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Staff Posted: Oct 14, 2008 0 comments

Smartparts, Inc unveiled the eight inch SPX8WF, the company's first WiFi
digital picture frame. Redefining the category, the new SPX8WF boasts unparalleled
ease-of-use introducing a pre-assigned email address, one-touch internet setup,
automatic image correction, and on-frame photo album organization with no additional
subscription costs. Featuring an espresso wood frame, the SPX8WF gives consumers
the ability to view their digital images in remarkable clarity on an eight inch,
24-bit LCD screen, featuring a resolution of 800x600 and 16.7 million viewable
colors.

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Staff Posted: Oct 13, 2008 0 comments

CCD Image Sensors from Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) have been selected again
to power the most advanced cameras for professional photographers. Showcased at
this year's Photokina trade fair in Cologne, Germany, the new cameras --
the LEICA S2, the HASSELBLAD H3DII-50, and the SINAR Hy6-65 -- are based
on both new and existing KODAK CCD Image Sensors, and further establish Kodak
as the leading supplier of the most advanced image sensors used in professional
photography.



"Kodak has a rich history of supplying image sensors of the highest quality
for use in professional photography -- where image quality, resolution, and
color fidelity are critical to a photographer's success," said Michael
Miller, manager of Kodak's CCD Image Sensor Business, part of the company's
Image Sensor Solutions group. "We are excited to see this legacy continue
with the launch of a new generation of cameras from the world's leading
manufacturers that will allow photographers to capture images of the highest quality
and the finest detail."



The LEICA S2 camera, powered by the new KODAK KAF-37500 Image Sensor, is the third
product from Leica to be based on KODAK CCD Image Sensors -- a relationship
that began first with the LEICA Digital Module-R and was then extended with the
LEICA M8 camera. With an imaging area of 45mm x 30mm, the 37.5 million pixel KAF-37500
represents a new optical format for photography, providing an image capture area
over 50% larger than traditional 35mm film. The sensor also includes specific
design features that optimize its use in the S2 camera, such as the use of microlenses
to increase the overall light sensitivity of the device, enabling improved image
quality under low light conditions. In addition, an infra-red absorbing optic
was incorporated directly into the sensor's packaging, enabling the development
of a thinner camera design by eliminating the need to include this IR-absorbing
function as a separate camera component.



The new KODAK KAF-50100 Image Sensor was selected by Hasselblad for use in the
HASSELBLAD H3DII-50, the top model of Hasselblad's H3DII family and their
fourth-generation medium-format camera. Twice the physical size of the largest
35mm DSLR image sensor, the 50 million pixel KAF-50100 sets a new resolution benchmark
for the popular 48mm x 36mm optical format used in medium-format photography,
while improving upon the quality and imaging performance available from the previous
generation of KODAK sensors.



Both the KAI-50100 and the KAF-37500 Image Sensors are based on the new KODAK
TRUESENSE 6.0 micron Full Frame CCD Platform, the company's fourth generation
of technology for professional photography. This new platform increases both the
resolution and camera performance available for photographers by reducing pixel
size and "click-to-capture" time for improved camera response, improving
frame rate, lowering power consumption, and improving color fidelity while retaining
key performance parameters available from the previous generation of technology.




Sinar has selected the 31.6 million pixel KODAK KAF-31600 Image Sensor for use
in the SINAR Hy6-65, a new system that brings integrated digital image processing
to medium format photography. Leveraging the light sensitivity, wide dynamic range,
and outstanding color fidelity available from the KAF-31600 Image Sensor, this
camera brings the superb image quality and performance available from the KAF-31600
to a new generation of products available from Sinar.



These three new cameras join a family of existing cameras and camera backs that
are based on a full portfolio of KODAK CCD Image Sensors targeted to this market.
With resolutions ranging from 16 to 50 million pixels, Kodak has supplied the
broadest portfolio of high performance CCD products for this market, providing
camera manufacturers the flexibility to meet the needs and requirements of their
customers while retaining the performance and image quality required in this demanding
application.



For additional information, please contact Image Sensor Solutions, Eastman Kodak
Company at (585) 722-4385 or by email at imagers@kodak.com. For more information
on the entire portfolio of KODAK Image Sensors, please visit www.kodak.com/go/imagers.

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Staff Posted: Oct 10, 2008 0 comments

Olympus has announced that it is developing a new interchangeable-lens digital SLR (single lens reflex) within the Olympus E-System lineup. This new Four Thirds-compliant camera reinforces the company’s commitment to the standard.

Positioned as a mid-level model, this new digital SLR camera is intended for anyone who wants to express their creativity through photography, whether they are just starting out or are a professional with years of experience behind them. Introduction of the new camera is expected in the first quarter of 2009.

At the last Photokina (September 2006), Olympus declared that the second chapter in the story of the Olympus E-System would begin in 2007. One of the highlights of this chapter was the incorporation of “Full-Time Live View” function as a standard function for the first time in the industry, adding to the excitement already generated by other distinctive features of the E-System such as the “100 percent Digital-Dedicated Design” and “Dust Reduction System.” Currently, the E-System lineup includes popular models such as the E-420 and E-520, as well as the flagship E-3. All of these cameras provide digital SLR users with the high-quality images, superior reliability and exceptional portability they need.

The prototype model displayed at Photokina is being developed as an advanced amateur model that will be positioned between the E-520 and E-3. In terms of quality and performance, however, there is nothing mid-level about this model. It will inherit all the outstanding features of the E-3 such as the high-speed autofocus system using an 11-point full twin-cross sensor and the built-in image stabilization mechanism with a correction effect of up to 5 EV steps1. Other highlights will include a new and updated feature to replace the current splash and dustproof function of the E-3.


With the introduction of this new camera, Olympus will expand its line of Four Thirds System-compliant digital SLR cameras, providing a wider range of choices to a wider range of users from serious amateurs to professionals.

www.olympus.com

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Staff Posted: Oct 09, 2008 0 comments

Leica Camera AG and Phase One A/S have agreed to enter into a long-term strategic alliance. Both companies are in mutual agreement on the terms of
close future cooperation in the technical development and marketing
of premium products for the professional photography segment. The
objective is to offer photographers innovative high-end solutions
that guarantee the greatest possible creative freedom and set
standards in terms of performance, quality and technological
maturity. Close cooperation has also been decided upon for the
expansion of effective service and marketing structures.

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Staff Posted: Oct 08, 2008 0 comments

Lexar Media has extended its Kodak-branded memory card offering with the introduction of the 16GB Kodak Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) High-Speed Card. The new high-capacity Kodak-branded card is designed to capture and store large volumes of high-definition video and fast-action photographs when used with today’s popular SDHC-enabled digital video and point-and-shoot cameras. The new 16GB Kodak SDHC High-Speed Card is speed-rated at 60x, capable of minimum sustained read and write speeds of 9MB per second for capturing full motion video without interruption. For more information about the 16GB Kodak SDHC High-Speed Card, please visit www.lexar.com/kodak/.

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Staff Posted: Oct 07, 2008 0 comments

Nikon Inc. celebrates 75 years of defining optical excellence with the release of the newly engineered AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 prime lens that is considered by many photographers to be an essential tool with a focal length that closely replicates the visual perspective of the human eye when used with an FX-format D-SLR.  Nikon’s optical expertise and modern technological advances, such as the Silent Wave Motor, help to deliver outstanding operation that is critical for Nikon FX and DX-format photographers who demand the pinnacle of photographic performance.

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Staff Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments

From October 10-13, Nikon will sponsor 100 of the world's most promising young photojournalists in upstate New York for the 21st annual Eddie Adams workshop, also known as the “Barnstorm.” Seasoned professional photographers and photo editors will mentor the handpicked selection of students during the intense four-day workshop. This year, Barnstorm students will have the opportunity to try out Nikon’s new D3 and D700 professional digital SLR cameras as well as receive technical advice from Nikon experts available on-site.

“Nikon is proud to continue its tradition of educating the photographers and photojournalists of the future through the Eddie Adams Barnstorm Workshop,” said Bill Pekala, general manager of Nikon Professional Services, and Eddie Adams Workshop board member. “We at Nikon are honored to have the opportunity to provide these outstanding students with access Nikon's extensive line of high-quality cameras and precision lenses, as well as empower them with the photographic knowledge the world has come to expect from Nikon.”

To tailor the learning experience to the ever-changing industry, participants have access to a state-of-the-art digital photo and multimedia studio with all of the latest technologies. Additionally, Nikon will provide access to the D3 and new D700 digital SLR cameras, allowing these students to capture the world around them in stunning detail and clarity.

Barnstorm participants are the visionary photographers of tomorrow and will benefit from the experience and advice of professional mentors such as John White, Bill Epperidge, and Clay Patrick McBride. Other famous photographers available to Barnstorm participants include individuals from top-tier photojournalism publications such as National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Getty Images and The Associated Press.

During the workshop, the Barnstorm students are divided into ten teams, with each team paired with a photographer, an editor and a researcher. Each day consists of hands-on activities such as shooting and editing, as well as speeches and panel discussions. Over the course of the workshop, students are exposed to many types of photography including photojournalism, fine art photography, studio portraiture, underwater work, long-term projects, and conflict photography.

Following an overwhelmingly positive response the past two years, the multimedia workshop will continue as part of the core curriculum. With many news outlets and other publications expanding their offerings to include interactive slideshows and audio, students receive a crash course in the new media marketplace with access to the top multimedia editors in the country.

In addition to sponsoring the Barnstorm, this is the fifth year that Nikon will award a $10,000 scholarship to the top student from the Barnstorm XXI Workshop. A panel of judges selects a student based on the work he or she presents during the workshop. The scholarship money must be used by the winning student to further his or her education in the photographic arts field, and will be applied towards their tuition and/or housing at the college of attendance.

"For over 20 years, the Barnstorm Workshop has served as a vital tool for educating and inspiring the photographers of the future,” said Alyssa Adams, executive director, Eddie Adams Workshop. “With an alumni base of over 2,000 members, it is their continued passion and love for communicating through vivid imagery that has laid the foundation for this year's Barnstorm class and we are proud to continually renew the tenets of powerful photojournalism and photography."

About Barnstorm: The Eddie Adams Workshop
The purpose of the Eddie Adams Workshop is to create a forum where the exchange of ideas, techniques, and philosophies can be shared between both established members and newcomers of the profession of picture journalism. The workshop is a tuition-free, invitation-only event. Attendees are portfolio-selected by the Eddie Adams Workshop Board of Directors. For more information, please visit www.eddieadamsworkshop.com.

About NPS
Nikon Professional Services provides valuable assistance for pros in every segment of the photography field, including newspaper, industrial, police and forensic, medical photography, commercial studios and even special movie productions. NPS is also available to work with national photographic organizations offering advice and assistance, demonstrations of the latest Nikon products, and lectures on various photography topics. NPS is also well known as a resource for professional photographers at various field events. For more information on NPS and membership requirements for the program, please visit www.nikonpro.com.
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Staff Posted: Oct 03, 2008 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has introduced the world’s first consumer-available wireless picture frame featuring innovative Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology, a Kodak invention that produces exceptionally sharp and vivid image quality. OLED technology generates greater color depth and saturation than other displays, viewed on panels that are substantially thinner, resulting in a sleek, low-profile design.

The new KODAK OLED Wireless Frame also features built-in Wi-Fi technology that expands the user’s experience by enabling access to pictures, videos and music stored on PCs in other rooms, as well as connectivity to online photo and video sharing sites and Internet content portals for news, weather, sports and more.

At the heart of the new KODAK OLED Wireless Frame is an ultra-thin, 7.6-inch diagonal digital panel that produces stunning image detail, when viewed from any angle. The viewing experience is further enhanced by Kodak Perfect Touch technology, which automatically processes images to improve exposure, brightness and color, and KODAK Image Science, which optimizes image quality for display on OLED panels.

The KODAK OLED Wireless Frame requires no backlighting, and incorporates an ambient light sensor that optimizes the viewing experience by adjusting display brightness based on the surrounding light.  Kodak has also designed a premium audio system into the frame, providing outstanding sound reproduction when enjoying videos, digital music and online content.

The KODAK OLED Wireless Frame will retail for US $999 (MSRP) and will be available at kodak.com beginning in the 2008 holiday season, with additional online and retail distribution to be announced.

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Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2008 0 comments

Bogen Imaging proudly announces a free webinar titled “Selling Your Products Online? Learn How to Shoot Products that Sell Themselves.” The course will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m EDT, on Friday, October 3, and will provide businesses, especially the growing number of online retailers that shoot their own product photography, with valuable information on how to produce more effective, ready-to-use digital images.

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Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

While watching the sun set over Monument Valley on the Arizona/Utah border this past January, my shadow and that of two good friends fell across this sandstone boulder. Raising my camera (I'm in the middle), I not only recorded the grandeur of Monument Valley, but also embossed our shadows forever on this print as a reminder of this trip and our friendship.
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