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Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2008  |  1 comments

As would be anticipated in this ever more dominant digital world, there were very few new offerings from silver-based film and paper firms, and even less for the conventional darkroom. Here are the few items I did locate:


Fuji has the new Fujicolor Crystal Archive Preferred color reversal RA-4 process paper that's said to offer vivid color reproduction, brilliant...

Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2008  |  0 comments

While some sounded the death knell of filters when digital imaging arrived, with all the in camera and plug-in manipulations available, there were a number of new and often high-end filters on display. Here's what's new and improved in this frequently essential accessory:

Argraph announced a new Marumi DHG (Digital High Grade) Achromat Macro 200 (+5)...

Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2008  |  0 comments

Big, brash, and more digitized than ever before, this year's show exhibited scads of interesting photographic items intended to whet the photographic appetite of any type of photographer. This report covers memorable items that don't fit into any specific category but were worthy of mention.

Camera Armor Extreme (Made Products) is a...

Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2008  |  0 comments

The new models of shoe-mount portable flash units seen at this year's trade show not only offer more powerful light output for more distant subjects, but also frequently include new features that make them easier to use. This report also includes new small camera-mounted LED lights for continuous lighting, intended for camcorders but also useful for still photographers.

Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2008  |  0 comments

Go into any large or small photo studios and you'll find lots of items aside from cameras, lenses, and lights that add to image creativity. This might include backgrounds or props to set a particular scene or mood for the picture, often used to customize the image to the client or setting. This report also includes photo novelty items, such as photo jewelry and even bobble...

Robert E. Mayer  |  May 01, 1999  |  0 comments

This year's PMA trade show was extraordinarily large, having many more diversified exhibitors than ever before coupled with a noticeable increase in attendees making it even more difficult to try to rapidly go from one place to another.


Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2010  |  0 comments

This year we’re seeing a surprising number of new ringlights plus lots of accessory light modifiers, dedicated cords, flash brackets, and continuous LED lights which are helpful when making videos with multipurpose D-SLR cameras.

Aputure’s Trigmaster makes controlling a studio strobe or Speedlight wirelessly easier at distances of up to 300 feet with 16 different...

Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2010  |  0 comments

What’s new and different in gadgets and accessories this year? While digital has overtaken cameras it seems that many of the accessories we saw could be used as much on a film as a digital camera, proving that while there might not be much new under the sun there are certainly variations that bend with the technological tide.

Alpine Innovations’ D-Pod is an interesting...

Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2010  |  0 comments

It’s a competitive world out there, so studios have to differentiate themselves with unique offerings and setups. Having a special line of albums or frames, or simply some stylish methods for their customers to display their precious photographs can help. A different background or method of more rapidly changing the background to suit the next sitting also helps. Here are some items that...

Robert E. Mayer  |  Jun 01, 2010  |  1 comments

Photographers are notorious gadget hounds, always seeking some new little item that will help them in their quest to produce even better images. Following are unusual items that should help fill the average photographer’s need of something new and different.

Want to be able to see exactly what your D-SLR’s LCD is seeing, from over 300 feet away? And be able to...