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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 27, 2005 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has introduced new versions of KODAK PROSHOTS Studio Software
Suite v6.3, KODAK PROSHOTS Basics Software v2.0 and KODAK PROSHOTS Online Services
v7.0 that, via labs, will provide photographers with a broader range of templates
for their print ordering process. Photographers will also have improved tools
for previewing and selling their images to customers in-person or over the Internet.




The KODAK PROSHOTS System, a powerful set of image-management, design and ordering
tools, serves professional wedding, social and portrait photographers whether
they work with film or digital cameras. PROSHOTS System Participating Labs use
hybrid and complete digital lab workflows to offer a broad range of products and
services to photographers through the PROSHOTS System. The KODAK PROSHOTS System
is the industry's most-used service of its kind, with more than 40 labs,
11 album and frame companies and two studio management software companies integrating
it seamlessly with existing lab products.



PROSHOTS Studio Software Suite v6.3

Available as a free download to photographers with a current version of PROSHOTS
Studio Software Suite, or US$249 for new users, version 6.3 includes enhanced
proof book options with a variety of selectable background colors and definable
cover pages. Additional improvements include enriched digital product ordering
and presentation features:

· Lab templates now can be organized into categories, e.g., "Weddings,"
"Sports," etc., for easier navigation.

· More sophisticated lab products, e.g., templates with images displayed
on an angle or customizable text, can now be displayed and cropped as "what
you see is what you get" for better previewing and ordering.

· Enhanced slide-show options to play music through a PC, and a slide show
that can now easily be saved to be burned later to CD or DVD.



The album and frame interface definitions are streamlined, further enhancing Kodak's
full-featured software product for both photographers and labs.



PROSHOTS Basics Software v2

PROSHOTS Basics Software now includes additional features to simplify the image-ordering
process. As with the PROSHOTS Studio Software Suite, PROSHOTS Basics Software
now allows the organization of lab templates into categories, and enhanced proof
book options are now available. The features are all available in the intuitive,
easy-to-use interface for which PROSHOTS Basics Software is known.

In addition, key selling features have been added to PROSHOTS Basics Software.
With version 2, users can for the first time:

· Preview and order a broad range of lab digital products in a "what
you see is what you get" manner.

· Access the capabilities of PROSHOTS Online Services to create product
and price lists, post images and take orders over the Internet.

· Use a new built-in slide show capability for reviewing images with customers.



For PROSHOTS System Participating Labs, PROSHOTS Basics Software expands the potential
printing volume by providing a solution for the estimated one-third of professional
photographers who are MACINTOSH OS users.

PROSHOTS Basics software is free, runs on both MACINTOSH OS X and WINDOWS 2000
or XP platforms, and is available as a download at www.kodak.com/proshots/basicsinfo.




KODAK PROSHOTS Online Services v7

The award-winning PROSHOTS Online Services have been redesigned to enhance the
image viewing and ordering experience for the increasing number of consumers using
the Internet. Redesign features include:

· A modern, sophisticated look and feel with a cleaner shopping cart and
checkout process.

· Improved slide show with faster refresh and improved navigation and speed
controls.

· Increased image-zoom capability to better view image details.



Access to PROSHOTS Online Services is integrated within PROSHOTS Studio and PROSHOTS
Basics Software so photographers only need one piece of software for lab print
ordering, in-studio presentations and online selling. A new rewards program provides
benefits to photographers the more they make use of PROSHOTS Online Services.


The PROSHOTS System software updates will be available in March. For more information
on the KODAK PROSHOTS System and membership benefits for photographers ¾
including Web site and other training resources ¾ please visit www.kodak.com/proshots/membershipinfo.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 26, 2005 0 comments

Juror: Sarah Kennel, Assistant Curator, Department of Photographs, National
Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

This exhibition is open to artists working in all photographic processes. Artists
are encouraged to expand parameters and traditional definitions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 25, 2005 0 comments

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. has introduced the new compact DiMAGE
Z5 -- a digital camera that offers a built-in 12x optical Mega Zoom lens,
Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake System, 5.0-megapixel CCD, fast
overall response including Rapid autofocusing (AF), and a large 2.0-inch LCD
screen.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 20, 2005 0 comments

Epson America Inc. has begun offering its Online Experience digital photography
and printing program via authorized photo dealers, making it even easier for
photo enthusiasts and advanced amateurs to participate in the valuable on-demand
program. This unique program offers participants expert techniques, valuable
tips and insider secrets the pros use to create spectacular digital prints.



Featuring a unique, self-paced video-streaming program hosted by award-winning
photographer and musician Graham Nash, the Epson Online Experience provides
participants with access to over 60 video segments and tutorials on digital
photography techniques from capture to print including such topics as color
management, choosing the right papers and inks, understanding printer drivers,
and using the latest Adobe Photoshop CS techniques. These tutorials are designed
to show photographers how to get maximum quality prints from a broad range of
digital cameras and scanners. In addition, subscribers get a true behind-the-scenes
perspective on how each photographer works both in studio and on location.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 19, 2005 0 comments

LightScribe and LaCie have announced that they are partnering to offer the first
direct disc labeling drive for Macintosh computers. For the first time, Macintosh
customers can burn the data side of a disc, then flip the disc over and burn a
precise, iridescent label with their desired text and graphics using the same
laser that burns the data. No printer, permanent marker or adhesive labeling is
required to develop and burn creative designs onto the CD or DVD.



LightScribe uses the LaCie d2 DVD±RW Double Layer drive's existing
laser to deliver precisely controlled light energy to the disc through an innovative
circular writing system. The light energy causes a visible chemical change in
the dye coating. The result is a high-resolution label image of art, text or photos.
Because the labels are laser etched in a coating applied during disc manufacture,
no ink or adhesive labels are required.



The LaCie d2 DVD±RW Double Layer supports burning a full 4.7GB DVD in about
five minutes, as well as burning to double layer discs that offer twice the capacity.
Easy-to-use DVD creation software allows people to create movies in a matter of
minutes complete with menus, thumbnails and backgrounds. With the LightScribe
technology, customers can also burn a label that is a high-resolution reproduction
of their artwork, text or photos.



LaCie d2 DVD±RW Double Layer drives with LightScribe will be available
in early 2005.



www.lacie.com

www.lightscribe.com...

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Posted: 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 Posted: 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 Posted: 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 Posted: 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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