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Canon Receives 2 ‘DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out’ Awards at PMA 2009

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

LAS VEGAS – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, on Tuesday received two DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out awards for fine art photographic printing at the 2009 PMA International Convention and Trade Show. Canon is proud to announce that the Company received DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out awards for both the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9100 60-inch large format printer for “Inkjet 50 inches Wide or More” category and the PIXMA MP980 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printer for “Black and White, Best B&W with grayscale inks” category. The Digital Printer Shoot-Out award winning prints are on display at PMA 2009, March 3-5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Decided by a panel of judges, the award-winning prints won based on the “overall quality of the digital print.”

“Inkjet 50 Inches Wide or More” Award – imagePROGRAF iPF9100
The winning image for the “Inkjet 50 inches Wide or More” category was printed with the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9100 large format printer on Canon-branded Heavyweight Satin, 300 gsm fine art media. The printer utilizes the Company’s twelve-color ink system featuring Canon’s proprietary LUCIA pigment inks including four enhanced monochrome inks. Canon’s LUCIA inks enable the imagePROGRAF printers to achieve smooth natural image expression for remarkable results.

Canon’s 12-color large format printers provide one of the industry’s largest color gamuts with an ink set featuring LUCIA pigmented inks with Red, Blue, Green, Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow, Black, Matte Black, Gray and Photo Gray. The brand’s proprietary L-COA controller processes high-resolution files with unprecedented speed and award-winning quality. The L-COA controller’s new intelligent screen dot pattern and precise ink drop control eliminate visible dot graininess to an even higher level than their predecessors.

“Our imagePROGRAF large format printers have been steadily making a name for themselves and industry recognition such as this helps further the Canon brand in this market. We are proud to accept this award on behalf of the Canon large format team,” said Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A.

“Black and White, Best B&W with Grayscale Inks” Award – PIXMA MP980
The winning entry for the “Black and White, Best B&W with grayscale inks” category was printed on the Canon PIXMA MP980 Photo AIO printer on Canon Photo Paper Pro Platinum. The combination of Canon’s print technology, paper and ink resulted in the award-winning print. The PIXMA MP980 is the first AIO printer to include a separate gray and photo black ink, for truly neutral black-and-white photo printing, a key demand for an SLR camera user.

“The combination of the Canon Chromalife 100+ system and genuine Canon photo paper and ink utilized by the PIXMA MP980 AIO printer produces stunning print quality in both black and white as well as color photography. We are very pleased to receive such accolades for photographic print quality at the largest photography trade show of the year,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

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March 3, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Nikon Showcases Latest Offerings at PMA 2009

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

LAS VEGAS – Attendees of the 2009 PMA International Convention and Trade Show can see Nikon’s entire line of award-winning digital imaging solutions, software products and accessories, including eight new high performing, stylish, easy-to-use COOLPIX digital cameras. Visitors to the Nikon Booth # H240 can also experience the groundbreaking Nikon D3X and the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35MM f/1.8G lens, as well as enter to win one of three Nikon COOLPIX S60 cameras, signed by Ashton Kutcher, the star of Nikon’s integrated campaign.

At PMA, Nikon celebrates the 50th anniversary of its legendary F-mount lens-mounting system, employed on the company’s lens-interchangeable SLR cameras and NIKKOR lenses. Only Nikon has sustained an original lens mount for such an extraordinary period, ensuring that photography enthusiasts and professionals can continue to leverage their previous investments, while still taking advantage of new innovations. At PMA, Nikon will display the full range of world-class NIKKOR lenses.

The lenses represent a part of Nikon’s complete high-performance Digital Imaging System featured at PMA, including the complete line of digital SLR cameras, the full COOLPIX line of cameras and accessories, high-quality COOLSCAN scanners, I-TTL capable Speedlight systems and other accessories. When combined with the latest Nikon software, the complete product line demonstrates the strength of the total digital imaging solution Nikon can offer photographers and imaging professionals.

Also, Nikon will showcase gallery-quality fine art reproductions created using the end-to-end workflow solution developed in close collaboration with HP. This solution, developed specifically for fine art reproduction, is optimized for the new Nikon D3X camera and the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer, in addition to the Nikon D3 camera.

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March 3, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Places to Go on the Web – Great Photo Sites Issue 3

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I love photography. Not only do I love to take photographs, I love to talk, teach, and explore photography. I also like to look at great photographs to get ideas on how I can be a better photographer.
If you have any interest in digital photography, then a visit to some of these sites is worth your time. Looking at great photos will help make your own photos better because you can get ideas, tips and see what and how others are photographing their subjects. As your cruise Cyberspace, spend a few minutes looking at these Websites:

Laura Shoe: After spending nearly 20 years in the corporate world, Laura Shoe followed her passion – photography. Her abstract and fine art images are breathtaking.

Athena Lonsdale: Athena Lonsdale is a pro snowboarder-turned-photographer whose personal work is a great eclectic mix of beautiful images. In addition to her personal photographic pursuits, she works at Sandbox Studios in Missoula, Montana.

Moe Witschard: Moe Witschard’s adventure and outdoor lifestyle images will inspire anyone to take up outdoor photography. His list of clients include Canoe and Kayak, Rock and Ice, and Fly Fisherman magazines.

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March 3, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Sigma Introduces 14 Megapixel SD15 Digital SLR Camera.

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

The newly announced Sigma SD15. (Photo Credit: Sigma)

The newly announced Sigma SD15. (Photo Credit: Sigma)

The newest edition to the SD series of SLR cameras is powered by the 14 megapixel Foveon X3 direct-image sensor making it possible to capture all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location and is arranged in three layers. The developing SD15 incorporates the “True II” new image processing engine. It provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images, rich in gradation and impressive three-dimensional detail. Incorporation of the large 3.0 inch LCD monitor and improved processing speed provide ease of operation.

Since October 2002, Sigma has introduced three digital SLR cameras, the SD9, SD10 and SD14. In March, 2008, Sigma also introduced a high end compact digital camera, the DP1 which uses the same large image sensor as is featured in Sigma’s digital SLR cameras. They have established a strong following from a wide range of photographers, both amateur and professional. Photographers expressed a desire to incorporate the image processing engine “TRUE”, which is used in the DP1, into a digital SLR camera. In order to meet this demand, the SD15, with the high resolution direct image sensor, has been designed around the new “TRUE II” image processing engine. This combination delivers superior image quality as well as improved processing speed, operation and performance.

Written by jeremyparce

March 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm