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Press Release Posted: Jun 11, 2010 1 comments

Canon Inc. announced today the achievement of a new camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company’s EOS-series film and digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras passed the 40 million mark.

Production of the EOS SLR camera first began in 1987 at Canon Inc.’s Fukushima Plant (now Fukushima Canon Inc.), and then later moved to Canon Inc., Taiwan; Oita Canon Inc.; and most recently Nagasaki Canon Inc. from March of this year. In 1997, the 10th anniversary of the series, production reached 10 million units, and in 2003 passed the 20-million mark. After the rapid spread of digital SLR cameras, Canon went on to reach the 30-million mark during the series’ 20-year anniversary in December 2007, followed by the current 40-million-unit production milestone, attained after a short two years and four months. Furthermore, the EOS Digital series also recorded a production milestone of 20 million units.

The EOS series, which stands for “Electro Optical System” and also carries the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn, was first introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of AF SLR cameras that incorporate the world’s first electronic mount system, achieving complete electronic control not only between the lens and body but throughout the entire camera system.

With the key concepts of high speed and ease-of-use, the EOS-series cameras, including the top-of-the-line EOS-1 professional model, which was first introduced in 1989, and the compact, lightweight EOS Rebel (EOS Kiss or EOS 1000 in other regions), which was released in 1990 and helped to expand Canon’s user base, actively incorporated innovative technologies and gained acceptance from a wide range of users. Following the introduction of the EOS D30 in 2000, a time when the spread of digital SLR cameras was in full swing, Canon developed such advanced technologies as its proprietary CMOS sensors and the high-performance DIGIC digital image processor, as well as an extensive lineup of EF lenses in an effort to fulfill the company’s new key concepts of high speed, ease-of-use, and high image quality.

Canon further expanded its rich product lineup with the release of the entry-level EOS Rebel T2i (EOS Kiss X4 or EOS 550D) digital SLR camera in February of this year, which features an approximately 18.0-million pixel CMOS sensor and supports an extended ISO range, bringing the total to seven cameras—two professional, three advanced-amateur, and two entry-level models—in the EOS series.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 16, 2005 0 comments

As America struggles to cope with the devastation and loss caused by Hurricane
Katrina, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has taken unprecedented steps
to assist photographers in the affected areas. Yesterday the PPA Board of Directors
guaranteed up to $200,000 for the recently established PPA Disaster Relief Fund,
as the Association continues its fundraising efforts.



"With more than 250 PPA members in the stricken areas of Alabama, Mississippi
and Louisiana, PPA knows firsthand of the destruction caused by this hurricane,"
said Ann Monteith, PPA President. "We all watched in shock and sadness as
the scope of the damage unfolded, and we felt compelled to find a way to directly
help PPA members affected by this disaster as soon as possible. We will continue
fundraising in hopes that we can surpass the $200,000 mark."



PPA's relief fund was established last week through PPA Charities, a 501(c)(3)
organization. The original intent was to disburse the money collected to disaster
relief agencies. PPA's Board of Directors, in response to requests from
PPA members, voted this week to shift the focus of the relief fund so that it
will now be used to provide direct aid to PPA member photographers. The fund will
distribute $1,000 to each PPA member studio directly affected by Hurricane Katrina.



"PPA's members have a long history of pulling together to help each
other in times of crisis," said PPA CEO, David Trust. "PPA's
Disaster Relief Fund is another example of our members' commitment to one
another and their spirit of generosity and compassion."



In addition to directly assisting its members, PPA is contributing $10,000 ($5,000
each) to its two state Affiliates in the hard-hit areas, Professional Photographers
of Louisiana and Professional Photographers of Mississippi-Alabama. These Affiliates
will use the contributions to directly assist their members.



To request a studio grant, PPA members in the disaster areas should call PPA at
1-800-786-6277 and ask to speak with a Disaster Relief assistant. They will be
asked to provide information and details including name, studio name and address,
temporary location information, brief description of damage/loss, where the grant
money can be sent or wired, and how they can currently be reached.



How Others Can Help

PPA is challenging its other members, along with vendors and suppliers in the
industry, to join forces with PPA by contributing to the relief fund. Contributions
can be made by sending a check payable to PPA Charities to Disaster Relief, c/o
Professional Photographers of America, 229 Peachtree Street, Suite 2200, Atlanta,
GA, 30303. Please note "Disaster Relief" on the check.


PPA also needs your help getting the word out about the Disaster Relief Fund.
If you know of anyone who has been directly affected by the hurricane, please
do whatever you can to get information to them about the relief fund so they can
receive assistance right away. Please also encourage photographers with useful
information to share it on the Hurricane Katrina Forum on OurPPA.com.



PPA Charities is a charitable, non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization that allows
imaging professionals to combine their individual efforts to make an impact on
the lives of children and families everywhere. It also allows PPA to become a
force for positive change in our society and to make a difference in the lives
of others. For more information about PPA Charities, visit charities.ppa.com.



Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the world's largest and most
influential photographic and imaging trade organization, exists to assist its
more than 14,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic, and fraternal
goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making
of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder
of history. For more information about PPA, visit www.ppa.com.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 13, 2007 0 comments

Breast cancer affects hundreds of thousands of women and their families each
year. It's a disease that can strike any one at any time -- no one
-- man or woman is exempt. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is devoted
to building awareness and finding a cure while sharing stories and information
about breast cancer. This October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
Casio, Inc. will release a special-edition camera bundle, featuring a pink EX-Z75,
a camera case embossed with the pink ribbon and a pink ribbon-clad lanyard to
show their proud support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).



The EX-Z75, a 7.2 megapixel digital camera which is part of Casio's highly-regarded
zoom line of EXILIM cameras, will be available as a special bundle in the month
of October to help raise awareness of NBCF's mission -- Help for
Today...Hope for Tomorrow.



"The National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded to give help, support
and hope to those facing breast cancer," said Janelle Hail, Founder and
President of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. "We thank Casio, Inc.
for joining us in helping save lives through education and early detection."



The EX-Z75 is packed with a 2.6-inch wide LCD display, Anti-Shake DSP for reducing
photo blur due to shaky hands or moving subjects and eBay mode which allows
for photographs to be easily uploaded at the appropriate size for selling on
eBay or for personal web use.



"We are proud to be a sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation,"
said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Casio's Digital Imaging Division. "We
hope that by purchasing the EX-Z75 in honor of breast cancer patients and survivors,
users will capture every valuable moment with their friends and family."



The special-edition pink EX-Z75 will be available beginning October 2007 and
can be purchased at Staples, Sears, Adir, Fred Meyer, BJ's, Nexcom and
AAFES. The bundle package will have an MSRP of $179.99, and will proudly sponsor
the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, please visit www.casiousa.com.




About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.


The National Breast Cancer Foundation extends women's lives through education
about breast cancer and early detection. The organization provides hope to women
and families affected by breast cancer through a community of caring support
and encouragement that enables those diagnosed with breast cancer to have fulfilling
lives during their treatment and afterward. Learn more at www.nationalbreastcancer.org

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Press Release Posted: Sep 29, 2010 0 comments

Mamiya, Phase One, and Profoto announced the Mamiya/Phase One V-Grip Air, the first vertical grip with a built-in wireless flash trigger; it is also the first and only wireless flash sync solution for a medium format camera system that is capable of delivering sync speeds as fast as 1/1600 sec. The new V-Grip also offers owners of Phase One and Mamiya 645DF cameras more shooting styles, and delivers longer camera battery life through power integration and easy firmware upgrades.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 08, 2005 0 comments

DXG USA has introduced two new 5.1 megapixel digital cameras designed for entry-level
and step-up buyers. The two models will be available for shipping in August.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 07, 2007 0 comments

Wintec
Industries, Inc. has been chosen by Eye-Fi, Inc. to manufacture the world's
first wireless memory card for digital cameras. The wireless memory card launched
by Eye-Fi capitalizes on Wi-Fi technology, providing camera users an effortless
way to remove virtually all obstacles for instant photo sharing. As Wi-Fi becomes
more prevalent in homes, Wi-Fi connectivity is becoming increasingly important
as a feature for consumer products. By integrating the Wi-Fi function into a
flash memory card in a standard SD form factor, the Eye-Fi Card brings wireless
connectivity to the digital camera and also operates as a conventional SD memory
card. The Wi-Fi connectivity provides an ultra-convenient way for camera users
to send photographs directly to home computers and online photo or social networking
sites for instant sharing or printing.

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Press Release Posted: Feb 14, 2011 1 comments

Tenba announces that is has expanded and upgraded its line of durable and weather-resistant Roadie II Photo/Laptop Cases. Roadie rolling cases allow photographers to take their equipment off their neck, shoulders and back, and put it all on wheels.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 05, 2005 0 comments

Sinar Bron Imaging is pleased to announce their 2005 schedule of Professional
Photography Seminars. Building on the highly successful series of 2004 featuring
Urs Recher, the 2005 series will feature one day seminars by Sarah Silver and
Mr. Recher.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 14, 2006 0 comments

Zeiss ZF is a new range of interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, both
analog and digital. ZF lenses bring the highly acclaimed Carl Zeiss image quality
to the Nikon SLR camera system, which has been the preferred equipment of millions
of professional and ambitious amateur photographers for decades. ZF lenses can
also be used on the Sinar m professional digital camera and a multitude of industrial
video cameras using 3rd party lens adapters.

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Posted: Jul 21, 2008 0 comments

dotPhoto announces the EuroBook, a new service for creating customized, hard-bound
digital photo books. EuroBook technology gives photographers unlimited creativity
and enables them to organize photos on their computer and preserve memories
in the form of premium hard-bound books, which are ordered online and delivered
in six to 10 business days. To coincide with the announcement, dotPhoto is also
offering free shipping on all EuroBooks ordered in July.



Available at www.dotphoto.com
or www.eurobook.us, there is no charge
to download or use the EuroBook software.



EuroBook software automatically groups photos by colors and texture, matches
backgrounds, and creates a book that looks professionally designed. Book designers
can also change any attribute of the book at any time prior to printing. With
over 200 page layouts and background options, the Eurobook software provides
complete control and flexibility. EuroBook also enables users to create pages
with an image as a background, as well as allowing the user to move, zoom, crop,
rotate, or tilt an image. Text options are available anywhere on the cover or
individual pages, and feature over 150 font styles. Because the software is
downloadable, users can create photo books offline without worrying about Internet
connections -- for instance, while traveling.



More interesting than traditional photo albums, customizable dotPhoto EuroBooks
are available in over 200 configurations that vary in size, features and price,
and bring a new quality standard to photo books. EuroBooks resemble "coffee
table"-style books with high-quality professional binding as well as 135
pound paper. Pricing begins at $9.95 for the 5x5 inch, 26-page book. The popular
Classic 8x11 inch EuroBook starts at $19.95. The Deluxe 11.6x11.6 inch EuroBook,
which is perfect for special occasions and presentations, starts at $68.95.
Pricing is also based on the number of pages and choice of cover material: soft
cover, hard cover, linen, premium linen, booklet and faux leather.



There are three simple steps in ordering a dotPhoto EuroBook:

· Download the free EuroBook software

· Create your book from your digital photos

· Place your order online



For additional information on dotPhoto or to order a EuroBook, please visit
www.dotphoto.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 14, 2009 0 comments

The recent photo contest hosted by Shutterbug Magazine and Nik Software, Inc. resulted in hundreds of beautiful entries being submitted. Creativity and storytelling techniques, keeping with the primary theme of "Warm Summer Days and Cool Nights", were common between all of the top candidates.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 18, 2007 0 comments

Delkin Devices, Inc. has announced the SensorScope£ System, said by the
company to be the safest and most effective system for cleaning your digital SLR
image sensor. The SensorScope (patent pending) is the first and only sensor inspection
device in the market designed for DSLRs. Its use of magnification and focused,
high intensity light enables camera owners to inspect their camera's sensor
to see if it needs cleaning.



The
SensorScope looks like a camera lens; however, it allows you to look back into
your camera to inspect your sensor. The SensorScope is easily portable and provides
a 5x magnification lens and 4 ultra bright LED lights, which are focused to completely
illuminate the field of inspection. Although specifically designed for Canon and
Nikon DSLRs, the SensorScope may be used on any manufacturer's DSLR.



The SensorScope system includes the new DigitalDuster cleaning kit with the SensorVac,
SensorWand£ and SensorSolution.



Four different types of contaminants can show up on your DSLR camera sensor. These
vary by their chemical components. The most common types of debris that show up
are dry, and look like dust. This "dust" can be made up of one of
four materials:



· Silica/Quartz: these hard particles such as rock or sand can easily cause
scratches

· Metallic: hard particles such as metal shavings from the manufacturing
of the camera

· Fiber: synthetic materials such as nylon

· Organic: pollen, skin cells, and similar material
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Staff Posted: Nov 17, 2008 0 comments

Sony Electronics has added two new models to its family of S-Frame digital photo frames—including the company’s first 10-inch model here at the PhotoPlus Expo trade show. The new 10-inch and 8-inch digital photo frames (models DPF-D100 and DPF-D80) have high-quality SVGA resolution (800 x 600 pixels) LCD screens. They are Sony’s first digital photo frames that offer a 4:3 aspect ratio.

This apect ratio eliminates borders around the digital photos and allows pictures to fill up the screen. Photos appear larger on theses frames’ displays than digital photo frames with the 16:9 aspect ratio.

In addition to providing high-quality LCD screens, these models have an advanced image processing feature that quickly decodes and displays images. The digital photo frames will dispay images that are up to 48 megapixels or files that are up to 100MB. The digital photo frames have 200MB of available capacity, so you can store hundreds of photos to the device and then return your memory card back to the camera.

Digital images can be loaded onto the internal memory of the digital photo frames from several types of flash memory cards, including Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD Memory Card, MMC, Compact Flash,  Microdrive and xD-Picture Card.

Photos can also be transferred to the frames via a USB cable (not included) from a personal computer or digital camera. These two new S-Frame models support JPEG and RAW (SRF, SR2, ARW) image file formats.

The S-Frame models offer convenient features including the auto orientation sensor. The photo frame automatically detects whether it has been positioned horzonally or verically and then adjusts the display of the picture accordingly. When the frame is horizontal the Sony logo will light up. When the frame is vertical, the logo turns off and blends into the piano black finish.

Additional features include 10 slide show variations, clock and calendar views, and two index modes so you can preview several photos at once. You can also conserve energy by using the auto power on/off setting to program when you want the frame to turn on in the morning and off at night. Functions of the digital photo frame can be managed remotely using the included controller.

The DPF-D80 digital photo frame is now available for about $180 and the DPF-D100 model will be available in November for about $280. Both will be offered direct at sonystyle.com, at 43 Sony Style® retail stores around the country, and at hundreds of authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders are now being accepted for the DPF-D100 unit at sonystyle.com.

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Press Release Posted: Mar 05, 2010 0 comments

Zenfolio Inc. (www.zenfolio.com) debuted the next generation of its offering for photographers seeking to affordably and professionally manage all aspects of their photography business. With the new release, Zenfolio users can create portfolio sites, take full control over the visual design using the Zenfolio Theme Designer, and increase online exposure with enhanced search engine optimization (SEO) positioning of all user web pages. At no additional cost, these improvements are available to all Zenfolio photographers including Basic, Unlimited and Premium users.

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