November 27, 2007

December Table Of ContentsIn This eNewsletter:
Camera Review - The Olympus Stylus 820: Panorama Power
Industry Perspective - Trends in Camera Sales
What's New This Month - Kodak, Pentax, DxO, ACDSee, and more
Lens Review - Sigma DC HSM Lenses
Vote! -
If you shoot with a DSLR do you shoot primarily in RAW?
Workshops & Contests - Learn and Show
Shutterbug Forums - Your Photo & Digital Imaging Source

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The Olympus Stylus 820: Panorama Power
by George Schaub

When I first heard about the panorama capabilities of the Olympus Stylus 820 I knew I had to give it a try. There are plenty of stitch programs and panorama accessories available that allow you to make excellent panorama images by just shooting along a horizontal or vertical plane and then using some sort of Merge software later. But the Stylus 820 offers numerous stitching options that deserve a tip of the hat for functionality, ease of use and downright cleverness in a highly portable digicam.
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The leading international conference and trade show, PMA 08 hosts retail entrepreneurial memory makers from around the world, encouraging the discovery of more opportunities, professional development, and the inspiration to act on emerging trends. PMA® members help people everywhere create, keep, display and share memories through pictures.

Trends in Camera Sales
By Ron Leach, Publisher

A couple times a year we take a close look at what types of cameras are being purchased by both amateur and professional photographers, and this information often provides an interesting view on near-term trends in the photo industry. We just received a comprehensive report from the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) detailing camera sales through August 2007, so let’s take a look.
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The EIZO ColorEdge CG241W is suited to photographers looking for accurate and stable on-screen display of color and near-perfect color matching with their prints. Advanced features include a wide color gamut with 96% Adobe RGB coverage, 12-bit hardware calibration, and a digital uniformity equalizer function that ensures brightness and chroma are displayed evenly across the entire screen.


Turn You Hobby Into Cash
It’s time to take the plunge and get shooting not just for fun, but for profit. Dicover a new way to make your hobby pay.

New Kodak Professional T-MAX 400 Black-and-White Film
Eastman Kodak Company enhances its black-and-white professional film portfolio with the introduction of an improved Kodak Professional T-MAX 400 Film.

Pentax Optio A40 With 12 Megapixels, 3 Inch Monitor
Pentax Imaging Company has announced the Pentax Optio A40, the latest model in the Optio A series of advanced compact digital cameras with superior image quality and performance.

DxO Optics Pro v5 Software Featuring a RAW Engine
DxO Labs has announced DxO Optics Pro v5, the latest version of its flagship software application for automatic image quality enhancement for Digital SLR camera users.

ACDSee 10 Photo Manager
ACD Systems International Inc. has unveiled ACDSee 10 Photo Manager, the latest update to its photo organization and sharing software.

JOBO GIGA One Ultra Image Storage Device
JOBO AG has announced the new GIGA one ultra portable image storage device featuring an ultra quick download speed of up to 5.47 MB per second and 1 GB of data in about three minutes.

SanDisk 8GB SDHC Card
More capacity and fast transfer speeds are the chief benefits of the SanDisk Extreme® III 8-gigabyte SDH (SD High-Capacity) flash memory card.


ArcSoft Panorama Maker® 4 Pro seamlessly transforms any series of overlapping photos into a gorgeous panoramic image. This professional software application features several controls including automatic select, arrange and anti-ghost tools. It even lets you adjust and edit your stitched image manually if needed. Download your free demo from

Sigma DC HSM Lenses
Compact, Moderate Zooms for Nikon D40 and D40X DSLRs

by George Schaub

When Nikon first introduced their D40 and then D40x cameras, which have been quite popular, owners of legacy Nikon optics came in for a surprise—the cameras had no lens motor built in and relied on Nikkor AF-S lenses only to attain autofocus operation. Independent lens makers were taken aback somewhat as well, but now there’s a new breed of lenses from Sigma made to address the need for these and future such cameras. Perhaps they are sensing a trend in amateur-oriented D-SLRs and want to be ready with motor-in lenses for future cameras from Nikon, and probably other manufacturers.
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It’s clear to DSLR photographers that shooting in Raw format has many advantages. If you shoot with a DSLR do you shoot primarily in RAW?
If you shoot in RAW please briefly comment on your workflow preferences (software.)

Kubota Image Tools Announces Spring 2008 Digital Photography Bootcamp Workshop
Kubota Image Tools is pleased to announce its 15th Digital Photography Bootcamp workshop April 20-25, 2008. Bootcamp, taught by renowned photographer Kevin Kubota, is a 5-day workshop for professional photographers designed to supply all of the technical know-how to run a successful digital portrait/wedding studio; at the same time, it encourages continued development of a photographer’s unique style and creativity.

Monthly Photo Contests. $500 top prize. Online & mail-in entry available. Contact:, $500 top prize. Online & mail-in entry available.

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