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Ron Leach Posted: May 30, 2016 1 comments

Flash and accessory manufacturer Meike has unveiled four new manual-focus lenses for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus and Panasonic mirrorless cameras with APS-C or smaller sensors. The new lenses are the first foray in this category for Meike, and are available on Amazon.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 05, 2006 0 comments

There
are many options for traveling photographers these days, including on-the-go
download devices, portable CD and DVD burners and of course the venerable laptop
computer. But a new breed of storage devices, USB Flash Drives, is also making
a big for the store and show photographer who doesn't want to lug along
anything more than a drive the size of a pack of gum. Memorex has come up with
a twist on all this with their TravelDrive ID USB Flash Drive. This is the first
USB flash drive with a built-in, customizable LCD screen.



The clever iLCD screen not only shows the remaining memory but also lets you
display a descriptive name for the drive or its contents. This sure helps me
sort out the bunch of Flash Drives I have rattling around my backpack, and now
I can assign one to teaching, one to word docs and one to storing images for
show, all activities I might engage in over the course of a week.



What Memorex calls the "advanced Surface Stabilized Cholesterin (SSC)
LCD" can display up to 11 characters, so you can ID it even when it's
not plugged into a computer's USB port. TravelDrive ID conforms to the
USB 2.0 standard and comes in 512MB, 1GB and 2GB of portable storage. It's
also Mac or PC compatible. The Memorex TravelDrive ID has a suggested retail
price of $79.99 for 512MB of capacity, $119.99 for 1GB of capacity, and $199.99
for 2GB of capacity. It just shows you that there can be something new under
the sun in something as "generic" as USB drives.



www.memorex.com

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Press Release Posted: Mar 10, 2010 0 comments

Argraph Corporation announces the MemoryKick Si, a photo backup, photo viewer, video player, MP3 Player, card reader and complete portable data backup solution in one device. The MemoryKick Si is available in capacities of 160, 320, and 500GB.

The MemoryKick Si is said to offer the fastest transfer speeds on the market. It can transfer any type of file (photos, videos, music, data, etc.) from memory cards at up to 40MB/s utilizing its proprietary Direct Access File Management System (DA-FMS) technology, enabling it to transfer as much as 2.22 gigabytes per minute.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 02, 2004 0 comments

The Metz 54 AF-1 can be used for either digital or analog photography. It is
specifically designed to operate with the newest Canon, Konica, Minolta and
Nikon models. Special functions include a user-friendly interface with only
two function keys for straightforward menu control. Its features include short
recycling times (approximately 5 seconds in manual mode ), TTL auto-zooming;
manual, selectable partial light output levels; plus special functions such
as daylight fill-in flash. The large LCD display incorporates convenient backlight
illumination and only displays the pertinent mode information.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 22, 2008 0 comments

Quantum Turbo SC, C, Z, 2x2 or Turbo Batteries are now compatible either the
Metz 58AF Series (Turbo Flash Cable CM58) or Metz 54MZ Series (Turbo Flash Cable
CM54).

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Press Release Posted: Jul 31, 2013 1 comments
Metz, one of the longest established consumer electronics companies in Germany, is proud to celebrate 75 years of high-quality product development and outstanding customer service. By combining experience and innovation, Metz offers sophisticated products, using modern technology in such a way that customers actually feel the benefits.
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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Aug 20, 2014 0 comments

Metz has just launched the latest addition to its flash system lineup: the new Mecablitz 64 AF-1. Offering an impressive guide number of 64 (210 feet) at ISO 100/21˚, it has a large color touch display, an Automatic Flash mode with 12 f/stops, a Manual Flash mode with 25 partial light levels and a Remote TTL mode.

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Jan 14, 2015 0 comments

Metz has unveiled the new Mecablitz 26 AF-1, a compact flash unit with high-end features. The new pocket-sized Mecablitz 26 AF-1 is designed for use with compact point-and-shoot cameras and mirrorless interchangeable lens camera systems (with built-in hot shoes), providing more power than integrated camera flashes.

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Ron Leach Posted: Jul 14, 2016 0 comments

The new Trimagon 95mm f/2.6 portrait lens from Meyer-Optik Goerlitz is aimed at discriminating photographers who value optimum image quality, distinctive bokeh and superb build quality. It’s available now on the company’s website in mounts for Canon, Nikon, Fuji X, Sony E, Leica M & MFT.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Jun 03, 2016 0 comments

Michael Muller’s fantastic photos of sharks are so realistic they look like they are going to jump off the page (or screen) and gobble you up. Fortunately, a limited edition version of his new shark book comes with some added protection: It’s wrapped in its own metal shark cage.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Jul 01, 2015 0 comments

A 40-year ban on photography during White House tours has officially ended...in style.

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Press Release Posted: Jun 02, 2010 0 comments

The Hullett Practical Marketing Group of Westminster, Maryland announces the launch of their new MicroFlip Flash Bracket. Designed and manufactured in the USA by Novacon Products, The MicroFlip was invented by Conrad Sloop, former owner and designer of Stroboframe Flash Brackets. The Micro-Flip implements the experience, knowledge and ingenuity of Sloop into the DSLR world of today. MicroFlips are in stock and ready for shipment.

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Press Release Posted: Jun 28, 2011 1 comments
Studio and location photographers would have to shut up shop if it weren’t for gaffer’s tape. This adhesive superstar does things that no piece of photographic hardware can do, be it clamp, clip, or thumbscrew. But the downside of gaffer’s tape is that it comes in rolls so big and heavy that they’re a nuisance to carry around, unless you happen to be wearing a utility belt. And you’re always trying to remember where you put down your roll.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 02, 2005 0 comments

Microsoft Corp., together with leading companies in the digital imaging industry,
today announced enhancements to the family of Windows operating systems that will
enable consumers to easily work with RAW files in current and future versions
of Windows. Working closely with digital imaging industry leaders including Adobe
Systems Inc., Canon Inc., Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd. and Nikon Corp., Microsoft
plans to deliver native support for digital camera RAW images in the next major
version of Windows, code-named "Longhorn."



In addition, Microsoft is enhancing the digital imaging experience for Windows
XP with the upcoming availability of the Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer
for Windows XP, allowing consumers to view thumbnails and preview and print Canon
and Nikon RAW files from Windows Explorer in Windows XP. These features, as well
as the ability to organize and edit Canon and Nikon RAW files, will also be available
in a future version of Digital Image Suite.



Microsoft also announced it is developing a certification program for third-party
RAW image codecs that will ensure their solutions provide a consistent experience
for consumers who are using RAW image files. With this new RAW support across
the Windows platform and products, Microsoft is enabling a seamless experience
for consumers working with RAW digital images and delivering an extensible architecture
for hardware and software industry partners.



Microsoft worked with imaging leaders to develop the digital camera RAW architecture
in "Longhorn" and to provide the best digital photography experience
for Windows consumers. "Longhorn" will deliver dramatic innovation
in RAW support for independent software developers, camera manufacturers and consumers.
Hardware and software partners will benefit from the standardized architecture
for image codecs, which allows them to contribute their own codecs to be certified
and implemented in Windows.



Microsoft's platform approach provides built-in support for RAW files, enabling
Windows-based applications to use all supported image types, including RAW. This
architecture enables software applications to seamlessly support new image types
upon codec certification by Microsoft. In addition, "Longhorn" will
provide an application programming interface (API) that enables software vendors
to exercise a higher degree of control over the RAW conversion in their applications,
while enabling market opportunities for professional-level conversion tools.



In addition to announcing the imaging enhancements planned for the next version
of Windows, Microsoft is helping Windows XP consumers realize the potential of
RAW files. The Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows XP will
soon be available for free download* at http://www.microsoft.com.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 19, 2007 0 comments

Microsoft Corp. has formally announced HD Photo, a new file format for end-to-end
digital photography that offers higher image quality, greater preservation of
data, and advanced features for today's digital-imaging applications.



This new, next-generation digital image format is said to offer the best solution
for digital image editing and storage and unlocks the potential for digital
photography on devices, applications and services. Microsoft also announced
that it intends to standardize the technology and will be submitting HD Photo
to an appropriate standards organization shortly.



HD Photo offers compression with up to twice the efficiency of JPEG, with fewer
damaging artifacts, resulting in higher-quality images that are one-half the
file size. In addition, HD Photo offers increased image fidelity, preserving
the entire original image content and enabling higher-quality exposure and color
adjustments in the image. This new format offers the ability to decode only
the information needed for any resolution or region, or the option to manipulate
the image as compressed data.



In addition, HD Photo offers both lossless and lossy image compression, and
can retain the full dynamic range and color gamut data from a camera's
sensor. Also, because making adjustments to common color balance and exposure
settings won't discard or truncate data as other common bitmap formats
typically do, it's easier to "undo" those changes at a later
time. As a result, significantly smaller files can be created while still retaining
optimum picture quality.



Microsoft also announced the beta release of a set of HD Photo plug-ins for
Adobe Photoshop software, developed with the help of Adobe Systems Inc. These
plug-ins enable users to both read and write HD Photo files from within Adobe
Photoshop software, and include support for high dynamic range pixel formats.
The plug-ins support both the CS3 and CS2 versions of Adobe Photoshop software,
and will be available for Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X
(Universal Binary). A beta version of the Windows plug-in is available today
for download at the Microsoft Download Center at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads.
Microsoft expects to release finished plug-ins, which will be free of charge,
in approximately 60 days.



The HD Photo Device Porting Kit is also available for download at the Microsoft
Download Center, allowing manufacturers to add HD Photo support in devices and
to other platforms.



HD Photo is natively supported in Windows Vista by a Windows Imaging Component
(WIC) codec, and can be similarly supported in Windows XP and Windows Server
2003 through a free WIC download. HD Photo is also included in Microsoft .NET
Framework 3.0. With support on popular platforms such as Windows XP, Windows
Vista and Mac OS X, HD Photo will allow consumers to easily view, edit and share
images without conversion or special applications. The format also allows for
flexible metadata handling and supports industry-standard metadata formats.



www.microsoft.com

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