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Staff Posted: Aug 08, 2008 0 comments

Olympus Imaging Corporation (Olympus Imaging) and Matsushita Electric Industrial
Co., Ltd. (Panasonic) today announced joint development of technologies and
devices for the "Micro Four Thirds System standard," a new standard
that extends the benefits of the Four Thirds System standard for interchangeable
lens type digital camera systems by enabling dramatic reductions in size and
weight. Under the terms of an agreement between the two companies, they will
work jointly toward commercial production of significantly lighter and more
compact interchangeable lens type digital camera systems.

Olympus Imaging and Panasonic are expanding the potential of the Four Thirds
System standard even further, enabling the development of radically more compact
and lightweight interchangeable lens type digital camera systems based on the
Micro Four Thirds System standard. Together with the existing range of Four
Thirds System products, the new range of Micro Four Thirds System products will
enable customers to enjoy true interchangeable lens type digital camera system

When compared to the Four Thirds System standard, the primary distinguishing
characteristics of the Micro Four Thirds System standard are:

1) Approximately 50% shorter flangeback distance (mount-to-sensor distance)

2) 6mm smaller lens mount outer diameter

3) Electrical contacts in mount increased from 9 to 11

* Image sensor diagonal dimensions are the same for both Four Thirds System
and Micro Four Thirds System standards.

The Micro Four Thirds System enables users to enjoy the high image quality benefits
of the Four Thirds System's 4/3-type image sensor in a much more compact camera
body, and also take advantage of significantly more compact lenses, particularly
in the wide-angle and high-power zoom range. The Four Thirds System offers compact,
lightweight performance, and the new Micro Four Thirds System will take this
even further by making it possible to develop ultra-compact interchangeable
lens type digital camera systems unlike anything seen before. The new Micro
Four Thirds System also incorporates a greater number of lens-mount electrical
contacts, enabling support for new features and increased system functionality
in the future.

In addition, users will be able to mount their existing Four Thirds System lenses
on Micro Four Thirds System bodies via an adapter.

Moving forward, Olympus Imaging and Panasonic will jointly develop relevant
technologies and devices for both Four Thirds System and Micro Four Thirds System
standards, and will develop and introduce standards-compliant products in accordance
with their respective business strategies.

While continuing to develop Four Thirds System interchangeable lens type digital
camera system products, Olympus Imaging will also develop a range of Micro Four
Thirds System lenses and accessories, and Micro Four Thirds System camera bodies
that are even smaller and slimmer than the light, compact, and widely acclaimed
Olympus E-410 and E420.

While continuing to develop Four Thirds System interchangeable lens type digital
camera system products, Panasonic will also develop a new generation of compact,
lightweight, interchangeable lens type digital camera system products, including
ultra-portable camera bodies, interchangeable lenses, and related system accessories.

About the Four Thirds System Standard

The Four Thirds System standard defines design and development standards for
interchangeable lens type digital camera systems that fully realize the performance
potential of digital technology. Four Thirds System cameras utilize a 4/3-type
image sensor that delivers the high image quality expected of interchangeable
lens type digital camera systems in a form factor that assures outstanding mobility.
The Four Thirds System standard is an open standard that enables bodies and
lenses produced by participating manufacturers to exchange information and be
used interchangeably with one another.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 06, 2006 0 comments

Bellamax, Inc. (
has announced the open beta release of a new photo editing software tool, UpShot.
UpShot is aimed at the consumer photo hobbyist market and leverages the Bellamax
technology currently used in the professional photography market.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 06, 2007 0 comments

Epson has partnered with ExpressDigital to introduce a new workflow and printing
solution called the Epson Portrait Edition Series, available for both the Epson
Stylus Pro 3800 and 4800 printers. The new Series represents a complete hardware
and software solution that gives wedding, portrait and event photographers virtually
everything they need to create customized print packages that can be sold in-house
or online via a customized Web store front. Featuring Epson's award-winning
UltraChrome K3 printing technology and full-featured workflow management functionality,
the Epson Portrait Edition Series enables photographers to sell, fulfill and
print orders right in their studio, producing prints that surpass the quality
of traditional lab prints and generate increased profits.

The Epson Portrait Edition Series is the one-stop photo business answer for
busy photographers, from weekend warriors to principals of medium-size studios,
providing the creative and business management functionality needed to maximize
profitability. It includes a customized version of ExpressDigital Darkroom Core
Edition software that integrates crucial workflow components, including importing,
cataloging and archiving photos, enhancing and editing photos and projects,
creating new photo products with easy-to-use tools, and comprehensive selling
and marketing features. Easy set-up and configuration enables photographers
to create a Web storefront within a few hours and sell prints the same day.
In addition, Epson's printer drivers and advanced color management technologies
are seamlessly integrated into the customized software.

Designed to give professional photographers a simple way to control and speed
up the entire print production process while eliminating their dependence on
traditional printing labs, the Series provides virtually limitless on-demand
printing capabilities, including batch or rush printing, and a wider range of
media choices for photo products ranging from wallet to 16"x 20"
portraits and even customized 17"x 22" prints. The ability to print
in-house provides extreme convenience and flexibility, eliminating traditional
photo lab fees and giving photographers more control over shooting and delivery


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Press Release Posted: Sep 03, 2010 1 comments

Manfrotto School of Xcellence, a free resource for anyone who wants to learn more about photography, is proud to announce a free webinar titled “Sports Photography: Understanding Motion and Emotion,” which will take place on Thursday, September 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT. The host, Sports Illustrated Staff Photographer Bill Frakes, will explore how action and feature images are made during actual games from little league tilts to the Super Bowl.


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Staff Posted: Dec 22, 2008 0 comments

Trial downloads of the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family are available now on, allowing users to test out the software before purchasing. Delivering radical breakthroughs in workflow efficiency – and packed with hundreds of innovative, time saving features – the new Creative Suite 4 product line advances the creative process across print, Web, interactive, film, video and mobile.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 09, 2005 0 comments

Lensbabies has introduced a set of macro lenses for use with its popular selective-focus
SLR camera lenses, Lensbaby 2.0 and the Original Lensbaby. The macro set includes
one +4 and one +10 macro lens that can be mounted to the front of the Lensbaby
lens, enabling photographers to create very unusual close-up effects.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 25, 2007 0 comments

DxO FilmPack, a software application that automatically gives digital images
the style of the most celebrated conventional films -- the colors and the
grain of over 20 film types, and onOne Software's new Plug-In Suite 3
for Photoshop® that combines full versions of four essential software tools
-- Genuine Fractals 5, PhotoFrame Pro 3.1, Mask Pro 4.1 and Intellihance
Pro 4.2, are now available together for a limited time at a significant savings
exclusively from the online store of onOne Software (


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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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Staff Posted: Jun 19, 2009 0 comments

Canon U.S.A. Inc. announced the launch of Canon Live Learning, a new on-site education program targeted towards photographers who currently use or are interested in Canon’s popular line of EOS photographic products. Canon Live Learning (CLL) will offer high-quality classes and workshops conducted by a number of the industry’s leading professional photographers, Canon’s Explorers of Light. CLL attendees will learn how to get the most out of their gear while also having the opportunity to try out Canon’s latest line of EOS products.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 15, 2004 0 comments

Minolta has introduced the new ACTIVA 8 x 42 D WP SPORT and ACTIVA 10
x 42 D WP SPORT binoculars. These new binoculars feature a roof-prism,
and have a waterproof and lightweight, high performance design. Perfect
for use in all kinds of outdoor activities including bird watching, hunting,
and watching sporting events such as marine sports, these binoculars bring
together all the sophisticated specifications of the Konica Minolta ACTIVA
Series of binoculars for all active outdoor users.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 17, 2007 0 comments

Delkin Devices, Inc. today announced its new UDMA enabled line of CompactFlash
PRO cards is now shipping to camera stores, distributors and international channels.
These new memory cards deliver read/write speeds with a minimum sustained transfer
speed capability of a blazing 305x (45MB/sec) in all capacities of 1GB, 2GB, 4GB,
and 8GB. Besides CompactFlash cards with speeds over 45MB/sec, Delkin offers UDMA
enabled CardBus adapter and FireWire reader products, with an ExpressCard version
available soon.

Delkin's PRO memory card line combines high speed and high capacity with reliability.
The company has supported Lifetime warranties on its memory products for over
20 years. The MSRP for the cards are $79.99 for 1GB, $109.99 for 2GB, $179.99
for 4GB, and $299.99 for 8GB. Delkin's PRO line of memory cards and other innovative
digital camera accessories may be found in camera stores worldwide, as well as
the company's website at

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 29, 2005 0 comments

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. has introduced the latest edition
to the Maxxum line of digital Single Lens-Reflex (SLR) cameras -- the Maxxum
5D. This interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera inherits the technology of
the award winning Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D -- the world's first digital
SLR with built-in Anti-Shake technology and CCD Shift mechanism that is compatible
with all Maxxum autofocus (AF) lenses, including Konica Minolta's soon
to be introduced Digital Technology "DT" lenses.


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Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2009 0 comments

Bogen Imaging announces a free webinar titled “Capturing the Brilliance of Fall: Roundtable with Adam Barker.”  Part of the company’s Bogen Café series of free instructional webinars, the seminar will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, on Friday, September 18th.

Professional photographer and special guest, Adam Barker ( and David Fisher, Bogen Imaging’s webinar host, will discuss how to take amazing photos of the beautiful fall foliage.

Topics for Discussion Include:
* Engaging the viewer through composition
* Properly exposing your digital image
* How to employ useful filters in landscape photography
* Lens selection for different photographic opportunities


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 18, 2008 0 comments

Delkin Devices, Inc. has expanded CompactFlash card storage capacity and speed
for digital cameras by announcing its 16GB UDMA enabled CompactFlash PRO card.
This latest addition to Delkin's Compact Flash PRO line boosts fast read/write
speeds-up to 305x (45MB/sec sustained transfer speed capability). Now photographers
using UDMA enabled cameras such as the Canon 1Ds Mark III, Nikon D300 and Nikon
D3X have a memory card that can maximize the full benefits of their camera investment.

Photographers without UDMA enabled digital cameras and camera backs can apply
the technology's benefits to their workflow process right away. The enhanced card-to-computer
transfer times are striking. Delkin's UDMA CompactFlash Pro cards, when used with
the company's UDMA enabled FireWire reader and adapters, dramatically reduce the
time needed to download digital image files to a computer.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 28, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced an update to the public
beta of Adobe Lightroom, an all-new digital imaging workflow solution for professional
photographers that allows them to import, select, develop and showcase large volumes
of images. The latest version adds features suggested by beta testers that allow
greater control over export size and resolution, refined metadata selection with
print output and RGB value readouts for greater editing precision.

New to the Develop module are Before and After preview tools and History features
that allow a photographer to quickly preview and track changes, more control over
the size and resolution of exported photos. A new dedicated Web module provides
a rich web content editing experience and live previews of HTML and Flash output.
Other features include resolution control in the Export module, an additional
Straighten tool to correct camera angle issues, Keyword import and export, the
ability to save module settings with collections or shoots. Auto Import or Hot
Folder support allows photographers to automatically add images to the Lightroom
Library from a specified directory.

"We'd like to thank our early beta testers, and encourage more user
participation in helping us build a final product that best serves photographers'
unique needs," said Dave Story, vice president of product development for
Digital Imaging at Adobe. "We will build upon the success of the public
beta program with the release of a Windows version this summer."

With its modular and task-based environment, Lightroom beta delivers tools for
a complete photography workflow. Leveraging industry-leading Adobe Camera Raw
3.4 technology, Lightroom now supports over 120 native raw file formats. New camera
models supported by this beta are Canon EOS 30D, Epson R-D1s, Leaf Aptus 65 and
Aptus 75, Olympus EVOLT E-330 and SP-320, Pentax *ist DL2 and Samsung GX-1S. Once
images are imported, they can be showcased via slideshows, complete with music,
as well as drop shadows, borders, Identity Plates and different colored backgrounds.

During Lightroom's public beta period modules and features will be added
or changed based on the necessity and priority within digital photography workflows.

Lightroom beta 3.0 for Macintosh OSX Tiger (10.4.3), a universal binary application
that runs on both Power PC and Intel Macs, is available for free download from
the Adobe Labs Web site at

Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4.3, 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor,
768 MB RAM and 1024x768 resolution screen. The final shipping version will be
released in late 2006. A Windows version of Lightroom beta will be available for
download this summer. Further details around pricing, system requirements and
availability have yet to be determined.