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Jon Canfield Posted: Feb 22, 2005 0 comments

Paper Anyone?

There are a large number of new papers and inks being shown at PMA this year,
with better archival properties and new surfaces - both traditional RC type
papers and fine art textures. Oriental, long known for their papers in the traditional
film market was showing a new line of inkjet papers, the Graphica Fiber Base
Glossy, ideal for those looking for traditional silver halide print quality,
Graphica RC Professional in gloss and luster finishes, Graphica Designer Art
Canvas, which can either be stretched like traditional canvas or mounted and
matted like traditional papers. The papers are available in cut sheet sizes
for desktop printers and roll sizes up to 42 inches.







MediaStreet was showing their new black only ink set and papers. Currently for
the Epson R series printers, MediaStreet has expanded beyond their Niagra continuous
ink system into what looks to be a very strong entry for dedicated black and
white ink jet printing. Their profiles have several tone curves that mimic traditional
alternative processing. The Niagara system now supports the Epson 4000, R300
and R800 printers as well as the Canon i9900 printers.



Arches, who makes the popular Infinity fine art papers was showing a new line
of papers from Canson. Surfaces include Torchon, Canvas, Mi-Teintes, and Watercolor
for the fine art photographer, and both PhotoGloss and PhotoSatin for a more
traditional look. The Canson line will be available in cut sheet and rolls up
to 50" width.



Hahnemuehle introduced a new series of fine art papers - the White Etching 100%
Rag in both 350 and 500 gsm as well as a new Photo Rag Bright White 308 gsm
paper.



Good news for many though is that Ilford has announced that black and white
film, paper, and chemicals will continue to be available, good news for the
many fans of Ilford film products.



Ferrania has a new line of archival paper out that offers excellent fade protection.
Compatible with dye and pigment printers, the paper is available in gloss and
satin finishes.







Kodak has finally made their Professional line of inkjet papers available in
10", 16", and 24" x 100' roll sizes. These papers have
the look and feel of traditional Kodak gloss (F surface) and luster (E surface)
paper with the familiar Kodak logo on the back.

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Jon Canfield Posted: Feb 21, 2005 0 comments

Welcome to Shutterbug's live show coverage from PMA 2005. The Photo Marketing
Association's annual show is considered to be the photographic industry's
most important annual event and is being held in Orlando FL from Feb 20-23 this
year.



Every day throughout the show I'll be providing updates of major announcements
and new products that will most likely be on your list of future purchases. While
digital is the dominant theme at PMA this year, there is plenty out there for
the film shooter to get excited about.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 18, 2005 0 comments

Primera Technology's BravoPro Disc Publisher is an automated CD/DVD burning
and printing system. BravoPro copies and prints up to 100-discs per job hands-free
with both Mac and PC compatibility. BravoPro is available with two 52x CD-R
drives or two DVD±R/CD-R combination drives that record DVDs at 16x and
CDs at 32x. A 4800 dpi printer, prints full-color, photo-quality images directly
on the surface of the disc. No labels are required! Bravo II can be used as
a desktop unit or integrated in larger photographic processing and kiosk solutions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 17, 2005 0 comments

In late August 2004, ILFORD Imaging USA Inc communicated that the accounting
firm Grant Thornton had appointed partners Mark Byers, Malcolm Shierson and
Les Ross as joint administrators of the UK parent company Ilford Imaging Limited,
and joint administrative receivers of our UK affiliate, Ilford Imaging UK Limited.
One of the major consequences of this action was the implementation of restructuring
plans at all ILFORD entities worldwide. The first round of these changes have
been completed.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 16, 2005 0 comments

Tamrac has introduced a redesign of their popular Expedition Series backpacks,
now with "Wing" accessory pockets that allow for quick access to
accessories. The accessory pockets also have Tamrac's exclusive Memory
and Battery Management System that uses red flags to identify available memory
cards and batteries. The packs include dual-foam comfort pads on the back and
air flow channels to keep the werer, and contents, cool and dry. There's
also a QuickClip tripod attachment system with a tripod foot pocket for balancing
a tripod with the pack.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Feb 15, 2005 0 comments

Eight megapixel digital SLR with substantial upgrades over the highly rated
EOS 10D

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 15, 2005 0 comments

In olden times printmakers toiling in the darkroom had a fair sampling of paper
surfaces from which to choose, as well as paper "tones" that ranged
from warm to cool, depending on the paper characteristics modified by the developer
used. Alas, those days are past, with less and less surfaces available. Now,
however, the choice in paper surfaces and weights has returned, albeit in the
form of inkjet papers for output using both pigment and dye based inks. Today,
the proliferation of inkjet paper brands speaks to the growing market for these
products and provides the photographer with perhaps even more possibilities
than even was available in the heyday of the chemical darkroom arts.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 14, 2005 0 comments

Fuji Photo
Film U.S.A. has introduced new Fujicolor True Definition 400 35mm, a premium
ISO 400 35mm color print film featuring Fujifilm's New Fine-Color Film Technology
that is said to deliver extremely accurate color and skin tone reproduction,
wide exposure latitude and precise detail for exceptional prints.



Fujifilm's True Definition 400 film with New Fine-Color Film Technology offers
the following benefits:

Natural Skin Tones

True Definition 400 provides natural skin tones with continuously smooth gradation
from highlights to shadows without washed out flash pictures.



Soft Gradation

True Definition 400 provides rich highlight-to-shadow tone reproduction that
allows for fine details to be reproduced.

High Speed and Wide Exposure Latitude

True Definition 400 is a high sensitivity ISO 400 film with wide exposure latitude
for excellent low-light performance.



Excellent Sharpness

True Definition 400 provides extremely sharp depiction of all aspects of images
including texture details.



www.fujifilm.com.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2005 0 comments

Panasonic
has introduced two new Lumix digital still cameras with 12x optical zoom and
MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer). Models DMC-FZ5 and DMC-FZ4 offer 5.0-megapixel
and 4.0-megapixel resolution, respectively, and incorporate a newly developed
12x optical zoom equivalent to 36mm to 432mm (DMC-FZ5) / 35mm to 420mm (DMC-FZ4)
on a 35mm film camera lens. The 12x optical zoom combined with 4x digital zoom
magnifies images by as much as 48x, enabling users to capture images of subjects
at longer distances. Both cameras feature a high-performance LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
lens.



Panasonic first introduced the MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer with its DMC-FZ1
digital still camera in 2003; and, in 2004, was the first to market a digital
camera with 12x zoom and MEGA O.I.S. Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer
automatically detects and corrects for hand movement, providing precise compensation
with no image quality degradation. This technology is especially appreciated
when taking telephoto shots or when using slow shutter speeds to capture the
atmosphere in dimly lit scenes.



Panasonic's LSI Venus Engine II handles image processing, LCD functions, and
writing to the memory card simultaneously, making these cameras responsive with
an industry-leading release time lag of 0.008 seconds minimum for the DMC-FZ5
and 0.006 seconds minimum for the DMC-FZ4; and shutter interval of approx. 0.4
seconds minimum for the DMC-FZ5 and 0.3 seconds minimum for the DMC-FZ4. The
LSI also enables fast consecutive shooting capability, capturing sequential
shots at a rate of 3 frames (DMC-FZ5) or 4 frames (DMC-FZ4) per second at full
resolution. An unlimited consecutive shooting function allows the user to take
photos in succession until the memory card is full. The LSI also improves horizontal,
vertical and diagonal resolution.



Auto angle detection, a new feature, records whether an image was taken horizontally
or vertically and displays it accordingly, whether viewed on the camera's LCD
or on a connected TV.



Other features include fast AF; selectable manual functions (such as aperture-priority
AE, shutter-priority AE and manual exposure); a Simple Mode, in which most settings
are made automatically; real-time histogram; color viewfinder; built-in flash,
and more.



www.panasonic.com



MODEL AVAILABILITY MSRP

DMC-FZ5 April 2005 $499.95

DMC-FZ4 April 2005 $449.95

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 10, 2005 0 comments

The
MAC Group has announced the release of yet another exciting educational DVD
title from the ShootSmarter DVD series.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 09, 2005 0 comments

Kanguru Solutions has announced the release of the newly redesigned Kanguru
Quicksilver external hard drive. The Kanguru Quicksilver external hard drive
features a high strength exterior alloy casing allows for improved heat dissipation
during prolonged use. It also provides the option for users to lay the product
horizontal or stand vertical to economize precious storage space.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 08, 2005 0 comments

Casio, Inc.has released the newest model in its EXILIM digital camera series.
The new EXILIM PRO EX-P505 is equipped with a 5.0 megapixel imaging element and
a 5X optical zoom. It not only takes digital photos but is also capable of shooting
extended video scenes with high-image quality. The EXILIM PRO EX-P505 will be
available at retail the end of February, MSRP $499.99. The 5X optical zoom lens
has macro capability down to 1 cm, as well as aperture priority or shutter priority
automatic setting, along with manual exposure mode for completely manual operation.
The adoption of MPEG-4 technology enables full-scale high quality video shooting
in VGA size (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 frames per second. "Movie BEST SHOT"
allows the user to select from sample scenes for a wide range of shooting styles.
"Short Movie" lets users film short movies during a single shutter,
while other shooting and editing functions such as "MOTION PRINT"
can be used to obtain a still image from a movie.


www.casio.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 04, 2005 0 comments

Distinguished businessman Mitch Goldstone recently started a humanitarian campaign
titled Operation Photo which will provide the families of deployed service members
with digital cameras. These cameras will allow the families to keep in close
contact with their loved ones overseas with the aid of digital images.



As a part of the communications programs, the cameras will be distributed by
the national non profit organization known as Operation Homefront and each package
will include a 40 percent discount when ordering Kodak quality images from the
www.30minphotos.com
website.



Both the Eastman Kodak Company and the Olympus Corporation have announced their
participation and support of Operation Photo. The program's website www.operationphoto.us
is currently receiving more requests than their current supply can handle.


Please send your used digital camera in good working condition to Operation Photo,
c/o 30 Minute Photos Etc., 92 Corporate Park Plaza, Suite B, Irvine, CA 92606
and if you include your e-mail address you will receive a 25% off all online photo
orders at www.30minphotos.com
through Dec 31. For more information on this program please e-mail inquires to
info@30minphotos.com.

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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

If you've ever been walking down the street and a picture caught your
eye, but had no camera to capture the moment, then the small, shirt-pocket size
digicams might just be item you're seeking. A number of companies, including
Pentax, Casio and Minolta have already introduced such models, each with their
own unique feature sets. Now, Contax, a name renowned for exquisite cameras
and excellent lenses, has jumped into the fray with their own version, the U4R,
a 4-megapixel camera sporting a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* lens. Those familiar
with the amazing image clarity of this line of lenses will immediately recognize
the name; those unfamiliar with it can be assured that it is a legendary name
in optics. The camera has just under a 3x optical zoom lens, delivering the
equivalent of 38-115mm in 35mm format. There's also a digital zoom if
you need it, delivering over 400mm, but as with many digital zooms it's
really a crop into the frame, and will not deliver the quality of the prime
optics.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2005 1 comments

After thirty years of serving the professional photography community, first in
film and most recently with digital printing, AdoramaPix will now allow everyone
to join its On-Line Digital Print Membership Club. Due to the volume of requests
of amateur photographers, and the automation of the ordering process via Adorama's
easy-to-use WEB site, Mr. Herman Klein, Director of the Digital Developing Division
of Adorama, announced today that AdoramaPix will now allow the public to become
free members of its current full digital developing services. Membership fees
and minimum print order requirements have been waived. New members are being offered
incentives for placing their first orders via the WEB at http://www.adoramapix.com.
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