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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 26, 2006 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has introduced the KODAK EASYSHARE V610 dual lens digital
camera, the world's smallest 10X (38 -- 380 mm equiv.) optical zoom
camera at less than an inch thick. Using KODAK RETINA Dual Lens technology,
the pocket-size V610 camera combines two SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH C-VARIOGON all-glass,
non-protruding prism lenses to deliver a long zoom range -- a first for
a camera so small (just 4.4 x 2.2 x 0.9 inches).

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 19, 2005 0 comments

Epson America Inc. has announced the the Epson PowerLite 76c. Featuring up to
2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness with XGA native resolution (1,024 x 768) in a
5.7-pound design, the PowerLite 76c is slated to sell for $1,099 (estimated street
price.) Driven by Epson's 3LCD technology, a three-chip engine design that
projects continuous color and vibrant images, the PowerLite 76c is said to display
a wide color gamut with excellent brightness and edge-to-edge consistency. In
addition, the PowerLite 76c comes with a new Instant OffTM feature for immediate
shutdown of the projector. Epson has also equipped the PowerLite 76c with new
lamp technology, E-TORL (Epson Twin Optimized Reflection Lamp), to deliver what
is said to be a superior level of brightness in a compact form factor. E-TORL
efficiently gathers and projects light to reduce light leakage and diffraction.



To get presentations up and running quickly and smoothly, the PowerLite 76c takes
only four seconds between pressing the power button and projection of the start-up
screen. And, with Epson's exclusive Instant Off feature, no cool down time
is necessary. Users can simply press the power button and unplug the power cable
immediately at the end of their presentation.



For added control, the PowerLite 76c features a "Source Search" button
which automatically identifies and displays the connected inputs and changes instantly
between sources. A 1.2x optical zoom lens enables users to easily adjust the display
size to project large images from relatively short throw distances, resulting
in a wide range of set-up possibilities. The unit's 30-degree keystone correction
ensures a high-quality display, even in less-than-ideal environments. Depending
on the presenting environment, the PowerLite 76c allows users to choose a 1,500
ANSI lumens "Low Brightness" mode to increase lamp life.



The included remote control enables PowerPoint and Keynote presentation slides
to be advanced and manipulated without using a PC. The projector also offers several
useful features for ceiling-mount projection, including top-side access for easy
lamp replacement, front-side access for air-filter replacement, easy switch to
ceiling-mount mode (inverted picture) via the remote control, and direct power-on
that is activated automatically when a room's power source is switched on.




The Epson PowerLite 76c will be available through authorized pro audio/visual,
national distribution, catalog, and direct PC dealers in October 2005. Epson's
PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty that includes three
elite technical support services -- two-year Epson PrivateLine™ availability,
two-year Road Service Program and two-year International Warranty. Through the
PrivateLine, projector owners can directly access an expedited support telephone
line (typically in about one minute) by using a phone card that is included with
the product.

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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: May 22, 2008 0 comments

Olympus, a global leader in endoscopy solutions and a precision technology leader
in award-winning consumer products, will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from
its consumer products sold through the eBay Giving Works auction to C3: Colorectal
Cancer Coalition and the Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Colorectal
Cancer Research Alliance (EIF's NCCRA), to benefit advocacy and research.
By demonstrating its commitment to the fight against colorectal cancer, Olympus
hopes to raise funds to benefit these leading nonprofit organizations over the
next 12 months. To visit this site, log on to http://stores.ebay.com/Olympus-Auctions.




Through this unique endeavor, Olympus is utilizing its expertise in both endoscopy
and consumer electronic products to support research and awareness efforts in
the fight against colorectal cancer. The proceeds from sales of Olympus products
via the eBay Giving Works auction will be divided between C3: Colorectal Cancer
Coalition and the EIF's NCCRA, with the goal to directly support the eradication
of this disease.



As the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States for both men
and women, colorectal cancer is not only one of the most preventable cancers,
but also one of the most curable when detected at an early stage. According to
the American Cancer Society, nearly 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal
cancer annually and an estimated 50,000 die.



The donated profits received by C3 will be used to further its legislative and
advocacy mission, whereas the profits received by EIF's NCCRA will be used
for to advance promising research.



"C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition is grateful to Olympus
for supporting our efforts to fight colorectal cancer through research, empowerment
and access," said Carlea Bauman, president of C3. "We hope to one
day make colorectal cancer no more deadly than the common cold -- and we
will only accomplish that through an increased commitment to ending this terrible
disease. We applaud Olympus' efforts to raise awareness, and raise the bar."



"On behalf of the Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Colorectal
Cancer Research Alliance and co-founder Katie Couric, we are so grateful for Olympus'
steadfast commitment to our colon cancer initiative," said Lisa Paulsen,
President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. "Olympus'
ongoing support helps us with our efforts to generate greater awareness of this
cancer, as well as accelerate important science that will hopefully lead us to
better tests, treatments and, ultimately, a cure."



In addition to the proceeds raised, all Olympus cameras bought on eBay will be
shipped with information about colorectal cancer screening. "At Olympus,
we believe it is our responsibility to help educate, inform and create awareness
about colorectal cancer," said F. Mark Gumz, president and COO of Olympus
America. "Our hope is that through our many Olympus initiatives, we will
increase awareness and facilitate discussions about the disease."



Building on Olympus' five-year history of selling products via eBay, the
company believes it can create a positive philanthropic impact through the online
program. Of note are the more than 3,000 unique visitors per day to the Olympus
store on eBay. For more information regarding Olympus' colorectal cancer
efforts, please visit www.crcawareness.com.



The eBay Giving Works program (http://givingworks.ebay.com)
is a dedicated charitable listing initiative, providing organizations with a creative
way to support causes important to them. Since 2000, more than $94.5 million has
been raised for charity from listings sold on eBay worldwide. eBay Giving Works
combines the market of active buyers and sellers on eBay with the nonprofit certification
and donations processing power of MissionFish. Its many features and functions
are designed to make fundraising and cause marketing on eBay both simple and successful.




About Olympus:

Olympus is a precision technology leader, creating innovative opto-digital solutions
in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products. Olympus works collaboratively
with its customers and its affiliates worldwide to leverage R&D investment
in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines.



These include:

· Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical
products;

· Advanced clinical and research microscopes;

· Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and
reagents;

· Digital cameras and voice recorders.



Olympus serves healthcare and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product
solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers
to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results. Olympus
develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality
for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader
in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. For more
information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.



About C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition

C3 pushes for research to improve screening, diagnosis, and treatment of colorectal
cancer; for policy decisions that make the most effective colorectal cancer prevention
and treatment available to all; and for increased awareness that colorectal cancer
is preventable, treatable, and beatable. Visit www.FightColorectalCancer.org
for more information.



About the Entertainment Industry Foundation

The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), as a leading charitable organization
of the entertainment industry, has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars
to support charitable initiatives addressing critical health, education and social
issues.



National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance

EIF's NCCRA is dedicated to the eradication of colon cancer by promoting
education about the importance of medical screening and funding cutting-edge research
to develop better tests, treatments and, ultimately, a cure. The NCCRA was co-founded
by journalist Katie Couric, cancer activist Lilly Tartikoff, and the Entertainment
Industry Foundation in 2000. As a result of the attention focused on colorectal
cancer since the NCCRA was established, the number of colonoscopy screenings has
increased almost 20 percent, a phenomenon dubbed the "Couric Effect"
by the University of Michigan researchers who documented it.



About eBay Inc.:

Founded in 1995, eBay Inc. connects hundreds of millions of people around the
world every day, empowering them to explore new opportunities and innovate together.
eBay Inc. does this by providing the Internet platforms of choice for global commerce,
payments and communications. Since its inception, eBay Inc. has expanded to include
some of the strongest brands in the world, including eBay, PayPal, Skype, Shopping.com
and others. eBay Inc. is headquartered in San Jose, California.



About MissionFish:

MissionFish provides service and support activities including nonprofit verification,
donation collection and disbursement, tax receipting, and online contribution
tracking. By combining the power and reach of the eBay marketplace with the nonprofit
expertise of MissionFish, eBay Giving Works makes it easy for buyers, sellers,
nonprofits, and cause-marketers to come together, Building a Marketplace for Change.



Please note: No part of the purchase price can be considered
deductible by the purchaser as a charitable contribution.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 22, 2006 0 comments

The Art Of Digital Show is an international exhibition of digital art which will
take place October 6 through November 19, 2006 at the elegant Lyceum Theatre Gallery,
located in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter. This venue is perfect for exhibiting
a large showcase of world-class digital art. The website for the exhibit is www.artofdigitalshow.com.
Hugh Davies, the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, is the
Judge for the Art of Digital Show.
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Press Release Posted: Jul 14, 2010 1 comments

Lowepro and Polar Bears International (PBI), a non-profit organization dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear, has launched a photo contest titled “My Favorite Things.” The Grand Prize winner will receive a Frontiers North’s Tundra Buggy Adventure for two to observe polar bears in their natural habitat in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada in November of 2010.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 11, 2008 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has posted answers to a new series of questions
submitted by professional and aspiring digital photographers to its Ask the
Icon interactive feature on the `Icons of Photography' microsite
on kingston.com.



"Kingston's `Icons of Photography' has generated interest
from photographers of all levels who want to learn from some of the world's
most-respected photographers," said Jaja Lin, Flash memory marketing manager,
Kingston®. "We're delighted to be a conduit between our customers
and the Icons, providing a platform where everyone can share and explore ideas,"
added Lin.



Questions submitted by digital photographers from England, Malaysia, Ireland
and the U.S. were addressed by Kingston's four Icon photographers participating
in the program -- Harry Benson, Colin Finlay, Gerd Ludwig and Peter Read
Miller. Site visitors are encouraged to ask questions related to equipment;
tips and techniques for capturing better images; advice about getting started
as a photographer; or marketing one's work.



"I continue to be impressed with the level of interest photographers have
shown in the program and the types of questions they ask," said Finlay,
whose recent book project, Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan
recently won a Lucie Award in New York. "I think we learn as much from
them as they are hopefully learning from us and there is a great level of satisfaction
that comes from openly sharing our collective knowledge with each other."



Kingston's `Icons of Photography' program consists of three
elements -- 20 Questions, Ask the Icon and Critique My Image. Through the
program, professional photographers and enthusiasts can improve their techniques
by submitting their own photography for constructive critique. Additional information
is available at www.kingston.com/iop.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 13, 2005 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has released a versatile 15-in-1 Hi-Speed
Reader designed for photographers who demand high transfer rates, speed and
reliability.

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Staff Posted: Sep 12, 2008 0 comments

Sony is introducing its full-frame (alpha) DSLR-A900 camera, aimed at serious photo enthusiasts looking for traditional SLR performance with the added benefits of digital photography. It is designed to deliver ultra-fine picture quality with the world’s highest resolution, 24.6-megapixel, 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor and fast image processing with a new dual BIONZ processing engines. The camera is also the first to have a body-integrated image stabilization system for a full-frame sensor with Sony’s SteadyShot Inside anti-shake system.

One look at the camera’s distinctive pentaprism and nostalgic body design will evoke its full-frame optical performance. It features a bright, clear optical viewfinder with 100% field of view coverage that would impress even film photography loyalists. The camera’s Exmor CMOS sensor is designed to take advantage of the resolving power of high-precision alpha lenses. Its high pixel count and large size provide enhanced image detail and a wider dynamic range for natural color reproduction and subtle tonal gradations.

The sensor is produced using proprietary Sony planarization technologies to ensure an ultra-flat surface across the entire imaging area. Instead of a single analog/digital convertor, the sensor uses over 6,000 on-chip, column-parallel A/D converters to convert analog signals to noise-resistant digital signals at the earliest possible stage. The result is reduced noise and high-speed transfer of data.

Image processing gets a boost in speed and power from the application of two BIONZ image processing engines. Large amounts of data captured by the 24.6-megapixel sensor can be quickly processed to achieve a fast shooting response. Additionally, this dual BIONZ processing system applies advanced noise reduction algorithms producing images of exceptional quality and detail, especially at high ISO sensitivities.

The camera’s newly-developed, body-integrated SteadyShot Inside unit achieves an anti-shake effect equivalent to shutter speeds faster by 2.5 to 4 stops. This new unit provides stabilization for Sony, Minolta and Konica-Minolta wide angle, large-aperture lenses, which is difficult for lens-integrated systems.

The ultra-bright viewfinder with 100% field of view coverage and 0.74x magnification enables accurate framing and preview. It features a high-power condenser lens, an eyepiece with high reflective-index glass, and a multi-layer, anti-reflective coating on every optical surface to deliver its extraordinarily bright and accurate view.

Additionally, the focusing screen is user-replaceable, with additional L-type (grid pattern) and M-type (super spherical acute matte) screens sold separately.

The camera’s newly-developed autofocus system consists of nine wide-area sensors with 10 assist points for improved tracking of moving subjects. A center dual cross sensor comprised of two horizontal and two vertical line sensors as well as a dedicated f/2.8 sensor are included to achieve greater precision, especially when using fast-aperture lenses.

It also offers high-speed continuous shooting of 24.6 megapixel images at five frames per second. A newly-designed mirror box features a unique parallel-link mirror mechanism that moves on two horizontal axes to accommodate both 100% viewfinder coverage and the body-integrated image stabilization system without increasing the camera’s size. The mirror box also has a new moving magnet actuator, a high-powered coreless motor for a faster shutter charge, and a magnet catcher to minimize mirror bounce and light refraction within the box.

The model’s innovative intelligent preview function takes the guesswork out of setting up a shot and the hassle of taking multiple shots to achieve a desired effect.

After pressing the depth of field preview button, the camera “grabs” a RAW preview image which is processed and displayed on the LCD screen. You can then fine tune white balance, determine the best level and effect of dynamic range optimization, adjust exposure compensation and check histogram data, all before you actually take the picture. Preview images are not recorded on the camera’s memory card, thus saving capacity.

Other key features aimed to expand creative options include the Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) with five levels of user-selectable correction as well as DRO bracketing for enhanced scene analysis and graduation optimization. EV bracketing with ±2EV range makes it easy to create high dynamic range composite images.

Thirteen creative styles can be selected to enhance images and then fine-tuned by customizing contrast, sharpness, zone matching and other parameters, while 3 user-programmable memories provide instant access to as many as 26 different mode settings.

Powerful RAW file processing control is put in the photographer’s hands with the included Image Data Converter SR3 software that delivers faster file processing speeds, easy adjustment of image parameters, Dynamic Range Optimization and a new Peripheral Illumination function that compensates for corner light fall off.

With the camera’s HDMI output and Photo TV HD mode, your creative output can be enjoyed on a compatible HD television. This mode brings the look of actual printed photography to the television, by fine-tuning such image parameters as sharpness, gradation and color.

Its construction features rugged, lightweight magnesium alloy with moisture-resistant, rubber seals for buttons and dials, an anti-static coating to prevent dust adherence to the imager, and a high-endurance shutter rated for more than 100,000 release cycles.

It has a 3-inch, Xtra Fine LCD screen (921K) makes it possible to check focus and image quality with accuracy. It incorporates an easy-to-see display with a quick navigation menu to easily access common functions without interrupting your creative flow. A backlit LCD panel sits on top of the camera and displays key settings.

The A900 camera will be accompanied with an array of accessories like the recently-announced Sony HVL-F58AM flash unit with its innovative Quick Shift Bounce system, powerful performance with a guide number of 58, and wireless auto flash ratio control.

The Sony VG-C90AM vertical grip offers the same ease of operation when shooting vertically as horizontally, with its button layout and low-position shutter-release button. It also houses two InfoLITHIUM batteries (sold separately) for longer shooting and playback.

The DSLR-A900 body will be available in November for about $3,000 along with related accessories. All will be available at authorized dealers, at military base exchanges, Sony Style retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail) and at sonystyle.com. Online pre-orders begin online on Sept. 10.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 02, 2007 0 comments

Ilford PHOTO has launched a new competition called White Light, White Heat,
which invites all amateur photographers to demonstrate their creative usage
of Ilford SFX 200 film. This unique ISO200 black-and-white film offers the creative
photographer opportunities not available with conventional monochrome films.
This is due to its advanced emulsion with extended red sensitivity, which allows
the use of filters ranging from yellow to deep red to create outstanding contrast
and textural effects.


Ilford SFX 200 has been reintroduced by Ilford PHOTO after an absence from the
company's film catalog, and is being launched with a special value promotional
pack of three rolls of 35mm ILFORD SFX 200 plus an ILFORD Cokin 'P' filter.




The Ilford SFX 200 competition offers a first prize of a professionally framed
print of the winning image plus $400 of Ilford Photo products. The second and
third place winners will receive $200 and $100 of Ilford Pnoto products respectively.




For more information on Ilford SFX 200 film, visit www.ilfordphoto.com
and for rules and entry form for the ILFORD SFX 200 competition, log onto www.ilfordphoto.com/sfx

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

PictoColor has announced the release of CorrectPhoto 2.0 featuring OneClick
Color (http://www.correctphoto.com).
CorrectPhoto for Windows utilizes a new one-click color correction technology
that takes the guesswork out of making the color right. PictoColor's newest
point-and-click software automatically fixes the white balance, corrects the
exposure, and improves the vibrancy of any digital image with a single click.
Until now, this capability has only been available to advanced users and professional
photographers through PictoColor's iCorrect line of Photoshop plug-ins.
Plus, CorrectPhoto also has an integrated Windows Explorer, so users have direct
access to all the digital media features of the operating system at the click
of a mouse. With CorrectPhoto and Windows, users can easily transfer, perfect,
organize, manage, view, share, and print their digital photos.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 17, 2010 1 comments

OmegaBrandess announces the exclusive distribution in the United States of the b-grip line of camera belt grips. The b-grip, made in Italy by CPtech, provides a strong safe support for your DSLR. The base attaches to your waist belt (or to the belt provided), while the quick-release plate attaches to the camera tripod socket. A quick release mechanism provides instant access to the camera when required. A simple safety system prevents accidental release of the camera. An additional supplied safety cord can be deployed for extra peace of mind.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 31, 2007 0 comments

Sharpics, Inc., has revealed its line of enhanced Studio Lighting Kits, designed
to offer cost-effective and easy-to-use solutions for achieving professional product
photography images.



Sharpics' Compact Studio Light Kit (model LKT-92) and Clamp-on Overhead
Light (model CLK-9) are said to be built to ensure accurate product photography
and bring out the true colors of the particular object being photographed. Sharpics'
compact designs can deliver ideal lighting placement for tabletop photography.



The line also includes two compact 30-watt fluorescent bulbs with the LKT-92 lighting
kit, which provide the equivalent to a 240-watt incandescent bulb. The CLK-9 Overhead
Light will feature one bulb. The compact fluorescent bulbs use 75 to 80 percent
less power than equivalent incandescent bulbs, offering energy-efficiency, cooler
temperature and longevity. The addition of these `daylight-balanced'
bulbs will also offer users the ability to achieve lighting effects comparable
to natural daylight.



Sharpics' Compact Studio Light Kit

The compact studio light kit includes two mini studio lights, designed for applications
such as tabletop photography. SRP: $129.95



Features:

· Two compact light stands

· Two 30-watt fluorescent bulbs, Color Temp. 5000K

· 2-section column with flip grip adjusts from 12" to 18"

· Two 9" reflectors with adjustable ball bracket

· On/off switch and 7-ft cord

· Each light fixture is rated 120V, 250 watts maximum



Sharpics' Clamp-on Overhead Light

Sharpics' Clamp-on Overhead Light extends product photography capabilities
to include overhead lighting effects. SRP: $89.95



Features:

· 2" clamp with molded knob

· One 30-watt fluorescent bulb, Color Temp. 5000K

· 2-section vertical column and 2-section horizontal column with twist lock

· 9" reflector with adjustable ball bracket

· On/off switch and 7-ft cord

· Rated 120V, 250 watts maximum



Sharpics is also the creator of the D-Flector -- a patent-pending portable
photo studio that quickly unfolds into a tabletop background stand to support
the product photography needs of everyone from professional to novice photographers.
The product is ideal for individuals to easily create high-quality product images
needed for selling items via the Internet, designing print catalogs, marketing
and promotional materials, art projects, etc. The D-Flector has also proven to
be helpful for documenting items for insurance claims, appraisals, home and office
inventories or estate planning.



Product Availability:

Sharpics' lighting products are available for purchase online at www.sharpics.com
and in a variety of retail camera stores.

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Press Release Posted: Mar 22, 2010 0 comments

Lensbaby announces the addition of its new Fisheye Optic and Soft Focus Optic to the Lensbaby Optic Swap System. Each new optic is available for use with the Lensbaby Composer, Muse and Control Freak. Both the Fisheye and Soft Focus optics give photographers a new way to express their creativity and vision. The lenses and optics are available now from leading retailers everywhere and from www.lensbaby.com/shop.

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Press Release Posted: May 18, 2011 1 comments

When Andrew Lu entered the Sigma Corporation of America Scholarship contest, he had two goals: To evoke emotion with his black-and-white imagery and to take home the grand prize. Today, the camera and lens manufacturer announced that Lu has successfully accomplished both of those objectives. The Yorktown Heights, NY, native has been announced as the winner of the second annual Sigma Corporation of America Scholarship Contest, for which he will receive a prize of $5,000 in cash and a $1,000 credit toward Sigma products of his choosing.

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