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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 24, 2008 0 comments

Panasonic has announced a new firmware update for its interchangeable LEICA
D SUMMILUX 25mm/ F1.4 ASPH.(L-X025) lens, which is compatible with the Four
Thirds standard digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, including Panasonic's
LUMIX DMC-L10. With the firmware update, the LEICA D SUMMILUX 25mm/ F1.4 ASPH.(L-X025)
adds contrast auto focus (AF) to the single focal length lens, making it more
suitable for taking snapshots and portraits where the photo subject is able
to stand out due to an intentional out-of-focus background.



Panasonic invites all users of LEICA D SUMMILUX 25mm/ F1.4 ASPH.(L-X025) lenses
to download the updated firmware to enjoy this advanced technology that lets
users take high-quality photos with ease and accuracy. Notably, with the use
of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-L10 digital SLR, this update allows the LEICA D SUMMILUX
25mm/ F1.4 ASPH.(L-X025) lens to take professional-quality portraits as it combines
Panasonic's Face Detection feature with the contrast AF.



Users will be able to download the latest firmware that allows the LEICA D SUMMILUX
25mm/ F1.4 ASPH.(L-X025) lens to take advantage of contrast AF at 4:00 GMT on
March 12, 2008 at the following link: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/.



www.panasonic.com/dsc

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Press Release Posted: Apr 04, 2011 0 comments

Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. announced the launch of Pinhole Pro, an affiliate program for the acclaimed photo products site Pinhole Press that allows professional photographers to provide their clients with high-end photo products such as photo books, calendars and cards while collecting client-generated royalties.

Now available at www.PinholePro.com, photographers can start making money on orders their clients place on Pinhole Press in three easy steps:

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 21, 2006 0 comments

Canon Inc. has reached a new lens milestone as production of the company's
EF lenses passed the 30-million mark. Production of interchangeable EF lenses
for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) SLR cameras began in 1987 and the company
produced its 10-millionth EF lens in August 1995 and its 20-millionth in February
2001.

In November of 1987 Canon introduced the industry's first
Ultrasonic Motor (USM)-powered lens: the EF 300mm f/2.8L USM. In September 1989,
the EF 50mm f/1.0L USM, featuring the world's largest aperture of f/1.0,
was launched. And in September 1995 the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, equipped
with the world's first Image Stabilizer to correct for the effect of camera
shake, made its debut.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2006 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced it will begin producing the new
Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Class 2 card and enhance the function of its
existing 15-in-1 Reader. The new SDHC memory cards are available now in 4GB capacities
with a retail price of $199.00.



The SDHC memory card is a new standard set by the SD Card Association that redefines
performance classifications and capacity. Based on this standard, SDHC cards can
deliver capacities beyond the 2GB threshold of present day SD cards and offer
three speed classes (Class 2, 4, & 6) that guarantee minimum sustained transfer
rates to support large digital video recordings for optimum performance. SDHC
cards will only be recognized by SDHC host devices; manufacturers currently offering
SDHC host cameras include: Canon, Pentax, Sanyo, Casio and Nikon. Kingston will
add SDHC compatibility for its popular 15-in-1 Reader at the time of this launch.
The retail price for the reader will remain $19.00.
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Staff Posted: Aug 11, 2008 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has introduced its newest flagship COOLPIX compact camera, the COOLPIX
P6000. Featuring 13.5 megapixels, a new, built-in global positioning system (GPS)
unit, my Picturetown connectivity and the power of Nikon's exclusive EXPEED image
processing concept, the P6000 offers the creative control of a DSLR in the compact
body of a COOLPIX camera.

The P6000 knows where the "best shots" are taken, thanks to the integration
of the new GPS unit. With the added GPS function, P6000 users will be able to
record "geotags" of the location where their images are captured based
on latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates. This further heightens the photographic
experience, allowing users to pinpoint the location via maps available in Nikon
ViewNX Software, my Picturetown, Nikon's photo sharing and storage website,
or any other software or website that recognizes GPS data.



Additionally, the P6000 makes my Picturetown connectivity for uploading and sharing
photos simple and easy, thanks to added wired LAN support via a dedicated Ethernet
port built into the camera. Users can upload their images and data directly from
the P6000 with an Ethernet cable to the secure Picture Bank service on my Picturetown.



In line with other COOLPIX P-Series cameras, the P6000 includes intuitive controls
via dedicated command and mode dials, providing easy access to shooting controls
and exposure mode settings. The P6000 offers Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-priority
Auto [S], Aperture-priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] modes granting users the ability
to tap into the creativity of D-SLR functions while maintaining the simplicity
of COOLPIX functionality. Owners can utilize two user-defined settings, a shooting
menu, an efficient, tabbed menu interface, as well as customizable Function buttons
to quickly switch between camera settings.



Additional shooting innovations engineered to maximize image quality and offer
greater control over the final results include Nikon's original COOLPIX
Picture Control System and a new NRW* (RAW) support. The COOLPIX Picture Control
System features intuitive controls that enable users to adjust their images to
pre-set parameters such as Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome and apply tweaks
to image sharpening, tone compensation, brightness, overall tone and saturation.
Furthermore, images shot in the all-new NRW* (RAW) format can be opened and viewed
in Nikon ViewNX Software (available early October 2008) for increased editing
abilities.



Adding even more synergy between D-SLR cameras and compact COOLPIX cameras, the
P6000 incorporates a pop-up flash, optical viewfinder for easy composition and
the added bonus of system expansion with an optional convertor, Speedlights, and
wireless remote control. Nikon's new 0.76x Wide-angle Convertor WC-E76 offers
users the option to utilize focal lengths as wide as 21mm (35mm format equivalent).
P6000 users can also take full advantage of Nikon's Creative Lighting System with
the built-in accessory shoe that supports Nikon's i-TTL flash control, which enables
wireless control over one group of remote Speedlights including the newly announced
SB-900 Speedlight.



The P6000 features a quality finish and a front panel constructed of solid Magnesium
alloy, as well as a comfortable grip and well-placed controls for streamlined
performance. The new P6000 camera is compatible with new high-capacity SDHC cards,
and utilizes a Nikon EN-EL5 rechargeable Li-ion battery. The P6000 also comes
bundled with the COOLPIX Software Suite for editing, organizing and sharing images.



The Nikon COOLPIX P6000 will be available nationwide beginning September 2008
at a MSRP of $499.95. For more information about the P6000 and other COOLPIX cameras,
please visit www.nikonusa.com.
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Posted: Aug 24, 2009 0 comments

New Portrait Professional 9 is portrait airbrushing software that has actually been trained in human appearance, using thousands of example photographs. The software therefore has a built in ‘knowledge base’ of human beauty, which makes it far faster and easier to use than conventional airbrushing software.

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Posted: Jan 18, 2005 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies and The Holga Manufacturing Company of China have
announced the continuation of Freestyle as the exclusive United States distributor
of Holga brand cameras and photographic equipment. The Holga camera line, which
now consists of nine models and numerous accessories, has achieved near cult status.
The Holga continues to increase in popularity with photographers in virtually
every area of the creative process - from students & educators to fine-art
professionals.



Freestyle introduced Holga¹s new line of filters and lens attachments in
December 2004, along with the new Holga N, FN and CFN model cameras using 120-size
film. These cameras feature important enhancements to the original Holga, including
a "bulb" time exposure switch, brass tripod mount, film-handling improvements
and a color flash wheel on the CFN model. Additionally, Freestyle will now market
& distribute the new Holga 35mm camera both manual and auto focus models.
The new 35mm will be available in April, 2005.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 07, 2007 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies announced that it has finalized an agreement with
the Slavich Manufacturing Company, of Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia, officially naming
Freestyle the exclusive United States distributor of Slavich brand photographic
papers.



Slavich is a Russian film and paper company that has been in existence since 1931.
For many years, Slavich was not only the principal supplier to the Soviet Army
and Navy of black and white photographic products, but also the first manufacturer
of motion picture film in the U.S.S.R. In fact, many of the masterpieces of Russian
cinema were shot and edited on Slavich product. Through Freestyle's efforts,
Slavich's black and white fiber-based graded paper, called Unibrom, is now
available in the United States for the first time in both double-weight and single-weight.



Freestyle's introduction of the new Slavich black and white photographic
papers in the United States will be immediate. "Given the ongoing concerns
regarding the future availability of silver-based photographic materials, Freestyle
is excited to offer yet another line of unique quality products, which further
supports our commitment to the long-term future of traditional black and white
photographic processes," comments Gerald H. Karmele, Freestyle's President
and Chief Operating Officer. "The addition of Slavich to our extensive lineup
of films and papers is an important component of our corporate mission to continue
fulfilling the needs of educators, enthusiasts and students with quality photographic
products from every part of the world."



Established in 1946, Freestyle Photographic Supplies is a leading international
retail, mail order and internet provider of photographic cameras, equipment and
supplies nationwide, as well as the exclusive United States distributor of Kentmere
black and white photographic papers, Foma black and white photographic papers
and films, Efke black and white films, Varycon/EMAKS black and white papers, Fotospeed
specialty chemicals, Holga cameras and accessories, Cachet archival storage boxes,
Image Mechanics fluid mount trays, LegacyPro accessories and Rollei/Maco black
and white films.



www.freestylephoto.biz
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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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Press Release Posted: Dec 07, 2009 0 comments

The Lowel Blender is said to be is the perfect solution for todays ‘run & gun’ video lighting needs.

Twin array’s of color accurate LED’s, in daylight & tungsten color temperatures, are mixed via 2 rotary
controls on the back of the unit and give the perfect blend of color to match a mixed light source environment.

Shooting in a daylit lobby with a hanging tungsten chandelier? Put beautiful fill-light on your talent that’sall tungsten, or all daylight, or more importantly, that perfect mix of the 2 that suddenly makes your shotlook naturally lit. Blender makes location lighting intuitive, just dial it ‘till it’s right.

The lamphead’s compact size (4 x 3 x 3”) makes it small enough to fit on a camera-top stud, or easilyheld on a pistol grip, or compact stand. It can be powered by popular video camera batteries, or
its own compact AC supply. Blender™ comes with a selection of hard plastic front diffusers for softening & diffusing the mixed output. 1 & 2 light packs in carry bags are available, as well as a more traditional
1 light kit. Originally designed by videographer Tom Robotham, the Lowel Blender is the location light your HD camera has been waiting for.

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 27, 2004 0 comments

With the arrival of digital recording and software-based post-processing, techniques
for achieving perfect panning shots and 360° panoramic views are attracting
a lot of attention in the photographic world. The new Novoflex Panorama-VR system
is said to meet the demands of professional photographers for an easy-to-use
adjuster system to rotate a camera 360° around a nodal point.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 29, 2007 0 comments

Casio, Inc. has announced the release of the newest model in the series of EXILIM
digital cameras, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1200. The new camera is Casio's flagship
EXILIM Zoom, boasting 12.1 effective megapixels.

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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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Press Release Posted: May 07, 2010 0 comments

Lightroom Workshops, a series of 40 + two-day Adobe Photoshop Lightroom application intensives are being offered throughout the United States, Australia, UK, and Canada in 2010. These unique hands-on digital photography application workshops are led by one of four award-winning digital photography experts, including Jerry Courvoisier, former Digital Programs Director at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 02, 2006 0 comments

Pictureframes.com has just launched an online service portal devoted to the
artist and photographer community: www.pictureframes.com/artandphoto.
It is intended for artists and photographers who seek a single source for everything
from fine art printing to matting, framing, fulfillment, secure archiving and
an unfolding suite of web services. The new online portal is said to make it
easier for artists and photographers to maximize their exposure and sell more
work with useful services such as limited and open editions with the latest
giclee technology, free telephone forums on high interest topics and regular
Graphik Dimensions news updates. Even more reseller benefits are scheduled to
premiere this summer. Other advantages found at pictureframes.com/artandphoto
include a free full-sized proof with each edition, free certificates of authenticity,
the ability to hand-sign editions and nearly a dozen fine art quality papers.

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