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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

While HP did show a number of consumer-oriented printers, perhaps the most interest was generated by their new HP Designjet Z2100 and Z3100 models. Both use HP Vivera pigment ink technology (introduced with the HP Photosmart Pro B9180) and have built-in color management with an embedded spectrophotometer. According to HP, the use of the Vivera pigmented inks yields 200+ years...

George Schaub Posted: Nov 08, 2013 Published: Oct 01, 2013 1 comments
Designed for professionals, enthusiasts, schools, and clubs, the OpticFilm 120 scanner from Plustek ($1999) can handle negative and positive film, including 35mm filmstrips, individual 35mm slides, and medium format film up to 6x12cm format. The scanner contains an eight-element glass lens and can deliver up to 10,600dpi optical resolution, with a claimed 4.01 dynamic range using the supplied SilverFast software’s Multi-Exposure function. The tabletop scanner is about the size of a six-slice restaurant toaster (about 8x14.5x7.5”) and is supplied with a complete set of very well-constructed film holders, an IT8 calibration target, and a full version (not a trial) of SilverFast Ai Studio 8 software.
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David B. Brooks Posted: 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 Posted: 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 Posted: Jun 01, 2010 2 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...

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Cris Daniels Posted: 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...

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Jon Canfield Posted: 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 Posted: 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 Posted: Jan 31, 2006 0 comments


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

George Schaub Posted: 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 Posted: 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...

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David B. Brooks Posted: 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. Krampe and Brittany J. Reed Posted: 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...

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Joe Farace Posted: 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.
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David B. Brooks Posted: 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...

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