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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

DXO_2.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Analyses of Additional Olympus Cameras Now Available on
11:49 EDT - publishes Raw performance data on the Olympus E-410 dSLR and the Olympus SP-570 UZ bridge camera PARIS, France -- March 31 -- DxO Labs announces today the publication of detailed Raw-based image quality data and DxOMark Sensor rankings on its popular Web site for two additional cameras, the Olympus E-410 dSLR and a bridge model, the Olympus SP-570 UZ. "Serious photographers... (More)

Olympus announces E-450 digital SLR
03:00 EDT - Olympus Imaging America Inc. has today unveiled its latest E-series digital SLR, the Olympus E-450.

The E-450 is very closely related to the existing E-420 model, but with a few notable changes including some enabled by the newer TruePic III+ image processor, that should make for a more versatile and... (More)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Fantasea's logo. Click here to visit the Fantasea website! PRESS RELEASE: Fantasea Line FSD-770 Housing for the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS / IXUS 95 IS Digital Camera
15:39 EDT - Fantasea Line is pleased to announce that the new Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS/ IXUS 95 IS digital camera is compatible with Fantasea's FSD-770 housing. The FSD-770 housing, depth rated to 60 meters/200 feet, is fully functional, providing photographers with access to all camera functions. Fantasea's new compact housing design and improved construction ensures easy handling and accurate access to camera... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Humanity Photo Awards (HPA) 2009
15:35 EDT - The Only Worldwide Folklore & Custom Photo Contest Collecting Memories Of Mankind Background: The HPA2009 contest, co-organized by China Folklore Photographic Association (CFPA), UNESCO and Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (GAGOC), was formally launched on 16th September, 2008. It aims to call upon worldwide photographers, professional or amateur, to record the world’s folklore cultures,... (More)

aragon.2009.150x38.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Aragon System Releases NoiseAway
12:37 EDT - Aragon System (, a long-time provider of scientific imaging software, has released NoiseAway, an image handling application for photographers. NoiseAway offers advanced functions in an intuitive environment, providing a complete solution for image workflow from development of Raw images to printing. Images are always presented with the monitor profile applied and printers that... (More)

Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens. Courtesy of Sigma Corporation. Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Firmware 1.1
12:13 EDT - This update corrects a problem to give an accurate compensation value for camera shake when the lens is used with a camera body incorporating an image sensor shift type image stabilization.

Sigma has announced a firmware update for the Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM for FourThirds. This update improves the communication between the lens and FourThirds bodies featuring sensor-shift image stabilization,... (More)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
23:50 EDT - Sigma's 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens is the biggest in its class, weighing just over a pound and requiring large 77mm filters. Is it also the best in its class? Find out by reading our full Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM review on

Friday, March 27, 2009

Focal Press' logo. Click here to visit the Focal Press website! PRESS RELEASE: Focal Press Releases New Photoshop CS4 Titles For Every Serious Amateur And Professional Photographer
14:41 EDT - (Boston, MA, March, 2009) -- Focal Press, publisher of trusted resources for photographers since 1938, has released seven additional titles from among their ten Adobe Photoshop CS4 stable in support of Adobe's updated program.  These new titles join the already released new editions of Martin Evening's bestselling Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: A Digital Image Maker's Guide, Photoshop... (More)

A List of Photoshop CS4 Resources
12:05 EDT - Take a break -- a profitable break

Even though Photoshop CS4 has been out for a while, there's a lot to discover in this new version. And, if you're like most busy pros, you've probably got as much time to explore the new productivity enhancements... (More)

Apple Releases Software and Firmware Updates
11:45 EDT - iWork, iLife '09 updates follow 17-inch MacBook Pro firmware update

Apple has released a series of updates to address a number of outstanding issues. iWork iWork updates include: • iWork 9.0.1 -- "iWork '09 Update 1 is recommended for all iWork '09 users." iLife... (More)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

RocketLife's logo. Click here to visit the RocketLife website! PRESS RELEASE: RocketLife Wins Two DIMA 2009 Innovative Digital Product Awards
14:47 EDT - Wins Awards for RocketLife Touch & RocketLife Mobile March 20, 2009, Folsom, CA – RocketLife (, the inventors of award-winning new media technologies, announced today that it has won two DIMA 2009 Innovative Digital Product Awards for RocketLife Touch™ and RocketLife Mobile™.  The awards were announced on March 2nd at the Photo Marketing Association... (More)

or-d90.jpg PRESS RELEASE: O'Reilly Publishes 'The Nikon D90 Companion'
11:44 EDT - SEBASTOPOL, Calif. -- The Nikon D90 camera has exploded on the digital photography market, with a myriad of new features, including the industry-first HD video capability. Even better, the camera comes with a manual that details each and every button in reasonably clear language. But as author Ben Long says, "Knowing what each button on your camera does won't necessarily mean you can shoot great pictures."... (More)

11:37 EDT - Next generation professional pen tablet delivers new proprietary pen technology and an elegant, ergonomic design loaded with new features VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Mar. 25 -- Wacom today unveils the long anticipated Intuos4, a revolutionary new professional pen tablet that delivers new features and unparalleled performance to photographers, designers and artists seeking optimal control and improved productivity.... (More)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Western Digital's logo. Click here to visit the Western Digital website! PRESS RELEASE: WD's My Book® Family of External Hard Drives Now Deliver 2 Terabytes in a Slim, Single-drive System
20:22 EDT - Largest Capacity Available in Single-drive External Hard Drives for Mac® and PC Users BOSTON, March 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- (Photoshop World Booth No. 615) -- WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions, today expanded its My Book® family of external hard drives to include a 2 TB capacity, the largest available capacity in a single-drive system. With its wide... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Phase One Invests in Mamiya Digital Imaging
17:41 EDT - To serve photographers' creative options, speed up delivery of advanced medium format camera systems and components TOKYO, Japan, March 26 -- Phase One A/S and Mamiya Digital Imaging, Ltd. are proud to announce that Phase One is making a significant financial investment in Mamiya Digital Imaging, thus becoming a major shareholder in the company behind the Mamiya brand of medium format cameras and... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: New Online Photo Editor Released
17:28 EDT - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - March 14, 2009 - Japplis has released Japplis Online Effects, a set of online applications to apply simple effects to your photos. More than 100 effects are available. Available effects include blur, drop shadow, back and white, reduice noise, superpose text, rotate, mirror or different frames. There is no need to create an account or to upload your photos on a server.... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: CHROMiX Announces Unlimited Print Profiling Service
17:02 EDT - SEATTLE, Wash. -- CHROMiX, Inc., announces ColorValet Pro, a new ICC color profiling service offering unlimited profiles for a single printer at a low price. ColorValet Pro allows customers to build as many custom profiles as they want for a single RGB-controlled printer. This allows customers to experiment with a wide variety of papers to find which combination best meets their needs. The service... (More)

Nik Software's logo. Click here to visit the Nik Software website! PRESS RELEASE: Nik Software Announces Color Efex Pro™ 3.0 Update for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2
15:39 EDT - Award-winning Color Efex Pro 3.0 now compatible with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Boston, MA (Photoshop World, Booth #411) – March 25, 2009 - Nik Software announces today that Color Efex Pro 3.0, its popular digital photographic filters for retouching and creative enhancements, is now available for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and higher. The update is free to current owners of Color Efex Pro... (More)

imagnomic.2009.150x40.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Imagenomic Releases Portraiture 2 For Aperture
11:27 EDT - Market-Proven Software Tool Brings State-of-the-Art Digital Skin Retouching Techniques to Photographers and Creative Professionals Using Apple's Premiere Imaging Workflow Application ALEXANDRIA, Va. March 25 -- Imagenomic has announced the commercial release of Portraiture 2 for Aperture. This new product edition brings the power, productivity and creative flexibility that Portraiture has delivered... (More)

ACD_SYSTEMS_2.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Say Goodbye to Slow-Moving Digital Picture Frames
11:17 EDT - ACD Systems' new photo software makes it easy to load picture frame images, find the right resolution size and increase storage capacity VICTORIA, British Columbia -- March 25 -- Digital picture frames are popular gift items, but that doesn't mean they are easy to use. ACD Systems International Inc. has developed a new, convenient way for consumers to work with their digital picture frames, as well... (More)

Canon: 15mpix Rebel with HD video, new Speedlite
00:00 EDT - Canon U.S.A. Inc. has today announced its latest Rebel-series digital SLR, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i.

The Canon T1i will be known overseas as the Canon EOS Kiss X3 (Japan) / Canon EOS 500D (other markets). It features a number of firsts for a Rebel-series camera, and we've just published our Canon Rebel... (More)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: Iridient Digital Releases RAW Developer 1.8.3 for Mac OS X
20:23 EDT - MONTEREY, Calif., March 24, 2009 -- Iridient Digital, Inc. has released RAW Developer 1.8.3 an update to its critically acclaimed RAW image processing software for Mac OS X. The update features support for the latest new camera models, GPS metadata support, improved default camera curves for the Nikon D3X and Sony DSLR-A900 and fixes several bugs. Newly-supported camera models include the Canon PowerShot... (More)

EXTENSIS.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Extensis To Present Digital Asset Management Forum for Creative Services
20:20 EDT - DAM event featuring real-world implementations with a focus on digital asset archival and distribution best practices PORTLAND, Ore., March 24 -- Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today announced its "Digital Asset Management Forum for Creative Services" event to be held on April 9th in El Segundo, California. This is a one-day conference focusing on digital asset management strategies and solutions.... (More)

ADOBE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Creative Suite 4 ROI Study Shows Productivity as New Killer Feature
20:06 EDT - Tests Confirm CS4 Users Can Save Thousands of Dollars Through Productivity Gains in Everyday Tasks SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Adobe Systems Inc. today announced benchmarking results from an independent research study conducted by Pfeiffer Consulting and commissioned by Adobe. According to the report, features in Adobe Creative Suite 4 software can dramatically increase productivity, efficiency and return... (More)

Tamron's SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II LD (IF) MACRO 1:1 lens. Photo provided by Tamron Co. Ltd. PRESS RELEASE: Tamron Develops SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II MACRO 1:1 - Life-size macro lens designed exclusively for APS-C size DSLRs features fast F/2.0 maximum aperture
13:39 EDT - New Macro Lens Features Best-In-Class Working Distance at 100mm March 24, 2009, Commack, NY—Tamron Co., Ltd (Mr. Morio Ono, President), a comprehensive manufacturer of optical products with its head office in Saitama City, Japan, announced the development of the SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II LD (IF) MACRO 1:1 (Model G005), a life-size macro lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Aleratec Reduces Blu-ray Product Prices up to 65 Pct.
11:24 EDT - Price reductions range from 25 to 65 percent. CHATSWORTH, Calif. -- March 24 -- Aleratec Inc., leading developer and manufacturer of "Prosumers' Choice" solutions for the Blu-ray, DVD/CD, Flash, HDD, USB duplicating and DVD/CD publishing markets, announces dramatic price reductions for its Blu-ray products. The 1:3 Copy Cruiser Blu LS, a LightScribe-enabled disc publisher supporting Blu-ray recording,... (More)

Monday, March 23, 2009

HiDen's HD-0310 HDMI 1080p digital photo viewer. Photo provided by Hi-Den Vision PRESS RELEASE: The World's First HDMI 1080p Digital Photo Viewer with Switching Function Comes to the Home Entertainment Market
14:41 EDT - Hong Kong- Hi-Den Vision introduces the world's first HDMI 1080p digital photo viewer (HD-0310). Existing photo viewers only allow photo viewing on small-size screens. Unlike others, the HD-0310 is a compact, slim and easy-to-use device that allows customers to view photos, enjoy video clips and music on high-definition TV (HDTV). No need to crowd around the computer, just sit back and relax in a... (More)

Epson's logo. Click here to visit the Epson website! PRESS RELEASE: Epson Introduces GS Canvas Gloss Media For Fine Art Solvent Printing
14:19 EDT - Designed Exclusively for the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 Printer, New Media Provides Advanced Quality for Fine Art Reproduction and High-Volume Décor Output LONG BEACH, Calif. – March 17, 2009 – Epson America today announced its new Epson GS Canvas Gloss paper, specifically designed for use with the Epson Stylus® Pro GS6000 printer with UltraChrome® GS ink. Delivering unmatched... (More)

Wuala's logo. Click here to visit the Wuala website! PRESS RELEASE: Online Storage Solution Wuala Merges With External Storage Manufacturer LaCie
14:01 EDT - ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (March 19, 2009) - Caleido AG, the Swiss maker of the innovative online storage solution Wuala, announced today that it has merged with LaCie, the French manufacturer of external storage devices. Together they plan to revolutionize the storage industry by building a unique and sustainable cloud storage service. "We're very proud to announce that we join forces with LaCie,"... (More)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Review: Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6G
23:07 EDT - The Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6G was announced at Photokina 2008, alongside the full-frame A900. The A900 perhaps overshadowed the announcement of the lens, which provides the most range in its class as well as the fastest aperture performance. We've finished putting it through its paces in the lab: click here to read our full review of this lens.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Kodak Gallery Changes Storage Policy
8:45 EDT - In an email to Kodak Gallery members today, Kodak announced that members must make qualifying annual minimum purchases to maintain their albums on the service. Members storing images that require 2GB or less of storage must "make annual minimum purchases totaling at least $4.99." And members storing over 2GB must "spend $19.99 annually to continue storage of your photos." In the email Kodak warns,... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Digital Light & Color Announces The Release Of Picture Window Pro 5.0 Photo Editing Software
12:57 EDT - Cambridge, Mass – Digital Light & Color announced availability of the latest major upgrade of Picture Window Pro. The new edition extends the tradition of the highest image quality and full control of all image parameters in an easy to use package and at moderate cost. Now Picture Window 5.0 adds a host of new features to this powerful professional image editing program. New Editing Features... (More)

Is Photoshop Changing Its Spots?
12:11 EDT - The Adjustment panel in CS4 is a clue to the kind of interface the application needs.

In our interview with Adobe Senior Engineer Jerry Harris we learned not just what GPU processing is bringing to image editing but what Photoshop's designers were thinking about the user interface. The... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Picture Information Extractor PIE 5.0 Released
11:52 EDT - Picmeta Systems released version 5.0 of its Picture Information Extractor (PIE), which includes numerous new features, unicode support and XMP and IPTC metadata. Among the new features there is an improved file browser with history and favorites management, automatic creation of a folder structure when downloading photos, change of the date picture taken in RAW formats and lossless cropping of JPEG... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix S60 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Nikon S60 firmware version 1.1
09:15 EDT - Nikon has released firmware version 1.1 for the Nikon Coolpix S60 digital camera. Available now via Nikon USA's support website, the update offers a number of improvements.

Modifications enabled with version 1.1 firmware:The speed at which the displayed image changes with dragging in full-frame playback mode has been increased. The method used to enable playback zoom (enlarge... (More)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pure Digital's logo. Click here to visit the Pure Digital website! Cisco to buy Pure Digital for $590M
19:32 EDT - Networking giant Cisco Systems Inc. has today announced its intention to buy Pure Digital Technologies Inc. in a stock exchange worth some $590 million.

Pure Digital is best known for its lineup of "Flip"-branded video cameras, all of which are based around CMOS image sensors, and feature fixed focus, fixed focal length lenses, 1.5" LCD displays, and... (More)

Photobucket's logo. Click here to visit the Photobucket website! PRESS RELEASE: Photobucket Launches Mobile Photo Application with Danger
15:39 EDT - Advanced Options Provide A Richer Photobucket Experience SAN FRANCISCO -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Photobucket (, the Web’s premiere standalone photo and video sharing site, today announced the availability of a mobile Photobucket application exclusively for the T-Mobile Sidekick. Built in conjunction with Danger, Inc. (a Microsoft subsidiary), the software services provider... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Deke McClelland is Singing in the Droplets
12:17 EDT - The Droplet Song -- The Next Hilarious Music Video Now on dekePod SEBASTOPOL, Calif. -- Digital imaging master and unlikely crooner Deke McClelland tenders an original new love song to kick off the next round of his popular video podcast series, dekePod. Titled The Droplet Song (A Love Song to a Lost Feature in Photoshop), Deke's goofily romantic new tune honors one of Photoshop's most arcane but... (More)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Trek-Tech's logo. Click here to visit the Trek-Tech website! PRESS RELEASE: Trek-Tech Announces the TrekPod GO! PRO
16:12 EDT - March 17, 2009 -- The TrekPod GO! PRO is a photographer’s multi-tool that goes from monopod to tripod in seconds, and can even be used as a hiking staff. The product includes Trek-Tech’s patented MagMount™ system, a quick-release mounting system which attaches a camera to our new PRO ball head, using a solid magnetic connection. The TrekPod Go! fits in carry-on luggage and comes with... (More)

Fujifilm FinePix F60fd digital camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Fujifilm FinePix F60fd!
13:52 EDT - Face detection is not new, but Fujifilm has gone to great lengths to improve the technology in the FinePix F60fd.

These improvements include the ability to detect faces that are facing to the left or right, or even oriented upside down. The Fujifilm F60fd wraps a 12-megapixel sensor in a pocket-size package with a... (More)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: PhotoFreebies 2.0 Now Available
17:17 EDT - PhotoFreebies 2 is a free collection of 12 Photoshop-compatible plugins for performing simple but useful photo adjustments and effects. PhotoFreebies 2 includes a new Color Blind plugin for simulating red/green color blindness, and is now available in a 64bit version. Available to download for free now, PhotoFreebies 2 is compatible with Windows only. The Plugin Site ( released... (More)

FotoInsight's logo. Click here to visit the FotoInsight website! PRESS RELEASE: Printed Photo Books integrate with Flickr Online Photo Sharing and Geotagging
14:47 EDT - Photo sharing from Flickr, Facebook, Picasa and geotagging site "locr" come to personal printed photo albums. Today FotoInsight launches a new version of FotoInsight Designer with new photo book formats and new features like fading frames and festive templates. Cambridge, 17 March 2009. - Against an ever increasing number of photo book services, FotoInsight is increasing its technological... (More)

Mamiya's logo. Click here to visit the Mamiya website! PRESS RELEASE: Success of Mamiya DL28 Spawns Bigger Brother
14:00 EDT - Elmsford, NY – March 17, 2009 – The successful introduction of the Mamiya DL28, in addition to requests from professional photographers throughout the U.S., has prompted Mamiya America to announce the next level in high-end digital camera systems – the Mamiya DL33. “In the world of medium format digital photography, many photographers have to choose between price and performance,”... (More)

Monday, March 16, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: The Plugin Site Announces the Postcard Contest 2009
16:09 EDT - The Plugin Site ( is pleased to announce the Postcard Contest 2009. It gives people worldwide the chance to unleash their creativity by creating and writing postcards. In our age of communication everyone is using email, text messages or messengers to spread written words. The good old postcard is used less and less and seems to get out of fashion. So we want to remind... (More)

Aragon Systems' logo. Click here to visit the Aragon Systems website! PRESS RELEASE: New software from Aragon System
14:18 EDT - Aragon Systems (, a long time provider of scientific imaging software, has released "NoiseAway" an image handling application for photographers. NoiseAway offers advanced functions in an intuitive environment. NoiseAway offers a complete solution for image workflow, from development of raw images to printing. Images are always presented with the monitor profile applied and printers... (More)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Review: Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II
21:43 EDT - Not content with offering the longest super-zoom lenses, Tamron's 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 is the company's latest shot across the bow to the major camera manufacturers. The lens offers the widest zoom range in the ultra-wide zoom lens category; is there something missing in all that ultra-wide range, or does Tamron have a winner on its hands? Click here for our full review of this lens.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Accessory Review: Datacolor Spyder3Print
23:52 EDT - Can a spectrocolorimeter build good printer profiles?

The short answer is, "Yes!" But read our review for the fine print. We struggled to build a useable printer profile until we got a little help and were finally able to build one. Was the problem what... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Darlow to Exhibit Prints of New York City Landmarks
23:46 EDT - NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Alfa Art Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition "GRANDmarks -- NYC," a series of prints created by award winning author and photographer Andrew Darlow. This collection of Darlow's photographic work features New York City landmarks, including the Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and The Flatiron Building. Two distinct groups of prints... (More)

Pentax X70 available for preorder
17:38 EDT - A little under two weeks ago, Pentax announced its new 24x zoom X70 digital camera.

Today, it has announced that the Pentax X70 is available for preorder directly from the manufacturer. Priced at about US$400, the X70 is listed as being expected to ship in the next ten days. Other features... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: cuichu printmedia drew large crowd at PMA’09 with its live demo of MagnaSign™ printable magnetic vehicle signs and Print-n-Stick™ repositionable photo.
13:26 EDT - New York, March 12, 2009 – cuichu printmedia (“cuichu”), a division of New York-based XL Presents, LLC, has successfully showcased its MagnaSign™ printable magnetic vehicle sign, Print-n-Stick™ repositionable photo, and EazySticker™ Inkjet waterproof sticker during the PMA’09 International Convention and Trade Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, March... (More)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

ScanDigital Transfers Images to CD/DVD & Loads Photos to Online Gallery for Sharing and Archiving
11:59 EDT - EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Photography enthusiasts will love learning about ScanDigital, the premier photo and home movie transfer service, at this year's PMA Tradeshow. ScanDigital specializes in converting old photographic material to digital format, allowing customers to archive and enjoy all of their work, new and old, in one location. Simply send ScanDigital your prints, slides and negatives and they... (More)

Microsoft's logo. Click to visit Microsoft's website! PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Photographers: Dream Big - Then Grab Your Passports
13:19 EDT - Lenovo® and Microsoft team up for first-ever "Name Your Dream Assignment" Contest Grand-prize is $50,000, a digital camcorder and the Lenovo® ThinkPad® W700ds with Microsoft Windows Vista® (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. & REDMOND, Wash.) - March 9, 2009 - Daydreaming about Anguilla's coastline at sunset? Taking a canoe down the Taramakau River? Or standing inside Mount Kenya's Ice... (More)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Radar's logo. Click here to visit the Radar website! PRESS RELEASE: Radar Launches Deep Integration With Leading Photo-Sharing Community
22:16 EDT - Real-Time Mobile Browsing and Commenting Now Available for Flickr Photos SAN FRANCISCO, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Tiny Pictures, Inc. today launched Flickr integration for Radar ( leading service for real-time sharing of cameraphone pictures, videos and conversations between friends. The integration allows users to follow Flickr photos as they're shared and stay on top of conversations... (More)

Olympus Zuiko 9-18mm: New firmware
15:02 EDT - Olympus has today released an updated version of firmware for its Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 lens.

Firmware version 1.1 for the Zuiko 9-18mm lens has one change: it aims to increase autofocus responsiveness when using the Live View LCD and Imager AF (I-AF) functions of a Four Thirds system digital... (More)

The Imaging Resource logo. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. NOTE - IR site offline tomorrow morning
14:10 EDT - Tomorrow morning (Thursday, 12th March) there will be a brief interruption to our regular service, as the Imaging Resource moves to a more powerful new server.

Work on the transfer will commence around 5:00AM Eastern time, and presuming all goes smoothly we're expecting everything to be complete by 9AM Eastern. The new server will use a different IP address,... (More)

DXO_2.GIF PRESS RELEASE: DxO Labs Releases Optics Pro v5.3.3
12:15 EDT - New version supports the Nikon D3x and the Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 along with 43 new DxO Optics Correction Modules. PARIS, France -- DxO Labs has announced the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v5.3.3, now supporting the Nikon D3x (DxO Optics Pro Elite Edition) and Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 (DxO Optics Pro Elite Edition). In addition, 43 new DxO Optics Correction Modules have also been made available... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Creaceed Releases Hydra 2.1
12:09 EDT - Improved interface and performance for HDR application After introducing Hydra 2.0 at Macworld 2009, Creaceed has released version 2.1 to improve user experience and HDR creation performance. Highlights of the new version include: New Features • Source image thumbs can now be clicked for smooth overlay. This makes it easier to compare the tone mapping output with any source image or to compare... (More)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: World's First Outdoor Projection Art Festival Returns
15:22 EDT - Digital Artists Invited to Submit Entries Alys Beach, Florida - A Florida beach town announced that it will host the second annual "Digital Graffiti" festival on Saturday, June 6, 2009. Digital Graffiti is the world's first outdoor projection art festival, with artists using the latest technologies to project original works onto the town's iconic white walls. "Alys Beach is welcoming... (More)

Casio's logo. Click here to visit the Casio website! PRESS RELEASE: Casio Enters The Big East Starting Lineup
14:12 EDT - EXILIM to be Official Camera Line of the BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament DOVER, NJ, MARCH 10, 2009 — Casio America, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, today announced the exclusive sponsorship of the high speed EXILIM camera line as the “Official Cameras of the BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament” beginning March 10, 2009 at Madison... (More)

Bogen Imaging's logo. Click here to visit the Bogen Imaging website! PRESS RELEASE: Digital Photo Technology Expert to Lead Free Lighting Webinar
13:36 EDT - Will Crockett Gives Advice on How to Create Great Lighting Using Simple Tools and Techniques Ramsey, N.J. (March 10, 2009)-- Bogen Imaging, a leading distributor of top quality photographic support products and accessories in North America, proudly announces a free webinar titled “The Language of One Light: Roundtable with Will Crockett.” Part of the company’s Bogen Café series of free instructional... (More)

DXO_2.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Publishes Raw Sensor Performance Data on Sony Alpha-Series Cameras
13:04 EDT - DxO Labs adds detailed measurements for three Sony Alpha-series models, the A700, the A300 and the A200, to its Raw-based Image Quality Database PARIS, France -- March 10 -- DxO Labs announces today the addition of Raw-based image quality data and DxOMark Sensor rankings on its popular Web site for three Sony Alpha-series cameras, the A700, the A300 and the A200. "We have had... (More)

Monday, March 9, 2009

shapeways.2009.97x47.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Shapeways Debuts Do-It-Yourself 3D Printed Photographs
19:42 EDT - Easy-To-Use Shapeways Photoshaper Allows Anyone to Turn Their Favorite Photos Into 3D Printed Objects EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands (March 10, 2009) -- Today Shapeways introduced the all-new Shapeways Photoshaper, a ground-breaking new service that allows anyone to turn digital photographs into 3D objects. Users can logon to, upload any photo and order their creations directly from Shapeways.... (More)

I3A Presents 2009 Leadership Award to Kyocera Sanyo's Atsushi 'Andy' Kodera
7:36 EDT - LAS VEGAS -- March 5, 2009 -- The International Imaging Industry Association (I3A;, the leading global association for the imaging industry, has conferred its prestigious annual Leadership Award upon Atsushi "Andy" Kodera, President, Kyocera Sanyo Telecom, Inc. (KSTI; Mr. Kodera received the honor -- represented by a crystal captain's decanter, symbolizing... (More)

Bring new life to old memory cards (UPDATED)
11:04 EDT - An email from IR reader Renaud Dehareng called our attention to his new blog, which aims to make use of old memory cards in a really fun way.

Dubbed Photochaining, the concept is simple. Many digital camera owners have old flash memory cards they no longer need - for example, the almost useless low-capacity cards that were once commonly bundled... (More)

Panasonic releases firmware update for DMC-LS85/LS86
08:56 EDT - Panasonic Japan has announced firmware version 1.1 for the Lumix DMC-LS85 and LS86 digital cameras.

According to the company, firmware version 1.1 offers the following improvements:Improved the stability of playing back videos and images,when the AV cable is connected.Added a feature to change the volume... (More)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Review: Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT
23:03 EDT - Sony's 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT ultra wide-angle zoom lens was released with the Alpha series of cameras in 2006. Ultrawides are useful for when you've run out of room to back up when taking a photo, and there is plenty of choice available. We've put this one through its paces in our lab: how does it stack up? Click here for our full review of this lens.

General Imaging's General Electric G3WP digital camera. Photo provided by General Imaging Co. General Imaging announces waterproof digicam
18:59 EDT - Alongside this year's Photo Marketing Association tradeshow, General Imaging announced no less than ten new General Electric-branded digicam models for 2009.

Nine of these can be found in a separate news item, but one model included a first for General Imaging, hence meriting a separate press release. The General Imaging G3WP digital camera is the company's... (More)

General Imaging: Nine more new GE digicams
18:56 EDT - Alongside its waterproof G3WP digital camera, General Imaging has announced nine other new digicams across its A, E and X-series.

The General Electric A950, A1035, A1050, A1235 and A1250 are all very closely related with the exception of their choice of image sensor and zoom lens, and of course their pricing. The GE A950 has a 9.1... (More)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Pretec: 666x CF is world's fastest
16:15 EST - During the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow, flash manufacturer Pretec announced what it says is the world's fastest CompactFlash card.

Just ten days after announcing a 433x CompactFlash card at the "Focus on Imaging" show in Birmingham, UK the company has upped the ante still further with a CF card billed as offering 666x speeds.... (More)

Pretec's logo. Click here to visit the Pretec website! PRESS RELEASE: 1st SDXC in the World-PRETEC Demonstrates 32GB SDXC
16:14 EST - Hannover, Germany and Las Vegas, Nevada. March 3rd, 2009- Pretec, creator of the highest capacity CompactFlash card in the world (100GB) and the fastest CF card in the world (433X), continues today its record braking history in the field of speed and capacity by unveiling the new SDXC 32GB, the world’s first, highest capacity and fastest SD card at CeBIT booth Hall21/D83 and at PMA CFA... (More)

Nikon's Coolpix P6000 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Nikon P6000 firmware version 1.2
15:58 EST - Nikon has released firmware version 1.2 for the Nikon Coolpix P6000 digital camera. Available now via Nikon USA's support website, the update corrects a number of issues.

Modifications enabled with version 1.2 firmware:When shooting in a user setting mode at an image quality setting of NRW (RAW) + Fine, NRW (RAW) + Normal, or NRW (RAW) + Basic and Distortion control enabled,... (More)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

PMA: Show's over, coverage continues
22:29 EST - The PMA Spring 2009 tradeshow came to a close earlier today, and the list of new products and services announced has been pretty extensive.

As usual, we've offered in-depth PMA coverage throughout the show, with plenty of news, videos, and reporting straight from the tradeshow floor! PMA 2009 might be over, but we're still working our way... (More)

Photo Marketing Association's logo. Click here to visit the PMA website! PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Photo Industry 2009: Review and Forecast Report Says Custom Photo Services Are off to a Good Start, but Big Opportunities Are Still Untapped
18:54 EST - JACKSON, Mich. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations announces the availability of the U.S. Photo Industry 2009: Review and Forecast Report. This report is a useful tool to give retailers and photo labs an idea of what is going on in the industry and what is expected in the near future. The report is designed to aid firms in business... (More)

Xerox's logo. Click here to visit the Xerox website! PRESS RELEASE: Shutterbug Photo Mall One of First Photo Resource Centers to Install Xerox iGen4 Press
17:55 EST - BOWLING GREEN, Ky. & ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Shutterbug Photo Mall has installed Xerox Corporation’s (NYSE: XRX) iGen4™ Press to add production of full-color photo books, calendars and greeting cards to its arsenal of photo-based offerings. Shutterbug, a photo resource center with an in-house photo lab, is one of the first U.S. companies of its... (More)

HP's logo. Click here to visit the HP website! PRESS RELEASE: HP Launches In-store and Online Publishing Tools for Affordable Printing
17:48 EST - Expanded consumer inkjet printer portfolio makes it easier for people to connect, create and print on any budget LAS VEGAS, March 2, 2009 -- At the PMA tradeshow today, HP expanded its extensive personal publishing portfolio to unlock new revenue streams and further capitalize on the $65 billion market opportunity.(1) The new products, services and tools from HP offer existing and new customer... (More)

HP's logo. Click here to visit the HP website! PRESS RELEASE: HP Bolsters Professional Printing Portfolio to Help Graphic Arts Customers Increase Profit
17:39 EST - LAS VEGAS, March 2, 2009 -- HP today expanded its professional printing portfolio as part of its effort to target the estimated $663 billion page-value opportunity for the global graphic arts market and accelerate the analog to digital transformation.(1) Unveiled at the 2009 PMA tradeshow in booth F150, HP’s comprehensive portfolio of digital printing solutions is designed to help... (More)

HP's logo. Click here to visit the HP website! PRESS RELEASE: HP and Tesco Partner to Provide Affordable, Convenient Photo Publishing Solutions to Customers
17:33 EST - LAS VEGAS -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- HP (NYSE:HPQ) and Tesco today announced they are partnering to grow Tesco’s photo publishing offerings. The relationship will see the retailer roll out HP’s retail publishing solutions to more Tesco Extra stores across the United Kingdom. The collaboration will allow customers to choose from more than 300 creative print projects, print photos or... (More)

DIMA's logo. Click here to visit the DIMA website! PRESS RELEASE: 2009 DIMA Innovative Digital Product Award and 2009 DIMA Vision Award Winners Announced
17:23 EST - LAS VEGAS -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Of the hundreds of digital imaging products on display at PMA 09 Sneak Peek, the official press event of PMA 09 in Las Vegas, Nev., 17 have been selected by a panel of digital imaging editors to receive the prestigious DIMA Innovative Digital Product Award. The annual award is one of several events sponsored by the Digital Imaging Marketing... (More)

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Innovation Delivers Brilliant Success, Creative Solutions and Proven Performance for Photo Retailers
16:10 EST - New enhancements for APEX, KODAK Picture Kiosk and other imaging solutions demonstrate commitment to the success of retail and professional partners LAS VEGAS, NV, March 3 -- A year after unveiling its new KODAK Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX) thermal dry lab system at the 2008 PMA show, Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) is enjoying strong customer acceptance and success across its broad portfolio... (More)

Epson tweaks rangefinder digicam
15:41 EST - Epson Japan has announced a slight update to its rangefinder digital camera, replacing the previous R-D1s model when it goes on sale from April 9th.

Epson's R-D1 was the world's first digital rangefinder, and after its March 2004 announcement, was sold in markets including North America, Europe and Asia. The follow-up R-D1s from March 2006 was initially... (More)

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Spotlights Ways To Connect With Pro Quality
13:43 EST - Innovative Programs, Products Reinforce Commitment to Pro Photographers and Labs Las Vegas, NV, March 3 -- Since members of the photography community last gathered for the Photo Marketing Association International Trade Show, Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has introduced a number of innovative products and services to support the professional photographer and professional lab businesses. These initiatives... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Boinx Software to Host Live-Webinars
11:23 EST - FotoMagico on March 10 MUNICH, Germany -- Boinx Software is one of the first Mac software companies to offer free interactive Web seminars and FAQ sessions to help users get the most out of BoinxTV, FotoMagico and other Boinx Software products. Beginners and Pros alike can talk directly with product managers and developers to ask them questions and learn about advanced techniques to make their own... (More)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: Kodak and Photobucket Team Up to Make Photo Sharing Even Better
19:54 EST - Kodak's Unique and High Quality Products Turn Photobucket Images Into Treasured Keepsakes SAN FRANCISCO and EMERYVILLE, Calif. -- March 4 -- Kodak and Photobucket today announced an agreement that empowers Photobucket's millions of users to turn images from their Photobucket account into tangible stories using Kodak Gallery products. The alliance is intended to extend the Kodak brand to new audiences... (More)

Canon's PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II photo printer. Photo provided by Canon USA Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A. Introduces the New PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II and PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II Professional Photo Printers
15:09 EST - New Canon LiDE700F Color Image Scanner Easily Digitally Renders Large Photos and Documents Using an LED Light Source, for Low Power Consumption LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced two new printers for professional and advanced photographers, the ten-color PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II and the eight-color PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Photo Printers.... (More)

Lucidiom's logo. Click here to visit the Lucidiom website! PRESS RELEASE: Lucidiom Debuts New APM Kiosk Software to Further Integrate In-Store and Online Business
14:47 EST - APM 7.0 Features Instant Photo Uploads from Kiosk to Web VIENNA, Va. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Lucidiom has further integrated in-store and online operations in the latest version of its kiosk software, APM 7.0. The new kiosk software version, which will be demonstrated at the Photo Marketing Association Show (PMA) 2009 in Lucidiom’s booth (Q180), already has received industry praise and recognition... (More)

Lucidiom's logo. Click here to visit the Lucidiom website! PRESS RELEASE: Lucidiom Offers Central Fulfillment Service for EQ Personal Publishing Products
14:42 EST - 800+ Products Now Accessible to Retailers With No Equipment or Carrying Costs VIENNA, Va. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Retailers looking to test the personal publishing waters before investing in on-site printers and equipment now have an ideal order fulfillment solution through a new Lucidiom Inc. and Swan Photo partnership. Lucidiom, which already offers off-site fulfillment of more than 700 photo gifts... (More)

Fujifilm logo. Click to visit the Fujifilm website! PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm Wins DIMA Photo Kiosk Shoot-out Award
14:27 EST - Las Vegas, March 3, 2009 – FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. announced today that the Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA) named its 2009 DIMA Photo Kiosk Shoot-Out Award winner at the PMA 2009 International Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. DIMA, a division of Photo Marketing Association International (PMAI) presented Fujifilm with the 2009 DIMA Photo Kiosk “People’s Choice”... (More)

KohJetAir.jpg PRESS RELEASE: OmegaSatter, Koh Introduce Koh HEPA Jet Air
13:32 EST - The first filtered bulb blower that blasts pure HEPA-filtered air to blow off dust from sensitive digital equipment such as dSLR cameras. HAMPSTEAD, Md. -- (More)

Adobe Releases DNG Converter 5.3
11:49 EST - Wondering where the DNG Converter companion update to Camera Raw 5.3 is? It took a day longer, but it's now available.

Adobe has released both Mac and Windows versions of its free DNG Converter 5.3 to convert Raw files from more than 200 cameras to its Digital Negative format. The new version includes support for the... (More)

Nikon logo. PRESS RELEASE: 50th anniversary of Nikon F-mount
11:44 EST - Longest history among lens mounts for 35mm-format SLR interchangeable lenses/cameras TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the 50th anniversary of its legendary F-mount lens-mounting system, employed on the company’s lens-interchangeable SLR cameras and NIKKOR lenses. Apart from Nikon, no other maker has been able to sustain its original lens mount for such an extraordinary... (More)

Apple Releases iLife Support, iPhoto Updates
11:40 EST - Apple has released two updates for OS X 10.5 Leopard's iLife '09 suite. The iLife Support 9.0.1 update, recommended for all users of Aperture, iLife '09, and iWork '09, iLife Support 9.0.1, "improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues." The 50.56MB download is available via Software Update or the download page. The company also released an iPhoto Update 8.0.1 update,... (More)

Pandigital's logo. Click here to visit the Pandigital website! PRESS RELEASE: Pandigital Debuts Industry's Thinnest Digital Photo Frame
05:30 EST - High Definition 10.4-inch frame is 1/3-inch thin, ideal for tight spaces; Features PanTouch Clear “floating” LCD design, full touch-screen interface and integrated Wi-Fi LAS VEGAS -- ( All offers subject to change without notice or obligation and may not be available through all retail partners. Prices listed are manufacturer's suggested retail prices and may... (More)

Lucidiom's logo. Click here to visit the Lucidiom website! PRESS RELEASE: Lucidiom Honored with Multiple DIMA Innovative Digital Product Awards at PMA Show
04:07 EST - APM 7.0 Kiosk Software, White Screen “Scene Me” Technology and Coordinated Social Expression Products Receive Awards VIENNA, Va. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Lucidiom today announced the company has been honored with DIMA Innovative Digital Product Awards for all three Lucidiom products entered in this year’s competition – the Lucidiom “Scene Me” white screen technology,... (More)

DIMA's logo. Click here to visit the DIMA website! PRESS RELEASE: 2009 DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out Winners Named
03:29 EST - LAS VEGAS -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The winners of the 2009 DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out were announced today at the PMA International Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Winners displayed during PMA 09 were chosen from 109 prints entered by 22 companies. DIMA® Digital Printer Shoot-Out entries were produced from files created by color experts at Digital Attributes, Ellijay, Ga. Participants... (More)

Xerox's logo. Click here to visit the Xerox website! PRESS RELEASE: Xerox Demonstrates Commitment to Lucrative Photo Specialty Market; Brings New Technology, Leadership to PMA 2009
02:34 EST - Appoints new vice president of photo/packaging market Wins six DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out and Innovative Product awards Fujifilm to sell Xerox 700 Digital Color Press to professional, commercial photo labs LAS VEGAS -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- From sweeping the DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out honors to launching award-winning software that automates production of photo books, greeting... (More)

Xerox's logo. Click here to visit the Xerox website! PRESS RELEASE: New Xerox Software Makes Photo Printing a Flash
02:25 EST - Livingston Camera dramatically reduces prepress time with FreeFlow® Photo Automation Tool LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) today announced software that cuts several steps out of the production of photo specialty products, such as greeting cards, photo books and calendars. Designed for retailers, photo labs and commercial printers, Xerox’s FreeFlow... (More)

ArcSoft's logo. Click to visit the ArcSoft website! PRESS RELEASE: ArcSoft Unveils New Embedded Technologies for Digital Cameras at PMA 2009
00:21 EST - Users Enjoy Easier and Faster Photo Editing LAS VEGAS -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ArcSoft, Inc., a leading provider of innovative digital imaging technologies and multimedia solutions, is unveiling its new embedded technologies for digital cameras at this year’s PMA in Las Vegas. ArcSoft’s Embedded Technologies for Digital Cameras enable the users to enjoy the best and easiest photo capture... (More)

Unibind's logo. Click here to visit the Unibind website! PRESS RELEASE: Unibind Wins DIMA 2009 Innovative Digital Product Award For Photos N Sounds
00:04 EST - Photos N Sounds is First Photo Book with Sound Records Personalized Voice Messages, Child’s First Words, & Plays Songs for a Completely Personalized Photography Experience Las Vegas, NV, March 3, 2009 – Unibind,, manufacturer of the award-winning Unibind high-quality binding, lamination and presentation product line, announced today that it has won the DIMA 2009... (More)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fujifilm logo. Click to visit the Fujifilm website! PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm President and CEO Shigetaka Komori Named PMDA “Person of the Year”
23:34 EST - Industry Leader Affirms Commitment to the Culture of Photography in Accepting Top Industry Honor LAS VEGAS--At this evening’s Photoimaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) International Awards Dinner, Shigetaka Komori, president and CEO of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation and FUJIFILM Corporation, was honored with the PMDA “Person of the Year” Award. The award is given... (More)

Canon MP980 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A. Receives Two DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out Awards At PMA 2009
23:10 EST - Canon imagePROGRAF Large Format and PIXMA Photo All-In-One Printers Produce Award-Winning Prints for Inkjet 50 Inches Wide Or More and Best Black and White With Grayscale Inks Categories LAS VEGAS, March 3, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today received two DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out awards for fine art photographic printing at the 2009 PMA International Convention... (More)

Nik Software's logo. Click here to visit the Nik Software website! PRESS RELEASE: Nik Software Announces Plug-in Update for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2
22:59 EST - Award-winning Viveza™ now compatible with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Las Vegas, NV (PMA Booth #U221) – March 3, 2009 – Nik Software announces today that Viveza, its popular digital photographic plug-in filter is now available for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2 and higher. The update is free to current owners of Viveza. “This new update makes one of our... (More)

Nik Software's logo. Click here to visit the Nik Software website! PRESS RELEASE: Nik Software Products Now Available at Apple Stores
22:07 EST - Award-winning plug-ins for sale at the online Apple store and select Retail stores nationwide Las Vegas, NV (PMA Booth #U221) – March 2, 2009 – Nik Software, Inc. announces today that its award-winning line-up of photographic plug-ins for Adobe® Photoshop®, Photoshop Elements and Apple® Aperture® are now available for purchase through Apple sales channels.  The... (More)

ttp-pss2.jpg Accessory Review: Think Tank Photo Pixel Sunscreen v2
19:50 EST - What do you do when you've got to use your laptop outdoors and the sky is too bright to see the screen? Think Tank Photo's solution is the Pixel Sunscreen.

Using a laptop outdoors can be a challenge. Daylight, even on an overcast day washes out the screen, making it difficult to read menus, let alone improve an image captured in the field. The Pixel Sunscreen... (More)

Panasonic: Micro Four Thirds cam with high-def video
12:00 EST - In early September 2008, Panasonic announced the Lumix DMC-G1 - the world's first first Micro Four Thirds-system digital camera.

Lauded for its small size, light weight and high-resolution, high-speed electronic viewfinder, the Panasonic G1 had one curious omission - the lack of any form of video capture. Two weeks later, Panasonic... (More)

Panasonic's Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4.0 Asph. lens. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic Expands Its Lumix Micro G System With Two Lenses Compatible With The New DMC-GH1 Digital Camera
12:00 EST - New Micro Four Thirds Lenses Offer Increased Range and Flexibility for Taking Professional-Quality Photos and High Definition Video Las Vegas, NV (March 3, 2009) – Panasonic today introduced two new lenses for its LUMIX G Micro System – the innovative digital interchangeable lens camera system – the LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. and the LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm/F4.0... (More)

ADOBE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Releases Lightroom 2.3, Camera Raw 5.3
10:47 EST - Nikon D3x and Olympus E-30 support added, LR memory leak plugged. Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3, available immediately for download at The Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3 updates originally posted as release candidates for community testing on Jan. 23, provide raw file support for the newly-released Nikon D3x and Olympus E-30... (More)

Casio announces Exilim Zoom EX-Z29
10:01 EST - Casio has today announced a new entry-level digital camera for its EXILIM Zoom lineup.

The Casio Exilim EX-Z29 combines a 10.1 megapixel CCD imager with an Exilim-branded 3x optical zoom lens that has a rather tight 37.5mm wide angle. Maximum aperture on the Casio EX-Z29 varies from f/2.8... (More)

Canon: New firmware, service notices for 1D / 1Ds Mk III
08:45 EST - Canon USA and Japan have jointly released several items of note for owners of the company's EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLRs today.

According to the company, Canon EOS-1D Mark III firmware version 1.2.5 and Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III firmware version 1.1.4 both include the same updates, as follows: Corrects a phenomenon in which a displayed... (More)

Western Digital's logo. Click here to visit the Western Digital website! PRESS RELEASE: Huge 8 TB Capacity, Media Streaming and Performance Enhancement Added to WD® ShareSpace Network Storage Systems for Small Offices and Digital Media Enthusiasts
08:19 EST - LAS VEGAS, March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- (PMA BOOTH NO. R260) -- WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions, today announced that WD ShareSpace™ network storage systems now offer 8 TB (terabytes) of capacity, up to 30 percent faster transfer speeds, and DLNA(1) media streaming capabilities. Combined with its ease-of-use and small footprint, WD ShareSpace is... (More)

Tenba's logo. Click here to visit the Tenba website! PRESS RELEASE: Tenba Introduces Exclusive Black Label Camera Bag Collection
04:18 EST - Elmsford NY, March 1, 2009 – Tenba has introduced “Black Label”—a new collection of premium, handcrafted camera bags and satchels. The collection is aimed at the professional or serious enthusiast who wants a bag with upscale design and features, highest-grade materials and robust construction. According to Tenba Product Manager Peter Waisnor, “Black Label will be our... (More)

M-Rock Modular Attachment System. Photo provided by M-Rock. PRESS RELEASE: M-Rock's Modular Attachment System Gives Photographers Flexibility To Reduce Or Expand Equipment Storage Capacity
04:05 EST - Modular Bags Offer Storage Options for a Variety of Imaging Gear Including Lenses, Cameras, Camcorders and other Consumer Electronics Las Vegas, NV. - March 2, 2009 - M-ROCK, a leading manufacturer of high quality camera bags, backpacks and travel cases for professional photographers and enthusiasts, and the original designer of the first camera bag modular system, is offering a line of modular camera... (More)

M-Rock Adventure series camera bag. Photo provided by M-Rock. PRESS RELEASE: M-Rock Introduces New Adventure Series Camera Bags Designed For Today's Roaming Digital Photographer
03:47 EST - Attention to Details and Customer Feedback Result in a New Generation of Protective Gear for All Imaging and Recording Devices Las Vegas , NV . – March 2, 2009 – PMA Booth # R223 – M-ROCK, a leading manufacturer of high quality camera bags, backpacks and travel cases for professional photographers and enthusiasts, announced today it is introducing a new line of fully-featured rugged... (More)

JOBO's PDJ120 12 PRESS RELEASE: JOBO Announces 12-Inch Photo Display
03:30 EST - Limited edition frame features a stylish snow-white acrylic border, internal memory capable of storing up to 800 pictures and convenient remote control access Las Vegas, NV (March 2, 2009) PMA Booth #Q170-1 – JOBO AG showcases today the new limited edition JOBO PDJ120 digital picture frame into the growing JOBO family of digital imaging products. This stylish and modern new digital picture... (More)

Lensbaby's 0.42x Super Wide lens. Photo provided by Lensbaby Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Lensbaby Introduces 0.42x Super Wide Lens
03:20 EST - New 0.42x accessory lens designed exclusively for use with all Lensbaby lenses Las Vegas, NV (March 2, 2009) PMA Booth #M230 – Lensbaby announces today a new 0.42x Super Wide Lens for use with their new line of selective focus lenses – The  Composer™, The Muse™, The Control Freak™ and their companion Lensbaby Optic Swap System™ consisting of Double Glass, Single... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix F200EXR digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm USA Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR Digital Camera Receives DIMA 2009 Innovative Digital Product Award
03:12 EST - Valhalla, N.Y., March 2, 2009 – FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. today announced that the Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA) has named Fujifilm’s new FinePix F200EXR digital camera a 2009 Innovative Digital Product Award winner.  Today’s announcement was made at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) trade show and convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The DIMA Innovative Digital... (More)

Delkin's Fat Gecko camera mount. Photo provided by Delkin Devices Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Delkin Fat Gecko Camera Mount Wins DIMA Award
03:06 EST - Poway, CA. Mar 3, 2009 - Delkin's newest DIMA Award winning accessory is the Fat Gecko camera mount. The Fat Gecko is a dual suction cup mount that allows all photographers, videographers and motorsport enthusiasts to quickly and easily mount a camera to almost any surface. With three attachment options - the suction cup mount, clamp-style handlebar mount, and strap bicycle mount - photographers can... (More)

Delkin's logo. Click here to visit the Delkin website! PRESS RELEASE: Delkin Devices Launches Fastest VideoPro Card Line for Digital Camcorders
02:06 EST - POWAY, CALIFORNIA, Mar. 3, 2009 - Delkin launches a new line of VideoPro™ Flash memory that is optimized for recording Full-HD video, boasting the best performing card in the video media market.  Delkin's VideoPro™ cards will be available in SDHC™ (high capacity) format and easily identifiable with capacity and minutes of recording time. Delkin released the high performance... (More)

PMA 2009 show coverage - now live!
00:38 EST - The Photo Marketing Association's Spring 2009 tradeshow starts today, and our PMA 2009 coverage is now live.

Over the last few days and weeks, the news has been pouring in as the manufacturers vied for coverage of their latest (and hopefully, greatest) products. At a quick count, Kodak's launch of its EasyShare... (More)

Kodak announces EasyShare Z915
00:01 EST - From its headquarters in Rochester, New York, Eastman Kodak Co. has today announced a new long-zoom digital camera for its EasyShare lineup.

Only limited specifications were available for the Kodak Z915 at press time, but we do know that it will be based around a Kodak Retinar-branded 10x zoom lens with optical image stabilization in front... (More)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Sigma's DP2 logo. Sigma DP2: New specs, release nearing
22:14 EST - Alongside its new lens announcements for the 2009 Spring Photo Marketing Association tradeshow, Sigma has further detailed its upcoming DP2 digital camera, first described at the Photokina show last September.

The Sigma DP2 is closely related to the company's existing DP1 digital camera, but replaces that model's 28mm-equivalent f/4.0 lens, with a brighter, tighter f/2.8 41mm lens. The image processor has... (More)

Apple Releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.5
22:02 EST - Nikon D3x and Epson R-D1x support added.

Apple has released an update to its Digital Camera Raw module, extending compatibility for Aperture 2, iPhoto '08 and iPhoto '09 to the Nikon D3x and Epson R-D1x. "It also addresses issues related to... (More)

Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
20:00 EST - Two weeks ago, Sony unveiled six new digital camera models for this year's Photo Marketing Tradeshow.

The company saved the best for last though, and today it has announced the most interesting of the group: the high-speed, high-def, long-zoom Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1. Based around a high-speed 1/2.4"-type... (More)

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! PRESS RELEASE: New Sony Photo Printers Enable Portability and Creativity Anytime, Anyplace
20:00 EST - LAS VEGAS (PMA #F171), March 2, 2009 – As the summer travel season approaches, Sony will make it easy for folks to print photos from just about anywhere, anytime by taking along one of its new lightweight photo printers announced today. They Go Where You Go The portable printers (models DPP-FP97 and DPP-FP67) can easily be transported in a carry-on bag to birthday parties or on family trips.... (More)

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! PRESS RELEASE: Sony Camera Accessories Make Capturing Everything From Marine Life To Family Life Simple
20:00 EST - LAS VEGAS (PMA #F171), March 2, 2009 – Whether snapping photos of brightly colored fish just beneath the surface or recording snippets of the kids on safari in the backyard, the new additions to Sony’s  line of Cyber-shot® and Handycam® accessories will ensure that consumers are equipped for any moment worth capturing. Key to Fashion and Function: Accessorizing Well From... (More)

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! PRESS RELEASE: Sony Spotlights Latest Cyber-shot Camera And Other New Digital Imaging Products At PMA 2009
20:00 EST - LAS VEGAS (PMA #F171), March 2, 2009 – Sony is exhibiting an array of new digital imaging products here at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) 2009 International Convention, including the new Cyber-shot® camera (model DSC-HX1) with “sweep panorama” technology. Cyber-shot Digital Still Cameras New Cyber-shot models being shown include cameras in the T, W, H and S series, along... (More)

Sigma's 10-30mm F3.5 EX DC HSM lens. Photo provided by Sigma Corp. PRESS RELEASE: SIGMA announces 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
20:00 EST - The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new SIGMA 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM. This super-wide angle lens has a maximum aperture of F3.5 throughout the entire zoon range. Its wide angle of view from 102.4 degrees produces striking images with exaggerated perspective. The maximum aperture of F3.5 is ideal for indoor shooting and it enables photographers to emphasize the subject. Two ELD (Extraordinary... (More)

Sigma's 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM lens. Photo provided by Sigma Corp. PRESS RELEASE: SIGMA announces 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
20:00 EST - The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM. This large aperture standard zoom lens incorporates Sigma’s original Optical Stabilisation function. This lens offers a large aperture of F2.8 at 18mm wide angle. This large aperture and anti-shale function is ideal for indoor photography and in low lighting condition. For Sony and Pentax mount, the built-in... (More)

Sigma's 50-200mm F4-5.6 DC OS HSM lens. Photo provided by Sigma Corp. PRESS RELEASE: SIGMA announces 50-200mm F4-5.6 DC OS HSM
20:00 EST - The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new SIGMA 50-200mm F4-5.6 DC OS HSM. This compact high-performance telephoto zoom lens incorporates Sigma’s own Optical Stabilizer function. The lens incorporates SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass in the front lens group and is equipped with an inner focusing system to provide high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. The incorporation... (More)

Pentax: 24x zoom digicam, 15mm lens announced
17:00 EST - One day before the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow kicks off in Las Vegas, Nevada, Pentax has announced two new products for the show.

The Pentax X70 features a twelve megapixel image sensor coupled with a Pentax-branded 24x optical zoom lens that offers a useful 26mm-equivalent wide angle. The X70's image sensor is mounted on a moveable... (More)

Datacolor SpyderCube packaging. Photo provided by Datacolor Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Datacolor Revolutionizes White Balance Process for RAW Calibration with Introduction of New SpyderCube™
13:37 EST - Multi-Function Calibration Tool First to Address Color Balance Needs of Digital Photography with Multi-Source WhitePoint Checking, Bracketed Highlight and Blacks Adjustment LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – March 2, 2009—Datacolor, a global leader in digital color management technology, today announced SpyderCube™, the first all-in-one RAW calibration device for fast and accurate whitepoint correction... (More)

Review: Pentax 55mm f/1.4 SDM SMC DA*
11:41 EST - The Pentax 55mm f/1.4 SDM SMC DA* was announced at the end of 2008, one of the latest to sport Pentax's new SDM ultrasonic autofocusing technology. The lens is a definitive departure from Pentax's previous 50mm f/1.4, and with a price point of over $700, it's easily one of the most expensive 50mm-style lenses on the market. Does its performance justify the high price tag? Click here to read our full review of this lens.

Samsung NX digital camera. Samsung announces hybrid APS-C digicam family
10:18 EST - Competition for Olympus and Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds standard has today appeared from Korean rival Samsung, with the announcement of the company's upcoming NX series.

The Samsung NX format looks to be similar to that of Micro Four Thirds in concept - the biggest difference from existing Samsung digital SLR designs being the elimination of the mirror box. This change... (More)

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