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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Digital back makers for medium and large format cameras happily search for the ultimate image-making machine. In my view, they may be cheerfully unaware that the devices they are busily producing may not have anything to attach them to in a few years because no company is making affordable, under $2000...

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Joe Farace Posted: May 01, 2001 0 comments

"The software stopped working when I upgraded from Windows 92 to Windows 95."
"You sharpened this photograph? I didn't know you could do that."
"If we go digital, what are we gonna do with all our old film processing equipment?"
"I gotta get a...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Tired of wimpy 13x19" prints? Find that 16x20" output is nice but just doesn't have the impact of say, 18x24"? HP's Designjet 130 printer produces larger sizes (up to 24") without unloading the standard tray, and the rear path accommodates thick media, too.

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

Photokina 2000 is a combination trade show and circus, where all of the photographic--digital and otherwise--manufacturers parade their wares on the biggest midway this side of the Rhine. This was my first trip back in 22 years, and my have things changed!

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

The annual Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Show is the US market's introduction to new products and services that will be appearing on store shelves and, increasingly, Internet sales shops in 2005. Coming on the heels of last year's photokina, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and the hoard of other trade shows that litter the calendar of late, this, the...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

It may surprise some readers to discover that the CCD was invented at Bell Labs in 1969, a fine year for wine, songs, and cars--think of the awesome Plymouth Road Runner. CMOS is a little older, having been developed in 1948. While curmudgeonly writers and editors patiently wait for this...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

As camera manufacturers introduce new SLRs, they also tend to announce new flash units. As well, several independent brand flash manufacturers showed new models at photokina with additional functions. Most of the products that we found were upgrades to existing models as were the new battery types. Some...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

What is the state of the art for imaging software? At PMA 2005 it seems concentrated at the low end (under $99) with just a few, OK maybe one product aimed at the high end. What's left is a Grand Canyon of opportunity in the middle that might just be filled with free open-source software such as The Gimp (www.gimp.org)...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

"Don't call 'em D-SLRs, in the future all SLRs will be digital."--Overheard at PMA

A recent New Yorker cartoon showed a salesperson demonstrating a digicam to a customer. The caption read something like, "This light comes on to tell you when the camera is obsolete." A lot of digital SLR owners feel like that from time to...

Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jan 01, 2011 1 comments

Let’s be honest. One thing no one would have expected at photokina was a unique new black-and-white silver halide process. But that’s what we got. Well, not exactly brand new. It’s a revival of a technology that hasn’t been seen in decades, quite possibly not in the lifetime of many of our readers: direct reversal paper.

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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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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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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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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

One trend has continued unabated since the first Shutterbug's Photography Buyer's Guide: As the number of digital cameras has increased, the number of scanners has decreased. My guess is that while the presence of camera-phone manufacturers at PMA 2005 does not bode well for the future of lower end point-and-shoot cameras, they will have no impact whatsoever on the...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 2003 0 comments

35mm SLR & Rangefinder Cameras

"World's Smallest" SLR Camera
Said to be the "world's smallest 35mm AF SLR" the new Pentax *ist is certainly petite (4.8x3.3x2.5") and weighs a mere 11.8 oz. While this may seem to be an...

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