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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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