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Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz Posted: Dec 01, 2002 0 comments

Summing It Up

Everyone's photokina is different. We look for what interests us; we discover different things by accident; we see (to a considerable extent) what we want to see. Admittedly, we are also helped or hindered by the manufacturers' willingness to tell us...

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George Schaub Posted: Dec 01, 2002 0 comments

Shutterbug's Exclusive Report

In the pages that follow we are proud to share our thoughts and reactions to events at this year's photokina. If you've never heard of photokina it's held every two years in Germany and has established a tradition as the gathering point of...

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Dec 01, 2002 0 comments

Rangefinder, Large Format & Speciality Cameras

Bob Shell was covering medium format cameras and high-end digital; Peter Burian got 35mm SLRs and point-and-shoots; Joe Farace had other digital cameras. And I was the one who got lucky, with rangefinder cameras, large format, and Weird Stuff.
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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Dec 01, 2002 0 comments

On The Film Front

As Tom Shay from Fuji pointed out, film technology is changing so fast that the manufacturers seldom wait for a show to announce advances or bring out a new film. Consequently, you may have seen announcements about new films before photokina.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Dec 01, 2002 0 comments

New Shoe Mount Flash

As conventional and digital SLR cameras become more and more sophisticated, dedicated flash units must be upgraded in order to remain compatible. Since the camera manufacturers already offer high tech flash units for their systems, we did not see any new...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2002 0 comments

Greetings From The Planet Pixel

At photokina 2002 I got a glimpse of photography's future and--surprise--it was digital. Was it just a coincidence that the building next door to my Fawlty Towers hotel was called "Planet Pixel?"

The question...

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The Editors Posted: Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Held in even years, photokina is organized by KolnMesse GMBH in cooperation with the Photographic Industry Association. This "World of Imaging" is being held from Wednesday, September 25th to Monday, September 30, 2002, in Cologne, Germany. This year more than 1600 exhibitors from 45 countries will...

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jun 01, 2002 Published: May 01, 2002 0 comments

Let's be honest: most photographers, even the most jaundiced and worldly-wise, find it hard to resist a really gorgeous new camera or lens. It makes sense, therefore, to kick off with what was, for me, the camera hit of the show--except that it wasn't officially on display because...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

After having attended the PMA trade show for 38 years I'm still surprised with the number of new, useful, and interesting photographic gadgets that keep showing up in various booths everywhere on the show floor. Somebody always thinks of a new gizmo or gadget that will assist in making some facet...

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

A story I heard at this PMA should reassure all darkroom aficionados and quiet some of the doomsayers. A high school with a strong photography course decided that digital was the wave of the future: the wet darkroom was a thing of the past. They therefore closed the wet darkroom and offered only a...

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

To detail all the new bags that are introduced at a single show would take up at least one issue of Shutterbug, so what follows is a brief (believe it or not), alphabetical review of the highlights at PMA, with a small rant by way of preface. If you want more information on introductions not described...

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Posted: Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

As noted in my other entry, on cameras and tripods, the number of small manufacturers and distributors of useful accessories and "Weird Stuff"--all those things that don't really fit into the usual categories--has fallen gradually at every PMA I have attended in the last 15...

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The Editors Posted: Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

It seems that every time the
photographic industry gathers these days that there are proposals for
radical changes in how we take and make our images. This year's PMA, held
near world headquarters in Orlando, Florida, once again provedthat...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

Whether you own a digital or conventional SLR camera--or both--you certainly need lenses. So, even in this "year of the digital camera," the manufacturers continue expanding their lines. In the recent past, we have seen many new ultra-wide angle lenses, especially targeting those who use digital SLR...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

We are producing a new generation of "millennials" whose ABCs include MP3, JPEG, and X Box, and whose imaging tools don't include their parents' silver-halide technology. Even toddlers expect to see their photographs on an LCD preview screen a few seconds after Mom or Dad trips the shutter. These...

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