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Monday, February 28, 2011

Hands-On with the Pentax K-r

Text and images by Melanie Beus

Announced on September 9, 2010, the K-r is the new entry-level DSLR, designed with the new user in mind. The design and features are aimed towards the person who is beginning with their first DSLR experience from a point and shoot style of camera. The K-r features many of the settings and modes familiar to the point and shoot photographer, as well as the basic, more manual types of settings found on DSLRs aimed at advanced users.
The K-r is essentially the replacement body for the K-x, but as both cameras are geared for the new DSLR user, to say that the K-r is intended to be an upgrade for current K-x users would not be entirely accurate. It is still the step between compact cameras and the more advanced DSLR body. Keeping this in mind, while some comparisons to the K-x will be made where there are obvious new features added, point-by-point comparisons between the two cameras will not be made.

Read the Full Review after the jump...

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Kodak Reaffirms Plan to Complete Transformation to Sustainable, Profitable Company Starting 2012

Revenue from Four Key Digital Growth Businesses Outpaces the Market and Approaches $2.0 Billion in 2013, with Positive Earnings Contribution; Consumer Inkjet to Achieve Profitability During 2011, Commercial Inkjet During 2012; Kodak Driving Improved Performance from Established Digital Cash Generators; Company Has Sufficient Resources and Financial Flexibility to Complete Transformation

(Yes a bit old but still news)
NEW YORK CITY, Feb. 3 -- At its annual strategy meeting today with investors, Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) will detail plans to complete its transformation into a digital company with sustainable profits by 2012.
Kodak expects that revenue in its core growth businesses – Consumer and Commercial Inkjet printing, Workflow Software & Services, and Packaging Solutions – will more than double in size by the end of 2013. During this time, Kodak will effectively manage its large, cash-producing businesses, and drive toward sustainable, profitable growth on the strength of its unmatched expertise in materials science and digital imaging science. Consumer Inkjet will achieve positive gross profit dollars during 2011, with full-year positive operational earnings in 2012, and the company’s Commercial Inkjet business will achieve profitability during 2012.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

NEW OWC hardware RAID storage drive with massive 12TB of storage/backup


Highly Reliable 2 Million MTBF for Critical 24/7 Applications
Plug & Play Desktop-Sized Hardware RAID Storage/Backup Drive
5 Year Warranty Protection for Macs & PCs

Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, announced today the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 hardware RAID storage drive with massive 12TB of storage/backup in a desktop-sized brushed aluminum enclosure.  Featuring four 3TB high performance hard drives in four hot swappable drive bays, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 12TB RAID storage drive offers the flexibility of a “Quad Interface” of FireWire® 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA; four selectable Hardware RAID settings of 0, 1, 5, 10; and 300MB/s data transfer rates for high speed, Plug & Play storage and redundancy for Macs and PCs.

Built for Demanding Performance-Intensive Applications

The OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is built for demanding performance-intensive applications, such as:
·        Cloud storage
  • Massive Scale Out (MSO)
  • Data warehousing & mining
  • Disk-to-disk backup & archiving
  • RAID arrays
  • Network Attached Storage (NAS)
  • Audio/Video/HD-video editing.
  • Digital photography/graphics.
  • Professional music.
  • Redundant backup.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Now Available: KODAK Capture Pro Software Portfolio

Kodak begins shipping new versions of Capture Pro Software with richer support for MICROSOFT SHAREPOINT Server and expanded support for enterprise installations

-- Kodak announces the immediate availability of KODAK Capture Pro Software Network Edition for enterprise applications, and the next generation of KODAK Capture Pro Software, v3.0. Each product advances the capture software capabilities of Kodak’s complete document capture solution—scanners, software and services. These new products introduce additional benefits, address new use cases and focus on helping organizations to more quickly and reliably capture data from documents to initiate a critical business process.

 “We announced these products in October as part of an expansion of our capture software portfolio,” said Robert Bijster, Worldwide Director, Software Products, Document Imaging, Kodak’s Business Solutions and Services Group. “We are pleased to make them available right on schedule to help our customers optimize and transform the way they can deliver more meaningful information to key workflows, applications and processes.”

KODAK Capture Pro Software Network Edition
Capture Pro Software Network Edition makes it more efficient and cost effective to deploy Capture Pro Software across an enterprise, where there is a need to centrally manage and monitor multiple capture and indexing stations. The Network Edition comprises three separate product components:
  • KODAK Capture Pro Server Software
  • KODAK Capture Pro Software Output Server Module
  • KODAK Capture Pro Client Software

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Canon U.S.A. Displays Full Line Of Input To Output Devices

At The 2011 Wedding & Portrait Photographer International Convention

– Helping to elevate the art of wedding and portrait photography, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, will showcase various imaging products at this year's Wedding & Portrait Photographer International (WPPI) Convention at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at the Canon Booth (#401).
On display will be the new imagePROGRAF iPF6300S large format printer, the award-winning EOS DSLR camera line, professional video camcorders and PIXMA Pro-series inkjet printers in addition to live demonstrations of various professional product solutions designed for specialty applications. With the Company's complete line of image-capture equipment, Canon looks to provide end-to-end solutions, helping wedding and portrait photographers produce high-quality prints for clients to cherish and relive those magical moments.
"As professionals adopt new digital technologies into their workflow, such as HD video, we see an increase in the demand for high-quality, input to output solutions in the wedding and portrait photography market," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "Thanks to a wide array of photo-imaging solutions, it is now easier to generate beautiful, emotionally-compelling images and footage both the bride and groom will appreciate."

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hasselblad releases the new Phocus Family: Phocus 2.6, Phocus Quick and Phocus Mobile

23/02/2011 Hasselblad launches the new version of its imaging software, Phocus 2.6, and announces the availability of two exciting new Phocus standalone products.

Hasselblad is proud to introduce the Phocus Family of software products, offering tools matching the changing working conditions photographers face with each new assignment. With three different products, each catering to a different style of working, these new Phocus options easily overcome shifting workflow challenges by providing a high level of efficiency and flexibility of choice.

Phocus 2.6 - available for download now

Phocus 2.6 is Hasselblad's powerful, easy-to-use imaging software. It offers improvements that expand both application's capabilities and workflow speed. Brand new cross-platform features such as the Dust Removal Tool, Star Rating and Filtering, a much faster multi-shot viewer and improved quality at lower resolution, plus Windows support for TIFF and JPEG files are now part of version 2.6.

Samsung Electronics Corporation, enters into the A3 printer market


User-Friendly MultiXpress CLX-9350ND, CLX-9250ND and SCX-8040ND, SCX-8030ND Produce High-Quality Oversized Prints, including Posters, Photos, and Presentation Materials

Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, today announced its much-anticipated entrance into the A3 printer market – the MultiXpress CLX-9350ND and CLX-9250ND multifunction color printers and the MultiXpress SCX-8040ND and SCX-8030ND mono printers. Supporting throughput of up to 12-inches by 18-inches, Samsung’s A3 models are perfect for both back office operations in the enterprise space as well as demanding work groups looking for maximum productivity, seamless integration and powerful security features.

SeaLife’s NEW DC 1200

SeaLife’s NEW DC 1200 Underwater Camera Redefines Simplicity
MOORESTOWN, N.J. – One outstanding feature of SeaLife’s new 12 megapixel dive camera is its simplicity. In the past, the diver or snorkeler had to take the hand off the camera and shutter in order to operate the zoom or the button cluster on the back of the camera. Now, as a first among underwater cameras, the new SeaLife DC1200 eliminates the typical button cluster on the back of the camera in favor of five easy thumb-operated “Piano Keys”. Simplifying the operation even more, the large shutter button extends forward with a fingertip-control lever that allows scrolling through menus or zooming in and out without releasing your grip from the camera. This “Central Command Lever” and the “Piano Keys” are making great underwater pictures and videos easier than ever before.
The DC1200 includes four specially designed underwater modes making it possible for anyone to take sharp, colorful underwater pictures in any setting. Just in case you forget which underwater mode to choose, SeaLife includes an Easy Set-up mode - a graphic on-screen guide that takes the guess work out of setting up the camera for great pictures on land or underwater.
The camera functions just as effectively top-side as it does underwater by easily removing the slim inner camera from its waterproof housing. The 12-megapixel camera includes 5x optical zoom, auto-focus to 4 inches (10 cm) and features a video mode for shooting continuous, high-resolution digital videos with sound. Its large 3 inch LCD allows perfect framing and easy on-camera viewing.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jill-e Designs™ Ushers in Spring with its Latest Additions at WPPI

See new bags for women and men, new styles, new sizes, new colors, new capabilities

 Jill-e Designs, creator of sturdy, stylish camera and carry bags for today’s technology-rich, on-the-go lifestyle, has rolled out all of its latest camera and carry bags at WPPI in Las Vegas this week – including a body-hugging DSLR bag in four trendy colors, matching lens bags, a full-sized Jack rolling satchel, and more – as the company expands its portfolio to provide more styles, more capabilities and more uses to more people.

Photography lovers of every skill level will find a professional-quality bag that’s perfect for their specific needs and more than up to the demands they place on their equipment.  The WPPI trade show is taking place through Feb. 24 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.  Jill-e Designs is in Booth #1672, located in the Marquee Ballroom, where attendees will find new styles, new colors, new sizes and new capabilities.

“If you haven’t seen us lately, you haven’t seen us at all,” said Gail Backal, Executive Vice President of Jill-e Designs. “We’ve been broadening and enriching our portfolio of camera and carry bags so photographers – from professionals to enthusiasts to point-n-shooters – can enjoy the benefits of a Jill-e Designs bag in more locations, at more times and in more situations. Thery’re all on display at WPPI.”

Epson Introduces Newest 13-Inch Printer for Photographers and Fine Artists – Epson Stylus Photo R3000

Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Combines Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink and
AccuPhoto HD2 Image Technology to Deliver Stunning Wide-Format Prints
SAN ANTONIO (Imaging USA, Booth #200) – Jan. 17, 2011Epson America today introduced its most advanced 13-inch printer to date – the Epson Stylus® Photo R3000. Designed for professional photographers and fine artists, the Epson Stylus Photo R3000 draws from the advanced technology of Epson Stylus Pro-series printers to deliver gallery-quality black-and-white output and vivid color prints. This printer also includes new features such as high-capacity individual ink cartridges, advanced media handling to support a wide range of paper types, and Ethernet and wireless-N connectivity.
Featuring Epson UltraChrome K3® with Vivid Magenta ink technology and an advanced MicroPiezo® AMC print head, the Epson Stylus Photo R3000 produces exhibition quality prints on a wide variety of glossy, matte and fine art papers up to 13-inches wide using advanced media handling capabilities. Its innovative pigment ink set delivers an extremely wide color gamut with more dramatic blues and violets, while AccuPhoto HD2 image technology provides smoother color transitions and better highlight and shadow detail.
“The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 represents the next generation of 13-inch professional printers with its advanced features and design,” said Richard Day, senior product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America. “Epson is always striving to anticipate the demands of professionals while pushing the boundaries of technology to provide the level of quality expected from Epson. We’ve integrated new productivity features that will have a big impact on design workflows, including superior media handling, wireless connectivity, larger ink cartridges, and auto-switching black inks.”

(Note: Sorry for the delay on putting this up, I somehow missed this announcement over a month ago. If this is as good as it states, it could be a real ground breaker for epson. The 2880 was/is a great Printer (Our review here) and I have many hours on the 9900 printer as well which is equally amazing, both put my 4800 to shame. I hope to get a hands on with this to let everyone know) 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Samsung Launches New 2011 NX Series Lens Line Up

NX Series further strengthened with launch of five new lenses, allowing every photographer to create professional quality images

SEOUL, Korea – February 21, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced five innovative new lenses for its NX camera system. The new lenses bring more premium innovation to the range, featuring class-leading technology such as a premium portrait lens and lenses for movie capturing, opening new creative avenues for NX users to explore.

All of the lenses are compatible with Samsung’s unique i-Function system, which helps users create powerful effects easily through quick and convenient controls. The new launches, along with the five lenses released in 2010, mean that there are now 10 high-performance lenses available for the NX system, making this one of the most comprehensive ranges available in the Compact System Camera (CSC) market. Samsung’s new lenses have been created to allow users to maximize the potential of their NX system cameras, achieve professional-looking results and enjoy taking photos whatever their level of photography experience.

NEW FILM! Kodak Portra 160


Kodak Continues to Bring New Professional Films to Market with KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160 Film
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2011- (Virtual Press Office) – Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today introduced the new KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160 Film, featuring a significantly finer grain structure in a 160-speed color negative film. The new KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160 Film incorporates Kodak’s Advanced Cubic Emulsions to achieve this finer grain. Like the new KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 400 Film, KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160 Film also employs KODAK VISION Film technology and Antenna Dye Sensitization in the magenta emulsion layers. Photographers can trust the new KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160 Film to deliver exceptional skin tones, the hallmark of the KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA Film family. Kodak showcased the new film today at the annual WPPI trade show in Las Vegas, NV.

Book Review: Digital Photography Composition for Dummies

Review by: Contributing Editor Melanie Beus

Digital Photography Composition for Dummies
by Tom Clark. A branded imprint of Wiley

The For Dummies series has produced another winner. Digital Photography Composition for Dummies is a sit-down-and-read-it-cover-to-cover type of book. This a literally a semester-long art class in book form dealing with all types of compositional instruction as it relates to photography. Another full-color publication, there are a multitude of images that emphasize and illustrate the lessons taught throughout the various chapters.

While most photography instruction books will cover composition in a chapter or so, writing an entire book soley on composition is something of a feat. The approach here is to discuss all aspects of photography; posing, lighting, lens choice, depth of field, as well as topics such as landscapes and action; and put them in the context of good photographic composition.

Early on in the book is a most helpful chapter on seeing. In this chapter is a discussion of how the eye sees and learning to see how the camera and lens see, thus providing a training of sorts on developing that all important photography "eye" for composition. The subsequent chapters move beyond the mere discussion of the placement of "things" in the image, but rather discuss relationships, shapes, forms and lines. The discussion is not limited to these aspects in a literal sense, but in an implied one as well.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

New from Induro

Adventure AKP Series Tripod Kits
Induro (, makers of tripods, heads and accessories designed for demanding professional photographers, announces today the new Adventure AKP Series Tripod Kits.
For ease of operation, the popular Adventure Series tripods feature non-rotating aluminum alloy legs with a quick flip lock system and come complete with a matched head. The unique three-way Panhead provides precise camera positioning as well as rapid camera deployment via a snap-in quick release plate. And the new patent-pending folding handles make it easy to pack for transport. The new AKP series consists of three models - the compact four leg section AKP0, and the heavy-duty three leg section AKP1 and AKP2.
PHT-Series 3-Way Panheads with folding handles
Induro PHT-Series Panheads, comprised of magnesium alloy precision machined components, offer front and side tilt, and horizontal panning movements along with secure locking handles/knobs. Each head incorporates a secure dual quick release locking system and includes a snap-in style quick release plate. Graduated scales provide quick and easy repositioning and a built-in bubble ensures fast camera leveling. And unique patent-pending folding control handles make packing and transport easy.

QRT Series Quick Release Clamp
Induro QRT Series Quick Release Clamp for monopods, tripod heads and equipment that does not have a Quick Release System. The same solid support and locking system found on Induro heads can now be attached to any 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 threaded tripod, monopod or accessory mount.
"Induro's professional quick release system was designed with the busy on-location and studio photographer in mind," said Jan Lederman, President of Induro. "These new QRT Quick Release clamps allow photographers to easily update any tripod, monopod or accessory mount and provide rapid camera deployment."

Full Press Releases and details after the jump...


Excell Color Graphics Installs Xerox Color 800 Press and FUJIFILM Acuity Advance HS UV Flatbed Press to Compete in Short-run Printing Market

VALHALLA, N.Y., February 15, 2010 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced that commercial printer Excell Color Graphics of Fort Wayne, Ind., has installed digital production and wide format solutions as part of its strategy to remain competitive since the turn of the economy, which has spurred the demand for short-run printing. In October 2010, the printer installed a Xerox Color 800 Press to accommodate quick turnaround, short-run jobs that are replacing traditional, high-volume, offset work orders. To compete even more aggressively, Excell Color Graphics has also entered the wide format printing space with the December 2010 installation of a FUJIIFLM Acuity Advance HS UV flatbed press, enabling the traditionally offset printer to produce posters and signage for customers.
“The shift in the economy prompted us to start implementing digital solutions into our workflow to supplement the loss of offset volume,” said Tom Parrot, president, Excell Color Graphics. “Currently, 20 percent of our volume is printed digitally, but 40 percent of the jobs that come through the shop is now printed digitally.”
In 2007, Excell Color Graphics began to explore how digital printing could impact business with the installation of a Xerox DocuColor® 5000 Digital Press, the first piece of digital equipment the company had ever purchased. It was an entry level way for the offset printer to experiment with digital. The Xerox Color 800 Press has now replaced the Xerox 5000 system and has integrated seamlessly into the shop’s workflow because of its 2,400 x 2,400 dpi, offset-like image quality. It has streamlined production with production speeds of up to 80 pages per minute and has also given Excell Color Graphics more flexibility since the device can print on thicker sheets, perform duplex printing and offers a clear ink option that promotes new and creative techniques for unique, eye-catching output that particularly appeals to the company’s advertising agency clientele. The device’s primary function in the shop is to fulfill orders for short-run marketing collateral including post cards and proposals as well as four-color printed envelopes that would normally be printed offset and would need to then be converted.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tramrac Rally Series Bags

Rally Series Shoulder Bags
A unique new way to carry camera gear and accessories!
The Rally 2, Rally 4 and Rally 6 hold camera gear and accessories without advertising what's inside.  With their slim profile, fresh look, and modern design, they don't look like camera bags, yet allow you to carry your photo equipment safely and discreetly.
The Rally 2 holds a compact DSLR with an 18-55mm lens (up to 3½") and an extra lens (including a 50-200mm) or a small flash.
The Rally 4 holds a DSLR with a lens attached up to 4¼", an extra lens (including a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6), and a flash.
The Rally 6 holds a DSLR with a lens attached up to 6", additional lenses (including a 70-200mm f/2.8), and a flash.

Friday, February 18, 2011



Photo Group Takes Giant Step Toward Trade Show Expansion
With Announcement of First PDN Outdoor Photo Expo in August

New York, NY -- February 18, 2011 -- The Nielsen Company, the global leader in media information and trade shows and expositions, has named Lauren Wendle the Vice President of its newly expanded Nielsen Photo Group.  The announcement follows Nielsen's recent acquisition of Rangefinder Inc., publisher of Rangefinder and AfterCapture magazines, and owner of the Wedding and Portrait Photography International (WPPI) trade show and convention.

As part of its continued initiative to expand its core trade show portfolio and provide photographers, enthusiasts, and manufacturers with new growth opportunities, Nielsen has announced the first annual PDN Outdoor Photo Expo to be held August 4-5 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  PDN Outdoor Photo Expo is the first trade show event dedicated to the outdoor photography market, including travel, wildlife and adventure and will coincide with the Outdoor Retailer show, bringing additional opportunities and benefits to the photo community.  A series of special events, interactive activities, and educational workshops are scheduled on August 3.  For more information, please visit

Capture One 6.1.1 Released

This is a service release improving quality and providing additional camera support
Bugfixes: In particular, the following issues are addressed:
• Fixed an issue where LCC files from older versions of Capture One could not be used.
• Improved OpenCL performance and stability in some situations.
• Improved Image Quality for Leica D-­‐Lux5, Panasonic DMC-­‐LX5, Canon 5D Mark II and Pentax K-­‐5, K-­‐r and Olympus E-­‐5.
• Fixed a few issues related to Capture Pilot. In addition the release contains fixes for a number of other issues. Camera Support
• Leaf Aptus-­‐II 12 SensorFlex 1:1, 2:3 and 3:4 modes
• Leaf Aptus-­‐II 12R and AFi-­‐II 12
• Olympus E-­‐PL2 and XZ-­‐1 You can learn more about the new release at:

Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Artist abord with PrintedArt

PrintedArt, an online fine art photography gallery (, is pleased to announce that it has added renowned visual artist and photographer, Raymond St. Arnaud to its growing collection of reputable artists.  Mr. St. Arnaud, who lives in Victoria, BC, Canada, uses photography to explore his personal visual boundaries.
“The world presents itself and occasionally, and I take the time to observe. There are times when the observation takes on the form of obsession, at other times it is the casual encounter,” said Mr. St. Arnaud. “These moments become photographs.”
Since 1968, Mr. St. Arnaud has been exhibiting his photographs, painting and prints in both group and one-person shows. However, since the early nineties, his focus has turned to photographs and his ability to electronically manipulate them with the use of a computer. These prints have been exhibited in 150 shows, primarily in community and higher education galleries in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and a great number of U.S. states. 
In addition to his vast exhibition experience, Mr. St. Arnaud has also published thirteen books to date, with five in development for publication over the next few years. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Epson Projectors Stand Out in Industry-Leading Awards Programs

Epson Projectors Named Winners of Tech & Learning’s Awards of Excellence, Learning Magazine’s Teachers Choice Awards and District Administration’s Top 100 Products
LONG BEACH, Calif. Feb. 16, 2011 – Epson projectors have won several top education industry publication awards, including three 2010 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence, two 17th Annual LearningÒ Magazine Teachers’ Choice AwardsSM and one District Administration 2010 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product. The BrightLink 450Wi, PowerLite® Presenter and PowerLite 825+ for the2010 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence, the BrightLink 450Wi and PowerLite Presenter received the LearningÒ Magazine Teachers’ Choice Awards and the BrightLink 450Wi was named a 2010 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product by District Administration. All of these award-winning projectors offer a unique set of features and capabilities that meet the diverse instructional needs of educators.

(Personal Note: I have used many projectors over the years, from schools and conference centers to workshops and huge presentations and I find myself always liking Epson Projectors the best when you factor in price, color and versatility. I own an EX70model and have loved it and used it from projecting movies to photo presentations to groups and some PowerPoint-ish things too, It just works, and the price was perfect. Granted not the brightest nor does it have 1080p but I never herd anyone complain about image quality and with the 3ccd chip tech the colors are rendered very accurately. Congratulations to epson on this award, its well deserved)

NEC Noise Suppression Technologies Adopted by Digital Cameras

Tokyo, February 16, 2011 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the development of technologies for digital cameras in movie mode that suppress the noise produced by motors and other mechanisms used for optical zooming (*1) and that these technologies are featured on system LSI (*2) for the EXILIM EX-ZR10 digital camera by Casio Computer Co., Ltd.

Conventionally, the sound generated by lens drivers for digital cameras in movie mode is recorded as noise by microphones. These new technologies suppress noise through a method that records and saves the core characteristics of sounds created by a camera lens' driving mechanisms, then subtracts this information from signals that are recorded by microphones. Furthermore, these technologies automatically adapt to lens and microphone characteristics among different products, which eliminates the need for customized product adjustment. Moreover, real-time processing is achieved while recording movies as a result of optimizing the number of calculations for noise suppression.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Epson Introduces the ES1000 Ultraportable Tabletop Projection Screen

Small and Lightweight Screen 
Ideal for On-the-Go Professionals

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Feb. 15, 2011 – Epson today announced the ES1000 ultraportable tabletop projection screen designed for mobile professionals. The ES1000 features a unique one-piece design for quick and easy setup on virtually any size tabletop in less than 30 seconds, with a projected image of up to 50-inches diagonally.
“As the leader in projection, we are always striving to provide affordable, innovative products that make our customer’s lives easier,” said Jason Meyer, product manager, Epson America, Inc. “Whether walking across town, commuting by car or flying to your next destination, the ES1000 is the perfect traveling partner for road warriors needing an ultraportable screen that can go anywhere and be setup in seconds.”

LowePro CompuDay Photo™ series

Attention citizen journalists and bloggers: Lowepro unveils a new backpack and messenger bag featuring dedicated spaces for a camera, laptop and essential personal electronics, and designed to help keep you connected while you're on the move.

 – Lowepro, the leading brand of protective gear for photography equipment and portable electronics, unveils its CompuDay Photo™ series, specially designed for consumers who want to carry their cameras, laptops, personal electronics and digital storage in one bag—and to help keep them connected to the online world.
Dedicated spaces in both backpack and messenger bag provide protective storage for a compact DSLR, up to 15.6″ laptop, plus key accessories such as a cell phone, MP3 player, portable hard drive, USB and a number of personal items. Compartments are lined in highly visible burnt orange to designate storage space and help keep gear organized and accessible.
An adjust-to-fit, padded camera chamber holds a compact DSLR securely in the main compartment and adjusts to a snug fit via the attached cinch strap. When the camera is removed, the chamber may be collapsed and cinched in place to create even more storage space in the backpack or messenger bag.
Hassle-free camera access is a key component of the CompuDay Photo series' design. A convenient zippered pocket allows fast and easy access to a compact DSLR from the side—a comfortable position to grab and shoot while on the move with the backpack or messenger bag.

Phase One Announces IQ Series Digital Camera Backs

Designed for Ultimate Creative Freedom
 — Phase One, the world’s leading pro
photography equipment provider, announced 1/24/11 a bold new generation of medium format digital camera backs. The Phase One IQ180, IQ160 and
IQ140 digital camera backs feature maximum resolutions of 80, 60.5 and 40 high quality megapixels respectively. This series sets new standards for
medium format camera system handling and performance.
The Phase One IQ180 captures at full-frame 80 megapixel resolution, with a dynamic range of 12.5 f-stops. It is the first product of its kind to feature a USB3 connection, facilitating faster image transfers in the future. The IQ180 also features a FireWire 800 connection, ensuring the fastest tethered capture speeds possible today. For untethered shooting, the IQ180 digital back’s new memory card interface is so fast that it eliminates buffering delays, supporting continuous shooting until a card is filled.

Monday, February 14, 2011


Great Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift for the Artist in Your Life!
Happy Valentine’s Day Painting: 
Happy Valentine's Day by Bo Paweena Using ArtRage for iPad
The new version of ArtRage for iPad v. 1.0.5 is now available at the Apple iTunes Store.  ArtRage for iPad lets you become a me of actually “painting” digitally on an iPad canvas with oil paints that smear and blend, and watercolors that flow together to create soobile digital artist on your iPad, providing the experiencft, wet gradations, just as they would in a traditional art studio.  Info:

New and improved features in ArtRage for iPad v. 1.0.5 Include:
·        Canvas Zoom and Pan Speed have been drastically improved for faster operation.
·        Automatic Save Prompt: per user requests, a save prompt now pops up on the toolbar every 10 minutes for quick saving.
·        Low Memory Alert:  ArtRage reports when memory is low, so that you can save your painting.
·        Toolbar Button:  new button brings the toolbar up any time you need it for easy access.
    Rework with Desktop Version via iTunes:  ArtRage for iPad allows you to share your painting files with the desktop version via iTunes, so you can add finishing touches or use the editing tools in ArtRage 3 Studio Pro to tweak your work on your Mac or Windows machine
ArtRage for iPad is available immediately for $6.99 at the Apple iTunes Store.  The desktop versions of ArtRage 3 Studio and ArtRage 3 Studio Pro for Mac & Windows are also available with more features, priced at $40 and $80 respectively (see comparison chart at :  For more information, see

Jill-e Designs™ Ushers in Spring with its Latest Additions at WPPI

ORLANDO, February 14, 2011 – Jill-e Designs, creator of sturdy, stylish camera and carry bags for today’s technology-rich, on-the-go lifestyle, is bringing all of its latest camera and carry bags to WPPI in Las Vegas later this month – including a body-hugging DSLR bag in four trendy colors, matching lens bags, a full-sized Jack rolling satchel, and more – as the company expands its portfolio to provide more styles, more capabilities and more uses to more people.

Photography lovers of every skill level will find a professional-quality bag that’s perfect for their specific needs and more than up to the demands they place on their equipment.  The WPPI trade show takes place Feb. 21-23 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.  Jill-e Designs is in Booth #1672, located in the Marquee Ballroom, where attendees will find new styles, new colors, new sizes and new capabilities.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Weather-Resistant Lenses from Sigma

Sigma Corporation shares pricing, availability 
for three weather-resistant lenses
Manufacturer also announces plans to upgrade two other lenses, one camera
– Sigma Corporation of America (, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has announced the pricing and availability for three lenses that incorporate the company’s new, weather-resistant design.
The Sigma APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM and APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM were first introduced at Photokina in September 2010. Those lenses will be available for purchase in late February and the end of March for the U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $4,700 and $1,600, respectively.  In April, they will be joined by a weather-resistant update to another old favorite, the 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM, for the U.S. MSRP of $1,400. All lenses will be released in Nikon and Canon mounts first, and will be available in Sigma, Pentax and Sony mounts shortly thereafter.
“We’ve updated these popular lenses with our latest technology and design, while maintaining their compact size,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The 120-300mm and the 150mm are now optically stabilized (OS), and all three lenses contain our new, weather-resistant design, which will offer protection from water and dust. These are fantastic upgrades to already-great lenses.”

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Temba's new Vector Collection of Camera Baga

Leading the way in carrying solutions for over 30 years, Tenba announces today the new Vector Collection of consumer/prosumer camera bags. This unique collection of camera bags includes small camera pouches and top load bags for point-and-shoot cameras or an SLR camera body and one lens, plus shoulder bags and a daypack to fit larger camera systems with lenses. All bags are available in Krypton Green, Oxygen Blue, Cadmium Red and Carbon Black.

New Solution for RAID on-the-go with CRU-DataPort 's ToughTech Duo

Sophisticated Storage for Savvy Snapshots
Introducing the New ToughTech™ Duo

 Sleek and sophisticated may not be the average consumer’s initial thought regarding hard drives, but CRU-DataPort’s engineering ingenuity has changed the playing field with ToughTech Duo. This high performance RAID portable storage system works with two 2.5" notebook drives or solid state drives to back-up and store data. Designed for professional photographers and digital media users while on location or in the studio, ToughTech Duo maximizes storage in a mini footprint (3.5” x 6.26” x 1.34” or 89mm x 159mm x 34mm) to ensure data integrity and protect digital assets. ToughTech Duo guards against data loss by writing the same information in real-time to both drives. It also saves from costly system downtime as the system can continue to run while the ToughTech Duo restores data on the hard drive.

Friday, February 11, 2011

New Olympus Cameras

New Olympus Cameras Perfect for your Pocket, Purse or Backpack

Olympus unveils the full-featured SZ-10, a lightweight, super-slim camera that reinvents the ultra-zoom category. The Olympus SZ-10 will enable you to capture it all with its 18x ultra-zoom 28-504mm wide-angle lens, 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD and 720p HD video. Whether you’re taking portraits at a family gathering or telephoto action shots on the athletic field, this sleek and portable camera will enable you to chronicle all your adventures like a true travel journalist without the bulk. The SZ-10 comes packed with a variety of features that deliver a superior imaging experience far and wide: 

Olympus launches the VG-110, a sleek, smart, pocket-sized point-and-shoot with a 12-megapixel sensor to create large prints and 4x wide-angle zoom to help you capture your memories. The VG-110 also boasts Magic Art Filters to achieve a new level of artistic expression, AVI movie, AF Tracking to capture fast moving subjects, Digital Image Stabilization and a 2.7-inch LCD, all for the affordable price of $99.99. To add to these features, the Olympus VG-110 is a multi-function camera that’s great for both the beginner and someone who’s been photographing for years. It is available in black, red or silver to suit your individual style.

 “The Olympus VR-320 is the perfect mix of power and portability,” said Jennifer Schmell, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Its wide-angle zoom lens captures all the action from close-ups to distant objects, while other features like HD video and Magic Art Filters ensure that consumers can truly capture it all.”

CP+ Trade Show Roundup

 So What Is CP+ you may be asking yourself...

From CP+ Site Here: "CP+ is a comprehensive camera and photo imaging show covering a wide range of aspects of the industry, from the initial input of data to its final output. With the theme “World Premiere—Leading the way to the new age of photo imaging,” the 2011 event will be the first to present the latest information on new products for business users and consumers both inside and outside Japan in order to accelerate the advancement of photo and image culture."
So In other words Its a Japan-based Photo Show that has stepped in basically for the photo industry to announce products at during the normal time of PMA (America) since that has been moved to September (We will be Live again from it, BTW)
Here are some links to stuff that has come from it:

Sigma SD1vs SD15 photos HERE

Medium Format Roundup HERE

1001 Noisy Cameras has a very Detailed List HERE

And the CP+ Homepage HERE

Sigma Corp. Chairman Michihiro Yamaki receives "golden photokina pin" at CP+

Photo Courtesy of Sigma Corp.
Sigma Corporation Chairman Michihiro Yamaki awarded prestigious golden photokina pin at CP+
Michihiro Yamaki, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Sigma Corporation, was presented with the golden photokina pin by Oliver P. Kuhrt, executive vice president of Koelnmesse GmbH, a photokina Cologne organizer, on Feb. 9, the opening day of the “CP+”, the Camera & Photo Imaging Show in Yokohama, Japan. Kuhrt said that the pin was “the most prestigious award photokina can bestow,” and described Chairman Yamaki as “an outstanding individual who has rendered exceptional service to photokina Cologne.” Kuhrt further congratulated Chairman Yamaki on the fact that Sigma is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011, and that Chairman Yamaki “can be proud of the fact that Sigma lenses are considered among the best in the world today.

Nikon Podcast 38: Nikon Launches Eight New COOLPIX Cameras

Host Mark Ellwood and guest Steve Heiner talk about Nikon's most recent COOLPIX announcements.

Nikon Podcast 38: New Announcements – Eight New COOLPIX Cameras for 2011

Join Mark Ellwood as he sits down with Nikon’s Steve Heiner to discuss some of Nikon's most recent COOLPIX offerings including the COOLPIX P300 which combines amazingly fast lens with and a back-lit CMOS sensor to bring outstanding low-light capabilities.  In addition, super-zoom models such as the COOLPIX P500 and S9100 are discussed among the full line-up of new releases.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Canon Celebrates Production Of 60 Million EF Lenses

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, helps celebrate the achievement of a new EF lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of Canon's 60-millionth lens, an EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM.

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began in 1987 at the Company's Utsunomiya Plant, and has since expanded to a total of four production facilities including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in Japan. EF lenses reached the 10-million-unit milestone after approximately eight and a half years in production, followed by the 40-million-unit mark in April of 2008. Due to the popularity of the EOS Digital series, production then increased and EF lenses achieved the 50-million-unit mark in December of 2009. Canon has since produced 10 million units just in 13 months and reached the 60-million-unit milestone in January of 2011.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

8-New Nikon CoolPix Cameras!

Nikon just introduced eight new COOLPIX digital cameras for a wide range of users from the photo enthusiast to the casual shooter. Highlights include the P500 with an amazing 36X optical zoom, and the P300 with the super fast f/1.8 lens.

Below, please find a selection of highlights about the new models as well as the full press release and links to high-resolution images.

Highlights of the COOLPIX P500 include:
·         12.1-Megapixels and a 36x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens (22.5mm wide-angle to 810mm super-telephoto)
·         Backside Illumination (BSI) CMOS sensor and EXPEED C2 dual image processors enable high-speed continuous shooting, exceptional low-light quality and advanced performance
·         Quick autofocus, fast start-up, high speed performance and Full HD (1080p) recording
·         Available in March 2011 for $399.95 in Black and Red

Highlights of the COOLPIX P300 include:
·         12.1-Megapixels and a 4.2x Wide-Angle, f/1.8 maximum aperture NIKKOR glass lens
·         Backside Illumination (BSI) CMOS sensor, High ISO Sensitivity, and fast wide-angle f/1.8 lens result in superior image quality in low-light conditions
·         Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Priority (S) and Full Manual (M) Controls easily accessed by the camera’s convenient Mode Dial
·         Available in March 2011 for $329.95 in Black

Highlights of the COOLPIX S9100 include:
·         12.1-Megapixels and a 18x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens (25mm wide-angle to 450mm telephoto)
·         Full HD (1080p) movie recording with one-touch operation, optical zoom, stereo sound and the ability to capture still images during recording
·         Huge, Bright 3.0-inch high-resolution VGA (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display
·         Available in March 2011 for $329.95 in Black, Red, and Silver

Highlights of the COOLPIX S6100 include:
·         16.0-Megapixels and a 7x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens (28mm wide-angle to 196mm telephoto)
·         Touch Panel operation on huge, bright 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD
·         HD Movies (720p) with HDMI connectivity
·         Available in March 2011 for $199.95 in Silver, Red, Black and Violet

Highlights of the COOLPIX S4100 include:
·         14.0-Megapixels and a 5x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (26mm wide-angle to 130mm telephoto)
·         Ultra slim (0.8-inches) camera body, with One-Touch recording and moviemaking of HD Movies (720p) with sound
·         Intuitive Touch Panel operation on bright 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD
·         Available in February 2011 for $179.95 in Champagne Plum, Silver, Black and Red

Highlights of the COOLPIX S3100 include:
·         14.0-Megapixels and a 5x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (26mm wide-angle to 130mm telephoto)
·         Sleek camera design (0.8 inches, 4.2 ounces), 2.7-inch LCD and ISO Capability up to 3200
·         Features 19 Scene Modes, including Portrait, Party, Landscape and Sunset – all of which automatically adjust camera settings to specific scenes
·         Available in February 2011 for $139.95 in Silver, Red, Black, Yellow, Purple, Blue and Pink

Highlights of the COOLPIX L120 include:
·         14.1 Megapixels and a 21x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (28mm wide-angle to 420mm super-telephoto)
·         Advanced One-Touch HD (720p) Movie recording capabilities with Stereo Sound and Sports Continuous Shooting
·         Features a 3.0-inch high-resolution HVGA (921,000-dot) LCD Color Display, Five-way VR Image Stabilization, Motion Detection and 17 Scene Modes
·         AA-battery power
·         Available in February 2011 for $279.95 in Black, Bronze and Red

Highlights of the COOLPIX L24 include:
·         14.0 Megapixels and a 3.6x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (37mm wide-angle to 134mm telephoto)
·         Incredible 3.0-inch LCD and ISO 1600 Capability
·         Easy Auto Mode automatically selects the best settings for a photograph and a Scene Mode system that allows the user to choose from 16 scenes to find the best one for the situation
·         AA-battery power
·         Available in February 2011 for $119.95 in Red, Black and Silver

Please scroll down to view the full press releases, and visit the link below for a full library of high-resolution images of the cameras.

Press Releases

Full PR after the jump:

HDR Tips from Unified Color

New HDR Tip: Avoid Those Muddy Whites!

This is the first in a series of advanced tips designed to take you to the next level in High Dynamic Range imaging. The tips are created by shooting and teaching pro James Brandon who will be delivering a new tip each month for our blog and newsletters.

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James: One of the more common mistakes I see in HDR is the loss of correct color in a photograph. This could be from pushing specific channels too far like your reds, or from trying too hard to get a "properly exposed image." One mistake that I've been seeing frequently are the muddy whites caused by forcing an image's histogram into submission. If you simply didn't capture full range of light in a scene, but still tell a program like HDR Express to get rid of any white clipping, the program will take your whites and turn them muddy to make you happy. Don't fall victim to this processing failure! READ MORE

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New FujiFilm FinePix X100


Captures Extraordinary, High Quality Images with a Combination of Modern Technology -- APS CMOS Sensor, Fixed Focal Length FUJINON Lens and Debuting the World's First Hybrid Viewfinder -- All Presented in a Classically Beautiful Design

Valhalla, N.Y., February 8, 2011 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the U.S. debut of its FinePix X100 premium digital camera which will begin shipping in March. Inspired by the groundswell of requests by professional and advanced amateur photographers from around the world, Fujifilm has developed a digital camera that was specifically engineered to appeal to this group’s desire for capturing the highest quality images through a high-performance, beautifully crafted compact digital camera.

The FinePix X100 is a high precision digital compact camera that combines modern technology with a traditional camera design to deliver the ultimate in image quality. Featuring an APS-C CMOS sensor (12.3 megapixel), a FUJINON 23mm Single Focal Length Fixed F2 lens, a 2.8” LCD 460K, and the world’s first Hybrid Viewfinder, the FinePix X100 captures exceptionally high quality images.

“It has always been important for Fujifilm to introduce products that are in a class of their own and with the FinePix X100, we have achieved that level,” said Go Miyazaki, division president, Imaging and Electronic Imaging Divisions, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “The combination of a hybrid viewfinder, large APS-C sensor and a precisely matched prime lens, make this camera unique to anything else in the market, and is presented within a rangefinder design that makes it an instant modern classic.”

New DSLR's and Speedlights from Canon!

Canon Empowers The Masses To Take Better Photographs And Video With The New EOS Rebel T3i And EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Cameras

Two New Speedlites and a New EF-S Lens Round Out the Photographic Journey

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the EOS Rebel T3i and EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Cameras, providing numerous intelligent high-end features at attractive price points. Complementing the award-winning EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, the EOS Rebel T3i, Canon's new flagship Rebel, offers fun and easy-to-use features for beginning photographers, and the EOS Rebel T3 provides a more attractively priced option for those looking to experience the pleasure of shooting with a DSLR camera. For the young enthusiast learning photography or the adult looking to learn more, Canon's new Feature Guide instruction will walk Rebel T3i users through functions and provide recommendations for various settings, a great hands-on learning tool. Point-and-Shoot users looking to step-up to a DSLR will enjoy the T3i camera's Scene Intelligent Auto mode, the most intuitive automatic camera mode available in a Canon Rebel camera to date, providing complete scene analysis and optimized settings. One of the most sought-after and requested features for a DSLR camera is now part of the new EOS Rebel T3i, Canon's three-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD screen, ideal for properly composing those difficult overhead shots. Comfortable, lightweight and affordable, Canon's new EOS Rebel T3 is a great camera to welcome users to the world of DSLR photography.
"Everyone today is a photographer, and for those looking to capture stunning images and do more with photography, Canon has introduced the EOS Rebel T3i and T3, offering the right balance of high-end features and easy-to-use guidance at a great price. So regardless of experience level or budget, there is a Canon Rebel camera suited to a user's needs and lifestyle," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.


Golden, Colorado (February 7, 2011)…PENTAX Imaging Company has announced that the popular K-5 digital SLR will be available soon in Limited Edition Silver. Available in the US in limited quantities this special-edition model of the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR camera will feature an exclusive design with an original exterior color scheme and a uniquely shaped grip.
Along with the silver K-5, PENTAX announced three popular PENTAX DA Limited Edition Silver lens models designed for use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras also which will ship in the near future. Each limited edition lens will feature a high-quality, silver finish applied to the high precision machine shaped lens barrel, hood and cap.
The three prime lenses that will be available in silver include:

• smc PENTAX-DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited Silver
• smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited Silver
• smc PENTAX-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited Silver

The special edition, silver finish K-5 will match existing PENTAX FA-Limited series lenses and the new DA Limited Silver series lenses. The camera’s mode dial, control buttons and levers all feature the elegant silver color. To improve handling, this special-edition model comes with an exclusively designed grip that is thicker than the standard K-5 model. Shock-resistant, scratchproof reinforced glass has been used to protect the LCD monitor on the camera’s back panel and the status panel on the top panel.

Creative Advertising for Photographers in Love

BlackRapid taking in on the most commercialized of all "holidays" with creative ads directed towards Photographers. A+

Enter Now: I3A Vision 2020 Imaging Innovation Awards

Do you have a passion for imaging?
Are you a creative thinker?

If so, enter the I3A Vision 2020 Imaging Innovation Awards now and get the recognition you deserve!

There’s still time for you to enter your innovation for the annual I3A VISION 2020 Imaging Innovation Awards!

Don’t delay; entries will only be accepted through March 2011.


The I3A VISION 2020 Imaging Innovation Awards recognize individuals, teams, organizations and companies whose innovations move us toward the future of intelligent imaging. The VISION 2020 Awards provide exposure for innovative ideas that enable the use of imaging to simplify and enrich people’s lives through visual experiences that connect generations, communities, information, and services.

Who can enter?

Anyone – individuals, teams, organizations, or companies – whose innovations advance the imaging ecosystem, foster growth and open pathways that enable the future of imaging.

What kinds of innovations can I enter?

We welcome entries in a wide range of imaging-related areas. Innovations may focus on a product, service or even a process. Examples of market areas could include, but are not limited to, capture, storage, sharing, image management, processing, and printing. If your innovation involves any kind of imaging technology, we want to hear about it. Entries from any life cycle stage (i.e., development, introduction, growth, or an established product) are eligible as long as the concept can be demonstrated.

What awards will be given?

Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges. Winners will present their innovations to a high-powered industry audience at the I3A Annual Conference on June 22-23, in San Jose, and will receive significant exposure to the media and to the public.

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Visit the I3A website for more details and for information on how to enter. The deadline is March 31, 2011 – don't miss out on this opportunity!

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