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Live Tradeshow Coverage
September 26 - October 1, 2006
Cologne, Germany

Welcome to Imaging Resource’s Live Photokina 2006 Tradeshow Coverage. Photokina comes every two years and is considered the world’s largest photography and imaging expo. Imaging Resource will take you straight to the show floor, with on-the-spot videos of the hottest products. You'll also get daily reports from Mike Pasini, our roving reporter, who will use his keen editorial senses to find the good stuff. Our news team will keep on top of the latest announcements, and you’ll find it all right here: daily reports, news, photos, and video of all that we can capture at the massive Photokina 2006. Keep checking back, and let us know what you think.

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Friday, September 29, 2006

Tamron's AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro lens. Courtesy of Tamron, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Tamron Unveils a Compact, Lightweight and Ultimate High Power Zoom Lens Boasting the World's First 13.9X Zoom Power Designed Exclusively for APS-C sized Digital SLRs
20:23 EDT - Extending the Tele-End of the Popular 18-200mm All-In-One Zoom to 250mm Ultra Telephoto Makes This New 18-250mm Di-II Zoom the Most Versatile High Power Zoom Lens Available September 2006, Saitama, Japan - Mr. Morio Ono, President of Tamron Co., Ltd., announces at Photokina 2006 in Cologne, Germany, that the company has developed the AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro (Model A18),... (More)

Komamura's Horseman LD Pro. Courtesy of Komamura, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Horseman LD Pro Lets Pros Tilt and Shift For Sharper Images; Includes Unique "Main Frame Drive" System
09:29 EDT - For professionals, the ability to manipulate camera movement can make all the difference in sharpness and quality. With this in mind, Komamura Corporation, distributor of the Horseman line of professional products, today announced the Horseman LD Pro. The LD Pro is a camera back accessory that is equipped with a slide-back mechanism to allow mounting of a high-end camera back to give full bellows... (More)

Komamura's Horseman SW-D II Pro. Courtesy of Komamura, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Super Wide Angle Camera Opens New Dimensions in Large Format Digital Photography
09:17 EDT - The second generation of the Horseman SW-D super wide angle camera, called the SW-D II Pro, will be unveiled here at Photokina, which starts today. The new large format digital camera will feature additional mount compatibility for its interchangeable digital back system, plus some new design improvements that open new dimensions for large format digital photograph, such as stitching without changing... (More)

Komamura's RolleiFlex MiniDigi digital camera. Courtesy of Komamura, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Komamura: New MiniDigi limited edition

09:05 EDT - A press release from Komamura, the Japanese distributor for German camera company Rollei, announces a new limited edition variant of the RolleiFlex MiniDigi digital camera model it first announced in 2003.

Initially sold in a 1.3 megapixel variant, a slightly higher-res MiniDigi was launched in July 2004, and it is this unit which the new camera is identical to in all but color. The MiniDigi features the unusual choice of a two megpaixel square CMOS sensor, coupled with a 9mm fixed focus lens. The focusing range is 0.7m to infinity, and shutter speeds are now 1/15 to 1/4000 second. An interpolated three... (More)

Hasselblad H3D DSLR logo, Click here to visit the Hasselblad website! Hasselblad: pricing for new products

06:47 EDT - Famous Swedish camera brand Hasselblad has today announced pricing for its new products, just announced at Photokina.

The most impressive of Hasselblad's announcements has to be the 39 megapixel H3D medium format digital SLR - the world's first with a full 48mm frame-sized image sensor, to be priced at €24,900 (roughly equivalent to US$31,500 ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties and rounded to the nearest $500). The 22 megapixel variant of the same camera will be €19,900 (US$25,000). The... (More)

Leica's D SUMMILIX 25mm F1.4 ASPH lens on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 digital SLR. Courtesy of  Leica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Sales Under Way Of First Two Leica Lenses Designed Specifically For The Digital SLR Camera
05:29 EDT - LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH Introduction of LEICA D SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH SECAUCUS, N.J. (September 26, 2006) – Panasonic today introduced two new interchangeable lenses designed specifically for the digital SLR camera. Both the LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH and the LEICA D SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH comply with the Four Thirds System. The LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT... (More)

Photokina Special: The Kars of Köln

04:37 EDT - It's Friday already here in Germany and we're off to the Koelnmesse again -- but we'll leave you with a little Web gallery of some local color for auto enthusiasts....

Big city, small cars. But in Cologne, small cars are really small cars. The diminutive Smart cars can be parked sideways and are very popular. There's even a quite sporty version. But on our way to the tram, we also saw a sleek Alfa Romeo and a venerable Deux Chevaux. And those limos are all Audis. Bikes are also popular here (well, it's flat, for one thing and gas is more expensive than inkjet cartridges,... (More)

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