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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 22, 2007 0 comments

Lexar has expanded its professional product line with the introduction of a
133x speed-rated Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) flash memory card designed
for professional and high-end amateur photographers who demand the freedom and
flexibility to quickly capture a large number of high-resolution images with
SDHC-enabled digital cameras. Delivering a minimum sustained write speed capability
of 20MB per second, Lexar Professional SDHC cards allow photographers to capture
more images while spending less time changing memory cards.

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Staff Posted: Apr 06, 2009 0 comments

Lensbaby announces a new 0.42x Super Wide Lens for use with their new line of selective focus lenses – The  Composer, The Muse, The Control Freak and their companion Lensbaby Optic Swap System consisting of Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, and Pinhole/Zone plate interchangeable optics.

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Press Release Posted: Feb 22, 2011 0 comments

Sekonic announces the availability of the new L-308DC DigiCineMate – a simple and easy-to-use compact light meter that is ideal for today's DSLR videographers and digital cinematographers as well as still photographers. It features a full range of shutter speeds plus a special grouping of cine speeds and shutter angles and indicates exposure in f-stops to one-tenth step. The unit’s LCD readout can be customized to display only specific functions needed for the task at hand for fast, easy operation

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 04, 2006 0 comments

The Plugin Site (www.thepluginsite.com)
has released the MacOS X version of LightMachine, a plugin for performing all
kinds of light adjustments in photos.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 20, 2007 0 comments

Touchpoint Studios Inc. has introduced Touchpoint Gallery, photo software that
brings your digital photos directly to friends and family in an easy-to-use creative
way.



Using state-of-the-art 3D graphics, the software allows users to see photo collections
as they fill the pages of an animated photo album or as an exhibit on the walls
of a virtual art gallery. Birthdays, family celebrations and any special event
can now be shared with family and friends in a completely new and unique way.



The user-friendly software can be set up to point to as many photo collections
as you like. Switching from one photo collection to another is simple and Touchpoint
Gallery is compatible with Internet picture sources Flickr, Flickr Search, and
RSS Feeds. You can also choose to view photos stored locally on your hard drive.



Friends and family can watch the photos and collections chosen by you while they
work or play, enjoy them as their default Windows screen saver, and use them to
automatically change their wallpaper. The software is truly dynamic, because when
you change the photos in your online collection, your friends and family using
Touchpoint Gallery are automatically updated too.



Touchpoint Gallery is freely distributed from www.touchpointstudios.com . For
more options, including a wider selection of 3D Templates and access to more photos
in your collections, users can choose to 'Go Unlimited' for $24.95.



www.touchpointstudios.com
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Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2009 0 comments

Benro, who has been manufacturing tripods for more than 10 years (and has the #1 market share in their home country of China), offers high quality tripods, monopods and heads that are built to professional standards at an extraordinary value. Benro is distributed in the U.S. by Westchester, NY based MAC Group. “We are very proud to add Benro to our product mix,” states Jeff Karp, Benro Product Marketing Manager. “The high quality, innovative designs and exceptional value make Benro the perfect choice for demanding photographers on a budget.”

Benro has the technology and manufacturing capabilities to build products made of carbon fiber (8 layers for ultimate stability), aluminum (top performance at an economical price) and magnesium (lighter than aluminum, yet stronger) – materials that provide outstanding performance and reliability -- at economical prices. Benro is the only company that makes its own carbon fiber tubing.

An excellent example of Benro’s design capabilities is their new "Quick Lock" Leg System that sets the new standard in flip lock technology. Its rugged construction, reliability and ease of operation elevates leg locking systems to a new level.

One of the most unique tripods in Benro’s lineup is the patented Travel Angel, available in both carbon fiber and aluminum. This is an easy-to-carry, ultra-compact tripod that photographers will take with them everywhere they go. What good is a tripod if you leave it home because it’s too big or heavy? Travel Angel’s unique 180 degree fold over design allows them to be folded into a compact package (up to 20% smaller than conventionally designed tripods) that can easily fit into backpacks or luggage. However, when quick setup, excellent maximum height and a rigid, stable support are needed, Benro Travel Angels are outstanding performers. All kits include a BH-Series single action or B-Series dual action ballhead that matches the size of the tripod.

In addition to tripods and monopods, Benro builds a full range of heads. Whether you select a Benro single action or dual action ballhead or 3-Way panhead, you’ll see the quality that goes into all Benro products the minute you pick them up. Benro tripod heads are produced using the latest in precision machining and manufacturing technology to ensure smooth and secure operation. The patented, dual locking, dovetailed Quick Release Plates or Arca Swiss style Quick Release Plates allow fast and secure camera mounting and dismounting without having to worry about accidentally unseating the camera.

To help you decide on the right equipment for your shooting situations, Benro provides a series of web-based videos that show the features and benefits of Benro products. Choose from “Why you need a tripod” (even with image stabilization and high ISO cameras, the best results happen with a tripod) to “Selecting the perfect tripod head” to “Benro Travel Angel” and more.

To see the complete selection of Benro products, visit www.Benro.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 02, 2005 0 comments

Microsoft Corp., together with leading companies in the digital imaging industry,
today announced enhancements to the family of Windows operating systems that will
enable consumers to easily work with RAW files in current and future versions
of Windows. Working closely with digital imaging industry leaders including Adobe
Systems Inc., Canon Inc., Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd. and Nikon Corp., Microsoft
plans to deliver native support for digital camera RAW images in the next major
version of Windows, code-named "Longhorn."



In addition, Microsoft is enhancing the digital imaging experience for Windows
XP with the upcoming availability of the Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer
for Windows XP, allowing consumers to view thumbnails and preview and print Canon
and Nikon RAW files from Windows Explorer in Windows XP. These features, as well
as the ability to organize and edit Canon and Nikon RAW files, will also be available
in a future version of Digital Image Suite.



Microsoft also announced it is developing a certification program for third-party
RAW image codecs that will ensure their solutions provide a consistent experience
for consumers who are using RAW image files. With this new RAW support across
the Windows platform and products, Microsoft is enabling a seamless experience
for consumers working with RAW digital images and delivering an extensible architecture
for hardware and software industry partners.



Microsoft worked with imaging leaders to develop the digital camera RAW architecture
in "Longhorn" and to provide the best digital photography experience
for Windows consumers. "Longhorn" will deliver dramatic innovation
in RAW support for independent software developers, camera manufacturers and consumers.
Hardware and software partners will benefit from the standardized architecture
for image codecs, which allows them to contribute their own codecs to be certified
and implemented in Windows.



Microsoft's platform approach provides built-in support for RAW files, enabling
Windows-based applications to use all supported image types, including RAW. This
architecture enables software applications to seamlessly support new image types
upon codec certification by Microsoft. In addition, "Longhorn" will
provide an application programming interface (API) that enables software vendors
to exercise a higher degree of control over the RAW conversion in their applications,
while enabling market opportunities for professional-level conversion tools.



In addition to announcing the imaging enhancements planned for the next version
of Windows, Microsoft is helping Windows XP consumers realize the potential of
RAW files. The Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows XP will
soon be available for free download* at http://www.microsoft.com.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 07, 2007 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced DxO Optics Pro v5, the latest version of its flagship software
application for automatic image quality enhancement for Digital SLR camera users.
Due to be released later in the fall, DxO Optics Pro v5 is said to set a new standard
for image quality with its new RAW conversion engine. All purchasers of DxO Optics
Pro v4.5 on or after August 1st, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to DxO Optics
Pro v5.



DxO Optics Pro v5's RAW conversion engine includes a completely new demosaicing
algorithm which produces images with much more detail and fewer artifacts. Demosaicing
is the crucial step of RAW conversion during which the camera's image sensor
pattern is reconstructed as a visible image for the human eye. Inherently, demosaicing
involves trade-offs between image sharpness, details, noise, processing time and
conversion artifacts. The quality of demosaicing determines the amount of detail
and artifacts in the final image. These artifacts, particularly visible and unsightly,
are compounded at high ISO settings and are in large part responsible for what
is deemed the unnatural look of digital images.



The other key characteristic of DxO Optics Pro's new RAW Engine is that
instead of applying noise reduction techniques after demosaicing, a newly-developed
noise reduction is performed upfront, before noise has a chance to be amplified
by the RAW conversion process and absorb important fine details.



Combined with other proprietary techniques, DxO Optics Pro v5's new RAW
Engine is said by the maker to produce both the most detailed and most natural
looking images yet -- its very fine and homogenous grain translating into
subtle shades and textures. DxO Optics Pro v5's new RAW conversion engine
has been fine-tuned and optimized with the rest of the software's automated
image enhancement features (optical corrections, color rendering, exposure optimization,
highlight recovery, etc.) to produce best-in class results.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 30, 2004 0 comments

Olympus has announced what they dub their next generation Stylus series camera:
the Stylus 500. Featuring a 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD, 5.0-megapixels of image
resolution, and a compact, durable, all-weather body, the Stylus 500 offers
Olympus' exclusive image processor, TruePic TURBO(tm), which is said to significantly
enhance image quality and deliver faster overall processing speeds for rapid
startup, shutter release and playback. The fast startup of less than one second
and nearly instant shutter release time ensures high-speed response. The body
is constructed of durable, lightweight metal with rubber gaskets throughout
the interior to ensure that rain, sleet, snow or sand won't get in the way.
The Stylus 500 has a new flat-surface body design that takes the series in a
new direction and, at a compact size of 3.9" (W) x 2.2" (H) x 1.2"
(D), it fits snugly into a pocket. The circular lens barrier tucks away inside
the camera body with a snap when powered on, and protects the lens with an impenetrable
seal with closed, leaving the camera face smooth and flat. The camera's 23 shooting
modes now include two new underwater shooting modes and two Shoot & Select
modes, which enable users to shoot rapid sequences of frames then select the
best shot from the series and delete the rest.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 13, 2008 0 comments

FotoNation has announced "ChromaFix" a new one-step chromatic aberration
correction technology. ChromaFix brings advanced image processing technology
normally found in much higher-priced cameras to low-cost low-power devices,
including consumer digital cameras and camera phones. ChromaFix is offered in
several configurations: a software-only solution or coupled with FotoNation's
IP-Core hardware acceleration technology to achieve maximum performance.



Higher-end digital cameras often include sophisticated glass lenses that minimize
aberrations. Low-cost consumer-level cameras and camera phones have different
price/performance dynamics, resulting in lower quality optics through the use
of plastic lenses. With ChromaFix, consumers can get high-quality results at
a low cost.



An example of chromatic aberrations is the occurrence of purple fringes around
high contrast edges in a photo, which is the result of a misalignment of the
red, green and blue wave-lengths of light during focusing. The prevalence of
purple fringing is dependent on the design of the optical system in the camera,
including: optical light path, lens materials, aperture of the exposure and
the design of the image processing system executed during image capture. The
purple color results from the fact that most lens designs are optimized to focus
based on the green wave lengths of light. The blue and red wavelengths of light
fall out of focus and overlap, producing a purple color due to the additive
properties of color perception (blue and red result in purple).



For more information, see www.fotonation.com

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Press Release Posted: Mar 22, 2010 0 comments

>Nikon Inc. announced two new lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers. The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED lens is engineered to meet the demand for an ultra-fast professional lens for wide angle applications, while the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR offers Nikon’s widest FX-format focal range with VR.

Both lenses feature Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology for quiet, fast and accurate autofocus performance. The optical construction of both lenses also utilizes precision Nikon ED glass elements along with multiple aspherical elements to suppress chromatic aberrations resulting in sharp, high contrast images. Additionally, Nikon’s proprietary Nano-Crystal Coat minimizes instances of internal “ghosting” and flaring, further ensuring exceptional image integrity.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 10, 2006 0 comments

If you are among the growing number of photographers who use an Apple iPod
to store digital images while on the road, you should take a look at the new
i1030 Micro Case from Pelican Products. This tough, watertight case features
a molded rubber compartment that fits the Apple iPod (3rd and 4th generations),
iPod Mini with belt clip, and the new iPod video.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

Casio, Inc. has announced the release of the EXILIM Card EX-S770. TheEX-S770
shoots 7.2-megapixel still images and records high-quality movies in MPEG-4
format. In addition, it features Casio's Super Bright 2.8-inch wide-screen
LCD but still retains the ultra-slim card size of its predecessors. Its wide-screen
display employs a 230,000-pixel LCD that boasts a maximum brightness of around
1100cd/m2--more than bright enough to see outdoors on a sunny day. Casio
has also added new functions to make the most of the EX-S770's new wide
screen. The EXILIM Card EX-S770 is available in three colors: silver, blazing
red, and graphite blue.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 23, 2008 0 comments

Bogen Imaging, a leading distributor of top quality photographic support products
and accessories in North America, is proud to announce a free webinar titled "Selecting
the Right Tripod and Head." Held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT) on June
27, 2008, this course will provide photographers with useful tips and tricks when
it comes to identifying which support products fit their needs.



Ideal for those who shoot with a compact camera or DSLR, this course will explore
some common techniques on selecting the right tripod and head combination. The
speakers for the webinar, David Fisher, Bogen Imaging's Gitzo product manager,
and Will Holowka, Bogen Imaging's Manfrotto product manager, will also share
tips on how to setup, transport, and maintain one's rig.



Topics for discussion include:



- How to determine your needs based on your equipment (hint: weighing it won't
help!)

- How to determine the true strength of a tripod

- Exploring Carbon Fiber: Beyond "lighter & stronger"

- Tips for carrying, setting up, and maintaining your rig

- Different styles call for different setups



Participants will have the ability to ask questions and interact one-on-one with
each speaker, and will automatically be entered in a chance to win one of two
prizes which total over $800. Prizes include a Manfrotto tripod and head and a
Gitzo tripod and head. Winners will be announced at the end of the webinar. Participants
must attend the webinar in its entirety in order to be eligible to win. Within
24 hours of the event, participants can also access a free recorded version of
the entire webinar.



To register for the free webinar course and for additional information, please
visit http://www.bogenimaging.us/TripodWebinar/...

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Press Release Posted: Jun 16, 2010 1 comments

Tamron has just announced a full-day seminar series led by award-winning nature and landscape photographer Sandra Nykerk (www.sandranykerk.com). The events will take place in four key U.S. cities:

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