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Friday, May 30, 2008

Pentax K20D hot pixel bug confirmed, tests confirm limited scope.
15:02 EDT - The "hot pixels" we noticed in our test shots appear to be due to a minor firmware bug, with relatively limited scope.

We recently posted test images from the Pentax K20D SLR, but noted that they showed "hot pixels" (pixels that show up as white or light colors, regardless of scene content) in most of the frames, despite... (More)

SanDisk's logo. Click to visit SanDisk's website! PRESS RELEASE: With Read and Write Speeds of 30 Megabytes per Second, the New SanDisk Extreme III Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo Optimizes Camera Performance
14:37 EDT - BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, May 30, 2008 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today introduced the fastest card in its Memory Stick product family: the SanDisk Extreme® III Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo with read and write speeds of 30 megabytes (MB)1 per second. The card, available in June in 4-gigabyte (GB)1 and 8GB capacities, is ideal for professional photographers and advanced amateurs who use Sony digital... (More)

April POTD Winners Chosen!
14:32 EDT - "Mushrooms," "Going Nowhere Fast," and "The Dance" were chosen as our April winners. Congratulations to Steven Shpall, Deborah Frances, and Kenneth Mucke!

We're happy to announce the monthly winners of our Photo of the Day contest for April, 2008. Here's a look at April's winners, along with some comments from the judges: First Place Mushrooms,... (More)

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website! PRESS RELEASE: Nikon Announces Moving Moments Photo Contest On
13:17 EDT - Consumers can submit images for a chance to win a trip to Hollywood NEW YORK (May 23, 2008) - Calling all shutterbugs! Nikon today announced the "Nikon D60 Moving Moments Photo Contest" in conjunction with the D60 D-SLR advertising campaign featuring Ashton Kutcher. Beginning May 23, 2008, consumers can upload an image with an accompanying description to for a chance... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Bogen Imaging to Host Free Introductory Lighting Webinar
13:13 EDT - Ramsey, N.J. (May 30, 2008)-- Bogen Imaging, a leading distributor of top quality photographic support products and accessories in North America, is proud to announce a free, introductory lighting webinar titled "How to Overcome 5 Common Problems When Shooting Outdoors." Held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 6, 2008, this introductory course on the basics of lighting is a surefire way to get up... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Lucidiom Ships New Version Of Award-Winning EQ Software
13:07 EDT - Lucidiom EQ 6.0 Features New Creative Products and Customer Connections, System Integration, Increased Order Speed and More Vienna, Va., May 30, 2008 – Lucidiom Inc., today announced it has shipped a new version of its award-winning software.  Lucidiom EQ 6.0 features new creative products and flexible imaging solutions that continue to take Lucidiom photofinishers beyond 4x6 profits. ... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: VueScan 8.4.73 Adds Support for Multi-core Processors
11:51 EDT - Hamrick Software, the developer of VueScan, the world's most widely used scanning software, has released VueScan 8.4.73 which now includes support for multi-core processors. PHOENIX, Ariz. May 29 -- Hamrick Software, the developer of VueScan, the world's most widely used scanning software, has released its latest version 8.4.73, which now includes support for multi-core processors. Many scans are... (More)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Review: Carl Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar T*
17:31 EDT - For those photographers out there who like to get very close to their creepy crawly subjects; this one's for you. For those photographers who lament the death of the aperture ring; this one's for you. For those photographers who like lenses that can be used in hand-to-hand combat; this one's for you. Ladies and gentleman, the Carl Zeiss 100mm f/2 macro.

Carl Zeiss produces two macro lenses in its ZF series: the 50mm and the 100mm. The Carl Zeiss 100mm f/2 macro model is available in the Nikon F-mount, the Pentax/Samsung K-mount and the M42 screw mount.... (More)

Pentax K20D digital SLR. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. First Shots posted for Pentax K20D!
13:55 EDT - We've shot most of our test suite with the Pentax K20D, but have found the "hot pixels" some readers have reported with the camera, even at low ISOs.

We're awaiting word from Pentax as to whether a firmware fix is in the works, but in the meantime, have posted our Pentax K20D test images to date for your perusal. (The firmware fix should deal with the... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: PhotoChannel Signs Agreement with Kodak Australia
11:41 EDT - PhotoChannel to provide and operate Online Photo Systems in Australia VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - PhotoChannel Networks Inc. (TSX VENTURE:PN)(OTCBB:PNWIF) ("PhotoChannel" or "PNI") the leading innovator in online digital media solutions for retailers announces it has signed an agreement with Kodak Australia ("Kodak"), a division of Eastman Kodak, to provide and operate... (More)

Nikon Updates Transfer and ViewNX
10:17 EDT - Nikon has released updates to its free Transfer and ViewNX programs, both of which now sport version 1.1.0 numbers. Details of the updates follow: Transfer Changes to Transfer include: • Support for Mac OS X 10.5.2 (Leopard) has been added to the Mac version. Support for Service Pack 1 versions of 32-bit Windows Vista Home/Basic/Premium/Business/Enterprise/Ultimate has been added. • Hyphens... (More)

Apple Updates Camera Raw Compatibility
09:59 EDT - Aperture and iPhoto '08 handle eight new Raw formats.

Along with a number of updates released yesterday for both Leopard and Tiger versions of Mac OS, Apple released Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.1. The update is a 2.4MB download that extends... (More)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

rn-hoffman.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Rocky Nook Publishes 'The Art of Black & White Photography'
18:59 EDT - Techniques for Creating Superb Images in a Digital Workflow SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Over the last few years, most books on photography emphasized explaining the new breed of cameras and how to master the digital imaging workflow. In The Art of Black and White Photography, Torsten Andreas Hoffmann takes a different approach, as he focuses on image composition and image capture, with an emphasis on... (More)

epson2880.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Epson Stylus Photo R2880 Creates 13-Inch Exhibition Quality Prints With Epson Ultrachrome K3 Ink With Vivid Magenta
18:52 EDT - Professional and Fine Art Photographers Now Have the Ultimate in Creative Control When Producing Black & White and Color Prints with the Epson R2880 LONG BEACH, Calif. -- May 27 -- Epson, the overwhelming brand of choice among professional photographers, today announced the Epson Stylus Photo R2880, a professional printer designed for photographers who seek the highest-quality sellable photographic... (More)

Sigma logo. Click to visit Sigma's website! Sigma: Lens updates for 40D owners
18:18 EDT - Sigma Japan yesterday announced an update program for owners of two Canon EF-mount lens models that may experience issues in use with the Canon EOS 40D digital SLR.

The affected lenses are Sigma's APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM (with serial number below 1011001) and APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM (with serial number below 1007001). According to the notice on Sigma... (More)

Sigma: Addon lenses for the DP1
17:50 EDT - Japan's Sigma Corp. has announced the launch of a new closeup lens for the Sigma DP1 digital camera, a model we recently reviewed.

The new Sigma Close-up Lens AML-1 allows for focusing from 20 to 33 centimeters (7.9 to 13.0 inches), and consists of two elements with super multi-layer coating. The AML-1 lens has 46mm threads with which... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: SeeFile 4.5, affordable DAM software that replaces FTP, to be released at Drupa
14:30 EDT - Boston, MA – May 22, 2008 – SeeFile Software, the leading developer of affordable collaborative DAM software, is pleased to announce the next release of its digital asset management product, Seefile 4.5. Customer shipments and demo downloads are available starting June 1. The product will be demonstrated by Pro2Col, SeeFile's UK distributor, at the Drupa Innovation Parc, Hall 7.0, Creative... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Induro Introduces Adventure Series Tripods
11:34 EDT - Elmsford, NY – May 28, 2008 – Induro, manufacturer of professional quality tripods, monopods and heads, announced a new line of tripods aimed at budget-conscious photographers. Called the Induro Adventure Series, each model comes as a complete kit, including tripod, head and carrying case. Ease of operation, quality and strength are integrated into a lightweight, compact design. The tripod... (More)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Leica Camera AG logo. Click to visit Leica's US website! PRESS RELEASE: Leica Camera AG and WestLicht Photographica Auction House to Auction the First Digital LEICA M8 on June 7th, 2008
16:41 EDT - Proceeds to go to press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders In cooperation with WestLicht Photographica Auction House, Vienna, Leica Camera AG, Solms, is auctioning the first series-produced LEICA M8 camera. The auction is to take place during the next Westlicht auction on June 7th, 2008. The camera is estimated to be worth between 20,000 and 30,000 Euros; the starting price is 10,000 Euros.... (More)

OmniVision's logo. Click here to visit the OmniVision website! PRESS RELEASE: OmniVision Turns Digital Imaging World Upside Down
16:39 EDT - Backside Illumination Technology Improves Image Quality, Enables Design Shrinks Down To 0.9 Micron Pixels SUNNYVALE, Calif. — May 27, 2008 — OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), the world’s largest supplier of CMOS image sensors, today launched its OmniBSITM architecture, a novel sensor design that adopts a radically different approach to traditional CMOS image sensor... (More)

New test subjects! (Marti "retires!")
15:47 EDT - We add two new test subjects to our standard test suite, "ISO-standard model" Marti gratefully retires after 10+ years of service!

Longtime readers will be well-familiar with Dave's wife Marti, the subject of countless thousands of test shots on the Imaging Resource website, over the last 10+ years. After a long and fabled career... (More)

Canon PowerShot SD890 IS Digital Elph camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Canon SD890 IS!
14:04 EDT - Pocket digital cameras usually compromise on something, and it's most often the lens focal length. The Canon PowerShot SD890, however, gives you a fairly long zoom in a small package, equivalent to a 37-185mm lens, and adds optical image stabilization to help prevent blur due to camera motion.

The Canon SD890 IS also has Face Detection with a new twist: the ability to track a subject's face even as it moves. With resolution sufficient for 13x19-inch prints, the 10-megapixel Canon SD890 IS is... (More)

Nikon's Takeuchi Discusses D300/D3 Scene Recognition System
11:40 EDT - It took three years for Nikon to develop the scene recognition system in its D300 and D3 dSLRs. What drove the engineering team to pursue this difficult task? Hiroshi Takeuch, the primary force behind the system's development, explains, "The aim of the Scene Recognition System really has been to enable people to take photos they could never take before." So the company developed a system that goes... (More)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Fujifilm's FinePix Z200fd digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fujifilm announces FinePix Z200fd
21:08 EDT - Japan's Fujifilm Corp. has quietly introduced a successor to its existing Z100fd digital camera in Europe and Asia - but not in North American markets, at least so far.

The Fujifilm FinePix Z200fd is a pretty straightforward update to the Z100, with the most notable difference being a change of imager. Where the Z100 had a 1/2.5" eight megapixel CCD, the Fuji Z200fd... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix A850 digital camera. Courtesy of Fujifilm, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Fuji announces FinePix A850
21:06 EDT - Alongside its announcement of the FinePix Z200fd as covered in a separate news item, the Japanese imaging company has also unveiled one new model for its FinePix A-series.

The Fujifilm FinePix A850 has only been announced in Asian and European markets at this time, with no mention of plans for the North American market. The specifications point towards an affordable entry-level... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Samsung Develops World’s Fastest and Largest Capacity 2.5-inch, MLC-based (256GB) SSD with SATA II Interface
13:16 EDT - TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has developed the world’s fastest, 2.5-inch, 256 Gigabyte (GB) multi-level cell (MLC) based solid state drive (SSD) using a SATA II interface, at the fifth annual Samsung Mobile Solution Forum held here today. Samsung’s new 256GB SSD is also the thinnest drive with... (More)

Fantasea FS-600 Underwater Housing. PRESS RELEASE: Fantasea Line Releases the FS-600 Underwater Housing for Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera
12:48 EDT - 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 S600 digital camera. The FS-600 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)

Friday, May 23, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Award-Winning Serif Desktop Publishing And Design Software Now Available In U.S. Retail Outlets
14:13 EDT - Combining Pro-Level Applications with Extreme Usability, Serif's PagePlus X3, WebPlus X2, PhotoPlus X2 and DrawPlus X2 Enable Users to Achieve Professional-Quality Results for Business Needs NOTTINGHAM, UK and NASHUA, NH - May 21, 2008 - Serif, a leading developer of professional and consumer-oriented desktop publishing, design and graphics software, today announced the availability of its four leading... (More)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Olympus FE-340 digital camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Express Review posted for Olympus FE-340!
20:08 EDT - Thin, compact, and fun with its array of body colors, the 8.0-megapixel Olympus FE-340 is a good choice for beginners.

Its well-rounded selection of preset scene modes, in-camera guides and correction tools make this one of the easier digital cameras to use. The Olympus FE-340's 5x zoom is flexible and useful, and its... (More)

Pentax announces Optio W60
18:16 EDT - Pentax Imaging Co. has today announced its latest waterproof digital camera, following in the footsteps of 2007's Optio W30 model.

The new Pentax Optio W60 digital camera combines a ten megapixel CCD image sensor with a 5x optical zoom lens. The Pentax W60 has a compact, pocket-friendly body that's waterproof up to 13 feet, and impressively... (More)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

22:07 EDT - LONG BEACH, Calif. – May 19, 2008 – Epson America, Inc. today announced “Focal Points,” a complement to the company’s Professional Imaging Web site, Focal Points features an array of written and video stories on how the industry’s leading creative professionals are obtaining new levels of success with Epson’s latest Professional Imaging... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Photo Experts Selects Lucidiom To Power Wholesale Lab
14:39 EDT - Lucidiom APMs Loaded with EQ Pro Software Provide Complete Imaging Solution for Largest Private Wholesale Lab Facility in U.S. Woodside, New York, May 20, 2008 - Photo Experts Inc., a leader in the photo developing industry since 1981 and the country's largest wholesale facility, today announced it has selected Lucidiom Inc. as its digital imaging solutions provider. Photo Experts will install more... (More)

Panasonic's logo. Click to visit Panasonic's website! PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic Becomes Official Partner Of Beijing 2008
13:39 EDT - Osaka, Japan (May 21, 2008) - Panasonic, the leading brand for which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is best known, today announced that the company has agreed on a partnership with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games(BOCOG) to become an Official Partner of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in the Video and Audio Equipment Category. The Beijing 2008 Paralympic... (More)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fujifilm logo. Click to visit the Fujitsu website! PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm to Increase Prices for Photographic Papers and other Photosensitive Material Products
14:59 EDT - May 20, 2008 -- FUJIFILM Corporation (President and CEO Shigetaka Komori; hereafter "Fujifilm") announced today that it will increase prices on its range of photographic papers and other photosensitive material products on a worldwide basis. Price increases will depend on products and markets. 1. Products: Photographic papers and other photosensitive material products 2. Date of Price Increases:... (More)

face2face.jpg PRESS RELEASE: O'Reilly Publishes Sammon's 'Face to Face'
11:42 EDT - Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Photographing People SEBASTOPOL, Calif. -- The arrival of balmy weather ushers in the travel season, rich with opportunities for capturing your family, friends and the new people you meet in photos. But taking memorable images is an art. You need to engage people with the camera and understand the photo shoot process. Fortunately, O'Reilly's latest release -- Face... (More)

Canon: New rebates on DSLRs, lenses, strobes
00:22 EDT - Canon USA yesterday kicked off a new rebate campaign for a significant number of its photography products.

The rebates are valid on purchased made between May 18th and July 19th 2008, and range in value from $15 to $300. Two camera bodies are included - the EOS 5D with that highest rebate of $300, and the EOS... (More)

Monday, May 19, 2008

PNY's logo. Click here to visit the PNY website! PRESS RELEASE: PNY Salutes Jay L. Clendenin: 2008 ‘Eyes of History’ Political Photo of the Year Winner
18:10 EDT - Company Co-sponsors Annual Gala Honoring Outstanding Photojournalists PARSIPPANY, N.J. – May 19, 2008 – As part of its ongoing commitment to recognize and support the photojournalist community, PNY Technologies®, Inc. cosponsored the White House News Photographers Association’s (WHNPA) annual gala awards dinner on May 10, 2008. The black-tie event recognizes the finest photojournalists... (More)

Review: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
17:35 EDT - There comes a time in every photographer's life when they must consider whether or not to buy the lens of their dreams, or do something sensible with the money like making a sizeable dent in the mortgage. The lens we review today, the Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS USM, with its sticker price of over $4,000, represents one of these soul-searching decisions.

Released in 1999, the Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS USM is one of Canon's group of fast image-stabilized long primes. This group includes the 200mm f/2, 300mm f/2.8, 400mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4 and 600mm f/4 IS lenses.... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Image Trends, Inc.™ (ITI) Releases The Fisheye-Hemi Plug-In For The Aperture 2.1 Photo Editing And Management Tool
09:45 EDT - Austin, Texas (May 19, 2008) – Image Trends, provider of innovative digital imaging tools, today announces the release of the Fisheye-Hemi Plug-In for Aperture 2.1, Apple’s groundbreaking photo editing and management software. The Fisheye-Hemi Plug-In filter set provides correction for hemispheric fisheye lens distortion, working seamlessly within Aperture's photo editing and management... (More)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tamron's SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di lens for Nikon with built-in AF Motor (Model A001N II). Courtesy of Tamron, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Lightweight, High-performance and Fast Tele Zoom Lens Designed for Full-size SLR Cameras and Featuring 0.95m Minimum Focus Distance over the Entire Zoom Range
23:42 EDT - SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO with Built-in AF Motor for Nikon (Model A001N II) As previously announced, Tamron Co., Ltd (Mr. Morio Ono, President) has developed a SPAF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO (Model A001N II), a lightweight and fast F/2.8 tele-zoom lens designed for full-size SLR cameras with a built-in AF motor for use with Nikon cameras. Tamron is pleased to announce the shipping... (More)

Tamron's AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC for Nikon with built-in motor (Model A20N II). Courtesy of Tamron, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: High Power Zoom Lens with Built-in Advanced VC Mechanism, Covering 465mm-equivalent Angle of View* and Designed for 35mm Full-size SLR Cameras
23:29 EDT - AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO (Model A20N II) with Built-in AF Motor for Nikon SLR Cameras * 35mm-format equivalent. When used on digital SLR cameras equipped with APS-C sized image sensors Tamron Co., Ltd (Mr. Morio Ono, President) has developed AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO (Model A20N II), a high power zoom lens compatible with 35mm full-size... (More)

Tamron's SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO lens with built-in AF Motor for Nikon (Model A09N II). Courtesy of Tamron, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Lightweight, Compact and Fast Standard Zoom Lens Compatible with 35mm Full-size SLR Cameras
16:33 EDT - SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO with Built-in AF Motor for Nikon (Model A09N II) Tamron Co., Ltd (Mr. Morio Ono, President) has developed SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO, a lightweight, compact and fast standard zoom lens compatible with 35mm full-size SLR cameras and equipped with an AF motor as announced already. Tamron is pleased to make this announcement again... (More)

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! PRESS RELEASE: Sony Launches ‘Everyday Smiles’ Photo Contest On
14:47 EDT - Winning Pictures to Be Featured on Digital Billboards in New York’s Times Square SAN DIEGO, May 13, 2008 – Sony Electronics and Reuters Media have teamed up to launch the “Everyday Smiles” photo contest on Aspiring U.S. photographers are invited to submit photos of themselves, their friends and their families smiling now through June 16. The winning photos will... (More)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Pixelmator Team Releases Pixelmator 1.2 Draftsman
18:10 EDT - LONDON, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Pixelmator Team today released Pixelmator 1.2 Draftsman, a second significant update to the revolutionary GPU-powered image editing tool, furnishing users with everything they need to create, edit, and enhance still images. Available today as a free software update, Pixelmator 1.2 Draftsman features rulers, guides, grid, snap, color balance, auto enhance, curves, and... (More)

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS digital camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Canon SD1100 IS!
16:13 EDT - Though the minimalist tribute to the original Canon ELPH has faded, the Canon SD1100 IS is still an impressive digital camera that makes a few significant improvements to one of the most popular digital cameras in recent history: the Canon SD1000.

Those improvements only add to the excellent image quality we found on the Canon SD1100's predecessor. Optical image stabilization is the most significant enhancement to the Canon SD1100, offering better... (More)

lasersoft.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Precise Color Printing is now possible with SilverFast's Printer Calibration Workflow
12:26 EDT - SilverFast's advanced technology now ensures precise colors from input to output without requiring new hardware! KIEL, Germany -- May 15, 2008 -- LaserSoft Imaging today announced the addition of Printer Calibration with ICC-Profiling to its SilverFast Ai Studio product line. The new Printer Calibration ensures a fully calibrated workflow from input to output. Since the advent of digital imaging,... (More)

rnfapfp.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Rocky Nook Publishes Revised 'Fine Art Printing for Photographers'
12:12 EDT - Exhibition Quality Prints with Inkjet Printers SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Until recently, turning digital images into high quality fine art prints was only a dream, but this has now become a reality. Today's digital cameras produce image data files making large-format output possible at high resolution. As printing technology moves forward at an equally fast pace, the new inkjet printers are now capable... (More)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Olympus' logo. Click here to visit the Olympus website! PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Us Open Sweepstakes Delivers Winning Match Of Unprecedented Access And Innovative Cameras
13:53 EDT - Five Lucky Consumers Will Capture It All with Exclusive Access at Grand Slam Tennis Tournament CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 14, 2008 – Olympus, sponsor of the US Open and the Olympus US Open Series, announces today its second annual national sweepstakes that will send five winners and their guests on the trip of a lifetime to the 2008 US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York. Winners... (More)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Lightroom Adventure Team Sponsors Tasmania Sweepstakes
14:52 EDT - Win a trip for two to Tasmania!

If you enjoyed following the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Adventure 2008 to Tasmania, you probably wished you'd gone along. Wish no more. Enter the team's Tasmanian Sweepstakes and you might be going on... (More)

Adobe Updates DNG Specification, Releases Vista Codec
11:25 EDT - Two new features added to DNG, which has been submitted to ISO, and a 32-bit Vista codec release candidate

Adobe has released version of the Digital Negative Specification, the first revision in the last three years. The update brings two new features to DNG: it formalizes the concept of a camera profile... (More)

Olympus' E-520 digital SLR. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus announces E-520 digital SLR
00:01 EDT - Some fourteen months after it launched its four thirds-format EVOLT E-510 digital SLR, Japan's Olympus Corp. has taken the wraps off its successor - the Olympus

The Olympus E-520 is very closely related to its predecessor the E-510 - the only signs beyond the model number that suggest you're looking at the E520 rather than the '510 are a larger LCD display, a... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Super-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens Captures More In Every Frame
00:01 EDT - New Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens is Easy on the Back and the Wallet CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 13, 2008 – Olympus has applied its optical expertise to develop the Zuiko Digital 18-36mm equivalent (ED 9-18mm Four Thirds) f4.0-f5.6, a super-wide-angle zoom lens covering a wide focal length range. This compact ultra-wide-angle zoom lens can be used on any of the Olympus E-System digital single lens... (More)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Eye-Fi's logo. Click here to visit the Eye-Fi website! PRESS RELEASE: Eye-Fi Unveils New Family Of Products
19:17 EDT - Eye-Fi’s New Product Line-Up Will Help People Easily Manage and Share Digital Memories BURLINGAME, Calif., May 12, 2008 — Today Eye-Fi, Inc. (, makers of the world’s first wireless SD memory card, announced an extended product line-up designed to make photo sharing easier and meet the needs of individual users. “We understand that each photographer has his or... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Eye-Fi Unveils Automatic Geotagging And Hotspot Connectivity With Eye-Fi Explore
18:58 EDT - Partnerships with Skyhook Wireless and Wayport will Enable Users to Automatically Map Images and Upload Photos On the Go BURLINGAME, Calif., May 12, 2008 — Today Eye-Fi, Inc. (, makers of the world’s first wireless memory card for digital cameras, today announced the Eye-Fi Explore, a new card designed to make photo sharing richer, easier and more convenient. Unveiled at... (More)

onOne Software's logo. Click here to visit the onOne Software website! PRESS RELEASE: onOne Software Announces Availability of Essentials 2 Imaging Software for iPhoto
12:23 EDT - iPhoto version features four easy-to-use tools for color correction, creative image blurring, frame and border effects and resizing for high quality large prints. onOne Software, Inc., announces today the availability of Essentials 2 software for iPhoto users. Essentials 2 for iPhoto is a collection of four easy-to-use software tools to help correct color, creatively blur a photo for dramatic visual... (More)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Review: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
17:38 EDT - Happy Mother's Day! If your household was anything like mine today, it involved a fair amount of parental photography; could the lens we review today have improved your shots? Today's lens, the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS.

Released in August 2007, the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS is the telephoto zoom cousin to the (2008) standard Canon kit lens, the 18-55m f/3.5-5.6 IS. With its EF-S specification, you won't need to worry... (More)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Photoshop Express Integrates Flickr Albums
2:55 EDT - Adobe has announced that Photoshop Express, its online image editing and sharing application, can now browse and edit images stored on Flickr. Flickr joins Facebook, Photobucket and Picasa as Express-compatible services. Images stored on any of these sites can be browsed and edited without leaving Photoshop Express. (More)

Friday, May 9, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Bibble Pro Adds Nikon D60, Canon Rebel XSi Support
23:49 EDT - Also supports New Sony, Pentax and Olympus dSLRs and adds lens calibration for 14 new Tamron, Nikkor and other lenses AUSTIN, Texas (May 9th) -- Bibble Labs, Inc. today announced immediate availability of Bibble Pro and Bibble Lite. Version 4.10 adds support for eight of the newest dSLRs: Nikon D60, Canon Digital Rebel XSi (450D), Sony a200, a300 and a350, Pentax K20D and K200D and Olympus E-420.... (More)

Accessory Review: Pandigital PanTouch Photo Frame
5:50 EDT - The PanTouch series of frames features one big advance over previous Pandigital frames: a patent-pending touch sensor that is sensitive enough to work behind multiple surfaces. We were goofing around with it last weekend when a Genuine Mom dropped by (not ours, but Genuine all the same). She fell in love with it. Even better, she though it would make a great Mother's Day present for her own mom (the... (More)

Fuji releases FinePix F100fd Firmware Ver.1.02
17:30 EDT - Fujifilm has released firmware version 1.02 for the FinePix F100fd digital camera.

Available now via Fujifilm's global website, the F100fd version 1.02 update incorporates an improvement to reduce a "pinkish-colored band", which may in rare instances be found in the left side edge of... (More)

Sigma DP1 digital camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. PRESS RELEASE: Sigma DP1 Firmware Ver.1.02 download
17:01 EDT - Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce that firmware Ver.1.02 for the DP1 is now available for download. SIGMA DP1 firmware [Ver.1.02] Benefits of the firmware update Correct the phenomenon that the "currently selected file" will be deleted, if the camera is turned off when the camera display remained in Delete Menu. DP1 firmware Ver.1.02 is available for download at the following site: (More)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Photo Geo-Tagging with DeLorme Topo USA® 7.0 Provides Precise Locations for Digital Photographs
16:53 EDT - New GPS Feature Ideal for Professional Photographers and Recreational Users YARMOUTH, Maine — With summer approaching, the peak season for outdoor activities is almost here. Outdoor activities mean outdoor photos and DeLorme, the leader in innovative mapping and GPS technology, makes it a snap for anyone with a digital camera and a handheld GPS receiver to pinpoint all their photo locations.... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: VueScan 8.4.71 Adds Support for Multi-Page Documents
15:28 EDT - VueScan adds support for scanning multi-page documents using inexpensive flatbed scanners. PHOENIX, Ariz. May 8 -- Hamrick Software, the developer of VueScan, the world's most widely used scanning software, has released its latest version 8.4.71, which now includes support for scanning multi-page documents using inexpensive flatbed scanners. This lets users scan both single-sided and two-sided documents... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: PhotoShelter Announces Winners Of Elevation 2008 Student-To-Pro Photo Competition
15:14 EDT - Five Student Photographers Chosen by Panel of Magazine Art Directors & Photo Editors NEW YORK, NY, May 7, 2008 -- The PhotoShelter Collection, an online stock photography marketplace where a growing community of 17,000 independent photographers from 130 countries sell their work, today announced the winners of Elevation 2008, PhotoShelter's first annual student-to-pro award and competition. Judged... (More)

onOne Software's logo. Click here to visit the onOne Software website! PRESS RELEASE: onOne Software’s New FocalPoint Software Plug-in is Now Available
12:05 EDT - Easy to use plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® and Photoshop Elements helps photographers selectively blur and/or vignette areas of an image Portland, OR (May 8, 2008) – onOne Software, Inc., announces today that its new software plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements – FocalPoint 1.0 – is now available for immediate download. onOne Software’s FocalPoint is a... (More)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Fantasea Line Confirms Compatibility of FS-51 Housing With New Coolpix Cameras
21:10 EDT - Fantasea Line has announced that its FS-51 Housing is compatible with Nikon's recently announced Coolpix S52 and S52c cameras. Fantasea Line confirmed its FS-51 Housing works perfectly with these two brand new models. This versatile housing now provides a professional waterproof housing for a total of six Nikon Coolpix cameras, according to the company. Those models include the Coolpix S50, S50c,... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Greg Gorman Photography Announces Mendocino Digital Workshop Series
21:04 EDT - All-new Workshop Features, Spectacular Setting, Photographic Expertise, Epicurean Events & Sponsorship From Leaders Like X-Rite LOS ANGELES, CA -- May 7 -- World-renowned photographer Greg Gorman has announced a series of weeklong exclusive digital photographic workshops at his studio adjacent to his oceanfront home in Mendocino, Calif. The picturesque coast, redwood forests, vineyards and locale... (More)

Datacolor Releases Public Beta of Spyder3Print
9:00 EDT - Datacolor has released a public beta of Spyder3Print for Mac and Windows. Version 3.5PB is a free upgrade for registered PrintFIX PRO and Spyder3Print users. According to the company, it offers "offers significant improvements in speed, workflow, and convenience." Highlights of the new release include: • Increased Measurement Speeds: Each measurement is now four times as fast, so overall read... (More)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S750 digital camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Sony S750!
20:56 EDT - The 7.2-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S750 is small, trim, and compact, with a 2.5-inch LCD and a 3x optical zoom lens.

The Sony S750's straightforward interface is reminiscent of older Sony Cyber-shots, without the new Home menu we find so confusing on other Sony digital cameras. A small selection of user-adjustable exposure... (More)

Review: Pentax 200mm f/2.8 DA*
17:40 EDT - We breeze into May with a review of the Pentax 200mm f/2.8 DA* telephoto zoom, complete with some interesting bokeh results.

Announced at PMA2007 and released near the end of that year, the Pentax 200mm f/2.8 DA* is the third version of this telephoto prime released by Pentax since 1984. The DA* incorporates the latest technology... (More)

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak’s Image Sensor Solutions Wins EDN Innovation Award in Sensor Category for 2008
12:58 EDT - ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 7 -- Eastman Kodak Company announced today that its Image Sensor Solutions (ISS) business has received the 18th Annual EDN Innovation Award in the Sensor Category for the KODAK TRUESENSE Color Filter Pattern. This groundbreaking new technology allows for the development of digital capture devices that take better pictures under low light or reduce motion blur when photographing... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Nik Software Ships Viveza Plug-in for Aperture
12:45 EDT - SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nik Software today released the Viveza plug-in for Aperture 2.1, Apple’s groundbreaking photo editing and management software. The Viveza plug-in allows Aperture users to selectively control light and color in photographic images without ever having to leave Aperture. “With the power and popularity of Aperture, we want our customers to decide how and where... (More)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Canon PowerShot A580 digital camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Canon A580!
12:10 EDT - The Canon PowerShot A580 ranks as one of the less expensive digital cameras on the market. But that was only one target Canon hit with this A-Series digital camera.

With 8 megapixels, a 4x optical zoom and a 2.5-inch LCD, the Canon A580 is clearly not a stripped-down digital camera. Canon popped a DIGIC III under the A580's hood to give it enhanced image quality and... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Sensor Cleaning Kit Now Only £9.95
11:11 EDT - INTEMOS DSLRClean™ is now the lowest priced sensor cleaning kit on the market. Following extensive development, INTEMOS have been able to reduce manufacturing costs and have passed the savings onto their customers. The INTEMOS DSLRClean™ kit contains 10 DSLRClean™ swabs as well as a 10ml bottle of the travel safe IOptic™ liquid for just £9.95. “For too long, sensor... (More)

Monday, May 5, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Picks Top 10 Destinations for Taking Spring 2008 Photos
13:41 EDT - *Dragon Boats... Tortoise Races.... Headless Chickens... BBQ... and More * Now that the snow has thawed and the weather has warmed, it's the perfect time to get outside and snap some photos. has compiled their list of the top 10 events for taking great photos this spring- everything from a headless chicken festival (don't worry- no chickens are actually harmed!) to a tortoise... (More)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Review: Nikon 85mm f/1.4D AF
17:42 EDT - We had the opportunity to test one of Nikon's most sought-after lenses a few weeks ago: the 85mm f/1.4D AF. Unfortunately, our D3 was out of the office at the time, but that didn't stop us from getting full-frame results!

On the Nikon platform, the 85mm f/1.4D AF has the well-earned reputation as the portrait lens, owing to its combination of focal length and wide maximum aperture size. 58-85mm is traditionally regarded... (More)

Friday, May 2, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Cerebrosoft Offers B*Gallery as Freeware
15:49 EDT - Cerebrosoft has announced that B*Gallery, their popular Java-based image publishing application, is now available free of charge with "no strings attached." B*Gallery was originally launched as shareware in 2003. B*Gallery is a Linux, Mac OS X and Windows application that makes it easy to create HTML image galleries that can be updated, extended and shared. Unlike most Web gallery applications that... (More)

General Electric's logo. Courtesy of General Imaging. Click here to visit the General Imaging website! PRESS RELEASE: GE digital cameras make new push into e-commerce as full line comes to's Electronics Store
14:44 EDT - TORRANCE, Calif. (May 2, 2008) – General Imaging, the worldwide exclusive licensee for GE digital cameras, has teamed with to make its entire line of digital cameras available from the online retailer. Amazon already had been selling some GE-branded cameras but will now expand its offerings to include the 2008 models, including the entry-level A series, the mid-price E series, and... (More)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Sigma DP1 digital camera. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Sigma DP1!
22:22 EDT - Promising high image quality in a small package, Sigma built their DP1 with an APS-C-sized sensor, hoping to attract discriminating photographers who want a little more from a digital camera.

Two years after its announcement, the Sigma DP1 is finally out, and we've run it through its paces. Though the 14.1-megapixel sensor only outputs 4.6-megapixel images, those images have quite a bit more... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: IDC Forecasts Continued Growth for the Digital Camera Market
16:32 EDT - IDC has just released Worldwide 2008-2012 Digital Camera Forecast (IDC #212152). Below are some highlights: • The 2007 digital camera market continued to defy textbook market trends as worldwide shipments of digital still cameras, including compact digital cameras and dSLRs reached 131 million units in 2007, a growth of 24 percent over 2006 unit shipments of 106 million units. Growth continued... (More)

DxO Labs Logo. Click to visit the DxO Labs website! PRESS RELEASE: DxO Optics Pro v5.0 Now Supports the Samsung GX20 and Adds 24 Modules to Its Already Vast Library of DxO Correction Modules
15:57 EDT - New DxO Correction Modules for Nikon DSLRs include the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85 f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, the AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED, and the AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8D Paris, France – April 28, 2008 – DxO Labs announces today that DxO Optics Pro v5.0 now supports the Samsung GX20 DSLR camera body and an initial selection of lenses. DxO Optics Pro is the award-winning digital image... (More)

Panasonic's logo. Click to visit Panasonic's website! PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic Gives Consumers Taste Of First-Ever All High Definition Olympic Games With Multi-Faceted Promotional Campaign
14:56 EDT - National Truck Tour, Appearances by Gold Medal Olympians and Sweepstakes Highlight Olympic Campaign Secaucus, NJ (April 29, 2008) - Panasonic, a market and technology leader in flat panel HDTV's and an Official Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Games, celebrated the 100 day mark to the start of the Summer Olympic Games with the launch of a nationwide promotional campaign designed to make sure consumers... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Convert Photos to Pencil Drawings with AKVIS Sketch
11:49 EDT - Special Effects Added! April, 2008 - AKVIS LLC announces the release of AKVIS Sketch v.7.0 for Windows and Macintosh. The software converts photos to realistic pencil and watercolor drawings. The new version offers special effects that make the final photo more impressive. Create a blend of the final drawing and the original image, put an accent to a part of the image by blurring the background in... (More)

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