This month's Picture This! assignment was "Artful Architecture," and we were thrilled with not only the scenes and places we got to visit but with the artful way in which Shutterbug readers made the images. Using a range of wide angle and tele lenses, with many fascinating points of view, the photos gave us renewed faith...
Extensis Inc. has announced an update
to its Pro Photo Raw Image Filter for Portfolio 7. The updated filter will be
a free upgrade for registered owners of Extensis' digital asset management (DAM)
solution for organizing digital photos, illustrations, page layouts and presentations.
With the Pro Photo Raw Image Filter, Portfolio generates high-quality thumbnails
and previews from the unprocessed raw image files created by professional digital
cameras from Nikon, Olympus, Kodak, Canon, Fuji, Konica-Minolta, Pentax and Imacon.
With the Pro Photo Raw Image Filter, Portfolio 7 can extract EXIF metadata and
IPTC from the Raw files, create thumbnails for displaying the images in catalogs,
and generate high-resolution JPEG previews on the fly for detailed viewing, printing,
slideshows and QuickTime movies.
The Pro Photo Raw Image filter for Portfolio is powered by technology from Bibble
The following cameras and file formats are supported by the updated Pro Photo
Raw Image Filter for Portfolio 7:
Nikon - D1/D1x/D1h/D100, D70/D2h
Fuji S2 Pro/S7000Z
Kodak - DCS 14n/DCS 760C/DCS 760M/720X/ Pro Back/Pro Back Plus/Pro Back 645 for
Contax, Mamiva and Hasselblad H1/DCS SLR/n/DCS SLR/c
Canon - EOS D30/ EOS D60/ EOS 10D/ EOS 1D/ EOS 1Ds/ EOS 1D Mark II/ EOS Digital
Rebel/300D/Kiss/ Powershot G5/ Powershot G3/Powershot G2/ Powershot G1/ Powershot
S50/ Powershot S45/ Powershot S40/ Powershot S30/ Powershot Pro90 IS
Konica-Minolta - A1/A2
Pentax - *ist D
Imacon - (extracts 680X680 preview and metadata only. Extensis recommends the
newest version of Flexcolor for proper metadata support) Flexframe 3020/Flexframe
4040/All iXpress Backs/ All Flextight Scanners using FFF format.
Support for additional cameras will be added in the future.
Pricing and Availability
The Pro Photo Raw Image Filter for Portfolio will be available by later in 2004
via download from the Extensis website and is free of charge for registered Portfolio
7 users. Portfolio 7 is available for a suggested retail price of $199.95US for
Limited Edition, Soft Gear Bag Sports White House Logo The Domke White House Bag, which was designed exclusively for the 2004 White House News Photographers Association Annual Awards Event, is now available in a limited edition. The bag is soft, smooth, and made of 100 percent cotton duck canvas that is...
Lexar Media, Inc. has introduced two new Professional CompactFlash Readers
designed to address professional photographers' need for almost instantaneous
data transfer and an improved project workflow. Built with material similar
to a digital camera, with a unique industrial design of hardened plastic and
rubber over mold, the new card readers can be easily stacked and daisy-chained
together for concurrent download of images. In addition, the new card readers
support Lexar's ActiveMemory System for improved photography workflow.
Nikon has announced their lineup for
the fall in anticiplation of photokina, the worldwide trade show to be held in
Germany in the coming weeks. Following is a synopsis from the Nikon release. Watch
for complete details in coming issues of Shutterbug.
Using brand new innovations in sensor design and image processing, the D2X delivers
sharp images with very fine gradations of tone and 12.4 megapixel resolution.
Photographers are now rid of the dilemma of choosing between high resolution and
high speed, because even at a tremendous size of 12.4 megapixels, the D2X can
comfortably shoot full resolution images at 5 frames per second (up to 21 consecutive
JPEGs and 15 NEFs).
Media, Inc. has announced plans to incorporate encryption technology into its
Professional CompactFlash and, in conjunction with technology-compatible digital
cameras, will provide users with a secure digital media solution. Professional
photographers and other security conscious users worldwide will have added confidence
knowing that access to stored images and information is protected by a high-end
encryption code technology.
Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. has unveiled the new Konica Minolta
Maxxum 7D digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera. This 6.1-million-pixel resolution,
interchangeable lens digital camera is the world's first digital SLR featuring
a body-integral CCD-shift, Anti-Shake (camera-shake compensation) technology
that combines enhanced picture quality, performance and improved handling characteristics.
This new digital SLR also features a large, easy-to-view, high-definition 2.5-inch
color LCD monitor and is compatible with virtually any Maxxum AF lens.
Specifically designed to match the performance requirements of the camera's
large 6-megapixel CCD, the Maxxum 7D's exclusive CCD shift-type Anti-Shake
technology makes this new camera the first digital SLR to feature a body-integral
Anti-Shake function. This system instantly and precisely shifts the CCD to compensate
for camera motion. And it's so effective photographers can shoot at shutter
speeds up to three steps slower than what they could use without it. So even
in low light, photographers can keep their images clean and sharp, free of the
image-degrading noise that creeps in when they boost ISO sensitivity. And because
the mechanism is integrated directly into the Maxxum 7D's cameras body,
it works with virtually any Maxxum AF lens -- a major advantage for photographers
when compared to bulky and expensive lens-based optical stabilization systems
and software-based "digital correction systems" that can degrade
Sinar Bron Imaging has announced the
FOBA T-T Plast, washable plastic backgrounds that are extremely durable. Each
T-T Plast sheet can be used with any background or table and is ideal for photographing
wet or dirty objects, as the backgrounds are extremely tough and will last through
the toughest shoot. Cleaning is quite easy and can be done with water alone or
with a mild soap solution. FOBA T-T Plast is available in a set of 14 different
colors. Each sheet is 100 x 130 cm and 0.3 mm thick.
FOBA T-T Plast is available at participating Sinar Bron Imaging Dealers or by
calling Sinar Bron Imaging at (800) 456-0203. ...
The LetsGoDigital team is once again present at this year's important Digital
Imaging show: the Photokina 2004 in Cologne, Germany. A 'live' report is brought
to you directly from the 'Koelnmesse'. More than 1600 exhibitors from 45 countries
are exposing their products and an amount of 160.000 visitors are expected from
Also the press is well represented; 5300 journalists, coming from 66 countries,
which underlines the importance of this international show for imaging. The
opening times are: from Tuesday September 28 to Sunday October 3; daily from
10.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m. This trade show, held every two years, is the largest
show in the field of digital imaging and offers a complete overview of all imaging
media, imaging technologies and imaging markets. All well-known brands are exposed
The LetsGoDigital team brings you the new introductions, the highlights and
an overview from the boots from different brands, live from the show floor of
the Photokina 2004, Cologne, Germany! Make sure you don't miss it, keep following
the news closely, the LetsGoDigital team is ready to roll!