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Photokina

Live Tradeshow Coverage
Sept 23 - Sept 28, 2008
Cologne, Germany

Welcome to Imaging Resource's Live Photokina 2008 Tradeshow Coverage. Since 1950, the German city of Cologne has played host to Photokina - the world’s largest photography and imaging expo. Since the 1952 show, Photokina has been a biennial event, meaning that it takes place only once every two years. For 2008, Imaging Resource will have a four-man team on the show floor, bringing you on-the-spot videos of the hottest products. Our news team back home will also be providing a steady flow of coverage on all the latest announcements, ensuring readers are kept on top of what we're expecting to be a very busy show. Photokina 2008 looks set to be a very exciting event, so keep checking back throughout the show!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

miniphotokina-logo.jpg Lensbaby Composer -- Selective Focus Gets Hip

21:35 EDT - Earlier today, Lensbaby announced its re-engineered selective focus lens system. A new ball-joint model named the Composer joins the Control Freak, an updated 3G, and the Muse, an updated Lensbaby 2.0. Like the Composer the updated versions of the earlier generation Lensbabies now feature interchangeable optics. The three 50mm optics range from double coated glass to single coated to plastic. They're joined by a pinhole/zone plate optic. So you can not only control what's in focus, but you can select the kind of blur you want, too. We've been working with a prototype of the Composer as part of our miniphotokina review series and have just posted our review complete with a gallery of images. See for yourself!

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Phase One's logo. Click here to visit the Phase One website! PRESS RELEASE: Phase One Delivers Unprecedented Creative Options for Pro Photographers
19:40 EDT - More Freedom and Creative Opportunities for Professional Photographers Following Technical Breakthroughs and Successful Alliances COLOGNE, GERMANY--(Marketwire - September 23, 2008) - PHOTOKINA 2008 -- Phase One today introduces pioneering advances in medium format digital photography that offer professional photographers more opportunity to perfect the moment of image capture, and reduce post... (More)



Nik logo PRESS RELEASE: Nik Software Announces 'Complete Collection' of Award-Winning Digital Photographic Filters
17:12 EDT - Complete Collection includes Photoshop and Aperture versions of Dfine 2.0, Viveza, Color Efex Pro 3.0, Silver Efex Pro and Sharpener Pro 3.0 COLOGNE, Germany (Photokina Hall 4.1, Stand F001) -- Sept. 22 -- Nik Software today announced the availability of its new Complete Collection of the company's award-winning digital imaging software products. This new product bundle includes all of the latest... (More)



Nik logo PRESS RELEASE: Nik Software Announces Free Update to Dfine 2.0
17:04 EDT - New update to Dfine 2.0 brings award-winning noise reduction to Aperture, adds compatibility with Photoshop Smart Objects, and provides new debanding control COLOGNE, Germany (Photokina Hall 4.1, Stand F001) -- September 22, 2008 -- Nik Software today announced availability of a free update to its award-winning Dfine 2.0 noise reduction software plug-in. Dfine version 2.1 becomes the latest of the... (More)



Leica Camera AG logo. Click to visit Leica's US website! PRESS RELEASE: Leica Camera AG and Phase One conclude strategic alliance
16:13 EDT - Solms/Copenhagen/Cologne, September 22, 2008 – 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... (More)



SanDisk logo. PRESS RELEASE: 32-Gigabyte SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash Cards Ideal For New Digital SLR Cameras With Full HD Video Capture
15:53 EDT - Canon EOS-5D Mark II Highlights Need For Large-Capacity, High-Performance Memory Cards COLOGNE, GERMANY. September 23, 2008 –The recent release of Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera represents an emerging trend in digital imaging: the convergence of high-megapixel still photograph and High Definition (HD) video capture in a single digital single-reflex lens (DSLR) camera and the need for... (More)



Dalsa's logo. Click here to visit the Dalsa website! PRESS RELEASE: DALSA extends image sensor leadership in medium format digital photography with 6 micron pixel platform
15:53 EDT - Waterloo, Ontario, September 23, 2008 - This year's Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, sees the launch of groundbreaking new products by some of the most dominant players in medium format photography, and DALSA is proud to provide their most critical components-image sensors built on our new 6 micron pixel platform. "These new image sensors continue DALSA's tradition of setting the... (More)



SanDisk Extreme® IV CompactFlash® (CF) memory card. PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk Extreme IV Compactflash Card Ships At Double Capacity And Increased Speed
15:18 EDT - Improved Performance Helps Professional Digital Photographers Spend More Time Taking Pictures and Less Time in Post-Production COLOGNE, GERMANY September 23, 2008 – SanDisk today announced that it is now shipping an upgraded family of SanDisk Extreme® IV CompactFlash® (CF) memory cards to better meet the needs of professional digital photographers. The entire series of SanDisk Extreme... (More)



HP logo PRESS RELEASE: HP Debuts Solutions to Accelerate Growing Digital Photo and Publishing Marketplace
13:13 EDT - COLOGNE, Germany, Sept. 23 -- HP today announced the newest additions to its digital photography portfolio, designed to empower customers to do more with their digital assets across the printing ecosystem at retail, online or at home. The technologies are being demonstrated in the HP booth in Hall 4.1 at Photokina 2008, one of the world's largest photography tradeshows for consumers, professionals... (More)



cs4_boxshot.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Introduces Creative Suite 4 Product Family
12:36 EDT - Radical Workflow Breakthroughs, New Levels of Flash Expressiveness and Integration Anchor Adobe's Biggest Software Release SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sept. 23, 2008 -- Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family, a milestone release of the industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. Delivering radical workflow... (More)



Smartparts, Inc. logo. PRESS RELEASE: Smartparts Announces World’s Largest WiFi Enabled Digital Picture Frame Integrated with Windows Live Photo Gallery
11:14 EDT - The 32 Inch SP3200WF Can Receive Images from Windows Live Photo Gallery and Display Customized RSS Feeds PHOTOKINA 2008 - Cologne, Germany (September 23, 2008) – Smartparts, Inc., a leading manufacturer and innovator driving the explosive digital picture frame market, today unveiled the world’s largest WiFi digital picture frame, the 32 inch SP3200WF. The most recent addition to Smartparts’... (More)



Smartparts, Inc. logo. PRESS RELEASE: Smartparts Sets New Standard for WiFi Enabled Digital Picture Frames with Integration of Windows Live Photo Gallery
11:07 EDT - Share Memories From Anywhere in the World by Receiving Images from Windows Live™ Photo Gallery Automatically, and Catch the Latest Weather and Traffic PHOTOKINA 2008 - Cologne, Germany (September 23, 2008) –Smartparts, Inc., a leading manufacturer and innovator driving the explosive digital picture frame market, today unveiled the eight inch SPX8WF, the company’s first WiFi digital... (More)



Pretec 64GB CF card. PRESS RELEASE: Pretec Releases 64GB and 100GB CF Card - Highest Capacity in the World
10:04 EDT - Cologne, Germany, September 23rd , 2008 – Pretec, creator of the highest capacity CompactFlash card in the world (48GB) and the fastest CF card in the world (333X) will demonstrate even higher capacities including a 64GB CF card, in the Leaf booth (West Hall 4.2, B009) and CFA (Hall 5.1, G-019) at Photokina 2008. Continuing the revolution in the field of flash memory card speed and capacity,... (More)



Lexar logo. PRESS RELEASE: Lexar Enhances Digital Photography Experience by Increasing Speed of Popular Professional 133x Line Memory Cards to 233x
09:53 EDT - New CompactFlash Cards Deliver Workflow-Enhancing Benefits for the Growing Number of Photographers Who Have Embraced Digital SLR Cameras Fremont, CA, September 23, 2008 – Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, announced today that it has enhanced the performance of its Professional line of CompactFlash® (CF) memory cards to 233x, a significant speed... (More)



The Imaging Resource logo. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. IR team in Cologne, videos to start soon

07:23 EDT - The Photokina tradeshow is now underway in Cologne, Germany and all four members of the Imaging Resource video team have arrived - perhaps a little jetlagged, but nonetheless raring to go!

The remainder of the IR staff are still hard at work back at home base, keeping on top of the vast flood of news that's coming out from the many exhibitors at Photokina 2008. That leaves the video team free to pound the floors, seeking out the latest and most interesting digital imaging devices. Dave Etchells and Shawn Barnett will once again be interviewing representatives from the various manufacturers,... (More)



composer.150.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Lensbaby Introduces New Line of Lenses for Creative Photography
02:11 EDT - Three new lenses -- The Composer, The Muse and The Control Freak -- feature the Lensbaby Optic Swap System COLOGNE, Germany (Sept. 23) Photokina 2008 Hall 5.2, Stand C021 -- On Sept. 23, Lensbaby, LLC (formerly known as Lensbabies, LLC) is launching an entire new system of selective focus lenses at the Photokina tradeshow in Cologne, Germany. Three new Lensbaby lenses -- The Composer, The Muse and... (More)



Sigma's DP2 digital camera. Courtesy of Sigma, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sigma announces DP2

02:01 EDT - Sigma has today announced its latest fixed-lens Foveon X3-based compact camera, the Sigma DP2.

The Sigma DP2 is closely related to the company's existing Sigma DP1 digital camera, but with a differing choice of lens. In place of the DP1's 28mm-equivalent f/4.0 lens, the Sigma DP2 has an f/2.8 41mm lens. The image processor has also been upgraded to a Sigma TRUE II ("Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine") processor with improved processing speed, operation, and performance. The... (More)



Sigma's SD15 digital SLR. Courtesy of Sigma, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sigma announces SD15 DSLR development

02:01 EDT - Alongside today's announcement of the DP2 fixed-lens compact, Sigma has today revealed that it is developing the Sigma SD15 digital SLR.

Few details on the Sigma SD15 are currently available. Intended to replace the existing SD14 model, the Sigma SD15 will retain the same 0.98" (24.9mm) diagonal Foveon X3 image sensor with 14.1 million 7.8µm photodiodes, which is capable of measuring full RGB color information at every pixel location. The Sigma SD15 will hence output a 4.64 megapixel maximum image size. The SD15 will mark... (More)



Sigma's 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC Circular Fisheye lens. Courtesy of Sigma, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Announcement of two new fisheye lenses for Sony and Pentax fittings
02:01 EDT - 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC CIRCULAR FISHEYE HSM 10mm F2.8 EX DC FISHEYE HSM The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC CIRCULAR FISHEYE HSM the first Circular Fisheye lens exclusively for use with APS-C size digital SLR cameras and 10mm F2.8 EX DC FISHEYE HSM diagonal fisheye lens exclusively for use with APS-C size digital SLR cameras for Sony and Pentax fitting cameras.... (More)



Sigma's 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM lens. Courtesy of Sigma, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture! PRESS RELEASE: The compact large aperture standard zoom lens equipped with HSM
02:01 EDT - 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM Large aperture standard zoom lens ELD and SLD glass provides excellent correction of all types of aberrations Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting Equipped with HSM ensuring quiet and high speed AF The rounded 9 blade diaphragm creates an attractive blur The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM. This... (More)



Sigma's 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens for Four Thirds. Courtesy of Sigma, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Large aperture, medium telephoto lens for the Four Thirds System
02:01 EDT - 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM for Four Thirds System Fast F1.4 aperture medium telephoto lens is ideal for portrait photography Provides sharp and high contrast images even at the maximum aperture Incorporates a molded glass aspherical lens, excellent for correcting coma aberration and creating superior image quality Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting The rounded 9 blades... (More)



Sigma's APO Tele Converter 2x EX DG for Sony. Courtesy of Sigma, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: New dedicated tele converter for Sony mount telephoto lenses that support HSM
02:01 EDT - APO TELE CONVERTER 1.4x EX DG for Sony APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG for Sony Dedicated tele converter for telephoto lenses incorporating HSM Exclusive design maintains the master lens’ high level performance Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new APO TELE CONVERTER 1.4x EX DG and APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG for... (More)



Sigma's Electronic Flash Macro EM-140DG for Sony and Pentax. Courtesy of Sigma, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Multifunctional Macro Flash designed to work with new Digital SLR cameras.
02:01 EDT - ELECTRONIC FLASH MACRO EM-140 DG for Sony and Pentax Ideal for Close-up photography, especially medical and scientific applications Fully dedicated with the latest TTL auto exposure systems Flash tubes can be switched on or off for creative flash control Wireless Flash Control High Speed Synchro Flash The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new ELECTRONIC FLASH MACRO EM-140 DG for... (More)



miniphotokina-logo.jpg Adobe Announces Creative Suite 4

00:25 EDT - Highlights of the new release include GPU coding for higher performance and Flash user interface elements for user customization.

The wraps are off Adobe Creative Suite 4 and we've got a lot to say about it in our miniphotokina preview. We were among a group of reviewers and analysts who attended a CS4 boot camp for two days in July and we've been using a beta version of the Master Collection since August. The funny thing about this preview is that we ran the pre-release version on a substandard system after our Mac Pro boot... (More)


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Casio
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Epson
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Eye-Fi
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Fujifilm
29 Sep 08 - Fujifilm announces Super CCD EXR ...
22 Sep 08 - Fujifilm announces 3D digital ...
22 Sep 08 - Photokina 2008 Overview Release
22 Sep 08 - Photobook on Fujicolor Crystal ...
22 Sep 08 - Introducing Fujifilm New ...
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22 Sep 08 - Introducing the Internet Photo ...
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22 Sep 08 - Order-it Phototerminal by Fujifilm:...
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22 Sep 08 - Frontier Dry Minilab DL410
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13 Aug 08 - Fujifilm announces FinePix J150w
13 Aug 08 - Fujifilm announces FinePix F60fd
12 Aug 08 - Fujifilm announces FinePix S2000HD
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24 Sep 08 - Hasselblad's Revolutionary Tilt and...
08 Jul 08 - Hasselblad Announces New 50 ...
Hewlett Packard
24 Sep 08 - miniphotokina: HP B8550 Review
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23 Sep 08 - HP Debuts Solutions to Accelerate ...
Jobo AG
17 Sep 08 - JOBO AG launches photoGPS at ...
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24 Sep 08 - Kodak Innovator To Receive ...
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Leica
24 Sep 08 - Leica announces S2 medium format ...
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15 Sep 08 - Leica announces D-LUX 4
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Lensbaby
23 Sep 08 - Lensbaby Introduces New Line of ...
Lexar
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19 Sep 08 - New Lexar Shoot-n-Sync Wi-Fi Memory...
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18 Sep 08 - Mamiya ZDb Digital Back Debuts at ...
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Nikon
22 Sep 08 - Nikon celebrates the 75th ...
27 Aug 08 - First Nikon D90 test shots posted!
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27 Aug 08 - Nikon announces the D90!
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Nik Software
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Olympus
22 Sep 08 - Olympus previews next Four Thirds ...
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25 Aug 08 - Olympus introduces the rugged ...
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25 Aug 08 - Olympus announces SP-565UZ
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25 Sep 08 - Panasonic shows DMC-G prototype
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Pentax
22 Sep 08 - Pentax: New DSLR, ring flash, and ...
Phase One
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Ricoh
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SanDisk
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Sigma
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23 Sep 08 - Announcement of two new fisheye ...
23 Sep 08 - The compact large aperture standard...
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Smartparts Inc.
23 Sep 08 - Smartparts Announces World’s ...
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Sony
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