TIPA Awards 2009 Page 2
The Epson Stylus Photo PX800FW is a high-definition 4-in-1 printer and scanner, with fax, automatic document feeder, and Wi-Fi. Designed to seamlessly integrate into the living room, the Epson Stylus PX800FW comes with a black gloss finish and a touch panel interface, giving it an
ultra-modern look. The Stylus Photo PX800FW delivers photographic prints that exceed lab print quality. A hidden tray emerges at the push of a button activating the exclusive Direct CD/DVD
Best Large Format Printer:
Epson Stylus Pro GS6000
The new Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 features an Epson developed eight-color solvent ink set. This professional large format printer delivers long-lasting, up to 64”-wide prints for both indoors and outdoors, allowing printing on coated or non-coated substrates like vinyl. Print resolutions up to 1440x1440dpi resolution and high speeds up to 25 sqm/h give a great performance in quality and productivity. The new Epson UltraChrome GS inks offer a wider gamut from eight colors and the efficiency of large 950ml cartridges.
Best Fine Art Inkjet Paper:
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta
Photo Rag Baryta combines the advantages of a 100 percent cotton paper and a traditional baryta board. The use of barium sulphate in the inkjet coating ensures the typical gloss of traditional baryta papers. The paper’s unique surface and white tone lends itself perfectly to black-and-white prints with an extremely high Dmax and finest gray tones, as well as luster color images on a 315 g/sqm fine art paper.
Best Expert Photo Projector:
Incorporating Epson’s innovative 3LCD technology, the EH-TW5000 provides brighter images, more accurate color reproduction, and finer gray scaling than ever before. Epson achieved an amazing dynamic contrast ratio of 75,000:1, thanks to the new D7 C²Fine panels, advanced DeepBlack technology, and an improved E-TORL lamp to minimize light leakage and ensure the deepest blacks.
Best Professional Photo Projector:
The new JVC DLA-HD750 projector establishes a new benchmark in performance and value, breaking new ground in color accuracy, black levels, ease of use, and flexible adjustment. The DLA-HD750 has an unprecedented native contrast ratio of 50,000:1 without the use of an auto iris—the highest among all currently available home theater projectors.
Best Photo Software:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is the photographer’s essential toolbox for managing, adjusting, and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. With enhancements such as dual-monitor support, radical advances in nondestructive localized image correction, and streamlined search capabilities, Lightroom 2 is a compelling upgrade that simplifies photography from shoot to finish.
Best Design Innovation:
Panasonic Lumix G-Series
The Panasonic Lumix G-series cameras are the first cameras based on the Micro Four Thirds system, and the world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera system. The Lumix G1 and GH1 eliminate the internal mirror structure that defines Digital Single-Lens Reflex (D-SLR) cameras, thus reducing the size and weight by nearly half.
Best Imaging Innovation:
Fujifilm Super CCD EXR
The EXR sensor is essentially a combination of the known HR and SR technology, allowing the sensor to change its “behavior” depending on the subject. This moves the Super CCD technology to the next level. A new arrangement of the mosaic color filter helps to create a high sensitivity image sensor with little noise. A new technology called Close Incline Pixel Coupling helps to minimize false colors.
Kodak Professional Ektar 100
Kodak Professional Ektar 100 is not just another ISO 100 color negative film. The Ektar 100 (in both 35mm and 120 formats) is a new kind of film that incorporates Kodak Vision, a motion picture film technology, to achieve super fine grain and provide high saturation and ultra-vivid color for best enlargement capability when scanning and printing.
Vanguard Alta Pro Tripod Series
Unlike traditional tripods, Vanguard Alta Pro’s innovative Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) allows users to move the central column as needed from zero to 130? angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions and at any angle a 360? scope is available. Its Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System feature allows photographers to securely reposition the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod’s stability.
Best Digital Accessory:
The new series of Wacom pen tablets has been greatly improved. Intuos4 now offers 2048 pressure levels for higher accuracy and sensitivity. Shortcuts and other operations can be assigned to Express Keys, whereas small OLED displays on the tablet allow quick and easy checking. The new touch wheel improves the operability of software. The tablet can be used by left- or right-handed users simply by rotating it 180?.
Best Photo Frame:
Kodak OLED Wireless Frame
OLED technology is known for generating super color depth and saturation display panels. Kodak is first adopting it for a top class 7.6” photo frame with built-in Wi-Fi to upload images, video, and music. Images are processed to optimize the quality with an 800x480 resolution, while brightness is adjusted based on room light.
Best Imaging Storage Media:
Panasonic 32GB SDHC
The new Panasonic 32GB SDHC Memory Card offers Class 6 Performance, guaranteeing a minimum writing speed of 6MB/s and maximum speed data transfers of up to 20MB/s. Its high-speed and high-capacity profile allows videos in high-definition quality and high-speed still series with D-SLR cameras. A small but useful detail is the “Memo Label,” allowing easy writing on the front and backside of the card.
Best Storage Backup System:
Data Robotics Drobo
The Drobo, a desktop storage system by Data Robotics, offers unparalleled ease of use, redundant data protection against a hard drive crash, and instant expandability. It features FireWire 800 as well as USB 2.0. This system addresses the needs of any user seeking a reliable method of managing vast amounts of data with no complexity such as photographers who shoot raw images.
Best Mobile Flash Generator:
HENSEL Porty Lithium
Very lightweight yet offering high-performance, the HENSEL Porty Lithium flash generators are a must for all outdoor photographers. Thanks to the performance of lithium, HENSEL has designed two battery-powered generators with 600 J and 1200 J, weighing only 5.4 kg and 5.9 kg respectively, including the battery. In addition to that the Porty Lithium uses the tried and tested HENSEL radio remote control, which allows not only triggering, but also power adjustment and modeling light control.
Best Studio Flash Generator:
Broncolor Scoro A4S
The Broncolor Scoro A4S power pack represents the state of the art in studio flash generators. With three lamp outlets, controlled over three individual (asymmetrical) channels (like three power packs in one) it offers 3200 J flash energy. What makes it special is its very high repetitive precision, due to its automatic stabilization of the color temperature ECTC (Enhanced Color Temperature Control) over the whole control range and up to six f/stops in Asymmetrical mode.
Best Compact Flash System:
Profoto D1 Series
Profoto’s new D1 line of digital compact electronic flashes delivers high consistency and durability thanks to a microprocessor-controlled, dual mode SMPS capacitor charging system. The units offer precise exposure from flash to flash as well as precise color temperature, which are important qualities for portrait and studio photographers who want an easy-to-pack, rugged, monolight design. The head has the same size as other Profoto strobes, so the full line of light modifiers, such as beauty dishes, snoots or grids, can be used.
Best Photo Bag:
Lowepro Classified AW Series
The Lowepro Classified AW series is a new breed of camera bags, created with the unique requirements of the photojournalist in mind, inside and out. Classified AW shoulder bags conceal photographers’ gear (and their mission) with a discreet and slim profile, contoured to be comfortable, move easily with the body, and help navigate a busy street or a crowded subway knowing the photo equipment is safe.