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Coming Soon to a DSLR Near You, Part II
by Sally Wiener Grotta

November 28, 2009

Tags: Sally's entries, Nikon, HD Video, Contest, DSLR

In Daniel’s blog entry “Coming Soon to a DSLR Near You," he predicted that serious filmmakers will be using the HD video capabilities of professional DSLRs to make feature films. Just days after posting that on here on our Lab Notes Blog, Nikon announced a DSLR video contest. Now, Nikon isn’t talking about feature films. In fact, the entries need to be 140 seconds or less. However, we do believe it is a sign of things to come.

You can find the contest details at Nikon Film Festival .

Our Review of SureThing Labeler is Online at PC World

November 27, 2009

Tags: Software reviews, PC World, SureThing, label software

“Do you burn CDs or DVDs of your photos, your presentation, or your playlists? If so, and if you want your disc, its case and insert to have a slick, professional look, take a look at SureThing CD Labeler Deluxe. SureThing CD Labeler is an intuitive....” Read the full review.

Our Review of the Xerox Phaser 6140 Laser Printer is Online at Computer Shopper

November 26, 2009

Tags: Hardware reviews, Printer reviews, Xerox, Xerox Phaser 6140, Laser printers, Computer Shopper

“If all you want and need for your home office or small business is a steady, reliable color printer capable of cranking out superior-quality text and graphics, Xerox's Phaser 6140 may fill the bill very nicely. We like this printer and its modest sticker price for a color laser, but its operating costs—especially for color graphics—are a bit higher than the competition's.....” Read the full review.

Our Sneak Peak Review of Office 2010 Beta is Online at Computer Shopper

November 18, 2009

Tags: Microsoft Office 2010, Software reviews, Computer Shopper

“Microsoft’s newest version of its cornerstone suite of applications, Office 2010, will be released sometime during the first half of next year. In the meantime, we’ve had a chance to test-drive and spend some time in an early beta version....” Read the full review. ,

Our Review of Ashampoo Photo Optimizer Online at

November 16, 2009

Tags: Software reviews, Photo editing, PC World

“Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 3 is a simple, inexpensive photo editing program that does a decent, but not stellar, job correcting and enhancing pictures. Although its results will satisfy some home users, its tools are...” Read the full review.

Coming Soon to a DSLR Near You
by Daniel Grotta

November 8, 2009

Tags: Daniel's entries, DSLR, HDTV, HD Video, Trends, Movie making

Digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras have completely changed the way serious amateur and professional photographers produce their pictures. Instead of film, we capture our images electronically, process and perfect them on a computer, and then either output on a photo printer or post to a Website. That this would happen was no surprise to industry analysts and technology journalists, who had been predicting the death of film and the triumph of DSLR photography ever since the first primitive digital cameras hit the market several decades ago.

What no one really expected was that the DSLR would also revolutionize movie making. (more…)

Our Kodak ESP 5250 Printer Review Now Online at Computer Shopper

November 4, 2009

Tags: Printer reviews, Computer Shopper, Kodak ESP 5250

“We've been reviewing printers for a long time, so we happen to have a file-cabinet drawer overflowing with literally scores of different inkjet and toner cartridges. That's because we always like to have a spare cartridge or two handy, just in case our testing depletes whatever ink or toner came with the printer we're currently reviewing. Unfortunately, it's a fact of life that most printer manufacturers produce a bewildering array of cartridges, few of which are interchangeable among their different models. Last year's cartridges rarely work with this year's models.

“Kodak is the only major manufacturer that...” Read the full Kodak ESP 5250 review.

Report from PhotoPlus East, Part 2
by Sally Wiener Grotta

November 2, 2009

Tags: Sally's entries, Photo Plus East, Trade show report, Nik Software, OnOne Software, Epson papers, Gallery wrap, Hahnemuhle, Camera Bits, Color management, xrite, ColorChecker Passport, Unified Color, HDR, Athentech Imaging, American Hands project

As Daniel said in his post, the PhotoPlus East (PPE) annual trade show in New York City is filled with all kinds of photographer-pleasing toys and tools. Here are some that I found particularly interesting: (more…)

Report from PhotoPlus East, Part I
by Daniel Grotta

November 1, 2009

Tags: Daniel's entries, Photo Plus East, Trade show report, Olympus, Leica, Phase One, Lighting

PhotoPlus East (PPE) is the big four-day camera show held every October that's aimed primarily at professional photographers, and not the retail photo industry. So, unlike trade shows such as CES (in Las Vegas in January) or Photo Marketing Association (in Anaheim in February), no under-wraps pre-production models were on display behind closed doors for technology journalists and industry analysts. (Those behind-behind-the-scenes confidential meetings are one of the reasons why we tend to have advance notice about cameras and other equipment and software before they’re announced to the public.) What PhotoPlus does provide is an overview of current state-of-the-art photo equipment, a place to meet and talk with our colleagues and contacts, and a glimpse of industry trends - all under one roof at the Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan.

Here are a handful of cameras and a lighting trend that caught our interest at PPE: (more…)