January 27, 2008
February Table Of ContentsIn This eNewsletter:
Commentary – Bringing It All Back Home
Industry Perspective – Good News From Apple
What's New This Month – Adobe, DxO, Zacuto, onOne, and More
Test Report – Fujifilm Instax 200
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If a good, family oriented digital camera were made here in the US would you try your best to buy one?
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Bringing It All Back Home
by George Schaub

Can Anyone Make a Camera Here in the Good Ol’ USA?

Can you name the last camera made here in the USA? I have been at this game for a while and am hard pressed to come up with an answer. You might think it was a Kodak, but they gave up the work years back when they outsourced their digital camera manufacturing to Flextronic, a Singapore based company with manufacturing lines in various developing countries. You might guess Polaroid, but they outsourced their manufacturing many years back, and they now exist in licensed-brand name only. You might guess Zone VI (now that’s an obscure reference), which I know made hand-built wooden 4x5 cameras in Vermont back when Fred Picker was in charge. In fact, aside from some accessory and strobe manufacturers, the only thing photographic that remains manufactured here in the States is film.
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Industry Perspective
Good News From Apple
by Ron Leach, Publisher

Most of the news about Apple these days has to do with the health of the company’s Co-Founder and visionary Steve Jobs.  In fact, much of the buzz at the recent Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco concerned the absence of Jobs and the news that Apple won’t be participating in the event next year.
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What's New This Month
Abobe Photoshop CS4 Trial Downloads
Trial downloads of the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family are available now on

The First Digital Camera Benchmark Based On RAW Image Quality
DxO Labs has unveiled a new website delivering key objective metrics of sensor performance for a variety of cameras measured directly on the RAW image.

Zacuto Releases DSLR Baseplate Kits, Cases & Solutions For DSLR Cinematography
Available now, the new Zacuto DSLR kits are universal and will work with all cameras and accessories.

onOne Software's Genuine Fractals 6
onOne Software announced the immediate availability of Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition and Genuine Fractals 6 Standard Edition.

Shutterbug Contributor's Instructional DVD
Alas Media is pleased to announce a new DVD that guides digital photographers on the use of light to improve the quality of their photographs.

Test Report
Fujifilm Instax 200
The Instant Camera Alternative
by George Schaub

When Polaroid dropped out of the instant camera business it left lots of Polaroid camera owners holding the (camera) bag. Without the dedicated film, Polaroids became instant paper weights, interesting items for the MOPO (Museum of Photographic Obsolescence.) When Fujifilm recently announced they would be bringing instant film to our shores—they held the rights to make instant film in Japan—there was a quick glimmer of hope among Polaroid users that was quickly extinguished once it became clear that the instant film Fujifilm was introducing was proprietary to their camera alone. Nevertheless, here was an instant film system for those who just had to have their images developed on the spot.
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