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

The most vibrant growth sector in high-end film cameras was undoubtedly rangefinder, with a completely new model from Zeiss and two substantially revised models from Voigtländer: I have already covered Leica a la carte elsewhere.

The lenses for the new Zeiss Ikon are really exciting: Distagon 15mm f/2.8, Biogons for 21mm f/2.8, 25mm f/2.8, 28mm f/2.8, and 35mm...

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

Ferrania USA now offers new, high color fidelity 400 and 800 speed color negative films called FG PLUS. They feature fine grain and excellent detail with superior color saturation coupled with reduced underexposure latitude.

Kodak introduced several improved films for...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

It may surprise some readers to discover that the CCD was invented at Bell Labs in 1969, a fine year for wine, songs, and cars--think of the awesome Plymouth Road Runner. CMOS is a little older, having been developed in 1948. While curmudgeonly writers and editors patiently wait for this...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Big, fast cards are becoming the norm, and not just in the CompactFlash format. Delkin Devices offers eFilm high-speed Secure Digital PRO memory cards and CompactFlash PRO 1GB and 2GB memory cards with speeds fast enough for digital video capture. Initial capacities will be 256MB and 512MB with...

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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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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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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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