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Monday, December 31, 2007

Kepmad Releases ImageBuddy 3.5.6
12:19 EST - Two updates in two days closes out the year...

Kepmad has updated ImageBuddy, its $19 integrated digital photo printing software, twice over the last two days. The Leopard-compatible program introduced crop and resize functions outside Manual mode,... (More)

Zeiss logo. Click to visit the Carl Zeiss website. Zeiss launches photo contest
09:09 EST - With New Year's Day only a handful of hours away (depending on where you are in the world, at least), Carl Zeiss AG is running a contest seeking your best photos from 2007 - with some limitations.

There are two categories for the contest, which is open only to photographs captured using a Carl Zeiss lens. The first category is confined solely to photos taken with Logitech webcams, Nokia cell phones,... (More)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Kodak Updates EasyShare AiO Drivers, Firmware
15:46 EST - A Macintosh updater is also available.

Kodak has released updated software drivers and firmware for its EasyShare All-in-One printers. Details of the updates were not available. The 4.3-MB firmware update to the 5100, 5300 and 5500 models... (More)

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-S730 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony Europe announces Cyber-shot S730
15:01 EST - A press release issued by Sony Europe today announces the new Cyber-shot DSC-S730 digital camera, which looks to be closely related to the existing S700 model.

Slated to start shipping across Europe from the middle of next month, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S730 is functionally very similar to its predecessor, with the same combination of a 7.2 effective megapixel... (More)

Digital Foci's Image Moments 6 digital photo frame. Courtesy of Digital Foci, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture! PRESS RELEASE: Digital Foci Launches New Line Of High-Resolution "Image Moments" Digital Photo Frames At CES 2008
13:15 EST - "Image Moment 15" Large 15-inch Frame with 16.2 Million Colors "Image Moments 6" Boasts Highest Pixel Density Available on the Market "Image Moment 8" Features Next Generation LED Backlight Technology Los Angeles, CA, December 27, 2007 – Digital Foci, Inc. ( will introduce 3 new digital frames to its line of popular “Image Moments”... (More)

ATP's logo. Click here to visit the ATP website! PRESS RELEASE: ATP Announces the GPS Photo Finder
11:50 EST - A Universal Photo Geotagging Device allowing for Digital Photo Geotagging Sunnyvale, CA (December 21, 2007) – ATP, a leading manufacturer of DRAM and flash memory solutions, today introduced the new GPS Photo Finder – a portable photo accessory that allows for convenient ‘geotagging’ of digital photos taken by any digital camera. Geotagging is a new cutting edge feature in... (More)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Sony releases firmware version 3 for the A700 digital SLR
23:46 EST - Sony has released firmware version 3 for the DSLR-A700 digital SLR. Available now via Sony's support website, the update addresses a couple of issues.

Benefits over firmware version 2:Resolves an issue where the Access Lamp remains lit and the camera stops responding when several pictures are taken in rapid succession.Resolves an issue where powering... (More)

Friday, December 21, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Fidelity Electronics Inc. Previews Innovative New Digital Frames and Imaging Accessories at CES
17:01 EST - TORONTO, CANADA--Fidelity Electronics Inc. is making a splash at CES, with new, industry-leading digital frames, as well as a new line of versatile and unique imaging accessories that you won't want to miss! Previewing at CES, along with the superior quality products that Fidelity has become known for, include: Fidelity Digital Picture Frames- 10 models available from a 7" to a stunning 15" with 1... (More)

Zeiss logo. Click to visit the Carl Zeiss website. PRESS RELEASE: Carl Zeiss organizes photo contest during the holiday
15:16 EST - OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 21.12.2007. Carl Zeiss AG is launching a photo contest on 21 December. Under the motto "Your most impressive creations in 2007", the manufacturer of premium lenses is looking for interesting photos from the past year. The use of a lens from Carl Zeiss is obligatory for participation in the contest. Decisive evaluation criteria are personalized composition and creativity. A short,... (More)

Case Study: Hartwell, Richter Scales Copyright Dispute
14:32 EST - Photographer Lane Hartwell files a takedown notice for a YouTube video using her copyrighted image. Adobe's John Nack blogs intelligently about it.

Photoshop Product Manager John Nack has posted a roundup of the recent dispute between Lane Hartwell, a professional photographer, and the Richter Scales, a not-for-profit singing group. It's a comprehensive... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Iridient Digital Releases RAW Developer 1.7.2 for Mac OS X
14:01 EST - Monterey, CA, December 20, 2007 -- Iridient Digital, Inc. has released RAW Developer 1.7.2 an update to our critically acclaimed RAW image processing software for Mac OS X. This update features support for several new camera models and fixes several bugs introduced in the previous 1.7.1 release. Newly supported camera models include the Ricoh GR Digital II, the Panasonic DMC-L10 and all recent Hasselblad... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Mustek Merges iPod Experience with Digital Photo Frame
12:26 EST - IRVINE, CA, Dec. 21 -- Addressing the needs of photo, music and movie buffs, Mustek will launch at CES 2008 the PF-i700, a brilliant color 7-inch digital photo frame with an integrated Apple iPod docking station that plays iPod files, in addition to those stored on popular memory card formats. "For years consumers have stored their music libraries on iPods and now they're saving their favorite photos,... (More)

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III  digital SLR. Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Firmware Update Version 1.0.6
10:13 EST - Canon has released firmware version 1.0.6 for the EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR. Available now via Canon Japan's website, the update incorporates a couple of improvements and fixes.

This firmware update (Version 1.0.6) incorporates the following improvements and fixes: Improves the reliability of communication with some CF cards. Fixes a phenomenon involving color cast and vertical... (More)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

CANON.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Canon Produces 30 Millionth EOS-Series SLR Camera
19:24 EST - TOKYO, December 20, 2007 -- Canon Inc. today announced the achievement of a new camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company's EOS-series film and digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras passed the 30-million mark. Additionally, production of EOS Digital-series SLR cameras has passed the 10-million unit threshold. The achievement coincides with Canon's 70th anniversary and... (More)

Phase One updates RAW workflow software
13:29 EST - Denmark's Phase One A/S has today announced that it has released a new version of its popular Raw workflow software package, Capture One.

The news follows on from a beta release at the end of last August. Changes in Phase One's Capture One 4, which is said to have been a complete ground-up rewrite, include an overhauled user interface to... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Jostens Launches One-of-a-Kind Personalized MemoryBooks with OurHubbub
13:04 EST - New consumer Website makes authentic storytelling fun, fast and easy MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Jostens, Inc. has announced the launch of OurHubbub® by Jostens, a fast, fun and easy way for groups and individuals to share their most memorable stories by creating unique hardcover photo MemoryBooks at Jostens leadership in the yearbook industry and technology innovation... (More)

Sigma logo. Click to visit Sigma's website! Sigma updates Nikon-mount 18-200mm zoom
12:37 EST - Sigma Japan has announced an update to the Nikon-mount version of its 18-200mm zoom lens that was first announced at the 2005 PMA Spring tradeshow in Orlando, Florida.

The original version of the lens had no built-in AF motor, instead relying on the focus motor built into Nikon DSLR camera bodies. However, Nikon's recent D40 and D40x digital SLRs don't include this... (More)

DataRescue Updates PhotoRescue
11:25 EST - Improved recovery in contiguous mode, support for new cameras, support for non-Raw TIFFs and a few bug fixes highlight the new release.

DataRescue Manager Pierre Vandevenne has announced the release of a new version of its $29 PhotoRescue file recovery software optimized for image files. "Key features include improved recovery in contiguous... (More)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

5500.jpg Printer Review: Kodak EasyShare 5500 All-in-One
18:02 EST - While we didn't have any more luck with the 5500's firmware than we did with the 5300, we did learn a good deal more about Kodak's new pigment inks and its touch-less printhead design.

Our diary of the Kodak EasyShare 5300 never did wrap itself up politely. Waiting for the Mac version of its firmware update, we returned the unit when the larger 5500 version with fax capability arrived.... (More)

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! Kodak completes restructuring, expects bright future
14:58 EST - A news article on the website of Rochester, New York's "Democrat and Chronicle" newspaper reports on a speech by Eastman Kodak Co. Chief Executive Antonio Perez in front of Rochester Rotary Club members.

According to the article Perez stated that the company's lengthy restructuring process - which began in 2003 - has now been completed. After several years of painful cuts to its workforce and properties,... (More)

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Wins Three Prestigious 2008 CES Innovations Awards
13:28 EST - Honors Awarded to KODAK All-in-One Inkjet Printer and Two Digital Cameras ROCHESTER, NY, Dec. 19 -- Eastman Kodak Company's (NYSE:EK) innovation was highlighted at the recent International Consumer Electronics Show Press Preview, where the company's products and services won three prestigious Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Awards. The KODAK EASYSHARE 5300 All-in-One Printer was awarded an... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: onOne Software Announces Compatibility with Mac OS X Leopard Operating System
10:52 EST - Current users of onOne Software products can automatically update to latest versions Portland, OR - December 18, 2007 – onOne Software, Inc., provider of world-class software solutions for professional photographers and graphic designers, announces today that all of the latest versions of onOne Software’s products are compatible with Apple’s recently launched Leopard operating... (More)

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd digital camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Fuji FinePix S8000fd Firmware Update Version 1.0.1
09:07 EST - Fujifilm has released firmware version 1.0.1 for the FinePix S8000fd digital camera. Available now via Fujifilm's global website, the update incorporates a couple of improvements and fixes.

The firmware (Ver.1.01) update incorporates the following issues: Countermeasure for PC connection between the 4GB memory card inserted camera and PC on Windows Vista. Data transfer from PC to the camera... (More)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS digital camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Canon SX100 IS!
20:28 EST - Canon's PowerShot SX100 IS makes long zoom photography point-and-shoot simple, with a no-nonsense design that still offers room to grow as your needs grow.

The Canon SX100 IS is mid-sized and uses AA batteries, like one of Canon's A-series, yet it has a long, image-stabilized zoom lens, like the Canon S5 IS. With a simple, clean layout, the SX100 has an 8-megapixel... (More)

lightzone.jpg PRESS RELEASE: LightZone Becomes First Professional Photo Editor for Linux Users
16:11 EST - Free Linux Beta Version of Award Winning LightZone Software Now Available PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Dec. 18 -- Light Crafts, today announced immediate availability of a Linux version of its award-winning LightZone photo-editing software. With this open beta release, Linux users now have all the powerful LightZone tools for editing, enhancing and improving digital photos that Windows and Mac users have... (More)

creativedigdarkrm.jpg PRESS RELEASE: O'Reilly Media Publishes 'Creative Digital Darkroom'
15:42 EST - Katrin Eismann Teaches Photographers How to Sculpt with Light and Listen to Their Images SEBASTOPOL, Calif. -- Two fine art photographers, authors, and gifted educators -- Katrin Eismann and Sean Duggan -- take readers on an inspirational visual journey in O'Reilly Media's latest release, The Creative Digital Darkroom ($49.99 US). The authors' groundbreaking new tutorial provides digital photographers... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: 'Digital Generation' risks future without memories
13:02 EST - Photos and phone numbers lost as almost one in five lose portable devices without backup 18 December, 2007 - Britons are risking losing valuable images and data forever with almost one in five who own a portable device losing phone numbers and contact details on mislaid items and 40% admitting to not backing up photos on portable devices, according to research commissioned by Network Appliance (NetApp),... (More)

Panasonic's logo. Click to visit Panasonic's website! PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic Adds Ten New Families To Its "Living In HD" Program
12:32 EST - Sixteen Families Still Have Chance to Win a Suite of High Definition Products as Part of the Panasonic Living in HD Program New York, NY (December 18, 2007) - The holidays have come early for ten lucky families that have been chosen to be a part of Panasonic's Living in High Definition program, an ongoing initiative designed to explore how the latest High Definition television and video technologies... (More)

BIBBLE.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Bibble Pro Version 4.9.9 Adds Nikon D300, D3, Canon 1Ds Mark 3, G9 and More
11:48 EST - Also supports E-3, Sony A700, and adds Tethering Support for Intel Mac's with Nikon dSLRs AUSTIN, Texas (Dec 17, 2007) -- Bibble Labs, Inc. announced immediate availability of version 4.9.9 of its "Pro" and "Lite" RAW workflow software. New cameras added in this release include Nikon D300 and D3, Canon 1Ds Mark 3 and G9, Sony Alpha A700, and Olympus E-3. This release also adds tethered shooting support... (More)

Monday, December 17, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Faster, Better, Easier To Use: The New Photokina Website
17:03 EST - An improved user guidance system, faster loading times and an exciting, contemporary look lend a breath of fresh air to photokina now has a new website, featuring an improved structure that enables users to find the information they are looking for - as quickly as possible and with a minimum of mouse clicks. At, a row of tabs at the top of the... (More)

Tamron's logo. Click to visit the Tamron website! PRESS RELEASE: Announcing The Winners Of The 2007 Tamron “An Emotional Appeal” Photo Contest
17:01 EST - Leading Professional Photographer and Contest Judge Selects Grand Prize Winner and Twenty Favorites Now Posted on Tamron’s On-Line Gallery December 17, 2007, Commack, NY—The overwhelming majority of great photographs, especially those including people, has one thing in common—they effectively capture, express, and convey human emotions. In other words, photographs that are judged... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Technology Makes Reading Flash Memory Easy
16:51 EST - Versatile, Hi-Speed Flash Memory Card Reader Expands Compatibility — Works with 19 Different Formats FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the new Kingston® Media Reader, an external, hi-speed reader designed to support 19 popular types of Flash memory cards, is now shipping. The reader... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Qipit Helps "Resolutionists" Use New Camera Phone to Get Organized in the New Year
16:41 EST - SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For those who received new camera phones or digital cameras for the holidays, it's time to put the gifts to work to help organize your life. According to the pundits, "resolutionists" who start the New Year with plans to alter their bad habits put organizing paperwork and eliminating clutter at the top of their list. From user manual pages and tax receipts to the journal... (More)

Microtek M1 Diary Updated!
14:30 EST - In our rush to document the arrival and setup of Microtek's M1 flatbed film scanner, we neglected to mention a few things.

We've rectified that today. The expanded Installation Diary includes a list of features, the specifications, system requirements and complete contents for the M1. We've also made a clearer distinction... (More)

Panasonic releases firmware version 1.1 for L10 SLR
09:54 EST - Panasonic Japan has announced firmware version 1.1 for models DMC-L10 and DMC-L10K, which improves performance and adds features.

Firmware version 1.1 offers the following improvements:Improved the performance of AF (Auto Focus) with Panasonic lenses. (Model Number L-ES014050,L-RS014150). Improved the performance of AE (An accuracy... (More)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Sony DSC-T2 digital camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Sony Cyber-shot T2!
16:15 EST - The Sony T2 is a breath of fresh air, incorporating 4GB of memory in the camera, replacing awkward buttons with a sensuous touch screen, and wrapping the whole package in an elegantly sculpted aluminum frame the size of a pack of cards.

The Sony T2 automatically organizes your image collection by date and frequency within the date, and also provides a unique playback mode inspired by scrapbook design. But it doesn't forego Sony's sophisticated... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Photobot - the First Zero-Click™ Picture Correction Software
14:10 EST - Now Vista™ Compatible and Multilingual (December, 2007) - Tribeca Labs (, a leading developer of digital imaging software and services, has officially announced Photobot™, the world's first fully-automatic "Zero-Click" picture correction software, for Windows Vista™ available in six languages for widespread distribution. Photobot is the only fully-automatic... (More)

Friday, December 14, 2007

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! Sony shows conceptual eco-friendly digicam
14:42 EST - Consumer electronics giant Sony is demonstrating a new concept for an environmentally friendly digital camera, says a report from Agence France-Presse / Yahoo! News.

Adding to several similarly themed products that the company showed last June, the Sony Odo Twirl n' Take is shaped rather like a pizza cutter, and charged with much the same motion you'd use to cut a... (More)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Canon's EOS-1D Mark III digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture! Galbraith continues analysis of 1D Mark III AF issues
15:56 EST - Our good friend Rob Galbraith, professional photojournalist and proprietor of the Digital Photography Insights website, has posted an update to his analysis of autofocus performance in Canon's EOS-1D Mark III digital SLR.

Rob has been following this issue very closely from the start, and has put an absolutely staggering amount of time and effort into helping Canon resolve the issues that can cause inaccurate AF in outdoors... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Photo Editing is Now a Picnik for Flickr Members Worldwide
15:16 EST - Flickr and Join Forces to Provide Integrated Photo Editing Capabilities Within Flickr SAN FRANCISCO & SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Flickr (, one of the world’s leading online photo-sharing communities, today announced a partnership with (, a ground breaking online photo-editing application, to fully-integrate Picnik’s comprehensive... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Mitsubishi Digital Electronics Helps Wall Drug Boost Profits In Photo Center With DPS Kiosk 7000
15:10 EST - NEW YORK, NEW YORK, December 12th, 2007 - Demonstrating how its DPS Kiosk 7000 turnkey photo finishing and printing kiosk can be a profit center for businesses in a wide array of retail, hospitality and other commercial businesses, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics today announced that -Wall Drugs in South Dakota had successfully deployed a DPS Kiosk 7000 at its legendary roadside mall and attractions... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Keep Your Digital Memories In Good Shape
15:03 EST - AccentSoft Team announces the release of version 2.4 of SnapTouch, a valuable tool for every digital camera owner. It is used to quickly perform a series of usual photo tasks and is especially convenient for editing large numbers of images. The tool is a simple way to keep your constantly growing photo collection in a perfect condition. Having made some shots, we usually rush to see them on PC and... (More)

rn-digastro.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Rocky Nook Publishes 'Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos'
13:59 EST - SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- At first glance, the challenge of astrophotography may appear daunting. But spectacular results are not only possible; they are easy to learn with the step-by-step approach of Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos. Amateurs today can produce images that only 20 years ago a large professional observatory would have been proud of -- and this book shows you... (More)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 digital SLR camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Full review posted for Panasonic L10 SLR!
23:50 EST - The Panasonic L10 surprised us with its good quality and excellent design, incorporating many features long missing from digital SLR cameras.

We weren't as surprised to see how good the L10's 14-50mm lens performed, because we expect greatness from that Leica badge, and the lens doesn't disappoint. The Panasonic L10 reminds us of an FZ-series... (More)

Nikon D300 digital SLR camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Full test results posted for Nikon D300!
23:40 EST - We've just posted our full test results of the impressive Nikon D300 digital SLR, one of the most anticipated cameras of the year.

Our full-production sample of the Nikon D300 has finally moved from the lab and into the hands of our reviewer; but in the meantime we're able to bring you a complete set of test shots (including sample... (More)

Scanner Diary: Microtek ArtiScan M1
11:00 EST - It's hard to believe we first wrote about the M1 in October 2006, publishing a short feature in the newsletter on the state of the art in scanning. Last Friday, FedEx delivered the $699 Microtek ArtiScan M1 and we got it out of the box and into harness as quickly as we could. We've always liked Microtek's dual bed design but the M1 adds autofocus to the package with higher resolution than the i900... (More)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

rn-nextlevel.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Rocky Nook Publishes 'Take Your Photography to the Next Level'
20:19 EST - SEBASTOPOL, Calif. -- Written for the photographer who strives to achieve a higher level of results in their work, Take Your Photography to the Next Level is based on a series of essays originally featured on the popular Luminous Landscape Web site. These essays were expanded upon and updated and new essays have been added. George Barr isn't afraid to tackle some of the rarely discussed, yet essential,... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Brings High-Quality Broadcast Format to Mobile Video
18:26 EST - Support for H.264 Technology Through Adobe Flash 9 Enables Best Video Experience and Free Enhancements for Mobile Phone Video and Low-Resolution Footage SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- MotionDSP(TM), an emerging leader in digital video technology, today announced that its new, free consumer service -- -- now supports the high-quality H.264 video compression standard. (More)

PRESS RELEASE: KoffeePhoto enters strategic partnership with JetGraph for launching of KoffeePhoto Japan
18:18 EST - KoffeePhoto, the free and unlimited online photo sharing solution, enters today a strategic partnership with Tokyo based JetGraph for exclusive operation of KoffeePhoto in Japan Strasbourg, France / Tokyo, Japan - December 12th, 2007 - KoffeeWare today announced strategic partnership with Tokyo based JetGraph Co Ltd, part of the Chugai Photo group of companies. According to the agreement, JetGraph... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Datacolor Launches Two New Spyder3 Products Enabling Photographers to Expertly Manage Color and Improve Digital Workflows
17:56 EST - Spyder3Pro and Spyder3Print deliver accurate color for displays and printers through state-of-the-art optical design and intuitive software interface LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Datacolor, a global leader in digital color management technology, today announced the introduction of Spyder3Pro™ and Spyder3Print™. These two new solutions are expertly designed to address the color... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Digital Foci Supports Giveaway Of 1,000 "Pocket Album" Digital Keychain Photo Viewers To U.S. Military In Iraq For The Holidays
17:06 EST - “Operation: Support Our Troops” Giveaway by “Into Tomorrow” Radio Show & CEA Distributes Keychains to Troops Pocket Album, the Perfect Way to Carry Up to 74 Photos of Loved Ones Everywhere You Go – Even in Iraq! Los Angeles, California, December 10, 2007 -- Digital Foci, Inc. announced today that they are supporting the “Operation:... (More)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak to Hold Investor Event at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas
14:22 EST - ROCHESTER, N.Y. --(Business Wire)-- Dec. 10, 2007 Kodak (NYSE:EK) will host an investor event for members of the investment community who will be attending the upcoming CES trade show in Las Vegas. This event will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center from 8:00 - 10:00 AM (Pacific Time) and will include a tour of the Kodak booth followed by a discussion with members... (More)

photo by Imaging Resource BARGAIN WATCH: Rebel XT body for $399.95
13:11 EST - We've been watching prices fall, as they typically do this time of year, and one particular bargain caught our eye today in the digital SLR camera category: the 8-megapixel Canon Digital Rebel XT, body only, is selling on B&H Photo for $399.95.

I want to underscore that it's Body Only, so you'd need to buy a lens if you don't already have one. But anyone with a Canon digital SLR camera system might want to give this bargain a look. When I'm... (More)

Dymo's DiscPainter. Courtesy of Dymo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Dymo: Add color to writable disc media
12:04 EST - Dymo, the brandname best known for its labeling products, has announced a new device that lets consumers quickly and easily print colorful "labels" on writable CD and DVD media.

The Dymo DiscPainter is based on technology from Elesys Inc. dubbed "RadialPrint", and as the name implies this means that the disc is spun much as it would be in a CD or DVD drive while the... (More)

SanDisk's logo. Click to visit SanDisk's website! PRESS RELEASE: SanDisk Expands Retail Flash Memory Card Business Into Vietnam to Address Growing Market of Digital Consumers
11:27 EST - Fast Growth of Mobile Phone and Internet Users Highlight Need for Flash Memory Storage Cards; SanDisk Inks Partnerships with Key Distributors MILPITAS, CA, Dec. 10, 2007 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), today unveiled plans to expand its retail market presence and product offerings in Vietnam. As part of the company’s go-to-market strategy, SanDisk named two leading distributors:... (More)

Infotrends' logo. Click here to visit the Infotrends website! PRESS RELEASE: InfoTrends Study Shows Significant Changes in Pro Photography Workflows as Image Capture Volumes Increase
11:23 EST - According to a recent InfoTrends survey of over 1,000 professional photographers across specialties, the increased use of digital photography is leading to new opportunities in the imaging industry. It's no surprise that the percentage of total digital images captured by pros has grown from 82% in 2006 to 89% in 2007; however, a pronounced increase in the number of digital images captured per week... (More)

Infotrends' logo. Click here to visit the Infotrends website! PRESS RELEASE: InfoTrends Study Shows Increased Use of Camera Phones among GenZers
11:22 EST - (Weymouth, MA) October 16, 2007 ... According to a new research report from InfoTrends, camera phone functionality is becoming increasingly attractive to young consumers in the 13-24 year old age demographic. A significant number of those in this GenZ population indicated that they send or receive text messages on a daily basis, and nearly the same percentage use their cameras for taking pictures.... (More)

Friday, December 7, 2007

Adobe Releases Lightroom Update
7:41 EST - Adobe today quickly released the expected update to both the Mac and Windows versions of Photoshop Lightroom to version 1.3.1. Earlier this week the company had promised the update sometime next week. Highlights of the update include: • The Lightroom 1.3 Print Module could previously cause the application to crash on either OS X 10.5 or 10.5.1 during template usage. • On Mac OS X 10.5... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Advanced Media Announces New Ridata Brand 266X Compact Flash Card
16:03 EST - New CF Cards Offer the Ultimate in High Performance for Digital Photographers and Mobile Device Users 12/3/2007 - Diamond Bar, Calif. - Advanced Media, Inc., manufacturer and marketer of the popular Ridata brand of recordable DVD, flash media, electronic storage products and digital accessories, today announced the availability of its ultra fast, new 266X Series of 2-16 GB capacity Compact Flash... (More)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 digital camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Panasonic DMC-FZ18!
15:32 EST - With its fine Leica lens, the Panasonic FZ18 digital camera really shines in the long zoom category, delivering amazing corner sharpness across its 28-504mm zoom range.

Though the Panasonic FZ18 feels a little too light at first, you quickly come to appreciate its small, lightweight form for all the zoom value it offers in such a small package. We were disappointed... (More)

Sigma logo. Click to visit Sigma's website! PRESS RELEASE: Sigma Photo Pro 2.3 Release Announcement
14:34 EST - Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce Sigma Photo Pro 2.3 for Windows and Macintosh operating systems. It includes new image processing code, which provides better auto white balance performance. Sigma Photo Pro 2.3 is available for download at the following site. Since Sigma Photo Pro 2.3 for Windows is an upgraded version of Sigma Photo Pro 2.1 for Windows,... (More)

Microsoft HD Photo plug-ins finalized
14:31 EST - Microsoft has today officially released final versions of its HD Photo plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3.

The plug-ins can open and save files in Microsoft's HD Photo format, also known as Windows Media Photo. Versions are available for both Macintosh OS X 10.4 / 10.5 and Windows XP / Vista. According to the... (More)

VSO updates for D300 compatibility
14:07 EST - Toulouse, France-based VSO Software has today announced updates to several of its programs that add compatibility with Raw files from Nikon's D300 digital SLR.

In addition to D300 Raw compatibility, there are several other updates in the latest version of each program. VSO Image Resizer v1.3.4 also has updated translations, while PhotoDVD v2.5.2.1 fixes several... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: StudioLine Photo Classic 3 Plus: A Big Plus for Digital Photos
13:34 EST - RODERMARK, Germany -- 7 December 2007 -- H&M System Software is now offering StudioLine Photo Classic 3 Plus, a feature-rich update to its multiple award winning image editing and archiving software StudioLine Photo Classic. The update is available immediately at and is free for registered users of StudioLine Photo Classic 3. Ambitious digital photographers and professionals... (More)

fantasea.gif PRESS RELEASE: Fantasea Line Releases the FL-14 Underwater Housing for Nikon Coolpix L14 Digital Camera
13:29 EST - New Housing Provides Access to All Camera Controls and Functions Fantasea Line announces the release of a new housing specifically designed for the Nikon Coolpix L14 digital camera. The FL-14 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... (More)

Smugmug's logo. Click here to visit the Smugmug website! PRESS RELEASE: SmugMug Launches New Photo Display and HD Video Capabilities
13:01 EST - Users get SmugMungous this holiday with huge image display and HD Video MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- To the delight of its 3.6 million monthly viewers, online photo sharing site SmugMug today announced bigger photo display sizes and astounding video capabilities. Holidays bring crazy, funny, once-in-a-lifetime moments (blame it on the eggnog) that we shoot and record as a vivid chronicle... (More)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

onOne-logo.jpg PRESS RELEASE: onOne Software Announces the 'Everything Bundle' for the Holidays
20:16 EST - Limited time bundle offers more than a 60 percent savings for new and current customers PORTLAND, Ore. -- Dec. 6 -- onOne Software, Inc., provider of world-class software solutions for professional photographers and graphic designers, announces today just in time for the holidays -- the Everything Bundle. Available until the end of December 2007, onOne Software's Everything Bundle includes six Adobe... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Delkin Devices Offers World's Fastest 16-GB UDMA CompactFlash Card
20:09 EST - Delkin Devices Offers World's Fastest 16-GB UDMA CompactFlash Card POWAY, Calif. -- Dec. 6 -- Delkin Devices, Inc. today expanded the outer limits of CompactFlash card storage capacity and speed for digital cameras by announcing its 16-GB UDMA enabled CompactFlash PRO card. This latest addition to Delkin's CompactFlash PRO line boosts screaming fast read/write speeds-up to 305x (45-MB/sec sustained... (More)

PScookbook.jpg PRESS RELEASE: O'Reilly Media Publishes 'Photoshop CS3 Photo Effects Cookbook'
20:06 EST - Ready to cook up an award-winning photo? This book shows you how! SEBASTOPOL, Calif. Learning to use Photoshop CS3 can be daunting. But with Tim Shelbourne's timely new book Photoshop CS3 Photo Effects Cookbook (O'Reilly, $29.99), you don't have to be a trained artist, pro photographer, or Photoshop expert to cook up amazing results quickly and easily. Indeed, Photoshop CS3 offers digital creatives... (More)

Nikon's D300 digital SLR. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon offers Capture NX with D3, D300 (UPDATED)
19:43 EST - Recently, a press release was published by Nikon UK announcing that the company was including its Capture NX software with the D3 and D300 digital SLRs for a limited time.

There's no official press release in the US market, but in discussion with Nikon reps we've been told that a similar promotion is under way here as well. Customers purchasing the Nikon D3 or D300 digital... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Tiffen announces Dfx digital filter suite - a major breakthrough in total image control software!
17:15 EST - Las Vegas, NV, CES 2008 - December 6th, 07 - Tiffen, the world's premier manufacturer and distributor of award-winning Tiffen filters, and other well-respected brand name products to the consumer, video, motion picture and television imaging markets, is proud to announce the addition of its Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite software to the Tiffen line of products. Tiffen Dfx digital filters represent... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Liquid Image Captures Life Underwater
17:08 EST - Sacramento, CA., December 6, 2007 - Liquid Image is releasing the 5.0 MP Digital Underwater Camera Mask at the 2008 CES show in Las Vegas January 7th - 10th. The Liquid Image Digital Underwater Camera Mask allows swimmers to record underwater photos and video hands free. Whether it is backyard pool fun or stunning fish and coral from a special vacation, users will enjoy the combination of a camera... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Domke® Introduces New Bags to the Domke Line
17:06 EST - Las Vegas, NV, CES 2008, December 6th, 07 - Domke, a division of The Tiffen Company, introduces its latest additions to the Domke line. The Domke F-5XA Small Shoulder and Belt Bag and F-808 Messenger Bag are rugged, roomy, lightweight and versatile. The Domke F-5XA features a five compartments, convenient pockets, street tough hardware, non-slip Gripper strap, lightweight design, convenient pockets... (More)

Adobe Releases Camera Raw and DNG Converter 4.3.1 Update
10:19 EST - Lightroom 1.3.1 to be released "within the next week," according to the company.

Adobe has released an update to Camera Raw and DNG Converter to address two issues with version 4.3: • Compressed raw files from the Nikon D100 were read incorrectly in Camera Raw 4.3 • A possible... (More)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: DSLR Photography & Imaging Workshop Cruise To Southern Caribbean, March 14-22, 2008 Still Has A Few Openings Available
16:04 EST - There's still time to register for an eight-day DSLR photography cruise embarking from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to St. Maarten, St. Lucia and St. Kitts, in the Southern Caribbean, March 14-22, 2008. The workshop is the eighth in a highly successful series and is limited to 20 attendees who will participate in lectures, demonstrations and critiquing sessions in a relaxed learning environment. In addition... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Panraven Delights Storytellers By Adding Audio And Video To Its Memory-Sharing Service
15:44 EST - Allows Consumers to Create, Share and Preserve Experiences Using Any Media They Choose Cambridge, MA, December 4, 2007 - Panraven (, the pioneer of online storytelling, has debuted groundbreaking functionality that enables consumers to easily integrate audio and video with digital photos, images and text. The online storytelling service allows consumers to share their stories with... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Rocketlife Launches Next Generation Online Digital Photo Product Creation
14:00 EST - 'Smart Arrangement' Technology Instantly & Intuitively Designs Beautiful Artistic Photo Layouts in a Few Seconds; Saves Customers Hours of Frustrating Work to Create Beautiful Holiday Photo Gifts FOLSOM, Calif. -- December 5, 2007 -- Visan and, the inventors of ground-breaking award-winning new media technologies, announced today, the next generation... (More)

Kodak Releases Gallery Upload Plug-In for iPhoto
12:01 EST - The plug-in supports iPhoto version 2 and later.

Kodak has a released a free plug-in to upload photos from your iPhoto collection to your Kodak Gallery account using the Export option in iPhoto. The universal binary requires Mac OS X 10.3 or higher and... (More)

Nikon Updates Free ViewNX Image Browser
11:53 EST - The new version adds support for video captured by Nikon digicams.

Nikon has updated ViewNX, its free image browser, to version 1.0.3. The download is an updater that revises installed versions 1.0.0 through 1.0.2 to version 1.0.3. Macintosh Update The 54.4MB Macintosh... (More)

Canon's EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. First sample shots posted from production Canon EOS-1DS Mark III!
00:01 EST - Things are *busy* in the lab these days, with two hot new SLRs each crying for attention. Our sample of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III arrived yesterday, Lab Guy Luke has shot the initial basic test images with it, which are now posted for your consideration...

Our full production sample of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III arrived yesterday, and we have an initial set of test images shot with it available tonight. The level of detail is just stunning, I can't think... (More)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

First sample shots posted from production Nikon D3!
23:44 EST - We just got our production sample of the Nikon D3 today, only had time to squeeze out a set of Still Life shots with it, but they're posted now...

Our full production sample of the Nikon D3 arrived today, we only had time to run a set of shots of the Still Life target with it, but they're posted now in all their glory, including the full range... (More)

Olympus SP-560 UltraZoom digital camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Olympus adds wireless flash support to SP-560 UZ
17:15 EST - Olympus has announced firmware update version 3.1 which adds wireless flash support to the SP-560 UZ, for use with the new Olympus FL-50R and FL-36R electronic flash units.

Wireless flash shooting is possible with the Olympus wireless RC flash system. With this wireless flash system, you can take pictures using multiple wireless flashes. The built-in flash is used to communicate... (More)

Nikon's D2Xs digital SLR. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon: "D2X Mode" for D3, D300 DSLRs
16:48 EST - Nikon USA yesterday published new "picture control" software for its D3 and D300 digital SLRs that lets both cameras emulate the company's existing D2X model.

Clearly designed to assist photographers in moving from the earlier camera to a newer model while keeping workflow changes to a minimum, the software is available on both Windows and Macintosh platforms.... (More)

Olympus' logo. Click here to visit the Olympus website! PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Announces "Photographers Of Tomorrow" Contest For Top Photography Students
15:56 EST - Three Winning Students and Respective Professors to Receive $5,000 Scholarship, Recognition, and Olympus E-3 Digital SLR Camera, ZUIKO Digital Lenses and Accessories CENTER VALLEY, Pa., December 4, 2007 – Olympus today announced its inaugural “Photographers of Tomorrow” photo contest, which is specifically designed for aspiring professional photographers or photojournalists, and... (More)

Tamron's logo. Click to visit the Tamron website! PRESS RELEASE: Tamron Announces the Launch of the Popular AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II with Built-In Motor for Nikon (Model A18N II)
14:58 EST - A Compact, Lightweight and Ultimate High Power Zoom Lens Boasting the 13.9X Zoom Power Designed Exclusively for APS-C Sized Digital SLRs Mr. Morio Ono, of Tamron Co., Ltd., announced that the company will release the AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro, a lightweight, compact and ultra high power zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized image sensors... (More)

anthrop-logo.gif PRESS RELEASE: Portrait Face-Off: Portrait Professional vs. Photoshop
14:43 EST - Portrait Professional, the new "intelligent" portrait photo touch up software, recently took on Photoshop in a portrait face-off. Based on new research, the software has been trained in human beauty using hundreds of example photos. So the software has actually "learned" what sort of changes make faces look more attractive. The result is the software can actively help users make positive improvements... (More)

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd digital camera. Copyright © 2007, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd!
13:04 EST - The Fujifilm S8000fd is an ultra long zoom digital camera with an 18x optical zoom range and an 8.0-megapixel sensor.

Its impressively long lens is shored up by the Fuji S8000fd's image stabilization system, and like many Fujifilm digital cameras, the S8000fd has very fast face detection. We particularly liked the Fujifilm... (More)

Accessory Review: Eneloop AA Batteries
12:49 EST - Finally, a rechargeable AA that keeps its charge.

The NiMH rechargeable AA battery is still a favorite for entry-level and long zoom digicams, both. But it's always suffered from a rather poor shelf life. Until recently. When we needed to update our... (More)

Monday, December 3, 2007's logo. Click here to visit the website! New lens tests posted on
13:42 EST - We have finished our Olympus lens test results, closing with a look at some of Olympus' more expensive glass.

Here's the whole list of Olympus lenses we reviewed: Olympus 150mm f/2 Zuiko Digital; Olympus 55-200mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital; Olympus 35mm f/3.5 Zuiko Digital Macro; Olympus 50mm f/2 Zuiko Digital Macro;... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Large aperture telephoto zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras and reveals its strength in close-up photography
13:01 EST - APO 50-150mm F2.8 II EX DC HSM Compact, lightweight, large aperture telephoto zoom lens SLD(Special Low Dispersion)glass elements and the super multi layer lens coating assured high image throughout the entire zoom range. The new lens design ensures high image quality at the minimum focusing distance of 100cm/39.4in. Equipped with HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) with full-time manual focus override. Compatible... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Large aperture zoom lens with improved optical performance
12:56 EST - APO 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG MACRO HSM Improved optical performance with a minimum focusing distance of 100cm/39.4in and maximum magnification of 1:3.5 Two SLD and three ELD glass elements provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations Super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting HSM ensures quiet, high speed autofocus with full time manual focusing APO Tele Converter is available... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Aspiring, Pro Photographers Gain Practical Advice From Kingston Technology's 'Icons of Photography'
12:39 EST - 'Ask the Icon' Offers New Insight from World-Class Photographers Fountain Valley, CA - December 3, 2007 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it has posted answers to a new series of questions submitted by professional and aspiring digital photographers to its Ask the Icon interactive feature on the 'Icons of Photography' microsite on... (More)

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