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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 15, 2006 0 comments

Fuji Photo Film USA. is offering a hardware upgrade for the FinePix S3 Pro
professional DSLR camera that improves its continuous shooting capabilities
and delivers other performance enhancements. The upgrade will double the camera's
internal buffer memory capacity (from 128MB to 256MB), increasing its continuous
frame shooting capabilities. When shooting in RAW format at the widest dynamic
range setting, for example, the FinePix S3 Pro's continuous shooting capabilities
jumps from three frames to eight frames.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 14, 2006 0 comments

American Recorder Technologies has announced the next product in their popular
"Photo Studio In A Box" series with the introduction of the "Photo
Studio in a Box-Supersized." Almost twice as large as the original product,
the portable kit contains everything needed to take studio-quality images: soft
lighting diffusion box, lights, backgrounds & camera stand--all in
one easy-to-carry package. The new model measures 30"x30"x30"
and is designed to accommodate larger items with a new soft lighting tent.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 13, 2006 0 comments

Pantone, Inc. has announced the availability of huey, an easy-to-use monitor
calibration tool developed in partnership with GretagMacbeth. The unique, affordable
device is about the size of a small marker and delivers excellent results on
LCD, laptop and CRT displays without requiring users to have any knowledge of
color management. In addition, huey is the first monitor calibration device
to continually adjust the monitor as room lighting changes.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 10, 2006 0 comments

Westcott's new Spiderlite TD3 is a compact, portable lighting system
that you can take anywhere. Weighing less than 10 pounds, the unit can operate
off of any standard 120 or 220 volt outlet as well as DC using a battery pack
and inverter. Batteries offered through Westcott include a 14.4 Volt NiCd, and
a 12AH Lead Acid. This system allows you to run either three 50-watt Tungsten
Halogen lamps, three 27-watt Daylight Balanced Fluorescent lamps, or two Studio
Strobes with a modeling lamp.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 09, 2006 0 comments

Camera has entered the DSLR market with the Samsung GX-1S, a six-megapixel model
featuring Schneider optics and a high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD. The interchangeable
lens DSLR was developed in partnership with Pentax Corporation. The GX-1S features
a precise, 16-segment multi-pattern metering system in addition to center-weighted
and spot metering. The camera incorporates a sophisticated 11-point AF sensor
and a choice of AF-single or AF-modes.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 08, 2006 0 comments

Pentax Imaging Company has dropped the price on the *ist DL digital SLR camera
with 18-55 DA lens to $599.95. Well known for delivering small, lightweight,
easy-to-use and affordable SLRs, Pentax now offers a suite of nine digital lenses
specifically designed for use with their digital SLR bodies. Rebates up to $100
on select lenses are currently available through March 31, 2006. More details
are available at


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 07, 2006 0 comments

Sammon's new instructional DVD, Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Outdoor and Travel
Photographers, is designed to help you improve your wildlife, landscape, nature
and travel images. With 10 lessons and more than 1.5 hours of training, Rick's
latest DVD teaches you how to transform snapshots in great photographs.

The lessons are presented in the QuickTime movie format that includes Rick's
voice and on-screen enhancements guiding you through each step of the process.
Users can stop the movies and go "back in time" if they miss a step
in the enhancement process. Each lesson includes a high-quality JPEG work image,
enabling users to apply Rick's suggestions during their practice sessions.

Free lessons are posted on to give viewers a glimpse of
Rick's teaching style and the innovative QuickTime movie technology. The interactive
DVD, a rickspixelmagic production, is available for $39.95 (plus shipping and
handling). For more information on Rick's complete line of DVDs, see


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 06, 2006 0 comments

are sad to announce that Carl Koch, inventor of the modular Sinar camera system,
died in late December at the age of 89. This Swiss photographer and inventor
introduced the revolutionary Sinar camera in 1948. Koch's primary motivation
was to offer professional photographers the latest technical refinements. He
was steadfastly successful with the logical implementation of his life's
motto: "What can be done better, shall be done better".

Additional milestones were the automation of the camera with the introduction
of a universal shutter for all lenses, selective exposure metering at the film
plane and the simplification of camera settings.

The education of the new generation of professional photographers was also a
major concern to Koch. He authored a series of textbooks and guidelines for
professional photography, of which Photo Know How'--a self-teaching
course for professional photographers that was translated into many languages
including Chinese and Russian--became a worldwide standard text. To this
day, Koch's principles still guide the philosophy of Sinar, the company
that he founded. The world of professional photography mourns the passing of
one of its great pioneers.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 03, 2006 0 comments

Apricorn has introduced the high-capacity 60GB EZ Bus Mini to their popular
ultra-portable USB hard drive line. Utilizing 1.8" hard drive technology,
the EZ Bus Mini is bus powered for optimum versatility. The entire EZ Bus Mini
line, now available in 20GB, 40GB and 60GB capacities, features a Hi-Speed USB
2.0, 4200-RPM hard drive. The enclosure includes an integrated USB cable with
a convenient, recessed storage compartment.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 02, 2006 0 comments

Electronics Inc. recently unveiled the ProMax line of high-performance CompactFlash
memory cards, designed for use with the latest high-resolution digital SLRs.
Boasting a speed rating of 150X, the water- and shock-resistant ProMax CF cards
feature a 30MB/s data transfer speed for rapid file transfers and seamless multimedia