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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 17, 2008 0 comments

Manfrotto
has announced a new line of carbon fiber tripods, dubbed "CX. "
The new CX family is highlighted by redesigned locking levers, new leg angle
selectors, and re engineered magnesium and aluminum castings. The new ergonomic
locking levers are much easier for shooters to operate and thanks to their new
design, become a seamless element of all CX tripods. Much like the aluminum
190XPROB, the new CX PRO models feature Manfrotto's innovative Q90°
(Quick Center Column System). The Q90° system allows the center column to
be rotated to a horizontal position with one simple motion, all without removing
the head or disassembling the column itself, making switching between framing
and positioning setups easier. Additionally, Manfrotto has redesigned the top
plate on 190CXPRO4 and190CXPRO3 tripods. The magnesium top plate on the CX PRO
series now incorporates a bubble to help aid in leveling the camera and tripod,
and has also been refined for a more attractive look. The redesign of the plate
also yields a significant reduction in weight.



In order to reach high-quality standards and high levels of performance, rigidity
and lightness, the new Manfrotto CX tubes are made of 100 percent carbon fiber.
When it comes to the use of composite materials-- especially carbon fiber --
in the manufacture of photographic supports, the end result can vary and ultimately
depends on the production process and the ratio of carbon fiber material to
epoxy present in the tubes. For its CX carbon fiber tripods, Manfrotto utilized
nothing other than 100 percent carbon fiber and employed pultrusion, pull winding
technology to manufacture the tubes. Pultrusion is a production process that
allows for the manufacture of carbon fiber tubes that excel in both flexion
resistance and torsion rigidity; features that matter most for camera support
applications.



The 190CXPRO4 and 190CXPRO3 feature all carbon fiber tubes, including a tri-faceted
center column, while the simpler CX3 version features carbon fiber tubes paired
with an aluminum center column and aluminum top plate.

190CXPRO3

Street Price $300.00
Max Height Column Extended Max Height Column Down Min Height Low Position Min Height Legs Closed Weight Max Load
57.5"/ 146 cm 48"/122 cm 3.15"/ 8 cm 22.8"/ 58 cm 2.84 lbs./ 1,29 kg 11 lbs./ 5 kg




190CXPRO4

Street Price $325.00


Max Height Column Extended
Max Height Column Down Min Height Low Position Min Height Legs Closed Weight Max Load
57.5"/ 146 cm 48"/122 cm 3.15"/ 8 cm 19.7"/ 50cm 2.95 lbs./ 1,34 kg 11 lbs./ 5 kg




190CX3

Street Price $250.00
Max Height Column Extended Max Height Column Down Min Height Low Position Min Height Legs Closed Weight Max Load
57.5"/ 146 cm 46.9"/ 119 cm 2.36"/ 6cm 21.7"/ 55 cm 2.90 lbs./ 1,32 kg 11 lbs./ 5 kg

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 08, 2006 0 comments

Panasonic has introduced the new LUMIX 7.2-megapixel DMC-FX50 and DMC-FX07 digital
still cameras, and also the 6-megapixel DMC-FX3, the world's first to feature
Intelligent ISO Control (IIC) to correct image blurriness caused by movement of
the subject matter. The FX50 will have an MSRP of $399.95, the FX07 will have
an MSRP of $349.95 and the FX3 will have an MSRP of $279.95.

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Press Release Posted: May 10, 2010 0 comments

The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), joined by the Graphic Artists Guild, the Picture Archive Council of America, the North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographers of America, photographers Leif Skoogfors, Al Satterwhite, Morton Beebe, Ed Kashi and illustrators John Schmelzer and Simms Taback, has filed a class action copyright infringement suit against Google, Inc. in the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York. The suit, which was filed by Mishcon de Reya New York LLP, relates to Google’s illegal scanning of millions of books and other publications containing copyrighted images and displaying them to the public without regard to the rights of the visual creators. ASMP and the other trade associations, representing thousands of members, decided to file the class action after the Court denied their request to join the currently pending $125 million class action that had previously been filed primarily on behalf of text authors in connection with the Google Library Project. The new class action goes beyond Google’s Library Project, and includes Google’s other systematic and pervasive infringements of the rights of photographers, illustrators and other visual artists.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 19, 2007 0 comments

Jostens is pleased to announce the winners of its nationally acclaimed annual
Jostens Photo Contest, co-sponsored Wolfe's Camera. This annual competition
recognizes the outstanding achievements of the best student photographers from
across the country.



Eighty-four winners were selected from more than 5,000 entries. The 2007 Grand
Prize Award was conferred upon Shannon Soule, a student at Westlake High School
in Austin, Texas. Her unique photograph, which she titled "The Kick-off
Symbol."


Submissions are judged on composition, artistic merit, and technical qualities,
as well the ability to convey a compelling story. In addition to a Grand Prize
winner, awards are conferred in seven categories: Academics, Student Life/Activities,
School Spirit, Athletes in Action, Life in the Hallway, Open, and Jr. High/Middle
School.



"This photography competition recognizes the sophisticated, high quality
photography being produced by students in schools all across the country,"
said Gary Lundgren, Jostens senior program manager/education. "Our contest
provides a forum for them to showcase their work and to be honored for their
unique talents. Competition is steep. Receiving this honor is quite an accomplishment."



In addition to Soule's Grand Prize photograph, the winning photographs
in each of the other seven categories are featured on the Jostens.com Website
at http://www.jostens.com/yearbook/show_contest.asp.
They will also be featured in the 2008 issue of the Jostens Gotcha Covered Look
Book, a popular annual resource utilized by yearbook advisers and staffs seeking
creative ideas, trends and inspiration.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

For users who need a quick and easy way to protect their valuables in transit,
Pelican Products, Inc. is now offering a ready-made custom foam solution that
sets up in seconds.

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Staff Posted: May 01, 2009 0 comments

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc. announced it is increasing the capacity of its CompactFlash Elite Pro Flash memory cards to 32GB. Shipping immediately, the new cards offer larger capacity and fast data transfer rates to allow amateur and professional photographers to maximize the performance of their high-end digital cameras.

The Kingston® 32GB CF Elite Pro card is designed to keep pace with and not limit the productivity of the most advanced digital camera equipment on the market,” said Wendy Lecot, Flash business development manager, Kingston Digital. “Combining the large storage capacity along with fast read and write speeds makes this card ideal for continuous capture and download of images.”

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2006 0 comments

The new Media Buddy portable storage device from Digital Foci is a hard drive
and card reader that lets you securely save digital photos in the field, so
that you needn't worry about running out of memory card space. The unit's
built-in memory card slots lets you copy and store photos directly from any
digital camera card. Available in 30GB and 80GB versions, Media Buddy features
a backlit text-based LCD screen that enables you to view file information and
operation status.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 10, 2008 0 comments

Eye-Fi makers of the world's first wireless SD memory card, announced an
extended product line-up designed to make photo sharing easier and meet the needs
of individual users. Eye-Fi will launch three new wireless memory cards, including
Eye-Fi Explore, which will automatically add geographic location tags to each
photo and will allow on the go users to upload their memories from Wi-Fi hotspots.
The original Eye-Fi Card, now called Eye-Fi Share, is designed for the photographer
who wants to effortlessly upload images directly to their preferred photo sharing
site in addition to their computer. And, the new Eye-Fi Home card is aimed at
those who want to simply and wirelessly upload digital memories to their home
computer.
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Staff Posted: Sep 08, 2009 0 comments

Aimed at experienced shooters looking for value and sophisticated SLR performance, Sony has introduced the full-frame α (alpha) DSLR-A850 camera and a new 28-75mm F2.8 lens.  The α850 model shares the same 24.6 megapixel sensor and most features of the flagship α900 camera, introduced last year, but will be available for just under $2000 (body only).

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 14, 2006 0 comments

X-Rite, Incorporated (Nasdaq: XRIT) has introduced MonacoQCcolor version 1.5.
This update provides significant improvements to the performance of X-Rite's
software suite for verifying and analyzing color proofs in both local and remote
proofing environments.



Among other enhancements, the new version 1.5 incorporates a custom
label designer that allows users to customize the verification label
content for extended reporting capability. The redesigned server and
database structure improve stability and speed of data transmission over
the MonacoQCcolor network.



MonacoQCcolor software allows printers to define target printing
conditions, set the tolerances they wish to operate within, and quickly
measure print results for pass/fail analysis. The software has
applications across the imaging marketplace, in printing, graphic
design, fine art reproduction, and professional photography.



Available in both desktop and network versions, MonacoQCcolor 1.5 is
ideal for internal proof validation by printers who need to maintain a
high level of color consistency, as well as for remote proofing by
customers who need to ensure that their proofs meet specifications
before forwarding them to their printing vendor.



The desktop edition provides an easy to use pass/fail client and
includes industry-standard target and tolerance values for SWOP and
GRACoL printing. Users can buy X-Rite's ColorShop X software separately
to build custom workflow references.



Enhancements incorporated within MonacoQCcolor 1.5 include:

New label designer. In response to user requests, MonacoQCcolor 1.5
includes a built-in label designer to customize proof verification
stickers. Users can customize label size, as well as choose what target
attributes, graphics and text to include.



Upgraded server and database structure. The entire server and database
structures have been redesigned to deliver greater connection stability
and faster data retrieval.



Improved interface. The application interface has a cleaner look, yet remains
functionally similar to its predecessor. Consequently, users of MonacoQCcolor
1.4 will experience an easy transition to 1.5.



New administration tools. The administration tools have been segregated
from the server so users can now administer user privileges either on
the server or from a remote location without the need for additional
software. Built-in migration tools allow version 1.4 users to transfer
data easily into 1.5.



New sample database. For desktop edition users, the system comes with
updated GRACoL and SWOP references, as well as FOGRA target references,
to provide more industry standards to verify workflow against right out
of the box. Network users may load these sample targets into their
databases using the administration tools.



MonacoQCcolor 1.5 is also included within the Pulse QC Ensemble from
X-Rite, which bundles software with the Pulse Spectrophotometer --
X-Rite`s latest technology for measuring output. The Pulse QC Ensemble
provides all the necessary tools to ensure color consistency from job to
job.



MonacoQCcolor 1.5 is a free upgrade for current users. For more information visit:
http://www.xrite.com.

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Staff Posted: Oct 03, 2008 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has introduced the world’s first consumer-available wireless picture frame featuring innovative Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology, a Kodak invention that produces exceptionally sharp and vivid image quality. OLED technology generates greater color depth and saturation than other displays, viewed on panels that are substantially thinner, resulting in a sleek, low-profile design.

The new KODAK OLED Wireless Frame also features built-in Wi-Fi technology that expands the user’s experience by enabling access to pictures, videos and music stored on PCs in other rooms, as well as connectivity to online photo and video sharing sites and Internet content portals for news, weather, sports and more.

At the heart of the new KODAK OLED Wireless Frame is an ultra-thin, 7.6-inch diagonal digital panel that produces stunning image detail, when viewed from any angle. The viewing experience is further enhanced by Kodak Perfect Touch technology, which automatically processes images to improve exposure, brightness and color, and KODAK Image Science, which optimizes image quality for display on OLED panels.

The KODAK OLED Wireless Frame requires no backlighting, and incorporates an ambient light sensor that optimizes the viewing experience by adjusting display brightness based on the surrounding light.  Kodak has also designed a premium audio system into the frame, providing outstanding sound reproduction when enjoying videos, digital music and online content.

The KODAK OLED Wireless Frame will retail for US $999 (MSRP) and will be available at kodak.com beginning in the 2008 holiday season, with additional online and retail distribution to be announced.

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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 14, 2005 0 comments

MAGIX has announced the new MAGIX Photostory on CD & DVD 4. By automatically
fixing photos and adding exciting 3D transitions, fades, effects and sounds,
the software turns simple photo collections into multimedia slideshows. Slideshows
can then be easily burned onto CD or DVD and viewed on any TV or computer screen.
MAGIX Photostory on CD & DVD 4 will be available in stores for $39.99 starting
September 15th and online at www.magix.com starting September 8th.



MAGIX Photostory on CD & DVD 4 lets you quickly and easily transform holiday
memories, family, party, and Internet photos into 3D slideshows in just three
easy steps: Import photos; edit them with transitions, zooms, music, and text;
and burn onto DVD or CD



The slideshows can also be uploaded to the free MAGIX Online Photo Album site
at www.magix.com directly from the software, where photos can be viewed in fullscreen
mode with music. Photo products can also be ordered directly from the site as
well as from the software on premium paper, calendars, t-shirts, and mugs, etc.
The site also has an Online Content Library to enrich your slideshow with stock
photos. Photos on CD & DVD 4 also burns DVD player-compatible JPEG discs
for fast playback optimized for TV viewing.



MAGIX Photostory on CD & DVD 4 will be available in stores for $39.99 starting
September 15th and online at www.magix.com
starting September 8th. See www.magix.com
for more info.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 15, 2008 1 comments

Olympus has announced its inaugural "Photographers of Tomorrow"
photo contest, which is specifically designed for aspiring professional photographers
or photojournalists, and will enrich the resumes and portfolios of the participating
students.



Starting January 14, 2008, students will submit their best work captured with
the Olympus E-3 digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera in three categories:
Speed, Travel and Environmental Issues. Student entries will be judged by a
panel of award-winning photographers, comprised of Olympus Visionaries. The
winning images will be announced in April 2008. Complete rules and regulations
can be viewed at www.olympusamerica.com/e3photocontest.



Participating schools include Texas A&M University at Commerce, The University
of the Arts Philadelphia, Art Institute of Colorado, Brooks Institute, Rochester
Institute of Technology, Hallmark Institute of Photography, University of Texas
- Austin, Rockport College, and Academy of Art University San Francisco, among
others.



"The Olympus competition is our way of helping the next generation of
professional photographers and photojournalists to showcase their work nationally,
as the winning submissions will be visible on the Olympus Web site," said
John Knaur, senior marketing manager, Digital SLR at Olympus Imaging America
Inc. "The students will connect with the three distinct categories of
speed, travel and environmental issues."



Photo Submission Categories

Olympus has selected the following categories for contest submissions to inspire
the budding photographers and to best represent the capabilities of the new
Olympus E-3 digital SLR camera.



Speed: Images capturing the essence of speed and movement of
life;

Travel: Images depicting exotic, exciting, or extreme journeys
or adventures, showing the color and temperament of the local culture; and

Environment Issues: Images showing the impact of man and global
warming, or natural settings of landscapes, flora, and fauna.



The Prizes

The students who submit the three winning images (one for each of the three
categories) will be awarded the following prizes. The three students'
respective professors will also be awarded the camera, lenses and accessories.

· $5,000 Scholarship

· Olympus E-3 Digital SLR Camera

· Two New ZUIKO Digital Lenses -- the ED 12-60mm (24-120mm equivalent)
f2.8-4.0 SWD and ED 50-200mm (100-400mm equivalent) f2.8-3.5 SWD

· Olympus Travel Bag and Lens Cloth



Contest Camera and Lenses

The Olympus E-3 provides the high-precision performance demanded by professional
and enthusiastic photographers to capture exceptional images every time. When
coupled with the ZUIKO digital 12-60mm SWD (Supersonic Wave Drive) lens, the
E-3 offers the fastest autofocus system in the world.[1] Body-Integrated Mechanical
Image Stabilization to stabilize every lens, a 10-megapixel Live MOS image sensor,
and the reliability of a high-endurance, dust-proof and splash-resistant magnesium
alloy body join the impressive innovations developed for the E-3. Olympus pioneered
Full-Time Live View and Dust Reduction Technologies for digital SLR cameras,
leading where others have followed.



The Judges


An esteemed panel of judges, comprised of Olympus Visionaries, will evaluate
the student submissions and vote for the top winner in each category. The Olympus
Visionary program celebrates the work of some of the most talented still photographers
of the day, who use E-System equipment for travel, news, documentary, fashion,
food, people, nature and landscape, commercial and fine art photography.



Olympus Web site: http://www.olympusamerica.com.

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