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Shutterbug Staff Apr 18, 2008 0 comments

Visatec USA has introduced the Powerbox 900 battery solution for powering strobes
on location. The Powerbox 900 is a sine wave inverter based battery with a standard
Edison connector. This allows you to plug in any single strobe up to 900 watt
seconds, or with a standard power strip you can plug in any amount of strobes
that add up to 900 watt seconds, such as three Visatec Solo 800B's (300
ws each).

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Shutterbug Staff Apr 17, 2008 0 comments

Manfrotto
has announced a new line of carbon fiber tripods, dubbed "CX. "
The new CX family is highlighted by redesigned locking levers, new leg angle
selectors, and re engineered magnesium and aluminum castings. The new ergonomic
locking levers are much easier for shooters to operate and thanks to their new
design, become a seamless element of all CX tripods. Much like the aluminum
190XPROB, the new CX PRO models feature Manfrotto's innovative Q90°
(Quick Center Column System). The Q90° system allows the center column to
be rotated to a horizontal position with one simple motion, all without removing
the head or disassembling the column itself, making switching between framing
and positioning setups easier. Additionally, Manfrotto has redesigned the top
plate on 190CXPRO4 and190CXPRO3 tripods. The magnesium top plate on the CX PRO
series now incorporates a bubble to help aid in leveling the camera and tripod,
and has also been refined for a more attractive look. The redesign of the plate
also yields a significant reduction in weight.



In order to reach high-quality standards and high levels of performance, rigidity
and lightness, the new Manfrotto CX tubes are made of 100 percent carbon fiber.
When it comes to the use of composite materials-- especially carbon fiber --
in the manufacture of photographic supports, the end result can vary and ultimately
depends on the production process and the ratio of carbon fiber material to
epoxy present in the tubes. For its CX carbon fiber tripods, Manfrotto utilized
nothing other than 100 percent carbon fiber and employed pultrusion, pull winding
technology to manufacture the tubes. Pultrusion is a production process that
allows for the manufacture of carbon fiber tubes that excel in both flexion
resistance and torsion rigidity; features that matter most for camera support
applications.



The 190CXPRO4 and 190CXPRO3 feature all carbon fiber tubes, including a tri-faceted
center column, while the simpler CX3 version features carbon fiber tubes paired
with an aluminum center column and aluminum top plate.

190CXPRO3

Street Price $300.00
Max Height Column Extended Max Height Column Down Min Height Low Position Min Height Legs Closed Weight Max Load
57.5"/ 146 cm 48"/122 cm 3.15"/ 8 cm 22.8"/ 58 cm 2.84 lbs./ 1,29 kg 11 lbs./ 5 kg




190CXPRO4

Street Price $325.00


Max Height Column Extended
Max Height Column Down Min Height Low Position Min Height Legs Closed Weight Max Load
57.5"/ 146 cm 48"/122 cm 3.15"/ 8 cm 19.7"/ 50cm 2.95 lbs./ 1,34 kg 11 lbs./ 5 kg




190CX3

Street Price $250.00
Max Height Column Extended Max Height Column Down Min Height Low Position Min Height Legs Closed Weight Max Load
57.5"/ 146 cm 46.9"/ 119 cm 2.36"/ 6cm 21.7"/ 55 cm 2.90 lbs./ 1,32 kg 11 lbs./ 5 kg

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Shutterbug Staff Apr 16, 2008 0 comments

xTrain.com, a leader in online video training for media, arts, and design, is
pleased to announce the addition of Photoshop Guru Ben Willmore's High Dynamic
Range (HDR) Mastery Course to its trac of online digital photography courses.
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Shutterbug Staff Apr 15, 2008 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) have announced
the launch of a national program to recycle used materials from in-store picture
kiosks. The program is underway at about 4,100 Wal-Mart stores and Sam's
Clubs in the U.S. that operate KODAK Picture Kiosks, and is expected to annually
recycle 2 million pounds of thermal printer ribbon, spools and cartridges. That
amount is equivalent to the weight of approximately six, 250-passenger commercial
airliners.

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Shutterbug Staff Apr 14, 2008 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has unveiled a completely redesigned Web site with a new visual
user interface that among other features utilizes images to display information
about Nikon's products and services. Visitors to the site will also have
an ongoing opportunity to offer feedback and suggestions about the site's
content and usability to help define the evolution of the site over the coming
months and years.



Similar to Nikon's imaging products, which rely on customers' feedback
for development, the new site will be a continually evolving forum thanks to
the addition of an innovative blog called "Your Shot" that encourages
users to comment and share their ideas to improve the Web site's design,
interface and content. This open environment creates an online space that is
better adapted to the needs of consumers and provides an unmatched level of
functionality for visitors.



The launch of the newly revamped Nikon Inc. Web site emphasizes a strong commitment
to photography. The Web site, www.nikonusa.com,
is accessible starting February 27th at 8 p.m. EST. To access the new interactive
site blog, please visit http://blog.nikonusa.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Apr 11, 2008 0 comments

Calumet Photographic has released another original production for its collection
of educational and instructional DVDs, The Essence of Photography with John Upton.

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Shutterbug Staff Apr 10, 2008 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. announced it has posted an interview with
National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig on its `Icons of Photography'
microsite. The 20 Questions interview gives site visitors an up-close-and-personal
look at the world-class photographer who's captured life in conditions
ranging from -55° F to radioactive "hot zones."

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Shutterbug Staff Apr 09, 2008 0 comments

Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CREL; TSX: CRE), a leading developer of graphics,
productivity and digital media software, today announced that it has launched
The Painter Factory (www.painterfactory.com), a new online community open to
all Corel Painter artists and enthusiasts. This global community site is the
newest in a series that Corel is launching to support its various user communities.

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Shutterbug Staff Apr 08, 2008 0 comments

Apple has released Aperture 2.1, which introduces an open plug-in architecture
that makes it easy for photographers to use specialized third party imaging
software right from within Aperture. Available today as a free software update,
Aperture 2.1 includes the Apple-developed plug-in, Dodge & Burn, which adds
brush-based tools for dodge (lighten), burn (darken), contrast, saturation,
sharpen and blur. Over the coming months, third party software developers will
deliver image editing plug-ins for localized editing, filters and effects, noise
analysis and reduction, fisheye lens correction and more.

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Shutterbug Staff Apr 07, 2008 0 comments

DxO Labs today announced that DxO Optics Pro v5, the latest version of its
award-winning flagship software application for automatic image quality enhancement
for Digital SLR camera users, now supports the new Nikon D3 camera body and
an initial selection of lenses. The addition of this professional Digital SLR
comes close on the heels of support for the recently released Nikon D300 advanced
Digital SLR. Lens correction modules for three popular Nikkor lenses are available
for the Nikon D3: the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
and the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED. Support for the Nikon D3 and lenses is
available in DxO Optics Pro v5 Elite.

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