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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments

The new Sekonic L-758DR DigitalMaster is the world's first multi-function
light meter than can be programmed to match the sensitivity of digital camera
sensors or types of film for perfect exposure control. The L-758DR DigitalMaster
offers all the features found on the popular L-558R DualMaster, however, that's
where the similarities end. From its inception, the L-758DR has been designed
from the ground up to address the needs of today's digital photographers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments

Profoto has launched a new battery flash generator, the AcuteB, said to set
new standards for lightweight, portable flash equipment. Compared to their battery
generators, the Pro-B2 and the Pro-7b, the new AcuteB 600 generator measures
only 7.5x 7.5 x5 in., including the handle, and weighs 10.8 pounds. It features
a maximum output of 600 Ws and a power range of 7 f-stops.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 08, 2007 0 comments

Popabrella is a uniquely designed umbrella and mount system that connects directly
to the tripod socket of any compact point and shoot digital or digital video
camera. Popabrella can be adjusted to just about any position because of its
patented 360° ball-socket and slide system. It not only helps to protect
your camera from the elements but it can also be used as an excellent tool for
reducing lens flare. Popabrella can also easily mount to any standard tripod
and will fold up into a convenient size that will tuck neatly away into your
camera bag.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 05, 2007 0 comments

Tenba's Air Case line of lightweight, shippable equipment transport cases
has been enhanced by the introduction of an exclusive Datapanel identification
system that facilitates faster, easier and more reliable shipping, tracking,
tracing and identification. The new feature will be supplied as standard equipment
on those Air Case models and sizes typically used for equipment shipping, rental
houses and similar applications. The Datapanel consists of a durable, rubberized
assembly secured to the case with military-grade, seatbelt-type webbing and
heavily reinforced nylon stitching. Massive #10 YKK zippers on both sides pull
down from beneath a protective Velcro closure flap to open the panel and access
its features. The most prominent of these features is a large, clear vinyl shipping
window that securely holds, protects and clearly presents a standard FedEx or
UPS-type waybill, eliminating the need to tape or otherwise fasten shipping
documents to the case. As a result, preparation time is reduced, the need for
messy and unreliable tape is eliminated, documents are far more secure, and
the overall appearance and presentation of the case is cleaner and more professional.
The shipping window itself is instantly user-replaceable if needed, but--like
the entire Datapanel assembly-- is built to withstand the rigors of regular
shipping, baggage handling and long-term professional use.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 04, 2007 0 comments

Lowepro is adding a new model to its line of SlingShot AW sling camera bags.
The new SlingShot 300 AW is designed to hold professional digital SLR camera
bodies with an attached zoom lens, plus five to six additional lenses, flash
units, memory cards and personal accessories. The Lowepro SlingShot 300 AW will
be available in early 2007 with a suggested list price of $124.99.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 03, 2007 0 comments

onOne Software, Inc., has announced that Mask Pro 4 -- the upgrade to
the company's digital image masking plug-in Mask Pro 3 -- will begin
shipping on November 18, 2006. Mask Pro 4 provides a complete collection of
Photoshop plug-in tools that allow users flexibility when tackling the most
challenging masking job. And this new version focuses on teaching the user how
to best use each comprehensive toolset for masking a wide range of images.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 02, 2007 0 comments

The Tamron "Make Your Mark: Landmarks--Natural or Manmade"
2007 Photo Contest was open to U.S. residents submitting any original photograph
prominently including a natural or manmade landmark that was taken with a Tamron
lens. The Grand Prize: A Tamron AF18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Aspherical LD Di II (IF)
Macro zoom lens in the DSLR mount of the winner's choice, plus having
the winning picture showcased in the Tamron Viewfinder newsletter, and in the
Gallery section of the popular Tamron website. In addition, twenty photographers
whose images were selected as Favorites would have their names and winning images
published on the website for all to admire.

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

The time-honored Shutterbug Weird Stuff category is for all the products that don't fit in anywhere else: the sort of thing where a friend who was at the show tells you, "You wouldn't believe what I saw..." As well as the glorious examples in the subhead, we can add online caricatures, limpet-mine camera supports, Internet telephones, dental...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

"My mother loved children--she would have given anything if I had been one."--Groucho Marx

As hard as it may be for some of the young people in my neighborhood to believe, I was once a child myself. I have three grandchildren and a daughter and once upon a time wrote a story about her for ComputerUSER magazine. The story was optioned by an independent...

Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

When Shutterbug reporters are covering photokina, we understandably concentrate on what's new, and we each have our own assigned ranges of subjects. As a result, even after allowing for my "Weird Stuff" category, a number of really useful items and trends can either fall into the gaps between our coverage--"I thought you would be covering...

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