Sep 27

Inside Digital Photo - Special Report
Photokina 2008

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Join Scott Sheppard and Mike McNamara as they review this year’s highlights announced at Photokina 2008 held in Cologne, Germany September 23-28, 2000. Many of the product that were introduced were previewed in the U.S. prior to the event and Scott and Mike share their personal experiences with them and discuss some products that should stay on your radar screen as the fall show season unfolds.

  • Adobe CS4 - many features added to this version provide enhanced productivity which at first seem tuned for graphic/print design but will offer great benefits for professional photographers once they become more familiar with the new tools.
  • Casio - announced the Casio HIGH SPEED EXILIM Pro EX-F1 and the EX-FH20 Camera superzoom with 9.1 megapixels, and high speed burst shooting up to 40 fps at 7 megapixels and high definition movie recording at up to 1,000 fps. At a price point around $600.
  • Canon - launched the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, which could easily become the camera of the year but they also showed their new top range compact digital, the PowerShot G10. Both cameras offer the key functionality and performance near their professional cameras but are marketed to the prosumer/entry-level DSLR users.
  • Leica - introduced the Leica S2, with its premium collection of lenses that include everything from ultra wide to super telephoto. The S2 features a smaller metal body that is easier to carry, and a special new sensor with 30 x 45 mm and 37.5 megapixels designed for professionals.
  • Sigma - delivered upgrades to their camera bodies with Sigma SD15 powered by the 14 megapixel Foveon X3 direct-image-sensor which captures all primary RGB colors. They also announced the Sigma DP2, also 14 megapixel high definition digital camera, which packs the full spec of a DSLR into the body of a compact camera.
  • Pentax - took the lead in the entry-level category with their lightweight, easy to maneuver, PENTAX K-m digital SLR camera and lenses. The lenses include two DA L-series interchangeable zoom lenses: the smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mmF3.5-5.6AL and the smc PENTAX-DA L 50-200mmF4-5.6ED. The system is perfect for first-time DSLR users.
  • Ricoh -adds another "cult" point-and-shoot with the GX200 featuring 24 mm wide-angle optical 3x zoom and an effective 12 mega-pixel CCD. Not readily available in the U.S. these cameras add another option to those wishing for their unique status and capabilities.
  • Epson - introduced the Epson Perfection V300 entry level scanner, at a price of $99 which includes 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution and a built in transparency unit to scan 35mm film.

Scott & Mike also shared their insights to new products announced by Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Kodak with their predictions on the impact of these new technologies and their effect on the "megapixel" and "camera wars" which are sure to drive performance to new heights in the next 6 months.

Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage on these products or visit Mike’s site "The McNamara Report" at


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Jun 28

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Jeff Caplan, Founder, Digital Wedding Forum, joins host Scott Sheppard for a lively discussion and overview of this great resource site for Wedding Photographers. Jeff explains how finding support for shooting digital, prompted him to begin the DWF Forums. There are several membership levels available and also free trials for photographers at all experience and business levels. Jeff provides an overview of the benefits and topic areas a member can expect to find online, one of the most active being album review/feedback and the business side of photography. Jeff also discusses "WedFog" directory which is a site designed to help brides find DWF member photographer referrals.

Jeff also explains details of the upcoming DWF Convention 2009, being held in Carefree, AZ not far from the 2009 Imaging USA show so participants will be able to attend both conferences January 11-14, 2009. One of the key highlights will be a night-time hands-on seminar featuring John Michael Cooper, well known as the founder of the "Trash the Dress" movement. Designed as a boutique event so that DWF members have the opportunity to learn from the leaders and meet face to face.

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Vincent Versace, Photographer & Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, joins Inside Digital Photo to provide a quick update on the new features delivered in Capture NX2. Vincent shares some tips on using the built-in U Point Technology developed by NIK software to correct, working in Nikon’s native file format, non-destructive workflows, and more. Hear more details about Capture NX2 in our special report featuring Vincent.

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