Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

It was a typical night at PMA. After a short ride in a stretch limo to an undisclosed location, I sat on the floor enjoying puffer fish sashimi and chilled sake with Nikon's Yoshida Shoichiro. That night, the geishas attending us watched nervously as the CEO handed me a prototype of Nikon's 24-megapixel full-frame digital SLR. "This," he told me...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Digital Help is designed to aid you in getting the most from your digital photography, printing, scanning, and image creation. Each month, David Brooks provides solutions to problems you might encounter with matters such as color calibration and management, digital printer and scanner settings, and working with digital photographic images with many different kinds of cameras and...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

As Canon's media spokesman Chuck Westfall predicted a few months earlier, "In compact cameras, the megapixel race is pretty much over." Well, that race may never be over but there is a lull in the action, at least for the moment. The majority of the latest digicams fall into the 5- to 6-megapixel category. Granted, I found some new 8-megapixel models at PMA...

Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

While each of our reporters had their own beat and covered the show from a product category perspective, we also asked them to tell us about their favorite product or products overall. That product did not have to be within their assigned coverage area. The only criteria were excitement, new breakthroughs, and products that would have a positive effect on Shutterbug...

Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Duracell introduced their higher capacity 2650 mAh AA and 1000 mAh AAA rechargeable batteries, designed to meet the growing demands of high-drain devices. The Duracell 15 Minute Charger will charge one to four mAh AA cells in just 15 minutes. It will accept all standard AA or AAA Ni-MH batteries. The list price for the charger with four batteries is $40.

GP Batteries...

Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Looking at the latest camera bag offerings has an extra piquancy when you are in the market for a bag yourself, as I was at this year's PMA. My husband Roger Hicks had just bought a new laptop, which was a very tight fit indeed in his existing camera bag. We needed something new. We ended up with the CompuTrekker AW backpack from Lowepro--but along the way, I was...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Corporation today introduced FireLite XPress, a portable, palm-sized hard drive
that includes a unique cholesteric liquid crystal display. The always-on display
is readable without power, identifies the drive by a user-designated name, indicates
the last date that information was recorded and provides a table of contents
for the drive. The display provides excellent readability even in direct sunlight,
allows for wide-angle viewing and exhibits high brightness and contrast.


Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Backdrop Outlet displayed dozens of backgrounds and props for studio applications. Among the newer items were crushed flower petal roll mats measuring 36x36", suitable for infants and younger children. They are available in a variety of colors and designs and even have matching flowers to use to complement the mat. New banister sets include a column and a short...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 31, 2006 0 comments

Lenmar Enterprises, Inc. has announced a replacement battery for the Canon Digital
Rebel XT. The Lenmar DLC-2L Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 750mHa with a company-estimated
usage of 525 images. The Lenmar DLC-2L can be used as a replacement for standard
Canon NB-2L (570mHa), and also the new Canon NB-2LH (720mHa). Street price for
the battery is about $34.99.

For a complete "Fits and Replaces" chart, visit

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Joe Farace Posted: May 30, 2006 0 comments

Gang Of Four Thirds

Almost four years ago, Olympus announced its Four Thirds system at a press conference
that was greeted, to be polite, with mild apathy. At a packed press conference
at this year's PMA, Olympus proved me wrong by announcing a Four Thirds
system alliance supported byproduct...