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Canon ( announced the EOS-1Ds Mark III, a 21.1 megapixel, full-frame sensor, DIGIC III upgrade of the 1Ds Mark II. Its five-frame-per-second shooting rate for bursts of up to 56 Large/Fine (21-megapixel) JPEGS or 12 RAW images makes it ideal for location-based fashion photography and other commercial applications. The compact, rugged, lighter-weight magnesium alloy body further enhances ease of use and performance out of the studio. The EOS-1Ds Mark III is scheduled to begin shipping in November at an estimated selling price of $7,999 (same price as the EOS-1Ds Mark II).

Corel ( announced Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, which features a wide selection of photo-editing tools, from automatic functions when you need results fast to precision controls for fine-tuning. Downloading, viewing, sorting, and quickly processing photos are a breeze.

Domke (, a division of The Tiffen Company, announced the return of the Tripod Trio, rugged, lightweight tripod bags. The F-427 (27" long), F-432 (32" long), and F-440 (40" long) include all the features of the classic Domke camera bags. They are made of durable, water-resistant cotton canvas, have a non-slip Gripper Strap and double-pull YKK zippers. An adjustable shoulder strap keeps the tripod head up, making it easy to carry and control.

Extensis ( announced Portfolio 8.5 with full Adobe CS3 integration, workflow enhancements, expanded SQL and file support. The new software features default-field values, which allow users to save time by setting values that are automatically applied during cataloging.

NIK SOFTWARE ( announced availability of Dfine 2.0, for Adobe Photoshop CS3. The new software includes a redesigned noise-reduction engine, selective noise-reduction featuring U Point technology, automatic camera profiling, and an improved user interface.

Nikon Inc. ( announced the D3, with a 12.1 effective megapixel FX-format (full-format) CMOS sensor. With the fastest startup time, shortest viewfinder blackout time, and shortest shutter lag of any DSLR, as well as the capability to shoot up to nine fps at full FX-format resolution, the D3 is the world's fastest DSLR in its class (as of August 2007, among cameras featuring an imaging sensor similar to the size of 35mm film). Also featuring Liveview and a sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 6,400 at normal setting, the D3 is scheduled to be available in November at an estimated selling price of $4,999.95.

Pawsitively Purrfect Products, L.L.C. (www.pawsitively
) launched its Pet Petal Pullcart (patent and trademark pending), a lightweight removable cart secured to a pet's shoulder harness, which when pulled, distributes flower petals. Weighing under two pounds, the pullcart can be painted white with opalescent glitter and customized with the couple's names. Will make wedding photographers heroes with their pet-loving couples.

Sigma Corporation ( announced new HSM lenses for Nikon. The HSM is integrated into the compact standard zoom lens 18-50mm F/3.5-5.6 DC, giving the lens capability to auto focus with all Nikon DSLR cameras (including the D40 and D40x). An aspherical lens and Super Multi Layer Coatings achieve high image quality throughout the entire zoom range.