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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 11, 2006 0 comments

The Kata Ergo-Tech Collection is made from Kata's Elasto-Guard material.
Consisting of two layers, Elasto-Guard is a flexible material that will adjust
to the shapes and movements of the carrier's body, while also able to
shift shape in order to fit the contained equipment.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 10, 2006 0 comments

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., has released a free update to Portfolio
8. This update is a Universal Application, adding native support for Intel-based
Macintosh systems. The free update supports Portfolio single-user, Portfolio Client,
Portfolio Server, Portfolio NetPublish, Portfolio NetPublish for Server, Portfolio
SQL-Connect and Portfolio Browser. This is a Macintosh only update.



Registered owners of Portfolio 8 are eligible to receive the free upgrade immediately
through the Extensis website at http://www.extensis.com/portfolio.




Pricing and Availability


Portfolio 8.1 is immediately available via download from the Extensis website
and is free of charge for registered Portfolio 8 users. Portfolio 8.1 for single-users
is available for a suggested retail price of $199.95US for full product. Please
visit http://www.extensis.com
for information on client/server pricing.



French and German versions of the Portfolio update are also available now for
download from the Extensis website. Japanese versions of the Portfolio update
are available from http://www.extensis.co.jp.



For information on where to purchase the Portfolio family of products visit http://www.extensis.com/portfolio...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 09, 2006 0 comments

Sinar Bron Imaging, the exclusive US distributor of the world's premier
professional photographic equipment, announced that it has inked an agreement
with Calumet Photographic to add the major photo retailer to its dealer network.
Five Calumet stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San
Francisco will begin carrying a full line of high-end Sinar cameras and camera
backs, Broncolor professional lighting equipment, and Foba studio accessories.
The sixth Calumet store in Cambridge, MA, will be added at a future time. Chicago,
Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston are new markets on the Sinar Bron Imaging
dealer map.



The addition of Calumet to the Sinar Bron Imaging dealer network doubles the
number of locations where the company's equipment is displayed and sold.
Sinar Bron Imaging's newest products ? the Broncolor Verso A2 Power Pack
and the Sinar eMotion 75 digital camera back ? will be prominently featured
throughout the summer at all five Calumet locations.



Calumet's customers will be introduced to Sinar and Broncolor equipment
at special in-store events and through activities that focus on training and
education.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 08, 2006 0 comments

Panasonic has introduced the new LUMIX 7.2-megapixel DMC-FX50 and DMC-FX07 digital
still cameras, and also the 6-megapixel DMC-FX3, the world's first to feature
Intelligent ISO Control (IIC) to correct image blurriness caused by movement of
the subject matter. The FX50 will have an MSRP of $399.95, the FX07 will have
an MSRP of $349.95 and the FX3 will have an MSRP of $279.95.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 07, 2006 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. has announced that it has increased the performance of its
popular Professional 8GB CompactFlash memory card to 133X. This performance
improves the digital imaging workflow for both professional and advanced amateur
photographers working with and managing large files. Lexar's new card
is capable of a minimum sustained data write speed of 20MB per second and is
currently available in CompactFlash Type I flash memory card format, the most
popular format for today's digital SLR cameras.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 04, 2006 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) has introduced a 4-gigabyte SD High Capacity
(SDHC ) card. The new cards, which support capacities of 4GB and higher, are
rated Class 2 for speed and performance. The 4GB SDHC card will be bundled with
the MicroMate USB 2.0 reader at no extra charge. These new readers work with
both SDHC and SD cards. SDHC cards require an SDHC-compatible reader.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 03, 2006 0 comments

Fujifilm has announced the new FinePix S6000fd, the first digital camera with
Fujifilm's Face Detection Technology. Also today, Fujifilm unveiled the FinePix
F20, a sister camera to the FinePix F30.



The
newest component of Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology, Face Detection Technology
operates exactly as its name implies, detecting up to 10 human faces regardless
of their position in the scene. Once identified, Fujifilm's Face Detection Technology
prioritizes the faces. Then, the FinePix S6000fd adjusts its focus and exposure
automatically so the intended subject is sharp, clear and exposed in the most
flattering manner. The photographer can easily disengage the Face Detection Technology
at the touch of a button.



Face Detection Technology is a complement to the other components of Real Photo
Technology, particularly the i-Flash system, which also is found on the SLR-styled
FinePix S6000fd. After the detection system identifies faces and the camera sets
focus and exposure, i-Flash adjusts its power intensity accordingly depending
on scene conditions. The end result of the two features working in concert is
a more life-like 'people picture' with natural tones and finer detail.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 02, 2006 0 comments

Unibind has announced their Professional Series XU138 Book Creator. This do-it-yourself
binding system is said to be perfect for weddings or other special occasions.
Priced at $455.00, XU138 binding machine is dubbed the perfect system for photographers
to help generate additional income by offering their wedding customers hard-cover
8 ½" x 11" personalized wedding photobooks/albums during
or after photographing an event. The wedding party can also quickly create their
own wedding photobooks/albums the day of the wedding to give out at the reception
using a digital camera, photo printer and Unibind XU138 at the wedding.

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Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz Posted: Aug 01, 2006 1 comments

As we said in the review of the new Zeiss Ikon (ZI) 35mm rangefinder (April 2006 issue of Shutterbug or online at www.shutterbug.com), we received six of the seven Zeiss ZM-mount lenses announced at photokina 2004: 15mm f/2.8, 21mm f/2.8, 25mm f/2.8, 28mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2, and 50mm f/2. The 85mm f/2 (listing at $2759, plus $127 for the lens shade) still wasn't available as we...

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

"I can't believe your song is gone so soon."
--Paul Simon

Many readers e-mailed about my participation in Great Race 2006 (www.greatrace.com), asking if the event was going to pass through their town, but our 1953 Packard Clipper was withdrawn from the event. Without sponsorship, the event became...

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