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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2006 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced the availability of a free, Windows PC public beta release
of DxO Optics Pro v4 for all digital photographers to download from the DxO
Labs Web site (www.dxo.com).
DxO Optics Pro software is said to improve the image quality of Digital Single-Lens
Reflex (SLR) cameras and advanced digicams. DxO Optics Pro is the award-winning
digital image enhancement tool incorporating revolutionary optics, noise and
exposure corrections in an easy-to-use, feature rich application for Mac and
PC users.



DxO Optics Pro v4, slated to be available on Macintosh and Windows platforms
in September 2006, includes four main areas of exciting new functionality:

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 24, 2008 0 comments

Smith-Victor introduces the new Black Diamond Series of carbon fiber tripods,
monopods and heads that complement the existing line of Smith-Victor aluminum
tripods.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 16, 2005 0 comments

Manfrotto is introducing the new and improved 685B NeoTec Deluxe Monopod with
four new features including a safety lever, foot pedal, leg warmer and suction
cup foot. From the NeoTec line of Pro Photo Supports, the 685B is built around
an innovative self-regulating mechanism inside the leg that allows the user
to quickly and easily extend each leg to the desired height by simply pulling
downwards. There are no locks, knobs or levers of any kind to contend with.
Once the leg is extended into position, NeoTec's patented internal mechanism
automatically locks it there by pushing outwards on the tubing, exerting more
locking power and further stabilizing the tripod as additional weight is added.




The 685B system features a new safety lever that prevents accidental deployment
of the locking release mechanism. To close the monopod, the safety lever must
be activated, which then allows the grip action handle to be depressed. The
lever is simple to operate while still maintaining the one-handed closing operation.




The updated monopod also features a lightweight rubber foot pedal to make opening
or closing the 685B simple, and a protective leg warmer on the bottom leg section
to provide protection against the elements and a comfortable grip. Also, the
685B includes a suction cup foot for extra ground support and increased grip.



The 685B monopod is designed for support with unprecedented speed. The 685B
can fully extend to 166 cm / 65 inches and collapse to 71 cm / 28 inches. It
has the capability of supporting payloads up to 8 kg / 18 pounds and features
the same "upside down" leg construction, further ensuring its durability
and reliability in all environments.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 26, 2006 0 comments

ATP Electronics Inc. has announced the release of a Class 6 ProMax SD High
Capacity SDHC 4GB memory card. This SDHC card, strictly following SD Association
(SDA) v2.00 specifications, has passed rigorous testings for Class 6 certification
at a recent SDA interoperability session performed by major camera manufacturers,
such as Panasonic, Canon, Nikon and Casio. The Class 6 ProMax SDHC 4GB card
is said to maximize the performances of newest models of high megapixel digital
cameras such as Canon IXY 1000, PowerShot G7, A630/640, Panasonic DMC/SDR/DMR
series, Nikon CoolPix S5, S6, D80 and Casio Exilim Z and S series digital cameras.

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Staff Posted: Sep 21, 2009 0 comments

Pentax Imaging Company redefines the entry-level digital SLR category with the introduction of the K-x digital SLR.  This latest Pentax camera offers high-end features including Live View and HD video.  The K-x will be available in a choice of white or black, as well as special, limited edition red and navy. 

Priced at $599.95 USD (for body with DA L 18-55mm lens), the extremely compact and lightweight Pentax K-x features a one-handed shooting design and simple, easy-to-use operation, the K-x is perfect for users stepping up from a point and shoot digital camera to their first digital SLR.

The Pentax K-x offers photographic performance that challenges higher class DSLR models and offers several features that set this camera apart in the entry-level category:

  • High resolution 12.4 megapixel CMOS image sensor features sensor-shift Shake Reduction for stabilized image and video capture up to 4 stops max.
  • Large 2.7 inch LCD features Live View with contrast, phase difference, and Face Detection autofocus (up to 16 faces).
  • Widescreen HD video capture in full 720p resolution (1280x720) at 24 FPS cinematic frame rate, using any Pentax 35mm lens.
  • Creative processing and filter modes produce high quality finished images, while offering the ability to explore artistic freedom through unique special effects.
  • True High Dynamic Range (HDR) image capture blends 3 bracketed images into a single picture with outstanding shadow, highlight, and midrange detail.
  • Fast 4.7 FPS capture speed and 1/6000 second maximum shutter speeds are possible with the Pentax PRIME II image processing engine.
  • Powerful automatic modes, including Pentax Auto Picture and scene modes, ensure the perfect shot in any situation, while helping new photographers learn DSLR photography.
  • Responsive 11 point wide angle SAFOX VIII autofocus system focuses quickly and accurately, and can easily track moving subjects.
  • Captures up to 1900 shots with universally available, easy-to-find AA lithium batteries (also compatible with AA NiMH rechargeable and alkaline batteries).

Along with the K-x, Pentax announced the smc Pentax DA L 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED super-telephoto zoom lens.  This lens will be exclusive to a K-x Twin Lens Kit package consisting of a K-x body, this new lens and the smc Pentax DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens.  The lightweight design of this
zoom lens offers the exceptional optical performance found in all Pentax lenses for super-telephoto photography with the K-x and other Pentax digital SLR camera bodies.

The Pentax  K-x (in black and white) will ship in October 2009 in three configurations: options: 

  • K-x single lens kit with body and an smc Pentax DA L 18-55mm lens for USD $649.95.
  • K-x twin lens kit for $749.95 including a K-x body, the smc Pentax DA L 18-55mm lens and the smc Pentax DA L 50-200mm zoom lens.
  • K-x twin lens kit for $849.95 including a K-x body, the smc Pentax DA L 18-55mm lens and the smc Pentax DA L 55-300mm zoom lens.

www.Pentax.com

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Staff Posted: Oct 20, 2008 0 comments

Nik Software has announced the availability of its new
Complete Collection of the company’s award-winning digital imaging
software products. This new product bundle includes all of the latest
versions of Nik Software’s products available at a discounted price of
$599, which represents a savings of $450 if purchased separately.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 28, 2006 0 comments

GretagMacbeth has announced an all-new, high-end professional version of its
award-winning Eye-One Display 2 monitor calibration solution. Eye-One Display
2 is said to set a new standard, delivering unparalleled functionality for high-end
professional results. At the same time, GretagMacbeth is pleased to announce
the new Eye-One Display LT for budget conscious professionals just getting started
with color management.



Both of the new Eye-One Display solutions feature the professional Eye-One Display
measurement device. The new functionality in the Eye-One solutions is a result
of the new Eye-One Match 3.6 software that is included with the devices, making
it ideal for both new users as well as existing Eye-One Display 2 and Eye-One
Pro users who want to gain more from their investment.



Eye-One Display 2 provides enhanced Workgroup Match capabilities for anyone
who needs to match multiple monitors - either within their own studio or in
a collaborative production environment including their customers and suppliers
- to ensure consistent on-screen color viewing throughout the production workflow.
Calibration parameters can be extracted from an existing GretagMacbeth monitor
profile and used as a baseline for all of the monitors in a workgroup - thus
ensuring the highest level of consistency from monitor to monitor. Users can
also define custom gamma, white point and luminance settings for their profiles
to meet their exact requirements.



With Eye-One Display 2, users can utilize the Ambient Check and Match functions
to take precise measurements of the ambient light in their environment to ensure
that their standard viewing conditions remain consistent - ideal for professional
designers and photographers who want an accurate match between their light box
and their monitor. And now users can incorporate ambient light data into their
profiles for a better correlation between their monitor and studio or any other
viewing conditions, such as a gallery where their images will be displayed.




Eye-One Display 2 also provides a number of new tools to help speed the profiling
process and help users evaluate the quality of their profiles and monitor, including
Push-Button Calibration, a fully automatic calibration for popular monitors,
a before and after image for assessing profile quality, as well as Validation
- monitor trend data which helps users track the overall performance of their
monitors. Current Eye-One Display 2 owners can benefit from all the new Eye-One
Display 2 enhancements by simply downloading the new Eye-One Match 3.6 software.



The new Eye-One Display LT solution provides the perfect entry point for professionals
who are investing in monitor calibration for the first time. It enables a basic
set of functionality within the new version of Eye-One Match 3.6 that provides
users with the possibility to calibrate their monitors and adjust the color
on-screen with a few simple clicks. Features include push-button monitor calibration,
profile creation using predefined gamma and white point settings, the ability
to check ambient light conditions and a before and after image for assessing
profile quality. If a user wants to upgrade their Eye-One Display LT to an Eye-One
Display 2, they can do so at any time simply by purchasing a license code to
enable the full Eye-One Match 3.6 functionality.



Pricing, Availability, Compatibility and Upgrades

The new Eye-One Display 2 will continue to have a list price of $249. Eye-One
Display LT is list priced at $169. Both products are compatible with Mac OS
X (10.3 or higher) and Windows 2000, XP and x64. Current owners of Eye-One Display
2 and Eye-One Pro solutions (including Eye-One Design, Eye-One Photo, etc.)
can download the new Eye-One Match 3.6 software for FREE from gretagmacbeth.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 05, 2007 0 comments

Nik Software Inc. and Phase One today announced a new software bundle designed
to offer photographers superior image sharpening and exceptional RAW file processing.
The Nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 Complete Edition and Capture One PRO combination offers
photographers significant savings.

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Press Release Posted: Mar 08, 2010 0 comments

Sigma Corporation of America (www.sigmaphoto.com) is pleased to announce the winner of the fourth annual, Sigma-sponsored Nature’s Best Photography Students photography contest.

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Staff Posted: Apr 27, 2009 0 comments

The QuadroPod introduced by Novoflex is a four-leg tripod system.  The foundation of this system is a totally new design for a tripod collar that - thanks to its modular construction - can be equipped with different leg variations. Aluminum or carbon legs with 3 or 4 sections are available. Working heights from 2.8“ up to 70.9“ are possible with the current leg types. Moreover, additional leg types are under development, enabling working heights up to 91“. In addition, the different leg versions can be combined with each other and supplemented with clips/clamps, suction and screw-in-items from the Novoflex program.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 27, 2006 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has introduced the Kingston U3 DataTraveler,
a U3 powered smart drive. Available in capacities up to 2 GB and smaller than
a pack of gum, the latest Kingston U3 DataTraveler features software to help
file, organize and share photos; automatically populate forms; generate, manage
and secure passwords; and read and interact with digital publications.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 03, 2007 0 comments

Kubota Image Tools is pleased to announce the creation of a Digital Photography
Bootcamp Scholarship Program. Professional photographers (or serious amateurs
aspiring to be pros) are invited to apply to the program for a chance to be
selected for a full scholarship to any of Kubota Image Tools' upcoming
Bootcamps -- including the long sold-out October 2007 Bootcamp.

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Press Release Posted: Jul 07, 2010 0 comments

Mamiya announced the new Mamiya RZ33 large-sensor digital camera kit for professional photographers. The Mamiya RZ33, featuring a high performance 33 megapixel CCD sensor, bringing the famous ease-of-use and versatility of the Mamiya RZ camera system to the large-sensor digital arena. With no cables necessary, RZ33 users simply add their favorite razor sharp RZ lens and a CF card, and they are ready to produce big, detailed, gorgeous images.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 28, 2006 0 comments

Argraph Corporation has introduced Digital High Grade (DHG) Filters, the first
optical filters designed specifically for digital cameras and lenses. Marumi
Optical Company of Japan has designed the DGH range of lens filters to eliminate
the flare and ghosting prevalent when the CCD or CMOS chips in digital cameras
convert light into electrical signals. A newly developed ultra-low reflection
coating increases light transmission. In addition the lens' outer rim
is blackened to minimize internal reflection. The satin smooth, ultra thin,
matte-black metal filter frame further minimizes refection. The new Marumi DHG
filters are available in UV, Circular Polarizer, Star-Cross, Neutral Density-8
and Soft Fantasy varieties, and come in standard metric sizes from 49mm-82mm.
There is also a Macro +3 close up filter available in sizes from 49mm-77mm.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 29, 2007 0 comments

Nik Software, Inc. has announced the latest upgrade to its Color Efex Pro collection
of photographic filters for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. The new
Color Efex Pro 3.0 filter collection now integrates Nik Software's patented
U Point technology for precise selective editing control, includes new and updated
filters offering the widest range of professional photographic enhancements
and effects, and features a completely redesigned user interface.

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