Expect Greater Scrutiny of Your Cameras at the Airport
The TSA (Transportation Safety Authority) and the Department of Homeland
Security have announced they will be paying much closer attention to
electronic carry-on items and cameras.
The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that al-Qaida
operatives had "shown a special interest" in converting a camera
flash attachment into a stun gun type of weapon or a bomb. Operatives also
have experimented with disguising a detonator and explosives inside a camera.
Portable CD players, cell phones, laptops, even remote keyless entry
transmitters will now get a closer look at the airport. The TSA even
recommends taping a business card to the bottom of your laptop "to avoid
loss or the accidental 'exchange' with travelers."
To get all the latest updates go to the TSA information page Are
You Prepared for Takeoff?
Kodak Announces EasyShare DX6490 Advanced
Kodak unveiled the new EasyShare DX6490 zoom digital camera. Aimed at advanced
features a Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 10X optical zoom lens, a new Kodak
Color Science image processing chip, and multiple shooting modes.
4-megapixel camera features a 2.2-inch high-resolution indoor/outdoor
LCD screen and will be available worldwide in September for a suggested
retail price of $499.
Pentax to New Digital SLR *ist D & Two New
joins the digital SLR fray with their new 6.1-megapixel digital SLR *ist D
camera. It will be compatible with existing Pentax SLR lenses with a 1.5x
multiplication factor (the image chip is smaller than a 35mm frame). It
features a new user selectable 11 point autofocus system, 16 segment metering
system, a 2.6 fps frame rate, 1/4000th of a second shutter speed and 1/150th
flash sync speed.
It's compatible with type I & II & WA compact flash card standards.
The list price is $1,699 and the *ist D will be in stores in September.
The new *ist D lenses are the smc PENTAX-FA J Zoom 18mm-35mm FA-F5.6 AL
(equivalent to 27.5mm-53.5mm in 35mm) and the first model of a new DA series
designed to match the *ist D CCD size-the PENTAX-DA Zoom 26mm-45mm F4 ED AL.
New Cameras from Canon and the First Sub-$1,000
EOS Digital Rebel SLR
EOS Rebel K2
The 6.3-megapixel EOS Digital Rebel. The Digital Rebel uses
Canon's DIGIC (Digital Imaging Integrated Circuit) Imaging Processor
from the 10D,
which combines the roles of image processing and camera control
into one chip. The Digital Rebel has a 7-point AF sensor, shutter speeds
from 1/ 4,000 to 30 seconds plus, a built-in TTL flash and PictBridge; a new
standard for direct printing to PictBridge
The EOS Digital Rebel will be offered in two kit
configurations: with or without the EF 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 zoom lens.
Initial shipments of each kit will begin in mid-September.
selling price for the zoom lens kit which includes a battery pack and
charger will be $999. The estimated selling price for the body only will be
The Rebel K2 Film Camera incorporates many of the attributes of the Rebel
Ti including Canon's 7-point wide area AF, shutter speeds to 1/2000 of a second, and 35-zone AF-linked evaluative metering.The Rebel K2
has 12 shooting modes,
various metering links, and exposure brackets all of which are built-in
functions, but can be overridden for manual control and a built-in TTL flash.
It should be available in
stores in mid-September. The EOS
Rebel K2 camera body alone or as part of a kit with an EF 28-80mm
f/3.5-5.6 II zoom lens. The price is yet to be announced.
Canon's new 4-megapixel PowerShot A80 Digital Camera features
a 3X optical zoom and a Vari-Angle LCD Monitor. The PowerShot A80 is
part of the PowerShot A series and it supports the new PictBridge standard
for direct printing. The PowerShot A80 digital camera captures images up
to 2272x1704 using Canon's
DIGIC processor. It will be available in October for a suggested retail price
Lexar Ships 4.0 GB 40x WA Compact Flash Cards
is now shipping a 4.0 GB 40x Type II WA Compact Flash
card. Lexar says the card can store 600 RAW images fro a 6.0 megapixel camera.
The card features Lexar's WA (Write
Acceleration) technology which improves write speeds when used with WA
Because this card is larger than 2 GB you can't
assume it's compatible with your digital camera or SLR. You camera must
support the FAT32 standard to use this card (or any card over 2 GB). All that
space doesn't come cheap. The suggested list price is a breath taking $1,499.
Minolta Announces New Name and Logo
reported in Issue #24 that Konica
and Minolta were merging. This month the new entity announce the creation of
a new holding
company to be called Konica Minolta. The
reorganization of the two groups is scheduled to be completed by October
Minolta Announces New Line of Digital
Look for an article covering all the new models shortly.
Ritz Camera Launches New
Line of Single Use Digital Cameras
Camera will soon start selling a $10.99 "single use"
digital camera. It will be a 2.0 megapixel fixed focal length camera with no
LCD manufactured under the Dakota brand exclusively for Ritz. The camera
will allow you to shoot 25 images before being returned to Ritz for printing.
The press release indicates that you can delete unwanted images - but without
an LCD we're not sure how you would do it.
The cameras will be
available through Ritz Camera, Camera Shop, and Wolf Camera stores (all Ritz
properties). And for
those already speculating on hacking the cameras to get a free digital some
bad news. The cameras will be exclusively manufactured for Ritz and will use a
proprietary image format that only Ritz can print.
New Nikon 200-400 f4 VR AFS lens
announced a new Nikkor AF-S VR 200-400mm f4 G IF-ED super telephoto zoom
lens with vibration reduction (VR) and a silent wave motor (AFS). It is an
internal zoom and focus design, has a 'Memory Set' button which can
instantly recall a memorized focus position, a drop in filter slot, and has an environmental rubber seal around the F mount bayonet.
It is compatible with TC 14E II & TC 20E II teleconverters. On a DX format digital SLRs this lens
will provide the equivalent to a 300-600mm focal length. It will be available in Autumn 2003.
The price has not been announced.
Two new wide Nikon DX Format lenses
Along with the
introduction of the new D2H Digital SLR Nikon is introducing two new DX format lenses.
The Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55 mm F2.8 G provides an
equivalent field of view of 25.5-82.5mm, It is slightly smaller
and lighter than the Nikkor AF-S 28-70 mm f2.8.
The new DX lens is
the new AF DX 10.5 mm F2.8 G fisheye which we reported on last month. This lens
can be used with Nikon software to "unfold" the fisheye image into a
15.75mm rectilinear image. See First
Look: The Nikon D2H for more information on this lens/software
Leica Camera Launches "Shop-in-Shop"
Concept in the United States
Leica will introduce Leica "shop in shops"
to the U.S. market after having success with the concept in Europe .
The "shop-in-shops" will open as a series of in-store
Leica boutiques at key photography dealers nationwide. These boutiques will
offer Leica camera
aficionados an expanded offering of rare equipment and merchandise.
The first shop-in-shop was launched in Camera West in Monterey California
in June. Leica plans to open boutiques over the next 12 months in New York, Boston, Dallas,
Carolina, Denver, Seattle, and Arizona . The concept was developed
by Hanns-Peter Cohn, CEO of Leica Camera AG, in 1999 when he joined the
company. There are currently more than 10 shop-in-shop Leica boutiques in
Germany, 30 in France, and one in Austria and have increased sale by 125% in
Germany and 75% in France.
Man Turns Postal Van into Giant Pinhole Camera
Over the years I've heard lots of stories about extreme photographers. But
that usually meant climbing mountains or shooting in the arctic. Shaun Irving
takes his photography to extremes in a different way. He's built what has to
be the world's largest "portable" camera. He's turned an old postal
van into a giant pinhole camera that he calls Peanut.
How big is Peanut? How about Shaun makes 4 foot by 8 foot negatives with
Peanut! For more information check out Shaun's Web site at http://www.cameratruck.net.
It's gauranteed to put a smile on your face.
Digitized Fine Art
Scientist Online The
National Gallery in London has been working Hewlett-Packard for eight years on a
scheme to digitize all of its 2300 paintings. The images have been captured with
a digital camera that steps backwards and forwards across the painting yielding
an image with 100 megapixel resolution. The gallery hopes to make money by
creating high quality digital prints of famous paintings that can be sold to
museum patrons. But by digitizing the paintings are they putting the collection
at risk of piracy?
gallery seems resigned to the fact that piracy could happen and admits there's
not much they can do to prevent it since the images will contain no digital
water marks. This project raises some interesting questions for the art
community. For the full story click here.
GM and Getty Images Team to Launch Online GM
General Motors is teaming with Getty Images to launch the GM PhotoStore. It
will be the official online photo
source for historical images from GM.
The web site, www.gmphotostore.com,
photos from every GM division dating from the turn of the century to the
If you find a favorite old car or an interesting image you can order it as
a poster. In cases where the original negative was grainy or the focus is soft
by today's standards there will be a recommendation of the maximum print size
you should consider.
The site is fun and a good way to waste a couple of hours. You'll find
favorite old cars, the 1909 Pikes Peak GMC truck, rocket cars from the World's
Fair, police cars, school buses, fire engines, locomotives, WWII airplanes and
Available print sizes range from 8x10 to 24x30 with prices from $15 to $42.
Agfa Announces New Photographic Papers
Agfa announced a new generation of photographic papers that will be
available starting in September - Agfacolor Type 12 and Agfacolor Prestige 3.
The new papers for the Standard and Premium Range offer more brilliant
color that their predecessors Type 11 and Prestige II. The increased color
brilliance is attributable to the use of new color couplers. Their low
secondary absorptions make for radiant red, rich purple, sunny yellow, fresh
green and crisp sky-blue, according to Agfa. At the same time, the new
couplers improve the image stability of the processed papers. The papers have
identical reciprocity properties and unchanged spectral sensitization with the
papers they replace, which eliminates the need to change filters. The paper
base also remains unchanged. The new papers are supplied in longer rolls than
those they replace.
Adobe Photoshop update now available for Power
A version of Photoshop 7.0.1 designed to take advantage of the Power
Mac G5 is available as a free download from the Adobe website for
customers who have purchased Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1 for an Apple G3 or G4
system. The Power Mac G5 delivers performance that will enable Photoshop
7.0.1 to run up to twice as fast when compared to previous Macintosh
models. The Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1 G5 Processor Plug-in for MacOSX is
available now at www.adobe.com.
New Epson Acid Free PremierArt Matte
Scrapbook Photo Paper
announced the introduction of PremierArt Matte Scrapbook Photo Paper in both a
letter and a 12-by-12 size to fit standard album sleeves. PremierArt Matte
Scrapbook Photo Paper is an acid-free, lignin-free, buffered paper for
printing photos and other elements for creating archival scrapbook pages. This
two-sided paper, made of 100-percent cotton, is compatible with all dye-based
and pigment-based inkjet printers from all manufacturers. With this paper,
scrapbookers can digitally design pages in their entirety, importing photos,
creating headlines and adding text directly to the file before printing out
the completed scrapbook page. They can also use the paper to print custom
elements of their pages, such as background patterns, borders, headlines or
photos, then cut them out and adhere them to an album page. Tests conducted by
Wilhelm Imaging Research Inc. have rated the dark storage properties of
PremierArt Matte Scrapbook Photo Paper with Epson inks up to 200 years without
noticeable yellowing or other deterioration when stored in an album in
archival sleeves. Tests are still continuing.
The PremierArt Matte Scrapbook Photo Paper will be sold in packs of 20
sheets in the letter size and packs of 10 sheets in the 12-by-12 size. Because
the matte paper is two-sided, these packs will yield 40 scrapbook pages and 20
scrapbook pages, respectively. The estimated street price for each of these
packs will be $19.99.
Digital camera makers boost output as demand surges
Digital camera makers are revising their forecasts for digital camera
shipments upward, due to an 85% surge in global demand in the first half of
this year, Nikkei Business Publications reports.
Sony Corp. raised its projection for digital camera shipments for the year
ending March 2004 by 2 million units, or by 20-25%, to more than 10 million.
Canon Inc. also expects to boost production by 10-15% in order to ship 8.5
million units in 2003.
"We are selling as many digital cameras as we produce," a Canon
Olympus plans to raise its annual production forecast from an earlier
projection of 7 million units in May to 7.5-8 million units. Likewise, Nikon
Corp. increased its digital camera shipment goal to more than 5 million from
its previous projection of 4.6 million units. Along with compact digital
cameras, the company also plans to produce more high-end products, such as
single-lens reflex models.
In the January-June period, global digital camera shipments jumped 85% from
a year earlier to 16.83 million units. With the approach of the Christmas and
year-end shopping season, demand is expected to rise even further.
Two New Memory Stick Products from SanDisk
introduced the new Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo flash
memory cards to expand its Memory Stick product line
With higher performance and embedded MagicGate technology, the Memory
Stick PRO Duo cards are targeted for digital music players, digital
still and video cameras. The Memory Stick PRO Duo cards feature high
capacity, high-speed data transfer and built-in security for the secure
transfer of copyright-protected content and real-time recording of
high-resolution images and video. The new Memory Stick Duo and Memory
Stick PRO Duo cards are approximately 1/3 the size of a Memory Stick
card and include a Memory Stick adapter for use in all Memory Stick or
Memory Stick PRO devices.
The SanDisk Memory Stick Duo cards, 32 megabytes (MB) to 128MB, will
be available for $34.99 to $69.99. The SanDisk Memory Stick PRO Duo
cards, 256MB and 512MB, will be available for $129.99 and $309.99. The
cards are expected to ship in September.