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Staff Posted: Oct 21, 2009 0 comments

In 1939, Ken Becker opened Calumet in Chicago as a storefront specializing in sporting goods that also sold some cameras. Calumet's destiny was shaped by a seemingly minor event. One day, a customer traded a metal-bending hand brake for a Deardorff camera. Becker seized the opportunity to use the hand brake to manufacture stainless-steel developing trays for local photo labs and photographers. The trays caught on,and this new manufacturing side of the business grew to include tanks, sinks and print washers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 23, 2004 0 comments

MAC Group, a leading marketer of imaging equipment, has announced a broad-ranging
alliance with carrying case manufacturers Tenba and RoadWired. The three companies
will collaborate on product design and manufacturing, marketing, international
sales and distribution. Tenba is credited with developing one of the first modern,
soft-sided camera bags in 1977, and in the years since has grown to be one of
the leading brands in its field. RoadWired specializes in carrying cases and accessories
for laptop computers and other portable electronics. The MAC Group is dedicated
to marketing and distributing what it describes as "best-in-class"
products for imaging professionals and enthusiasts. The company is the exclusive
US distributor of Mamiya, Sekonic, Profoto, Monaco by X-Rite, Tenba, PocketWizard,
Toyo-View, XtremePower, Cabin and ShootSmarter.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 22, 2007 0 comments

Lexar has expanded its professional product line with the introduction of a
133x speed-rated Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) flash memory card designed
for professional and high-end amateur photographers who demand the freedom and
flexibility to quickly capture a large number of high-resolution images with
SDHC-enabled digital cameras. Delivering a minimum sustained write speed capability
of 20MB per second, Lexar Professional SDHC cards allow photographers to capture
more images while spending less time changing memory cards.

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Staff Posted: Apr 06, 2009 0 comments

Lensbaby announces a new 0.42x Super Wide Lens for use with their new line of selective focus lenses – The  Composer, The Muse, The Control Freak and their companion Lensbaby Optic Swap System consisting of Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, and Pinhole/Zone plate interchangeable optics.

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Press Release Posted: Mar 10, 2010 0 comments

Argraph Corporation announces the MemoryKick Si, a photo backup, photo viewer, video player, MP3 Player, card reader and complete portable data backup solution in one device. The MemoryKick Si is available in capacities of 160, 320, and 500GB.

The MemoryKick Si is said to offer the fastest transfer speeds on the market. It can transfer any type of file (photos, videos, music, data, etc.) from memory cards at up to 40MB/s utilizing its proprietary Direct Access File Management System (DA-FMS) technology, enabling it to transfer as much as 2.22 gigabytes per minute.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 04, 2006 0 comments

The Plugin Site (www.thepluginsite.com)
has released the MacOS X version of LightMachine, a plugin for performing all
kinds of light adjustments in photos.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 20, 2007 0 comments

Touchpoint Studios Inc. has introduced Touchpoint Gallery, photo software that
brings your digital photos directly to friends and family in an easy-to-use creative
way.



Using state-of-the-art 3D graphics, the software allows users to see photo collections
as they fill the pages of an animated photo album or as an exhibit on the walls
of a virtual art gallery. Birthdays, family celebrations and any special event
can now be shared with family and friends in a completely new and unique way.



The user-friendly software can be set up to point to as many photo collections
as you like. Switching from one photo collection to another is simple and Touchpoint
Gallery is compatible with Internet picture sources Flickr, Flickr Search, and
RSS Feeds. You can also choose to view photos stored locally on your hard drive.



Friends and family can watch the photos and collections chosen by you while they
work or play, enjoy them as their default Windows screen saver, and use them to
automatically change their wallpaper. The software is truly dynamic, because when
you change the photos in your online collection, your friends and family using
Touchpoint Gallery are automatically updated too.



Touchpoint Gallery is freely distributed from www.touchpointstudios.com . For
more options, including a wider selection of 3D Templates and access to more photos
in your collections, users can choose to 'Go Unlimited' for $24.95.



www.touchpointstudios.com
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Press Release Posted: Jul 12, 2010 0 comments

At the all-new and exciting Underwater Imaging World, photokina (September 21-26, 2010) will feature new and well-known exhibitors offering a wide range of products for enthusiasts of underwater photography. At interesting special areas, professionals and end consumers alike will for the first time have the opportunity to try out the products under real-life conditions in a test and diving pool.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 02, 2005 0 comments

Microsoft Corp., together with leading companies in the digital imaging industry,
today announced enhancements to the family of Windows operating systems that will
enable consumers to easily work with RAW files in current and future versions
of Windows. Working closely with digital imaging industry leaders including Adobe
Systems Inc., Canon Inc., Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd. and Nikon Corp., Microsoft
plans to deliver native support for digital camera RAW images in the next major
version of Windows, code-named "Longhorn."



In addition, Microsoft is enhancing the digital imaging experience for Windows
XP with the upcoming availability of the Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer
for Windows XP, allowing consumers to view thumbnails and preview and print Canon
and Nikon RAW files from Windows Explorer in Windows XP. These features, as well
as the ability to organize and edit Canon and Nikon RAW files, will also be available
in a future version of Digital Image Suite.



Microsoft also announced it is developing a certification program for third-party
RAW image codecs that will ensure their solutions provide a consistent experience
for consumers who are using RAW image files. With this new RAW support across
the Windows platform and products, Microsoft is enabling a seamless experience
for consumers working with RAW digital images and delivering an extensible architecture
for hardware and software industry partners.



Microsoft worked with imaging leaders to develop the digital camera RAW architecture
in "Longhorn" and to provide the best digital photography experience
for Windows consumers. "Longhorn" will deliver dramatic innovation
in RAW support for independent software developers, camera manufacturers and consumers.
Hardware and software partners will benefit from the standardized architecture
for image codecs, which allows them to contribute their own codecs to be certified
and implemented in Windows.



Microsoft's platform approach provides built-in support for RAW files, enabling
Windows-based applications to use all supported image types, including RAW. This
architecture enables software applications to seamlessly support new image types
upon codec certification by Microsoft. In addition, "Longhorn" will
provide an application programming interface (API) that enables software vendors
to exercise a higher degree of control over the RAW conversion in their applications,
while enabling market opportunities for professional-level conversion tools.



In addition to announcing the imaging enhancements planned for the next version
of Windows, Microsoft is helping Windows XP consumers realize the potential of
RAW files. The Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows XP will
soon be available for free download* at http://www.microsoft.com.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 07, 2007 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced DxO Optics Pro v5, the latest version of its flagship software
application for automatic image quality enhancement for Digital SLR camera users.
Due to be released later in the fall, DxO Optics Pro v5 is said to set a new standard
for image quality with its new RAW conversion engine. All purchasers of DxO Optics
Pro v4.5 on or after August 1st, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to DxO Optics
Pro v5.



DxO Optics Pro v5's RAW conversion engine includes a completely new demosaicing
algorithm which produces images with much more detail and fewer artifacts. Demosaicing
is the crucial step of RAW conversion during which the camera's image sensor
pattern is reconstructed as a visible image for the human eye. Inherently, demosaicing
involves trade-offs between image sharpness, details, noise, processing time and
conversion artifacts. The quality of demosaicing determines the amount of detail
and artifacts in the final image. These artifacts, particularly visible and unsightly,
are compounded at high ISO settings and are in large part responsible for what
is deemed the unnatural look of digital images.



The other key characteristic of DxO Optics Pro's new RAW Engine is that
instead of applying noise reduction techniques after demosaicing, a newly-developed
noise reduction is performed upfront, before noise has a chance to be amplified
by the RAW conversion process and absorb important fine details.



Combined with other proprietary techniques, DxO Optics Pro v5's new RAW
Engine is said by the maker to produce both the most detailed and most natural
looking images yet -- its very fine and homogenous grain translating into
subtle shades and textures. DxO Optics Pro v5's new RAW conversion engine
has been fine-tuned and optimized with the rest of the software's automated
image enhancement features (optical corrections, color rendering, exposure optimization,
highlight recovery, etc.) to produce best-in class results.
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Press Release Posted: Oct 20, 2010 0 comments

Leaf Imaging introduced the world’s highest resolution, one-shot medium format digital camera back. The Leaf Aptus-II 12 (and Leaf Aptus-II 12R with internal rotating sensor) is said to deliver the world’s highest-quality image capture. It is both a major technical advance and another important illustration of the benefits of medium format camera technology – namely, the ability to support a very large image sensor, with enormous light sensitivity and high dynamic range.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 30, 2004 0 comments

Olympus has announced what they dub their next generation Stylus series camera:
the Stylus 500. Featuring a 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD, 5.0-megapixels of image
resolution, and a compact, durable, all-weather body, the Stylus 500 offers
Olympus' exclusive image processor, TruePic TURBO(tm), which is said to significantly
enhance image quality and deliver faster overall processing speeds for rapid
startup, shutter release and playback. The fast startup of less than one second
and nearly instant shutter release time ensures high-speed response. The body
is constructed of durable, lightweight metal with rubber gaskets throughout
the interior to ensure that rain, sleet, snow or sand won't get in the way.
The Stylus 500 has a new flat-surface body design that takes the series in a
new direction and, at a compact size of 3.9" (W) x 2.2" (H) x 1.2"
(D), it fits snugly into a pocket. The circular lens barrier tucks away inside
the camera body with a snap when powered on, and protects the lens with an impenetrable
seal with closed, leaving the camera face smooth and flat. The camera's 23 shooting
modes now include two new underwater shooting modes and two Shoot & Select
modes, which enable users to shoot rapid sequences of frames then select the
best shot from the series and delete the rest.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 13, 2008 0 comments

FotoNation has announced "ChromaFix" a new one-step chromatic aberration
correction technology. ChromaFix brings advanced image processing technology
normally found in much higher-priced cameras to low-cost low-power devices,
including consumer digital cameras and camera phones. ChromaFix is offered in
several configurations: a software-only solution or coupled with FotoNation's
IP-Core hardware acceleration technology to achieve maximum performance.



Higher-end digital cameras often include sophisticated glass lenses that minimize
aberrations. Low-cost consumer-level cameras and camera phones have different
price/performance dynamics, resulting in lower quality optics through the use
of plastic lenses. With ChromaFix, consumers can get high-quality results at
a low cost.



An example of chromatic aberrations is the occurrence of purple fringes around
high contrast edges in a photo, which is the result of a misalignment of the
red, green and blue wave-lengths of light during focusing. The prevalence of
purple fringing is dependent on the design of the optical system in the camera,
including: optical light path, lens materials, aperture of the exposure and
the design of the image processing system executed during image capture. The
purple color results from the fact that most lens designs are optimized to focus
based on the green wave lengths of light. The blue and red wavelengths of light
fall out of focus and overlap, producing a purple color due to the additive
properties of color perception (blue and red result in purple).



For more information, see www.fotonation.com

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Press Release Posted: Feb 25, 2011 1 comments

Panasonic introduced the LUMIX DMC-TS3, specifically designed for active users who want to capture high-quality photos and 1920 x 1080 full-High Definition videos, incorporating a powerful rugged design and new outdoor-friendly features, such as a built-in GPS function, a compass, altimeter and barometer. The new 12.1-megapixel LUMIX TS3 further strengthens its toughness, when compared to its LUMIX TS2 predecessor, and is now waterproof to approximately 40 feet (12m); shockproof to approximately 6.6 feet (2m); freezeproof to 14F (-10 degrees C); and dustproof.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 10, 2006 0 comments

If you are among the growing number of photographers who use an Apple iPod
to store digital images while on the road, you should take a look at the new
i1030 Micro Case from Pelican Products. This tough, watertight case features
a molded rubber compartment that fits the Apple iPod (3rd and 4th generations),
iPod Mini with belt clip, and the new iPod video.

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