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Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 03, 2006  |  0 comments

Apricorn has introduced the high-capacity 60GB EZ Bus Mini to their popular
ultra-portable USB hard drive line. Utilizing 1.8" hard drive technology,
the EZ Bus Mini is bus powered for optimum versatility. The entire EZ Bus Mini
line, now available in 20GB, 40GB and 60GB capacities, features a Hi-Speed USB
2.0, 4200-RPM hard drive. The enclosure includes an integrated USB cable with
a convenient, recessed storage compartment.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 01, 2005  |  0 comments

The following release was received from Ilford. While a bit breathless, it
shows the enthusiasm and effort involved in keeping the company afloat. I did
edit somewhat for length. --gs



After some four months of highly geared activity following the announcements
in February this year that ILFORD had been saved from total annihilation, the
newly emerged organization is now able to draw breath and assess its current
situation.



It was due to the swift and timely action of six of ILFORD Imaging's management
team - at some considerable personal financial risk to themselves - that the
UK-based company which headed the international group avoided being split up,
asset stripped, or otherwise totally lost. Via a cleverly constructed operation,
the liquidators were able to sell off the considerable areas of land at the
company's plant in Mobberly, Cheshire, to an investment company on the basis
that the plant would remain, thereby enabling the rest of the business to fall
within the capabilities of the team.



What amounted to something of a coup in the face of determined interest expressed
by 21 potential suitors which pursued the company through its most vulnerable
stages saw the team able to provide a more attractive solution to the liquidator.
This included not only satisfying the demands of the liquidation, but also ensuring
the continuation of a business which, over its 125-year history, had established
itself as the leading monochrome specialist.



Having had the deal and the buyout accepted to much acclaim, the team then had
to get the company fully on track: manufacturing processes operating, stocks
up to appropriate levels, sales, marketing and distribution fully functioning,
staffing organized and relations with both the company's overseas distributors
and its worldwide customers being re-established on a progressive basis. "It
has been a pretty hectic four months," states chairman and managing director
Phil Harris, "but we now have the company on a strong basis and ready
to take on the world in our endeavors to revitalize the ILFORD name."




ILFORD Photo is the trading name of HARMAN technology Ltd, the company under
which the new enterprise trades, and is the brand which will be used for all
monochrome products - film, paper and photochemistry. The HARMAN brand (drawn
from the name of ILFORD's founder in 1879, Alfred Harman) will be applied to
other aspects of the company's business, such as thin-layer film and paper coating
for the medical sector, as it becomes further organized.



The distributors in USA, France, Benelux, Switzerland and Australia are no longer
subsidiaries of ILFORD UK, but since their former parent company's crash, they
have re-organized themselves, mostly as independent companies, and will continue
handling the supply of ILFORD Photo products to their respective markets, as
do the many other companies which make up the global network of suppliers. The
ILFORD digital products manufacturing base in Switzerland is still involved
in discussions concerning its future.



HARMAN technology/ILFORD Photo now stands totally independent of any corporate
ties to the erstwhile group, and is concentrating on what it knows best, and
to which it is totally committed - black-and-white photography.



"Black-and-white analogue photography is the platform to which we are
all dedicated," explains Howard Hopwood, HARMAN/ILFORD Photo's marketing
and business development director. "Quite frankly, the rebirth of ILFORD
as a brand concentrating on this genre could not have been better timed.



"The world imaging market has been jumping through all kinds of hoops
over the last few years as it has come to terms with digital processes, just
as much as it has with the progress of color photography. Having done that,
and turned full circle back to its roots, those who really care about expressive
photography, and about preserving images in all their beauty, still acknowledge
that black-and-white is the one true medium.



It is this dedication to black-and-white, shared by Harris and Hopwood with
their fellow HARMAN technology directors: Andy Taylor (Finance Director), Steven
Brierley (Sales Director UK, USA and Australia), Simon Galley (Sales Director
European and Export Markets), and Peter Elton (Operations Director), which provides
the catalyst for the company's determined and carefully formulated assault on
the global market.



Nearly 400 people are now employed at Mobberly, with technology and production
capability up to full capacity. Eighty-five per cent of output is being exported,
and global distribution channels are all open. The management is in place and
fully functioning, as are all sales departments and personnel.



In view of the uncertainty that has existed in the worldwide monochrome consumables
field recently, especially regarding availability of black-and-white paper,
ILFORD Photo's relaunch of its comprehensive range of top quality products,
which includes a variety of black-and-white paper types, and the company's assurances
of continued future manufacture, are especially timely for the many enthusiasts
and professional photographers concerned about future supplies.



"In spite of being so busy over these months," comments Harris,
"the process has been cathartic, and great fun. Having structured the
company into a fully operational organization, we now look forward to facing
the challenge in all our marketplaces. If the extremely positive reaction we
have received so far is anything by which to judge, we can expect to be in a
very solid position very quickly."



www.ilfordphoto.com

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Press Release  |  Feb 22, 2011  |  0 comments

Sekonic announces the availability of the new L-308DC DigiCineMate – a simple and easy-to-use compact light meter that is ideal for today's DSLR videographers and digital cinematographers as well as still photographers. It features a full range of shutter speeds plus a special grouping of cine speeds and shutter angles and indicates exposure in f-stops to one-tenth step. The unit’s LCD readout can be customized to display only specific functions needed for the task at hand for fast, easy operation

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Shutterbug Staff  |  May 15, 2006  |  0 comments

Boasting more than 2,000 cubic inches of possible storage space, the Pelican
1440 features a unique top loading design that gives immediate, easy access
to its contents. Standard features include stainless steel, ball-bearing, polyurethane
wheels; an extra-long, telescoping, metal handle for easy transport; and rubberized
top and side grips for maximum comfort. The case also features stainless steel
reinforced padlock protectors for added defense against cutting and theft.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 08, 2005  |  0 comments

Leaf America has announced the next generation of Leaf digital camera backs
for professional photographers: Leaf Aptus 75 and Leaf Aptus 65. Offering superior
image quality, the backs also feature a 6x7cm LCD touch screen that provides
complete control over the image capture process.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Sep 18, 2006  |  0 comments

Three Ultra Hi-Definition photo printers from Epson are said to deliver the
ultimate professional-level prints to the home photo enthusiast at amazing print
speeds. The Ultra Hi-Definition product line consists of the Epson Stylus Photo
R260 and R380 photo printers, along with the Epson Stylus Photo RX580 photo
all-in-one.



A key component of the new product line is Claria ink, the latest in Epson's
long line of ink innovations, which is said to deliver superior image quality
with Ultra Hi-Definition richness, depth and clarity. With Claria ink and a
newly designed print head, these products deliver the fastest photo print speeds
of any previous Epson model, and print longevity that is superior to lab photos.


The Ultra Hi-Definition product line offers automatic photo correction, which
automatically adjusts improperly lit photos and corrects skin tones for better-looking
prints. All three models also print directly on ink jet printable CDs and DVDs
without messy labels.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  May 10, 2007  |  0 comments

Lexar
Media, Inc. Has announced its new ExpressCard SSD with auto-backup software.
Roughly half the size of current PC Card solutions, the Lexar ExpressCard SSD
is a high-capacity removable solid state drive (SSD) that delivers high-performance,
lower-cost storage expansion to notebook computers. The Lexar ExpressCard SSD
comes bundled with auto-backup software, an innovative solution for protecting
laptop computer files and data that allows for automatic regular (daily, weekly,
or monthly) backup without user intervention after the initial setup. During
this setup, the user will be able to set the folder and specific file types
to be included or excluded from the backup process. In addition, this automatic
backup software can also support multiple computers by recognizing the computer
name and the appropriate backup setting for each computer.



The Lexar ExpressCard SSD is also ideal for use with Windows Vista as it is
enhanced for use with ReadyBoost, a Vista feature that improves your system
performance without having to add DRAM to your computer. The ExpressCard SSD
serves as an additional memory cache, which is a reserve section of memory that
the computer can access faster than if it were accessing data from the hard
disk drive. Additionally, the ExpressCard SSD interface supports a direct connection
to the chipset, allowing users to enjoy all of its extensive backup and ReadyBoost
capabilities without having to unplug the card after every use; users simply
keep their ExpressCard SSD in the slot as external storage.



The Lexar ExpressCard SSD is shipping in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacities.



www.lexar.com

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 01, 2008  |  0 comments

Nikon, Inc. has introduced the SB-900 Speedlight to provide Nikon digital SLR
photographers with a flash capable of a wide zoom range, increased versatility,
faster recycling time, and a wealth of intelligent features to enhance the already
vast functionality of the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS). Building on
the success of the popular SB-800 Speedlight, the SB-900 provides users with
extensive creative lighting possibilities with a simplified interface and the
ability to stay up to date with future technologies through user-applied firmware
updates.

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Press Release  |  Nov 30, 2009  |  1 comments

Sigma Corporation of America ( href="http://www.sigmaphoto.com/" target="_blank">www.sigmaphoto.com) is pleased to
announce that it is now accepting applications for the company’s first-ever
scholarship contest. The Sigma Corporation of America Scholarship will award a
cash gift of $5,000 and $1,000 in Sigma products to one talented high school
senior to advance his or her education and goals toward obtaining a career in a
photo-related field. Students pursuing higher education in industries such as
photography, photojournalism, graphic arts and design, visual arts and art
history are eligible to apply.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 05, 2007  |  0 comments

Tenba's Air Case line of lightweight, shippable equipment transport cases
has been enhanced by the introduction of an exclusive Datapanel identification
system that facilitates faster, easier and more reliable shipping, tracking,
tracing and identification. The new feature will be supplied as standard equipment
on those Air Case models and sizes typically used for equipment shipping, rental
houses and similar applications. The Datapanel consists of a durable, rubberized
assembly secured to the case with military-grade, seatbelt-type webbing and
heavily reinforced nylon stitching. Massive #10 YKK zippers on both sides pull
down from beneath a protective Velcro closure flap to open the panel and access
its features. The most prominent of these features is a large, clear vinyl shipping
window that securely holds, protects and clearly presents a standard FedEx or
UPS-type waybill, eliminating the need to tape or otherwise fasten shipping
documents to the case. As a result, preparation time is reduced, the need for
messy and unreliable tape is eliminated, documents are far more secure, and
the overall appearance and presentation of the case is cleaner and more professional.
The shipping window itself is instantly user-replaceable if needed, but--like
the entire Datapanel assembly-- is built to withstand the rigors of regular
shipping, baggage handling and long-term professional use.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 27, 2007  |  0 comments

PictoColor Corporation has released inCamera 4.5 for Photoshop CS3, a new
version of its digital camera and scanner ICC profiling plug-in. This digital
camera and scanner profiling software features an easy to use interface and
a User Guide that explains how to successfully create and use ICC input profiles
in Adobe Photoshop.

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Staff  |  Oct 15, 2008  |  0 comments

Lexar Media announced that it has enhanced the performance of its Professional
line of CompactFlash (CF) memory cards to 233x, a significant speed advancement
over the line's previous speed-rating of 133x. The Lexar Professional 233x
CF memory cards are now UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) enabled and capable
of minimum-sustained read and write speeds of 35MB per second -- a considerable
improvement over the previous read and write speeds of 20MB per second. These
exceptionally fast cards are available in three popular capacities, including
2GB, 4GB, and 8GB, and deliver professional-level performance for a wider range
of digital SLR users, including professionals and photo enthusiasts seeking high-capacity
and high-speed performance. Lexar Professional 233x CF cards also greatly improve
digital imaging workflow and convenience by reducing the time needed to transfer
images from the card to the host computer. The new cards are also complemented
by the line of Lexar Professional UDMA-compatible high-speed card readers. For
more information about Lexar Professional 233x CF cards, please visit www.lexar.com.
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Press Release  |  Apr 12, 2010  |  0 comments

This state-of-the-art professional viewfinder camera comes equipped with new functions for making high-resolution images both digitally and on film. The RL3d, a universal camera with increased shift, enables you to take images in multiple formats up to 4x5” and digital images of over 200 MB and is light and compact, making it ideal for location photography.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 02, 2004  |  0 comments

The Metz 54 AF-1 can be used for either digital or analog photography. It is
specifically designed to operate with the newest Canon, Konica, Minolta and
Nikon models. Special functions include a user-friendly interface with only
two function keys for straightforward menu control. Its features include short
recycling times (approximately 5 seconds in manual mode ), TTL auto-zooming;
manual, selectable partial light output levels; plus special functions such
as daylight fill-in flash. The large LCD display incorporates convenient backlight
illumination and only displays the pertinent mode information.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Dec 19, 2007  |  0 comments

XtraLean Software is pleased to announce the latest release of its free and
lean image editor, ImageWell. This version adds Leopard compatibility, iLife
'08 compatibility, compatibility with the Aperture/iPhoto "edit with external
editor" feature, and brings back the option to automatically check for
updates. V3.3 also adds Russian localization making ImageWell available now
in 15 different languages. V3.3 of ImageWell Xtras also adds a new feature called
"Favorites". ImageWell V3.3 is available immediately for free download
from http://www.xtralean.com/IWFeatures.html Users can upgrade their free ImageWell
to unlock even more features for $19.95 CAD and can learn more about the "Xtras"
upgrade from http://www.xtralean.com/IWXtras.html

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