November 28, 2006

December Table Of ContentsIn This eNewsletter:
Commentary - Digital SLR Price Drops, with More to Come
Industry Perspective - Camera and Printing Trends
What's New This Month - Pelican, Microtek, Nik, Adobe, and More
Test Report - Epson Stylus Pro 3800
Vote! - How likely are you to buy a new DSLR
Workshops & Contests - Learn and Show
Shutterbug Forums - Your Photo & Digital Imaging Source

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Digital SLR Price Drops, with More to Come
by George Schaub

The recent announcement of the $599 D40 from Nikon is just the beginning of an anticipated flood of announcements from DSLR makers about more reasonably priced units on the way. Granted, this is a 6-megapixel sensor, but that might just be right for the audience Nikon has defined for this camera. And despite the lower price it’s no laggard when it comes to features and Nikon’s advanced image processor. In truth, if you don’t anticipate going beyond 11x14 prints (which are easily achieved with this and similar 6MP models with a judicious amount of image upsizing via resampling) then this compact unit might be just the ticket.
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Shutterbug's Gold Member Program
The new Shutterbug Gold Member Program is a unique partnership with popular photographic suppliers who have agreed to provide exclusive discounts to Shutterbug readers in a wide variety of product categories.
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Camera and Printing Trends
by Ron Leach, Publisher

When industry mavens put on their thinking caps in an attempt to gauge the future direction of the photographic industry, they typically start by analyzing trends in camera sales. Then they quantify the resulting data into various demographic segments and product categories. In that regard, the news is mixed: digital camera sales grew 18% in August 2006, while sales of film cameras that month dropped by almost 54% as compared to August 2005.
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Pelican Offers Instant Custom Foam Solution For Their Protector Case Line
For users who need a quick and easy way to protect their valuables in transit, Pelican Products, Inc. is now offering a ready-made custom foam solution that sets up in seconds.

Microtek ArtixScan M1 Features Exclusive Emulsion Direct Imaging Technology
Microtek has announced that it is developing the ArtixScan M1, a combined flatbed and film scanner for 35mm, 6cm, and 4x5-inch film formats that also offers additional functionality to scan reflective art or prints as large as 8.5 by 14 inches.

New Software Bundle from Nik Software, Inc. and iView Multimedia
Digital imaging software developer Nik Software, Inc. has announced an arrangement with digital asset management pioneer iView Multimedia Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corp., to offer a software bundle of Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 Select Edition and iView MediaPro 3.0.

Adobe Announces Call for Entries to 2007 Adobe Design Achievement Awards
Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced its call for entries to the seventh annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

Image Trends, Inc. (ITI) Fisheye-Hemi Plug-In
This Adobe Photoshop Plug-in compatible filter renders an aesthetically pleasing and natural view of people.

Epson Stylus Pro 3800
by George Schaub

Having worked with and tested the Epson Stylus Pro 4800 I can attest to the fidelity and quality of the Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks and to the reliability of this wide format, 17-inch wide printer. But there were two complaints I had about the printer, which I believe were shared by others. One is its weight and size, typical for wide formats of the day, which required two reasonably in-shape people to manage its heft. The other was that you had to swap out inks when you went from photo to matte black sets. In other words, if you wanted to print on fine art rag paper then swap out to glossy paper you had to take some time and expend some ink to do the deed. Needless to say competitors made much of this and cited it as one of the major reasons to avoid this otherwise excellent printing machine.
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Nikon, with its new D40, and other companies are coming onto the market with compact, relatively inexpensive DSLR cameras. This trend will continue. If and when you decide on your first or a new DSLR, how important will the lenses you already own (new and old) be in your consideration of one brand over another?
Please comment briefly on how likely you are to buy a new DSLR in the coming months, and how your investment in lenses will or will not affect that purchase.

The Photography & Art Competition 2006
An international contest organized by TCB-Cafe Publishing of San Francisco. The contest aims to develop and raise the visibility of photographic and creative graphics talent, in the form of a competition and the resulting book publication. The culmination will be a beautiful cloth-bound photographic book, showcasing the competition winners, and gracing the libraries of museums, galleries, individuals and collectors.

Legion Paper Photo Contest
Send us your entries in the following categories – Portraits, Nature or Still Life, for the opportunity to win one of the great prizes listed and have your work published in Shutterbug magazine. Contest runs from October 2006 through February 1, 2007.

Digital Photography Workshops - Understanding Digital Photography
The mastery of digital imaging concepts and technology is essential for anyone working within the photographic arts today.

Anchell Photography Workshops
Steve Anchell is a contributing writer to Shutterbug and Rangefinder magazines. He is also the author of The Darkroom Cookbook and is working on a companion title, The Digital Cookbook. He has been teaching photography since 1979. For more information visit his website at

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