroom, distribution collaboration and publication.
To be effective in this paradigm creative professionals need professional-grade
protection throughout the process for their digital images. Building on a decade
of copyright protection experience, MyPictureMarc 2005 brings together new layers
of security technology to help protect digital image portfolios.



Concurrently, Digimarc has launched www.digimarc.com/mypicturemarc dedicated to
serve the MyPictureMarc user community. Through the site, users can learn about
MyPictureMarc's features, subscribe to the service and access Digimarc's
toolbox of image protection tips, tricks and utilities. The site also showcases
Digimarc customers who use MyPictureMarc to protect their images.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 21, 2005 0 comments

AgfaPhoto today announced the opening of its Third Annual International AgfaPhoto
Multicontrast Black-and-White Photo Competition. Open to both professional and
amateur photographers, this year's competition is themed "Insights into
the Human Condition: Body Language."

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2005 0 comments

Sinar
Bron Imaging has announced the latest View Camera from the award winning Swiss
manufacturer, Sinar AG. The Limited Edition Sinar x3 view camera is designed to
help photographers work faster and more accurately. It features the best from
the Sinar View Camera line, including Sinar Gear Driven Movements, the smooth,
self-arresting precision drives and it's based on asymmetric tilts and swings.
The x3 features the unique Sinar focusing technique. The built-in scales permit
accurate determination of depth of field, tilt and swing angles, which systematically
lead to perfect focusing without the camera distracting from the creative task.
Like the Sinar p3 studio camera, it features integrated contacts and electrical
bellows, which makes it possible to control the electronic between-the-lens shutters
of Sinaron Digital CMV lenses without additional cables. When used with any Sinar
digitalback, the sharpness can be focused with pixel accuracy via "Live Video."
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 19, 2005 0 comments

Wacom
Technology Corporation, with the support of Corel, has successfully developed
a 6D Art Pen that gives artists and designers six dimensions of pen control
in Corel Painter IX. Available immediately, the 6D Art Pen is supported on Wacom's
Intuos3 pen tablets and new Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display. The pen has
a suggested retail price of $69.95.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 18, 2005 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced Adobe Photoshop CS2. Available as a stand-alone
software application or as a key component of Adobe Creative Suite2, Photoshop
CS2 integrates a new set of intuitive tools, including an enhanced Spot Healing
Brush, for handling common photographic problems such as blemishes, red-eye, noise,
blurring and lens distortion. Smart Objects allow users to scale and transform
images and vector illustrations without losing image quality -- as well as
create linked duplicates of embedded graphics -- so that a single edit updates
across multiple iterations. Other new tools include Vanishing Point and Image
Warping. Vanishing Point cuts tedious graphic and photo retouching tasks by allowing
users to clone, paint and transform image objects while retaining visual perspective.
Reinventing workflows such as product packaging development, Image Warping makes
it easy to fold, stretch, pull, twist and wrap an image into shape by selecting
an on-demand preset or dragging custom control points.
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