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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 27, 2008 0 comments

Mamiya has introduced the new Mamiya Sekor Macro MF 120mm f/4 D Lens -- successor
to the popular Mamiya Macro MF 120mm f/4 Lens.



"The Mamiya 120mm f/4 macro lens is one of the sharpest lenses available
today," said Jeff Karp, Mamiya Product Marketing Manager, "and it
has already been critically corrected for digital imaging. But it needed an upgrade
to be fully compatible with the latest cameras, software and digital backs."



The primary upgrade of the new lens is related to digital communication with the
camera. Data transfer is now controlled by a 16-bit CPU instead of the previous
4-bit CPU.



The advantages of the new CPU are:

Rewritability: The new 16-bit CPU is rewritable and can be overwritten
with firmware upgrades that would be required for compatibility with future cameras
and digital backs.


Finer Lens Correction: Thanks to the bigger capacity of the CPU,
the new lens has more lens data. It is possible to apply finer lens-characteristic
corrections when using Mamiya's Digital Photostudio¨ software.



Fast, Reliable Communication: The new CPU enables faster and more reliable communication
with the camera body.



As its name suggests, the new D-series lens shows its true capabilities when shooting
with the Mamiya ZD Digital back and other high-end digital backs. However, it
is designed to be equally at home with film backs.



The new Mamiya Sekor Macro MF 120mm f/4 D Lens is compatible with the Mamiya 645AFD
ll camera and is available for immediate delivery.



www.macgroup.com...

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Press Release Posted: Aug 25, 2010 0 comments

From September 21 to 26, 2010, all the leading names in the international photography and imaging sector will be represented at the 31st Photokina. In the halls of the Cologne exhibition grounds, the “who's who” of the international photo and imaging sector will once again present the entire spectrum of products and services in the areas of modern image technology and image applications for consumers and professionals.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 07, 2007 0 comments

PictoColor Corporation has released iCorrect OneClick 1.5 Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop
CS3. The new version of the company's fastest, easiest, and most automated
color correction software features full compliance with the latest Photoshop Plug-in
SDK (Software Development Kit) from Adobe as well as support for Intel and PowerPC-based
Macintosh. Free upgrades are available for registered users who purchased iCorrect
OneClick Plug-in on or after January 1, 2007.



New features include:



* Fully Compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS3 Plug-in SDK

* Universal Binary for Macintosh

* Native support for Intel and PowerPC-based Macintosh

* Support for Adobe Photoshop CS3 Smart Filters

* Improved support for Photoshop selections and layers

* Now supports huge documents - images larger than 30,000 x 30,000 pixels



Based on PictoColor's professional-level color technology, iCorrect OneClick
is ideal for photo enthusiasts who want to take the guesswork out of making the
color right. By simply clicking on an area in the image that should be neutral
(black or white or gray), users can instantly correct the white balance, fix the
exposure, and improve the saturation.



In addition to its automatic one click feature, this new version offers users
additional tools for enhancing their photos such as fine tuning the exposure by
independently adjusting the overall brightness, shadows, and highlights or creating
more vivid, lifelike images by simply boosting the contrast and saturation. Plus,
iCorrect OneClick offers special effects like black & white and sepia tone
with stunning professional results.



Key Features:



One Click White Balance and Exposure Correction - Simply click on an area in the
image that should be black or white or gray, and iCorrect OneClick will automatically:

* Remove any color cast by correcting the white balance with a single click

* Correct the tonal range by making the darkest colors black and the lightest
colors white

* Correct the exposure by adjusting the overall brightness.

* Adjust the saturation



Fine-tune the exposure and recover extra detail by independently adjusting:

* Overall Brightness,

* Shadows, and

* Highlights



Create more vivid, life-like photos by easily boosting:



* Contrast and

* Saturation



Create stunning, professional quality special effects:

* Black & White

* Sepia Tone



Compatibility



* Microsoft Windows XP, Vista

* Mac OS X, v 10.2.8 - 10.4.8,

* Photoshop CS2, CS3, Photoshop Elements 4.0.1 (Macintosh) Photoshop Elements
5 (Windows).



iCorrect OneClick may be purchased at PictoColor's secure on-line store
at www.pictocolor.com
for $49.95 as a software download. A free downloadable demo version is available
at www.pictocolor.com.

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Press Release Posted: May 17, 2010 0 comments

Sony has introduced two innovative α (alpha) compact interchangeable lens digital cameras (models NEX-5 and NEX-3) that provide the quality of a digital SLR in a compact body that is easy to slip into a small purse or jacket pocket for ultimate portability.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation has introduced the 12- and 16-gigabyte (GB) SanDisk Extreme
III CompactFlash cards to its Extreme III performance line, making these the
highest capacity cards in the world. The new high-performance, large-capacity
cards are ideal for professional photographers who shoot RAW or high-resolution
JPG files and need the performance, reliability and capacity to capture these
large files.



The new cards will have minimum write and read speeds of 20 megabytes per second
(MB/sec.) and will ship to photo retailers by the end of the year. While the
speed of the card is important for in-camera performance, card-to-computer transfer
rates are becoming an increasingly important workflow consideration. The time
it takes to transfer images to a computer can be a bigger bottleneck now that
card capacities have expanded into the multi-gigabyte range. The SanDisk Extreme
USB 2.0 reader is designed to transfer images as quickly as possible.



SanDisk Extreme III cards use SanDisk-developed ESP (Enhanced Super-Parallel
Processing) technology that combines advanced NAND flash memory chips and controller
designs, 32-bit RISC processing and leading edge algorithms for an architecture
that streamlines every aspect of read and write data transfer operations. In
addition, SanDisk works closely with major camera manufacturers to ensure speed
and compatibility. The ESP architecture effectively removes the card as the
bottleneck in data storage applications.



SanDisk Extreme III cards have the industry's widest guaranteed operating
temperature range from a minus 13F (minus 25C) to a 185F (plus 85C). The cards
also include RescuePRO software that allows photographers to easily recover
accidentally deleted images, lost digital images or data.



Pricing and Availability

SanDisk Extreme III cards are available in CompactFlash, Memory Stick PRO Duo
and SD card formats. Suggested retail prices for the two new capacities are:




Capacities US$

SanDisk Extreme III 12GB $779.99

16GB $1,049.99

SanDisk Extreme USB 2.0 Reader $24.99



SanDisk Extreme III cards carry a 10-year limited warranty in Europe, the Middle
East and Africa but will have a lifetime limited warranty in the rest of the
world. Photographers who purchase the cards also will have access to a dedicated
toll-free number for technical support questions. The RescuePRO image recovery
software on the cards is compatible with both Windows and Mac and requires no
driver download or special card reader.



www.sandisk.com

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Press Release Posted: Jan 03, 2011 0 comments

Kubota Image Tools announced it has created the new Kubota Creative Tools – The Lensbaby Pak, specially designed to enhance the artistic effects created with Lensbaby optics. Kevin Kubota, founder of Kubota PhotoDesign and the Idea Guy behind Kubota Image Tools, created the set of Photoshop image enhancing tools as part of the Lensbaby Kubota Contest. Winners of the contest, selected by Kubota, were announced previously. The Lensbaby Pak includes 15 brand new Photoshop image enhancement tools Kubota devised to enhance contest-winning images captured with each of the unique six Lensbaby Optics, and includes the Kubota DASHBOARD 3.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 22, 2006 0 comments

Casio, Inc. has announced the release of the latest addition to its EXILIM
ZOOM digital camera series with the EX-Z600. The latest evolution in this popular
series offers 6.0 megapixel high resolution photos in a compact, and pocket-sized
package. The extra large 2.7-inch Super Bright LCD is approximately three times
brighter than the previous EX-Z500 model, producing an impressive luminance
of 1200 candelas per square meter. This significant advancement makes the LCD
easier to see, especially when viewed in the sunny outdoors. In auto mode, the
LCD automatically adjusts to the brightness of the surrounding environment.
The EX-Z600's Super Life Battery now has an even longer battery life,
supporting a staggering 550 shots per charge.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 27, 2005 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has introduced new versions of KODAK PROSHOTS Studio Software
Suite v6.3, KODAK PROSHOTS Basics Software v2.0 and KODAK PROSHOTS Online Services
v7.0 that, via labs, will provide photographers with a broader range of templates
for their print ordering process. Photographers will also have improved tools
for previewing and selling their images to customers in-person or over the Internet.




The KODAK PROSHOTS System, a powerful set of image-management, design and ordering
tools, serves professional wedding, social and portrait photographers whether
they work with film or digital cameras. PROSHOTS System Participating Labs use
hybrid and complete digital lab workflows to offer a broad range of products and
services to photographers through the PROSHOTS System. The KODAK PROSHOTS System
is the industry's most-used service of its kind, with more than 40 labs,
11 album and frame companies and two studio management software companies integrating
it seamlessly with existing lab products.



PROSHOTS Studio Software Suite v6.3

Available as a free download to photographers with a current version of PROSHOTS
Studio Software Suite, or US$249 for new users, version 6.3 includes enhanced
proof book options with a variety of selectable background colors and definable
cover pages. Additional improvements include enriched digital product ordering
and presentation features:

· Lab templates now can be organized into categories, e.g., "Weddings,"
"Sports," etc., for easier navigation.

· More sophisticated lab products, e.g., templates with images displayed
on an angle or customizable text, can now be displayed and cropped as "what
you see is what you get" for better previewing and ordering.

· Enhanced slide-show options to play music through a PC, and a slide show
that can now easily be saved to be burned later to CD or DVD.



The album and frame interface definitions are streamlined, further enhancing Kodak's
full-featured software product for both photographers and labs.



PROSHOTS Basics Software v2

PROSHOTS Basics Software now includes additional features to simplify the image-ordering
process. As with the PROSHOTS Studio Software Suite, PROSHOTS Basics Software
now allows the organization of lab templates into categories, and enhanced proof
book options are now available. The features are all available in the intuitive,
easy-to-use interface for which PROSHOTS Basics Software is known.

In addition, key selling features have been added to PROSHOTS Basics Software.
With version 2, users can for the first time:

· Preview and order a broad range of lab digital products in a "what
you see is what you get" manner.

· Access the capabilities of PROSHOTS Online Services to create product
and price lists, post images and take orders over the Internet.

· Use a new built-in slide show capability for reviewing images with customers.



For PROSHOTS System Participating Labs, PROSHOTS Basics Software expands the potential
printing volume by providing a solution for the estimated one-third of professional
photographers who are MACINTOSH OS users.

PROSHOTS Basics software is free, runs on both MACINTOSH OS X and WINDOWS 2000
or XP platforms, and is available as a download at www.kodak.com/proshots/basicsinfo.




KODAK PROSHOTS Online Services v7

The award-winning PROSHOTS Online Services have been redesigned to enhance the
image viewing and ordering experience for the increasing number of consumers using
the Internet. Redesign features include:

· A modern, sophisticated look and feel with a cleaner shopping cart and
checkout process.

· Improved slide show with faster refresh and improved navigation and speed
controls.

· Increased image-zoom capability to better view image details.



Access to PROSHOTS Online Services is integrated within PROSHOTS Studio and PROSHOTS
Basics Software so photographers only need one piece of software for lab print
ordering, in-studio presentations and online selling. A new rewards program provides
benefits to photographers the more they make use of PROSHOTS Online Services.


The PROSHOTS System software updates will be available in March. For more information
on the KODAK PROSHOTS System and membership benefits for photographers ¾
including Web site and other training resources ¾ please visit www.kodak.com/proshots/membershipinfo.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 19, 2008 0 comments

Nik Software, Inc. and Vertus announced a new software bundle which offers photographers
and creative professionals superior solutions for image extractions and creative
enhancements. By combining the features and capabilities of Color Efex Pro 3.0
Complete Edition from Nik Software and Vertus' Fluid Mask 3, the leading
tools in their respective categories, photographers, graphic designers, and image
editors receive increased creative flexibility at a significant cost savings.



Available on both companies' websites as electronic download files, the
products are being offered together at $429.95, representing a savings of $110,
or 20%. The bundle offer is good through June 1, 2008. In addition, current Color
Efex Pro 3.0 owners can get Fluid Mask 3 directly from Nik Software at a 15% discount.
For download and discount information please visit www.niksoftware.com/vertus
or www.vertustech.com/bundles/nik.htm



About Color Efex Pro 3.0

Color Efex Pro 3.0 from Nik Software are the leading photographic filters for
digital photography, widely used by many of today's professional photographers
around the world to save time and get professional level results. The Complete
Edition contains fifty-two filters and over 250 effects enabling photographers
to quickly perform high quality retouching, color correction, traditional filtering,
and endless creative enhancements to their photographs.



Using Nik Software's patented U Point® technology found within Color
Efex Pro 3.0, users are provided the ultimate control to selectively apply enhancements
without the need for any complicated selections or layer masks. Using Control
Points, users can determine where to apply any filter within Color Efex Pro selectively
to their image, further enhancing their creativity.



About Fluid Mask 3

Fluid Mask 3 offers the most powerful and accurate image extraction on the market.
The product offers a "Smart Blending" capability unique to the software,
an effective edge detection system, and intuitive workflow resources. The award
winning Fluid Mask 3 is currently available for both Windows and Mac based operating
systems, and will continue to function as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3
& Elements, while also working in stand alone mode. The program has been deployed
by image editors at the National Magazine Company, producers of such titles as
Elle, Men's Health, Glamour and Bazaar, and recently became the first image
editing program added to the Getty Images Preferred Supplier Program. The newest
version of Fluid Mask is available for download through the Vertus website at:
http://www.vertustech.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 15, 2005 0 comments

Alien Skin Software has announced the release of Eye Candy 5: Impact, a set
of 10 plug-in filters for Adobe Photoshop and other compatible host programs.
Impact creates chrome, bevels, glass buttons, perspective shadows, and more.
The third of three upgrades to Eye Candy 4000, Impact features three new filters--Backlight,
Brushed Metal and Extrude--and seven reincarnated Eye Candy classics. Graphic
designers, digital photographers, and Web content creators will appreciate Impact's
versatile and beautifully rendered effects.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2011 3 comments
Panasonic has introduced the LUMIX DMC-ZS10 with a 24mm ultra-wide-angle and powerful 16x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens. It features full-High Definition 1920x1080 video recording capability, a newly-adopted large 3.0-inch, and a 460,000-dot Smart Touch Intelligent LCD – which allows for Touch Zoom, Touch Auto Focus (AF), Touch Shutter, and Touch Playback. The LUMIX ZS10 also features a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) function allowing geotagged images to be pinpointed via online maps and easily shared with friends and families.
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Staff Posted: Jun 17, 2009 0 comments

Tenba has introduced “Black Label”—a new collection of premium, handcrafted camera bags and satchels. The collection is said to be aimed at the professional or serious enthusiast who wants a bag with upscale design and features, highest-grade materials and robust construction.

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Staff Posted: Sep 08, 2008 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) has says it set a new speed record of 30
megabytes per second for SD flash memory cards with the introduction of the
SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition line of SDHC Cards. The new cards, expected
to be available worldwide in September in 4-gigabyte (GB), 8GB and 16GB capacities,
are designed to deliver peak performance when used with the new digital single-lens
reflex (DSLR) camera, Nikon D90.



The Nikon D90 is the industry's first DSLR camera to support SanDisk Extreme
III 30MB/s Edition SDHC cards at increased performance. Featuring a 50-percent
speed boost from previous 20MB/s cards, the new SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition
SDHC card makes it possible to record 39 images in continuous shooting mode
at 4.5 frames per second with a file size of 6.0 MB JPEG L Fine per image.3
The Nikon D90 camera captures high-resolution, 12.3 megapixel still images,
and it is Nikon's first DSLR to offer movie recording capability.



With ever-increasing technology advancements in DSLR cameras, higher megapixel
growth and new video capturing capabilities, SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s SDHC
cards make it easy for consumers to capture and store more high-resolution images
and video content. When placed in SanDisk's new ImageMate Multi-Card USB
2.0 Reader/Writer, still images and video can be transferred from the new SDHC
card to a computer up to 30MB/s, greatly reducing the waiting time to offload
large files from the card to the computer.



Beyond their high capacities and performance levels, all SanDisk Extreme III
cards are capable of functioning in extreme temperatures, from -13 to 185 degrees
Fahrenheit or -25 to 85 degrees Celsius. The cards also carry a lifetime limited
warranty. SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 30MB/s Edition cards, which have a Class
6 performance rating, are fully backwards-compatible; working in any camera,
card reader or other device that supports SDHC cards.6



Pricing and Availability

SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 30MB/s Edition cards are expected to be available worldwide
in September. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is U.S. $64.99
for the 4GB card, US $109.99 for the 8GB card, and U.S. $179.99 for the 16GB
card.



www.sandisk.com/corporate

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 07, 2006 0 comments

Sony's (alpha) DSLR-A100 system features a  10.2-megapixel APS CCD image
sensor andwill be introduced with 19 high-quality Sony lenses. All will be compatible
with most of the former Konica-Minolta Maxxum mount lenses. The system will
include a wide range of accessories as well. Sony has developed a new Dynamic
Range Optimizer image analysis technology that is said by the company to provide
exceptional picture quality and natural color reproduction, along with a new
Bionz image processing engine. This new engine supports a continuous burst mode
for fast-action shooting and performs intelligent power management.

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