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A teardown of the world’s first modern DSLR, Kodak’s DCS315

 
 

We often take for granted the vast amount of technology packed into today’s DSLRs. To help humble us a bit is this fantastic video from Youtuber EEVblog. In it, he does a complete overview and teardown of what many consider to be the world’s first modern DSLR, Kodak’s 1.5-megapixel DCS315, released in 1998.

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The show must go on: Can Kodak movie film be saved at the urging of the Hollywood greats?


 
 

Like it or not, digital imaging has erased film from most of our lives. There are still some who still hang onto film, though, whether for nostalgia or for its remaining benefits over digital. The same is true in Hollywood, where certain directors -- Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan and J. J. Abrams among their...

Happy 20th birthday Apple QuickTake 100, the first consumer digital camera

 
 

When you think of Apple, your mind probably conjures images of svelte laptops, perhaps funky, white desktop computers, iPods, and now recently, iPhones and iPads. Apple is known for helping launch or popularize some major categories of consumer electronics: the personal computer with the Mac, MP3 players with the iPod...

Echoes of the past: Battle-worn Kodak camera tells us of its travels, and the man who once owned it

 
 

They might vary in shape, size, and the way they function, but almost every true photographer's camera has one thing in common: a plethora of little chips, scratches and dents. These aren't defects, we tell ourselves. They add to our much-loved cameras' character. These are no shelf queens: We got out there, and we...

Throwback Thursday: Early Kodak DSLR takes a trip to space in 1991

 
 

Here’s a little Throwback Thursday action, taking us to a time when Kodak was a trailblazing force in digital photography, the US had an active space shuttle program, eyeglasses covered half your face, and digital SLRs were the future.

In 1991, NASA sent a Kodak Hawkeye II on space shuttle mission STS-44, making it the...

Kodak’s Micro Four Thirds camera coming very soon, other curiosities on the way

 
 

The last time Kodak released a new camera was in 2012, and the last time anybody got excited about a new Kodak camera was years before that. But the brand still carries some gravitas, apparently, and some players are willing to give Kodak another moment.

Kodak proper emerged from bankruptcy last fall as a commercial...

Flattery by imitation? Kodak Smart Lens cameras echo Sony QX-series


 
 

One of the more surprising product launches at this year's Consumer Electronics Show came from a brand of which most photographers will never have heard -- Los Angeles, California-based JK Imaging. The company's relative anonymity seems likely to disappear with the launch of two products that very closely mimic two...

Sakar working on Kodak-branded Micro Four Thirds lenses?

 
 

Last week's PhotoPlus Expo in New York saw a lot of new gear announced and previewed — but one of the things no one expected was a set of Kodak lenses for Micro Four Thirds. Spotted by the Phoblographer, this trio of glass featured prominant Kodak branding, and is manufactured by Sakar.

There's nothing official about...

Kodak wins in patent dispute with Ricoh, and Nikon goes after Polaroid

 
 

The world of legal battles between camera companies is a murky one. Between technology patents, similar looking and sounding cameras, and all sorts of licensing, it can be difficult to keep track of who owns what, and who owes what to whom. But recently, a number of companies have become involved in courtroom battles for...

“Long Live Film” documentary explores the continuing fascination with analog photography

 
 

As you might guess from its name, Indie Film Lab is a small film lab based in Montgomery, AL. The lab has teamed up with the folks at Kodak (now Kodak Alaris) to put together a documentary looking at why photographers still shoot film. The documentary is called "Long Live Film," and while we don't know when it'll come...

Kodak Personal Imaging becomes Kodak Alaris — but don’t worry, your film isn’t going anywhere

 
 

Yesterday, Kodak exited bankruptcy, leaving behind the world of consumer products to instead focus on its commercial services. But where does that leave Kodak Personal Imaging, which was sold to Kodak's UK pension plan earlier this year? That sale officially went through today, and what was Kodak Personal Imaging is now...

It’s official: Kodak exits bankruptcy, leaving consumer photography products behind

 
 

Kodak announced today it has officially moved out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings after completing a major restructuring. As we reported last month, the company will no longer produce any consumer products, instead concentrating on  "commercial printing, packaging, functional printing and professional services."
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Ten of the best Kodak ads of yesteryear (VIDEOS)

 
 

News landed yesterday that Kodak would be pulling itself out of bankruptcy by leaving consumer markets behind, and focusing on imaging technology and commercial printing. While Kodak film is still going to be manufactured by Eastman Kodak, it'll be under the control of Kodak's own UK pension plan, which bought that...

Leaner, meaner Kodak leaves consumer space, prepares to emerge from bankruptcy


At Eastman Kodak, things are finally looking up for a long-troubled giant of the imaging industry. Nineteen months ago, the company that once dominated film photography finally filed for bankruptcy. Yesterday, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved its plan to reemerge as a leaner, meaner company with a much...

This month in digicam history: The DSLR goes mainstream, Sony gives smartphones a shot in the arm, and one seriously tiny camera debuts


Last month, we kicked off a new series of articles covering the history of the camera market. The idea for the series was born from our celebration of Imaging Resource's 15th birthday, which brought us to the realization that as thrilling as it can be to look forward to what's coming down the road for photographers, it's just as exciting to...

This month in digicam history: The swivel debuts, Minolta wows us, and the face of camera testing hands over the baton


Last month, we celebrated our 15th birthday here at Imaging Resource, and in reflecting back on all those years of covering the camera market, we were struck by just how far it's come. It's pretty thrilling when you stop to think about it: we could scarcely have imagined the capabilities of some of today's cameras when this site started in an...

Are your old lenses radioactive?

 
A radioactive Leica 50mm f/2

For nearly 30 years, camera producers were making lenses that were optically excellent but had a very curious side effect — they were notably radioactive. These so called "radioactive lenses" put off enough radiation that to this day they set off a geiger counter (but don't worry, the levels...

Kodak pulls U-turn on reorganization, now plans spin-offs to its own pension plan


To say the situation at Eastman Kodak Co. is in a state of flux would be putting it mildly. Just two weeks after the company announced plans to sell its document imaging business to printer manufacturer Brother Industries, it's pulled an abrupt U-turn, cancelling that deal and announcing another in its stead. The new owner of both the document...

Not-so-secret atomic tests: Why the photographic film industry knew what the American public didn’t

It's one of the dark marks of the U.S. Government in the 20th century — a complete willingness to expose unwitting citizens to dangerous substances in the name of scientific advancement. It happened with the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, with the MKUltra mind control project and with the atomic bomb testing of the 1940s and 50s. The Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) knew that...

Good news for Kodak, as patent sale is completed


It's been over a year now since Kodak entered bankruptcy proceedings, but fans of the one-time industry icon will be pleased to hear that it finally seems to be getting closer to putting its house in order.

Last December, we reported that Kodak had found a buyer for a large chunk of its patent portfolio. While the US$525 million purchase...