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Frances E. Schultz Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

Good news from Ilford made this PMA a shot in the arm for zanyone who loves the craft of photography and photographic printing. As most people know, in August 2004, Ilford Imaging UK Ltd. had gone into receivership. For months, rumors had been flying about a management buyout, and it finally succeeded just hours before the PMA show opened. The new company will trade as Ilford...

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Jack Neubart Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

Where would our digital cameras be without batteries? And with the 2005 PMA Show coinciding with the Daytona 500, is it any wonder that speed was at the heart of battery technologies this year? The big push in rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery technology focused on fast chargers, especially those with 15-minute charge cycles and faster, along with higher and...

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Roger W. Hicks May 01, 2005 Published: Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

Weird stuff is my favorite category at any show: the things that don't fit into sensible categories, but are useful, or unusual, or yes, just plain weird. Some manufacturers of weird stuff rejoice in being called weird (they are often the most fun of all) but others sometimes flinch and say things like, "Um, we'd prefer to be called, er, unique." At a...

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Peter K. Burian Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

Considering the overwhelming popularity of digital SLR cameras, it's understandable that all lens manufacturers are devoting their resources to this market. All of the new products--featuring entirely new designs--shown during PMA 2005 were exclusively for use with digital SLRs that employ the APS-C size sensor; these are not suitable for use with film-based...

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Frances E. Schultz Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

Fundamental Accessories For Every Photographer
Everyone has to carry their equipment, and a good bag makes it easier to work quickly and efficiently, and saves your back, neck, and arms from unnecessary discomfort. It therefore follows that although bags are sometimes seen as unexciting, they are of fundamental importance.

When you are climbing...

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Peter K. Burian Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

According to a report published by the Photo Marketing Association (PMA), some 82 percent of cameras sold in 2005 will be digital. The study also indicates that many consumers are already buying their second or third digicams, making the full-featured, high-resolution models increasingly popular. Consequently, I was not surprised to find numerous new cameras at PMA 2005 with...

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Peter K. Burian Jan 01, 2005 Published: Jan 04, 2005 0 comments

Although compact digicams with built-in lenses remain hot sellers, many photo enthusiasts prefer SLR cameras that accept a full line of lenses from ultra-wide to super telephoto. The majority of new models shown at photokina were digital of course, but two new 35mm SLRs were also introduced, including one that came as quite a surprise. Nikon's new professional F6 left some...

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George Schaub Jan 01, 2005 Published: Jan 04, 2005 0 comments

Imagine you're a kid with a very sweet tooth in the world's largest candy store. You're allowed to roam around the halls for five days, sampling whatever strikes your fancy. You're also in one of the world's largest slam dancing parties, sharing the space with 100,000 or so other such kids. That's the feeling one can get at photokina, the...

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Peter K. Burian Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

Photo printers remain popular accessories and virtually all new models are PictBridge compliant, capable of printing directly from any PictBridge-compatible digital camera, via a USB cable connection. Some printers retain slots for printing directly from memory cards, great for those who do not yet own a PictBridge-compatible digicam. We're also starting to see a few...

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Frances E. Schultz Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

Versatility is the key trend in camera bags. Manufacturers, like photographers, know that any camera bag is a compromise. There are cases with compartments for a laptop computer and other digital accessories; with divider systems which lift out so the bag can double as a suitcase; with zip-off compartments so you can carry chargers and other accessories, to be removed and left in...

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Roger W. Hicks Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

Education, it is said, is what is left after you have forgotten everything you learned at school. Spotting trends is somewhat the same. You have to study something closely; then try to ignore all the details; then make sense of what you remember.

On this basis, I saw three trends at photokina. The first is that the center of gravity of the whole...

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Frances E. Schultz Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

The New Spirit At photokina
Something very evident at this photokina was a new spirit of openness. Partly this was caused by changes in the business, but more, it was the result of the arrival of the new kids on the block. For example, Nokia had never exhibited at photokina before. They held an informal press conference; they offered to set up interviews...

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Grace Schaub Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

Photokina is one of the photographic industry's largest and most exciting trade shows and features the very latest developments in photographic and imaging technologies from around the globe. During the course of the show, which lasts about a week, the halls of the convention center become a beehive of activity with business people buzzing around the corporate booths for a...

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Frances E. Schultz Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

The best remark I overheard this photokina was, "My tripod, it has three legs." Um, yes. This is one of the problems when you are reviewing new tripods. They all have three legs. But what makes a tripod special is the material it is made of, the way it folds up, or a new design of leg lock. This year I found all three.

Gitzo (distributed by Bogen Imaging...

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Peter K. Burian Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

During the photokina 2004 show, many new digital cameras were introduced, including many of the ultra-compact/simplified models that target snapshooters. While some of those products will sell like the proverbial hotcakes, lack of space precludes me from attempting to cover them all. Consequently, I decided to concentrate on cameras intended for the photo enthusiast, as an...