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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 17, 2008 0 comments

Tamron
has announced the AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro, a lightweight,
compact and ultra high power zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR
cameras with APS-C sized image sensors with a Built-In Motor for Nikon (Model
A18N II). The AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro boasts the
world's greatest zoom ratio of 13.9X.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 02, 2006 0 comments

ATP
Electronics Inc. recently unveiled the ProMax line of high-performance CompactFlash
memory cards, designed for use with the latest high-resolution digital SLRs.
Boasting a speed rating of 150X, the water- and shock-resistant ProMax CF cards
feature a 30MB/s data transfer speed for rapid file transfers and seamless multimedia
streaming.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 13, 2008 0 comments

Expanding on its popular portable storage offerings, WD (NYSE: WDC) introduced
its new My Passport Elite Portable USB Drives which are designed to make it easy
to securely carry thousands of songs, videos or photos. Weighing in at less than
5 ounces and available in capacities of 320 and 250 GB, the new My Passport Elite
drives are small enough to fit in a pocket.



Adding
to the small footprint, these drives are USB-bus powered, which eliminates the
need for an external power adapter.



Unique features of the new My Passport Elite Portable USB Drives include:



· Capacity gauge that enables users to know at-a-glance how much space is
available;

· Powerful automatic backup software lets users designate files and folders
for automatic and continuous backup;

· Synchronization software that lets users sync their changes and protect
their information with 128-bit encryption;

· Retrieve forgotten files from any MioNet-enabled PC (compatible with Windows®
only) and copy them to My Passport Elite with MioNet installed allowing users
to retrieve forgotten files from the road using the unique MioNet Key software;

· Available in four elegant, soft-touch colors: bronze, titanium, westminster
blue and cherry red;

· Industry-leading 5-year limited warranty; and,

· Plug-and-play capability with gaming consoles to make it easy to play
music and view photos and video files on a TV.



WD's My Passport Elite USB Drives are available now at select retail stores
and from WD's online store (www.shopwd.com).
MSRP for the My Passport Elite USB Drive with 250 GB capacity is $169.99 USD and
the My Passport Elite 320 GB is $199.99 USD.



www.westerndigital.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 19, 2006 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc., a world leader in advanced digital media technologies, today
announced that Lexar LockTight Professional CompactFlash memory cards, ideal
for security-conscious photographers worldwide, have been recognized by the
Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) as the "Best Imaging Storage
Media" introduced in Europe in the past 12 months. The award-winning system
employs a unique functionality for protecting stored data when used in conjunction
with a camera that supports the system and, as a result, is a valuable tool
for photographers in fields such as forensic photography, scientific research,
military, law enforcement and mass media.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

Delkin Devices is now shipping Pop-Up Shades for the Canon 30D. Pop-Up Shades
are custom designed to match the style, color and texture of the camera they
attach to. They are LCD screen protective covers, which double as glare guards.
These sturdy, lightweight covers are easily installed (and removed), protect
a digital camera's expensive LCD screen in the closed position, and pop
up to provide easier viewing of the display in bright sunlight. Pop-Up Shades
flip up to form a three sided canopy over the LCD screen to diminish glare,
and incorporate an optically clear plastic cover that guards the LCD screen
when the shade is up. Models are available for almost every camera on the market.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 25, 2005 0 comments

Firing at 8.5
frames per second for up to 48 full-resolution JPEG images in a burst (vs. the
same firing rate and a 40 JPEG burst for the 1D Mark II model), the new Canon
EOS-1D Mark II N camera ups the ante while retaining the superb CMOS Sensor of
the 1D Mark II model, with its convenient 1.3x lens conversion factor. Along with
its improved burst rate, the 1D Mark II N digital SLR adds a new 2.5-inch, wide-angle
view LCD/TFT monitor. Startup time on the new camera has also dropped to 0.2 seconds
(from 0.3) with the help of Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor.



The EOS-1D Mark II N camera shares with the EOS-1 series family its all-metal
body and chassis and weather-resistant construction with its shutter durability-tested
to 200,000 exposures. And perhaps best of all, the price of the new camera, $3,999,
is actually $500 less than the initial price of its predecessor.



Along with the new, 2.5-inch LCD wide-angle view display are several significant
improvements in image playback. For starters, the user can have a magnified view
from any selected AF point. Previously, magnified views took the center of the
image as the starting point, but a new menu item enables the user to select a
specific AF point and magnify the image in 15 steps with the press of a button.
Another new feature on the camera is magnified view during Quick Review. When
an image is displayed on the LCD monitor immediately after capture, the user can
immediately magnify the view to check focus right away. Other improved playback
functions include a last displayed image remembered feature and a more complete
INFO display which now shows file size and includes notations for monochrome (B/W)
and color (R/G/B) when the RGB histogram is enabled.



An improved image processing sequence and a better memory management method in
the EOS-1D Mark II N digital SLR has ramped up its burst capability with the camera
now able to shoot up to 22 RAW frames and up to 48 full-resolution JPEGs in burst.
The camera can also shoot 19 frames of RAW+JPEG (JPEG quality: 8, Picture Style:
Standard, ISO 100); and at 59 frames or better at the JPEG Middle 1 setting, 77
frames or better at JPEG Middle 2, and 135 or better at JPEG small, a substantial
increase. Additionally, the EOS-1D Mark II N digital SLR now creates new folders
automatically when file numbers reach 9999, making the new camera more responsive
in fast-moving news and sports photography situations. Photographers can even
customize the first four characters in filenames, enabling superior image organization
and camera identification capabilities.



Just like on the EOS-1D Mark II model, the EOS-1D Mark II N digital SLR lets the
user save the same image simultaneously in both the CompactFlash (CF) and SD memory
card slots, a highly effective backup mechanism. Photographers can also record
to slot one until it was full and then go to slot two as a reserve. Now, with
the EOS-1D Mark II N in RAW+JPEG mode, it's also possible to save the RAW and
JPEG images separately in each memory card. The RAW images can be saved in slot
one and the JPEGs, in any of ten quality levels, in slot two, or vice versa. Since
CF cards tend to be larger, currently, than SD cards, the RAW files will be likelier
to go on the CF card in slot one, but this is not required. The new option allows
images to be recorded separately according to usage, finally realizing a great
potential benefit of the dual slot configuration.



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.



www.usa.canon.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 28, 2007 0 comments

Following the success of its inaugural event in 2006, SILVER, the high-profile
conference and photographic competition sponsored by Ilford Photo and Calumet,
moves forward with plans for SILVER 2007.



Taking place March 30 - April 1 at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,
CA, SILVER will bring together a wealth of talent, experience and knowledge via
an impressive line-up of speakers and forum panelists. Photographers of all levels
will benefit from lectures, workshops, one-on-one discussions, forums and opportunities
for networking with fellow enthusiasts.



There will also be informal print reviews, open portfolio critiques and a print
competition for cash prizes with the winners announced at the conclusion of the
conference.



The major featured speakers sharing their particular viewpoints on different aspects
of black-and-white photography will be John Sexton, Keith Carter, Ken Rosenthal,
Mary Virginia Swanson and Sally Gall, while British photographer and darkroom
expert Tim Rudman will be running a darkroom workshop on lith printing, toning,
etc.



Panelists answering participants' questions and concerns in forum sessions will
represent a wide panorama of black-and-white photography, from photographers,
writers, gallery owners and managers to representatives of the event's sponsors.
These include Frish Brandt of the Fraenkel Gallery, Michelle Dunn Marsh of Aperture
Magazine, Craig Krull of the Craig Krull Gallery, David Fahey of the Fahey/Klein
Gallery, professional photographers Mark Edward Harris and Jeff Dunas, Richard
Newman of Calumet Photographic, Rod Parsons and Mike Bain with Harman Technology
Ltd/Ilford Photo, and Dennis Keeley, Chair of the Photography and Imaging Department
at Art Center College of Design.



Visit www.calumetphoto.com/silver
for more information or to register, or telephone 800.CALUMET (225-8638). Details
of Ilford Photo products can be found at www.ilfordphoto.com.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 22, 2004 0 comments

Panasonic
has introduced the first digital cameras to combine 12x optical zoom with
an optical image stabilizer. Panasonic's three new 12x zoom are the DMC-FZ3
(3-Megapixel), DMC-FZ15 (4-Megapixel) and DMC-FZ20 (5-Megapixel). Each
features a Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with 12x zoom (equivalent to a
35 - 420mm zoom lens on a conventional 35mm film camera) and F2.8 brightness
throughout the entire zoom range. Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer
automatically detects and optically compensates for hand movement by shifting
internal lens elements, enabling the user to capture crisp, clear, distortion-free
ultra-telephoto or macro shots of distant or moving subjects, even in
low lighting conditions.



These cameras also feature an extra-low dispersion (ED) lens to minimize
color aberration (color bleeding) -- a common problem in high-magnification
/ large aperture lenses. ED lenses are typically exchangeable lenses designed
for single-lens reflex cameras and high-end, professional cameras.



Panasonic has also improved its innovative Venus Engine LSI, the "brain"
of the camera that converts the optical data into digital information.
The new Venus 2 Engine LSI handles all image processing functions simultaneously
-- from displaying the image on the LCD to writing data to the memory
card -- as soon as the CCD captures the image signal. This simultaneous,
parallel processing results in a quick start-up, increased shutter speed
and reduced lag time. The improved LSI also allows faster consecutive
shooting than its predecessor. If desired, the camera will keep shooting
until the memory card is full.



All three cameras also include a host of sophisticated features such as
MEGA BURST consecutive shooting mode, real-time histogram, auto bracketing,
color viewfinder and more.



Contact: www.panasonic.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 19, 2007 0 comments

Jostens is pleased to announce the winners of its nationally acclaimed annual
Jostens Photo Contest, co-sponsored Wolfe's Camera. This annual competition
recognizes the outstanding achievements of the best student photographers from
across the country.



Eighty-four winners were selected from more than 5,000 entries. The 2007 Grand
Prize Award was conferred upon Shannon Soule, a student at Westlake High School
in Austin, Texas. Her unique photograph, which she titled "The Kick-off
Symbol."


Submissions are judged on composition, artistic merit, and technical qualities,
as well the ability to convey a compelling story. In addition to a Grand Prize
winner, awards are conferred in seven categories: Academics, Student Life/Activities,
School Spirit, Athletes in Action, Life in the Hallway, Open, and Jr. High/Middle
School.



"This photography competition recognizes the sophisticated, high quality
photography being produced by students in schools all across the country,"
said Gary Lundgren, Jostens senior program manager/education. "Our contest
provides a forum for them to showcase their work and to be honored for their
unique talents. Competition is steep. Receiving this honor is quite an accomplishment."



In addition to Soule's Grand Prize photograph, the winning photographs
in each of the other seven categories are featured on the Jostens.com Website
at http://www.jostens.com/yearbook/show_contest.asp.
They will also be featured in the 2008 issue of the Jostens Gotcha Covered Look
Book, a popular annual resource utilized by yearbook advisers and staffs seeking
creative ideas, trends and inspiration.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 12, 2005 0 comments

Alien Skin Software has announced updates to several of their popular Adobe Photoshop-compatible
plug-ins. These updates address Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger compatibility as well as a
few, minor bugs. Updated products include the following:



· Eye Candy 5: Nature, both Macintosh and Windows versions

· Eye Candy 5: Textures, both Macintosh and Windows versions

· Eye Candy 4000, Macintosh version only

· Xenofex 2, Macintosh version only

· Image Doctor, Macintosh version only

· Splat!, Macintosh version only



These updates are available to registered users as free, downloadable patches
on the Alien Skin website:

http://www.alienskin.com/support/patches/index.html



Users with problems updating their software or questions regarding the updates
are encouraged to contact Alien Skin for technical support.



· Toll-free phone: 1-888-921-SKIN

· Non-U.S. customers: 1-919-832-4124

· Email: support@alienskin.com
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