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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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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

The Changing Market
As of November 1st the Agfa Imaging division will be carved out of Agfa Gevaert. It will become a new independent company named AgfaPhoto. Forecasts show the new company in a very strong position. Dan Unger of Agfa U.S.A. assured me that they retained an enthusiastic commitment to film in general and black and white film in particular.

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: 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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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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Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 01, 2004 1 comments

New lighting products did not prove to be an amazingly illuminating experience at this year's PMA. Still, there were a number of welcome introductions. They ranged from digital slaves to studio lighting, plus strobes for the underwater enthusiast. Note: Select flash units are mentioned as...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2004 3 comments

ACD Systems
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Advanced Video Inc.
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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

There was all kinds of software at PMA 2004, but I would like to pass along some advice to would-be developers who want to get rich making under-$100 software for Windows that lets users manage, edit, print, and do all kinds of tricks. Fuggedaboutit. ACD Systems owns this market. While the Mac...

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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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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Having attended the ever-growing PMA trade show for 40 years, I'm used to seeing lots of interesting new items of appeal to general photo enthusiasts. This year was no exception, but new offerings seemed to be primarily in the rapidly expanding digital-oriented category, which other editors were...

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

Although very few 35mm SLR cameras were introduced at PMA 2004, there was no shortage of new lenses. Many of the new products are very short zooms, necessary for true wide angle effects with digital SLRs or lenses upgraded for greater compatibility in digital photography. Even though this...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Everywhere you turned throughout the big PMA halls you'd find more and more accessories for digital photography. Perhaps the biggest category was new memory cards and drives, storage devices, and portable memory download solutions. And then there were the increasing numbers of devices for both...

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