Photokina: New Leica S Medium Format Hybrid Camera Announced

Word is out of a new Leica S series camera, in that interesting category with a DSLR-style body but a medium format sensor, and lenses that can support that sensor size. More info should be available later in the week, for those with an interest in this rather unique type of hybrid camera.


Photokina: Google Acquires NIK Software

This is not actually a Photokina announcement, but I expect it to be the talk of Photokina none the less: Google has acquired NIK software, author of many excellent image editing applications, including last year’s iPad of the year award winner Snapseed.

One could ponder what a company that does not offer professional photographic applications might want with NIK, but I suspect that Snapseed is the answer. Perhaps this acquisition can best seen as a countermove to Instagram‘s recent acquisition by Facebook.

Those of us devoted to NIK’s professional imaging apps may feel a bit of concern that Goggle’s laser-targetted plans may not include continued development of specialty tools for our specialty market.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: Return to Blog’s Main Page

Photokina, A Few First Impressions…

Here is my view of Cologne and Photokina. Starting, literally, with my view: from my hotel room window. Hotel windows in Europe don’t treat you like small children. They actually open, and allow you to look out, to hang out to take photos (something I’ve often put to good use), or even to fall out (something I haven’t managed yet…)

There are other items that strike an American as different, on arriving in Germany. Here’s a tall glass of beer, ordered and drunk at seven in the morning. There were several other beers of various sizes and types being consumed in this airport cafe at the same time. Not something the American Puritan Ethic would be too comfortable with. I was still working on cappuccino at that time of day.
And here is a smoking room in an airport! One of several, of varying sizes. This meets the needs of nonsmokers, by having a ventilation system with negative pressure, so no smoke escapes. But it serves the needs of smokers too; something we don’t seem willing to do in the US.
A new airline is a new opportunity to abuse the universal graphics on the safety card. Here are a couple of my favorite from Lufthansa. The first appears to be directions for using an automatic milking machine. This is something I might expect from Swiss Air, but not from Lufthansa.
Next is an illustration that appears to be telling you that if you have legs this nice, you are free to have them in the aisle. This illustration is way too hot to be willing to date Stumpy, the dot-headed, no-hands-or-feet fellow on US signage.
Germany is not all beer, cigarettes, and hot signage, however. Here’s a photo studio, complete with an iMac, and diffused lighting, on the street across the river from the Cologne Convention Center. They don’t seem too concerned about the threatening weather; if you aren’t willing to do something outside in gray weather, then in Northern Europe, you won’t be outdoors much between September and May. No nude models on this set; though I have seen them in street shoots in this neighborhood previous years. Nice smile from the computer operator, however.
I hope this fulfills the promise of local color. I’ll try to move on to actual photography news in my next post.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: Return to Blog’s Main Page

Photokina, Coming Right Up…

Photokina is the world’s largest photo event, happening in Cologne, Germany every two years. Photokina often brings a raft of new product releases and announcements, and the opportunity to get hands-on time with new cameras and other photography related equipment.

This year it could be argued that the biggest of the big new products have already arrived. Its true that Canon’s 5D Mark lll camera, Nikon’s D800, and a range of other key cameras have already been released. Adobe has already released Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4, Apple has already released Mountain Lion and the new iPad, and did not hold announcement of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 for Photokina, but announced them last week at their own event. Kodak bankruptcy and division sell-off notifications came and went without a show schedule.

So, in this instantaneous digital world, what releases and announcement might Photokina still hold in store for us? And what other value might the show have, beyond the neon lights of new product announcements?

Well, I can assure you that Datacolor will have new and interesting things to talk about at Photokina. Both in terms of products, and in the larger sense of the current direction of the imaging world, and more specifically digital imaging workflow.

So I will attempt to keep on top of any announcements at Photokina which relate to my particular area of expertise. But I will also try to find time to report on what areas of the digital workflow show attendees are most interested in this year, and what new processes they are dealing with, as well as what new products they have already purchased, or hope to, after the show. And I’ll try to find time for a bit of color as well; not the color management kind… the “local color” kind. Beer is likely to be involved…

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: Return to Blog’s Main Page