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Shutterbug Staff  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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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George Schaub  |  Mar 15, 2005  |  0 comments

Shutterbug Forums create an online community for information, questions and
debate on topics of interest to photographers today. A wide range of topics
are covered, including various camera User Groups, 35mm and Digital SLR photography,
camera collecting, Help desks and more. The Forums are also a great way to get
in touch with Shutterbug writers and editors as well as professional photographers
from around the world. Many of these experts will be moderating focused discussions,
as well as participating in all the Forums at the Shutterbug site.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  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  |  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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Shutterbug Staff  |  Mar 03, 2005  |  1 comments

Lyson, Inc. has introduced the first bulk feed ink delivery system for the
Epson Photo R800 printer. This new system is one of several bulk feeds being
featured by Lyson. Highly popular among avid amateur photographers, the Photo
R800 is an advanced Micro Piezo pigment ink jet, optimized for photo printing.
By having access to bulk-enabled inksets for the printer, Lyson claims that
photographers can save upwards of 70% on ink costs versus cartridges, speed
workflow processing and eliminate the time and hassle involved in changing cartridges.
The company claims that their Cave Paint pigmented inks provide unparalleled
life with a wider color gamut. The bulk feed system for the R800 comes with
a complete set of Cave Paint including gloss optimizer and retails for $499.00.



For more information on the new bulk feed attachment with Cave Paint and gloss
optimizer for the Epson Photo R800, visit www.lysonusa.com

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Mar 02, 2005  |  0 comments

The new Sunpak Digital Battery Case is a small, nylon case with key-chain clip
that is said to be perfect for storing spare disposable batteries of all types,
or rechargeable batteries for compact digital cameras, and it has a pouch that
holds digital media storage cards. It not only protects batteries and precious
media cards from physical damage but also helps prevent accidental battery discharge.

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Mike Stensvold  |  Mar 01, 2005  |  1 comments

Autofocusing is one of the best things that's ever happened to the SLR camera. I didn't think so while testing early examples when the AF SLR era began back in 1985, but a lot of progress has happened in the ensuing two decades. Today's AF SLR cameras, film and digital, will focus more quickly and accurately than most photographers can. Naturally, the higher-end...

The Editors  |  Mar 01, 2005  |  0 comments

You should always shoot with your eyes wide open (at least, the one looking through the viewfinder). But often it pays to shoot with your lens wide open, too.

Wide apertures let in more light, so you can use a faster shutter speed in any given light level. This is handy for anything from low-light photography to action shooting.

 

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The Editors  |  Mar 01, 2005  |  3 comments

Beware the dark side, that famous sci-fi-movie "master" more than once cautioned his young protege re "The Force." But the dark side--a.k.a. shadows--is well worth the photographer's attention. While the eye is drawn to bright areas in a photograph, the interplay between bright and dark--between highlight and shadow--can make for a...

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