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Thursday, October 1, 2009

X-Rite Says Show Us Your ColorMunki & Win Big

The Fun Begins Oct 1 With Contest For Side-splitting Videos Featuring ColorMunki On YouTube – Up To 500USD Monthly Cash Awards Plus 2,500USD Grand Prize

Grand Rapids, MI – October 1, 2009 –– X-Rite (NASDAQ: XRIT), Incorporated, the world leader in color management and measurement technologies, launches a Show Us Your Munki contest, featuring its award-winning ColorMunki, ( a product designed to deliver color perfection in digital imaging.

“X-Rite invites anyone to create a ColorMunki video, make us laugh, and submit it on our YouTube channel. The grand prize is 2,500USD, so the funnier, the better,” says X-Rite Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing Iris Mangelschots.

The Show Us Your Munki contest ( ), which runs October 1, 2009–March 31, 2010, is simple. Make a side-splitting video with ColorMunki as a prominent “character”, and submit it on the X-Rite YouTube channel. Then the real fun begins.

Every month, prizes will be awarded to videos with the most views: 50USD (to buy your Munki a drink or two,) 150USD (to take your favorite Munki to dinner;) and 500USD (to take your Munki away for the weekend.) All monthly winners are eligible for the grand prize of 2,500USD, awarded at the end of the contest in March.

Don’t have a Munki? No worries; the contest even includes tools and ideas for developing your own hilarious video. To enter or for more on Show Us Your Munki contest details visit:

“ColorMunki was designed to appeal to the most creative people on the planet – those who want to obtain accurate color from screen to print in the easiest way possible. We are looking forward to seeing a wide variety of funny Munki videos that showcase a product developed to delight and engage them in the first place,” Mangelschots says.

To see what top professionals in the industry say about ColorMunki, visit

About X-Rite

X-Rite is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which includes color industry leader Pantone Inc., develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services,


Los Angeles, CA, September 29, 2009 — Digital Foci, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded the PMA Canada Expo 2009 "Hot Picks" for "Photo Book" portable digital photo album. Selected as one of the "Hot Pics" earlier this year at PMA 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as at PMA Australia 2009 held in Sydney, Photo Book rose above the crowed once again and was predicted to be the hottest sellers of this holiday season.

PMA Retailer "Hot Picks"
In this event, a panel of retail buyers, selected for their expertise and knowledge of the photo industry, scoured the trade show floor for the new and most innovative products. The selected Hot Picks, noted Bob Moggach, Director of PMA Canadian Activities, are the best products and services that retailers feel "will be the strongest bets to improve revenue streams in their stores".

Photo Book is one of the 13 products selected as the best of the PMA Canada 2009. Equipped with an 8-inch 800 x 600 digital LCD color screen and a large 4GB of internal memory, Photo Book works as the perfect portable digital album. Featuring a slim design encased in a soft leather-like case for a convenient, elegant photo display, Photo Book offers over 2.5 hours of battery life and an easy and portable way to enjoy and share digital photos in a comfortable setting.

With Photo Book, consumers have easy access to their photos in a portable album that can be brought along to enjoy and share anywhere. Its soft leather-like case presents an attractive initial impression and is ideal for passing around while sitting on a living room sofa or at a business presentation. The internal battery eliminates the need to deal with messy AC power cables and makes it very easy to handle.

To use, simply load photos onto Photo Book's internal memory directly from a memory card or USB flash drive. Supported memory cards include CF, SD, SDHC, MMC, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick, and MSPRO. In addition, users can connect Photo Book to the computer via USB and easily transfer photos, videos, and music from the computer to Photo Book.

Photo Book lets users organize their photos into different albums and choose a specific album to view. The "Photo Album View" displays each folder as a separate photo album, showing its folder name and a preview image of the first photo in the album. "Photo Thumbnail View" lets you browse through the thumbnails of the photos in a selected photo album. In addition to running a full screen photo slideshow with adjustable time intervals, you also have the option of running the slideshow with an elegant page-turning effect, just like you were flipping through an actual photo album. You can further customize your slideshow by adding music to play in the background.

Perfect for Photographers to Present Portfolios -- Supports RAW Image for DSLRs

Perfect for photographers to professionally display and protect thousands of photos in a sleek portfolio, Photo Book supports RAW images from a wide selection of DSLRs, in addition to JPEG, BMP, GIF, and TIF image formats. Photographers can organize their photos into different collections, and choose a specific collection to show depending on their audience. Photos are automatically rotated to their correct orientation based on the EXIF data captured by the camera, and can also be zoomed, panned, and rotated.

Photo Book Features:
- 8" digital LCD with LED backlight and 800 x 600 resolution.
- Large 4 GB internal memory holds thousands of digital photos.
- Built-in memory card slots provide native support for: CF, SD/HC card, MMC, xD-Picture Card, MS/MS PRO (Supports mini-SD, RS-MMC, MS Duo with adapter).
- USB host capability - supports USB flash drives.
- Copy albums directly from memory cards for USB flash drives to internal memory without needing a computer.
- Copy selection of photos from one album to another.
- Delete selection of photos or albums.
- USB 2.0 connection for transferring photos between your computer and device.
- Display each photo album with folder name and photo preview.
- Optional displays show photo file name and slideshow counter.
- Run automatic Full-Screen or Flip-Page photo Slideshows with adjustable time intervals.
- Scroll photos manually with zoom and rotate functions.
- Supported image formats – JPEG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, RAW image files from a wide selection of DSLR cameras.
- Automatic photo orientation based on EXIF data.
- Supported audio formats – MP3, AAC, WMA – Personalize albums by adding themed music.
- Supported video formats – MJPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-4 SP.
- Built-in 1 channel, 1.4W speaker.
- Runs on rechargeable Lithium polymer battery with 2.5 hours of battery life.
- Soft leather-like case that protects the Photo Book and makes an attractive presentation.

Photo Book includes a leather-like case, AC power adapter, USB cable to computer, USB-OTG cable to USB flash drive, and Quick Start Guide. Priced at $189 SRP, Photo Book is available now at: and major retailers, such as,,,, and

About Digital Foci
Digital Foci helps consumers manage and enjoy their digital content collection easily. The company enhances people's lives by allowing them to seamlessly move digital photos, video, and music from one place to another. With Digital Foci products, consumers are able to enjoy any of their digital content on any device without ever worrying about format compatibility. Digital Foci products include digital picture frames, photo displays, storage devices, and card readers for transfer, storage, and management optimized for any setting where you choose to enjoy your digital content.

Digital Foci (pronounced "foe-sigh") is the plural form of the word "focus" and symbolizes the many distinct points where light and sound converge and diverge. It is at these digital focus points (or foci) where you view and share your digital pictures, watch your digital video, listen to your digital music, and access your digital files.

New Elliott Landy book celebrates 40th Anniversary of Woodstock.

Woodstock, IL September 30, 2009 Elliott Landy, official photographer for the original Woodstock Music Festival, has just released a magnificent new, 224-page, hardcover edition of Woodstock Vision-The Spirit Of A Generation featuring 300 of his classic rock images from the late sixties. Many of these images are also available from the artist, as signed Fine Art prints.

More than any other photographer, Elliott Landy helped define the Woodstock Era with his intimate photographs of the greatest music legends of the time in concert, backstage and in their homes. This new collection of his work features famous photographs of Bob Dylan (Nashville Skyline), The Band (Music From Big Pink) and Van Morrison (Moondance) as well as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and many other greats. It also includes photo-journalistic images of sixties peace demonstrations and a series of offbeat, humorous celebrity photographs.

Woodstock Vision-The Spirit Of A Generation includes a special 90-page section of original Woodstock Festival photographs, dedicated to preserving the true vision and spirituality of the event in celebration of its 40th Anniversary. It also contains first- hand accounts from the producers, builders, hippies and "straights" at the event, who provide unique insight into the trials, tribulations and sheer joy of being there.

"I love photography" states Landy in the new edition's Dedication "it has taken me to places I wanted to go, helped me meet some of the people I wanted to meet, and allowed me to share with others some of my deepest experiences.I was lucky. In the early days of my career I chose to photograph people and events that came to be socially and culturally significant. But, when I was photographing Jim Morrison at the Hunter College Auditorium, or Janis Joplin at the Anderson Theater on New York's Lower East Side, neither event had, then or now, any meaning for me beyond my momentary love of the music they were creating and the way they looked creating it."

The new book, as well as signed, Fine Art Prints of Elliott's classic images, can be ordered online at www.Landyvision.c om. His beautiful Archival Pigment Prints are made on Hahnemühle Digital FineArt Baryta inkjet paper "I am totally in love with the FineArt Baryta and use it for nearly all my digital black & white prints. They look indistinguishable from the silver-gelatin prints and some are even better!"

Elliott Landy, born in 1942, began photographing the anti-Vietnam war movement and the underground rock music culture in New York City in 1967. His images of Bob Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Joan Baez, Van Morrison, Richie Havens and many others documented the music scene during that classic period, culminating with the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival.

After that he moved on to other inspirations and art forms which included photographing his own children and travels, creating impressionist flower photographs and experimenting with motion and kaleidoscopic techniques in both still and cinematic formats.

Elliott has authored six photographic books and his prints have been exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the world. His images have also graced the covers of many major magazines including Life, The Saturday Evening Post and Rolling Stone as well as several collectable record albums, most notably, Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline and The Band's Music From Big Pink.

For more information on the Hahnemühle Digital FineArt collection visit www.hahne To see more of Elliott Landy's work, order Fine Art prints, or purchase Woodstock Vision-The Spirit Of A Generation, visit www.Landyvision.c om.

The Hahnemühle paper mill has been producing quality artist's papers for over 420 years. Since its founding in 1584 they have developed experience and a tradition of excellence in art materials that is now been brought to the digital age, and fine art Inkjet printing. The German based company whose headquarters are in Dassel, has 150 employees worldwide.

Link to Landry's Site

Review - Nikon D300s

PDN's Theano Nikitas has a great and concise review on the new semi-pro flagship D300s. With the addition of duel card slots, video and a quiet shutter the camera really appeals to most photojournalists who are having to shoot video more for websites. Theano go's on to tell us how the ISO and general speed/feel of the camera performs. I don't link to many other reviews as we prefer to do our own here, however this is a very good to the point one (and we don't have a D300s yet) If you want computer measurments this one is not for you, if you want a real world report, read on...
Continue on to read this great review over at PDN
Nikon's Official D300s Page HERE

Buy Now: Nikon D300s 12MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Review - thinkTANK photo Hydrophobia™ 300 - 600 Long term update

by Brendan Cavanaugh
Simply perfect. I cannot say it better. This product has been protecting my 300mm F2.8 (sometimes with a teliconverter) and camera for over a year now and I am constantly asked by fellow sports-shooters on the field how I like it. Its great and the price is a fraction of the previous only other “real” option past a trash-bag.

If I ever get/rent something longer like a 600mm I can add the Velcro-on extension that comes with it to make it longer. I have also used it with a 400 F2.8 and it worked fine.
The price, design, construction, material and product support cannot be beat. thinkTANK has really thought this product threw, and it shows.

One of the other great things is its on-lens storage capability. It is built to be able to store it on your lens (hood) until you need it. It tucks inside a nice elastic-banded/draw-cord while it is mounted/attached to the lens. I have used this many times as rain may be threatening or the sun has come out after a cloud burst. This on-lens means of storage further shows the thought that went into this product.

I just hope they come out with something for the sub 200mm F2.8 range (probably an intermediate size for the 200mm crowd, and a real short one for a 70mm (28-70mm) or less lens.
For Remote camera use check out their Remote Control 10 and 20 models (no viewfinder/control access when “closed”

Official Site for Hydrophobia™ HERE
Great debate on SportsShooter about this vs. the Aqua tech

by Brendan Cavanaugh for P3N&R
Images from thinkTank

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