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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

As part of our annual Photo Marketing Association (PMA) coverage we ask our reporters to deliver a "Best of Show" award. While each contributor had their own beat, we also asked them to go beyond their respective area of coverage to find what, for them, signified a breakthrough product, technology, or new trend that they felt would affect all photographers in the...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

In order to organize and conveniently display your favorite pictures of family, friends, pets, and travel, you need albums. There were many sizes and shapes on display with a host of color variations, textures, and themes. For those precious few images worthy of even more prominent display, there were lots of frames for single or multiple images.

There were also...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

This report focuses on camera support systems designed for SLRs, whether digital or film. Frankly, I wouldn't plant my Canon EOS 5D or even any compact D-SLR on any tripod under $100 (including head), although there is one tripod under $100 in this group that could arguably support a compact SLR with a small lens comfortably.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

As digital camera resolution is increasing, memory card manufacturers are keeping up, releasing new products with greater speed and storage capacity. Whether you shoot raw or the finest JPEGs, there's definitely a benefit to using the fastest memory card. The extra speed is useful primarily for greater burst depth--more frames in a long series--but also for shorter...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

While some sounded the death knell of filters when digital imaging arrived, with all the in camera and plug-in manipulations available, there were a number of new and often high-end filters on display. Here's what's new and improved in this frequently essential accessory:

Argraph announced a new Marumi DHG (Digital High Grade) Achromat Macro 200 (+5)...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

While camera bags often aim for functionality over style, there were several shoulder bags shown this year that had fashion chic paramount in their design, and a number of them aimed at the female photo enthusiast. Still, the photo backpack seemed to dominate when it came to functionality and innovative design, including two combo packs targeting the hard-core backpacker or...

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Jason Schneider Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

One of the coolest things about wandering the cavernous halls of PMA is having the opportunity to snoop around and discover fascinating items where you'd least expect to find them. Just keep your eyes peeled and you'll be rewarded with fascinating tidbits, ranging from strange photo accessories to clever upgrades of traditional items, to exciting new technologies, some...

Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

This report covers back-up systems and all sorts of storage devices, beginning with USB flash (thumb/pen) and handheld devices. In terms of backup, there was only one hardware solution worthy of note, plus a related product that uses DVDs. Beyond that, there are the plethora of digital photo frames, making it one of the hottest product categories at this year's show.
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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

The new models of shoe-mount portable flash units seen at this year's trade show not only offer more powerful light output for more distant subjects, but also frequently include new features that make them easier to use. This report also includes new small camera-mounted LED lights for continuous lighting, intended for camcorders but also useful for still photographers.

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C.A. Boylan Posted: May 01, 2008 1 comments

Tamrac's Adventure 10 Photo/Laptop Backpack
The Tamrac Adventure 10 gear carrier is a lightweight, uniquely-designed backpack that combines a functional camera bag, comfortable daypack, and computer backpack in one easy-to-carry pack. It holds camera equipment, personal items, and laptops with up to 17" screens and, for security, does not look like...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

Collapsible light tents of various sizes and configurations have been all the rage of late. The precursor to many of these designs is the sweep table. Now, JTL has brought back this stalwart still life/small product shooting table in high style, adding portability and fairly easy setup.

Conventional sweep tables are usually set up and left in a corner of your studio...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

The digital camera in your hands provides you with loads of technology. It allows you to bracket automatically in a series of three or even five exposures, depending on model and user settings. But given the limited space on a memory card (notably when shooting raw at high pixel counts), the time spent to shoot all those frames, the limited buffer memory that you might fill up in...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

Key Chain Digital Photo Viewers
The eMotion Key Chain Digital Photo Viewer features rechargeable batteries and is available in silver, gold, or red with an oval, diamond, or heart shape. The screen measures 1.1" and you can download images directly from your computer by USB cable to the device's 4MB memory. The Viewer can store nearly 56 images...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Mar 01, 2008 0 comments

The Digital PRO-E Kit From Custom Brackets
The compact Digital PRO-E Kit was designed to accommodate today's popular digital cameras. It is crafted from durable, lightweight anodized aluminum and features a foam grip on the left side. The Digital PRO-E Kit is maintenance free and comes with a camera mounting plate. The retail price is $278. Contact:...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

Delkin's FireWire 400/800 UDMA CompactFlash Reader
This Ultra Direct Memory Access reader is a one-slot external device that offers a data transfer speed of over 45MB/s, is PC and Mac compatible, and doesn't require a driver. It supports CompactFlash cards Types I and II, Microdrive, and UDMA-enabled cards. The reader comes with a FireWire 400 to...

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