A review of the Canon
9900 large format printer. As for the cost of ink here is some info
Speaking with Canon,
I found the
Of course, every
image is different, but in Canon's testing, the company used the ISO
Standard #5 image to estimate inktank usage. (This image provides a
fair and accurate ratio of colors to approximate the average digital
photograph.) Here are the results, according to Canon:
Cyan: 1100 pages
Yellow: 540 pages
Photo Cyan: 380
Photo Magenta: 280 pages
Green: 2300 pages
new red and
green tanks, obviously, are used far less often than the others because
they're primarily used for accent work. They're the last tanks you'd
have to replace.
Jason Bovberg -June 3, 2004
Based on CDN$20 per cartridge (current pricing seems to be in the $15 -
$19 range) this would work out as $0.24 per print. What the poster did
not mention was what the print size was... in a follow up it was said
to be 8x10 on standard printer settings, using Canon Photo Paper Pro
Here is some more information:
I purchased the i9900
about 6 weeks ago
to replace my S9000. The
S9000 is no slouch and a top rated printer from 2 years ago but i9900
is much better. I now shoot with a Canon 10D and Canon L lenses even
though I have thousands of transparencies to scan on a Canon FS4000US
film scanner. The 10D was purchased just prior to a trip to Rome where
I shot about 1000 images.
I just finished
assembling 170 of
the best Rome images into an album using Canon PhotoRecord software
that comes with most Canon digital products. I printed the album on
both Epson dual-sided matte paper and Pictorico dual-sided semi-gloss
paper. The results are amazing. Both papers work extremely well with
the i9900 although they each have their own subtle tinting difference.
This can be corrected easily with color adjustment through the printer
driver. Printing the entire album on the dualsided 8.5 x 11 stock (68
pages total) used no more than half of some of the ink cartridges and
almost none of the red and green. People who have viewed the album are
stunned and amazed with the quality and can't believe it came from an
inkjet printer. The color punch and tone is incredible and the level of
detail and resolution equals or exceeds wet chemistry printing. If you
want to see dots you'll need at least a 4X loupe and there is
absolutely no banding.
It is a mistake to
not consider this
printer because of the limited selection of Canon papers. Epson papers
work extremely well on the Canon printers as do Pictorico, Mitsubishi
and Konica. These are the only papers I've had the opportunity to try.
Needless to say, I am very happy
I bought this printer.
Bob Baron -June 18, 2004
A review of the HP Photosmart A626, this has a built in set of card readers and a 4.8 inch LCD (which in Sept'07 was nearly the largest display on any such printer - the HP Photosmart A826 has a larger 7 inch display) for photo selection and editing (including cropping). This unit prints 4x6 and 5x7 photos, so is a bit limited, but for the Scrap Booker and Grandma type user this may be just the right set of features.
The Sanyo DH700 camcorder, does 720p video and 7MPixel stills onto SD flash cards.  The Epson R1900 photo printer has Epson's new UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2 ink and prints up to A3+ in size. 
a gui front end for PanoTools
a free panoramic program plugin suite along with articles on making
is a utility for conversion and viewing of Canon RAW mode photographs
Reader is (free) software that allows you to browse the EXIF
information embedded within your photographs. Works well with my Canon G1.
is a Python script program to dump the EXIF information, this would be
of use if you were writing some (python) scripts to manipulate a number
of photographs, perhaps you wanted to extract this information and
place it in a database...
DXO makes DXO Optics
Pro, (reviewed here)
an image enhancement program that corrects for lens distortion and
blur. This is also being extended (Aug'04) to include support for the
Minolta A2 and the Sony DSC828.
IFranView is a
freeware image viewer, with some manipulation capabilities. Through a set of
plugins it has support for loading RAW format files for a number of
cameras, including the Minolta A1/A2. It is reviewed here,
apparently it now has the ability to create panoramic photos.
Noiseware, from Imagenomic,
looks like a good noise reduction package for high ISO shooting. This
is quite impressive at what it can do with ISO 800 shots from a Minolta
A2 (which are quite noisy). Have a look at this gallery for
some examples that have been processed by it. Also have a look at these
images I processed with it. It gets reviewed
to configuring a Windows XP box for best pixel processing performance
a tool for decoding RAW format photographs from many cameras
PhotoFiltre is an
processing/manipulation program that is available in a reduced feature
free version and a commercial version. It is reviewed here.
Using fractals to enlarge images, Connected Photographer reviews,
Enlarger Pro and
declares that it does a better job than the much more expensive Genuine Fractals program.
  BullZeye
3 is a standalone image colour corrector package, it also supports
batch processing. It is based on technology from PictoColor Corporation who make
a standalone package called iCorrect EditLab Pro,
which looks very similar to the BullZeye 3
package, yet sells for half the price. There is a demo version (fully
functional but puts watermarks into the saved output) of EditLab that
you can download to test, I played with this a bit and found that it
worked quite well, as long as there was something white or grey in the
frame to base the colour cast correction on. In Apr'08 PictoColor started to beta test an online version of iCorrect, it's not clear at this point if they intend to charge for this service.
combining photographs with Google Earth
Artist's Guide to GIMP Effects, by Michael J. Hammel, ISBN: 978-1593271213.
MediaOne Plus is a digital photo enhancement and DVD creation
PhotoArtist 2, is a package for creating artwork based on digital
2008 now supports printing stitched panoramas and super high
Painter Essentials 4, another package to help you turn photos into
  ACDSee 10 Photo Manager has some new image processing tools, including shadow detail enhancement.   Photo Story 3, is an add-on download for Windows XP, with some photo album and DVD burning capabilities.  
 Fire Pictures - from
the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). Not necessarily digital
but there are some amazing pictures here.
photography on digicams, and more
photography. For high magnification photography using a macro coupling
ring to attach a 50mm focal length lens in a reversed direction appears
to work quite well. These are available from Adorama and B&H
Photo if you can stand paying $25-30 to ship a $8 part!
Some very good insect macro
photography using a laser
DLC Photography, a
nature photography site
Smith Creative Photography from the UK has some interesting IR photos
(film based) along with a variety of portraiture, including a lot of Bands.
This article has a
good explanation (and demonstration) of why colour information in
video (and also photographs) is less important to our eyes than
luminance and especially that we really don't see blue very well at all.
An article that explains
the difference between a circular and a linear polarizing filter,
and goes into the potential colour shifts that can result. More on
polarizers as a filter to enhance infra-red photography.
for photographers, at least for the USA. More information
on this subject. PhotoPermit.org
is a site dedicated to this issue. A site from Tomas Hawk that is collecting
information about photo policies in privately owned, public spaces.
Is photography becoming illegal in the
a PhotographyBlog review of Digital
Photography Hacks, a book by Derrick Story, ISBN: 0596006667.
Wired writes on the issue of finding
photographs from within your vast collection.
Foto Search Digital Stock
Photography is a stock
photography site, probably quite useful if you are preparing corporate
brochures or websites and need some professional quality material.
Could the compound eyes
of insects be applied to photography? A camera with about 90,000
microlenses has been developed as a thesis project.
Fotolia is paying
for original images
Windows Vista may mess
up your EXIF info.
Low Budget Shooting, by Cyrill Harnischmacher, ISBN: 978-1933952109.
Discusses various ways of building your own photographic tools.
is a stock photo website with a simplified pricing model
A web site called Four
Thirds User has been
launched which will specialize in the four thirds system
Microsoft is proposing a new file format: JPEG
XR, that will improve the dynamic range.
looks like a pretty good site too
is a photography community discussion board with photo posting
Digital Photography Review
has an active set of message forums
Web Photo School
has online lessons in photographic technique
FredMiranda.com is a
site run by a landscape photographer
Photography a web site on photographic technique
Photo Lessons, a self teaching course
The sh1ft.org 26
things photographic scavenger hunt, just for the fun of it.
Timecatcher.com, a site
dedicated to nature photography
Photography, a curiously named site with some photography links
The Digital Photography Blog's lens page
has a lot of announcements of new lenses
Capilo 400G Wide is water proof to 1m (which would be enough for
fooling around at the beach)
Aquapac makes underwater
plastic bag enclosures (similar to EWA-Marine). Mentioned by Popular
RuggedTech and AquapacCanada in
Canada carry these.
New algorithms and filters may
improve underwater photography
kite based photography
More on kite
photography from Slashdot
More on kite
photography from Engadget, this includes how to modify your camera
so it shoots a steady stream of pictures, one per second. Another article in
balloon aerial photography
 BH Photography, lots
of add on lenses and filters
a photographic equipment retailler (camera store) based in London UK.
Looks like they have a Nikon focus.
Example of infra
red photography. And another comparison to the Canon G1 here.
the street, June 2004
 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques, ISBN: 978-1598632040, is a book that describes how to get the most from your inkjet printer.
 While not specifically a Photo Book type service the Blurb Community Books people (press release here) are providing a combination of client software (Blurb BookSmart) and data hosting service to allow a group of people (say a family or a year book team) to collaborate on the production of a printed book. BookSmart 2.5 has been released. 
Memory Cards, are ExpressCard interfaced and use PCI-Express bus to
achieve 100MB/s (800Mbit/sec) transfer rates, these are being targeted
as flash storage for professional camcorder equipment, but they will
propably fall through into the consumer spectrum. These are supposed to
become available in 2007.
memory card standard could be hitting us soon - this time starting
at 8GB and planned to go to 2TB - with cards having two interfaces (an
MMC and USB) from the start. This article
shows what the pin out and format of the cards look like on the
S-Diamond card from Pretec, in a way this makes a lot of sense and
could pave the way for USB storage interfaces on a lot of other devices
(like digicams) that currently use one of the dedicated card slots.
Sept'07 Sony introduced its 300x
compact flash cards, these are capable of writing data at up to
 Drobo is a
4 drive enclosure that has a disk management processor built in and
appears to allow for hot swapping. More
details on this unit. Engadget reviews it here. Drobo appears to be popular amongst photographers, here is a review by one who uses it on a Mac network. Drobo has been opening up to running additional applications and now have an SDK.
Getting the spacing right can have an strong
influence on image sharpness when using a add-on converter lens.
This Gary's Parries article talks about this with the Raynox 6600 0.66x
wide converter used with the Canon A95.
The Canon i9900 large format photo printer gets reviewed here.
This is a great printer, if you feed in an 8M pixel image you can get a
full-bleed 13" x 19" print out of it in about 6 minutes - at that size
there is still no visable pixelization or other artifacting. If you use
a magnifing glass you might be able to pick out a little bit of white
edging that is introduced by the JPEG compression process (so if you
use a RAW image this should even be eliminated). But who's going to
look at a 13x19 print with a magnifing glass?
Que! 007 portable CD burner, also has a PCMCIA slot that can be
used to copy the contents of various flash media cards onto CDs. From this
announcement it looks like this can be done without attaching the burner to a host
computer - which would make this a very useful tool for the traveling digital
photographer (20 May 02).
from Epson (due out in Summer 2004) looks like it could be a very good,
and user friendly printing "appliance" for 4x6in prints. With a
combined media+ink cost of about US$0.29 per print it may also be very
Fuji is making an underwater
case for their FinePix F710 zoom (which is a 16x9 aspect ratio
coding may given lenses much more depth of field some day. Of
course the reverse is sometimes more desirable - giving the
photographer a means to reduce the depth of field to blur out
PhotoTracker is a low-tech solution to the GPS photo tagging
problem, this relies on its clock being in sync with your camera's
clock and then you use some software they provide to merge their GPS
tag data back into your photographs.
M-Rock makes camera
photographs will be easier with some new camera-mounted GPS units,
including this one which also
senses the direction the camera is pointed in.
this is an SD card with an integrated WiFi interface that you will be
able to put into a lot of digicams to allow them to upload their photos
by a WiFi connection, it will also work with a CompactFlash adapter to
allow it to be used in a lot of the D-SLR cameras. Engadget writes (Oct'07) that the Eye-Fi is now shipping and will include 2GB of storage. Engadget takes a first look at it here, and finds that this is a case of a tempting tech tool that doesn't really solve any problem we are interested in. Reviewed here on dpreview.com, they have a pretty good write up on how it is configured and used, along with its somewhat disappointing speed of about 10-15 seconds per photograph. The other problem with this is that you need to attach the card to a computer in order to enter access point information, so unless you have brought a computer along you can't just walk into a Starbucks and have it upload your photos when traveling. Perhaps they could provide a small keyboard device to allow you to do this while on a trip, but even then you might just be better off buying a couple of blank 4GB SD cards or bringing along a mini laptop like the ASUS Eee PC. One user of this card has written some Python software to take the place of the standard Eye-Fi server (also here on Engadget), this could be the start of making this card more useful.
CBL Professional White
aerial photography using a four-rotor helicoptor platform
One professional photographer's idea of what would make a great compact camera.
This is an interesting specification here are some thoughts about it:
The Hama Panorama
Kit, this is a specialized tripod head adapter plate that adds a
spirit level and a an index wheel to your tripod. The index wheel
allows you to more accurately turn the camera in even steps for each
frame of the panorama. 
Pandigital has announced
some new photo frames (from 5.6 to 9.2 inches, and the ability to play
MPEG3 sound and maybe video too) for the 2006 Christmas season. In
Jan'07 they announced
a 10.4 inch photo frame.
A 7 inch digital photo frame from Summit.
The Digital Foci
Moments 6 Frame, announced
in Mar'07, is a small frame (5.7 inch) with a built in reader for
all the main card formats and a socket for USB thumb drives.
eMotion 128 digital picture frame is a 7 inch unit that plays
slideshows from most flash cards for about US$129 (Aug'06)
5.6 inch digital photo frame appeared in Sept'06 - they also make larger
units like this 10.2in model.
In June'07 eMotion
announced a 15 inch digital picture frame
and PDJ701 photo frames from JOBO have an 800x480 resolution which
is high for 7 inch frames, they also include calendar, alarm and timer
functions - so put one in the bedroom or kitchen.
While not a photo frame the Kodak
HDTV Dock (announced
Sept'07) allows you to display photos (from SD cards, USB drives or the
docked Kodak camera) on your huge HTDV. While this is not the first
such product its appears the be the first with HDTV output (though only
at 720p resolution through component video) and the ability to show
photos from more than just the docked camera. According to their online
documentation you can use this to copy from the SD card slot (or
camera) to an attached USB device and you can use the doc to print
photos to a USB-attached PictBridge-capable printer. If this had DVI-D
or VGA output you could use it to turn a LCD monitor into a very large
PictureMate Dash gets reviewed. 
7200, a pro-level film scanner from Plustek can do
7200DPI scans for US$199
 Photo Plus, a basic image editing package from FreeSerifSoftware is available for free (the older version 6) or as a low cost download (the new version 8). In Oct'09 version X3 got reviewed, this looks like it has a good extractor tool to allow for easy extraction of a portion of the image.  
accuracy for your digital photos
Improving your photos by paying attention to, and largely
backgrounds. Also includes the suggestion that using
flash to illuminate macro photographs (while keeping the lens stopped
down) can act to turn the background dark black.
Digital exposure, getting
it right, the key is to expose so that the highlights do not get
that looks at the depth of field question
An article on basic
composition techniques discussed here
for lens distortion
resolution photographs out of a mosaic of smaller photographs,
otherwise known as panoramic stitching
Tips for digital
which photographs are the keepers
people from your photographs, and giving your subject a digital
What makes a picture good?
out colour on dreary day photographs in post processing with
the technique of making a long exposure photograph and within it
drawing with a light (such as a handheld flashlight) is rather fun, I
did this once (back in the days of film photography) for my high school
yearbook (1978 I think). Now with digital photography this gets easier
as you can check your work right away and try again to correct
mistakes. It is also being used as an animation
your photographs with a signature brush.
A low-cost DIY
approach to macro photography lens adaptation
Making a lens-reversing,
extension tube for macro photography out of old filters
Digital Photo Doctor, ISBN: 1-904705-73-1,
a book on retouching and correcting digital photographs, to be
published in Sept 2006.
The Confused Photographer's
Guide to Photographic Exposure and
the Simplified Zone System, by Bahman Farzaf, ISBN: 0966081714.
GIMP 2 for Photographers, by Klaus Goelker, ISBN 1933952032,
discusses using the free GIMP software for photo editing.
Universal Photographic Digital Imaging Guidelines, address issues affecting
accurate colour reproduction from a photographer's perspective.
videos from Tamron's web server
Management in Digital Photography, a new book.
Landscape Photography: the Luminous Landscape Essays, by Alain Briot
A review of the book: Scanning
Negatives and Slides: Digitizing Your Photographic Archives, by
to completely remove noise from your photos, this article describes
a technique whereby two exposures are made of a scene, the exposures
are separated by a 4 F-stop gap and then the darker areas of the first
photo graph (which are underexposed and noisy) are blended with the
second photograph (where they received 4 F-stops more light). The end
result is to eliminate "noise in the shadows". I thought this was the
process that others were calling "high dynamic range" photography.
Epson is running a series of podcasts called the Passion
 Popular Photography has a good set of How-To Guides.  JAlbum is introducing a PhotoBook service too.  The PXIO C2 is a universal recharging system with many device-specific adapters.  The Jobo PDJ105 and PDJ100 10-inch photo frames have a 640x480 resolution and also have clock, calendar and alarm functions plus will automatically power down and wake up at certain times of the day.  There is some indication that SanDisk may be introducing a "write-once" type of lower cost flash memory, aimed at the digital photography market. There is probably a large group of photographers (consider the Grandmas of the world) who may prefer to keep their photos this way, rather than the more complex process of transferring them to a computer and backing them up to CD/DVD ROM. Consider the casual photographer who before going digital shot about one roll of film a month (so about 300 photos per year). Let us say that after going digital they now take 10 times as many pictures, so about 3000 photos per year. For further argument lets say that their photos are on average about 3MB each, so that's 3000x3 = 9GB per year. Given that you can currently (Nov'07) buy 2GB SD cards for $25/each that's about $112 per year to just buy new cards whenever they fill up and never reuse them. Note that at about $15 to buy a 24 exposure roll of film and develop and print it, this photographer was already paying about $180 a year, so even at current memory prices, never reusing flash cards actually will make sense. And given that memory prices will drop by another 30-50% in the next year it will make even more sense - even if SanDisk does not introduce this new type of card. In fact, unless SanDisk really prices these low I cannot see much point in using them at all.  Epson and Philips have teamed to produce PhotoViewer which is a device that can display photos to hidef TV (up to 1080i) from memory cards. To be available in Dec'07.  HP's instant PhotoBook allows you to build your own photo book.  photology, is software that looks at the contents of your photographs to identify real world shapes in them (including faces) to allow you to search a collection of photographs by content.   The PhotoPlayer 1080i from Hama is a photo flash card player that displays on hi-def televisions. It can read from most flash cards or from an attached USB drive. It connects to the TV through component or composite cables. A bit better photo of it is on Engadget.  Digital Astrophotography by Stefan Seip, ISBN: 978-1933952161. Is a book the discusses the world of digital astrophotography. 
PhotographyBLOG discusses how
people share their photos
is a web gallery generator
 The Creative Digital Darkroom by Katrin Eismann and Sean Duggan ISBN: 978-0596100476. A book that looks at how light and shadows can be worked to influence the mood of photographs.  PhotoPerfect is image editing software that can handle 16bit TIFF and RAW files.  
The very nice M31
challenge on the Digital_Astro
site a great place for digital camera astrophotography
 Digital Foci is introducing a new set of photo frames at CES 2008. Also mentioned here, the 8 inch unit uses an LED back light. The Image Moments 8 frame (which has LED back lighting) shipped in time for Mother's Day.  Camera Labs takes a look at the ASUS Eee PC and finds that it could be a good choice for a photographer to use (in conjunction with an external hard drive) to work on and backup photos in the field.   Pharos will be producing a geotagging GPS package for use in digital photography.  MediaStreet is adding six new eMotion photo frames to its line up, from about 7 to 15 inches in size.  Google and Facebook have joined DataPortability.org, an association formed to promote the idea that the users of online services should be free to (and provided with tools to) move their data from one online service to another. I guess we'll be seeing another Google API to address this any day now. I would think this issue is pretty significant for online photography sites, not for the photographs (as users are just uploading copies) but for the auxiliary data that is added to the photographs once they are placed online (things like descriptions, titles, comments, rotation, cropping, even just the order of photographs within slide shows). I suspect that for many users the task of recreation of this extra data is preventing them from switching sites.  Kodak's professional grade CD-R and DVD-R disks are supposed to have a data storage lifetime of 100 years (their archival Gold Preservation CDs has a longer lifespan).   VideoSpin is a free video editing application from Pinnacle that is supposed to be faster and easier to use than normal editing applications.   The Touch-Screen digital photo frame from Shogo, this is meant to be passed-around like a photo album and has WiFi and a touch sensitive 800x600 screen. The internet accessible content is done through some sort of portal system, so its not a unconstrained browser type device.  The OpticFilm 7500i AI/SE scanners from Plustek will offer film scans at up to 7200dpi and 48 bit colour, and has an infrared channel so can provide digital ICE functions like the Nikon scanners have. The 7500i gets a positive review here.  PicWash is a web-based digital photo retouching service.  CorrectPhoto 3.0 from PictoColor is a colour correction package, a free trial version is available.   The seam carving technology that appeared in 2007 has been commercialized and should be available for purchase in early 2008. This is now (almost - April'08) available. The VSO Seam Carving software was released Oct'09.   The HP Photosmart Pro B8850 gets reviewed here, it is capable of printing 13 inch wide media in panoramic lengths (i.e. exceeding the 19 inch maximum of the Canon 9900 printer).  Travel Photographer of the Year offer photography courses which can include travel to foreign locations.  The Seattle Flickr Strobists get to use an aircraft hanger as a makeshift studio to practice flash strobe light photography. Apparently they have been known to use underground parking garages as cheap studio space too.  Stanford has a 3-d modeling system that builds 3-d models from regular photographs.   PicApp is looking at a program that will provide free images for bloggers to use to illustrate their articles - probably in the hope that these images lead to further image sales. They entered beta with this service in March'08.  The SmartParts SP8PRT is a photoframe with a built in printer.  The Lightscoop is an attachment for bouncing or tinting your popup on-camera flash. It is a mirror that is positioned in front of your flash to cause the light to be bounced off the ceiling.  Panasonic is working on a sensor that will facilitate high dynamic range (HDR) photography, they do this by getting the sensor to take a sequence of three photographs with three greatly different exposure times and then combining the data. They have been able to expand the dynamic range from 60dB to 140dB with this technique, note that dB scales are logarithmic so this is not a simple factor of 2.3 increase, with each 3dB the linear range is doubled (i.e. an f-stop or factor of 2 change in shutter speed) so that's an exposure range increase of 26 f-stops (or changing from , with this you could probably set up a manual shutter speed and f-stop indoors and then go outside into sunlight and shoot without changing anything and still get a usable photograph. If you hold your f-stop fixed this range is equivalent to changing your shutter speed from 1/8000th of a second to over 8000 seconds. Of course their test sensor is only 177x144 pixels, but there's no reason this sort of technique could not be applied to a modern sensor pretty soon.  Unibind and Kodak have partnered to offer photobooks and calendars.  Rumors of the HP UMPC 2133 look pretty good, it is roughtly the same size as the ASUS Eee but it corrects the greatest problem with the Eee, the screen size. The HP has an 8.9 inch display running at 1366x766 resolution. Unknown price and availability at this point, but maybe this will stir ASUS into bringing out a 9 or 10 inch version of the Eee at a reasonable price. According to Engadget this is to go on sale 7-Apr-08 for prices from $549 to $749. The lowest price model comes with Linux, while for $600 and up versions of Vista are included. This might put some more downwards pressure on the new ASUS Eee 9 inch model's price. The Mini-Note has now been released, the HP press release is here and Engadget has a collection of reviews here. Discussed here on Slashdot.  The 2pad Online Gallery is a photo sharing site that emphasizes user control of who has access to your photos.  This article proposes a new automatic focusing mode setting be added to digital cameras which would put the lens in hyperfocal distance mode. When active the camera would not auto focus on elements of the scene, rather it would check its current f-stop and focal length and then adjust the focus setting so that infinity is always just in focus (at one end of the depth of field). This means that the distance to the nearest point of focus will vary (getting shorter) as the f-stop gets bigger and the focal length gets shorter (lens gets wider). This ability is most useful for the wide to short telephoto ranges, but can also be used to good effect on distant telephoto shots where you are "shooting through" obstructions (such as a wire fence, some foreground branches or the bars in a cage at the zoo) which you do not want to attract the focus. This mode can also be used to improve focus speed, since it only depends on the current aperture and focal lengths, which can be measured directly.
- he calls for an APS-C sized sensor, which would be a very
good thing from the noise perspective (but this will make the lens
larger so he accepts a smaller zoom range). The resulting zoom
range of 28-70mm is useful for much photography (especially landscape
type work) but the 70mm end is going to be too short to appeal to a lot
of people. I have found that with the 28-210mm range of my Minolta A2 I
rarely need more zoom, and in the times I do I'm looking at something
so far away that I'd probably need a 500 or 1000mm lens to get a decent
photo anyway. Back in the late 70s and 80s when I did 35mm film
photography I typically found 135mm adequate and considered the 200mm
telephoto "exotic". The Minolta A2's lens is about the same
physical size as may 35mm camera's 50mm lens, largely because of the
film-size issue, the A2 has a smaller sensor that APS-C (but its larger
than somthing like the Canon G series), and I'm sure today that a
sensor of this size could be made with low noise up to at least
- I don't see much need for additional screw in optics (i.e
a 2x converter) as they tend to be so bulky (as big as this camera!) that
you're not going to be carrying them with you - it is better to make
the basic lens a bit bigger to get a bit more zoom range (using a
folded optical path you probably could fit a 28-150 or even 200 lens
with a bigger sensor in a pocket size camera).
- I agree with the need for standard screw-in filters, I
often make good use of a polarizing filter.
- I find his specification of only having a live-view LCD
and no optical view finder built in refreshing, he's missing two points
though, first you need the view finder to be articulated, both so you
can look down when shooting waist level and so you can look up at the
camera for an overhead shot; the second point is for you to be able to
do manual focusing the Minolta A2 shows you need at least a 900K pixel
resolution (and even then that's often not enough).
- The internal buffer should hold 10 shots in RAW, and in
motor drive mode it should pre-capture some frames (i.e. once the focus
is locked it should capture frames even before you finish pressing the
button) and save a number of these at the start of each sequence.
- The battery pack should be standard AA size (not another
custom lithium pack that needs a custom charger), using two NiMH cells
normally and regular AA cells if you get caught in a tight spot, I
wouldn't mind only getting 200-300 shots out of a single pair of NiMH
cells as they are so cheap you can always carry a few sets with you to
do something big.
An additional feature that could be used with this would be for the camera's normal autofocus system to pick its typical targets and identify those of them that will be in the hyperfocus zone with circle outlines and those of them that will be out of focus (because they are too close) with X's. This way the photographer can see if the hyperfocus coverage includes the significant features, and if not he can either increase the f-stop, reduce the zoom or switch over to one of the conventional modes.
Another variation on this is for you to enter the maximum and minimum focus distances and then allow the camera to control the f-stop to meet your requirements as you zoom the lens. In this mode the camera would control the exposure by adjusting the shutter speed. The point of this is for fast point and shoot candid work (say high school year book photography) as it eliminates the shutter lag due to focusing.  A new version of the Compact Flash memory card format is being worked on, for introduction in late 2009 to 2010 time frame. This is to replace the IDE conection with an SATA type connection allowing data rates to hit 375MB/s. The specification (see the CompactFlash Association)for this is due to be published in May'08.  National Geographic have launched their My Shot site, a photo sharing site that allows you to submit photos to National Geographic's Your Shot feature.  Iomega's Rev Disk system is finally getting a capacity boost (from 70GB to 120GB). But given that the price of the individual cartridges are currently about $1/GB while a normal bare IDE hard drive is $0.25/GB and a 120GB laptop drive in a USB-powered case can be had for $0.83/GB, one really has to ask why are they still selling these?. In Apr'08 the 120GB drives and cartridges started shipping, the external USB interfaced drive (including a cartridge) costs $499 and a 5-pack of cartridges costs $325. So for the cartridges alone the price is $0.54/GB. At this time I can buy a 500GB IDE drive and an external USB case for less than $160 at our local computer shop which works out at $0.32/GB, so I still have to ask why anyone would bother with this REV stuff?  The Photograph: Composition & Color Design by Harald Mante, ISBN: 9781933952260, is a book that focuses on the theory of design, color, shape and composition in photographs.  This study confirms my own experiences that productivity increases with monitor space. Of course as this is a paid-for-by-industry type study you should take it with a grain of salt, but consider what happens if you are using Microsoft's Visual Studio to do some C++ work. It likes to do everything in one window broken up into a number of panels (for organizational and navigational purposes). This often leaves me with a coding window of about 1000x600 pixels out of a 1680x1050 (20 inch wide screen) resolution monitor. If I need to look at two files side by side, that drops to 500x600 for each, which is pretty small. With a second monitor this is much easier to do. Also, when you start running the application in debug mode (especially when working on a GUI problem) you have to fight with the two applications to get them to share the screen space and yet still have enough room to see your local variables, call stack and source code windows. If you have a second monitor, or one wider than 1680 pixels (though I doubt 1920 is really that much wider) then you can give each application (Visual Studio and the one being debugged) its own monitor and work in a much easier fashion.   Ovolab's Geophoto 2 is a photo-geotagging application.   Adobe has put a free version of Photoshop Express on the web. This allows you to do some photo editing and sharing through your browser and get enticed into buying more from Adobe. It's probably also a way for Adobe to test the waters of software rentals and see what features are really used. The first version of the license agreement for this granted Adobe rights to your photos, because of complaints this may be revised. The license agreement has been revised, the new terms start 10-April-2008.   WWAOW.com is a low-cost self-publishing service. They price this using a royalty model with an upfront setup fee, the setup fee is the price of 5 copies of your book and after you have paid that they will print and sell the book at the agreed price paying you the agreed royalty without further fees.  The Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II gets reviewed here, this is a USB/Firewire/eSATA attached drive system that can contain 2 drives in a RAID-0 or RAID-1 configuration.  The SONY HDR-TG1 Handycam (which will be the HDR-TG3E in Europe) is a very compact full 1920x1080 HD camcorder that writes to memory stick flash media (needing about 4Gig/hour in LP mode). It can also act as a 4M pixel still camera. Discussed here on Engadget. An unboxing and quick look at it in video form are here. Engadget starts to take a look at one. 
Later in 2003 Sharp
expects to have a true-3D LCD computer monitor on the market (they
have just released one for phones - Dec 02), this is based on the
"parallax viewer principle" (which is how old stereo photographs work) and so
does not need any special glasses. The restriction is that you need to view
the monitor from one distance (about 40cm in the current design) and
moving nearer or further will cause the two images to appear. I would
guess that off-angle viewing would also not work. Apparently they have a two
LCD sandwich along with a mask of some type that causes the two images
to be projected separately to the viewer's eyes.
 The Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter attaches to a regular flash unit (currently only supports the Canon 580EX and Nikon SB800 units) to convert it into a ring flash. At $299 its not a cheap accessory - and the question is why is this so expensive when all it is is a light guide (it contains no electronics and all the light is produced by the flash it is attached to). It should also be possible to do this sort of thing with other source flash units.  The AgfaPhoto DV-5000Z 720P HD flash video camera looks a lot like some of the Sanyo models.  The Sanyo Xacti DMX-CA8 is a waterproof (up to 1.5m depth), SD flash video recorder, it gets reviewed here.
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flash triggers and other things of interest to the photographer.
photography using kites.
 The US Congress is considering reform on orphaned works. I bet some of the book publishing and film studios would like this to go through so that they can remake old titles easier. Looks like the Stock Artists Alliance, who represent photographers who shoot stock photographs that get resold don't like this.  The WR-100 radio controlled shutter release, at about $100 its not too outrageously priced, but really, isn't it time in this age of Bluetooth and WiFi cameras started including built-in radio-based remote control systems? Heck, with a WiFi based system one would have the bandwidth to even support a remote-view capability allowing one to look through the view finder from a display on the remote control.  EverNote is thought tracking and organization software with both a desktop and a web component to allow you to get at your "extra brain" from anywhere. Here is a review of it. It has a rather neat feature of being able to scan your photographs for included text and then being able to search on this text.  Slashdot discusses hacking Canon point-and-shoot cameras, there is now software (called CHDK) that can do this without having to re-flash the camera allowing for safe experimentation. There is now a project to improve the firmware of the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR. There is now a book called The Canon Camera Hackers Manual (ISBN: 9781933952581) for those who would like to read about this.   Adobe has submitted their DNG file format as a possible ISO standard. Lets hope they have sorted out any patent issues with it.   ViewGenie Photo Explorer can build a map from photos of a scene using AI processing to match up elements.   Transcend's StoreJet 35 Ultra is a 3.5 inch eSATA external hard drive enclosure that has an 80mm fan built in for better cooling.  The ATC5K and ATC3K action cameras from Oregon Scientific are waterproof, hands-free miniature digital video cameras designed for action sports. These record directly to SD cards.  The Sanyo Xacti HD1010 is another full 1920x1080 hi-def digital camcorder, this adds a 300fps slow-motion mode and a 7 frame per second rapid still mode to its 4MPixel digital camera mode.  The Flip Video Mino is a very small camcorder designed for those who want to be able to carry something in a pocket all the time. As it only has a 2x digital zoom it will be pretty limited, so maybe a compact digicam that has a video mode would be better? Creative's Vado is competition for this.  FirstCall brings an interesting retro twist to the digital photo era, send them some digital photo files and they will use a high resolution laser scanner to burn your images to unexposed film stock, which you can then have developed and printed in old dark room way.  RansenScan is a package that allows multiple photos to be placed and scanned at the same time, it then auto-detects and extracts the individual photos to separate files.   FireFox version 3 added colour management for photos with embedded ICC profiles, here is how to enable it.   A US court has found that digital models (such as a wire frame model) do not infringe on any copyright of the original object they represent, which is a logical analogy of how photographs of copyright objects are treated. But if those models do not add to or extend the underlying original then the model might not be given copyright protection.  PopPhoto runs a comparison of AA batteries (both regular and rechargeable). They perform a rather screwy cost comparison: they base the cost of the rechargeables on a single use (rather than say 100 recharges) - even with this handicap rechargeables are almost the same price as disposables (though they should be about a factor of 100 less!). It is interesting to see that for digital photography the NiMH rechargeable battery always has more capacity than the one-use battery (with the exception of the more expensive one use lithium batteries). As well, their test shows that the claimed mAh capacity ratings of rechargeable batteries are not a very accurate guide, for example the Polaroid 1800mAh was the lowest claimed capacity, but it solidly out performed the Kodak 2400mAh battery.  The T.photo 720 digital photo frame is a cross between a portable media player and photo frame.  The Photo Safe II from Digital Foci can download photos from flash cards to a hard drive in the field. The full press release is here. Of course with current flash prices being roughly $10/GB the typical consumer probably does not need this for still photography, but if you are shooting with a HiDef flash-based video camera this device might still be quite useful.  The Sanyo DMX-HD800 is a new entry in their Xacti line. This is a combined 720P video and 8MP still camera which stores recordings on SD/SDHC flash cards.  In Aug'08 Olympus and Panasonic announced the Micro FourThirds lens system. The objective of this is to bring the larger 4/3rds sensor size and interchangeable lenses into a small (perhaps point and shoot sized) body by eliminating the optical view finder and mirror box. Since the sensor remains the same size existing 4/3rds lenses will be able to be used on these new cameras by an extension tube style adapter. This design will also result in a reduction in size of the lenses, since the rear optics can be much closer to the sensor. About a month later Samsung announced plans for a similar system called Samsung Hybrid based on the larger APS-C sized sensor. I wonder when Canon or Nikon will try the same thing, perhaps introducing a sensor that is smaller than APS-C (yet larger than the typical digicam sensor to reduce noise), this way they can introduce a new line of smaller lenses to sell to a new consumer group. This way your initial $200 digicam purchase gradually builds to $1000 as you buy a few lenses and, when you replace the camera in a few years, you stick with the same company because of the set of lenses you now own.
The Panasonic Lumix G1 (also here on PhotographyBLOG) will be the first of the micro 4/3rds cameras, it will have a flip out 3 inch display (it looks like it is fully articulated and can be turned face in to protect it, yeay! this was a feature I really loved on my Canon G1) with a 460K pixel resolution (which still might not be enough for manual focusing). It has a very high 1.44 million pixel resolution viewfinder (so that might be enough to do manual focusing on, but I found that the 900K pixel view finder on the Minolta A2 was not enough for this so I am expecting this will will not be enough, however Panasonic is using a different technology which effectively stacks the RGB pixels so it might be a much sharper display than the traditional pixel count implies.). It got HDMI output too, so you can inflict painful hours of slide shows on your friends and relatives. Digital Photography Review has a preview of it here.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 started shipping at the end of Oct'08 (actually a little ahead of schedule) and the first full review of a production model is here.  The LED8 macro ring light from Marumi positions eight LEDs around the lens of a compact camera for better macro illumination.  The JOBO S4 is a mobile photo frame, it has a 3.5 inch display and a rechargeable battery capable of 2.5 hours of use. Pass it around the room.  The COlorRight is another "filter-type" aid for custom white balance.  The Sony DPF-D100 and DPF-D80 photo frames will have 800x600 resolution in 10 and 8 inch sizes and become available in Oct'08.  SPF-85H, SPF-85V, SPV105P and SPF-105V digital photo frames from Samsung can also be used an additional mini-monitors (through ubisync) to alleviate congestion on your crowded computer desktop.  The Jobo X7 is a 7-inch photo frame designed to be passed around. Though its rather on the expensive side at about $300.  Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery is a program to recover photos that have been lost, due to deletion or formatting. Might be worth remembering in case you format a flash card by accident.   The Sanyo Xacti E2 (and here on Engadget)is the second waterproof standard definition camcorder from Sanyo. This records to H.264 MPEG4 on SDHC cards, so can fit 8 hours on one 8G card.
 The Sony VAIO CP1 seems rather pricy at $299 for a 7 inch photo frame, but it has some additional features (networking, music playing, RSS feeds) that may make it worth the extra cost. Engadget gets a look at one in the flesh. If only it had a web browser.  iLovePhotos is a Mac software package that uses facial recognition to manage your photo collection.   Casio is adding the EX-FH20 (also here on Engadget) to complement their EX-F1 high-speed camera. The new model will have a wider zoom range and reduced size and weight.  The LaCie 4big Quadra is a 4-drive RAID box that can be attached by eSATA, Firewire or USB and can be expanded by chaining up to 4 of them for a total of 24TB.  A national car tracking system has been proposed by private traffic enforcement camera vendors in the US. They expect to be able to use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to track cars as they pass various cameras and to be able to photograph the driver and maybe passengers too. The automobile insurance system should be somewhere behind this too. Australia has just completed a study on doing the same thing, how long until this is international?  Microsoft's Pro Photo Tools 2 can view and convert RAW images and geotag photographs.
  The Western Digital ShareSpace is a 4-bay NAS device available in 2TB and 4TB sizes. More about it here on Engadget with links to some reviews.  Bogen Imaging is hosting a webinar on taking successful product shots.  The HD-0310 is a 1080P digital photo viewer, made by PIE United. It has an HDMI output for connection to a TV and has card slots for regular flash media and a USB socket for thumb drives or portable hard drives and can display both photos and movies. Engadget notices it here.   Delkin has produced a Secure Digital to Compact Flash adapter, this appears to be a CF type-1 form factor device and allows SDHC cards to be used by devices that only take compact flash cards.  The Hahnemuhle Gallerie Wrap System is designed to make mounting prints in the gallery wrap style easier.  XDepth 48 is an attempt at moving JPEGs to 16 bits per color (i.e. 48 bits per pixel). This would be a very good thing as it would allow camera manufacturers to build systems to capture a greater dynamic range (without having to resort to RAW formats).   The Pocket Album Deluxe OLED 2.8 is a small photo frame designed to be carried with you for $99.  The Flip MinoHD, at $229 will probably bring HiDef recording to the pockets of a lot of people. It gets reviewed here  The RED DSLR is going to be the most versatile and probably most expensive SLR camera system in the world. Will this shake up the rest of the market? This article includes some discussion of the various sensors (including a comparative size illustration) that will be available from RED and notes that the high end units will be capable of up to 13 stops of dynamic range - which is much more than the competition.  Visual Similarity is software that finds photographs that have similar content.   Using genetic programming to arrive at a good approximation to the Mona Lisa using 50 polygons. An FAQ including links to the source and program for this is here. Another example of this applied to a real photograph.  Buy This Image is a website widget for selling your images online.  How to Photograph Mixed Light talks about taking photographs at dawn or dusk with a mixture of both natural and artificial light (which are at very dissimilar colour temperatures). This can be used to good effect in pictures of houses to create an inviting warm glow. The only real tricks to this are that there is only a relatively narrow window of time (about 10 minutes) and that you may need to manually set your camera's white balance to "sunny" (which will cause the blues of the sky and the yellows of the artificial light to get intensified).  The Ray Flash Adapter is a ring light style adapter that will fit a number of SLR external flash units.
The ProKit Flash Accessory Pack contains a number of reflector and diffuser attachments for external flash units.  Photos on TV3 is a slide show creation package that will provide some support for Google Earth views.   The LumiQuest Quick Bounce is a diffusing head for a regular bounce flash that allows a bounce effect to be obtained in rooms with high ceilings.  In 2009 the Sanyo Xacti HD2000 arrived. This can shoot 1080p at 60fps as well as being able to do slow motion work at up to 240fps.  New toll road systems that work by photographing license plates could be put to other uses, like issuing speeding tickets if the average speed of the car (as measured by the distance between entrance and exit toll points and the time taken between them) is too high.  100 Beautiful Free Textures, some of these are rather interesting and might inspire you to try photographing your own.  The ControlTL remote flash controller from PocketWizard is a radio transmitter and receiver pair that takes the hot shoe signals from the camera and links them to a flash. Since this appears to be a bidirectional link it allows all the flash's functions to work, even when the flash is away from the camera. Looks like versions for Nikon and Canon hotshoes will be available.  Two new for 2009 compact cameras from Samsung, the HZ15W and TL320 feature zoom lens designs that go as wide as a 24mm lens (for the old 35mm format). This is pretty significant as most compacts only go to 35mm with the occasional exception like the Panasonic travel zoom designs going to 28mm.  The PanTouch Clear 10.4 Inch Frame is only 1/3 inch thick and has a 1024x768 resolution and WiFi for $229. It also has clock and calendar functions and programmable on/off times and can play video and MP3 files.  ShootSmarter.com has a more pro-oriented look at the world of digital photography and retouching.  QOOP is a photo marketplace service where anyone can upload their work for sale.  Picaboo is now offering open-flat photo books.  How to Take Natural Photos of Children  FotoInsight Designer is a photo book application that integrates with Flickr, Facebook, Picassa and the geotagging site locr.   Creating the perfect photo book with Blurb, a webinar.  A landscape photography tour and course offered in Spain's Andalucia.  The reflecta x3-Scan is a standalone slide scanner that saves data to SD cards, can drive a television directly or can be connected to a computer over USB.  The ProDisk 3-in-1 is a compact tool that provides a white balance filter (which you place in front of a lens to make a custom white balance reading) and a grey card and color swatch to place in a scene for testing later.  In the article David Noton's Room With a View the photographer works with dawn and dusk light on a landscape, a classic vista, interesting clouds, a touch of mist and a polarizing filter and then a short window of time to get it exposed correctly.  Will a computer be judging your next photograph?  Snapter is an image processing package that provides some automatic de-warping, straightening and cropping functions to support digitizing of books by taking photographs of their pages. Google has recently patented a similar idea.   The Fantasea Eyes are a range of screw-on lens adapters designed to help with underwater photography.  A tiny Hi-Def photo and media player from Hi-Den Vision, just add a USB drive of some type and hook it up to a display through HDMI and you are set. Inexpensive too at only $43. They also have a larger device with component and HDMI output and a built in card reader.  How to Take Great Photos of Women, in short flattery will get results.  An unexpected side-benefit of an off-site backup program, a laptop thief was caught because the computer he stole (and then used for his own) ran a backup program that copied the crook's photographs to an off-site service.  LifePics has a wide range of photo book services.  The LaCinema Classic Bridge is a media player from LaCie that can play media from a USB attached hard disk or from an internal (user-supplied) hard drive at 1080P resolutions. Priced at $99 it has HDMI and composite outputs but no component or S-video and no networking capability.  Fotopedia will be an online encyclopedia of photographs.  A book called: 99 Ways to Make Money from Your Photos.  Both in the US and the UK photographers are encountering troubles with the police for taking pictures of public buildings. Some discussion of the photographer's rights is here.  In 2009 the rise of digital photography finally lead to the death of Kodachrome film. For me Kodachrome died when the 25 ASA version was discontinued back in (I think) the 1980's, though I did keep shooting with the 64 ASA version for many years.  Blurb now allows one to design books using any application that can produce CMYK coded PDF files and then print those PDF files directly to books.  The Mvix Ultio is an HD media player which can take an internal drive and has LAN connectivity for $179. Mentioned here on PhotographyBLOG as this sort of device would be useful as a digital slide projector.  The Plustek OpticFilm 7600i is a 35mm slide and negative scanner than has LED lighting and an infrared channel for dust and scratch removal. The 7600Ai version includes Silver Fast Ai Studio Software.  The UK's National Portrait Gallery is in a copyright dispute over the rights to photographs of paintings that are old enough to be in the public domain. One way of looking at this is that a photographer has copyright over the pictures he takes, but if these are done in a "technically accurate" fashion then they would be just simple copies of the original, and hence, there would be no separate copyright on the copies. It appears that there may be some US laws that address this, but that it may not be the same in the UK. What fun!  A web site that will convert a set of overlapping photographs into a 3D model has been launched.   album is a portable 7-inch 800x480 digital photo album for about $200, it looks like it will be offered under the Hama brand too.  AKVIS Enhancer is an image correction and enhancement program.   Photography is not a crime is a response to harassment of photographers in Great Britain by the police.  Wolfram Research is claiming copyright to the output of their Alpha engine. I thought this issue has already been decided with photographs and fonts, such that new versions that were derived algorithmically (such as by a program or process) could not receive separate copyright protection - thus only the author of the original work could hold copyright in the work and all expressions of it. If this gets to court there will be some interesting battles to watch.  Sony's Party-shot IPT-DS1 is a automatic pan-and-tilt stand that turns a DSC-WX1 or DSC-TX1 camera into a snap-happy robot. Discussed here on Engadget.  Novoflex is making a range of micro four thirds lens adapters that will allow you to mount lenses from Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Minolta, Contax and even Leica on one of the new micro four thirds cameras like the Panasonic G1 or Olympus PEN.  A three-point camera hand strap from Brando, which even includes wrist support.  NASA is finally placing high resolution images on the web for public download.  Rollei have introduced some new scanners, including a low cost slide scanner. Looks like these might be based on a 5M Pixel sensor.  Buffalo's DriveStation now offers hardware encryption.  vReveal is image processing software for video editing, it even makes use of CUDA to speed things up.   Slashdot discusses scanning books for use on a PDA by photographing their pages using a camera and software to flatten the resulting images. From the Slashdot comments: Snapter is one such package. Make Online mentions a book scanner a project to build a books scanner from the instructables. A tutorial on stitching flat scanned images with Hugin. Prizmo is OCR software to do this sort of thing. Scan Tailor is a free software package. More discussion of book scanning here on Slashdot of a rather nice camera-based unit which can be found on diybookscanner.org.  Photomizer is fully automated photo image enhancement software.   Mastering Digital Panoramic Photography is a book on panoramic photography.  PhotoSketch is a tool that will search for and combine elements from photographs in accordance with your hand drawn sketch instructions. Discussed here on Slashdot and mentioned here on Gizmodo.   Beauty dishes, flash diffusers for glamor photography.  Lexar's Image Rescue 4 is software for recovering deleted photos from flash devices.   The PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900 is a small (flash memory stick sized) GPS tagging unit. Now at $69 one wonders how much longer we must wait until GPS tagging is a built in function for all new cameras.  How to take long exposure photographs along with some nice samples of what can be achieved. This mentions using very long (in the minutes) exposures to get clouds to streak.  The Sony S-Frame DPP-F700 (see here also) combines a digital photo frame with a printer, which might be a good thing for someone who does not have a computer in the house.   In the UK there are plans in parliament to allow non-commercial websites to make free use of photographs. Needless to say some professional photographers don't like this idea. This is quite a deviation from the more usual tightening of copyright laws that one wonders how this got so far.  The GoPro HD Hero Naked is a 1080P HD camera capable of 30 and 60 frames per second, it comes in a protective waterproof housing for first person perspective action photography. It also has a time lapse still photography mode that can be set to capture photos from once every 2 to 60 seconds until stopped (which would be useful for documenting a wilderness trail).  The Imaging Source is now selling CCD cameras for astrophotography equipped with gigabit ethernet and capable of exposures from 60 seconds to 1/60th of a second.  Epson is trying to make a cross over between the stand alone digital photo printer and the digital photo frame with their PictureMate Show that prints 4x6 photos and has a 7-inch display.   Inpaint from Teorex is a tool for removing unwanted objects from photos and replacing them with background textures.   The Vivicap is another white-balance filter device, this one takes the place of a conventional lens cap so you can have it with you all the time.  Two new guides to underwater photography: Underwater Photography Guide and a section on Dive Photo Guide.  Pixel makes a number of remote control devices for DSLRs, including the LV-WI Wireless Live View Remote Control which allows you to compose the photograph on the remote display. They also have some timer/remote control devices and have an interchangeable connection system so you can change the connector cable to suit your camera.  How to see a photograph, or how to isolate the best part of a scene.  The Bièvres International Photo Fair looks like an interesting event to attend if you are near Paris in early June.  The CanoScan 9000F is the 2010 upgrade to the 8800F which is capable of doing reasonably good slide scans.  A cute little marketing slip, Sony (or at least the pro photographer they hired) used a Canon DSLR to take some of their product press photos. How embarrassing!   Photography Blog takes a look at Topaz DeNoise 5, the samples they provide look pretty impressive. Its a pity that this is not available as a standalone application.   The Rollei DF-S 190 SE is a negative and slide scanner that uses a 9 megapixel imager to shoot one frame at a time to a flash card or memory stick. 
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