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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

For users who need a quick and easy way to protect their valuables in transit,
Pelican Products, Inc. is now offering a ready-made custom foam solution that
sets up in seconds.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 29, 2007 0 comments

Lowepro is introducing an extensive line of digital camera pouches, shoulder
bags and photo viewer case designed for the outdoor and adventurous photographer.
Lightweight and rugged, Apex AW shoulder bags and pouches have a convenient,
single-compartment design that offers quick access and accommodates a pro compact
camera or digital SLR plus accessories. The Apex AW pouches also have the single-compartment
design and accommodate a camera, memory card and battery or small accessories.
Soft brushed-tricot lining and interior dividers guard against scratches. Lowepro's
patented All Weather Cover protects against weather, dust and sand. In addition,
the new Apex PV AW pouch is designed to protect and carry a variety of digital
media playback devices including photo viewers, digital storage devices and
PDA's.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 13, 2008 0 comments

Epson has announced the release of the Epson Stylus Photo R1900, a 13-inch
printer designed for advanced photographers and graphic designers. The Epson
R1900 provides an unprecedented standard in glossy color photographic prints
with its Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink featuring an improved Gloss Optimizer
and new red and orange ink cartridges. The Epson R1900 is also raising the creative
standard for print quality with the introduction of Radiance Technology, an
innovation dramatically improving color transitions, resulting in brilliant,
true-to-life photos.



"Innovation is an integral part of Epson's design philosophy,"
said Patrick Chen, product manager, Epson America Inc. "After a decade
of leadership, our engineers continue to develop printers that significantly
raise the creative standard. The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 is no exception with
its UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 inks and Radiance Technology, innovations designed
to help deliver optimum results for photographers and graphic designers."



The Epson R1900 is the ideal productivity solution for customers looking for
the best combination of image quality, speed and archivability on glossy and
matte media up to 13-inches wide. The Epson R1900 will replace the Epson Stylus
Photo R1800, the award-winning and No. 1-selling Epson 13-inch photo printer,
and offers a vast array of improvements over its predecessor in ink technology,
print quality and speed.



More about the EPSON Stylus Photo R1900

· New Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 Ink - Achieves an
optimal level of gloss and color vibrancy in a pigment ink system using eight
colors -- including new red and orange inks -- plus an enhanced Gloss
Optimizer. The red and orange inks have replaced the red and blue inks found
in the Epson R1800, resulting in improved color gamut and facial tones. This
next generation pigment ink set produces quick-drying, archival results that
can last up to 200 years under glass.1 Auto-switching photo and matte black
cartridges ensure the deepest blacks on any media type.



· New Radiance Technology -- The breakthrough mathematical
architecture on the Epson R1900 was co-developed by color scientists at Epson
and the Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) to take advantage of the
wider color gamuts possible with today's advanced ink sets. The technology
is built into the printer software and optimizes how the individual UltraChrome
Hi-Gloss 2 inks are mixed while simultaneously providing a high level of print
quality. This technology reduces grain and dramatically improves color transitions.



· Faster Print Speeds -- Creates prints up to 35
percent faster than the Epson R1800, particularly at higher resolutions, boosting
productivity for final layouts and sellable photographic images. Produces breathtaking
11" x 14" prints as fast as 1 minute, 46 seconds.2



· Superior Media Flexibility -- Offers the same
media versatility as the Epson R1800 with the ability to print on glossy, luster
and matte medias as well as thicker fine art media, roll papers, canvas and
directly onto inkjet printable CD/DVDs.



· Enhanced Connectivity -- Allows two computers
to simultaneously connect to the R1900 via two hi-speed USB 2.0 ports for seamless
printing from either computer.



· Epson PreciseColor Manufacturing -- Applies colorimetric
calibration to the permanent MicroPiezo print head at the factory through an
enhanced manufacturing process, eliminating the need for internal calibration
devices or constant calibration.



· Exceptional Reliability -- Features a new ink-repelling
coating on the print head that prolongs the life of the Epson R1900 and decreases
maintenance time. A built-in sensor also allows for automatic print head alignment
and nozzle checking.


For more information on the Epson R1900, please visit www.epson.com/SPR1900.
For information on Epson products and services, visit Epson.com.



Pricing, Support and Availability

The Epson R1900 will be available in the first quarter of 2008 for an estimated
street price of $549.99 through direct market resellers, specialty photo stores,
computer superstores, online retailers and Epson's retail Web site at
www.epsonstore.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 04, 2005 0 comments

Distinguished businessman Mitch Goldstone recently started a humanitarian campaign
titled Operation Photo which will provide the families of deployed service members
with digital cameras. These cameras will allow the families to keep in close
contact with their loved ones overseas with the aid of digital images.



As a part of the communications programs, the cameras will be distributed by
the national non profit organization known as Operation Homefront and each package
will include a 40 percent discount when ordering Kodak quality images from the
www.30minphotos.com
website.



Both the Eastman Kodak Company and the Olympus Corporation have announced their
participation and support of Operation Photo. The program's website www.operationphoto.us
is currently receiving more requests than their current supply can handle.


Please send your used digital camera in good working condition to Operation Photo,
c/o 30 Minute Photos Etc., 92 Corporate Park Plaza, Suite B, Irvine, CA 92606
and if you include your e-mail address you will receive a 25% off all online photo
orders at www.30minphotos.com
through Dec 31. For more information on this program please e-mail inquires to
info@30minphotos.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 18, 2007 0 comments

Efotolab.com has announced the release of the company's new EfotoLoader
software, which enables photographers to quickly and easily upload and begin
selling event prints.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2005 0 comments

The new compact
Canon EOS 5D digital SLR offers a full-frame CMOS sensor with 12.8 megapixels
of resolution and will be available in October for an estimated selling price
of $3,299. As the world's smallest and lightest full frame digital SLR, the EOS
5D model features Canon's proprietary DIGIC II Image Processor and allows users
to shoot up to 3 frames per second and record up to 60 full-resolution JPEGs and
17 RAW images in a single burst. The camera includes a new 9-point AF system with
six supplemental AF points for fast and precise focusing and a new 2.5-inch LCD/TFT
screen with 230,000 pixels that's viewable even at extreme angles.



The Canon EOS 5D digital SLR has magnesium alloy body weighing just 28.6 ounces
(810 grams. Canon describes the heart of the Canon EOS 5D digital SLR as being
its new, Canon-designed and manufactured CMOS image sensor. The sensor's 35.8
x 23.9mm size means that each pixel can be 8.2um, resulting in what Canon describes
as exceptionally low shadow noise. The sensor's low power consumption is also
said to extend battery life and lower noise. A finer CMOS production process and
optimized photodiode construction increase the light-sensitive area of each pixel
and improve dynamic range as well.



With the full-size sensor, EF lenses - even wide-angle lenses - have the same
look and feel they have with conventional SLR cameras, preserving their optical
signatures. Imaging quality in the EOS 5D is enhanced with the addition of the
DIGIC II image processor, which provides detailed and natural color reproduction
and fast image processing, including a burst performance of 60 Large/Fine JPEGs
or 17 RAW images at 3 fps. DIGIC II also enhances start-up time on the EOS 5D
DSLR, bringing it down to a lightning fast 0.2 seconds.



A new feature called Picture Styles combines processing parameters and color matrix
settings into easy settings designed to obtain the desired effect, almost like
choosing a type of film to obtain a specific result. For users who do not want
to bother with post processing, there is the Picture Style called Standard which
produces images that look crisp and vivid with the sharpness set to mid-scale
and the color tone and saturation set to obtain vivid colors. In the Portrait
setting, the color tone and saturation are set to obtain nice skin tones with
the sharpness set one step weaker than the Standard setting so the skin and hair
look softer. Under the Landscape setting, the color tone and saturation are set
to obtain deep blues and greens, the sharpness is set one step stronger than Standard
so the outline of mountains, trees and buildings look more crisp. The Neutral
setting is the same as the default setting for EOS-1 series cameras where natural
color reproduction is obtained and no sharpness is applied. This is the ideal
setting for post-processing. The Faithful setting is the same as Digital Photo
Professional's Faithful, so when the subject is photographed under a color temperature
of 5200K, the color is adjusted colorimetrically to match the subject's color
with no sharpness applied. Monochrome is the same as the EOS 20D camera's monochrome
setting and with User Defined, the user can create and save their own preferred
settings.



The Canon EOS 5D digital SLR has a new nine point AF system with six Supplemental
AF points, a new AF algorithm and a new AF circuitry. The new AF system improves
subject detection and focusing precision at the center, the most frequently used
area, and is said to significantly enhance subject tracking performance.



On the EOS 5D model, the nine AF points are concentrated at the center, but the
extreme left and right points are located in the same positions as the corresponding
AF points on the EOS-1Ds Mark II. In addition, the six invisible Supplemental
AF points, grouped around the center of the image provide highly accurate focusing
and do a great job of tracking the subject in the AI SERVO AF mode. In addition,
three AF points on the new EOS 5D model work with f/2.8 or faster lenses for enhanced
precision.



The EOS 5D model has a 2.5-inch polysilicon TFT LCD monitor with approximately
230,000 pixels. At 170 degrees, it has an exceptionally wide viewing angle. Brightness
on the monitor is also adjustable in five levels and the screen's backlight feature
uses six LED modules, as opposed to three on previous models, to helps illuminate
the 2.5-inch LCD evenly. Along with the larger monitor, the menu text is also
larger and easier to red. The full-featured INFO screen includes files sizes,
RGB histogram and AF frame displays. In addition, Quick Review images are now
enlargeable.



Because noise is difficult to see on a camera's LCD monitor, even one as large
and detailed as the EOS 5D camera, it is hard to know whether noise reduction
should be turned on or not. Thanks to a new automatic noise reduction feature
on the EOS 5D DSLR, getting rid of unwanted noise has been made even easier that
with previous models. In the C.Fn-02-1 setting, automatic noise reduction occurs
when noise is detected for exposures of 1 second or longer, regardless of ISO.
In the C.Fn-02.2 setting, full-time noise reduction for exposures of 1 second
of longer occurs regardless of whether noise is detected and regardless of ISO.
With these two options, photographers using the Canon EOS 5D DSLR can adjust the
camera's noise reduction capabilities to suit a particular situation.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 20, 2005 0 comments

The Tamrac Model 5261 is a rolling photo/computer briefcase that was designed
to go everywhere. It holds a large digital or film SLR, several large lenses
(with shades) and a compact laptop. The unit is carry-on compatible and is constructed
of strong ballistic nylon and rigid plastic. A foam-padded laptop pocket holds
laptops like Apple's 12" PowerBook G4, or other small laptops up
to 12 ½" x 1 ½" x 10". A weather-protected Speed
Pocket on the front flap keeps important items available for quick access while
a telescoping handle stows away in a zippered pocket. Ball-bearing, in-line
skate wheels ensure a smooth, stable ride and a front accessory pocket with
internal paraphernalia pocket organizes CDs, a PDA and a mobile phone. The 5261
can be customized with Tamrac's Modular Accessory System and Strap Accessory
System products.

www.tamrac.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 20, 2006 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. has announced that it has doubled the speed rating of its popular
Professional 8GB CompactFlash memory card to 90X. The new 8GB card is said to
be one of the fastest high-capacity CompactFlash cards available. Lexar's
new card is capable of a minimum sustained data write speed of 13.5 MB per second.
In addition to increased speed and performance, the new high-speed card will be
available in CompactFlash Type I flash memory card format, the most popular format
for today's SLR digital cameras.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 29, 2006 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has announced the KODAK EASYSHARE G600 Printer Dock. The
new design has a built-in handle, smart paper tray storage, and battery.



Priced at $149.95 (MSRP) and available beginning in August, the unit works with
PICTBRIDGE enabled devices and IMAGELINK print system compatible digital cameras.
Owners of Kodak cameras can also use the dock to charge their KODAK camera battery
in 3.5 hours or less, with the optional battery pack. The battery pack $49.95
MSRP) will be available on the KODAK Website at www.kodak.com
and certain retailers.

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