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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 31, 2007 0 comments

Sharpics, Inc., has revealed its line of enhanced Studio Lighting Kits, designed
to offer cost-effective and easy-to-use solutions for achieving professional product
photography images.

Sharpics' Compact Studio Light Kit (model LKT-92) and Clamp-on Overhead
Light (model CLK-9) are said to be built to ensure accurate product photography
and bring out the true colors of the particular object being photographed. Sharpics'
compact designs can deliver ideal lighting placement for tabletop photography.

The line also includes two compact 30-watt fluorescent bulbs with the LKT-92 lighting
kit, which provide the equivalent to a 240-watt incandescent bulb. The CLK-9 Overhead
Light will feature one bulb. The compact fluorescent bulbs use 75 to 80 percent
less power than equivalent incandescent bulbs, offering energy-efficiency, cooler
temperature and longevity. The addition of these `daylight-balanced'
bulbs will also offer users the ability to achieve lighting effects comparable
to natural daylight.

Sharpics' Compact Studio Light Kit

The compact studio light kit includes two mini studio lights, designed for applications
such as tabletop photography. SRP: $129.95


· Two compact light stands

· Two 30-watt fluorescent bulbs, Color Temp. 5000K

· 2-section column with flip grip adjusts from 12" to 18"

· Two 9" reflectors with adjustable ball bracket

· On/off switch and 7-ft cord

· Each light fixture is rated 120V, 250 watts maximum

Sharpics' Clamp-on Overhead Light

Sharpics' Clamp-on Overhead Light extends product photography capabilities
to include overhead lighting effects. SRP: $89.95


· 2" clamp with molded knob

· One 30-watt fluorescent bulb, Color Temp. 5000K

· 2-section vertical column and 2-section horizontal column with twist lock

· 9" reflector with adjustable ball bracket

· On/off switch and 7-ft cord

· Rated 120V, 250 watts maximum

Sharpics is also the creator of the D-Flector -- a patent-pending portable
photo studio that quickly unfolds into a tabletop background stand to support
the product photography needs of everyone from professional to novice photographers.
The product is ideal for individuals to easily create high-quality product images
needed for selling items via the Internet, designing print catalogs, marketing
and promotional materials, art projects, etc. The D-Flector has also proven to
be helpful for documenting items for insurance claims, appraisals, home and office
inventories or estate planning.

Product Availability:

Sharpics' lighting products are available for purchase online at
and in a variety of retail camera stores.

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Press Release Posted: Mar 14, 2011 1 comments

The ToughTech Duo is a high performance RAID portable storage system works with two 2.5" notebook drives or solid state drives to back-up and store data. Designed for professional photographers and digital media users while on location or in the studio, ToughTech Duo has a small footprint (3.5” x 6.26” x 1.34” or 89mm x 159mm x 34mm). ToughTech Duo guards against data loss by writing the same information in real-time to both drives. It also saves from costly system downtime as the system can continue to run while the ToughTech Duo restores data on the hard drive.


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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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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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Staff Posted: Nov 02, 2009 0 comments

For this year's auction we have succeeded in being able to offer a selection of around 600 lots of the highest quality in our Vienna auction house. As with our previous auction numerous unique cameras and classics of photographic history that will appeal equally to institutional collections, dealers and private collectors with a feeling for something special are to be auctioned.


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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: Apr 19, 2010 0 comments

Mamiya announced the addition of the new Mamiya DM40 to its lineup of professional large-sensor DSLRs. Featuring a resolution of 40 megapixels with a peak capture rate of .8 seconds per frame and a sustained capture rate of 60 frames per minute, the Mamiya DM40 is the industry’s fastest large-sensor DSLR.


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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: Aug 19, 2010 0 comments

Image Engineering, one of the leading global companies for the development of measuring processes for digital imaging, has come up with a special highlight for the upcoming photokina 2010. With the help of the first-ever living test chart, visitors to the leading global trade fair for imaging, which will be held from September 21 to 26, can bring along their cameras or camera-equipped cell phones to the Boulevard in the trade fair halls and have them tested free of charge. This attention-getting activity is supported by Koelnmesse as the organizer of photokina and by other sponsors including CHIP Foto Video, Foto Gregor, and the image services provider Viabild.



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