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Shutterbug Staff  |  Mar 20, 2007  |  0 comments

Panasonic and Leica Camera have announced that they have launched the development
of a new Leica D large-diameter telephoto zoom lens, specifically designed for
Panasonic's first digital SLR camera, the LUMIX DMC-L1 and other Four
Thirds System compatible digital SLR cameras. The new LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6
ASPH./ lens will also feature Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
and become the first Leica D lens with range up to 300mm*.



The new large-diameter 10.7x telephoto zoom lens, which meets Leica's stringent
quality and performance standards will be just as light and compact as the previously
released LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/ F2.8-3.5 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens, but
provide a considerably longer telephoto range as a result of incorporating four
aspherical lenses in the unit. The aspherical lenses and an ED (extra-low dispersion)
lens will also improve optical performance of the lens by minimizing distortion,
even at the 28mm wide end.



Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. also allows for slower shutter speed use and the
ability to detect and correct hand-shake accurately using Panasonic's
Venus Engine LSI, which will be incorporated into the lens. Additionally when
the lens is mounted on the LUMIX DMC-L1, or the LEICA DIGILUX 3, photographers
will be able to use the aperture ring provided and enjoy easy, intuitive shooting.
This combination of an extended 28-300mm shooting range, Mega O.I.S., and an
aperture ring for intuitive control makes the new lens perfect for capturing
clear, beautiful, expressive images when shooting a wide variety of subjects
and in a host of conditions.



The LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens will be available
in March for $999.95.



www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 20, 2008  |  0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies and The Creative Center for Photography are
proud to announce the opening of an exclusive group show: emerging (I) 3.



The diverse images in this show represent the keen eye and emerging vision of
a talented new generation of photographers. emerging (I) 3 opens with an artist
reception Thursday, April 24th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The exhibition runs through
June 25, 2008.

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Press Release  |  Dec 29, 2010  |  0 comments

PWD Labs announced that its image processing services are now available to Hasselblad digital photographers. PWD editors have been trained by Hotwire-Digital, a Hasselblad premier partner, to use native Hasselblad digital files in the post-production process. Extending this digital service to the Hasselblad photographic community is a natural outgrowth of the value-added services PWD Labs offers and is available to Hasselblad photographers throughout the world.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 25, 2006  |  0 comments

Amax Inc. has announced the release of a versatile, pocket-sized digital media
player that uses SD memory cards and built-in memory to store and play back
thousands of songs or digital photos. The new ultra-lightweight, ultra-compact
MediaMini V-Pod is available in two models, each equipped with 128 MB of built-in
flash RAM, accepting SD cards up to 4 GB in size, as well as MMC cards up to
256 MB.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 23, 2005  |  0 comments

Extensis has posted free updates for all of our Photoshop Tools products (Mask
Pro, PhotoFrame, Intellihance Pro and pxl SmartScale). The free updates for registered
users will provide Adobe Creative Suite 2 compatibility. As always, information
on any Extensis product compatibility update (for either Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or
Adobe Creative Suite 2) can be accessed at http://www.extensis.com/en/support/product_compatibility.jsp
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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 09, 2007  |  0 comments

Olympus has announced its new super-telephoto Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm (f4.0-f5.6)
lens. The lens' allows users to get up-close (38 inches / 0.96 meters)
to subjects when taking macro shots. It is compatible with all E-System and
Four-Thirds system cameras. Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses each house their own
CPU and offer the user the ability to upgrade the firmware as new technology
becomes available. The ability to upgrade firmware is said to establish optimal
communication between the lens and the camera body, enabling better compensation
for common distortions such as "shading" (darkening of the edges
of an image that may sometimes occur in photographs) or "barrel distortion"
(the bowing of vertical lines).

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Press Release  |  May 02, 2011  |  0 comments

Bron Imaging Group, Inc., (www.bronimaging.com) announces that its professional-standard, European Sun Sniper camera straps have been launched nationwide in the United States. Amateur and professional photographers across the country, who are serious about their camera equipment can now find the Sun Sniper Pro and Sun Sniper Compact straps to enhance the security of their cameras. They also provide back and shoulder support that is superior to any traditional neck strap on the market.

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 01, 2006  |  0 comments

DigiGear, Inc.'s EZ3D Photo Print gives anyone the ability to take any
digital photo and turn it into a 3D photo in three EZ steps and in just minutes.
EZ3D Photo Print comes complete with everything you need to get started. (However,
you will need a Windows based computer, and photo-quality printer, and photo
paper works best.) At the center of the product is the EZ3D Photo Print software,
which is compatible with Windows 98, 2000, ME and XP operating systems. Once
loaded on the PC, all you have to do is to open the EZ3D software, select your
image you wish to make 3D and import the image into the EZ3D software. Then
the next step is to use the built-in rendering tool to outline the item in the
photo you wish to make 3D. After you have done this, all you do is hit "print"
and your EZ3D image will print out on your printer. Now just take this digital
print and mount it behind the included EZ3D Photo lens and place it in the EZ3D
frame and you now have your favorite EZ3D photo.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 01, 2005  |  0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. has unveiled the JumpDrive Secure II, a second-generation
USB flash drive featuring 256-bit AES Encryption to secure folders and files
so consumers can easily store and protect valuable images and other data files.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 24, 2007  |  0 comments

The new ClearWhite white balance filter is used to obtain an accurate white
balance in your digital camera, regardless of the type of light conditions.
The colors obtained from customizing your color balance with this filter are
clean and neutral. Regardless of the file format you're shooting (including
JPG TIF or RAW), this filter will help maintain good clean colors from the moment
the image is captured on your camera's sensor, minimizing the need for destructive
color corrections.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Sep 07, 2006  |  0 comments

The new Nikon D80 replaces the D70 and D70s, and becomes Nikon's mid-level
DSLR aimed squarely at photo enthusiasts and advanced amateurs. Having had a
brief time with the camera at a one-on-one session with Nikon, there are many
aspects that are marked improvement on the successful D70s, and some that come
as bonus features for a camera at this price range. We'll have a full
test as soon as we get our hands on a production sample (as we don't test
prototypes) but in the meantime here's the skinny on some of the camera's
features.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 25, 2008  |  0 comments

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the new 4.5mm F2.8
EX DC Circular Fisheye HSM lens. Features include:

· The first 180 degree circular fisheye lens designed specifically for
APS-C size digital SLR cameras

· Fast F2.8 maximum aperture making it ideal for low light photography


· Minimum focusing distance of 13.5cm and a maximum magnification of 1:6


· SLD glass minimizes color aberration

· Equipped with HSM with full-time manual focus override

· Equisolid angle projection method is possible for art and scientific
use



This autofocus circular fisheye lens has an angle of view of 180 degrees in
all directions. It is exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras with the
APS-C size image sensor. When used in conjunction with digital SLRs with APS-C
size image sensors, it produces a circular image within the frame. The F2.8
large aperture value produces a bright image in the viewfinder and allows photographers
to take pictures in low light conditions, making it an ideal lens for Astrophotography
and Aurora photography. Due to the quantifiable angle/area relationship it produces,
this lens can be used for scientific and arts applications such as solid angle
measurements of cloud distribution over the sky or vegetation distribution of
the forest. The minimum focusing distance of 13.5cm/5.3inch and maximum magnification
of 1:6 make it particularly useful for close-up photography. SLD(Special Low
Dispersion)glass provides effective compensation of chromatic aberration. Sigma's
Super Multi-Layer Coating minimizes flare and ghosting. It is equipped with
an inner focusing system that creates high definition and good image quality
over the whole frame. The HSM(Hyper Sonic Motor)ensures fast and quiet autofocusing
and allows full-time manual focus override by rotation of the focus ring.

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Staff  |  Jun 18, 2009  |  0 comments

Bogen Imaging announces a free webinar titled “A Budget Safari – Wildlife Photography at Your Local Zoo: Roundtable with Julie Larsen Maher.” Part of the company’s Bogen Café series of free instructional webinars, the seminar will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, on Friday, June 19th. Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Staff Photographer Julie Larsen Maher, and David Fisher, Bogen Imaging’s Gitzo, Metz, Gossen and Litepanels Product Manager, will discuss the best practices, gear, and times to visit when shooting wildlife at a local zoo.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Dec 26, 2006  |  0 comments

liveBooks, Inc. is proud to announce the release of its new version, liveBooks
5.0. The new liveBooks 5.0 software builds on the intuitive navigation and professional
aesthetic of its predecessor by adding new navigation options, website styling
options, and features such as: slideshow movies, HTML gallery presentations,
music upload, integration with other web services, and a robust shopping cart
for selling prints. Additionally, Client Access, the feature that enables users
to create a password-protected area of their site with customized content, and
the website's search engine compatibility have been enhanced.

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 |  Oct 14, 2009  |  0 comments

Nikon Inc. announced the D3000 digital SLR camera, a compact D-SLR with a 10.2-megapixel sensor. The camera features the new Guide Mode, which lends a smart helping hand to new D-SLR users, and an extensive Retouch Menu, enabling consumers to edit photos, even without a computer. The D3000, which offers an 11-point autofocus system, also leverages proven Nikon D-SLR technologies, including the exclusive EXPEED image processing, Active D-Lighting system and 3D Color Matrix Metering II, enabling entry-level D-SLR shooters to take stunning pictures.

The D3000 includes the all-new Guide Mode with an easy-to-use interface to help new photographers build confidence in using a D-SLR with step-by-step instruction and inspiration. The Guide Mode, easily accessed by the Mode dial on the top of the camera, displays a variety of shooting situations via the LCD screen, indicating the most appropriate settings for a particular scenario. Users can also see sample photos on the LCD screen, which illustrate the effects of different photo-taking techniques. The Guide Mode also helps users easily review, organize and delete images.

With elegant ergonomics, softly rounded corners, and a comfortable grip, the D3000 packs powerful technology into a compact form factor. Though the D3000 is tiny when compared to professional D-SLR cameras, it boasts a large, bright three-inch 230,000-dot LCD screen, and now features an easier-to-read font size, 20 percent larger than in previous Nikon D-SLRs.

Quick performance and response are at the core of the D3000’s design and its 11-point Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus system makes it easy to find and focus on a subject. Also, the D3000 offers split-second shutter response, eliminating the frustration of shutter lag, as well as the ability to capture images up to three frames per second, allowing users capture every moment. Users can enjoy the benefits of Nikon’s advanced 3D Subject Tracking, which continuously focuses on a fast moving subject throughout the frame.

The D3000 provides multiple ways for users to engage with their pictures, post capture. It uses Nikon’s extensive in-camera Retouch Menu, which allows users to easily apply a variety of fun and dramatic effects to their images even when away from a computer. The D3000 introduces a new Miniature effect, which changes the appearance of distant subjects to look like close-ups of miniature models. The D3000 also inherits the Soft Filter and Color Outline Retouch options from the D5000, allowing users to express their photography in a new and artistic way. As with all Nikon D-SLRs, the camera creates the new retouched image, while preserving the original.

For users who want to take their creativity to the next level, the D3000 also includes the ability to capture images in the NEF (RAW) format, in addition to traditional JPEG. Images captured with D3000 in the NEF (RAW) format include a greater amount of image data, which in turn, affords finer image control and higher uncompressed lossless image quality. With NEF (RAW) images, users can fine-tune the appearance of an image with simple adjustments to things like exposure, color saturation, brightness, and overall tone – especially in the post-production process. Users can use Capture NX 2, Nikon’s powerful image editing software, to achieve these desired effects.

Nikon extends the creativity with Stop-Motion Movie Mode. With this mode, users can choose a collection of images within the D3000’s Retouch Menu, and the camera then compiles and stitches them into a fun and creative video file.

The D3000 leverages proven Nikon technologies to create the most positive picture taking experience for consumers. The D3000 delivers highly detailed images with vibrant color reproduction and low noise across a broad ISO range, due to its 10.2-megapixel CCD image sensor coupled with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED image processing system. The D3000’s normal ISO range extends from ISO 100 to 1600, allowing for low light versatility. Additionally, the D3000’s ISO range can expand to a Hi-1 setting of ISO 3200, furthering the opportunities for shots that other cameras miss.

The D3000 also makes use of Nikon’s Active D-Lighting system, which automatically compensates to reveal veiled details in shadows and highlights in high-contrast situations. For instance, when selected, Nikon’s Active D-Lighting can improve the appearance of fine detail in a person’s face that was previously hidden in dark shadows or bring out the highlights in a beautifully backlit landscape.

Nikon’s exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II, in conjunction with the EXPEED image processing system, contributes to the D3000’s ability to capture breathtaking images by instantly evaluating the exposure elements of each scene and comparing it to an onboard database of information from more than 30,000 images. These split-second calculations allow the D3000 to ensure beautiful exposures—even when conditions are extreme.

The D3000 also incorporates Nikon’s Integrated Dust Reduction System, which offers a comprehensive solution that combats the accumulation of image-degrading dust from the camera’s image sensor. The system not only utilizes an active sensor cleaning function that activates whenever the camera is turned on or off, but also the Airflow Control System to redirect dust particles, limiting their ability to reach the sensor.

Photographers and enthusiasts alike can also appreciate the D3000’s system expandability, as the camera can work in conjunction with a variety of Nikon accessories, including a broad assortment of legendary NIKKOR AF-S interchangeable lenses. While the D3000 offers a versatile built-in flash, the camera is also compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System and capable of Advanced Wireless Lighting when using the SB-900 Speedlight or the SU-800 Wireless Commander.

The D3000’s design also supports Eye-Fi memory card functionality, enabling the convenient wireless transfer of images from the D3000 to a computer, when using Eye-Fi memory cards.* Additionally, photos can be securely written to readily available SD cards, high-capacity SDHC cards and Eye-Fi memory cards, offering users a range of data storage options.

Price and Availability
The D3000 outfit, including the versatile AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens, is scheduled to be available at Nikon Authorized dealers beginning in late August 2009 at an estimated selling price of $599.95. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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