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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 23, 2005 0 comments

Microtek has announced the introduction of the 3,200-dpi ScanMaker 1000XL, said
to be the highest-resolution tabloid-size flatbed scanner on the market today.
Designed for professional applications, the ScanMaker 1000XL is ideal for production
environments in corporations, advertising agencies, publishing houses, medical
laboratories for X-ray imaging, and service bureaus. This large-format scanner
is available in two models -- the ScanMaker 1000XL Pro with Transparent
Media Adapter (TMA 1600) for dual reflective and transparency scanning, and
a standard package without the TMA for reflective media scanning only. Both
models feature Kodak DIGITAL ICE Photo Print Technology for automatically restoring
damaged photos.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 28, 2008 0 comments

onOne Software, Inc., announces the availability of Essentials 2.1 software for
Adobe Photoshop Elements. This updated version of onOne Software's popular
software suite includes a new version of Enlarge it! and support for Photoshop
Elements 6 for Macintosh. onOne Software's Essentials 2.1 also features
technology from onOne Software's PhotoTune, Mask Pro, PhotoFrame, and Genuine
Fractals software products fine-tuned specifically for Adobe Photoshop Elements.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2004 1 comments


Tamron USA, Inc. announced that
its new zoom lens, SP AF200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF), won the prestigious Hot1
award. The 2004 Hot1 Awards were the biggest ever, with over 200 total entries
in more than 40 categories. This was the sixth consecutive year for the awards,
and the contest has grown in popularity and prestige in each year of its existence.
The awards are designed to evaluate and honor top-grade products for the professional
photography market. Professional Photographer magazine holds an open entry period
during which companies voluntarily enter products in various categories, providing
all pertinent product information directly. Professional Photographer editors
then audit the categories, make any necessary adjustments or changes, and submit
all the information to the panel of expert judges.



The Hot1 judging panel is made up of working professional photographers. These
photographers are selected for their specific knowledge of certain market segments
and asked to vote on product categories that fall within their area of expertise.
The judges are all respected professionals, well recognized in the industry.
To maintain the highest level of fairness, none of the judges are employed by
Professional Photographer magazine. For a variety of reasons, Professional Photographer
does not disclose the identity of the judges, though individual judges may chose
to identify themselves during the judging process. A plurality of votes determines
the winner of a category.



Tamron's new super telephoto zoom lens began shipping this August. The new high-performance
Di model has a telephoto range of 500mm and is a proud new addition to the Tamron
SP-series. Featuring such accessories as a filter effect controller (FEC), which
enables easy control of the PL filter even when a hood is attached, and a detachable
tripod mount, the lens comes equipped with everything necessary for capturing
quality sports and wildlife photographs. In addition, to meet the needs of this
dual-format world (silver-halide and digital), the optical system of the lens
is designed to provide optimum performance when used with the latest digital
SLR cameras that are becoming more popular than ever.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2006 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced it will begin producing the new
Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Class 2 card and enhance the function of its
existing 15-in-1 Reader. The new SDHC memory cards are available now in 4GB capacities
with a retail price of $199.00.



The SDHC memory card is a new standard set by the SD Card Association that redefines
performance classifications and capacity. Based on this standard, SDHC cards can
deliver capacities beyond the 2GB threshold of present day SD cards and offer
three speed classes (Class 2, 4, & 6) that guarantee minimum sustained transfer
rates to support large digital video recordings for optimum performance. SDHC
cards will only be recognized by SDHC host devices; manufacturers currently offering
SDHC host cameras include: Canon, Pentax, Sanyo, Casio and Nikon. Kingston will
add SDHC compatibility for its popular 15-in-1 Reader at the time of this launch.
The retail price for the reader will remain $19.00.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Nikon, Olympus and Pentax have introduced five digital cameras designed to connect
to Kodak's EASYSHARE printer dock via the IMAGELINK system standard. The
IMAGELINK print system, introduced by Kodak and a consortium of leading digital
camera manufacturers at Photokina in September 2004, is a standard that allows
pictures taken with a digital camera to be printed directly on the KODAK EASYSHARE
printer dock.



The newly unveiled IMAGELINK system compatible cameras from Nikon, Olympus and
Pentax include :

· NIKON COOLPIX S5 - 6 megapixel, 3X zoom, 2.5" LCD; and COOLPIX S6
- 6 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 3" LCD, Wi-Fi capability.



· OLYMPUS FE-130 --5.1 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 2" LCD; and FE-140,
6 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 2.5" LCD.



· PENTAX OPTIO M10 - 6 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 2.5" LCD.



Each of the five new digital camera models will be shipped with a custom dock
insert to ensure a great out-of-the-box consumer experience. All of the cameras
are compatible with the KODAK EASYSHARE series 3 printer dock and planned future
models. Customer availability of the new cameras is expected to start in March
2006, and distribution will be worldwide.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 07, 2007 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies announced that it has finalized an agreement with
the Slavich Manufacturing Company, of Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia, officially naming
Freestyle the exclusive United States distributor of Slavich brand photographic
papers.



Slavich is a Russian film and paper company that has been in existence since 1931.
For many years, Slavich was not only the principal supplier to the Soviet Army
and Navy of black and white photographic products, but also the first manufacturer
of motion picture film in the U.S.S.R. In fact, many of the masterpieces of Russian
cinema were shot and edited on Slavich product. Through Freestyle's efforts,
Slavich's black and white fiber-based graded paper, called Unibrom, is now
available in the United States for the first time in both double-weight and single-weight.



Freestyle's introduction of the new Slavich black and white photographic
papers in the United States will be immediate. "Given the ongoing concerns
regarding the future availability of silver-based photographic materials, Freestyle
is excited to offer yet another line of unique quality products, which further
supports our commitment to the long-term future of traditional black and white
photographic processes," comments Gerald H. Karmele, Freestyle's President
and Chief Operating Officer. "The addition of Slavich to our extensive lineup
of films and papers is an important component of our corporate mission to continue
fulfilling the needs of educators, enthusiasts and students with quality photographic
products from every part of the world."



Established in 1946, Freestyle Photographic Supplies is a leading international
retail, mail order and internet provider of photographic cameras, equipment and
supplies nationwide, as well as the exclusive United States distributor of Kentmere
black and white photographic papers, Foma black and white photographic papers
and films, Efke black and white films, Varycon/EMAKS black and white papers, Fotospeed
specialty chemicals, Holga cameras and accessories, Cachet archival storage boxes,
Image Mechanics fluid mount trays, LegacyPro accessories and Rollei/Maco black
and white films.



www.freestylephoto.biz
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 28, 2006 0 comments

Panasonic has introduced the latest of their "super zoom" models,
the six-megapixel DMC-FZ7. This compact camera features a Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT
lens system, a 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 36mm to 432mm on a 35mm film
camera lens) with aperture of F2.8 to 3.3, and Panasonic's MEGA Optical
Image Stabilizer.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 30, 2007 0 comments

Vertus, the graphics and imaging software division of Heligon, a technology
business specializing in image data interpretation, today announced the launch
of Fluid Mask 3 Public BETA. This latest version of Vertus' image editing
software is for rapid, powerful and intuitive masking and high-quality image
blending.



With improvements to the initial image processing time, Fluid Mask 3 users who
are operating multiple processors will realize increased speeds up to 40% faster
than the previous versions,. The result is a quicker transition from a base
image editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop, into Fluid Mask. Ultimately,
Fluid Mask significantly improves the overall efficiency of the image editing
process, from loading to the final cut-out.



With a more effective edge detection system, along with the improved "Smart
Blending" capability unique to Fluid Mask, this latest version makes separating
problem images, such as human hair and tree leaves, quick and easy. First there
is a slider, which allows the user to seamlessly switch between "Smart
Blending" and standard feather blending. Second, within focused areas,
the user may invoke special hair blending algorithms, which for the first time
automatically cuts out tricky hair such as highlights and hair with wide color
differences (e.g. black hair next to white hair against a grey background).



In addition to new blending and loading capabilities, Vertus has improved the
intuitive workflow of Fluid Mask 3 and added additional tools to the program.
These new features include:



· A new "Save Settings" option enables users to easily recall
edge detection, blending, and resolution options from previous sessions, eliminating
the need to continually reprogram these options when working with batches of
pictures;

· The "Color Work Space" palette now includes a "Color
Sampler" which enables users to select specific colors from an image and
see where else within that image the same color appears. Also available in the
"Color Work Space", the new 2-D color map enables more accurate
color selection;

· Several new brush tools and the improved "Localized Edge Detection
System" enable users to perform more detailed edge finding and more refined
blending;

· A new "Patch" system allows users to make changes affecting
a selected localized region without affecting the rest of the image.

· "Patches" can be easily selected with a highlighting brush
tool rather than relying on a standard box shaped patch. Once a "Patch"
has been selected, users can call up the most popular editing options with a
simple right click of the mouse.

· Users are now able to launch a test rendering of the localized patch,
and toggle between the working image and a rendering of the final mask;

· Improved intuitive help features such as "Best of Breed Help"
offers XML help files and direct links to Fluid Mask tutorials, enabling easy
access to hands-on demonstrations.



Fluid Mask 3 Public BETA is currently available for Windows XP & Vista;
a Mac version will follow shortly. Fluid Mask 3 will continue to function as
a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3 & Elements; and for the first time
will also work in stand alone mode for image formats that accept transitions
to transparency in 8 bit RGB color -- e.g. TIFF and PNG. Users working
on tablet style computers and peripherals, such as the Wacom Tablet, should
note that Fluid Mask 3 contains a new pressure sensitivity control that can
regulate brush size.



Users can download a free 30 Day Trial of Fluid Mask 3 BETA by visiting the
Vertus website at http://www.vertustech.com.
During the BETA phase, Fluid Mask 3 will be available for $199 US.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 25, 2005 0 comments

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. has introduced the new compact DiMAGE
Z5 -- a digital camera that offers a built-in 12x optical Mega Zoom lens,
Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake System, 5.0-megapixel CCD, fast
overall response including Rapid autofocusing (AF), and a large 2.0-inch LCD
screen.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 19, 2007 0 comments

Phase One has announced the beta
release of Capture One 4 -- the next generation of Capture One 3 LE
-- RAW workflow software that helps professional photographers to
achieve superior image quality.

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