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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 22, 2007 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has introduced a new image sensor technology
that is said to provides a significant increase in sensitivity to light when
compared to current sensor designs. With this new technology, users will realize
a 2x to 4x increase in sensitivity (from one to two photographic stops), which
will improve performance when taking pictures under low light and reduce motion
blur when imaging moving subjects. In addition, this technology enables the
design of smaller pixels (leading to higher resolutions in a given optical format)
while retaining imaging performance.



This breakthrough advances an existing Kodak technology that has become a standard
in digital imaging. Today, the design of almost all color image sensors is based
on the "Bayer Pattern," an arrangement of red, green, and blue pixels
that was first developed by Kodak Scientist Dr. Bryce Bayer in 1976. In this
design, half of the pixels on the sensor are used to collect green light, with
the remaining pixels split evenly between sensitivity to red and blue light.
After exposure, software reconstructs a full color signal for each pixel in
the final image.



Kodak's new proprietary technology builds on the existing Bayer Pattern
by adding panchromatic, or "clear" pixels to the red, green, and
blue pixels already on the sensor. Since these pixels are sensitive to all wavelengths
of visible light, they collect a significantly higher proportion of the light
striking the sensor. The remaining red, green, and blue pixels are then used
to record the color information of the scene.



To reconstruct a full color image, Kodak has also developed new software algorithms
specifically designed to work with the raw data generated from these new image
sensors. These sophisticated algorithms use the more sensitive panchromatic
pixels to act as the luminance channel of the final image, and derive chrominance
information from the color pixels on the sensor. Leveraging over 30 years of
Kodak image science, these new algorithms support the increased sensitivity
provided by these new pixel patterns, while retaining the overall image quality
and color fidelity required by customers.



Kodak is beginning to work with a number of leading companies to implement this
new technology in system-wide solutions and to streamline the design-in process.



Kodak is developing CMOS sensors using this technology for consumer markets
such as digital still cameras and camera phones. As the technology is appropriate
for use with both CCD and CMOS image sensors, however, its use can be expanded
across Kodak's full portfolio of image sensors, including products targeted
to applied imaging markets such as industrial and scientific imaging. The first
Kodak sensor to use this technology is expected to be available for sampling
in the first quarter of 2008.



For more information on Kodak's entire image sensor product line, please
visit www.kodak.com/go/imagers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 13, 2005 0 comments

Leaf and Mamiya have announced the latest 22 Megapixel D-SLR, the Leaf Mamiya
ProDigital II. Comprised of the New Mamiya 645AFDII camera and the Leaf Aptus
back, the new ProDigital II offers medium format quality with the convenience
of a small format system.

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Press Release Posted: Aug 27, 2010 0 comments

Sony introduced two new cameras (models SLT-A55V and SLT-A33) that adopt Sony’s newly-developed Translucent Mirror Technology, which achieves the highest-level of auto focus speed for both still image and movie shooting.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 12, 2007 0 comments

In line with the market transition from the darkroom to the digital arena, Ilford
set itself the benchmark of producing the equivalent of a classic air-dried, gloss,
black and white fiber based silver image print using current inkjet digital technology.
The product that meets this benchmark is now available in the Galerie Brand Inkjet
Line from Ilford and it is formally tagged as Galerie Gold Fibre Silk.



Galerie Gold Fibre Silk is a 310gsm inkjet media featuring a traditional barium
sulfate (baryta) base. The baryta base enhances the media surface producing the
creamy whites and velvety blacks that form part of the unique look and feel of
a traditional fiber based print; the standard amongst art photographers worldwide.
The media also produces real high definition images with an extended tonal range,
making it a must for exhibition quality images, ranging from vivid color to dramatic
black and whites.



The assembly is completed by a backing layer, which ensures that the final printed
image has minimal curl. Galerie Gold has been specifically designed with no unnecessary
additives in the media to guarantee the image lasts and lasts just like a traditional
photo print.



Just as traditional silver halide photographs demonstrate, extreme emotions can
be captured in an image through warm or cold tones. These same results can be
produced digitally, and Ilford has created specific recommendations on using filter
factors to create 'digital toning'. Ranging from standard black and white, warm
tone, cool tone and sepia to gold, selenium and blue, the only limit is the photographer's
imagination. These filter factors together with custom ICC profiles are available
for free on the website: www.ilford.com.




Availability

Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk will be available from October 2007, in the following
sizes:

8.5"x11", 13"x19", 17"x22" in 10 and 50 sheet packs


17", 24" and 44" wide (40' long) rolls

For more information on Ilford, please visit www.ilford.com...

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Press Release Posted: Jan 27, 2011 1 comments

Velbon’s new GEO-series tripods use a unique Carbon Fiber and Basalt composite material which gives the legs added strength and rigidity. They feature Spiral-Etched surfaces for smooth, fast extension as well as unique Lever-Locking leg sections. Each leg is fitted with an adjustable tip, giving the photographer the option of a rubber foot for grounding on slippery surfaces or a spiked foot for rougher terrain. Another unique feature includes Velbon’s new Center Column Quick-Release Lever which allows for fast adjustment of the column height. The two-section center column can be split for low-angle set-up.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 14, 2008 0 comments

The DSLR-A200 model features upgrades influenced by the recently-introduced, enthusiast-class
DSLR-A700 camera and replaces the former Sony DSLR-A100 model, which was Sony's
first in the DSLR class. The new model is designed to be faster, lighter and easier
to use. Upgraded features include a wider, 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCDTM screen for
easy playback viewing; a more compact body and an easily-accessible mode dial;
an easy-to-use function menu (camera function display); improved noise control
for higher quality images; an auto focus speed 1.7x faster than the previous model;
improved predictive control performance; quieter shutter sound; automatic pop-up
flash; and a battery life indicator that displays the percentage of battery life
remaining so you know exactly when to recharge.



As seen in all a (alpha) camera bodies, the DSLR-A200 camera incorporates Super
SteadyShot image stabilization in the body to allow shooting at shutter speeds
of 2.5 to 3.5 steps slower than otherwise possible -- a benefit realized
with every compatible lens attached to the camera. Compatible lenses encompass
all Minolta Maxxum mount lenses, in addition to Sony a (alpha) lens lineup - including
Carl Zeiss® lenses.



With its 10.2-megapixel (effective) APS CCD image sensor, the DSLR-A200 camera
is said to continue to offer high-quality images by allowing more light to pass
through to each pixel -- increasing sensitivity, reducing noise, and providing
greater detail. Clean, reduced-noise signals are sent from the image sensor to
Sony's BIONZ processing engine, which processes data-rich picture information
at high speeds and reduces picture noise in the RAW data stage before image JPEG
conversion. The results are high-resolution, detailed images with rich tonal reproduction.



The DSLR-A200 model supports JPEG and RAW file format support. It has a slot for
CompactFlash Type I/II media cards. An adaptor for Memory Stick Duo media cards
is sold separately as an accessory.



Get The Photo Results You Want


In addition to Super SteadyShot image stabilization for virtually blur-free photos,
the new model incorporates Sony's D-Range Optimizer (DRO). It helps you
capture well-exposed images, especially when shooting high-contrast or backlit
scenes that often lead to loss of highlight and shadow detail. Sony's DRO
modifies the range from highlights to shadows, including gain and contrast, through
its in-camera hardware processing to produce more natural, evenly exposed pictures.
The camera's image analysis technology studies the captured image data and
instantly determines the best exposure and color tonality for the image before
JPEG compression.



The BIONZ image processing engine powers the camera up immediately and the eye-start
autofocus starts the focusing system before you even press the shutter. The camera
can shoot up to three continuous frames per second at 10.2-megapixels at the finest
JPEG compression level.



As seen in previous a (alpha) models, the new model carries a static-free anti-dust
coating on the CCD filter which is gently vibrated to dislodge any dust that might
have collected each time the camera is powered off.



Additionally, the DSLR-A200 camera's supplied lithium ion battery offers
up to 750 shots per full charge.



Sony is providing a full line of accessories for the model, including flashes,
rechargeable battery packs and several carrying cases. An interesting addition
is the VG-B30AM ergonomic vertical grip equipped with the most essential controls
for portrait orientation shooting. It also allows for the use of two InfoLITHIUM
batteries (sold separately) for up to 1,500 shots on a single, full charge.



The DSLR-A200K kit includes the camera body and a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 3.9x zoom
lens for about $700. The DSLR-A200W kit includes the camera body, the DT 18-70mm
lens and a 75--300mm f4.5-5.6 lens for about $900. Both will ship in February
and will be available at sonystyle.com,
Sony Style retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail),
military base exchanges, and authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin online
on Jan. 7 at www.sonystyle.com/dslr.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 04, 2006 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) has introduced a 4-gigabyte SD High Capacity
(SDHC ) card. The new cards, which support capacities of 4GB and higher, are
rated Class 2 for speed and performance. The 4GB SDHC card will be bundled with
the MicroMate USB 2.0 reader at no extra charge. These new readers work with
both SDHC and SD cards. SDHC cards require an SDHC-compatible reader.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 04, 2008 0 comments

Bogen Imaging, a leading distributor of top quality photographic support products
and accessories in North America, is proud to announce a free, introductory
lighting webinar titled "How to Overcome 5 Common Problems When Shooting
Outdoors." Held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 6, 2008, this introductory
course on the basics of lighting is a surefire way to get up to speed on how
to capture the best images when shooting in the field.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 03, 2005 0 comments

Sigma has introduced two digitally optimized teleconverters for use with their
telephoto and telephoto-zoom lenses. Both models utilize the latest multi-layer
lens coating and a new optical design to reduce flare and ghosting and maintain
optimum image quality.

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Staff Posted: Sep 08, 2009 0 comments

Aimed at experienced shooters looking for value and sophisticated SLR performance, Sony has introduced the full-frame α (alpha) DSLR-A850 camera and a new 28-75mm F2.8 lens.  The α850 model shares the same 24.6 megapixel sensor and most features of the flagship α900 camera, introduced last year, but will be available for just under $2000 (body only).

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

Digital imaging software developer Nik Software, Inc. has announced an arrangement
with digital asset management pioneer iView Multimedia Ltd., a wholly owned
subsidiary of Microsoft Corp., to offer a software bundle of Nik Color Efex
Pro 2.0 Select Edition and iView MediaPro 3.0. This bundle combines two leading
software solutions for improving digital imaging workflow to provide solutions
for busy professional photographers.

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Staff Posted: Sep 29, 2008 0 comments

SanDisk today announced that it is now shipping an upgraded family of SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash (CF) memory cards to better meet the needs of professional digital photographers. The entire series of SanDisk Extreme IV high-performance memory cards has received a 12.5-percent speed boost up to 45 megabytes per second (MB/s) 1 and the newly-released 16-gigabyte (GB) 2 card is twice as large as previous capacities.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 23, 2004 0 comments

Media Street, Inc. has announced the release of its Niagara Continuous
Ink Flow System for the Epson 4000, R300, R800 and Canon i9900 inkjet printers.
The company claims that by eliminating the need for cartridges, the Niagara
eliminates waste, increases efficiency and turns a desktop inkjet printer into
a continuous printing workhorse.

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Press Release Posted: Mar 01, 2010 0 comments

Vista by Davis and Sanford, a division of The Tiffen Company, has announced the all new Voyager Lite tripod with BHQ8 ball head. This new tripod will complement the already extensive line of tripods from Vista Series. The Voyager Lite focuses on the needs of serious amateur and working professional photographers using today’s new point and shoot through DSLR cameras. Tiffen’s Research and Development Team gave serious consideration to professional photographers’ needs and a solution was developed that exceeded their requirements for a super light tripod with ball head that could be used most anywhere.

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