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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,
Sony Style retail stores (,
military base exchanges, and authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin online
on Jan. 7 at

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Press Release Posted: Jul 26, 2010 0 comments

onOne Software, Inc.announced that PhotoFrame 4.5.1 Free Edition and PhotoTools 2.5.3 Free Edition now include support for the new Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended software.


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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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Press Release Posted: Oct 27, 2010 0 comments

The new LensPen OutdoorPro kit includes everything you need to keep optics clean, whether hiking a dusty trail or out on the lake at dawn: LensPen Original, MiniPro II, MicroKlear and FogKlear. All are designed with a specific job in mind, and all included in a compact nylon carrying case that fits on a belt.


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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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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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Press Release Posted: Mar 09, 2011 1 comments

BosStrap’s out-of-the-box engineering is said to solve many of the inherent disadvantages of across-the-shoulder camera straps. Visually BosStrap stands out because it does not require a cumbersome and roaming shoulder pad for a gear laden photographer to have all-day comfort. BosStrap’s unique approach relies on a 1-1/2” wide nylon belt to distribute the weight of the camera on your shoulder, and a BosTail that remains attached to the camera. A TriggerLoc on the BosStrap attaches to a metal ring on the BosTail. In use the camera slides smoothly up to your eye; at rest the camera sits at your hip. By using the left camera strap lug as an attachment point, the tripod socket is always available. Moving between hand-held shooting and a tripod is a breeze. Professional photographers, who tested the BosStrap system under studio and field conditions, give it exceptionally high reviews. BosStrap is entirely made with USA parts and labor.


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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 20, 2007 0 comments

Panasonic and Leica Camera have announced that they have launched the development
of a new Leica D large-diameter telephoto zoom lens, specifically designed for
Panasonic's first digital SLR camera, the LUMIX DMC-L1 and other Four
Thirds System compatible digital SLR cameras. The new LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6
ASPH./ lens will also feature Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
and become the first Leica D lens with range up to 300mm*.

The new large-diameter 10.7x telephoto zoom lens, which meets Leica's stringent
quality and performance standards will be just as light and compact as the previously
released LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/ F2.8-3.5 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens, but
provide a considerably longer telephoto range as a result of incorporating four
aspherical lenses in the unit. The aspherical lenses and an ED (extra-low dispersion)
lens will also improve optical performance of the lens by minimizing distortion,
even at the 28mm wide end.

Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. also allows for slower shutter speed use and the
ability to detect and correct hand-shake accurately using Panasonic's
Venus Engine LSI, which will be incorporated into the lens. Additionally when
the lens is mounted on the LUMIX DMC-L1, or the LEICA DIGILUX 3, photographers
will be able to use the aperture ring provided and enjoy easy, intuitive shooting.
This combination of an extended 28-300mm shooting range, Mega O.I.S., and an
aperture ring for intuitive control makes the new lens perfect for capturing
clear, beautiful, expressive images when shooting a wide variety of subjects
and in a host of conditions.

The LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens will be available
in March for $999.95.

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Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2009 0 comments

Image3D is launching a special program for professional photographers that enables them to become authorized dealers of Celebrations3D products. Celebrations3D products are custom View-Master-style reels and viewers that feature photographers’ photos enhanced with 3D graphics – without the need for any special 3-D cameras or equipment. Celebrations3D enables photographers to immediately expand their product offering with a high-margin, original product that differentiates their photography business.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 16, 2004 0 comments

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. has unveiled the new Konica Minolta
Maxxum 7D digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera. This 6.1-million-pixel resolution,
interchangeable lens digital camera is the world's first digital SLR featuring
a body-integral CCD-shift, Anti-Shake (camera-shake compensation) technology
that combines enhanced picture quality, performance and improved handling characteristics.
This new digital SLR also features a large, easy-to-view, high-definition 2.5-inch
color LCD monitor and is compatible with virtually any Maxxum AF lens.

Specifically designed to match the performance requirements of the camera's
large 6-megapixel CCD, the Maxxum 7D's exclusive CCD shift-type Anti-Shake
technology makes this new camera the first digital SLR to feature a body-integral
Anti-Shake function. This system instantly and precisely shifts the CCD to compensate
for camera motion. And it's so effective photographers can shoot at shutter
speeds up to three steps slower than what they could use without it. So even
in low light, photographers can keep their images clean and sharp, free of the
image-degrading noise that creeps in when they boost ISO sensitivity. And because
the mechanism is integrated directly into the Maxxum 7D's cameras body,
it works with virtually any Maxxum AF lens -- a major advantage for photographers
when compared to bulky and expensive lens-based optical stabilization systems
and software-based "digital correction systems" that can degrade
image quality.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 17, 2007 0 comments

The Freestyle Crystal Apple Award, sponsored by Freestyle Photographic Supplies
for the past five years, is now The Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Black & White Photography. In addition to the name change,
the eligibility rules for the award will be changed as well: all light-sensitive
black and white photographic processes will be eligible for this award, including
alternative processes, whereas digital images will not. The amount of the award
will remain at $5,000, and will be awarded to one talented Society for Photographic
Education (SPE) student member majoring in photography at a college or university.

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Posted: Oct 19, 2009 0 comments

Nikon Inc. announced the FX-format D3S D-SLR. The D3S enables not only new opportunities in low-light photography, but also provides photographers with added shutter speed and aperture freedom with a base ISO sensitivity range from ISO 200 to a remarkable 12,800.  Additionally, expanded ISO equivalent settings up to a staggering 102,400 are available, enabling photographers to create images previously thought impossible.

The Nikon D3S utilizes a newly designed, Nikon original 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor that also integrates its amazing low-light ability to High Definition (HD) video, creating a uniquely capable multi-media tool to meet the needs of a changing imaging landscape.



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