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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2005 0 comments

Maha Energy Corp., maker of PowerEx brand batteries and chargers, has announced
an Ultra High Capacity rated addition to its NiMH battery product line, the
PowerEx 2500mAh AA batteries. These batteries can be recharged hundreds of times
with no memory effect. Memory free operation means PowerEx batteries may be
charged anytime without having to drain them all the way first, saving time
without compromising performance. PowerEx batteries are also said to recycle
flash in half the time compared to fresh alkaline batteries.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 16, 2007 0 comments

AG has announced the new GIGA one ultra portable image storage device featuring
an ultra quick download speed of up to 5.47 MB per second (more than twice as
fast as the JOBO GIGA one) and 1 GB of data in about three minutes. Available
in four hard disc capacities up to 200 GB, the new JOBO GIGA one ultra supports
all popular media card types, including SecureDigital High Capacity (SDHC).

The new PC and Mac compatible JOBO GIGA one ultra is available in four hard disc
capacities -- 40 GB, 80 GB, 120 GB and 200 GB. This new unit accommodates
all popular media cards featuring slots for CompactFlash (CF) I/II, Microdrive,
SecureDigital (SD), SDHC, (Memory Stick) MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, and MultiMediaCard
(MMC). In addition, the GIGA one ultra can store digital data in popular file
formats such as RAW, JPG, TIFF, MP3, doc, xls, ppt, etc. And if the user chooses
to do so, this unit is capable of deleting all data from a user's memory
card via the GIGA one ultra once file transfer is confirmed.

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 05, 2010 0 comments

The Leica X1 looks like an analog camera. It has a compact body with a high quality finish and offers two setup dials on the top. If both dials are set to A-mode the camera will set aperture and shutter speed value automatically. If the photographer changes the aperture setting manually to a value between f2,8 and f16 the camera will work in aperture priority mode and set up shutter speed automatically. Similarly, a change of the shutter speed dial and setting the aperture-dial to A will switch the Leica X1 into “shutter speed priority mode. It’s a very efficient and easy system. The camera doesn’t offer any scene modes.

The X1 is Leica’s newest compact camera. It is based on an APS-C-sized image sensor and a lens system with fixed focal length with 36mm (35mm film equivalent). The camera has a small and compact body, offers easy handling and creates very crisp images.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 18, 2005 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR) JumpDrive Lightning combines powerful read
and write speeds and massive (2GB) storage capacities to provide portable data
storage and transfer capabilities. With a distinctive stainless steel casing,
JumpDrive Lightning is capable of a read/write speed rating of 120x (18MB/sec)
minimum sustained write speed capability and 160x (24 MB/sec) minimum sustained
read speed capability.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 19, 2008 0 comments

The following was posted recently on the Adobe blog page site:

The Lightroom 1.4 update for Mac and Windows has been temporarily removed from
the web site. Those Lightroom users who have installed Lightroom 1.4
should uninstall the update and install Lightroom 1.3.1.(Mac, Win) until a further
update can be provided. For those not in immediate need of the updated camera
support available in Camera Raw 4.4 or the DNG 4.4 Converter, it's recommended
that you also continue working with the 4.3.1 versions. (Mac, Win) This decision
is based on the following errors that have been discovered with the recent update:

EXIF Time Stamp Error: There is an error in the EXIF time stamp
update technology that causes Lightroom to believe that the files are out of
sync with the correct time stamp as displayed in Lightroom. Any ensuing metadata
update will attempt to incorrectly modify the EXIF time stamp in the original
raw file itself. This is the only metadata field that Lightroom will write to
an original proprietary raw file. This error will not impact the integrity of
your image data. The Camera Raw plug-in also will incorrectly change the EXIF
time stamp in files converted by the plug-in. The information written to the
XMP sidecar files or XMP metadata in the converted files will remain correct.

DNG Conversion Error(Windows Only): With the latest version
of the Lightroom 1.4 and Camera Raw 4.4 applications, Adobe has included technology
to verify that the image data in a DNG file is unchanged from when it was originally
converted to DNG. Unfortunately, when converting to DNG using Lightroom 1.4
on Windows, the application will write an incorrect verification tag to describe
the image data. When Lightroom attempts to work with those files in the Develop
module, the application reads that incorrect tag, believes that there is something
wrong with the raw data and will present an error. Rest assured, there is nothing
wrong with the integrity of your image data or metadata. For those that have
already converted their files to DNG using Lightroom 1.4 (Windows only) we recommend
using the DNG 4.3.1 converter to convert the DNG files you've created
with Lightroom 1.4.

Olympus Conversion Error: There is an error in converting Olympus
JPEG files to other formats in Lightroom 1.4 and the Camera Raw 4.4 plug-in.

To uninstall Lightroom 1.4 please see the instructions per your platform: Mac:
Delete the Lightroom application in the Application folder (Mac) and Delete
the following file: Library/Receipts/Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.pkg Windows:
Choose the Uninstall Lightroom 1.4 menu item from the Windows start menu. The
Add/Remove Program utility on Windows will also achieve the same result.

To replace the Camera Raw 4.4 plug-in with the 4.3.1 plug-in, follow the manual
installation instructions provided.


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Press Release Posted: Jul 21, 2010 0 comments

Corel’s Quest for the Best Creativity Challenge is looking to discover and showcase some of the extraordinary and inspiring work made in Corel software every day. Whether you’re someone who makes a living from your creations or you create art for the love of it, you’re invited to enter your best work created using Corel software! If you simply want to enjoy what others have created, just visit the site and vote on your favorites for a chance to win.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 10, 2006 0 comments

Logitech and Adobe Systems Incorporated have announced the results of a collaboration
to provide creative professionals and design enthusiasts new levels of control
when using Adobe Creative Suite 2 (CS2) and standalone CS2 applications: the NuLOOQ
Professional Series. The new Logitech product line comprises the NuLOOQ navigator,
an innovative device used in conjunction with a mouse and a keyboard to manipulate
images and documents, and the NuLOOQ tooldial, customizable on-demand interface
software that provides quick access to design tools. Both are designed for use
with the Mac versions of Adobe Creative Suite 2, Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe
InDesign CS2, and Adobe Photoshop CS2.

The NuLOOQ Professional Series places the frequently used tools and options in
the Adobe Creative Suite right at creative professionals' fingertips, saving
them time and giving them the ability to shift their focus to the most important
aspect of design -- imagery and layout.

Many designers today use multiple large monitors, which means the mouse cursor
has to travel farther to complete basic tasks. This takes up valuable creative
time and results in workspace inefficiency. The NuLOOQ Professional Series addresses
these challenges and provides solutions for the time-intensive elements of design
-- navigating images, adjusting option values, and accessing menus --
so that creative professionals can accomplish more.

The NuLOOQ navigator is a companion to the creative designer's existing
toolset -- a mouse and a tablet or keyboard. Approximately the size and shape
of half a tennis ball, this stationary device sits under the non-mousing hand
and has a circular touch-sensitive surface (the tooltuner dial) for adjusting
option values in supported applications. A moveable rubber-like ring (the navring
controller) at the base allows designers to easily navigate images and documents,
while embedded buttons (triggerpoint buttons) call up frequently used tools. Additional
features include:

Scroll and zoom with ease: A minor nudge of the navring controller
moves selected images, while twisting it controls the zoom feature. The navring
controller's built-in sensor is based on advanced robotics technology that
senses small movements for quick reaction.

Touch-sensitive control:
Located on top of the NuLOOQ navigator, the
tooltuner dial gives creative designers the ability to adjust or tune tool-option
values, such as text leading or brush size. This feature minimizes arm movement
and saves valuable time by eliminating repeat trips to the option bar to adjust

Context-sensitive and application-aware:
The NuLOOQ navigator automatically
detects the current Adobe CS2 application, selected object or tool, presenting
applicable option values for that application when prompted.

Instant access to frequently used tools:
Three built-in triggerpoint
buttons embedded in the tooltuner dial provide instant access to commands, modifier
keys, and tooldial menus.

NuLOOQ tooldial: Complete Interface Control

· Included with the NuLOOQ navigator or available for purchase separately,
the NuLOOQ tooldial software centralizes frequently used tools, commands and files
within an intuitive, on-demand circular menu that is divided into eight wedges.
Each of these wedges can have up to eight associated wedges appear when the cursor
lingers over the original wedge for a total of 72 available tools, commands and
files per tooldial. When launched using a keystroke, mouse click or one of the
NuLOOQ navigator triggerpoint buttons, the tooldial wheel appears centered under
the cursor and disappears when the activity is completed, giving creative designers
full control over their interface while keeping their virtual desktop clutter-free.

Pricing and Availability

The NuLOOQ Professional Series has a suggested retail price in the U.S. of $149.99.
The NuLOOQ tooldial can be purchased separately online for a suggested retail
price of $49.99 at
A 30-day free trial is also available for download at the NuLOOQ Web site.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 13, 2006 0 comments

Zeiss Ikon SW is compatible with M bayonet mount lenses, and was designed specifically
for use with one of the ZEISS high performance super-wide angle lenses: Distagon
T* 2.8/15 ZM or one of the Biogon T* types from the ZEISS ZM range.


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Posted: Jul 14, 2008 2 comments

Sinar eXposure is a state-of-the-art, ICC based application for capturing,
processing and exporting images shot with Sinar digital camera backs. Sinar
eXposure is the result of the amalgamation of Jenoptik's Eyelike Capture Pro
and Sinar CaptureShop. Shortly after Sinar joined the Jenoptik group in 2005,
development on eXposure commenced, resulting in the new product.


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Press Release Posted: Dec 03, 2010 0 comments

Manfrotto School of Xcellence, a free resource for anyone who wants to learn more about photography, announces a webinar titled, “Shooting the Forests Series,” which will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, on Monday, December 6th. The host, Drew Gardner, a renowned London-based photographer, will take participants behind the scenes of his acclaimed series, “The Forest” which was shot in the United States, Poland and the United Kingdom.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 10, 2005 0 comments

MAC Group has announced the release of yet another exciting educational DVD
title from the ShootSmarter DVD series.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments

Profoto has launched a new battery flash generator, the AcuteB, said to set
new standards for lightweight, portable flash equipment. Compared to their battery
generators, the Pro-B2 and the Pro-7b, the new AcuteB 600 generator measures
only 7.5x 7.5 x5 in., including the handle, and weighs 10.8 pounds. It features
a maximum output of 600 Ws and a power range of 7 f-stops.


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Staff Posted: Nov 03, 2008 0 comments

The Mamiya DL28 Digital Camera System offers 28 Megapixels with a large
sensor with a pixel size of 7.2 microns, producing images with
unmatched richness and color accuracy, low noise, and striking
highlight and shadow detail. Its 3.5-inch (diagonal) screen is said to be the
largest in the industry and offers a bright, high-contrast touch
screen that is ideal for outdoor or indoor work.
The DL28 marries the professionally proven Mamiya camera system to the
innovative 28 megapixel Aptus-II 6 Digital Back from Leaf - a system
capable of unrivaled performance, image quality and value. The 645AFD
III body has a new coreless motor for faster, more accurate
autofocusing and an enhanced interface system that provides total
communication between the camera, lens and digital back. The 645AFD
III and Leaf Aptus-II 6 Digital Back work as an integral unit so
you'll never miss the action.

With 16-bit capture, 12 stop dynamic range and an ISO range of 50-800,
the Mamiya DL28 is a full featured professional digital solution that
allows photographers to focus on creating the image and not worrying
about the technology. The 28 MP back provides raw files of 53Mb, and
16 bit TIFF files in excess of 159 Mb - ensuring that you'll have the
information needed for virtually any size reproduction.

Compact flash media storage makes it easy to shoot untethered on
location or in the studio. You can also use the included firewire
cable and Leaf Capture 11.2 software to shoot directly to your
computer. And the latest Leaf Capture software allows other people -
in the field or in the studio - to view your creativity on their
iPhones as you continue shooting!

The Mamiya DL28 will be available November 2008.
MAP price is $14,999.

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Press Release Posted: Apr 20, 2011 1 comments
All serious photographers need to keep their cameras at peak efficiency to deliver peak performance, and a fleck of dust on the sensor can ruin a great shot. Now, LensPen makes it easy and practical to solve that problem with their SensorKlear Loupe Kit.

Used on the International Space Station, this kit has proved its effectiveness and reliability under the most demanding conditions.

Positioned on the camera body, as you would a lens, the Loupe provides perfectly directed light to pinpoint the problem. Once dust is detected, the included blower is used to remove the dry dust. But for tackling the dreaded problem of sticky dust, that is when the SensorKlear Loupe Kit really makes a difference. Using the access window at the side of the Loupe, insert the angled tip of the new SensorKlear II™ pen to safely and easily target and remove the sticky dust. Only the LensPen SensorKlear Loupe has the access window to allow the user to see and clean at the same time – a quantum leap forward in the world of DSLR sensor cleaning.

SensorKlear Loupe Kit from LensPen is a “must-have” for your digital SLR – a necessity, not an accessory. Ask for a demonstration next time you visit your favorite camera shop.


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