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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 10, 2008 0 comments

Nikon Inc.
has introduced the versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens that
offers Nikon's proprietary Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to help
consumers snap sharper photos than ever before, even while shooting handheld.
Compact and lightweight, this affordable lens is for use with Nikon DX-format
digital SLR cameras and is the ideal focal length as a "first lens."




The 3x optical zoom offers users of Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras including
the D40, D40x, D80 and new D300 with a versatile picture angle perspective ranging
from wide angle for dramatic landscapes and interiors, to moderate telephoto
that is ideal for flattering portraits.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2008 0 comments

Bowens has launched a unique, affordable ringflash, the lightweight Ringlite
Converter. Priced at $480.00, this innovative converter is said to make ringflash-style
photography affordable. Said Mark Aherne, Bowens technical director, "Traditional
ringflash generally comprises flash tubes, cable and a powerpack, so the full
kit required is quite unwieldy and expensive. We built the converter and followed
up with associated bracketry to ensure the unit would be suitable for most cameras
on the market. We have created an attachment which allows photographers to convert
their standard Bowens strobe lights to produce ringflash-style light. Using
this new converter photographers can simply put the camera lens through the
centre of the light source. This creates a softer, wholesome surrounding light
around the lens which reduces shadows. It can also create shadowing around the
outline of the subject so users can work with a specific photographic effect.
The additional benefit of the converter is its `backwards capability'.
Photographers can take a standard Bowens product going back many years and use
it - as long as it has an S-Type adaptor. This will bring additional cost benefits
to our customers."

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments

JOBO AG has announced two new digital picture frames. The JOBO Photo Display
PDJ105 and PDJ100 both feature 10.4" high-resolution and TFT-Color-LCD
displays designed to showcase digital images, big internal memories for easy
access to images and many user-friendly functions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments

The Sigma
Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the new 10mm F2.8 EX DC Fisheye
HSM lens. This autofocus fisheye lens is designed for use with digital SLR cameras
equipped with APS-C size image sensors. The Nikon version produces a diagonal
angle of view of 180°; 154° for Sigma; 167° for Canon. The diagonal
field of view of this fisheye lens produces striking images with exaggerated perspective
and distortion. The minimum focusing distance of 13.5cm/5.3inch, and maximum magnification
1:3.3 allows subjects to be as close as 1.8cm/0.7inch from the lens' front
element. This close focusing capability allows close-up photography and also it
is possible to make use of large depth of field that covers wide range of subjects.
The Integral hood blocks out extraneous light and the Super Multi-Layer Coating
minimizes flare and ghosting, creating superior image quality. The HSM--Hyper
Sonic Moto--ensures fast and quiet autofocusing and allows full-time manual focus
override by rotation of the focus ring. This lens is supplied with a gelatin filter
holder at the rear, allowing the use of gelatin filters.



www.sigmaphoto.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 04, 2008 0 comments

PhotoShelter has announced that it has begun transacting image sales on The
PhotoShelter Collection, the first online marketplace to provide the benefits
of a commercial agency and a wholly transparent sales system to pro, amateur
and hobbyist photographers alike. The PhotoShelter Collection will now offer
image buyers access to the widest and most eclectic array of commercial imagery
that is quality-sorted, keyworded, priced, licensed and ready for instant purchasing.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 03, 2008 0 comments

For
a limited time only LumiQuest will be offering the LumiQuest Bounce Kit, a 3 piece
kit that includes a Pocket Bouncer, Gold and Silver Metallic Inserts and a free
storage envelope.



The Pocket Bouncer redirects light at a 90 degree angle from the flash to soften
harsh shadows and more evenly spread the light over a wider area. A Gold insert
is ideal for late afternoon fill and the Silver insert will add a more specular
look to the highlights. Included with the Bounce Kit is a free clear storage envelope.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was Water's Edge. Interesting photographs often result from considering the edge, whether that be the edge of an idea, a territory, light and dark, or, our assignment, where land meets water. The potential for reflection, contrast, mirroring, and interplay of weather systems all come into play. Readers sent in pictures from...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

On vacation in Abaco, Bahamas, we were painting buoys we found to hang on the trees of my sister's vacation home. After just a few minutes I noticed my niece's hands and it became obvious the shot I needed to take. I had her hold her hands out so I could shoot a few frames at various apertures. The result, I felt, captured exactly what I intended. The photograph...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 31, 2007 0 comments

Few aspiring photographers get to sit in on a commercial shoot, but thanks
to a new DVD series from Blue Crane Digital, anyone can watch a professional
in action. "Through the Eyes of a Pro: Advanced Techniques for DSLR Cameras"
offers an opportunity to peer over the shoulder of famed commercial photographer,
Tim Mantoani, as he works with light and lenses.


Although the two-volume set focuses on developing the photographer rather than
teaching camera-specific skills, Blue Crane Digital produced separate titles
for Nikon and Canon users.



Through the Eyes of a Pro: Advanced Techniques for Canon DSLR Cameras Volumes
1 & 2



And



Through the Eyes of a Pro: Advanced Techniques for Nikon DSLR Cameras Volumes
1 & 2

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 28, 2007 0 comments

Phase One A/S and Mamiya Digital Imaging Co., Ltd. today announced a strategic
alliance to develop innovative, open platform-based medium format digital camera
systems and solutions for professional photographers.

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