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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced the immediate availability of the Windows PC release
of DxO Optics Pro v4 on the DxO Labs Web site (www.dxo.com).
A free, fully functional demo version is available in addition to the commercial
version. DxO Optics Pro software is said to improve the image quality of Digital
Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras and advanced digicams. The Mac and Intel Mac
release of DxO Optics Pro v4 is expected to be available for download at the
end of October. Purchasers of the current Macintosh version (v3.55) are entitled
to a free upgrade when version 4 Macintosh ships.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

Delkin Devices is now shipping Pop-Up Shades for the Canon 30D. Pop-Up Shades
are custom designed to match the style, color and texture of the camera they
attach to. They are LCD screen protective covers, which double as glare guards.
These sturdy, lightweight covers are easily installed (and removed), protect
a digital camera's expensive LCD screen in the closed position, and pop
up to provide easier viewing of the display in bright sunlight. Pop-Up Shades
flip up to form a three sided canopy over the LCD screen to diminish glare,
and incorporate an optically clear plastic cover that guards the LCD screen
when the shade is up. Models are available for almost every camera on the market.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

For photographers, having to check their gear before boarding an airline exposes
them to one of their greatest fears: the theft of their equipment and possibly
their livelihood. Think Tank Photo's newest additions to their air travel
line -- the Airport Check In briefcase and the Airport Antidote Airport
Acceleration, and Glass Taxi backpacks -- allow photographers to carry
their bodies, lenses, and accessories onto planes with different carry on requirements
and legally store them in overhead bins or under the seat.


Being able to travel through airports with the least amount of hassle is of
utmost importance to photographers. When combined with Think Tank Photo's
breakthrough large backpack, the Airport Addicted, and revolutionary roller,
the Airport Security, these new bags provide photographers with a complete menu
of options for complying with airline requirements for bag size and weight,
as well as the maximum number of bags allowed they can carry onto the plane.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

Capture One RAW offers RAW files support for new DSLR cameras such as Nikon's
new flagship, the D2Xs, Nikon D80 and Canon EOS Rebel XTi. (The new Rebel is
not supported tethered in Capture One.) RAW files from Leica's brand new
digital rangefinder camera, the M8, Epson's R-D1s as well as Sony's
first DSLR camera, the Alpha DSLR-A100, are also supported in Capture One 3.7.5.




Capture One 3.7.5 PRO/DB version also includes a variety of enhancements that
benefit Phase One's digital back users. The capture rate performance when
shooting in RAW IIQ-L mode on Mac has improved. This performance enhancement
allows professional photographers to maintain a high capture rate, which can
be very useful at fashion shots.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced an update to the
Camera Raw plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS2, extending raw file support to five
additional camera models. Available as a free download from Adobe's Web site,
the Camera Raw 3.5 plug-in builds on the raw file support integrated in Photoshop
CS2 for digital cameras from leading manufacturers including Nikon, Kodak, Panasonic
and Sony. Adobe today also announced that the DNG Converter is available as
a Universal Binary, allowing it to perform natively on Macintosh Intel-based
computers. The free Adobe DNG Converter, which translates all Photoshop-supported
raw photo formats into the universal .DNG file format, gives photographers a
single unified file format for archiving raw files.


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Ron Leach Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

Back to the Future



by Ron Leach, Publisher

Even though the calendar says it is mid-October, we are currently in production
on the January, 2007 issue of Shutterbug magazine. That means it is once again
time to take stock of where we've been and where we are going. To that
end, we decided to look back at the turn of thisnew...

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

First Look: Canon Digital Rebel XTi

by George Schaub

The Canon Digital Rebel line accomplished a number of things. It broke the
$1000 DSLR price barrier, with room to spare, and as a result brought DSLR photography
into the mainstream. What followed is history, with other makers bringing forth
their "bargain"...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation has introduced the 12- and 16-gigabyte (GB) SanDisk Extreme
III CompactFlash cards to its Extreme III performance line, making these the
highest capacity cards in the world. The new high-performance, large-capacity
cards are ideal for professional photographers who shoot RAW or high-resolution
JPG files and need the performance, reliability and capacity to capture these
large files.



The new cards will have minimum write and read speeds of 20 megabytes per second
(MB/sec.) and will ship to photo retailers by the end of the year. While the
speed of the card is important for in-camera performance, card-to-computer transfer
rates are becoming an increasingly important workflow consideration. The time
it takes to transfer images to a computer can be a bigger bottleneck now that
card capacities have expanded into the multi-gigabyte range. The SanDisk Extreme
USB 2.0 reader is designed to transfer images as quickly as possible.



SanDisk Extreme III cards use SanDisk-developed ESP (Enhanced Super-Parallel
Processing) technology that combines advanced NAND flash memory chips and controller
designs, 32-bit RISC processing and leading edge algorithms for an architecture
that streamlines every aspect of read and write data transfer operations. In
addition, SanDisk works closely with major camera manufacturers to ensure speed
and compatibility. The ESP architecture effectively removes the card as the
bottleneck in data storage applications.



SanDisk Extreme III cards have the industry's widest guaranteed operating
temperature range from a minus 13F (minus 25C) to a 185F (plus 85C). The cards
also include RescuePRO software that allows photographers to easily recover
accidentally deleted images, lost digital images or data.



Pricing and Availability

SanDisk Extreme III cards are available in CompactFlash, Memory Stick PRO Duo
and SD card formats. Suggested retail prices for the two new capacities are:




Capacities US$

SanDisk Extreme III 12GB $779.99

16GB $1,049.99

SanDisk Extreme USB 2.0 Reader $24.99



SanDisk Extreme III cards carry a 10-year limited warranty in Europe, the Middle
East and Africa but will have a lifetime limited warranty in the rest of the
world. Photographers who purchase the cards also will have access to a dedicated
toll-free number for technical support questions. The RescuePRO image recovery
software on the cards is compatible with both Windows and Mac and requires no
driver download or special card reader.



www.sandisk.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 28, 2006 0 comments

The Sekonic L-758DR/L-758D/L-758CINE DIGITALMASTER light meter has been designed
to offer the greatest digital exposure control, accuracy and repeatability.
The L--758 Series are the world's first multi-function light meter
that can be calibrated to match the sensitivity of a digital cameras sensor
at all ISO settings, flash/ambient or file format characteristics. In addition,
the camera sensor's dynamic range can also be set and stored for later
recall and display. Using the USB transfer cable and Sekonic DTS (Digital Transfer
Software), all camera exposure profile data is uploaded from a PC or MAC computer
to the L-758DR. Up to three different camera exposure profiles can be stored
and quickly recalled when switch from one camera to another. With its exposure
latitude warning indicators and adjustable Mid-Tone settings, the L-758 Series
puts the power of optimum image tonality and exposure control in the palm of
your hands.



www.sekonic.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 26, 2006 0 comments

Carl Zeiss has introduced two completely new wide-angle lenses for Nikon F
mount cameras. They cover the full 35mm frame and can be used on both analog
and digital SLR's. The lenses focus manually and can produce sharpness
well beyond the capabilities of the best color films today. Both lenses feature
a long-life all-metal barrel of very high precision.

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