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Press Release Posted: Feb 26, 2010 0 comments

Photographers have a seemingly endless choice of support heads to perch atop their tripods: panheads, ballheads, and a wide array of other head accessories. There are times, however, when these may not be the optimum choice for special shooting situations.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 19, 2008 0 comments

Nik Software, Inc. and Vertus announced a new software bundle which offers photographers
and creative professionals superior solutions for image extractions and creative
enhancements. By combining the features and capabilities of Color Efex Pro 3.0
Complete Edition from Nik Software and Vertus' Fluid Mask 3, the leading
tools in their respective categories, photographers, graphic designers, and image
editors receive increased creative flexibility at a significant cost savings.



Available on both companies' websites as electronic download files, the
products are being offered together at $429.95, representing a savings of $110,
or 20%. The bundle offer is good through June 1, 2008. In addition, current Color
Efex Pro 3.0 owners can get Fluid Mask 3 directly from Nik Software at a 15% discount.
For download and discount information please visit www.niksoftware.com/vertus
or www.vertustech.com/bundles/nik.htm



About Color Efex Pro 3.0

Color Efex Pro 3.0 from Nik Software are the leading photographic filters for
digital photography, widely used by many of today's professional photographers
around the world to save time and get professional level results. The Complete
Edition contains fifty-two filters and over 250 effects enabling photographers
to quickly perform high quality retouching, color correction, traditional filtering,
and endless creative enhancements to their photographs.



Using Nik Software's patented U Point® technology found within Color
Efex Pro 3.0, users are provided the ultimate control to selectively apply enhancements
without the need for any complicated selections or layer masks. Using Control
Points, users can determine where to apply any filter within Color Efex Pro selectively
to their image, further enhancing their creativity.



About Fluid Mask 3

Fluid Mask 3 offers the most powerful and accurate image extraction on the market.
The product offers a "Smart Blending" capability unique to the software,
an effective edge detection system, and intuitive workflow resources. The award
winning Fluid Mask 3 is currently available for both Windows and Mac based operating
systems, and will continue to function as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3
& Elements, while also working in stand alone mode. The program has been deployed
by image editors at the National Magazine Company, producers of such titles as
Elle, Men's Health, Glamour and Bazaar, and recently became the first image
editing program added to the Getty Images Preferred Supplier Program. The newest
version of Fluid Mask is available for download through the Vertus website at:
http://www.vertustech.com.

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Press Release Posted: Jun 28, 2010 0 comments

Gravity defying dust will not be a problem for the precision optics astronauts use to capture images from space. NASA has approved the LensPen SensorKlear Loupe Kit from Parkside Optical Inc. for use on the International Space Station.

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Staff Posted: Sep 08, 2008 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) has says it set a new speed record of 30
megabytes per second for SD flash memory cards with the introduction of the
SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition line of SDHC Cards. The new cards, expected
to be available worldwide in September in 4-gigabyte (GB), 8GB and 16GB capacities,
are designed to deliver peak performance when used with the new digital single-lens
reflex (DSLR) camera, Nikon D90.



The Nikon D90 is the industry's first DSLR camera to support SanDisk Extreme
III 30MB/s Edition SDHC cards at increased performance. Featuring a 50-percent
speed boost from previous 20MB/s cards, the new SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition
SDHC card makes it possible to record 39 images in continuous shooting mode
at 4.5 frames per second with a file size of 6.0 MB JPEG L Fine per image.3
The Nikon D90 camera captures high-resolution, 12.3 megapixel still images,
and it is Nikon's first DSLR to offer movie recording capability.



With ever-increasing technology advancements in DSLR cameras, higher megapixel
growth and new video capturing capabilities, SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s SDHC
cards make it easy for consumers to capture and store more high-resolution images
and video content. When placed in SanDisk's new ImageMate Multi-Card USB
2.0 Reader/Writer, still images and video can be transferred from the new SDHC
card to a computer up to 30MB/s, greatly reducing the waiting time to offload
large files from the card to the computer.



Beyond their high capacities and performance levels, all SanDisk Extreme III
cards are capable of functioning in extreme temperatures, from -13 to 185 degrees
Fahrenheit or -25 to 85 degrees Celsius. The cards also carry a lifetime limited
warranty. SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 30MB/s Edition cards, which have a Class
6 performance rating, are fully backwards-compatible; working in any camera,
card reader or other device that supports SDHC cards.6



Pricing and Availability

SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 30MB/s Edition cards are expected to be available worldwide
in September. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is U.S. $64.99
for the 4GB card, US $109.99 for the 8GB card, and U.S. $179.99 for the 16GB
card.



www.sandisk.com/corporate

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Press Release Posted: Aug 27, 2010 0 comments

Sony introduced two new cameras (models SLT-A55V and SLT-A33) that adopt Sony’s newly-developed Translucent Mirror Technology, which achieves the highest-level of auto focus speed for both still image and movie shooting.

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 26, 2005 0 comments

There's lots to like about the new Olympus C-7000 camera, including the
size of the image files it puts out and the "seamless" 30X zoom
(5X optical and 6X digital combined) that delivers better quality digital zooms
than many cameras we've worked with in the past. The C-7000 is aimed at
those who like to get involved with their photography, and offers as many options
and modes as you could desire. They certainly make this a camera that allows
you to flex your creative muscles. Granted, you have to delve into the menu
to get at most of the options, something that helps streamline the body but
can hold up spontaneous changes.


Olympus C7000 camera from file (PMA)

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 19, 2007 0 comments

The Zeiss Distagon T* 2/28 is a new, high-speed, wide-angle lens complementing
the line of advanced SLR lenses from Carl Zeiss for analog and digital 35 mm
single lens reflex cameras. With a fast aperture of f/2 and a 28mm focal length,
the new lens is available in two versions: Distagon T* 2/28 ZF for cameras with
the F-bayonet mount and the Distagon T* 2/28 ZK for cameras using a K-bayonet
mount. Equipped with manual focus, the Zeiss Distagon T* 2/28 uses floating
elements, ensuring impressive image quality in both the close-up range as well
as at longer distances.

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Press Release Posted: Feb 09, 2011 4 comments

The northern German manufacturer of
camera straps is now giving away 50 models of the new Sniper-Strap PRO to photo clubs.
Besides the approved features such as shock absorber, cutter crasher and insurance, the next
generation also comes with a ball-bearing stainless steel connector which is directly attached to
the camera.

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Press Release Posted: Apr 11, 2011 1 comments

Western Digital introduced its My Book Studio Edition™ II dual-drive storage system with a massive 6 terabytes (TB) of storage to meet the capacity needs of today's creative pros and Mac enthusiasts who create, store, edit and archive large HD video and photo files. The new capacity provides users 33 percent more storage than the previous capacity, while maintaining the same footprint.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2005 0 comments

Corel Corporation has announced the release of Corel Paint Shop Pro X and Corel
Photo Album 6, two major new products from Corel's digital imaging portfolio
and the first versions of the software to be introduced since Corel's acquisition
of Jasc in October 2004.



With a revamped user interface featuring a new, integrated Learning Center and
Browser palette, Paint Shop Pro X is designed to accelerate learning and increase
productivity. Tools are organized by task within the Learning Center palette,
enabling users of all skill levels to produce professional-looking results with
no previous photo editing experience required.



Below is an overview of the new and noteworthy features included in Corel Paint
Shop Pro X:

The Paint Shop Pro X Learning Center: The new Learning Center
organizes tools logically by task, providing users with a step-by-step guide and
quick access to the instructions and tools needed to complete the most common
photo editing projects.



Browser Palette: The Browser palette is now integrated into the
Paint Shop Pro X workspace to make it even easier for users to access, view, organize,
and work with their images.



Smart Photo Fix: The new Smart Photo Fix analyzes a photo and
suggests settings to auto-correct color, brightness, sharpness, and saturation
-- all in one step. Smart Photo Fix gives users new levels of control by
allowing them to combine the simplicity of automatic corrections with the precision
and control of manual adjustments.



Makeover Tools: Paint Shop Pro X introduces a powerful new collection
of extreme Makeover Tools to help users quickly and easily retouch the subjects
in their photos. The Makeover Tools include the Blemish Fixer, Toothbrush and
Suntan Brush.



Object Remover: The new Object Remover lets users seamlessly
eliminate unwanted elements from photos, intelligently filling in the resulting
gaps with appropriate background detail.



Special Effects for Black & White Photos: With the new Special
Effects filters in Paint Shop Pro X, users can now easily convert images to simulated
black and white infrared or apply color filters while converting to black and
white images.



Corel Photo Album 6 -- Standard Edition: Included for the
first time with Paint Shop Pro X, Corel Photo Album 6 provides efficient organization,
sharing and photo backup options, along with hundreds of new drag-and-drop creative
project templates.



Advanced Features: Paint Shop Pro X now includes support for
16-bit/channel adjustments, ICC-based color management, the ability to import
and export CMYK images using ICC profiles, along with enhanced monitor calibration
that allows LCD screens to be correctly calibrated.



Camera Raw support: Paint Shop Pro X now supports over forty
Camera Raw file formats. Users can open, enhance, process, and convert images
taken in the Camera Raw format.



Batch Processing: Users can easily process batches of images
with Paint Shop Pro X. The Batch Process command lets them use scripts to apply
fixes to batches of images, and users can also convert batches of images to a
different file format.



Perspective Correction Tool: With the Perspective Correction
tool, users can fix buildings, landmarks, or objects in their photos that appear
to be in the wrong perspective or that were taken from an angle other than directly
in front.



Straighten Tool: The Straighten tool lets users quickly align
crooked photos and automatically crop the edges using any line in the photo.



Pricing and Availability

Available for a suggested retail price of $129 US, Corel Paint Shop Pro X includes
Corel Photo Album 6 -- Standard Edition, Pixmantec® RawShooter™
essentials, two hours of free lynda.com video instruction and a printed user manual.
Corel Photo Album 6 -- Deluxe Edition is available for a suggested retail
price of $49 US. It includes PhotoRecovery software ($29 value), Xtras Scrapbook
Templates, Volumes I and II ($40 value), Pixmantec RawShooter essentials, and
a printed user guide. Corel also offers academic pricing to qualified institutions
and students. For more information or to learn more about Corel's K-12 and
Higher Education site license programs please visit www.corel.com/education.
Commercial and government customers can learn more about Corel's volume
licensing options at www.corel.com/licensing.




To learn more about Corel's digital imaging portfolio or to download a free,
fully functional trial version of Corel Paint Shop Pro X or Corel Photo Album
6, please visit www.corel.com/paintshoppro or www.corel.com/photoalbum.

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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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Staff Posted: Aug 05, 2009 0 comments

PhotoLynx, Inc. announces the release of ProofMyClass.com and ProofMyTeam.com. software that makes possible quick, accurate and inexpensive data and image validation.

Tim McCain, Sr. Vice Pres. of PhotoLynx, Inc. says, “For years school and sports photographers and digital imaging labs have been faced with the challenge of verifying names and images on class composites and other service items such as ID cards, principal pages, yearbook CDs and the many other products needed in the volume package market.  Now, with ProofMyClass.com and ProofMyTeam.com, the verification process can be much quicker, more accurate and less costly while at the same time reducing turnaround time.  ProofMyClass.com and ProofMyTeam.com, also, make significant contributions to the green cause by reducing hardcopy prints and shipping.”

The photographer or digital imaging lab uploads the images and data to the secure ProofMyClass.com or ProofMyTeam.com website where authorized individuals from the respective group, the school or league, access the information and make needed changes and corrections.  Once completed, the information is downloaded to the original database and the changes and corrections are automatically made and production can continue with updated accurate data associated with each image.

Additional information and a demonstration can be obtained by contacting Tim McCain, Tim@PhotoLynx.com or Paul Schulz, Paul@PhotoLynx.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 10, 2006 0 comments

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., has released a free update to Portfolio
8. This update is a Universal Application, adding native support for Intel-based
Macintosh systems. The free update supports Portfolio single-user, Portfolio Client,
Portfolio Server, Portfolio NetPublish, Portfolio NetPublish for Server, Portfolio
SQL-Connect and Portfolio Browser. This is a Macintosh only update.



Registered owners of Portfolio 8 are eligible to receive the free upgrade immediately
through the Extensis website at http://www.extensis.com/portfolio.




Pricing and Availability


Portfolio 8.1 is immediately available via download from the Extensis website
and is free of charge for registered Portfolio 8 users. Portfolio 8.1 for single-users
is available for a suggested retail price of $199.95US for full product. Please
visit http://www.extensis.com
for information on client/server pricing.



French and German versions of the Portfolio update are also available now for
download from the Extensis website. Japanese versions of the Portfolio update
are available from http://www.extensis.co.jp.



For information on where to purchase the Portfolio family of products visit http://www.extensis.com/portfolio...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Nikon, Olympus and Pentax have introduced five digital cameras designed to connect
to Kodak's EASYSHARE printer dock via the IMAGELINK system standard. The
IMAGELINK print system, introduced by Kodak and a consortium of leading digital
camera manufacturers at Photokina in September 2004, is a standard that allows
pictures taken with a digital camera to be printed directly on the KODAK EASYSHARE
printer dock.



The newly unveiled IMAGELINK system compatible cameras from Nikon, Olympus and
Pentax include :

· NIKON COOLPIX S5 - 6 megapixel, 3X zoom, 2.5" LCD; and COOLPIX S6
- 6 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 3" LCD, Wi-Fi capability.



· OLYMPUS FE-130 --5.1 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 2" LCD; and FE-140,
6 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 2.5" LCD.



· PENTAX OPTIO M10 - 6 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 2.5" LCD.



Each of the five new digital camera models will be shipped with a custom dock
insert to ensure a great out-of-the-box consumer experience. All of the cameras
are compatible with the KODAK EASYSHARE series 3 printer dock and planned future
models. Customer availability of the new cameras is expected to start in March
2006, and distribution will be worldwide.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 22, 2006 0 comments

Pelican Products, Inc. has unveiled the 1690 Transport Case. Boasting more than
12,000 cubic inches of possible storage space, the 1690 is ideal for safely
transporting heavy equipment. Transit-friendly features include two double-hand
side-grips for easy team lifting, two heavy-duty sets of polyurethane wheels
with stainless-steel ball bearings and nylon hubs for long wheel-life and an
extension handle (with effortless release latch) for easy transport.

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