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Roger W. Hicks Posted: 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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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

Whether you own a 35mm or digital SLR camera, a dedicated external flash unit can be a valuable accessory. Offering higher power output, and often extra features such as a bounce/tilt head, the optional units can help to produce more sophisticated flash lighting effects. Even if you already own a flash unit that's compatible with your camera, it may not support all of the...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: 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...

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

We were profoundly grateful to George Schaub--our Beloved Helmsman, Chairman, and Leader--for telling us that he didn't want a laundry list of new products. Listing every improvement in electronic flash would take up half the magazine, and it would come down to one generalization for all anyway. Everyone's flashes are becoming more powerful and more...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: 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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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

As digital SLR cameras grow in popularity, most manufacturers are working to develop additional lenses. An increasing number of the new products--primarily zooms--are designed exclusively for use with digital SLRs with the "APS-C" size sensors employed in most cameras. Such lenses (discussed in more detail later) are usually more compact because they need to...

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Grace Schaub Posted: 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 Posted: 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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Uwe Steinmueller Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Like with all technology driven product segments, "bigger is better" now applies to the digicam marketplace. While 5- to 6-megapixel cameras dominated 2003, this year will be when 8-megapixel cameras battle for supremacy. While the pace of change in the industry has pushed megapixel...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Just as when you send out five photographers to the same spot and they all come back with a different picture, our editors came away from the big PMA Show with one or two (or a few) products that caught their eye. Their choices reflect their professional interest, how the product might help make...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Because the manufacturers are devoting the vast majority of their resources to developing digital equipment, we're seeing few new 35mm cameras. At PMA 2004 for example, only Canon and Konica Minolta announced new 35mm SLRs and not a single distributor showed a new rangefinder camera that...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Just when you thought you'd seen it all, along come some revolutionary changes and surprising introductions in point-and-shoot digital cameras--enough so as to make me want to go out and buy several of the new digicams shown at this year's PMA. While some may view the prosumer...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Konica Minolta's DiMAGE Scan Dual IV 35mm and Advanced Photo System (optional) film scanner is a successor to the DiMAGE Scan Dual III and uses a high-performance, three-line color 3200dpi CCD sensor to deliver a 4.8 dynamic range, 3200dpi scan in 21 seconds per image via its USB 2.0...

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

What do you get when you put six ace reporters into a huge hall filled with photo and imaging gear? In our case, these being our contributors, a bunch of kids in a candy store who deliver the most comprehensive reports available on this annual photo show. Held in Las Vegas in mid winter, the...

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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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