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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 28, 2005 0 comments

Nikon
has introduced the D50 digital SLR camera, the smallest, lightest and easiest-to-use
Nikon digital SLR camera to date. The D50 is said to be designed for the broadest
range of consumers including family memory-keepers as well as photo enthusiasts.




Pricing is $899 (for the D50 outfit with the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
ED lens), The camera features seven Digital Vari-Program modes including the
new "Child" mode. The D50's "Child" mode automatically
adjusts several of the camera's settings, including ISO, shutter speeds,
and white balance, to produce optimized images when taking pictures of children.
The D50 also includes a full range of manual controls and custom settings, so
users can grow with the camera, and advanced photo enthusiasts can find themselves
right at home with a D50 in their hands.



The D50, a 6.1 effective megapixel camera, incorporates several important new
Nikon technologies, including the new 3D Color Matrix Metering II, said to ensure
accurate exposure control in all types of lighting situations by automatically
comparing input from its frame-wide 420-pixel metering sensor for each scene
to a large onboard database of over 30,000 scenes from actual photography. Shutter
speed choices in the D50 extend from 30 seconds to 1/4,000 second. A high-speed
flash sync speed goes up to up to 1/500 second. The D50 is said to be ready
to shoot in an imperceptible 0.2 seconds. The shutter responds almost instantly
when a picture is taken, thereby minimizing `shutter-lag'. Continuous
shooting at 2.5 pictures per second* can be maintained for a burst of up to
137 pictures. Pictures taken are instantly processed and recorded to a compact
SD (Secure Digital) memory card, and a new USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface supports
faster transfer of images when connected to a computer.



Newly designed plain-language menus are displayed clearly on the large 2.0-inch
LCD screen, and intuitive help menus are available for on-the-spot reference.
A high capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery helps extend mobility and convenience
by delivering the power to shoot up to 2,000 images on a single charge. The
D50 also offers seamless compatibility with Nikon's extensive family of over
50 high-performance AF Nikkor lenses.



The Nikon D50 outfit, including the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
ED lens, will be available in June for an estimated selling price of $899.95.



www.nikonusa.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 03, 2007 0 comments

onOne Software, Inc., has announced that Mask Pro 4 -- the upgrade to
the company's digital image masking plug-in Mask Pro 3 -- will begin
shipping on November 18, 2006. Mask Pro 4 provides a complete collection of
Photoshop plug-in tools that allow users flexibility when tackling the most
challenging masking job. And this new version focuses on teaching the user how
to best use each comprehensive toolset for masking a wide range of images.

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Staff Posted: Oct 27, 2008 0 comments

Carl Zeiss is expanding its successful line of SLR lenses with the introduction of the Zeiss ZE Lenses with EF bayonet for all analog and digital EOS camera models.

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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

If you've ever been walking down the street and a picture caught your
eye, but had no camera to capture the moment, then the small, shirt-pocket size
digicams might just be item you're seeking. A number of companies, including
Pentax, Casio and Minolta have already introduced such models, each with their
own unique feature sets. Now, Contax, a name renowned for exquisite cameras
and excellent lenses, has jumped into the fray with their own version, the U4R,
a 4-megapixel camera sporting a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* lens. Those familiar
with the amazing image clarity of this line of lenses will immediately recognize
the name; those unfamiliar with it can be assured that it is a legendary name
in optics. The camera has just under a 3x optical zoom lens, delivering the
equivalent of 38-115mm in 35mm format. There's also a digital zoom if
you need it, delivering over 400mm, but as with many digital zooms it's
really a crop into the frame, and will not deliver the quality of the prime
optics.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 17, 2007 0 comments

Lowepro
has unveiled a camera backpack commemorating the company's 40th anniversary
-- the Primus AW. The industry's first backpack designed for the
professional photographer that is made primarily from recycled materials, the
Primus AW is said to be a perfect combination of unmatched easy access points
and extreme-condition protection. Primus AW is designed to provide maximum comfort,
protection and accessibility with minimal bulk, making it ideal for outdoor
photography. Funds raised from the sale of the Primus AW will support Polar
Bears International (PBI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the worldwide
conservation of the polar bear.



Primus AW enables photographers to carry and access all the necessary components
for outdoor photography while providing the highest possible comfort and extreme
protection during a full day of shooting in the great outdoors. The main camera
compartment is padded and holds a digital SLR Pro body with zoom lens attached,
in addition to 1-2 extra lens or flash units. The camera compartment is expandable,
enabling large equipment capacity and quick equipment retrieval. The Primus
AW also offers photographers quick and easy access to their equipment, without
removing the bag, through expandable side zipped camera pockets. The bag's
exclusive lumbar equipment access points allow instant access to camera gear
of varying sizes, while keeping equipment off the ground. An additional top
daypack compartment is large enough to carry all the accessories needed for
extreme outdoor photography, plus personal gear. Primus AW also boasts a seam-sealed
All-Weather Cover, a built-in memory card pouch, back hatch, hideaway tripod
mount with ice axe loop and Glide-Lock™ attachment.



With the release of the Primus AW, Lowepro is honored to present the industry's
first backpack to be constructed of 51% recycled materials. The majority of
the bag is made up of Cyclpet, a 100% post consumer recycled fabric, establishing
the Primus AW as the industry standard for eco-friendly carrying solutions.
Each bag contains enough recycled material to equate to 22.6 soda bottles. By
preventing this material from reaching a landfill, .0034 cubic yards of landfill
space is being conserved for each bag produced. By simply requiring that each
bag be made from 51% recycled materials, Lowepro is able to conserve 15,109
BTU's of energy, .002 barrels of crude oil and .12 gallons of refined
oil throughout the production process.



Polar Bears International's mission is to conserve the world's polar
bear population through research and education, as well as to serve as a central
educational resource on polar bears worldwide. A potentially threatened species,
the major threat to the polar bear is climate change due to global warming which
could easily put the polar bear on the endangered species list. Polar bears
are also jeopardized by pollution, poaching, and industrial disturbances. All
officers and directors serve the foundation without pay or expense reimbursement,
so the organization is able to apply 100% of its revenue directly to research
programming.



Additional features of the Primus AW backpack include an ergonomic, dryflow
lined harness system used to distribute weight evenly and allow for breathable
comfort. The 100% post consumer recycled fabric combines water and abrasion
resistance with an ecologically minded design. This pack also conforms to a
variety of body types with an adjustable 8-point harness system giving the adventure
photographer exceptional comfort under heavy load. Silent zipper pulls provide
quiet access to equipment while leaving wildlife subjects undisturbed.

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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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Press Release Posted: Nov 09, 2009 0 comments

Epson America unveiled the Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner, a new mid-range scanning solution offering advanced performance for photos, film, slides, and everyday documents. Delivering outstanding resolution and extensive versatility, the Perfection V600 scanner features 6400 x 9600 dpi resolution1 and 3.4 Dmax for creating beautiful high-quality enlargements up to 17” x 22”. It also includes powerful photo restoration tools for both film and prints to bring faded and damaged photos back to life, as well as productivity enhancing Epson ReadyScan LED technology.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 09, 2005 0 comments

Kanguru Solutions has announced the release of the newly redesigned Kanguru
Quicksilver external hard drive. The Kanguru Quicksilver external hard drive
features a high strength exterior alloy casing allows for improved heat dissipation
during prolonged use. It also provides the option for users to lay the product
horizontal or stand vertical to economize precious storage space.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 16, 2007 0 comments

Leica Camera AG has announced that it will provide a free firmware update for
the LEICA DIGITAL MODUL-R on its website www.leica-camera.com.
The new firmware, Version 1.3, offers extensive improvements in the performance
of Leica's SLR digital/film hybrid system.



The new firmware for the LEICA DIGITAL MODUL-R optimizes the coloring on the Digital
Modul-R display screen, enhanced adjustment of exposure and improved compatibility
of SD cards with FAT 32 system/ 4 GB cards. The update will also increase general
image reproduction and functional features.



Detailed information on the firmware update for the LEICA DIGITAL MODUL-R is available
at

http://www.leica-camera.us/photography/r_system/digital-modul-r/section.

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Press Release Posted: Mar 31, 2010 0 comments

Tenba’s new Ultralight Backpack is the newest addition to the company’s Shootout collection of outdoor bags. It weighs in at less than 48 ounces, yet has the capacity to fit a full-size professional digital camera system with one or two bodies, three to five lenses and all the usual accessories.

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

Extensis Inc. has announced an update
to its Pro Photo Raw Image Filter for Portfolio 7. The updated filter will be
a free upgrade for registered owners of Extensis' digital asset management (DAM)
solution for organizing digital photos, illustrations, page layouts and presentations.



With the Pro Photo Raw Image Filter, Portfolio generates high-quality thumbnails
and previews from the unprocessed raw image files created by professional digital
cameras from Nikon, Olympus, Kodak, Canon, Fuji, Konica-Minolta, Pentax and Imacon.
With the Pro Photo Raw Image Filter, Portfolio 7 can extract EXIF metadata and
IPTC from the Raw files, create thumbnails for displaying the images in catalogs,
and generate high-resolution JPEG previews on the fly for detailed viewing, printing,
slideshows and QuickTime movies.



The Pro Photo Raw Image filter for Portfolio is powered by technology from Bibble
Labs.



The following cameras and file formats are supported by the updated Pro Photo
Raw Image Filter for Portfolio 7:



Nikon - D1/D1x/D1h/D100, D70/D2h

Fuji S2 Pro/S7000Z

Olympus- E10/E20/E1/C5050/C5060

Kodak - DCS 14n/DCS 760C/DCS 760M/720X/ Pro Back/Pro Back Plus/Pro Back 645 for
Contax, Mamiva and Hasselblad H1/DCS SLR/n/DCS SLR/c



Canon - EOS D30/ EOS D60/ EOS 10D/ EOS 1D/ EOS 1Ds/ EOS 1D Mark II/ EOS Digital
Rebel/300D/Kiss/ Powershot G5/ Powershot G3/Powershot G2/ Powershot G1/ Powershot
S50/ Powershot S45/ Powershot S40/ Powershot S30/ Powershot Pro90 IS



Konica-Minolta - A1/A2

Pentax - *ist D

Imacon - (extracts 680X680 preview and metadata only. Extensis recommends the
newest version of Flexcolor for proper metadata support) Flexframe 3020/Flexframe
4040/All iXpress Backs/ All Flextight Scanners using FFF format.



Support for additional cameras will be added in the future.



Pricing and Availability


The Pro Photo Raw Image Filter for Portfolio will be available by later in 2004
via download from the Extensis website and is free of charge for registered Portfolio
7 users. Portfolio 7 is available for a suggested retail price of $199.95US for
full product.



Contact: www.extensis.com
or call 1-800-796-9798.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 12, 2007 0 comments

JOBO AG announces the new GIGA Vu extreme digital image storage and viewing
device. Available in hard disk capacities up to 160 GB, the new GIGA Vu extreme
features a 3.7" VGA resolution display for crisp and clear viewing of
stored digital images, transfer speed of up to 1 GB in about 2 minutes, a verify
function for safe and reliable transfer of images, real RAW file decoding of
more then 100 RAW formats, includes an SD/SDHC adapter, and is the first JOBO
image storage device designed for compatibility with JOBO's new photoGPS
unit.

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Press Release Posted: Jun 23, 2010 0 comments

Collages.net’s CEO Kevin Casey has launched an initiative to collect used cell phones for Cell Phones For Soldiers. Kevin is an Air Force veteran and former B-52 flier and continuously joins efforts to assist the military and military families.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 30, 2006 0 comments

Mountainsmith, long known for their innovative backpacks and travel gear, now
offers a 23-piece camera collection designed with input from a team of professional
photographers. Each model in the collection has been designed for worry-free
protection, easy accessibility, and versatile organization. The bags utilize
leading-edge materials and proven suspension.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 10, 2008 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. announced it has posted an interview with
National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig on its `Icons of Photography'
microsite. The 20 Questions interview gives site visitors an up-close-and-personal
look at the world-class photographer who's captured life in conditions
ranging from -55° F to radioactive "hot zones."

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