LEGION PAPER (www.legionpaper.com) asked users to share their favorite California-themed landscape images in the wake of last year’s September wildfires in San Diego. After receiving a great response, Legion sent paper to participating artists and compiled assortments of six California-themed prints in limited edition Moab Chinle Economy Folios. The books are now being auctioned online through eBay’s “Giving Works” with 100% of the proceeds donated to raise money for the Glendale, California Red Cross. Participating artists include Barbara Bordnick, Chris Conrad, Jim Graham, Douglas Kirkland, Judith Monteferrante and Michael Zide. Visit http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220224957681 to bid on the prints; bidding starts at $250.
ILFORD PHOTO (www.ilford.com) announced that it is running a two month ULF product ordering window. Taking place from mid-April until the end of June, this window allows photographers to order Ilford Photo ULF sheet film products from a select group of dealers. Ilford Photo plans to combine orders from across the U.S. and Canada to ensure quantity requirements are met before manufacturing the items at its production facility in Cheshire, England. Product will be shipped to arrive at the dealers by approximately mid-September. This is the third year that Ilford Photo has staged this annual initiative.
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. (www.kingston.com) has posted the latest Critique My Image collection of photographs submitted by pros from around the world. In this new installment, each of the Kingston Icons selected several images from the numerous submissions and provided constructive advice for improving or enhancing each photograph. Tips and topics covered include lighting, exposure, composition, texture and styling. Kingston’s Icons of Photography includes Colin Finlay, world-renowned photojournalist Harry Benson, National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig and Sports Illustrated photographer Peter Read Miller.
Tafota Marketing, Inc (www.tafota.com) launched a line of designer website templates specifically for the professional photographer. Each site has a Content Management System that simplifies the user’s ability to make changes quickly and easily. Other features include: a Quick Pick color coordinated scheme, allowing for fast updates to a site, up to 20 pages of content; a music library; and an online display which includes up to 300 images in six different galleries. The company also offers a toll free phone number for client support during normal business hours. Sites are available for purchase or lease.
Tamron USA, Inc. (www.tamron.com) announced a unique identifying logo that provides authorized Tamron dealers with the recognition and differentiation required in the online retailer environment. Tamron USA, Inc., the exclusive distributor for Tamron products in the USA, protects its customers by distributing Tamron products through businesses that have earned the title, “Authorized Tamron USA Dealer” through the company.
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Corbis (www.corbis.com) announced that Barry Allen has been appointed as the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Allen will oversee the financial management for Corbis and be a member of the Executive Team based in the company’s Seattle headquarters. Allen has more than 25 years of experience in diverse senior executive leadership roles in the internet, enterprise technology, and real estate sectors.
Advanced Media, Inc. (www.ritekusa.com) introduced a 32GB model to its 233x Lightning Series of CompactFlash cards. Proving size does matter in memory cards, it boasts one of the largest capacities and fastest transfer rates available in a CF card. It joins existing 233x Series models featuring 2GB - 16GB storage capacities.
Argraph (www.argraph.com) unveiled the Zigview S2, which is a rotating, tilting real-time digital viewfinder for virtually any DSLR or film SLR. The Zigview S2 features a remote detachable 2.5-inch LCD, motion sensor, intervalometer, and video output. The Zigview S2 attaches to your camera’s viewfinder and displays a live video feed from the viewfinder to its 2.5-inch high resolution LCD. Users can tilt and rotate the LCD for viewing at any angle, including from the front of the camera. Photographers are invited to post images on the “How Do You Zigview?” page of the Argraph Corp. website. Visit http://www.argraph.com/Zigview/User-Reviews/Zigview-User-Reviews.htm to see results.
Canson (www.cansoninfinity.com) announced a new inkjet Fine Art and Photo range called Canson Infinity. The line has been engineered to allow for optimum color gamut. The 14 media product line includes a choice of four different surface structures: Smooth surface, Ultra smooth surface, Textured surface, and Canvas.
Olympus (www.olympusamerica.com) released the Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm Four Thirds f/4.0-f/5.6 super-wide-angle zoom lens. This compact lens can be used on any of the Olympus E-System DSLR camera bodies.
Olympus also introduced the successor to the E-510: the E-520 Digital SLR. Featuring In-body Image Stabilization and autofocus Live View, the E-520 also ensures amazing results with an array of technologies, including: Face Detection technology, Shadow Adjustment technology, and Perfect Shot Preview.