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David B. Brooks Sep 01, 2010 21 comments

I’ve been testing and reporting on film scanners for almost 20 years, and names like Imacon, Kodak, Nikon, Microtek, and UMAX all come to mind.

Jon Canfield Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

PMA 2008 is not going to go down in history as the year of the new printer. Unlike past years where every major company had multiple new product announcements, this year was relatively quiet on the inkjet front. That does point to a maturing category, one where the existing quality bar is already very high. Indeed, you could take any of the top three (Canon, Epson, HP) and have...

Jon Canfield Jun 01, 2010 1 comments

There are a couple of new printers aimed at the event photographer market, and there are plenty of media options as well for snapshot to fine art printers. And, the photo book industry is taking off—there were more book printing options available than ever before, both for the portrait/wedding photographer with companies like Fujifilm, HP, Kodak, and Lucidiom all having offerings in both...

Cris Daniels Oct 01, 2002 0 comments

While digital cameras have progressed tremendously over the past few years and represent a rapidly growing market, I still find myself shooting film for many projects. After a typical shoot I simply have the film processed, examine the film on a light table, and begin digitizing the frames I want to...

Scanners & Printers
Jon Canfield Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

This has been a quiet year in the printer world with few new product announcements and only a handful of upgrades to existing models.

Jon Canfield Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Epson is really pushing the limits with desktop scanners, bringing near drum-scanner quality down to the sub-$800 price range. With two new scanners on display at PMA, Epson had the major news in this category. First up is the Perfection V700 PHOTO. With an estimated price of $549.99, the scanner uses Epson's Dual Lens optics. The Dual Lens System automatically selects...

Howard Millard Jan 31, 2006 0 comments


The fast, streamlined Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 scans...

George Schaub Jan 01, 2009 1 comments

The photokina trade fair held in Cologne, Germany, every two years has a solid reputation for previews and announcements meant to shake up the practices and worldviews of photographers, be they amateur or pro. This can come in the form of products real and imagined, with some making it to shelves and others just a wistful dream of designers and engineers who hope what they propose will become the...

Peter K. Burian Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

As the price of D-SLRs and high-resolution digicams drops to more affordable levels, an increasing number of families and serious photo enthusiasts want a better photo printer. We found lots of new machines at the photokina show, some with high-tech features such as Wi-Fi and Ethernet compatibility. Lack of space precludes coverage of every new product, but the following printers are worth...

David B. Brooks May 01, 1999 0 comments

Although ink jet photo printers have been at the forefront of photographers' attention lately, the requirements of professional print output still demand the qualities only dye sublimation printing can achieve. In Sony's latest printer for the...

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Ingrid S. Kramp... Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

Last year it took us days to crank out the 1000+ proofs we print every week during the summer camp season. In desperate need of a truly fast and reliable digital photo printer, the Sony UP-DR150 caught our attention. This dye sublimation printer is extremely user friendly, portable, and designed for fast on-location printing of 3.5x5, 4x6, 5x7, and 6x8" prints. After test...

Scanners & Printers
Joe Farace Nov 29, 2012 10 comments
There are two general types of inkjet printers available—dye ink and pigment ink. While pigments have the reputation of delivering longer print life, dye inks have the advantage of producing more vibrant colors. The longevity differences are not as much of an issue as they once were, however, with dyes making strides in that direction; in fact, in the case of the Artisan 1430, Epson is claiming up to 200 years in storage, and 98 years on display, and that certainly rivals pigment durability.
David B. Brooks Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

Flat-bed scanners with a high-resolution specification are usually accompanied by a film scanning capability. Reflective scanning rarely requires much more than 600dpi, but film scanning demands much more resolution. With a hardware resolution...

David B. Brooks Jan 01, 1999 0 comments

For the many photographers who are setting up a digital darkroom, and have medium and large format film to scan, Canon has a very attractive scanner solution. The CanoScan FB 1200S offers high 1200dpi optical resolution with professional-level film...

David B. Brooks Jun 01, 2001 0 comments

A flat-bed scanner with the capability of scanning the smallest medium format (6x4.5cm) film frame for a 13x19" print has been largely unaffordable to me and many digital darkroom enthusiasts, until now. Epson's latest Expression model...