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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 28, 2005 0 comments

The new SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF), an ultra wideangle
zoom lens, is designed for exclusive use on digital SLR cameras with smaller-size
image sensors. The lens uses a new optical system specially designed for digital
SLR cameras, in addition to the use of a glass-molded aspherical element having
a large clear aperture, hybrid aspherical elements, and elements using such
special glass materials as high index/high dispersion glass and low dispersion
optical glass, for outstanding optical performance.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2005 0 comments

Olympus has announced the development of what they dub the world's fastest
"Designed for Digital" interchangeable fixed-aperture wide zoom
lenses. Designed for use with Olympus E-System digital SLR cameras, including
the E-1 and EVOLT E-300, these three new Digital Specific lenses -- Zuiko
Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0, Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm f2.0 and Zuiko Digital ED
90-250mm f2.8 -- feature fixed apertures through the entire zoom range.
These three lenses are due to go on sale in fourth quarter of 2005.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 24, 2005 0 comments

Nikon has introduced the new D2Hs professional digital SLR camera that incorporates
several new enhancements and features. An all-new image processing engine in
the camera produces images with higher quality, finer gradations and lower noise,
while a newly refined exposure metering system improves on Nikon's 3D
Color Matrix technology. The D2Hs Auto White Balance and auto focusing systems
have been fine tuned to deliver precise, accurate results and an enhanced buffer
now offers continuous shooting at 8 frames per second for up to 50 consecutive
shots (JPEG, FINE).

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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: Mar 22, 2005 0 comments

Mitch
Goldstone, president and CEO of 30 Minute Photos Etc., Irvine, Calif., USA, reports
"Operation Photo," appealing to U.S. photographers to donate older model
digital cameras and accessories to families of military service members distanced
from loved ones, has been extended through July 4. Since its launch a few weeks
ago, Operation Photo has provided approximately $110,000 in donated digital cameras
to military families through www.operationhomefront.net.
"We needed to extend the deadline because there are so many more military
families requesting the cameras," Goldstone says.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 21, 2005 0 comments

Lowepro's Orion Trekker II includes two distinct compartments -- a well-padded, removable lower camera compartment for storing an SLR camera digital or analog) with an attached lens, several additional lenses, a flash unit, compact binoculars and accessories and an upper compartment for safely
housing non-photographic gear such as a jacket, audio equipment, food and water.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 18, 2005 0 comments

Photodex Corporation has introduced ProShow Gold 2.5, the newest version of its
slide show software for photo enthusiasts and professionals. ProShow Gold 2.5
allows users to create quality multimedia slide show presentations to share with
friends and family. Slide motion effects, captions effects and over 280 transitions
are available for creating DVD, PC, and Web slide shows.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 16, 2005 0 comments

The Gepe Card Safe Extreme Combi is designed to hold two Compact Flash or Microdrives,
Smart Media, Memory Stick or MMC/SD cards. Each card compartment can hold any
of theses cards. In addition -- on the opposite side -- it can hold
one Canon NB L1 or NB L3 battery or an Olympus LI 12B battery. When not used
to hold a battery that side accepts two additional CF cards or Microdrives.
Anti-static material protects memory cards from erasure or damage from static
while a shock resistant special insert material provides protection from impact
and shock. The case is water and dust proof for protection in wet and dusty
conditions and even floats for improved safety at the pool, on the beach or
on a boat trip.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2005 0 comments

Have you ever wanted to learn a specific Adobe© Photoshop© Elements
technique quickly and easily, with a pro guiding you all along the way? Now
you can with full-quality, on-demand lessons at www.ricksammon.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 04, 2005 1 comments

Eastman
Kodak Company has announced enhancements to its consumer and professional film
portfolios. Kodak unveiled a number of emulsion improvements to KODAK MAX Versatility
400-speed film, adding more flexibility for clearer, sharper pictures in underexposed
situations, such as low-light and extended flash range conditions. KODAK MAX
Versatility film is said to provide the best skin tone reproduction, fastest
speed, widest latitude, and unsurpassed sharpness and color. The suggested retail
price for Kodak MAX Versatility 400 Film is US$8.99 - US$9.99 MSRP for a four-pack,
varying by retailer. This film will begin to ship in the second quarter of 2005.




Enhanced KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA film features an improved surface coating
technology that delivers increased performance with KODAK DIGITAL ICE technology
and improved scanning with specular light. The new overcoat technology maintains
the excellent scratch resistance of PORTRA films. This improvement applies to
120/220 (medium format) and sheet format films across the entire PORTRA film
family, including 160 and 400-speed NC (natural color) and VC (vivid color)
PORTRA films.



www.kodak.com

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