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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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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Epson's Stylus Pro 3800 photo printers. Courtesy of Epson, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Epson announces Stylus Pro 3800

21:06 EDT - Epson has announced a new wide-format inkjet photo printer at the Photokina show that looks to offer a pretty impressive feature set.

The most immediately noticeable difference between the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and Epson's other 17" printer (the Stylus Pro 4800) is the dramatic decrease in size and weight. Whereas the Stylus Pro 4800 pretty much necessitated a desk to itself at a whopping 83.7 lbs with a footprint of 34" x 30", the Stylus Pro 3800 is much more svelte at just 43.2 pounds - essentially half the weight.... (More)

Kingston's 4GB SDHC card. Courtesy of Kingston, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Introduces Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) 4GB Card
05:34 EDT - Announces SDHC Compatibility for its 15-In-1 Hi-Speed Reader FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 26, 2006 – Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it will begin producing the new Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Class 2 card and enhance the function of its existing 15-in-1 Reader to support the growing storage demands of high performance... (More) PRESS RELEASE: Dongbu Electronics Provides World Class Wafer Processing for World's Most Advanced CMOS Image Sensors From Foveon
05:18 EDT - New 14.1 Megapixel CIS Chips Destined for Next-Generation Digital SLR Cameras Used by Professional Photographers SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dongbu Electronics today disclosed it has been working closely with Silicon Valley based Foveon since Q4 of 2004 to support the fabless manufacturer's development of the world's highest resolution CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) devices. Volume production of... (More)

Foveon's FX17-78-F13D image sensor. Courtesy of Foveon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Foveon Announces New Image Sensor Manufacturing Partner: Dongbu Electronics Of Seoul, South Korea
05:09 EDT - Foveon and Dongbu Electronics team up to deliver world's most advanced CMOS image sensors Santa Clara, CA, September 26, 2006 - Foveon, a leading U.S. fabless image sensor company, announced today that it has released the first product manufactured by its new strategic manufacturing partner, Dongbu Electronics of Seoul, South Korea. The new 14.1 megapixel X3 DSLR image sensor is the highest resolution... (More)

Foveon's X3 logo. Courtesy of Foveon Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Foveon Releases Highest Resolution Professional X3 Sensor
04:47 EDT - Sensor Debuts in New Cameras from Sigma Corporation of Japan Cologne, Germany, September 26, 2006 -- Foveon announced today the release of its 14.1 megapixel X3 DSLR image sensor, the highest resolution X3 sensor available and the latest product from Foveon. In addition to providing image quality suitable for professional photographers, the new X3 sensor incorporates design and process enhancements... (More)

Phase One's logo. Click here to visit the Phase One website! PRESS RELEASE: Capture One 4 - next generation of RAW workflow from Phase One
04:29 EDT - September 26th, 2006, Photokina, Cologne, Germany: Phase One®, the world leader in professional digital imaging solutions, announces the next generation of their RAW workflow software, Capture One® 4. Clear-cut RAW workflow aimed at professional use Capture One 4 is Phase One’s new generation of RAW workflow software for professional photographers. Trine Voss, VP Sales & Marketing... (More)

Pentax's logo. Click here to visit the Pentax website! PRESS RELEASE: Pentax Product Announcements At Photokina Opening Today
01:27 EDT - PENTAX to Exhibit Upcoming Digital SLR Camera Products at Photokina 2006 in Germany (September 26, 2006)...PENTAX Corporation will be displaying three new interchangeable digital SLR camera lenses and a medium-format digital SLR camera, all currently under development, at Photokina 2006. One of the world's largest photo and imaging merchandise trade shows, Photokina begins today and runs until October... (More)

Sinar's logo. Click here to visit the Sinar website! Leica acquires control of Sinar

01:05 EDT - A press release issued by Sinar AG of Feuerthalen, Switzerland notes that controlling interest in the the company has been sold to Leica Camera AG of Solms, Germany.

Few details of the deal - such as the sale price - have been publicly disclosed, but Leica has purchased a 51% stake in Sinar from JENOPTIK Laser, Optik, SystemeGmbH, Jena ("JENOPTIK"). Acquisition and transfer contracts were signed on September 25th. The existing cooperation between Sinar and JENOPTIK on digital camera backs will continue, the press release notes. (More)

SanDisk's Extreme III 16GB CompactFlash card. Courtesy of SanDisk, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk Introduces The World's Highest Capacity Card For Professional Photographers-The 16-Gigabyte SanDisk Extreme III Compactflash
00:34 EDT - Large Capacities, High Reliability and High Performance Ideal For Digital SLRs & Broadcast-Quality Camcorders COLOGNE, GERMANY, Sep. 26, 2006 - SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today introduced the 12- and 16-gigabyte (GB) SanDisk Extreme® III CompactFlash® cards to its award-winning Extreme III performance line, making these the highest capacity cards in the world. The new high-performance,... (More)

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