the independent company which has emerged from the Consumer Imaging division of
the Agfa-Gevaert Group, has announced it is significantly expanding the range
of its digital film offerings with new products in four popular formats: secure
digital (SD) cards, high-capacity compact flash (CF) cards, xD digital media cards,
and USB memory sticks.
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has posted a new series of photographs submitted
by aspiring photographers from around the globe that were critiqued by its world-class
`Icons of Photography' members.
Lexar Media, Inc. has announced that it has increased the performance of its
popular Professional 8GB CompactFlash memory card to 133X. This performance
improves the digital imaging workflow for both professional and advanced amateur
photographers working with and managing large files. Lexar's new card
is capable of a minimum sustained data write speed of 20MB per second and is
currently available in CompactFlash Type I flash memory card format, the most
popular format for today's digital SLR cameras.
Adobe has released an update to the Adobe Digital Negative specification (DNG),
a publicly available archival format for the raw files generated by digital cameras.
This update provides new and expanded specifications that provide the digital
imaging industry with increased flexibility and improved workflow for their raw
images. A DNG Codec for Windows Vista has also been released on Adobe Labs, allowing
photographers utilizing the Windows Vista platform to work with raw files in a
more seamless manner.
The Broncolor Verso A2 Power Pack is said to be an ideal lighting solution
for studio and location photographers, thanks to its ability to utilize an AC
or Battery power source. The Broncolor Power Pack combines high intensity output
and short recharge time, and features sturdy, reinforced aluminum and hard rubber
construction for added durability and protection during transport.
Crane & Company has introduced new, double sided Museo II, available exclusively
in 250 gsm and 365 gsm weights. This completely new, fine art matte paper is 100%
acid free and buffered with pure calcium carbonate to protect the paper from environmental
acidification throughout its lifetime. Museo II contains no fluorescent brightening
agents. It is made from 100% cotton fibers, which are the purest source of cellulose
and it's produced with micro-filtered, naturally occurring, Artesian well
water. Coated on both sides, Museo II is two-side printable. Museo II's
"felt" side has a subtle Velina finish. The "wire" or
smooth side has an even, smooth surface.
Museo II has a brightness of 91 and a Dmax of 1.65, using Epson Ultrachrome inks.
Significantly higher Dmax can be achieved with the use of dye inks. The company
claims that Museo II will produce the purest blacks and whitest whites of any
available inkjet paper without optical brighteners. When properly profiled and
printed on high-quality dye or pigment photo inkjet printers, it is said to produce
exceptionally smooth gradients and the widest gamut of competitive papers. MuseoII
is also a "forgiving" paper that will produce excellent results from
most desktop inkjet printers, using Crane's available profiles.
photographer, teacher, and long-time Shutterbug contributor Monte Zucker passed
way at his home in Fort Lauderdale Thursday evening, March 15, 2007. He was
77. A special memorial, "Celebration of the Life of Monte Zucker"
is scheduled for Sunday April 22nd in the Washington DC area. For details and
updates, please go to www.montezucker.com.