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Rosalind Smith Posted: Sep 01, 2006 19 comments

For the past 55 years what has captivated collector Thurman (Jack) Naylor about photography is just about everything. He has amassed a private collection that has extended from the pre-photography days of Chinese mirrors and the earliest daguerreotypes to a miniature digital camera used today as a spy device. It has been a labor of love for Naylor and an unforgettable experience...

Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the show, at least in conventional photography, was the new 35mm rangefinder stereo camera from Horseman. This shoots stereo pairs in the standard format--2x23x27mm in standard stereo mounts--so they can be projected or viewed with the binocular viewer that is supplied with the camera.

If the camera itself looks oddly...

Jon Canfield Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

If there's anything you can count on with digital products, it's faster speeds, higher capacities, and lower costs. Nowhere is this truer than with memory cards. There was plenty of news from a variety of vendors.

SanDisk doubled the capacity of several of their most popular cards, including the Extreme III line of cards to 8GB in CompactFlash, and 2GB...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

While each of our reporters had their own beat and covered the show from a product category perspective, we also asked them to tell us about their favorite product or products overall. That product did not have to be within their assigned coverage area. The only criteria were excitement, new breakthroughs, and products that would have a positive effect on Shutterbug...

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Rubber chickens . Chocolate visiting cards. A camera support that looks (and performs) like a big, sticky limpet. Every bit as much as cameras, films, and imaging software, this weird and wonderful stuff is what the Photo Marketing Association show is about.

We are talking, after all, about marketing. It is literally their middle name.

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Looking at the latest camera bag offerings has an extra piquancy when you are in the market for a bag yourself, as I was at this year's PMA. My husband Roger Hicks had just bought a new laptop, which was a very tight fit indeed in his existing camera bag. We needed something new. We ended up with the CompuTrekker AW backpack from Lowepro--but along the way, I was...

Jon Canfield Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

There was only one major large format printer announcement at PMA, but what an announcement! Canon showed off the new imagePROGRAF iPF5000 printer. This is brand-new from the inside out. Canon's first 17" wide photo printer, the $1945 iPF5000 is a direct competitor to the Epson Stylus Pro 4800. The printer features Canon's new Lucia pigment inks in 12 colors.

Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

If there's one thing I learned from working on my latest book, Studio Lighting Solutions (Amphoto, 2005), there is a light specially suited to every subject and situation. Pro photographers find exactly what they need, and if it's not the exact solution, they fashion it to their needs with the addition of various accessories.

So when I entered the...

Frances E. Schultz Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

While digital, as expected, dominated the show, silver-halide materials were still to be found. These included three new films; faster films in single-use cameras; a new 35mm film support to reduce static (and therefore dust); new archival storage materials; the promise of new papers; and even--somewhat to my surprise--a lonely enlarger on one of the Chinese stands.

Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

It was a typical night at PMA. After a short ride in a stretch limo to an undisclosed location, I sat on the floor enjoying puffer fish sashimi and chilled sake with Nikon's Yoshida Shoichiro. That night, the geishas attending us watched nervously as the CEO handed me a prototype of Nikon's 24-megapixel full-frame digital SLR. "This," he told me...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Argraph introduced several brand-new Sunblitz Digital Lighting Products. The Sunblitz DAF 4500C ETTL is designed to work with Canon digital SLR and film cameras and has a GN (Guide Number) of 135 at ISO 100. The Sunblitz A 6000 Macro Ring Flash provides shadow-free light for medical, industrial, and creative subjects. It has a GN of 40, works with cameras having filter...

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Digital SLRs In Previews; The Four Thirds System Gains Adherents; Pigment Ink Printers Abound; And Some CE Bedfellows For Venerable Photo Industry Names

In late February a team of Shutterbug reporters descended on the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, to find out what's in store for photographers in the year ahead. The odd air of something missing...

Jon Canfield Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Epson is really pushing the limits with desktop scanners, bringing near drum-scanner quality down to the sub-$800 price range. With two new scanners on display at PMA, Epson had the major news in this category. First up is the Perfection V700 PHOTO. With an estimated price of $549.99, the scanner uses Epson's Dual Lens optics. The Dual Lens System automatically selects...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Every year the PMA Show becomes increasingly digital in its scope, with fewer exhibitors of "traditional" products. The 2006 show confirmed this trend but surprisingly, most of the new lenses (of familiar brands) are of the multi-platform type: suitable for 35mm cameras and digital SLRs with small (APS-C size) or full-frame sensors. That may not prove to be a...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Duracell introduced their higher capacity 2650 mAh AA and 1000 mAh AAA rechargeable batteries, designed to meet the growing demands of high-drain devices. The Duracell 15 Minute Charger will charge one to four mAh AA cells in just 15 minutes. It will accept all standard AA or AAA Ni-MH batteries. The list price for the charger with four batteries is $40.

GP Batteries...

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