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Two weeks ago I attended a Kodak launch of their new printers, the Hero 2.2 and Hero 4.2. Kodak  proudly gave us the details of their new printers.  Impressive stuff, but not earth shattering. Over the last week I have spent many hours compiling a review of four multifunction printers from Epson, Hp, Canon and Kodak. To be more precise I was the first reviewer to get hold of the new Kodak 4.2.

OK the Hero 4.2 did a good job, not the best quality I have seen but it was OK. No sooner had I submitted the full review then I received the following email from Kodak’s PR agency.

 

As a follow-up to the Kodak Inkjet printer briefing 2 weeks ago we wanted to alert you of some company news that was issued this afternoon.

Kodak has announced that as a result of its process to emerge as a growing, profitable and sustainable company, from 2013 onwards it will focus its Consumer Inkjet business on serving its installed based with the sale of ink and paper.  This means that printer sales will wind down in 2013, and more specifically, we will not be launching the latest Hero 2.2 and Hero 4.2 printers as initially planned.

Kodak has successfully built a large base of loyal customers in Europe and will continue to supply ink over the expected lifetime of the printer and for as long as consumer demand remains robust.   We remain committed to existing and new consumers by continuing to provide ink at the lowest average cost per page*, and customers and retailers will also continue to receive the same levels of service and support that they have come to expect from Kodak.

We would like to thank you for your support and wanted to ensure that you were informed of this news as soon as possible so that you have the correct and most up-to-date information for any articles you had planned to write.  If you have further questions around this announcement please let me know.

 

Kodak would seem to be in deep trouble, they filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, they stopped making digital cameras last year and now they are shutting down their inkjet printer business, although inks will still be available for the life of a printer (usually a couple or more years)  – I guess there must be a stock pile of inks somewhere.

Unfortunately as a consequence 200 jobs are going to be lost adding to the 1000 that have already been announced. So far Kodak has cut 2700 jobs this year. Kodak at its peak employed more than 60,000 people, this latest job cuts will reduce the workforce to 13,100

Kodak, said it expects to incur a charge of $90 million related to the wind-down of the inkjet business. Lexmark also announced that they too would pull out of the inkjet printer market. Maybe manufacturers haven’t quite cottoned on to the fact that many people are now using mobile devices to upload and share their photos on social media sites.

Kodak, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year after struggling to adapt to the digital age, said it has received “significant interest” from suitors for its printing kiosks and scanner businesses.

Kodak is still in talks to sell its patents, estimated to be worth between $2.2 billion and  $2.6 billion, they have submitted a motion to a bankruptcy court to extend their right to file a reorganization plan until February  2013. They may also abandon an auction to sell off over 1,000 digital imaging patents in favour of setting up a new licensing company to repay creditors.

We have all grown up with Kodak, let’s hope they can wave a magic wand and survive.

 

This photograph was taken at Bunlin Bay Co. Donegal by photo-i reader Colin. He used a Canon 20D with a 24-105 L IS lens. The Heron was taken a short time earlier at a similar location cut out and inserted to the picture to add some foreground interest. The photo is actually a panorama of four upright pictures and joined together in Photoshop CS4. Hope this is of interest to other readers.

This is a superb shot by Colin, using the Tiffen Filter set I have added a Polarizing filter to bring out  the blue in the sky. The heron adds a nice touch to the overall picture, although I didn’t notice  it at first,  . There are many things happening all around us and often we miss them because we are looking at the bigger picture. Colin could have waited for a month of Sundays before a heron or other creature walked into the picture, fortunately Photoshop or PaintShop Pro gives us the option to add or remove anything to an image. There is nothing wrong with that, afterall I am sure Constable painted a few more trees in his landscape paintings.

Colin has also used a technique of stitching together four upright shots, this is a technique that I have been using for years. The temptation is always to shoot horizontally and then stitch. By shooting upright you can use a slightly longer focal length lens which will eliminate some of the wide angle lens distortions .

A great shot Colin, thanks for sharing. Leave your comments below or on our forum Bunlin Bay

I have added Colin’s original submission below.

The original version as submitted by Colin- photographs © Colin MrGregor

 

Today’s photo of the day is a shot I took early in the morning (5.00 am) of a fisherman heading out for a day’s work. Early morning or late evening light has a magical quality, most of my best photographs have been taken in this period. Lighting later in the day is too harsh, especially in the Mediterranean area, and besides that the water will be teaming with holiday makers and pedalos.

This shot was captured on a Nikon F with a 80 -200mm Nikkor lens using Ektachrome 100 film. The scan was captured at 2400 dpi on a Canon MG 8250 multifunction unit. I applied some Smart Sharpening in Photoshop 6 for the final image.

I will be publishing a full review of the MG 8250 and other multifunction units very soon.

 

 

Adobe Introduces All-New Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11

 

Revamped User Interfaces and Innovative Features Make Photo and Video Editing, Organising and Sharing Easier

London, UK. — Sept. 25, 2012  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 11 and Adobe® Premiere® Elements 11, newly designed versions of its No. 1 selling consumer photo- and video-editing software*. Photoshop Elements 11 offers a complete solution for editing, organising and sharing photo creations while Premiere Elements 11 offers easy creation of engaging home movies with professional flair. Available as stand-alone products, Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 can also be purchased together in a low-priced bundle, providing powerful, easy-to-use tools that simplify editing and turn everyday snapshots and videos into sensational photos and home movies, creating memories that can instantly be shared with friends and family. Both solutions are available for Windows® and Mac.

“Photos and videos allow us to capture and share moments in time,” said Lea Hickman, vice president products, Creative Consumer Business, Adobe. “Powerful – yet friendly and easy to use – Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 inspire creativity and help consumers make the most of remembering and sharing these personal memories.”

Create Great Photos with Powerful, Intuitive Tools in Photoshop Elements 11
Make photos look their best with editing options that offer virtually everything from quick fixes to a number of creative possibilities:

  • A completely refreshed, user-friendly interface featuring the same engine as Adobe Photoshop – the industry standard for digital imaging – includes easily-navigated Quick, Guided and Expert editing modes; one-click options; a helpful Action bar; and big, bold icons to help users get the most from their shots
  • Organise photos based on people, places (via Google maps geo-tagging) or events easily and intuitively
  • New Guided Edits make pro-level effects like tilt-shift, vignettes and high and low-key easy to create
  • New filters – Comic, Graphic Novel and Pen & Ink – inspire creativity by turning photos into stunning illustrations
  • Intelligent Photoshop technology makes it easy to extract objects from different photos
  • Easily share photos via email, Facebook, YouTube™, Vimeo® and more†

Pro-quality Videos Made Easy with Premiere Elements 11
Create attractive, pro-level videos with automated moviemaking options to take the work out of editing:

  • An entirely new and improved user interface including many of the same updates found in Photoshop Elements 11
  • Add polish with a wide range of great-looking effects, transitions, themes, titles, disc menus and professional-level effects and sound
  • Give videos Hollywood movie styles with FilmLooks; easily apply slow and fast motion effects; dial-in colors with slider controls; effortlessly integrate blends for seamless transitions; and make adjustments with Quick Presets
  • Show off finished creations with integrated video sharing on Vimeo†

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Adobe Premiere Elements 11 software for Windows and Mac is available now atwww.adobe.com/uk, and will soon be available at retail outlets such as Amazon.com. The Photoshop Elements 11 & Premiere Elements 11 bundle is available now for a suggested retail price of £95.30 (ex VAT), with upgrade pricing of £78.63 (ex VAT). Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Adobe Premiere Elements 11 are available individually for a suggested retail price of £63.54 (ex VAT), with upgrade pricing of £51.62 (ex VAT). (Prices listed are the Adobe direct store prices in the U.K.; reseller prices may vary. Prices do not include tax or shipping and handling.)

Information about other language versions, as well as pricing, upgrade and support policies is available at Adobe.com/uk. For free training videos, visit Adobe TV.

Education pricing for students, faculty and staff in K-12 and higher education is available from Adobe Authorised Education Resellers and the Adobe Education Store. Visit www.adobe.com/uk/aboutadobe/volumelicensing/education for more information about education volume licensing for higher education and K-12 institutions.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com/uk.

 

 

We are approaching that magical time of the year when colours jump out  from every angle, you really can’t go far wrong. Look out for interesting colour combinations, in this photo there are just three colours Red, Gtreen and Brown. There is a subtle transition from light green to dark green and then brown, which then leads into the vibrant red leaves.

No manipulation has been applied, the photograph was captured with  Nikon D90 with the 18 – 105mm Nikkor kit lens. Why not send us your Autumn shots. pictures should be sent to digitographer@aol.com

THE GALERIE PRESTIGE EVOLUTION CONTINUES

WITH A FINE ART REVOLUTION

 

  • ILFORD expands award-winning range of GALERIE Prestige inkjet photo papers
  • ILFORD develops brand new inkjet media specifically for creating black and white prints
  • Limited edition packaging features the work of world-renowned photographer Sebastiaõ Salgado
  • New 100% cotton rag fine art products, with traditional mould-made base as well as new bright white products introduced to the range
  • ILFORD ICC profiles developed for new Canon printers launched at photokina

 

Cologne, Germany – Photokina Hall 6.1, Stand D.011 – E0.10) – Wednesday 19 September, 2012 – ILFORD, a leading developer and manufacturer of professional quality media for both inkjet printing and colour photographic processes, today unveiled the latest fine art inkjet papers to join its growing top-of-the-line range of award-winning GALERIE Prestige media.

Crafted to meet the needs of fine art professionals, the new line-up features surfaces that can stand up to any exacting artistic vision while ensuring vivid, archival-quality image rendition for portfolios, prints-for-sale, as well as gallery and museum-quality prints. All of the latest offerings will be on display throughout Photokina 2012 in the ILFORD stand located at Hall 6.1, Stand D.011/E0.10, and more detail on each are available on the ILFORD website at http://www.ilford.com.

GALERIE Prestige Gold Mono Silk

 GALERIE Prestige Gold Mono Silk is a true black and white media for inkjet printers, allowing photographers specialising in monochrome photography to achieve inkjet prints reminiscent of those they developed in the traditional darkroom era. The paper has an acid-free and lignin-free fibre base which simulates the structure of a traditional silver halide black and white photographic paper. Backed by over 130 years of imaging excellence and know how in both digital and analogue printing, ILFORD has blended the two mediums to offer this step forward in digital imaging technology.

In developing GALERIE Prestige Gold Mono Silk, ILFORD has taken into account all of the elements that make the perfect monochrome image. The product offers seamless contrast and transition between shadow and highlight areas thanks to the unique ILFORD nanoporous coating layer technology. Coupled with exceptional Dmax and Dmin values, the paper is capable of delivering deep, rich blacks and bright whites. Built on a 270gsm media, Gold Mono Silk is the latest product to carry the GALERIE Gold designation which positions it at the apex of ILFORD’s top-of-the-line GALERIE Prestige range (5 stars).

Available in various sheet and roll dimensions, and fully-compatible with both pigment and dye-based printers, the Gold Mono Silk will be initially offered in limited-edition A3 packaging that will feature the work of world-renowned photographer Sebastiaõ Salgado. The new product can be ordered immediately and will be available on shelves in November 2012.

GALERIE Prestige Gold Cotton Smooth 330gsm & Gold Cotton Textured 330gsm

 The new 100% rag GALERIE Prestige Gold Cotton Smooth and Gold Cotton Textured products lead the way within the GALERIE range in meeting the needs of professional fine art printers. Featuring a traditional mould-made base from a traditional fine art paper mill, print-makers can rely on the new products for portfolios, prints-for-sale, as well as gallery and museum-quality prints.

With no optical brighteners and the longevity, image stability and a matt surface required for the very best in fine art printing, Gold Cotton Smooth is offered as the perfect choice for crisp detail, while Gold Cotton Textured features a contoured surface for more creative expression. Gold Cotton Smooth and Gold Cotton Textured are available in sheets and rolls and achieve best results with pigment based printers.

 GALERIE Prestige double-sided Fine Art Smooth 220gsm & Fine Art

Textured 220gsm

GALERIE Prestige Fine Art Smooth and Fine Art Textured paper compliment their Prestige Gold Cotton counterparts by offering a bright white base alternative capable of delivering excellent contrast and sharpness along with enhanced colours.

Created from an alpha-cellulose base with the latest advances in matt coating layer technology, these products offer double-sided print quality and a choice of either a smooth or textured surface. These new products allow professional and enthusiast fine art photographers and printers to achieve the artistic interpretation of an image by drawing out sharp crisp details or adding a textured look and feel to the final print.

Fine Art Smooth and Fine Art Textured are available in sheets and rolls and are compatible with both pigment and dye based printers. All four new GALERIE Fine Art products will be available on shelves in January 2012.

 

Rankin exhibition by Leica Camera AG is printed with ILFORD GALERIE

Prestige media

Leica Camera AG appears at this year’s photokina in Hall 1 with a unique exhibition concept, presenting a series of works by internationally acclaimed photographers. These include award-winning British photographer Rankin, who is famed around the world for his compelling portraits. Rankin presents 15 images measuring approximately 40 x 60 inches, all printed on the TIPA Award winning, ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss 310gsm media.

 ILFORD ICC profiles available for brand new Canon introductions

ILFORD is pleased to have worked with Canon to develop ICC profiles for with use six of the company’s brand new printers being introduced during photokina. The ICC profiles will be available for free at www.ilford.com and will maximise results when using the new and existing GALERIE papers on the latest Canon printers. During photokina the new Canon introductions, which total two new desktop printers and five large format printers, will be demonstrated in the Canon space in Hall 3.2 using ILFORD media. Meanwhile, the ILFORD stand D.011 – E.010 in Hall 6.1 will feature one of the new Canon Large Format models, the iPF6450, plus a Canon PIXMA Pro-1 and the brand new Pro-100, showcasing the impressive results produced by the printers when using GALERIE media.

ILFORD ICC profiles are available for printing equipment from a range of manufacturers and are free to download at the ILFORD website. A ReadMe file is available in the profile download section offering intuitive, step-by-step instructions. The carefully defined printer settings, created by technicians on the ILFORD Research and Development team, ensure optimal print results for the entire range.

“With a host of new products on offer and the development of ICC profiles for the latest printers, ILFORD is continuing to react closely to the evolving demands of the photographer.” Said Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing for ILFORD Imaging. “Our brand new products give a clear signal to photographers that inkjet printing can be relied upon by discerning image makers who demand only the very best prints. With excellent feedback produced following initial customer acceptance tests of the new papers, we can’t wait to introduce them to photographers all over the world.”

About ILFORD

Founded in 1879, ILFORD is a leading player in the development and manufacture of photo quality media and other consumables for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes. The worldwide digital imaging and color photographic businesses, which include R&D and manufacturing operations in Switzerland, are owned by Paradigm Global Partners LLP.  ILFORD hosts its U.S. sales operations from its offices in Avon, CT.

The ILFORD name is well established in the history of imaging and today continues to be associated with cutting edge technology thanks to its strong links to the photo imaging marketplace, research and development, technical know-how and manufacturing capabilities. For more information on ILFORD, please visit http://www.ilford.com/

The Panasonic GH3 is possibly the most exciting new camera to be launched this year. The GH3 camera offers professional video capture at 1080 50p as well as high quality 16.05 megapixel stills.  Movie capture can be selected at MP4, MOV or AVCHD. We will bring you a full review of this exciting camera as soon as we can get our hands on one. Just to whet your appetite, we have embedded a short video created for Panasonic, all footage was shot with the GH3.

press release

The Panasonic LUMIX GH3: Changing professional photography and videography, wherever you are

Building on the prestige of the LUMIX GH2, new LUMIX G addition takes professional videography to the next level in a portable interchangeable lens camera

17th September, 2012 – Panasonic today launches the LUMIX GH3, its most powerful and versatile Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) interchangeable lens camera yet, featuring incredible video and picture quality in a ruggedly elegant and compact design. Offering expert control for videographers and photographers alike, the state-of-the-art LUMIX GH3 delivers crisp images and videos with a 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor combined with the incredible processing power of Venus Engine in a portable 550 grams compact body (incl. battery and SD card). With an exceptionally fast and accurate auto-focus, engineered for precision control and professional results in any situation, you’ll always capture the action with absolute detail.

Clarity and control for beautiful video quality

The new LUMIX GH3, the latest addition to Panasonic’s LUMIX G ecosystem, pushes the boundaries of video quality from an interchangeable lens camera. The LUMIX GH3’s sensor advances mean that you can take complete control of stunningly clear 1080 50p Full HD AVCHD video with a video bitrate of 28 Mbps or you can shoot MOV1 videos with 72Mbps in ALL-I.

Even in low light conditions, you can pick out all the detail to give you breath-taking cinematic quality thanks to an ISO range between ISO 200 to ISO 12800 as standard, or even between ISO 125 to ISO 25600 with an extension function.

Whether you’re filming an interview or an action sequence, multiple high-quality video file outputs – including MP4, MOV and AVCHD – mean you’ll always have the right tools for the task at hand to quickly and conveniently transfer and edit your work. In addition, the all indexed video option without compression means you’ll never need to compromise.

Full-time AF, AF Tracking and Face Recognition AF are all available in video mode, allowing you to ensure the focus stays on a subject or face, even if they move around.

Professional quality on the move

Ready for adventure, from filming a remote village to shooting insects under the darkness of the jungle canopy, the lightweight and compact LUMIX GH3 is weather sealed and ready to take on the challenges with you – the classically designed and easy-to-grip chassis is both splashproof and dustproof. You’ll always capture beautiful and authentic colours driven by the 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor and enhanced 3DNR (3D Noise Reduction) and MNR (Multi-process Noise Reduction).

The LUMIX GH3 features ultra-high-speed and precise Light Speed AF, making it possible to capture even the most fast-moving subject with utmost clarity and accuracy. Burst shooting – at 6 fps in full resolution and 20 fps in 4-megapixel recording – means professionals can get the perfect shot, even when they’re on the move.

The powerful and versatile LUMIX GH3 is also compatible with all the accessories you would expect. It features a sync socket for studio lighting rigs as well as a range of pro-friendly accessories including noise-reduction directional microphone for exceptionally focused sound which can easily be plugged into the 3.5mm microphone jack. For longevity and even more flexibility, the new LUMIX GH3 battery grip means you can shoot for longer and benefit from the additional weight to get you more stability when you need it. For more creative control, the LUMIX GH3 vertical grip means you can make precise changes and take the perfect shot.

See the world in a different way

Take shots no-one else can get – the lightweight design means you can comfortably carry the LUMIX GH3 anywhere and still take stunning pictures and videos. Choose how you frame shots – compose the scene with poise and precision using the high resolution 614k pixel 3.0-inch free-angle OLED screen, or use the 1,744K OLED viewfinder for a traditional shooting experience. The LUMIX GH3’s silent shutter means you’ll never be distracted or disturb the scene, and always capture the action just as it was.

Freedom to shoot and share

Connecting you to the world, the intelligent built-in Wi-Fi integration gives you shooting freedom and unleashes a new versatility in professional photography and videography. You can collaborate with colleagues instantly as they review shots from moments ago being streamed to your office PCs with remote browsing via your smartphone or tablet. Meanwhile the LUMIX Link smartphone / tablet app for Android and iOS gives you remote control of the camera’s functions including the shutter, enabling you to take photos even when you’re not touching the camera.

Now you don’t have to worry about carrying data transfer cables with you everywhere, as you effortlessly and quickly back-up and share photos to the cloud with LUMIX CLUB Cloud Sync Service. Saving you time and effort after a long day shooting, the LUMIX GH3 can detect trusted Wi-Fi connections, such as your home network, and sync your photos and videos directly to the cloud.

Be part of the LUMIX G microsystem

Ichiro Kitao, Director Imaging Network Business Unit and head of Panasonic’s global Digital Still Camera business, says: “The LUMIX G ecosystem has constantly pushed the boundaries of innovation and the LUMIX GH3 marks another significant step forward for the industry. The range and depth of features combined with an intuitive user experience make the LUMIX GH3 a powerful and versatile tool for professionals and serious amateurs alike. Those looking for a premium interchangeable lens camera will enjoy using the LUMIX GH3. The video capture is exceptional, and pictures quality is sublime – we’re incredibly proud of the innovation in the LUMIX GH3.”

As part of the LUMIX G system, the LUMIX GH3 will provide you with access to the world’s largest range of Micro Four Thirds lenses (17) and accessories, making sure you have the right set-up to capture every moment. These include Panasonic’s new high-quality weather sealed LUMIX G X series 12-35mm and 35-100mm lenses, offering pinpoint sharpness and F2.8 brightness throughout the zoom ranges, with a premium and rugged design. Available in the UK from November.

LUMIX GH3: Key Features

  • Outstanding quality from a DSLM: With a new 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor; the Venus Engine image processor; and high sensitivity image recording even at ISO 12800 or ISO 25600 in extended mode, the LUMIX GH3 delivers incredible video and photo quality, even in low-light situations
  • Adaptable and always ready: Weighing just 550 grams (incl. battery and SD card), the lightweight design means the LUMIX GH3 is highly portable, and the enhanced auto-focus captures action as it unfolds
  • Versatile and flexible: The LUMIX GH3 offers 1080 50p Full HD recording in a range of video file formats, with all footage indexed to give you complete control over editing without compromising on quality
  • Powerful and easy to use: The LUMIX GH3 features a redesigned and intuitive user interface, making it easier than ever to push your own creativity to new levels and shoot sublime pictures and video. It also provides easy sharing and transferring of content thanks to its built in WIFI functionality
  • Stylish yet robust: The sophisticated design of the LUMIX GH3 complements the advanced technology, and is weather sealed so it is always ready for adventure. The LUMIX GH3 offers beautiful craftsmanship without compromising on utility, with a bright and vivid 3.0 inch OLED screen and sockets for professional grade equipment

 

 

Panasonic Joins Sir Fiennes On ‘The Coldest Journey’:

Winter Antarctic Eco Survey Works With Panasonic to Secure Best Technology to Support Challenge

 

Panasonic Technology to Support Pioneering Antarctic Winter Expedition

Robust Cameras and Rugged Mobile PCs Will Facilitate

Scientific Research and Communications

17th September 2012: Panasonic has announced it is the official technology partner for the pioneering expedition toAntarctica called ‘The Coldest Journey’. Lead by legendary explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the expedition will mark the first time in history a complete crossing of the Antarctic continent has been attempted during the winter months. Setting off fromLondon on 5th December 2012, the exploration team will land on the Antarctic ice mass in January 2013. They will then cross the continent by land, arriving at the other side before the spring equinox in September 2013.

 

The six-person expedition team will rely on Panasonic P2 Broadcast Camera Recorders to capture their experiences and share them with colleagues and audiences back home.  The AG-HPX250 camera recorder uses P2 solid state robust media, which performs reliably in extreme conditions.

 

The team will also be using Panasonic still cameras and Toughbook rugged computers to collect and analyse scientific evidence during the crossing.  The equipment will have to perform in some of the most testing conditions on Earth, including 24-hour darkness, snow, ice and temperatures that plunge to below -70 degrees Celsius.  With no physical human contact for the duration of the Antarctic crossing, the team will rely on the durability and continued performance of Panasonic’s technology.

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2H DSLR and DMC-FT4 consumer digital cameras and camcorders will be used to take photos and capture footage in challenging circumstances, such as when the team is traversing ice cliffs. On steadier ground, crew members will use Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2 HD professional broadcast camera equipment to capture previously unseen footage of Antarctic conditions in winter, which will be transmitted live via satellite link to the BBC and other global news organisations. As part of its support for the mission, Panasonic has provided guidance to the team on how to capture the best footage. The team will also maintain a daily video blog for schools, enabling pupils to follow the progress of their journey.

Robust Panasonic Toughbook computers will play an essential role in supporting the expedition team’s research on the ground. In addition to facilitating communications links with the support operation, the Toughbook PCs will enable detailed analysis of scientific readings. A key aim of the expedition is to collect data on ice conditions inAntarcticaduring winter, providing an accurate insight into the year-round effects of global warming for the first time.

Panasonic P2 broadcast cameras have a proven track record of performing in difficult conditions, and have gained a large following among professional natural history filmmakers and news agencies. Panasonic’s equipment has previously been used for in world acclaimed documentaries such as the BBC’s “Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet & Frozen Planet’, prior to which the technology was stowed in deep freeze to prove its ability to operate in hostile conditions.  During cold chamber testing earlier this year, the Antarctic expedition team successfully operated Panasonic’s P2 equipment in temperatures below -60 degrees Celsius.

 

In sponsoring the expedition, Panasonic is continuing its commitment to using technology to support a more sustainable future. As a business, Panasonic aims to become the world’s number one eco innovations company in the consumer electronics sector by 2018.

New GALERIE profiles for the latest CANON printers

ILFORD develops ICC profiles to maximise printing results with the new Canon PIXMA PRO-100, PIXMA PRO-10 and the new Canon large format printers, the iPF6400, iPF6450, iPF8400 and the iPF9400.

Marly, Switzerland, 17 September, 2012 – ILFORD, a leading developer and manufacturer of professional quality media for both inkjet printing and colour photographic processes, today announced that it has developed ICC profiles to maximise printing results when using the innovative ILFORD GALERIE range of inkjet papers with the latest Canon printers. The new profiles, available for free at www.ilford.com, ensure breathtaking colours and consistent results when printing on GALERIE with the new Canon products announced today.

The two new premium A3+ PIXMA PRO-100 and PIXMA PRO-10 photo printers from Canon are ideal for semi-professional and serious amateur photographers looking to produce professional-quality photos at home or in the studio. The new models both feature Canon’s stylish EOS-inspired design, individual inks, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The PIXMA PRO-100 replaces the PIXMA Pro9000 MkII and features an 8-ink dye-based system for creating stunning colour and monochrome photographs at home. Outstanding quality prints can be produced quickly, with fast print speeds of approx. 90 seconds for an A3+ bordered colour photo, across a wide range of media.

The PIXMA PRO-10 replaces the PIXMA Pro9500 MkII and features a 10-ink pigment-based system with Chroma Optimizer, making the PRO-10 ideal for semi-professional and serious amateur photographers looking to work with a wide range of media. The PRO-10 boasts print speeds of approx. 3 minutes 35 seconds for A3+ bordered, colour or black and white photo prints.

The latest additions to the Canon Large Format printer range are the iPF6400, the iPF6450 (also available with optional spectrophotometer), the iPF8400, the iPF9400 and the iPF9400S.

All the new models use LUCIA EX inks, making Canon the only company to use a singular ink set across an entire large format range, and ‘hot swap’ technology. The ink set provides a wider colour gamut, more expressive blacks, better scratch resistance and a more stable colour for optimum image quality to ensure absolute consistency between devices. The ‘hot swap’ technology gives the ability to replace ink whilst printing, providing uninterrupted production and reduced down time.

The 12-colour, 24” imagePROGRAF iPF6400 and iPF6450 are replacing the iPF6300 and iPF6350 models. The new optional spectrophotometer with the imagePROGRAF iPF6450 enables precise, highly stable and consistent colour that has a switchable UV filter to give users much greater flexibility with their range of media.

Calibration Link allows the spectrophotometer to provide a unified solution to all the 12-colour large format printers launched by Canon in 2012. Needing only to be installed on the iPF6450 at one location, users can centrally control the colour management of multiple imagePROGRAF units installed in other sites, optimising output and ensuring uniformity of colour.

The imagePROGRAF range is further enhanced by the 44” imagePROGRAF iPF8400, a 12-colour printer, which replaces the iPF8300 that comes with an increased internal HDD of 250GB and a faster throughput. Also launching are the 60” imagePROGRAF iPF9400 and the iPF9400S models, 12-colour and 8-colour respectively. Overall image quality is improved by using LUCIA-EX inks which provide approximately 20% wider colour gamut and the fast printing speed will appeal to the photographic, fine arts and in-house signage markets.

At www.ilford.com, ICC profiles for printing with the new Canon products will be available free for download to coincide with the worldwide availability of the printers*. This includes profiles forfive brand new fine art GALERIE papers to be introduced during photokina 2012, which will be the latest additions to the growing top-of-the-line, award-winning GALERIE Prestige range. The new GALERIE product introductions will be announced on Wednesday 19 September, with full product information to be published at www.ilford.com. ICC profiles for using existing Canon printers with a wide range of GALERIE papers are currently available from the ILFORD website.

Visitors to photokina 2012 will have the opportunity to see all four brand new Canon introductions being demonstrated in the Canon space in Hall 3.2 using ILFORD media. Meanwhile, the ILFORD stand D.011 – E.010 in Hall 6.1 will feature one of the brand new Canon Large Format models, the iPF6450, plus a brand new CANON PIXMA Pro-100 and a Canon PIXMA Pro-1, showcasing the impressive results produced by the printers when using new and existing GALERIE media.

“ILFORD is committed to continually developing our ICC profiles so that photographers using GALERIE papers can achieve outstanding prints with the most innovative printers on the market.” Says Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing at ILFORD. “By developing ICC profiles for use of the brand new ILFORD GALERIE papers with the latest Canon printers, ILFORD is pleased to demonstrate that we develop all our new products with the photographer in mind.”

ILFORD ICC Profiles are developed by technicians on the ILFORD Research and Development team who specialise in the creation of profiles that accurately reflect a true photographic image. A detailed ReadMe file is available in the profile download section of the ILFORD website, offering easy to use step-by-step instructions. The carefully defined printer settings override standard settings for optimal print results with the entire GALERIE range.

About ILFORD GALERIE:

GALERIE Professional Inkjet range is designed specifically to meet the demanding needs of today’s professional inkjet marketplace. ILFORD is dedicated to developing products that deliver superior images and with GALERIE combines state-of-the-art inkjet technology with more than a century of experience in the craft of image making. To provide the right tools for a variety of applications, ILFORD GALERIE is available in Prestige and Premium.

About Canon Europe:

Canon Europe is the regional sales and marketing operation for Canon Inc., represented in 116 countries and employing over 11,000 people across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Founded in 1937 with the specific goal of making the best quality camera available to customers, Canon’s tireless passion for the Power of Image has since extended its technology into many other markets and has established it as a world leader in both consumer and business imaging solutions.  Its solutions comprise products, ranging from digital compact and SLR cameras, through broadcast lenses and portable X-ray machines, to multi-function and production printers, all supported by a range of value added services.

Canon invests heavily in R&D to deliver the richest and most innovative products and services to satisfy customers’ creative needs. From amateur photographers to professional print companies, Canon enables each customer to realise their own passion for image.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei – ‘living and working together for the common good’. In EMEA, Canon Europe pursues sustainable business growth, focusing on reducing its own environmental impact and supporting customers to reduce theirs using Canon’s products, solutions and services. Canon has achieved global certification to ISO 14001, demonstrating a world-class environmental management standard.

Further information about Canon Europe is available at: www.canon-europe.com

About ILFORD:

Founded in 1879, ILFORD is a leading player in the development and manufacture of photo quality media and other consumables for both inkjet printing and colour photographic processes. The worldwide digital imaging and colour photographic businesses, which include the R&D and manufacturing operations in Switzerland, are owned by Paradigm Global Partners LLP.

The ILFORD name is well established in the history of imaging and today it continues to be associated with cutting edge technology thanks to its strong links to the photo imaging marketplace, research and development, technical know-how and manufacturing capabilities.

For more information on ILFORD, please visit www.ilford.com.

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See the press release on new Canon PIXMA pro 10 & Pro 100 printers

 

Canon PIXMA PRO-10 and PRO-100 Printers

Canon USA has just announced two new A3 printers to the PIXMA range, these printers are an update to their Pro 9000 and Pro 9500 printers and are, design wise, in keeping with the PIXMA Pro 1. We will bring you a full review of these new models as soon as they become available. Ilford have also just announced support for these printers with custom ICC profiles 

Press Release

NEW CANON PIXMA PRO-SERIES PRINTERS PRODUCE SUPERB BLACK-AND-WHITE AND COLOR IMAGES

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 17, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc, a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the newest additions to the PIXMA PRO-series of 13-inch inkjet printers, the PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100. Built with the same quality of output and design as the flagship PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer, these two models produce excellent black-and-white and color prints to help ensure what was captured through a camera lens is reproduced exactly as it was envisioned on paper. Canon has also worked to improve the printing workflow for end-users with the new Print Studio Pro plug-in software, wireless connectivity and faster printing speeds.

“The additions of the PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100 printers to the PIXMA PRO-series lineup provide photographers with a number of options to satisfy their printing needs,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Canon is the only company that provides a complete imaging system from input to output for professionals, and these new printers along with the new EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera further illustrate our commitment to creating new technologies to help users get the most out of their images.”

PRO Mode

Canon has created and included a PRO Mode for each of the new printers which maps color gamut for optimum balance of brightness and saturation. This color mode also helps adjust colors by taking into consideration the characteristics of human perception. The technology helps to create prints that accurately reflect the image as seen on a monitor without needing a high level understanding of color management. In early 2013, this feature is expected to be available as a firmware upgrade for users of the PIXMA PRO-1 printer.

Quality of Results

The two new models complete the professional class of printers offered by Canon and deliver photographic prints of professional quality with predictable color, smooth tonal transitions and precise detail. The Canon PIXMA PRO-10 printer utilizes a 10-ink tank system with LUCIA pigment-based inks to produce a wide color gamut and exceptional print longevity on fine art and glossy paper. The printer employs three monochrome inks, including Matte Black, to generate deep, dark blacks when using fine art paper. A key component of the PIXMA PRO-10 is the addition of Chroma Optimizer to the ink system to further improve the quality of the print. In addition to increasing the color gamut, this feature helps to enhance the black density when printing on glossy media types. After the ink is laid down, the printer applies the Chroma Optimizer to help eliminate gloss differential that at times can reflect light irregularly, resulting in a more uniform and aesthetically pleasing print on glossy-or semi-gloss type surfaces.

The eight-color, Canon PIXMA PRO-100 printer utilizes the ChromaLife 100+ dye-based ink system1 to produce vibrant, saturated colors on fine art and glossy papers. Three monochrome inks are included to help enhance black density and produce accurate prints with smooth tonal gradations.

To help achieve accurate prints, each printer utilizes the Optimum Image Generating System which calculates the best results for each print mode and paper type. This system helps improve color reproduction, tonal gradations and black density while reducing graininess and metamerism. Professionals will notice the benefits of this system when the image is printed and exhibited exactly as it was envisioned.

Quality of Experience

To help deliver a streamlined print workflow to aspiring and professional photographers, Canon is introducing the Print Studio Pro plug-in software specifically for use with the new PIXMA PRO-series printers. As part of the design process for this software, Canon interviewed a wide range of photographers at various professional levels to help determine what users want out of a printing application. The Print Studio Pro software is designed to provide a simple and seamless photo printing solution from a number of applications such as the Canon Digital Photo Professional and Adobe’s Photoshop, Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop Elements. The Print Studio Pro user-interface has been designed to maximize ease-of-use with a number of options to adjust the page formats and layouts, accommodate for different user preferences and manage a number of variables including color management and printer settings.

Because of the partnership Canon has established with major paper manufacturers, a significant number of ICC profiles are expected to be available at the time these new printers start shipping. Earlier this year, Canon expanded its media lineup for the PIXMA PRO-series to better meet the needs of professionals with Photo Paper Pro Luster, which delivers vivid colors, sharp details, and generates stunning black-and-white output with rich blacks and smooth tonality. The paper is designed to provide a consistent look and color when viewed under various light sources and can help increase productivity through fast drying times and easy handling.

To further amplify the overall efficiency of both new models, Canon has added wireless connectivity, a first for the PIXMA PRO-series of Canon printers. Ethernet capabilities have also been included allowing multiple users to print high-quality images from one machine. Whether working on a project in a professional studio or as a student, users will find these connectivity options useful for completing projects in a timely manner without sacrificing image quality.

Both printers deliver impressive print speeds over and above previous generations of PIXMA PRO models through optimized carriage speed, the addition of the three monochrome ink tanks and maximum nozzle counts. As a result, the PIXMA PRO-100 printer can produce a 13” x 19” high-quality color, bordered image in 90 seconds2 and create a high-quality, bordered black-and-white print 5.4-times faster than previous models, or just under three minutes2. In five minutes and 20 seconds2, the PIXMA PRO-10 printer can produce a 13” x 19” high-quality color, bordered image in color or a black-and-white. This increase in speed will help users improve productivity and better budget the time it takes to complete a project.

The estimated selling price of the PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printers are $699 and $4993.

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 See also the ILFORD press release