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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Nikon Adds Three New Super-Telephoto Lenses To The Professional Nikkor Optics Line-Up

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AUGUST 23, 2007) – Nikon (www.nikonusa.com) today introduced three new super-telephoto NIKKOR lenses that offer professional photographers the latest innovations in lens technology and optical design. The new AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR, and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR all offer unprecedented image quality, responsiveness and versatility along with new features such as Nikon’s VR II Vibration Reduction technology and Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. These new lenses are designed for use with Nikon’s FX and DX format digital SLR cameras and together with Nikon’s current AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR lens, they complete Nikon’s range of super-telephoto lenses.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Canon U.S.A. Adds Two New Stylish, High-Quality Photo Printers To Its Line-Up

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 20, 2007 – For the at-home or small office user who wants to combine high-quality and fast photo printing with excellent text printing, the PIXMA iP4500 Photo Printer and PIXMA iP3500 Photo Printer, announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., are two great choices. The PIXMA iP4500 Photo Printer boasts high-resolution, fast photo printing speeds and five individual ink tanks to deliver professional performance. The PIXMA iP3500 Photo Printer offers four individual ink tanks and a 4-inch x 6-inch photo lab quality borderless print in less than approximately 50 seconds,1 all at a value price point.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Canon U.S.A. Releases 21.1-Megapixel, Full-Frame EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 20, 2007 – The new 21.1-megapixel, full-frame Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR* camera brings the power of Canon U.S.A., Inc.’s professional imaging excellence and innovation into sharper focus than ever before. While Canon’s EOS-1D series has dominated the 35mm-based professional Digital SLR market for the past six years, the new EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR takes Canon’s pro-digital prowess into and the realm of high-fashion and commercial photo studios where bulkier, medium-format cameras previously reigned.


Monday, August 20, 2007

Canon U.S.A. Delivers Highly Anticipated EOS 40D Digital SLR

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 20, 2007 – Following months of intense anticipation by Digital SLR enthusiasts worldwide, the EOS 40D DIGITAL SLR Camera from Canon U.S.A., Inc. is scheduled to begin sailing into stores in early September. Building on the success of Canon’s perennially popular “prosumer” EOS 20D and 30D models, the EOS 40D advances the state-of-the-art for mid-range Digital SLR cameras, making it a natural first choice for advanced amateur photographers and entry-level professionals, and an ideal second body for more established photo pros. Indeed, given the level of feature upgrades and improvements, technological wizardry and user-requested creative controls, the Canon EOS 40D SLR’s “prosumer” appellation may refer more to its accessible price point than to the exceptional quality, clarity and resolution of the images it creates.


Monday, August 20, 2007

Canon U.S.A.’s New PowerShot G9 Camera Combines Creative Control With Compact Convenience

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 20, 2007 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. announced today that its acclaimed G-series has a new top-of-the line model - the PowerShot G9 digital camera. The PowerShot G9 digital camera offers serious shooters and value-minded professionals a feature-packed camera with many of the advanced photographic capabilities of a high-end Digital SLR camera, in a lightweight, compact package at an affordable price.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Canon U.S.A. Introduces Two New Digital ELPH Cameras

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 20, 2007 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. today introduced two new compact PowerShot Digital ELPH Cameras – the top-of-the line 12.1-megapixel PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and the status-setting 8.0-megapixel resolution PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH. Both cameras still have the alluring charm and color that keep them ahead of the aesthetic curve, but now they are also loaded with advanced features and functions, making them perfect for the trend-setting techie. For the consumer attending a sunny backyard soiree, a relaxing respite getaway or an electrifying night on the town, these two Digital ELPH cameras continue to hold court as the perfect combination of beauty and brains. Canon’s PowerShot Digital ELPH cameras verify the adage that you can never be too (feature) rich or too stylishly thin.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Nik Software Dfine 2.0 Now Available

San Diego, CA – August 7, 2007 - Nik Software Inc. today announced that its award-winning noise reduction software tool Dfine 2.0 is now available for sale from specialty camera retailers in the U.S. or direct from Nik Software (www.niksoftware.com) at a suggested retail price of $99.95. Designed to improve image quality, Dfine 2.0 now includes Nik Software’s patented U Point technology for selective editing control and a completely new user interface that is easier to use and improves workflow for busy photographers.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Panasonic Unveils New High-Zoom LUMIX Digital Camera

SECAUCUS, N.J. (July 24, 2007) – Panasonic today expanded its LUMIX family of digital still cameras with the introduction of the LUMIX DMC-FZ18, an 8.1 Megapixel compact camera with an impressive 18x optical zoom.  In addition to a premium 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lens, the DMC-FX18 joins the LUMIX DMC-FX33 and DMC-FX55 as the first Panasonic digital cameras to offer the revolutionary Intelligent Auto Mode, which include Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Continuous Auto-focus functions, allowing users to easily capture clear, professional-quality images in any situation or setting.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Kubota Image Tools Creates Digital Photography Bootcamp Scholarship Program

Bend, OR (July 17, 2007) – Kubota Image Tools is pleased to announce the creation of a Digital Photography Bootcamp Scholarship Program. Professional photographers (or serious amateurs aspiring to be pros) are invited to apply to the program for a chance to be selected for a full scholarship to any of Kubota Image Tools’ upcoming Bootcamps – including the long sold-out October 2007 Bootcamp.

Monday, July 16, 2007

National Geographic Announces Second Annual International Photography Contest

WASHINGTON (July 13, 2007)—National Geographic readers around the world have the opportunity to take part in the 2007 National Geographic International Photography Contest. And, for the first time, readers of National Geographic’s English-language editions in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and United Kingdom will be able to participate in the contest that was inaugurated in 16 of its local-language editions in 2006.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

DxO Optics Pro v4.5 Supports Latest Canon and Nikon Cameras

Paris, France—July 10, 2007 – DxO Labs announces today that recently released DxO Optics Pro v4.5 adds support for the Canon EOS 1D Mark III and Nikon D40x Digital Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras and debuts support for fish-eye zoom lenses by adding the Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX Fish-Eye AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 lens to its library of available lens modules. 

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Pentax Introduces Entry-Level K100D Super

GOLDEN, CO. (June 27, 2007)….PENTAX Imaging Company announced the PENTAX K100D Super digital SLR with innovative features usually found on more advanced, higher-priced cameras.  The newest member of the K Series of digital SLRs combines the PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) system, an innovative Dust Removal (DR) system, and full compatibility with PENTAX SDM lenses.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Kingston Technology Launches ‘Icons of Photography’ Site

Fountain Valley, CA – Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, announced as part of its ‘Icons of Photography’ microsite, the interactive feature Critique My Image. Kingston is posting images at www.kingston.com/iop submitted by photographers from around the world, and had its Icons Harry Benson, Colin Finlay, Gerd Ludwig and Peter Read Miller provide constructive advice.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Epson Announces Perfection V200 Photo Scanner

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Designed for Chief Memory Officers and active photo enthusiasts, Epson America, Inc. announced the Perfection V200 Photo, its newest consumer scanner featuring a high-quality 4800 dpi optical resolution – for only $99. Equipped with the ability to scan photos or film with just one touch, scan 3D objects with the unique high-rise 180-degree lid and offer features such as photo restoration and Advanced Digital Dust and Scratch Correction, the versatile Perfection V200 offers remarkable results.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

DxO Optics Pro v4.5 Features Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Plug-in

Paris, France – June 26, 2007 – DxO Labs today announces the immediate availability of the new version of its flagship product – DxO Optics Pro v4.5 – for both Windows and Macintosh computer systems. Enriched with exclusive features including an Adobe Photoshop Lightroom plug-in, DxO Optics Pro v4.5 software demonstrates DxO’s continued commitment to providing photographers worldwide with an unrivalled set of digital imaging software tools.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 Now Available

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 is now available as a free upgrade for existing users, with added functionality and support for Windows Vista. Lightroom 1.1 adds a flexible image management system for multi-computer workflows, improved noise reduction and sharpening, and raw file support for 13 additional digital cameras from leading manufacturers including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Phase One.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Blurb Enhances Publishing Features

Blurb, the creative book publishing service, announced that it has redesigned its Web site and introduced several new features for Blurb customers who choose to share and market their books through Blurb’s Web site. Adding community-building features enables any Blurb author to communicate and connect with others, share interests, create books together, and sell those books to a wider audience.

Monday, June 11, 2007

International Online Community Connects Users of the CorelDRAWR Family of Products

Ottawa, Canada - June 6, 2007 - Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE) today announced that it has launched http://coreldraw.com/, a new online community for users of the CorelDRAWR family of products - including CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, Corel DESIGNERR  Technical Suite and CorelR DRAWingsR . This new community site is the first in a series that Corel will be launching to support its various user communities.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Olympus Embraces Underwater, Dive Community With New Camera Housings

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 4, 2007 – Olympus gears-up for summer with new underwater housings and accessories for its digital cameras — from point-and-shoot to D-SLR (digital single lens reflex). For millions, the peak travel season of June through August means fun in the ocean, lake or pool. Weekend sun worshipers to serious divers can easily capture their adventures beneath the surface (down to depths of 40 meters / approximately 133 feet) using the new Olympus housings.


Friday, June 1, 2007

Tamron Announces 2007 Photo Contest For Scrapbook Enthusiasts

Tamron USA, Inc. announced the 2007 photo contest for scrapbookers called “An Emotional Appeal.” This marks the second year that Tamron is conducting a photo contest aimed at the scrapbook enthusiast. “We received more than 1,300 images last year in response to our contest announcement,” stated Stacie Errera, Chief Marketing Officer for Tamron. “Andre Costantini, a professional freelance photographer living in New York City, our contest judge, had to work incredibly hard to choose a winner and just 20 favorites from the gamut of emotional images that ran from tears of joy and frustration, to grins of all sorts and much more. This was one of the most fun contests that Tamron has run and we absolutely wanted to do it again.”

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