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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 29, 2004 0 comments

Fuji
Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. has announced that the FinePix S3 will be available
in October, 2004 with a number of previously unannounced features, including
adjustable dynamic range and film simulation modes.



New feature highlights of the FinePix S3 Pro include:

Improved Dynamic Range -- The unique double photodiode design (6.17
million S-pixels and 6.17 million R-pixels) of the Super CCD SR II sensor
is said by Fuji to produce dynamic range approximately 400% greater than
that of CCD working on a single-pixel design, capturing the finest detail
in even the highest contrast scenes.

Adjustable Dynamic Range No longer confined within a small, fixed space,
professional photographers will have the option to adjust the camera's
dynamic range, changing the mixing ratio between the FinePix S3 Pro's
"S" and "R" pixels.



Film Simulation Modes

Photographers that favor the look and feel of film can replicate the results
of various chrome and negative films while shooting digitally with the
FinePix S3 Pro.



Color Spaces

The FinePix S3 Pro will offer a choice of sRBG and Adobe RGB to generate
the color best suited for the job.



Selectable RAW capture modes

Sometimes, a smaller file is needed. With the FinePix S3 Pro, the user
will be able to "turn off" the expanded dynamic range function
without losing resolution.



Lightning-Fast Start-Up

The FinePix S3 Pro goes from off to ready-to-shoot in one-half second
with any compatible media type.

The FinePix S3 Pro package will include Fujifilm's own HS-V2 Hyper-Utility
software, a workflow enhancement tool that acts like a digital lightbox,
helping photographers pick their best images.



For further information visit www.fujifilm.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 28, 2008 0 comments

Phase One A/S and Mamiya Digital Imaging Co., Ltd. today unveiled an open medium
format digital camera platform. Known as the Phase One 645 Camera or the Mamiya
645AFDIII, the co-developed platform will be sold exclusively by Phase One and
Mamiya.



The camera platform provides a modular system that offers unprecedented feature
combinations, and most significantly the freedom to choose individual components
from an open platform to best serve their working needs.



Designed to accept all quality digital camera backs, the camera platform is
also open for traditional film operation. It offers the widest choice of high-end
lenses, including the complete Mamiya 645 lens range, the new 28mm aspherical
and D series lenses, as well as Hasselblad V-lenses and Pentacon Six lenses.
It is designed to achieve shutter speeds from 1/4000 sec. to 60 min. The camera
features an ergonomic molded grip and provides direct control of critical camera
settings using manual dials -- both of which are essential elements for the
professional photographer engaged in day-long hand-held shooting sessions.



"Phase One and Mamiya have taken the first step in delivering a unique
approach to designing camera systems," said Henrik Hakonsson, CEO of Phase
One. "We believe that equipment interoperability and personal choice are
integral values in realizing the highest quality imaging results. Furthermore
we have invested heavily in optimizing all elements of the camera systems reliability
to maximize the photographers' time for shooting extraordinary images."




"Mamiya and Phase One are consolidating our expertise and fulfilling our
ambitions to provide the products desired by our customers," said Tsuyoshi
Tsutsumi, CEO of Mamiya Digital Imaging. "We will continue to cooperate
and work hard to ensure that future camera systems are limited only by the imagination
and desires of the artists that use them."

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments

dotPhoto has announced www.dotPhoto.com, a comprehensive multimedia and photo-sharing
site, which is said to automatically build communities for consumer photographers
by providing a forum where they share life's stories through their images.
The new dotPhoto.com has a redesigned `unified interface' that makes
it easy to access its features, such as My dotPhoto, My Albums, My Shows, My
Projects, and My Web Site. Other options include community photo sharing with
Top Picks, and merchandising opportunities with unique, theme-based products.
There are also in-depth, easy-to-use editing tools work on both Macs and PCs.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 17, 2006 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc.announces that award-winning photojournalist
Harry Benson shares new tips and techniques for the Kingston Icons of Photography
website. Benson describes how he's captured riveting photographs for major
newspapers, plus Life, People and Vanity Fair magazines.



Kingston's "Icons of Photography" website profiles some of
the world's most respected photographers. Each month, the company spotlights
a different Icon plus their tips, techniques and an online gallery of images.
Icons share anecdotes and advice for taking better pictures, and cover topics
ranging from lighting and backgrounds to color profiling and making the most
of equipment. Through "try it yourself" suggestions, Icons explain
how they tackle their own photography challenges.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 03, 2004 0 comments

The MagFiber series of tripods and monopods comprise a revolutionary design, combining
the strength of magnesium and carbon fiber. Each leg is crafted from carbon fiber
using an exclusive, patented process. Under intense pressure, extra long carbon
fibers are combined with resin to produce a stronger tube that absorbs more vibration
than any other tripod in its class; all with a wall thickness of only 1.2mm. To
reduce slipping and rotation and more importantly to promote enhanced stability,
each tube is highlighted by a three faceted design.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 21, 2007 0 comments

Lexar has introduced Professional UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) memory
cards, the latest addition to the company's Professional line of high-performance
cards. When paired with a UDMA-enabled device, such as Lexar's new Professional
FireWire 800 Reader, UDMA cards improve the professional photographer's
digital imaging experience by reducing the time needed to download captured
images to a destination computer. In addition, the benefits of Lexar Professional
UDMA memory cards extend well beyond card-to-computer transfer rates, to improved
in-camera performance in several UDMA-enabled digital camera backs and digital
SLR cameras expected to be announced later this year. Speed-rated at 300x, or
capable of a minimum sustained write speed of 45MB per second, and available
in capacities of 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB, new Lexar Professional UDMA cards deliver
a 125% performance improvement over Lexar's previous generation 133x CompactFlash®
product line when the card is used with a UDMA-enabled device.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 05, 2006 0 comments

Ansel Adams--John Muir Trail Exhibit, Opens September 23, 2006. This exhibit
features more than 20 Ansel Adams originals as well as over a dozen vintage
prints. It will also showcase over 100 landscapes captured on the trail.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 11, 2007 0 comments

The new PT-E03 housing is made specifically for Olympus' EVOLT E-410 D-SLR
camera. The E-410's housing is compatible with many of the Olympus Zuiko
Digital-Specific lenses and their respective underwater lens ports.



The new PPO-E05 underwater lens port is designed for the lightweight 14-42mm Zuiko
Digital-Specific lens, which is the perfect complement to the portable E-410 and
its underwater housing when diving. The versatile 14-42mm lens offers the most
common focal lengths, including wide angle and close focusing, making it an essential
tool for those recreational divers who want to capture images of their explorations.
Additionally, all other Olympus PPO Series underwater lens ports (including macro)
are compatible with Olympus' E-Series underwater housings.



New underwater housings have been created specifically for Olympus' recently
announced point-and-shoot cameras, including the SP-550 UZ, Stylus 770 SW, Stylus
760 and FE-230. These cameras also offer underwater scene modes.



For the first time, Olympus is offering an underwater flash (UFL-1) for use with
all new SP and Stylus camera housings introduced in 2007 as well as a majority
of its pre-existing digital compact camera housings. The new slave flash requires
no cables.



Other underwater accessories include an adjustable float strap, created specifically
for the Stylus SW Series, which enables the camera to float at the water's
surface and provides surfers, kayakers and other active swimmers with the ability
to strap the camera to their arm, freeing their hands when not taking photos.
The float strap boasts a vibrant red color for high visibility.



New silicone skins are also available for the Stylus 770 SW. While the camera
can reach depths of 10 meters (approximately 33 feet) without a skin or housing,
the silicone skin provides a variety of stylish looks, offers improved handling
in the water and is perfect for avoiding scratches on the camera's body
from rocks or other rough surfaces. The new skins are available in three trendy
colors: orange, blue and clear.



The new Olympus underwater housings and accessories will be available at retailers
in June 2007. The new housings -- both compact and D-SLRs -- are for
use in depths down to 40 meters (approximately 133 feet). Comprehensive information
on the complete family of Olympus' underwater housings and accessories is
available at www.olympusamerica.com/underwater.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Plasticsmith has introduced a slick (and functional) accessory for those whose
laptop does double duty as a desktop computer. Constructed of laser-cut steel
with a polished acrylic platform, the attractive Lapvantage Loft raises your
computer to eye level for optimal viewing. There's room beneath the platform
to store an external keyboard--a nice feature for those with limited desk
space.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

JOBO AG introduces two new digital picture frames, the JOBO Photo Display PDJ701
and PDJ700. Both feature a 7" high-resolution and TFT-Color-LCD display
designed to beautifully showcase digital images. These frames showcase digital
pictures in an automatic slideshow presentation. They feature an acrylic frame
design and modern metal trim.

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