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Staff Posted: Dec 05, 2008 0 comments

The Calumet Imagemaker DVD Series adds two powerful titles to its collection of instructional and educational videos, The Power of Light: Studio & Location Lighting with Tony Corbell, and Black & White Film Photography: Fred Picker’s Classic Trilogy.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 22, 2004 0 comments

Panasonic
has introduced the first digital cameras to combine 12x optical zoom with
an optical image stabilizer. Panasonic's three new 12x zoom are the DMC-FZ3
(3-Megapixel), DMC-FZ15 (4-Megapixel) and DMC-FZ20 (5-Megapixel). Each
features a Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with 12x zoom (equivalent to a
35 - 420mm zoom lens on a conventional 35mm film camera) and F2.8 brightness
throughout the entire zoom range. Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer
automatically detects and optically compensates for hand movement by shifting
internal lens elements, enabling the user to capture crisp, clear, distortion-free
ultra-telephoto or macro shots of distant or moving subjects, even in
low lighting conditions.



These cameras also feature an extra-low dispersion (ED) lens to minimize
color aberration (color bleeding) -- a common problem in high-magnification
/ large aperture lenses. ED lenses are typically exchangeable lenses designed
for single-lens reflex cameras and high-end, professional cameras.



Panasonic has also improved its innovative Venus Engine LSI, the "brain"
of the camera that converts the optical data into digital information.
The new Venus 2 Engine LSI handles all image processing functions simultaneously
-- from displaying the image on the LCD to writing data to the memory
card -- as soon as the CCD captures the image signal. This simultaneous,
parallel processing results in a quick start-up, increased shutter speed
and reduced lag time. The improved LSI also allows faster consecutive
shooting than its predecessor. If desired, the camera will keep shooting
until the memory card is full.



All three cameras also include a host of sophisticated features such as
MEGA BURST consecutive shooting mode, real-time histogram, auto bracketing,
color viewfinder and more.



Contact: www.panasonic.com.

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Press Release Posted: Apr 26, 2010 0 comments

onOne Software, Inc., (www.ononesoftware.com) announced the immediate availability of two fully-functional Photoshop plug-ins: PhotoTools 2.5 Free and the new PhotoFrame 4.5 Free. The free plug-ins for Photoshop are based on the award winning versions of PhotoTools 2.5 Standard Edition and PhotoFrame 4.5 Standard Edition and are compatible with Photoshop CS2, CS3 and CS4.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 15, 2007 0 comments

Tenba has added several new products to its popular Shootout collection of professional
photo/laptop carrying cases. Three new outdoor-oriented shoulder bags and a
unique Photo/Laptop Courier bag join the current range of Shootout backpacks,
waistpacks, rolling duffels and accessories.



The new shoulder bags are available in small, medium and large sizes, covering
a broad range of carrying needs, from a single SLR and lens to a full-sized
setup with multiple bodies and lenses and even a laptop. All models incorporate
easily customized, well-padded interiors, front and side accessory pockets,
and -- as with other bags in the Shootout Collection -- a removable
media wallet and a phone/MP3 player pouch. These accessories are tethered within
the side pockets for security, or can be removed and attached to various points
on the bags, or worn as separate pouches on any belt.

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George Schaub Posted: May 20, 2009 0 comments

Nik Software and Shutterbug have teamed up to bring you a chance to use the wide variety of Nik software products and to enter one of the images you create in a contest that offers some very nice prizes.  In my way of thinking the contest is the gravy; the real  treat here is getting to use demo versions of software like Nik’s Viveza, Silver Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro on your images. Let’s see how all this works.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 21, 2006 0 comments

Sony has established a new brand name for its digital single lens reflex (D-SLR)
cameras that will be launched worldwide this summer. Meaning "beginning"
and "essential," the symbol ? (pronounced alpha) will be used. Under
this sub-brand, Sony will produce a complete camera system of accessories and
lenses.



The Sony Alpha system of cameras, lenses and accessories are said to integrate
advanced electromechanical technologies that are key to D-SLR performance, the
versatility of the well-established Maxxum lens mount system, and Sony's
renown in imaging devices and technologies. These include CCD and CMOS imaging
sensors, as well as other image processing technologies, in addition to overall
product miniaturization. People who have already made investments in many of
Konica-Minolta's lenses and accessories will be able to take full advantage
of Sony's new D-SLR cameras.



Sony is already handling support and repair service for existing Konica-Minolta
digital and film cameras, as well as related lenses and accessories in the U.S.
A dedicated call center and strong levels of web support have been established
for these customers.

There is more information available about the new sub-brand at www.sony.com/dslr.
Sony camera and related product support for Konica Minolta customers is also
being offered at www.support.sony.com/EN/KM/service.html.

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Press Release Posted: Jul 30, 2010 0 comments

The Sinar System has become even more versatile. Now, all digital backs made by other manufacturers can be attached to Sinar camera platforms.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

LexJet has released the latest in its fiber line of fine photo papers, Sunset
Fibre Elite. Sunset Fibre Elite was developed based on feedback from users of
Sunset Fibre Gloss who were looking for a super-smooth, bright white, glossy surface
in a fibre paper.


Sunset Fibre Elite has a 285g microporous high gloss-coated surface with a special
acid-inhibiting layer, and is universally compatible with all dye and pigmented
inksets. It is available in standard sheet sizes and roll widths up to 44 in.



Sunset Fibre Elite is now available and shipping from LexJet's nationwide network
of distribution centers. It is backed by LexJet's industry-leading customer service
and product support, plus LexJet's 30-day money-back guarantee.
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Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 26, 2005 0 comments

Several new dye sub printers have been recently announced. These printers employ
thermal transfer technology--they apply heat to a special ink ribbon to produce
colored gas that forms an image on special media. All provide approximately
300dpi resolution, plenty for continuous tone output.



High Speed Pro Printers

Kodak recently introduced two new roll-fed thermal transfer 300dpi Professional
models (with automatic cutters) that generate high quality output for use as
proofs or for immediate sale. Both employ Ektatherm media said to produce prints
that will "last a lifetime". An archival rating has not yet been
published. (They require a computer running Windows 2000 or XP; Mac support
is not available at this time.) The Professional 6850 Digital Photo Printer
is lightning fast. It can deliver 6x8-inch glossies in 15 seconds or 4x6's
in a mere 4 seconds -- hundreds of such photos in a series (without operator
intervention) when high volume is required. (List price $2900; cost per print
not stated; available in August 2005.)

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Press Release Posted: Dec 03, 2010 0 comments

Manfrotto Distribution and Datacolor are offering a free webinar titled “Color Management in the Professional Photographer’s Workflow with Stacy and Datacolor,” which will take place on Wednesday, December 8th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2008 0 comments

Bowens has launched a unique, affordable ringflash, the lightweight Ringlite
Converter. Priced at $480.00, this innovative converter is said to make ringflash-style
photography affordable. Said Mark Aherne, Bowens technical director, "Traditional
ringflash generally comprises flash tubes, cable and a powerpack, so the full
kit required is quite unwieldy and expensive. We built the converter and followed
up with associated bracketry to ensure the unit would be suitable for most cameras
on the market. We have created an attachment which allows photographers to convert
their standard Bowens strobe lights to produce ringflash-style light. Using
this new converter photographers can simply put the camera lens through the
centre of the light source. This creates a softer, wholesome surrounding light
around the lens which reduces shadows. It can also create shadowing around the
outline of the subject so users can work with a specific photographic effect.
The additional benefit of the converter is its `backwards capability'.
Photographers can take a standard Bowens product going back many years and use
it - as long as it has an S-Type adaptor. This will bring additional cost benefits
to our customers."

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Press Release Posted: Apr 22, 2011 0 comments

Lensbaby announces its newest SLR creative effects camera lens, the Composer Pro. The Composer Pro refines and enhances the popular and award winning Lensbaby Composer by upgrading the swivel ball and focus mechanism to provide professional performance. The Composer Pro’s metal swivel ball design and refined focus mechanism deliver ultra-smooth focus and tilt control. The updated focus mechanism features a fluid and accurate dampened focus ring comparable to the focus mechanisms of the highest quality professional manual focus lenses. This smooth, fluid operation makes the Composer Pro the perfect choice for discerning professional photographers and videographers who want to create ground-breaking creative imagery.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 22, 2006 0 comments

PNY Technologies has announced the availability of MaxFile Attaché,
an 8GB* USB 2.0 Micro Hard Drive. This portable storage device provides a convenient
and economical way for mobile users to transport large volumes of information.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 05, 2008 0 comments

Direct Source Marketing, the U.S. distributor for medium and large format Horseman
and Rolleiflex professional cameras, has announced the MiniDigi AF 5.0, a three-inch
high, fully functional digital replica of the original and classic twin reflex
camera. In 2006, Rolleiflex introduced the original MiniDigi, which looked like
the original but, due to popular demand quickly sold out. The new MiniDigi AF
(auto focus) 5.0 has been given some significant performance upgrades, including
a 3 megapixel CMOS sensor; auto focus (between 10CM and infinity); and a clear
1.1 inch TFT, which is located at the top of the camera as it is on the full-sized
Rolleiflex TLR.



It
is available through specialty retailers. Pricing is expected to be $399 MSRP.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 03, 2004 0 comments

Tamron
USA, Inc. has announced the launch of a newly redesigned AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3
XR Di Aspherical (IF) MACRO (model A061), a high power zoom lens now featuring
"Di" (Digitally Integrated) design. The "Di" design
is achieved by 1) improving our BBAR coatings to a new multi-coating that
encompasses all of the benefits of the original but now further reduces
the ghosting and flare caused by aberrations, and 2) by further enhancing
our already stringent quality control system. The new AF28-300mm Di is
redesigned as a high power zoom lens now ideal for use with interchangeable-lens
digital cameras as well as film cameras. It provides an angle of view
equivalent to that of approx. 465mm ultra telephoto when used with a digital
camera and enables you to enjoy creative composition of images at the
28mm wideangle setting when used with a 35mm film camera. "SP"
(Super Performance) is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring superior
specifications and outstanding optical performance.



Visit: www.tamron.com

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