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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 11, 2007 0 comments

Pelican Products, Inc.has unveiled the 1630 Transport Case. With more than 8,250
cubic inches of possible storage space, the 1630 is said to be ideal for safely
transporting heavy equipment. Transit-friendly features include two double-hand
side-grips for easy team lifting, two heavy-duty sets of polyurethane wheels
with stainless-steel ball bearings and nylon hubs for long wheel-life and an
extension handle (with effortless release latch) for easy transport.

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Staff Posted: Nov 05, 2008 0 comments

Blurb, the creative publishing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share and sell bookstore-quality books, announced a new Premium Paper offering. The 100-pound text silk-finish paper is 35% heavier than Blurb’s standard paper, and features improved opacity and superior print quality – two commonly requested upgrades from Blurb’s professional users. Premium Paper is available to all Blurb users across Blurb’s Global Print Partner Network, which supports over 60 countries with access to 80 HP Indigo presses.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 25, 2005 0 comments

Sigma Corporation has announced their new 500 F4.5 APO EX DG HSM lens.
This ultra-telephoto lens has a fast maximum aperture, and also features a new super multi-layer coating, which optimizes the characteristics of digital SLR cameras.
Two ELD glass elements in the front lens elements reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum and also ensure sharp, quality images of high contrast. The overall length of the lens does not change during focusing, ensuring convenient handling and ease of use.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 26, 2007 0 comments

BenVista announces today the release of a major update for PhotoZoom Pro 2. The
new version 2.2 for both Windows and Mac OS X platforms is now available. PhotoZoom
Pro 2, BenVista's digital image resizing software, was initially released in August
2006. BenVista continued to work on further improvements and additional features,
which have now been added in today's release.



The S-Spline XL resizing technique, which (together with the original ?S-Spline
technique) is unique to the PhotoZoom software range, has been improved and now
gives even better results. PhotoZoom Pro 2 comes both as a standalone application
and as an export plugin for Adobe(R) Photoshop. The plugin version is now compatible
with Photoshop CS3. While the standalone version already was a Universal application
for the Mac, the plugin now too is Universal (when used in CS3).



Other improvements are speed boosts, preference settings for a more convenient
workflow, and a fully rewritten, up-to-date manual.



The latest version of PhotoZoom Pro 2, for both Windows and Mac OS X, can be downloaded
directly from www.benvista.com.
PhotoZoom Pro 2.2 comes as a free update for registered PhotoZoom Pro 2 users.

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Staff Posted: Oct 28, 2009 0 comments

Datacolor is combining its intimate knowledge of the photographic digital workflow with a longtime heritage as an innovator in color management systems to develop an advanced, yet easy-to-use monitor calibration system for consumers and photo enthusiasts.  Datacolor realizes that everyone with a digital SLR is not a pro but most enjoy achieving results like one.  To help enthusiasts move a step closer to achieving this goal, Datacolor is introducing the new Spyder3Express monitor calibration system.

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Staff Posted: May 27, 2009 0 comments

liveBooks, Inc., (www.livebooks.com) introduced liveBooks Photojournalism, a cost-effective, pre-designed  website offering and community for photojournalists launched in partnership with FiftyCrows and the National Geographic All Roads Photography Program.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 08, 2005 0 comments

Olympus Imaging America Inc. has introduced the new Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F3.5
Full Frame Fisheye Lens. The Zuiko 8mm fisheye is designed to be digital specific
and render sharp edge-to-edge images, in an easy to handle size, and with a close
focus of less than 5 ½ inches.



Along with its many attributes this 8mm fisheye promises to set a new professional
standard for ultra wide-angle underwater photography because it can be used in
conjunction with the EVOLT E-300 digital SLR and the new PT-EO1 underwater housing
and PPO-E04 lens port at depths of up to 196 feet (60m).



This full frame fisheye lens has a 180º field of view diagonally to the Four
Thirds image sensor, and a focal length of 8mm (equivalent to 16mm in a 35mm camera).
Because of this it can be used to create extremely dramatic photographic images
that cannot be seen unaided with the human eye. Because this lens is specifically
designed for digital cameras and conforms to the "Four Thirds System,"
it will provide reliable photographic performance even at the edges of the images.




With a minimum focusing distance of 5.3 inches (0.79 inch from the front of the
lens to the subject), this lens can be used to approach the subject aggressively
for wide-close-up photography. This feature is the key to the creation of images
with exaggerated perspective effects.



Because of the different refractive indexes of light in air and water, the angle
of view underwater will be reduced to approximately 153º, and since it is
often more difficult to capture light underwater, it is necessary to get closer
to the subject. To remedy the problem, the super-close-up capability of this lens
allows photography of the subject just 0.79 inch from the front of the lens to
achieve the wide-close-up effects for which fisheye lenses are famous.



The new Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f3.5 Fisheye will go on sale in January 2006.



Estimated Street Price: $799.95

www.olympusamerica.com
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2007 0 comments

Rick Sammon's
new DVD -- Rick Sammon's Canon EOS Digital Rebel Personal Training Photo
Workshop -- shows viewers all the basic steps of making great images. Even
if you don't own a Digital Rebel, you'll still gain a complete understanding
of digital SLR photography.



From camera basics to exposure, white balance, lenses, sports shooting, photographing
in low light, close-up photography, people and portraits, animals and pets,
Rick breaks down complex topics into fun and interesting lessons.



In the video, Rick goes on location to Universal Studios, Orlando, FL; Jungle
World at the Bronx Zoo; the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida; Madam
Tussauds Wax Museum in New York City; and other picturesque places to entertain,
educate and inspire viewers to becoming better photographers. Sample lessons
from the DVD are posted on www.rickspixelmagic.com.
The DVD runs 1.5 hours and is available on amazon.com, bn.com and in bookstores.
List price is $19.99.

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Press Release Posted: Mar 19, 2010 0 comments

Version 5.0 firmware for PocketWizard’s MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 brings the very latest features to both new and current PocketWizard owners. It offers two important features for Canon DSLR photographers. Its unique Rear Curtain Sync automatically engages to delay flash until the absolute end of the exposure with either on-camera or remote Canon speedlights as well as flashes triggered by standard PocketWizard radios or any studio flash with built-in PocketWizard receiver. Exclusive Pre-Flash Boost automatically increases preflash power to provide enhanced and more stable E-TTL performance for bounce flash, when using flash diffusers and for flash fill in bright daylight conditions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 25, 2005 0 comments

Alera
Technologies has announced an industry first, the DVD/CD duplicator with LightScribe
technology that Laser burns labels directly on DVD/CD discs. The 1:1 DVD/CD Copy
Cruiser Pro LS is the only personal disc publisher that records and duplicates
DVDs and CDs and prints custom silkscreen quality labels without a printer --
all in a machine that fits easily on your desk. You can create your own custom
labels, with text and graphics, using the software included with the unit.



The 1:1 DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro LS, the first LightScribe DVD/CD Personal Publisher,
has anestimated street price of $399.



To print labels you simply place LightScribe certified media with the label side
down in the recorder, attach the DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro LS to your PC and burn
any label you have created. The LightScribe printing technology is very high resolution
and offers superior quality and clarity that can be compared to silkscreen. The
DVD/CD Copy Cruiser Pro LS incorporates 16x DVD recording technology and can function
as a 1:1 DVD/CD Duplicator or an external USB 2.0 DVD/CD Recorder. The 1:1 DVD/CD
Copy Cruiser Pro LS is a package that is truly desktop with only a 7 x 11 inch
footprint and weighing less than 12 pounds.



Complete information available at http://www.aleratec.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 20, 2007 0 comments

Adorama has announced its new series of reasonably priced Flashpoint carbon
fiber tripods. Featuring classic European styling, the three Flashpoint tripods
bring all of the advantages of carbon fiber tripods to photographers who want
and need the advantage this high tech material brings to capturing images with
today's digital SLRs. Besides its legendary light weight and strength,
carbon fiber offers many advantages over fully metal tripods. The thermal transfer
rate with carbon fiber is much less than most metals and carbon fiber is noted
for its ability to absorb vibrations.

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Press Release Posted: Jul 26, 2010 0 comments

Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform that allows anyone to become an author, today announced the launch of Blurb for Good, a platform that enables citizen philanthropists and nonprofits to create and use books as a means to generate awareness, goodwill and monies for social causes.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 10, 2006 0 comments

X-Rite Inc. has introduced the the OPTIX XR2 display calibration and profiling
solution. Combining a state-of-the-art colorimeter with enriched software, the
OPTIX XR2 is said to deliver an unparalleled color management solution for displays;
including LCD, CRT and newly developed wide gamut technologies. Easy to use, the
OPTIX XR2 is X-Rite's most recent upgrade of MonacoOPTIX XR, which joined
X-Rite's product line after X-Rite acquired Monaco in 2003. This latest
iteration completes the integration of the product into the X-Rite family of color
measurement solutions.



The first and most fundamental step to ensure consistent and accurate color is
a properly calibrated monitor. The OPTIX XR2 allows users to adjust color at the
touch of a button. Plus, a new help system puts easy to find answers at the user's
fingertips.


OPTIX XR2 also has the ability to automatically recognize and take control of
your color display, with Automatic Display Control (ADC). Using one touch, ADC
will optimize your display's color temperature, contrast and brightness
settings to ensure you build the highest quality ICC profile and obtain the best
color results from your monitor.



In addition, an ambient diffuser attaches to the bottom of the OPTIX XR2 hardware,
allowing for more exact characterization of the user's environment, thus
improving the accuracy of profiles.



Designed to advance with users as they upgrade their display types, the OPTIX
XR2 builds the highest quality profile for today's as well as tomorrow's
advanced display technologies. Additionally, it recognizes when an upgrade is
necessary and prompts users to download the correct information required to properly
profile their monitor.



The OPTIX XR2 will be available to the market in late May, as will the OPTIX XR2PRO,
a network version for multi-workstation environments.



www.xrite.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 18, 2008 0 comments

Visatec USA has introduced the Powerbox 900 battery solution for powering strobes
on location. The Powerbox 900 is a sine wave inverter based battery with a standard
Edison connector. This allows you to plug in any single strobe up to 900 watt
seconds, or with a standard power strip you can plug in any amount of strobes
that add up to 900 watt seconds, such as three Visatec Solo 800B's (300
ws each).

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Press Release Posted: Oct 27, 2010 0 comments

Photoflex Inc. announced that all of their strobe kits will include one FlashFire 16-channel radio trigger and a receiver for each head. This represents a major price breakthrough because a high quality radio trigger and receiver can often exceed the cost of a strobe head and modifier.

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