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Monday, October 12, 2009

"COLOR ME IMPRESSED" Review of the Epson 3880

PDN's Dan Havlik takes a look at the long awaited 3880 desk-top 17" printer from Epson. This is the last in their "pro" line to be upgraded to the new Vivid K3 Ink set to produce more rich reds and other colors. In addition they added a ink-resistant print head to help reduce clogging and as like its predecessor it features auto-swap black inks.

The black-ink swap is still not perfect as it still has to purge some ink, however it is FAR better than that of the larger printers cart-swap system that ends up wasting upwards of $50+.
The new printer handles color and black and white well (I won't give away the ending) it also handles a verity of media (except roll paper) If you remember back in September we came out with the 2880 review here and mentioned in it the arrival of the 3880 for those on a space-budget as a viable option if it produced similar results. You will have to conclude for yourself if this is the case but in my overall opinion I would buy the 3880 now as its relatively only a few $$ more than the 2880 and does 17" wide prints.

Continue to the review at PND HERE

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Nikon D5000 Digital SLR Wins Gold DIWA Award


Tokyo (Oct. 12, 2009) - Nikon Corporation (Michio Kariya, President) is pleased to announce that the Nikon D5000 digital SLR camera has been selected as recipient of the DIWA Gold Award. The Digital Imaging Websites Association (DIWA) is an international network of independent websites from Europe and the United States dedicated to comprehensive and neutral reviews of digital imaging products.

BUY NOW Nikon D5000 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens


Recipients of DIWA awards are determined with testing by member experts at DIWA Labs. Products are also tested according to more than 200 specified details, functions and features for evaluation and scoring. Those receiving the highest scores are selected as recipients of DIWA awards. The D5000 was selected for the high scores it received in terms of built-in advanced technologies, wide variety of functions, and ease of use.

DIWA comments
DIWA comments: “The Nikon D5000 knows how to stand out from most compact DSLR cameras thanks to its innovative image technology and users ease. The convenient vari-angle LCD monitor allows users to shoot from any angle, and Live View mode gives digital photography an extra dimension. The Nikon D5000 managed to convince the DIWA jury simply by its superior image quality, innovative functionality and user-friendliness.”

DIWA awards
DIWA was established in June 2003. It is an independent international organization presently consisting of eleven digital imaging product testing and review website members from all over Europe and the U.S.A. Digital imaging products are tested by DIWA members at DIWA Labs. Products are also tested according to more than 200 specified details, functions and features for evaluation and scoring. Those receiving the highest scores are selected as recipients of
DIWA awards.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. For the second consecutive year, Nikon D Series digital SLR cameras are recognized as “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with digital SLR cameras, Two Years in a Row, Tied in 2008.” According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 and 2008 Digital Camera Usage and Satisfaction StudiesSM. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its legendary F-mount lens-mounting system. Only Nikon has sustained an original lens mount for such an extraordinary period, ensuring that photographers can continue to leverage their previous investments while still taking advantage of new innovations. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-UX or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web’s most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

FTC Guidelines for Reviewing


FTC Publishes Final Guides Governing Endorsements, Testimonials
Changes Affect Testimonial Advertisements, Bloggers, Celebrity Endorsements

The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it has approved final revisions to the guidance it gives to advertisers on how to keep their endorsement and testimonial ads in line with the FTC Act.

The notice incorporates several changes to the FTC’s Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, which address endorsements by consumers, experts, organizations, and celebrities, as well as the disclosure of important connections between advertisers and endorsers. The Guides were last updated in 1980.

NOTE: In an effort to comply with more government regulation after every review we will now state how we got the product and what we are doing with it. Many companies send gear for reviewers to keep and we use it in our day-to-day lives or giveaways on the site or friends etc. Other products like cameras, printers etc (high $$ items) are on loan for usually a month or two. Please note: We Will NEVER accept money or other forms of payment/gear etc in return for a good review. Our opinions are genuine and honest. If a product sucks we will tell you, Often times we are than asked by the manufacture to help resolve problems with said product and we usually do send them tips on how to make it better.

(cont. For Release: 10/05/2009)

Under the revised Guides, advertisements that feature a consumer and convey his or her experience with a product or service as typical when that is not the case will be required to clearly disclose the results that consumers can generally expect. In contrast to the 1980 version of the Guides – which allowed advertisers to describe unusual results in a testimonial as long as they included a disclaimer such as “results not typical” – the revised Guides no longer contain this safe harbor.

The revised Guides also add new examples to illustrate the long standing principle that “material connections” (sometimes payments or free products) between advertisers and endorsers – connections that consumers would not expect – must be disclosed. These examples address what constitutes an endorsement when the message is conveyed by bloggers or other “word-of-mouth” marketers. The revised Guides specify that while decisions will be reached on a case-by-case basis, the post of a blogger who receives cash or in-kind payment to review a product is considered an endorsement. Thus, bloggers who make an endorsement must disclose the material connections they share with the seller of the product or service. Likewise, if a company refers in an advertisement to the findings of a research organization that conducted research sponsored by the company, the advertisement must disclose the connection between the advertiser and the research organization. And a paid endorsement – like any other advertisement – is deceptive if it makes false or misleading claims.

Celebrity endorsers also are addressed in the revised Guides. While the 1980 Guides did not explicitly state that endorsers as well as advertisers could be liable under the FTC Act for statements they make in an endorsement, the revised Guides reflect Commission case law and clearly state that both advertisers and endorsers may be liable for false or unsubstantiated claims made in an endorsement – or for failure to disclose material connections between the advertiser and endorsers. The revised Guides also make it clear that celebrities have a duty to disclose their relationships with advertisers when making endorsements outside the context of traditional ads, such as on talk shows or in social media.

The Guides are administrative interpretations of the law intended to help advertisers comply with the Federal Trade Commission Act; they are not binding law themselves. In any law enforcement action challenging the allegedly deceptive use of testimonials or endorsements, the Commission would have the burden of proving that the challenged conduct violates the FTC Act.

The Commission vote approving issuance of the Federal Register notice detailing the changes was 4-0. The notice will be published in the Federal Register shortly, and is available now on the FTC’s Web site as a link to this press release. Copies also are available from the FTC’s Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 1,700 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s Web site provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.

Link to FTC Release

Live at PhotoPlus


P3 N&R will have a full team bringing you live updates (thanks in-part to Blogger phone sms/mms upload capability) all the cool stuff from the 26th annual Photo Plus Expo by PDN at the Javits Center in New York City.
Brendan will be reporting with video while Mel may even get some (in front of) camera time in addition to the written word. Both will be finding all the new and cool stuff and reporting on it here LIVE!
Mel will be on the search for the perfect photo bag that holds a camera and laptop, and female-centric gadgets.
Brendan will be on a quest for the best video-DSLR accessory, and the coolest product of the show along with general overview and reports from some of the camera companies.



Irving Penn dies at 92


Famous Fashion Photographer Irving Penn died at the age of 92 Wednesday October 7th 2009 at his home in Manhattan.
"one of the 20th century’s most prolific and influential photographers of fashion and the famous, whose signature blend of classical elegance and cool minimalism was recognizable to magazine readers and museumgoers worldwide..."
-NY Times


Link to full write up by the New York Times HERE

Slideshow of some of his work HERE



Ralph Lauren Cought in a Photoshop Disaster

You know its big when the Drudge Report hounds in on you...
After various news agencies, blogs and other reports surfaced, the company was forced to issue a statement:
Polo Ralph Lauren released a statement to the TV show Extra:

"For over 42 years we have built a brand based on quality and integrity. After further investigation, we have learned that we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman's body. We have addressed the problem and going forward will take every precaution to ensure that the caliber of our artwork represents our brand appropriately."



Link to article that Drudge linked to HERE
Link to Image of Cover HERE
Full write up at PDN HERE

Note we are not posting a direct image of the cover like many sites have done as our legal department has advised against getting into it with RL involving the rather overbearing Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Carl Zeiss presents the Distagon T* 2/28 For Canon EF


Thornwood, NY – Carl Zeiss introduces the wide-angle lens Distagon T* 2/28 ZE with EF bayonet, suitable for all analog and digital EOS camera models. With an initial aperture opening of 1:2, it is among the fastest lenses of its kind in its focal length. From landscape photography at dawn to interior shots under available light, the Distagon T* 2/28 ZE offers photographers plenty of room for creativity for hand held photography. Following the recent introduction of its two ultra-wide-angle lenses, the Distagon T* 3,5/18 ZE and the T* 2,8/21, the new Distagon T* 2/28 ZE is Carl Zeiss’ first moderate wide-angle lens with EF bayonet.



Despite its fast aperture and complex retro-focus construction, the Distagon T* 2/28 ZE has a compact build. These characteristics make the lens a highly versatile and performance-driven tool for all types of photographers. Even with its wide angle, the lens enables photographers to play fully with an image’s depth of focus. With a wide aperture opening, for example, one can effectively separate the motif from its background. With a small aperture opening, photographers can use the sharpness of the lens system for the entire image range. It is also ideally suited for shooting HD video due to its wide focus rotation, superb image quality and minimal breathing characteristics.
The floating elements design guarantees high imaging performance each time, from close-ups to infinity, enabling the photographer to make razor-sharp close-up images of even the tiniest objects. Thanks to the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating and meticulously crafted lenses, the new Distagon T* 2/28 ZE deals effortlessly with reflections and stray light. Brilliant pictures work every time, even under tough lighting conditions such as a breaking dawn.

The Distagon T* 2/28 ZE will begin shipping on October 20th for a suggested retail price of $1,080.

For more information, visit www.zeiss.com/photo.

Product Photos
To download product photos of the Distagon T* 2/28 ZE, please visit our on-line image database: http://zeiss.smartimagine.com/pindownload/login.do?pin=EZQ3P
Some sample images taken with the Distagon T* 2/28 ZE can be viewed at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/silver2silicon/sets/72157622565873540/

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