Franke & Heidecke may be suffering a temporary insolvency, but a limited edition Rolleiflex pack, dripping in gold, has been unveiled and it can be yours for a trifling 29,000 Euros, in memory of their pioneering achievements in camera construction.
The collectors’ set consists of:
- Rolleiflex 4.0 FW, with Schneider Super Angulon 4,0/50 mm HFT
- Rolleiflex 2.8 FX, with Zeiss Planar 2,8/80 mm HFT
- Rolleiflex 4.0 FT, with Schneider Tele-Xenar 4,0/135 mm HFT
All this is packaged in a Bordeaux nappa leather and walnut box, and comes with CNC-milled lenshoods and filter adaptors.
Buyers also receive an exclusive illustrated book. Only 80 sets are being made, and delivery anywhere in the world is included in the price.
According to InfoTrends’ research, Western Europe’s photo merchandise market will more than double in size from 2008 to 2013, exceeding $900 million in revenues by the end of this period. Mothers (defined as females between the ages of 25 and 44 with children under age 12) will account for a sizable portion of this revenue. While about 22% of total respondents reported purchasing photo merchandise items in the past year, 30% of mothers stated that they had done so. Nevertheless, to access this lucrative consumer segment, professionals in the photo merchandise space must understand their motivations and behaviours as they differ significantly from that of the general population.
A recent InfoTrends survey revealed that mothers are more likely than total photo merchandise buyers to purchase their photo merchandise items from online sources. This is true in regard to retailer’s Web sites as well as online photo sharing/printing services. While only 49% of total photo merchandise buyers reported purchasing photo cards online via a retailer’s Web site in the past 12 months, over 62% of mothers stated they had done so. In addition, the survey results indicated that mothers are significantly more likely than others to use self-serve kiosks at retail locations.
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This camera is tiny, which is due in part to the innovative three-section, telescoping zoom lens that consists of seven elements in five groups, including three double-sided aspheric lenses. The lens gives coverage from 37.5mm wide angle to a decent 112.5mm telephoto (35mm equivalent).
This is coupled with Pentax’s new ASIC image processor that delivers realistic images by reproducing tonal range with colour correction, which is based on actual image data.
The image stabiliser is like the Ricoh’s in that it moves the CCD to counter movement made by the photographer. The A10’s system has two internal gyros that sense the amount of camera shake and a dedicated CPU rapidly calculates the ...full story
The digital SLR market is a cut-throat industry; if you want to survive you have to have a competitive edge.
Canon and Nikon seem stable enough, but who is next? Six months ago I would have said Konica Minolta, but alas it is now gone (its camera division overtaken by Sony). Then there was Kodak, but it too has opted out of the dSLR race to concentrate on its compact sales. So that leaves whom? Well, Olympus, of course.
It is Olympus that rounds out the top three on the dSLR tree at the time of writing — and rightly so. Olympus is a major camera corporation, so it’s really no surprise that it is still messing with the big boys — is it?
Yet some digital commentators will find it very surprising indeed. And this surprise has ...full story
Fujifilm has released a new digital camera, the FinePix F200EXR, with a guarantee; best pictures ever or your money back. Fujifilm is either really cocky, or this is a damn good camera.
The FinePix F200EXR has already won a few awards, being crowned “Innovative Digital Product 2009″ by the prestigious Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA) and “Best Compact Digital Camera 2009” at the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) in Europe, the FinePix F200EXR utilises brand new technology, the Super CCD EXR Sensor, which adjusts its behaviour according to the environment.
The FinePix E200EXR has all the bells and whistles that you would expect. It features a 12 megapixel 1/1.6″Super CCD EXR, a redesigned EXR processor, Fujinon 5x wide angle optical zoom lens, and Face Detection 3.0 with auto red eye removal.
The Fujifilm F200EXR comes with 5 Film Simulation Modes, a 3.0” LCD screen, HD Photo Output, Dual Image Stabilisation and sensitivity up to ISO 12800 (3 million pixel only).
The Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR is available now at an RRP of $799.99 from Harvey Norman, Noel Leeming, Dick Smith Electronics, Appliance Connexion, Retravision, Bond & Bond, Hill & Stewart, JB Hi-Fi, ...full story
SpyderCUBE is uniquely designed to assist photographers in calibrating their RAW images in RAW conversion software. The multi-sided construction allows special attention to highlights and shadows and contains more features for image control than a grey card or white balance tool. Establishing an accurate image from the start of each new photo session.
If you are shooting in JPG you can still utilise the SpyderCUBE. In Photoshop choose Image -> Adjustments -> Levels… and use the selection tool.
Check out www.photowarehouse.co.nz for more details.
Tauranga based professional photographer Nikki South talks about life with her Apple iMac computer.
I bought my 24 inch iMac about a year ago. It was love at first sight! Its sleek silver minimalist design appealed to me and with a 500GB hard drive, and upgraded to 4GB memory, it is perfect for what I do. As a photographer and a designer I often have a few programs running at once. And it is still really fast.
Everything is hot! The size of the screen, its ease of use, the speed and of course, it looks so very fine in my office!
Sometimes the screen gets too many reflections, even when all the blinds are closed, but I think that is its only downfall, without getting eally picky!
Would I buy one again?
Yes, for sure. Maybe not an iMac though as Apple are always bringing out new technology. I will wait another year or so and until they bring out something bigger, better, faster and even more reliable! Maybe they should make men! So I will be keeping my eyes open. But for now, I love my iMac, and I’m very ...full story