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Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 04, 2006  |  0 comments

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) has introduced a 4-gigabyte SD High Capacity
(SDHC ) card. The new cards, which support capacities of 4GB and higher, are
rated Class 2 for speed and performance. The 4GB SDHC card will be bundled with
the MicroMate USB 2.0 reader at no extra charge. These new readers work with
both SDHC and SD cards. SDHC cards require an SDHC-compatible reader.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 03, 2006  |  0 comments

Fujifilm has announced the new FinePix S6000fd, the first digital camera with
Fujifilm's Face Detection Technology. Also today, Fujifilm unveiled the FinePix
F20, a sister camera to the FinePix F30.



The
newest component of Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology, Face Detection Technology
operates exactly as its name implies, detecting up to 10 human faces regardless
of their position in the scene. Once identified, Fujifilm's Face Detection Technology
prioritizes the faces. Then, the FinePix S6000fd adjusts its focus and exposure
automatically so the intended subject is sharp, clear and exposed in the most
flattering manner. The photographer can easily disengage the Face Detection Technology
at the touch of a button.



Face Detection Technology is a complement to the other components of Real Photo
Technology, particularly the i-Flash system, which also is found on the SLR-styled
FinePix S6000fd. After the detection system identifies faces and the camera sets
focus and exposure, i-Flash adjusts its power intensity accordingly depending
on scene conditions. The end result of the two features working in concert is
a more life-like 'people picture' with natural tones and finer detail.
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Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 02, 2006  |  0 comments

Unibind has announced their Professional Series XU138 Book Creator. This do-it-yourself
binding system is said to be perfect for weddings or other special occasions.
Priced at $455.00, XU138 binding machine is dubbed the perfect system for photographers
to help generate additional income by offering their wedding customers hard-cover
8 ½" x 11" personalized wedding photobooks/albums during
or after photographing an event. The wedding party can also quickly create their
own wedding photobooks/albums the day of the wedding to give out at the reception
using a digital camera, photo printer and Unibind XU138 at the wedding.

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Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz  |  Aug 01, 2006  |  1 comments

As we said in the review of the new Zeiss Ikon (ZI) 35mm rangefinder (April 2006 issue of Shutterbug or online at www.shutterbug.com), we received six of the seven Zeiss ZM-mount lenses announced at photokina 2004: 15mm f/2.8, 21mm f/2.8, 25mm f/2.8, 28mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2, and 50mm f/2. The 85mm f/2 (listing at $2759, plus $127 for the lens shade) still wasn't available as we...

Joe Farace  |  Aug 01, 2006  |  0 comments

"I can't believe your song is gone so soon."
--Paul Simon

Many readers e-mailed about my participation in Great Race 2006 (www.greatrace.com), asking if the event was going to pass through their town, but our 1953 Packard Clipper was withdrawn from the event. Without sponsorship, the event became...

Barry Tanenbaum  |  Aug 01, 2006  |  0 comments

In the early 1980s, when he was just starting out as a commercial and advertising photographer, Rob Atkins took a few trips to the Southwest. "I went to photograph the great natural wonders," Rob says, "like the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley." But as he traveled to those and other destinations, something else caught his eye. "So often, out in the...

 |  Aug 01, 2006  |  0 comments

August
2006

On the
Cover


This month our focus is on optics. Aside from Test Reports on the newest optics,
we share with you the two must-have lenses for pro portrait photographers and
explore the useo...

Jim Zuckerman  |  Aug 01, 2006  |  0 comments

Photography can do two things that no other artistic medium can do: It can freeze motion so we are able to examine every detail in a fast-moving subject, thus revealing things that our eyes could never catch; and it can blur the same subject to express the fluidity and aesthetics of motion. When you blur a subject with a long enough shutter speed, it blends the background with a...

Jason Schneider  |  Aug 01, 2006  |  1 comments

This fairly large (6.5" long, 3.3" in diameter), reasonably lightweight (32.5 oz, including removable tripod collar) macro tele covers the 24x36mm format in film or digital as well as the smaller APS-C digital format. The Di (Digitally Integrated) designation indicates that it's "optically designed for digital SLR cameras." To translate the remainder...

Jay McCabe  |  Aug 01, 2006  |  0 comments

Will Newman
Carolina Day School
Asheville, North Carolina

Good Start

Will is the youngest photographer we've featured on this page--he's 11, and in the fifth grade at Carolina Day School. "When I was about 2 years old," Will says, "my mom put a camera in my hands and said, `Shoot.' But...

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