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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 07, 2007 0 comments

Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CREL; TSX: CRE) has unveiled Corel Painter Essentials
4, the latest release from the company's digital media portfolio. Based on Corel
Painter, Corel Painter Essentials 4 includes everything new users need to set
up their own home art studio. Featuring a wide selection of paint brushes, pencils,
paper textures and built-in tutorials, Painter Essentials 4 is the perfect program
to help users get started.

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Press Release Posted: May 28, 2010 0 comments

The Tiffen Company announced the release of two new DOMKE bags to the line – the Photo Courier and Quick-Shot Sling. These new camera bags are part of the DOMKE line of durable, reliable photographic bags, the preferred bag of the White House Photographers Association for over 30 years.

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Press Release Posted: Mar 21, 2011 1 comments

Olympus Imaging America Inc. unveiled the full-featured SZ-30MR, a super-zoom camera with a multi-recording function capable of simultaneously capturing 1080p HD video and 16-megapixel still images. The Olympus SZ-30MR helps you capture it all with its 24x optical wide-zoom lens, and displays your pictures and videos on its 3.0-inch, high-resolution LCD.

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Press Release Posted: Jul 06, 2010 0 comments

X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its upcoming schedule of Webinars that have been developed to address specific color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.

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Staff Posted: Sep 03, 2008 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has announced the D90, a digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera
that allows photographers to easily create still images and High Definition
(HD) movie clips with sound--with the same camera. A host of Nikon core
technologies were leveraged to develop the D90's scope of versatility,
calling on years of photographic and optical expertise. Inspired by Nikon's
flagship DX-format digital SLR camera, the D300 and building on the success
of the popular D80, the D90 features a CMOS image sensor with 12.3 effective
megapixels combined with Nikon's exclusive EXPEED image processing system.

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Staff Posted: Apr 15, 2009 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has introduced the D5000, a digital SLR camera with a 12.3-megapixel sensor, a versatile 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor, Nikon’s revolutionary D-Movie Mode and expanded automatic Scene Modes. Photographers can easily compose images on the Vari-angle LCD monitor that they can view in a normal position fitting securely within the camera back, or swung out to be rotated or tilted. The monitor can also be stowed with the LCD panel tucked against the camera back to protect the screen when not in use.

This freedom of movement, along with four Live View autofocus shooting modes, affords users the opportunity to shoot from a multitude of imaginative angles. Easy one-button Live View activation now features Subject Tracking autofocus (AF), which automatically locks onto a moving subject.  Even if the subject leaves the frame and returns, Subject Tracking AF maintains focus. In addition to Subject Tracking AF in Live View, the D5000 features Face Priority AF, which automatically detects up to five faces in a scene and focuses on the closest subject; Wide Area AF, which offers a large AF area for optimal hand-held shooting; and Normal Area AF, which provides pinpoint accuracy when shooting with a tripod.

The D5000’s D-Movie Mode allows users the ability to record HD movie clips (1280 x 720) at a cinematic 24 frames per second with sound. Additionally, the D5000 is compatible with a comprehensive assortment of AF-S NIKKOR interchangeable lenses to provide users with the ability to capture perspectives not possible with typical consumer video recording devices. When using any NIKKOR VR lens, D-Movie clips benefit from Nikon VR image stabilization, which automatically activates during recording to deliver added sharpness and image stability. VR image stabilization also extends the D5000’s performance in low-light situations. D-Movie clips are recorded onto an inserted SD or SDHC memory card and saved as Motion JPEG AVI files for easy editing with widely available video editing software.

19 automatic Scene Modes are said to free users to capture beautiful images without having to manually adjust camera settings. The broad range of automatic Scene Modes includes Sports, Portrait, Candlelight, Silhouette, Autumn Colors and more, The D5000 also incorporates a comprehensive set of in-camera editing features to make the most of captured images without the need of a computer. The D5000 also introduces several new Retouch features, including a Soft Filter effect, which applies a smooth appearance to faces or the entire image; Perspective Control, which helps correct distortions in perspective often encountered in photographs of architecture; and Color Outline, which creates monochrome outlines of objects in images by eliminating color and tonal gradations. The D5000 saves each of these edited images as a separate JPEG file, ensuring the original image is left unmodified.  With Nikon’s exclusive Picture Control Settings, photographers can quickly select various image appearance profiles that include Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape settings.  In addition, Picture Control provides the ability to create and store up to nine user-defined custom profiles to reflect each user’s personal preferences for hue, color saturation and image sharpening.

Extensive playback options allow users to review their photos in groups of four, nine, or 72 thumbnail images. Alternatively, users can select the Calendar View to easily group and select images by date. These playback features can be viewed either on the Vari-angle LCD or an HDTV with HDMI connectivity available via a dedicated HDMI port on the camera.

The D5000’s normal ISO range extends from ISO 200 to 3200, allowing for superior shooting in low-light conditions. Additionally, the D5000’s ISO range can be expanded to a Lo 1 setting of ISO 100 or a Hi 1 setting of ISO 6400, furthering the opportunities for previously impossible shots.

Nikon’s exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II, in conjunction with the EXPEED image processing system, contributes to the D5000’s ability to capture quality images by instantly evaluating the exposure elements of each scene and comparing it to an onboard database of information from more than 30,000 images. These split-second calculations allow the D5000 to ensure the right exposure—even when conditions are extreme.  To push creative boundaries even further, the D5000 allows picture-takers to also use Center-Weighted and Spot metering for added personal control.

The D5000’s 11-point auto focus system utilizes Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System with Face Detection to help create the best possible images in a variety of shooting environments. Nikon's 11-point AF offers best-in-class speed and accuracy, helping to ensure sharp focus, shot-after-shot. Single-point AF is suggested for static subjects, Dynamic-area AF for moving subjects, Auto-area AF for spontaneous shooting and 3D-tracking with 11 AF points for maintaining accurate focus on a subject moving throughout the frame.

Paired with Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens and the ability to shoot at four frames per second, the D5000 easily captures moments other cameras miss. Nikon’s VR image stabilization lenses reduce the blurring in images due to camera shake, allowing photographers to shoot hand-held at as many as three full stops slower than would otherwise be possible.

The new D5000 also features the innovative Integrated Dust Reduction System, which offers both an electronic sensor cleaning when the camera is powered on and/or off and the Airflow Control System, which directs dust away from the sensor with every snap of the shutter. These functions work to clear image-degrading dust from the sensor’s optical low-pass filter, helping to ensure spot-free images. In addition, the D5000 features a Quiet Release Mode that reduces the mirror cycling noise for discreet shooting in sensitive situations, such as weddings and other ceremonies.

Photographers can also appreciate the D5000’s system expandability, as the camera can work in conjunction with a variety of Nikon accessories including a broad assortment of NIKKOR AF-S interchangeable lenses.  While the D5000 offers a versatile built-in flash, the camera is also compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System and capable of Advanced Wireless Lighting when using the SB-900 Speedlight or the SU-800 Wireless Commander. For those looking to document their photo excursions with geo-tagging, the D5000 is compatible with the optional GP-1 GPS Unit, which automatically records latitude, longitude, altitude and time information when a picture is taken.

The D5000 also works seamlessly with Nikon’s powerful Capture NX 2 image editing software (available for purchase separately), for more advanced photographers seeking greater control over their post-capture images.  Capture NX 2 simplifies the path to beautiful images with easy-to-learn editing tools and a highly versatile and elegantly simple interface, which streamline editing procedures.

Price and Availability
The D5000 outfit, which includes the AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, will be available at Nikon Authorized dealers beginning in late April 2009 at an estimated selling price of $849.95.  For consumers who want to configure their D5000 system or for photographers who need an additional D-SLR body for an existing system, the D5000 will also be offered as a body only for an estimated selling price of $729.95. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 23, 2007 0 comments

Westcott is offering their Photo Basics by Westcott customers the chance to
have their photos published in Shutterbug Magazine. Contestants must use a Photo
Basics lighting kit to create an image then submit it for the chance to win
one of three prizes offered in the contest. The grand prize winner will have
their photo published in Shutterbug Magazine. Second place earns the photographer
recognition of their imagery on the www.photobasics.net
web site. All three prize winners will gain a free one-year subscription to
the Shutterbug publication. The deadline for submissions is July 30, 2007. Details
are available and submissions can be made on the Photo Basics web site.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 04, 2006 0 comments

Olympus has introduced the H512 MB Type H-Series xD-Picture Card, a new high-speed
memory media designed for ultra-compact digital cameras.

The new memory card uses the latest storage technology to pack
512 MB of memory and high-speed performance onto an ultra-compact card measuring
just 25mmx20mm1.7mm.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 25, 2005 0 comments

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. has introduced the new compact DiMAGE
Z5 -- a digital camera that offers a built-in 12x optical Mega Zoom lens,
Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake System, 5.0-megapixel CCD, fast
overall response including Rapid autofocusing (AF), and a large 2.0-inch LCD
screen.

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Posted: Oct 23, 2009 0 comments

Flexible ewa-marine Splash-X underwater housings are now available in a selection of sizes to fit nearly all popular compact digital cameras with small or long zoom lenses.  Photographers and vacationers can take sharp, clear pictures in depths up to 20 ft.while diving, snorkeling, boating, rafting, canoeing or swimming. The housings also provide protection against sand, snow, salt-water spray and dirt. Street price for each of six Splash-X  models is under $50.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 13, 2007 0 comments

Carl Zeiss now offers its premium SLR lenses for an additional camera mount,
the K-bayonet. This lens series will be sold under the ZK name.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2005 0 comments

Sinar
Bron Imaging has announced the latest View Camera from the award winning Swiss
manufacturer, Sinar AG. The Limited Edition Sinar x3 view camera is designed to
help photographers work faster and more accurately. It features the best from
the Sinar View Camera line, including Sinar Gear Driven Movements, the smooth,
self-arresting precision drives and it's based on asymmetric tilts and swings.
The x3 features the unique Sinar focusing technique. The built-in scales permit
accurate determination of depth of field, tilt and swing angles, which systematically
lead to perfect focusing without the camera distracting from the creative task.
Like the Sinar p3 studio camera, it features integrated contacts and electrical
bellows, which makes it possible to control the electronic between-the-lens shutters
of Sinaron Digital CMV lenses without additional cables. When used with any Sinar
digitalback, the sharpness can be focused with pixel accuracy via "Live Video."
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 21, 2004 0 comments

About the size of a hockey puck, the new Seagate USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive is
billed as the biggest small hard drive on the planet - it's the world's first
external hard drive small enough to fit in your pocket or throw in a backpack.
Safely encased in its sleek palm-sized shell, it's as convenient as a USB thumb
drive - but it offers an incredible 5GB of storage to conveniently carry a huge
amount of digital music, photos, video, and business files.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 23, 2005 0 comments

Microtek has announced the introduction of the 3,200-dpi ScanMaker 1000XL, said
to be the highest-resolution tabloid-size flatbed scanner on the market today.
Designed for professional applications, the ScanMaker 1000XL is ideal for production
environments in corporations, advertising agencies, publishing houses, medical
laboratories for X-ray imaging, and service bureaus. This large-format scanner
is available in two models -- the ScanMaker 1000XL Pro with Transparent
Media Adapter (TMA 1600) for dual reflective and transparency scanning, and
a standard package without the TMA for reflective media scanning only. Both
models feature Kodak DIGITAL ICE Photo Print Technology for automatically restoring
damaged photos.

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Press Release Posted: Feb 10, 2010 0 comments

This six-backpack series offer an array of carrying solutions from smaller standard
backpacks to convertible designs that keeps gear accessible whether the bag is
configured as a backpack or a rolling case. The four larger models feature padded laptop
compartments, and the two largest feature a checkpoint-friendly laptop sleeve.

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