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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

More on Canon no-show at PMA

In an interview with PDN, they further elaborate on why they are not attending PMA in 2010,
"One of the things that's changed is the convergence of technologies. You can go back and see that PMA once was just a photo show and CES was just a consumer electronics show. Today all of those technologies have become much more blended," he noted. "And at CES we see a much broader mix of retailers who can support all of those technologies. Plus, CES has a much larger attendance."
For the full article at PDN Click HERE

Fuji in 3D!


FUJIFILM BRINGS FINEPIX REAL 3D SYSTEM TO U.S. MARKET

New Camera Represents Breakthrough Technology for Stereoscopic Photography; Declared 3D Vision-Ready by NVIDIA

VALHALLA, N.Y., September 30, 2009 – FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. announced that the much-anticipated FinePix REAL 3D system will become available in the U.S. today. Introduced globally by FUJIFILM Corporation this summer, the FinePix REAL 3D system is the world’s first three dimensional (3D) digital imaging system that captures realistic 3D still photographs and movies1; providing 3D images that users can enjoy without special 3D glasses.

“The FinePix REAL 3D system is unlike any other digital imaging product on the market today, and the first real, complete solution for 3D digital photography, putting Fujifilm at the forefront of imaging technology,” said Go Miyazaki, division president, Electronic Imaging Division, Fujifilm U.S.A., Inc. “With the FinePix REAL 3D system, Fujifilm is offering users a totally new experience in both still pictures and movies to capture precious moments just as their eyes see them.”



Also today, Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer for NVIDIA® Corporation, declared the FinePix REAL 3D camera “NVIDIA 3D Vision™-Ready” during the company’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California. NVIDIA 3D Vision is a combination of high-tech wireless glasses and advanced software that allows users to view 3D pictures and movies in full HD on a PC, as well as automatically transforms hundreds of PC games into full stereoscopic 3D.

Phil Eisler, general manager of 3D Vision at NVIDIA said, “3D is transforming the entertainment and consumer electronics industries. Until now, consumers had no practical way to create and enjoy their own 3D content. The combination of Fujifilm’s amazing new point-and-shoot camera and NVIDIA’s 3D Vision system will ignite a whole new world of creative self expression.”

“Our joint effort with NVIDIA is a great example of how Fujifilm is already working together with other companies to expand solutions for 3D imaging,” added Miyazaki.

The FinePix REAL 3D system consists of the 3D digital camera, FinePix REAL 3D W1, a 3D digital viewer, FinePix REAL 3D V1, and 3D prints.

FinePix REAL 3D W1 Digital Camera
Featuring the newly developed “FinePix REAL 3D Lens System,” the W1 has dual Fujinon lenses that layer together two images. An aluminum die-cast frame protects the 3X optical zoom lenses from vibration and impact for ultimate accuracy. The “RP (Real Photo) Processor 3D” synchronizes data passed to it by the two lenses and two CCD sensors, to determine shooting conditions such as focus, brightness and tonality to instantaneously blend this information into a single symmetrical image for both still photos and movies. The 3D/2D LCD monitor features Fujifilm’s own LCD panel, exclusively made for the display of the 3D/2D images on digital cameras, allowing users to see beautiful, natural 3D images with the naked eye. As the camera performs a series of image processing steps automatically, anyone can take 3D photos and movies by just pointing the camera and pressing the shutter button.

Using an “Advanced 3D Mode,” the FinePix W1 digital camera also allows the user to adjust the settings to suit the scene being photographed. When using the “Individual Shutter 3D Shooting Mode,” the camera shifts to take the second shot after taking the first shot, and saves a single 3D image in the camera manually. This allows the user to edit the 3D images, which is particularly useful for landscape photography, or macro shots, where the 3D effect can be too strong. “Interval 3D Shooting” mode allows further flexibility, making it possible to take two shots from different viewpoints continuously while the photographer is moving, for example by train, airplane, or car…etc., to achieve 3D images of long-distance views.

The FinePix W1 also shoots conventional two-dimensional images. The "Advanced 2D Mode" lets users take two different shots simultaneously by pressing the shutter once. With "Tele/Wide Simultaneous Shooting," it’s possible to take a close-up photo of the subject and, at the same time, a photo with a wider span - just by changing the settings of the two lenses. With "2-Color Simultaneous Shooting" mode, users can take photos of the same scene with different color tonalities, like "Standard" or "Fujichrome," just by changing the processing signals on the two sensors.

FinePix Real 3D V1 Digital Viewer
The "FinePix REAL 3D V1," a digital 3D viewer, features Fujifilm's newly developed 3D/2D display 8.0-inch LCD panel. This allows users to enjoy and playback 3D images without the need for special 3D glasses. With various playback functions, users can enjoy 3D and 2D slideshows, as well as a Micro Thumbnail View, and an easy-to-use "Image Search" feature. With the included adjustable stand, users can change the angle for better 3D viewing, and enjoy easy use with the intuitive remote control included. The viewer can read and display image data stored on memory cards, and it can also receive image data via high-speed infra-red communication. The viewer can also directly connect to a personal computer via USB, and transfer stored images to the viewer for display.

FinePix Prints from SeeHere.com
Fujifilm has integrated high precision prints with lenticular sheets, resulting in the ability to produce high resolution 3D images. The process involves the 3D image data being integrated using highly advanced technology, and projected through a lenticular sheet lens to produce an image with binocular disparity. This then creates a very special 3D print with incredible detail.

Prints will only be available through SeeHere.com, Fujifilm’s photo printing, gifting and sharing web site.

A History of 3D Photography
3D photography has a history of more than 100 years, and stereoscopy even longer. In 1838, a 3D viewer (called a stereoscope) proved that properly drawn left and right eye views of an object would look 3D when viewed in the 3D viewer. Shortly after the birth of photography, the same principles and viewer were used for making and viewing 3D photographs. In 1947, the Stereo Realist camera introduced 35mm color 3D photography to the amateur photo market, and by 1955, over 40 models of 3D cameras were available. However, special 3D slide mounting, and the necessity of a 3D viewer, or a special 3D projector requiring a silver screen and 3D glasses, never caught on to a mass market. By 1960, 3D photography was relegated to a relatively small, but dedicated, group of enthusiasts who have continued to develop homemade 3D twin-camera rigs, including twin digital 3D cameras. Now in 2009, Fujifilm takes 3D photography to a new level with the introduction of the FinePix REAL 3D W1 digital camera, and its companion, the FinePix REAL 3D V1 viewer. The dream of point-and-shoot 3D photography, and instant 3D playback, is realized.2

“I think that it was bold and innovative of Fujifilm to produce a digital 3D camera, and for a first effort, they have done an incredible job. I never would have expected Auto Parallax along with the focusing, and a camera display that actually shows the 3D image without any viewing aids,” says 3D enthusiast David Starkman, contributing editor, Stereo World Magazine and co-founder, Reel 3-D Enterprises, Inc. “Best of all, it's the first 3D camera I've ever had that really does fit in a shirt or jacket pocket. It gives the 3D photographer almost the same convenience that 2D photographers now have with their compact digital cameras.”

Availability
Effective today, September 30, 2009, the FinePix REAL 3D W1 Digital Camera and REAL 3D V1 Digital Viewer are available through www.ShopFujifilm.com. The camera is also available through the Gear Store on www.NVIDIA.com/Shop. The camera retails for $599.95, and the viewer sells for $499.95. Prints will also be available, starting mid-October, through SeeHere.com, Fujifilm’s photo printing, gifting and sharing web site, for $6.99. Delivery on prints will take approximately 15 business days. For more information, please go to: www.ShopFujifilm.com, www.NVIDIA.com/get3d and www.SeeHere.com.

*1 As of June 2009, Fujifilm research.
*2 Source: David Starkman, contributing editor, Stereo World Magazine; Past President, Stereo Club of Southern California (www.la3dclub.com); co-founder, Reel 3-D Enterprises, Inc.

FOR FINEPIX REAL 3D W1 DIGITAL CAMERA SPECS, PLEASE GO TO:
http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/3d/camera/finepix_real3dw1/
specifications/index.html

FOR FINEPIX REAL 3D V1 VIEWER SPECS, PLEASE GO TO:
http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/3d/viewer/finepix_real3dv1/
specifications/index.html

About FUJIFILM
FUJIFILM U.S.A. Inc. is a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, providing digital and analog photographic Imaging Systems to consumers, professionals and businesses. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm U.S.A. via RSS, subscribe free at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Corporation brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, photofinishing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 15 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2008, employs more than 70,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2009, had global revenues of $24 billion. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

Strobist Old School

I was over on David Hobby's (Strobist) Site today checking out whats new (I go there about 1/week or 2) to find out something cool, learn new stuff and oogle over great photos and flash gear. I came across this great article with videos that he dug up from the old Dean Collins series on how-to-photography. (For those new to the photo world Dean Collins was the go-to guy throughout the 80's and 90's for photo technique, his books and videos were to many like gold. I even learned from some while getting my degree in the sport) This was pre-digital, and heck this bit even used an 8x10 view camera!
So enough from me, go over and Check It Out!


PDN PhotoPlus Expo Early Bird Special Ends in One Week!

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York City - October 22-24, 2009


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Free Admission Offer Ends Soon!
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4x5 users Rejoice; Fuji saves the Instant-film Market

"Yesterday morning, Fujifilm announced the availability of another instant film solution not previously available in the United States – Fujifilm FP-100B 4x5 black and white instant film.
Used by many professional and commercial large format photographers, the availability of this particular instant film type provides a practical proofing and testing solution to check light, depth and overall composition when shooting. Fujifilm FP-100B 4x5 instant film is available now and can be purchased wherever Fujifilm professional films are sold.

Last week, Fujifilm announced the availability of another instant film solution, the Instax Mini 7S Instant Camera and Instax Mini Instant Color Film. The company’s ongoing commitment to the culture of photography is a global, corporate commitment that is a key part of how Fujifilm contributes to the quality of life for people worldwide." -Fuji PR

Note: As a 4x5 shooter myself I often used polaroids to check for thoes crucial situations, and sometimes for fun, but with the "demise" of polaroid, what was all of us 4x5 instant-film users to do? I am SO happy that Fuji has filled the gap with this new product and can't wait to try it!


FUJIFILM BRINGS FP-100B 4X5 BLACK AND WHITE INSTANT FILM TO US MARKET

Large Format Photography Solution Ideal for Exposure and Composition Tests

Valhalla, NY, September 29, 2009 – FUJIIFLM U.S.A., Inc today announced the availability of Fujifilm FP-100B 4x5 black and white peel-apart sheet film to the US market. Used by many professional and commercial large format photographers, the availability of FP-100B 4x5 instant film provides a practical proofing and testing solution to check light, depth and overall composition when shooting.

“Fujifilm recognizes that there is a need for black and white instant 4x5 film in niche markets such as large format imaging,” said Kayce Baker, director of marketing, Pro Markets, Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A, Inc. “As long as there is a need in the U.S. marketplace for instant film, Fujifilm hopes to supply it.”

Fujifilm FP-100B 4x5 instant film is a positive, “peel-apart” panchromatic material designed for camera back-incorporated photographic equipment and cameras that accept instant film packs. Because of its sharp and precise image quality, the film is ideal for professional and commercial applications of all kinds, particularly those that require highly magnified images.

FP-100B 4x5 instant film includes features such as:
• Develops instantly in 30 seconds.
• Rich gradation, fine grain, and exceptional resolution.
• Performs well in various lighting conditions.
• Produces glossy finished photos with an image area of 3.5” x 4.5”.
• Available in 10 sheets per pack, MSRP $42.40.
• Requires use of the Fujifilm 4x5 Pack Holder – PA-45.

Since first introducing peel-apart type instant films to the United States in 2003, Fujifilm has expanded their line-up of instant film products. Most recently, Fujifilm has brought two instant camera systems to the US market from Asia: a consumer model, the Instax Mini 7S camera and Instax Mini instant film which was announced last week, and the professional grade Instax 200 camera and Instax Wide Format instant film announced last fall. The company’s ongoing commitment to the culture of photography is a global, corporate commitment that is a key part of how Fujifilm contributes to the quality of life for people worldwide.

Fujifilm FP-100B 4x5 instant film is available now and can be purchased wherever Fujifilm professional films are sold. For more information, go to www.fujifilmusa.com.

About FUJIFILM
FUJIFILM U.S.A. Inc. is a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation providing digital and analog photographic imaging systems and services and Motion Picture Film products and services to consumers, professionals and businesses. For more information please visit www.fujifilmusa.com, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm U.S.A. via RSS, subscribe free at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Corporation brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, photofinishing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 15 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2008, employs more than 70,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2009, had global revenues of $24 billion. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

Canon no show at PMA 2010


Big news coming out today from dpreview.com that Canon will not be at PMA this upcoming year. Canon has traditional been one of the largest, if not the largest booth at the show for the past 5 years that I have been attending and reporting.
They will be opting instead to show ONLY at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in January. In a statement by the company "...the decision has been made by Canon USA to only participate in 2010 trade shows and events that have the broadest reach..."
This in itself is probably the largest blow to PMA and the photo specific industry that has come about in the past 10 years. For years speculation of "how long" PMA will survive has been the undertone of the press room at the event ever since companies started showing and announcing at CES.
P3N&R will hopefully be attending CES this upcoming year as a partnership with Maryland Investor Mag. has formed to cover the high-end electronics, and now apparently will be our only chance to talk to Canon about products until PhotoPlus next year.
(Link to my PMA 09 LIVE coverage HERE)

LaCie Teams up with Cabasse to Bring Hi-Fi Sound Quality

Usable with your Mac®, PC or iPod®/Mp3 player.

* Hi-fi quality sound engineered
by Cabasse

* Easily connect to a Mac, PC,
or MP3 device

* USB bus powered

* Built-in cables for easier connectivity

* Plug & play, driver-free setup for
Mac and PC

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Today LaCie announced high-end speakers, modeled after Cabasse's renowned loudspeaker technology – the LaCie Sound2 Speakers, design by Neil Poulton. LaCie has partnered with famous acoustic engineering company Cabasse to bring high-quality sound to any computer system or A/V device.

NOTE: Ok so this isn't total photo related, but who among us all haven't wanted some good sound out of their MP3 player on an assignment, or to replay that video with that you just shot on your new crossover DSLR? Now, see why I am posting this... I really like the design of these, now hopefully I will get a chance to here them soon.


Coupled with Cabasse's loudspeaker driver support, the LaCie Sound2 Speakers provide premium sound quality to computers. Additionally, users can use the line-in connection to experience the same high-quality sound from audio/video devices like iPods and portable multimedia players.

"At LaCie, we like to optimize how our customers interact with their media. It is very exciting to partner with a company like Cabasse, which has a sixty-year reputation for hi-fi sound systems, to offer a high quality listening experience to our customers," said Alexis Kobassian, Product Manager. "The LaCie Sound2 Speakers exemplifies the very roots of sound development from design aesthetics to customized acoustic engineering, providing our customers with the best quality and price."

Setup for the LaCie Sound2 Speakers is easy; users simply plug into a PC or Mac USB connection or line-in port on a peripheral device, and they are ready to go – with no driver installation necessary. Also, for added functionality, the LaCie Sound2 Speakers come with a built-in USB cable and volume control.

The LaCie Sound2 Speakers can provide 30W total peak power output and an expansive frequency response of 80Hz - 20kHz. An external power supply is included to reach the optimal amplification and unique sound experience.

Availability
The LaCie Sound2 Speakers will be available through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Reseller+, LaCie Corner, and LaCie Storage Partner, starting at the suggested retail price of $99.99 (excluding VAT).
For more information, visit www.lacie.com.

About Cabasse
Founded by Georges Cabasse in 1950, the company has been a pioneer in the search for true musical reproduction. In all likelihood, the quest really began in 1740 when the first signed Cabasse violin was made. Five generations of musical instrument craftsmen followed, pursuing the tradition and supplying Europe with violins, violas and cellos, most of which are still being played in orchestras today.
Cabasse's continuing obsession is to faithfully and perfectly reproduce music and soundtracks, without any alteration, coloration or distortion in the sound. This boundless passion has led the company to relentlessly innovate, design, and engineer better and better loudspeakers, so that all ears can enjoy the essence and thrill of sonic purity.

About Neil Poulton
Neil Poulton was born in Thurso, Scotland. A graduate in Industrial Design from Edinburgh University and Milan's Domus Academy, Poulton first came into public view in 1989 as the creator of "the ageing pens," pens made from a "living," wearing plastic that changes color and form with use. Today, Neil Poulton designs and develops best-selling, award-winning products for a variety of international clients including LaCie & Artemide. Since 1991, Poulton has lived and worked in Paris, France. www.neilpoulton.com.

About LaCie
Located in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore, and Hong Kong, LaCie is a leading provider of integrated storage solutions including external and online storage, color monitors, and accessories that help professionals and everyday users manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology. Established in France in 1989, LaCie is listed on Euronext under FR0000054314 (LAC).
For more information on LaCie, visit www.lacie.com.

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