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Staff Posted: Oct 13, 2008 0 comments

CCD Image Sensors from Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) have been selected again
to power the most advanced cameras for professional photographers. Showcased at
this year's Photokina trade fair in Cologne, Germany, the new cameras --
the LEICA S2, the HASSELBLAD H3DII-50, and the SINAR Hy6-65 -- are based
on both new and existing KODAK CCD Image Sensors, and further establish Kodak
as the leading supplier of the most advanced image sensors used in professional
photography.



"Kodak has a rich history of supplying image sensors of the highest quality
for use in professional photography -- where image quality, resolution, and
color fidelity are critical to a photographer's success," said Michael
Miller, manager of Kodak's CCD Image Sensor Business, part of the company's
Image Sensor Solutions group. "We are excited to see this legacy continue
with the launch of a new generation of cameras from the world's leading
manufacturers that will allow photographers to capture images of the highest quality
and the finest detail."



The LEICA S2 camera, powered by the new KODAK KAF-37500 Image Sensor, is the third
product from Leica to be based on KODAK CCD Image Sensors -- a relationship
that began first with the LEICA Digital Module-R and was then extended with the
LEICA M8 camera. With an imaging area of 45mm x 30mm, the 37.5 million pixel KAF-37500
represents a new optical format for photography, providing an image capture area
over 50% larger than traditional 35mm film. The sensor also includes specific
design features that optimize its use in the S2 camera, such as the use of microlenses
to increase the overall light sensitivity of the device, enabling improved image
quality under low light conditions. In addition, an infra-red absorbing optic
was incorporated directly into the sensor's packaging, enabling the development
of a thinner camera design by eliminating the need to include this IR-absorbing
function as a separate camera component.



The new KODAK KAF-50100 Image Sensor was selected by Hasselblad for use in the
HASSELBLAD H3DII-50, the top model of Hasselblad's H3DII family and their
fourth-generation medium-format camera. Twice the physical size of the largest
35mm DSLR image sensor, the 50 million pixel KAF-50100 sets a new resolution benchmark
for the popular 48mm x 36mm optical format used in medium-format photography,
while improving upon the quality and imaging performance available from the previous
generation of KODAK sensors.



Both the KAI-50100 and the KAF-37500 Image Sensors are based on the new KODAK
TRUESENSE 6.0 micron Full Frame CCD Platform, the company's fourth generation
of technology for professional photography. This new platform increases both the
resolution and camera performance available for photographers by reducing pixel
size and "click-to-capture" time for improved camera response, improving
frame rate, lowering power consumption, and improving color fidelity while retaining
key performance parameters available from the previous generation of technology.




Sinar has selected the 31.6 million pixel KODAK KAF-31600 Image Sensor for use
in the SINAR Hy6-65, a new system that brings integrated digital image processing
to medium format photography. Leveraging the light sensitivity, wide dynamic range,
and outstanding color fidelity available from the KAF-31600 Image Sensor, this
camera brings the superb image quality and performance available from the KAF-31600
to a new generation of products available from Sinar.



These three new cameras join a family of existing cameras and camera backs that
are based on a full portfolio of KODAK CCD Image Sensors targeted to this market.
With resolutions ranging from 16 to 50 million pixels, Kodak has supplied the
broadest portfolio of high performance CCD products for this market, providing
camera manufacturers the flexibility to meet the needs and requirements of their
customers while retaining the performance and image quality required in this demanding
application.



For additional information, please contact Image Sensor Solutions, Eastman Kodak
Company at (585) 722-4385 or by email at imagers@kodak.com. For more information
on the entire portfolio of KODAK Image Sensors, please visit www.kodak.com/go/imagers.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 22, 2010 1 comments

Nikon Inc. today announced the launch of the “Nikon Aspire” Sweepstakes (www.nationalgeographic.com/nikonaspire) offering the chance to win an exclusive photo excursion with renowned National Geographic photographer, Annie Griffiths. The lucky winner will also receive the new award winning Nikon D7000 digital SLR camera and a private tutorial from a Nikon product specialist.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 11, 2006 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc.will feature renowned Brazilian photographer
Claudio Edinger on its Icons of Photography Web site. Frequently referred to
as the "Master of the Essays" for his natural ability to tell a
complete and detailed story through photographs, Edinger will share some of
the techniques he feels have made him successful and believes can be applied
to anyone. Edinger will also share his thoughts on digital imaging and how it
has changed his professional career--becoming an essential and exclusive part
of his equipment lineup.



This month, Edinger shares some of his thoughts, philosophies and shooting styles
which allow him to separate his commercial photography from the journalism he
finds himself doing for TIME Magazine and other news publications.



"For my personal work," said Edinger, "I like to photograph
small universes, where the human element is special, even exceptional and I
can stop and talk to the people. With my work, I try to understand what the
human being is, why we are here, and mainly, who I am. The journalistic pictures,
on the other hand, require agility and quickness, especially with specific assignments."



"Digital imaging has changed the way I shoot and the way I see,"
Edinger continued. "I rely on different things today, including my Kingston
media cards. When I was shooting film, I had a favorite type like many photographers.
Media cards today are no different. It really comes down to who you trust so
you can concentrate on the art."



"When it comes to equipment, the real key is what you feel comfortable
using and trust to help you get the job done," said Jaja Lin, Flash memory
marketing manager, Kingston. "Kingston's reputation and longstanding
heritage as a worldwide leader and provider of `everything memory'
has become the basis for the relationship with world class photographers we
enjoy today. It is a great honor to be associated with these photographers--and
a great responsibility. And certainly one we don't take lightly,"
added Lin.



Born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in Sao Paulo, Edinger moved to New York when
he was 24 years old. After 30 years of admiring Rio, Edinger released the book
"Rio," nominated as one of the best of the year by Photo District
News in 2001 and American Photo magazine in 2003. At that time, Edinger defined
the photo essay as, "An attempt of picking up the dream, the utopia, that
place where, as the chamber of secret of each one of us, where we go to reload
ourselves to continue. The place where we get undressed and find ideally the
fraternity and the sameness: the beach."



Every month Kingston spotlights a world-class photographer who provides helpful
tips and interesting anecdotes for taking better pictures. Photographers previously
featured at Kingston.com include Colin Finlay, Douglas Kirkland, Barbara Bordnick,
Chris Rainier, Peter Read Miller, Gerd Ludwig and Harry Benson. These accomplished
Icons of Photography deliver useful suggestions that photo enthusiasts at all
levels can apply to their own photography as they learn to make digital imaging
a natural part of their workflow, or learn a unique process or trick the Icon
has provided to give them a competitive edge.



Kingston will introduce a new photographer with their featured photographic
tip, gallery of images, calendar of events and biography around the 15th of
each month. Photographers and consumers can read the latest tips and view images
by visiting http://www.kingston.com/digitalmedia/iop

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 04, 2005 0 comments

DxO Labs has made available a public beta version of its soon-to-be released
DxO Optics Pro version 3.0 software. DxO Optics Pro V3.0 automatically enhances
images produced by Digital Single-Lens Reflex (Digital-SLR) cameras and their
lenses with revolutionary optics, noise and lighting corrections packed in an
all-new, easy-to-use feature rich application.



Serious photographers worldwide are invited to download and test-drive DxO Optics
Pro V3.0 from the DxO Labs Web site (http://www.dxo.com) and provide feedback
on all aspects of this landmark application.



DxO Labs' unique, automatic optical corrections are a core part of DxO
Optics Pro V3.0. Based on sophisticated models of camera and lens performance,
DxO Optics Engine together with the associated lens correction modules automatically
removes lens distortion, vignetting, lens softness and lateral chromatic aberration.
Corrections can be accomplished automatically with no user interaction required
even though the corrections required can differ greatly from one image to the
next.



Based on a set of unique algorithms developed by DxO Labs and on precise camera
sensor modelization, the all-new DxO Noise Engine automatically achieves a reduction
of up to two stops in image noise while preserving maximum detail. For example,
an image shot at 1600 ISO and processed by DxO Noise Engine will present a noise
level equivalent to an image shot at 400 ISO.



A brand new DxO technology included in this release, DxO Lighting is a unique
local exposure and dynamic range optimizer. Automatically replicating analog
film techniques known as "dodging and burning", DxO Lighting Engine
brings out shadow detail of digital image files while preserving highlights,
textures, colors and a natural look.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 05, 2007 0 comments

Tenba's Air Case line of lightweight, shippable equipment transport cases
has been enhanced by the introduction of an exclusive Datapanel identification
system that facilitates faster, easier and more reliable shipping, tracking,
tracing and identification. The new feature will be supplied as standard equipment
on those Air Case models and sizes typically used for equipment shipping, rental
houses and similar applications. The Datapanel consists of a durable, rubberized
assembly secured to the case with military-grade, seatbelt-type webbing and
heavily reinforced nylon stitching. Massive #10 YKK zippers on both sides pull
down from beneath a protective Velcro closure flap to open the panel and access
its features. The most prominent of these features is a large, clear vinyl shipping
window that securely holds, protects and clearly presents a standard FedEx or
UPS-type waybill, eliminating the need to tape or otherwise fasten shipping
documents to the case. As a result, preparation time is reduced, the need for
messy and unreliable tape is eliminated, documents are far more secure, and
the overall appearance and presentation of the case is cleaner and more professional.
The shipping window itself is instantly user-replaceable if needed, but--like
the entire Datapanel assembly-- is built to withstand the rigors of regular
shipping, baggage handling and long-term professional use.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 03, 2008 0 comments

For
a limited time only LumiQuest will be offering the LumiQuest Bounce Kit, a 3 piece
kit that includes a Pocket Bouncer, Gold and Silver Metallic Inserts and a free
storage envelope.



The Pocket Bouncer redirects light at a 90 degree angle from the flash to soften
harsh shadows and more evenly spread the light over a wider area. A Gold insert
is ideal for late afternoon fill and the Silver insert will add a more specular
look to the highlights. Included with the Bounce Kit is a free clear storage envelope.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 29, 2008 0 comments

Kevin Kubota has created another set of image enhancement Actions for Adobe
Photoshop. The release of a fourth set of Artistic Tools, available starting
next week, features over 40 new Actions and is now available to the professional
photography community. In addition, this new set of Actions features Kubota
Image Tools' exclusive new Kubota Action Dashboard tool for quick and
easy access to all Kubota Actions.

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Staff Posted: Dec 24, 2008 0 comments

DxO Labs has unveiled www.dxomark.com, a new website delivering key objective metrics of sensor performance for a variety of cameras measured directly on the RAW image. Available as a free online resource, dxomark.com makes it possible for the first time to assess the intrinsic quality of a camera before the impact of any RAW conversion.

“There are many valuable resources reviewing the image quality of digital cameras, but none of them consider the actual RAW signal straight from the camera sensor,” explains Nicolas Touchard, Vice President of Marketing, DxO Labs Image Quality Evaluation business. “Demanding photographers who shoot in RAW should only care about the genuine quality of the RAW image, yet until now they have had to rely on measures based on converted RAW images, obviously biased by the processing applied to them, whether embedded or performed offline with a software RAW converter. Furthermore, as RAW converters evolve and improve, the latent potential of RAW images can only be gauged by analyzing the RAW images themselves, projecting the potential quality achievable with the ultimate RAW converter. This is why we believe that our approach will dramatically change the way photographers evaluate digital cameras.”

dxomark.com provides in-depth measurements of all the relevant characteristics of a sensor: actual ISO sensitivity (which generally differs from the value reported by the camera), signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), dynamic range, tonal range, color depth and sensitivity, metamerism, etc. dxomark.com already covers 50 popular cameras, including Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLRs) and high-end bridge cameras offering RAW image format. The site will be updated on a regular basis with new cameras.
dxomark.com RAW image quality database relies on DxO Analyzer, the world’s leading turn-key laboratory solution for image quality evaluation. Thanks to its accuracy, completeness, and reliability, DxO Analyzer has become the reference tool for numerous leading imaging industry players, photography magazines and websites.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2006 0 comments

DigiGear, Inc.'s EZ3D Photo Print gives anyone the ability to take any
digital photo and turn it into a 3D photo in three EZ steps and in just minutes.
EZ3D Photo Print comes complete with everything you need to get started. (However,
you will need a Windows based computer, and photo-quality printer, and photo
paper works best.) At the center of the product is the EZ3D Photo Print software,
which is compatible with Windows 98, 2000, ME and XP operating systems. Once
loaded on the PC, all you have to do is to open the EZ3D software, select your
image you wish to make 3D and import the image into the EZ3D software. Then
the next step is to use the built-in rendering tool to outline the item in the
photo you wish to make 3D. After you have done this, all you do is hit "print"
and your EZ3D image will print out on your printer. Now just take this digital
print and mount it behind the included EZ3D Photo lens and place it in the EZ3D
frame and you now have your favorite EZ3D photo.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 22, 2007 0 comments

Panasonic today expanded its LUMIX family of digital cameras with the introduction
of the compact LUMIX DMC-FX100, the world's first to feature 12.2 Megapixel
resolution with a 28mm wide-angle. The newly developed and exclusive 28mm wide-angle
LEICA DC lens features 3.6x optical zoom, f/2.8 brightness, 1/1.72-inch large
CCD and Intelligent Image Stabilization with Mega O.I.S. and Intelligent ISO
Control. The LUMIX DMC-FX100 will be equipped with a 2.5-inch LCD screen, and
its slim lightweight design makes it extremely portable and stylish.

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Press Release Posted: Nov 23, 2009 0 comments

Knowledge Backgrounds, a leading manufacturer of handpainted muslin and canvas backdrops introduces a new product line, KnexGen.  Designs for the KnexGen line are digitally printed on a light weight material, using an advanced dye transfer process with the highest quality inks available to ensure vivid and radiant colors that match their handpainted counterpart.   KnexGen™ does not stretch, therefore the designs will not become distorted making them easy to store, easy to transport and easy to use.  Whether you use a roller system or simply hang the backdrop, KnexGen™ makes preparation easy and allows photographers the time to focus on the shoot itself.  The material, printing process and designs are available exclusively through Knowledge Backgrounds.

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Press Release Posted: Feb 22, 2011 0 comments

White House Custom Colour announced the expansion of its product offering with the launch of Backdrops by WHCC, a line of contemporary, wrinkle-free printed photography backdrops for portrait photographers. Unlike traditional hand-painted muslin backdrops, White House Custom Colour backdrops are printed directly onto wrinkle-free 100% polyester fabric, which allows for easy transport and storing.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 19, 2006 0 comments

Iomega's new triple-interface 7200-RPM external hard drives range in capacity
from 160GB to 400GB, are whisper-quiet in operation, and include USB 2.0 FireWire
400, and FireWire 800 interfaces for maximum versatility for both Mac and PC
users. With pricing starting at $199 for the 160GB model, $279 for the 250GB
model, and $429 for the 400GB model, the units are packaged in an attractive,
rugged enclosure with a high-gloss black finish.

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Staff Posted: Jul 08, 2009 0 comments

Museo Fine Art announced the immediate availability of Museo IIGS acid-free, double-sided fine art inkjet paper. Made in the U.S.A., Museo IIGS is a 250 gsm, 15 mil thick, 100% cotton paper with an extra smooth finish on both sides. Museo IIGS contains no optical brighteners, resulting in outstanding long-term base color stability. Ideal for book and card making, the Grain Short orientation of Museo IIGS allows for easier and cleaner scoring and folding. Museo IIGS is available in 25 sheet boxes of 11” x 8.5”, 17” x 11”, and 19” x 13” sizes. In addition, 17” x 22” sheets are available.

“With Museo IIGS, we continue our tradition of providing some of the world’s best fine art inkjet paper,” said David Williams, Sales and Marketing Manager for Museo Fine Art. “Museo users now have the opportunity to use a product that offers all of the benefits they’ve come to expect from the Museo brand, with the added feature of grain short sheets, which so many folks have requested.”

Optimized for use with the pigmented inkjet used by today’s professionals, the Museo II papers meet the demanding needs of the finest image makers, galleries and museums, plus Library of Congress and ISO standards for permanence.

For more information on Museo brand papers, visit http://www.MuseoFineArt.com.

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Staff Posted: Jul 10, 2008 0 comments

The Tamrac Adventure 5 is a "messenger" type bag designed to hold
a digital SLR with up to 7-inch zoom lens attached, plus several addition lenses,
flash and accessories. It also can hold up to a 13-inch laptop in a separate
side, zippered compartment. The top is Tamrac's Speed Flap with an Esay
Squeeze buckle. Foam padded, movable dividers hold gear separate and securely.
There is also a zippered front poclet and back pocket. The bag has both a padded
shoulder strap and carrying handle. To complete the convenience the bag has
Tamrac's Picggy Back Pocket, which allows it to slip over the handle of
a Tamrac rolling case. The bag is lightweight at 2 lbs 6 oz and measures (external)
14.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches. You can find dealers by visiting the Tamrac web site.

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