Blackmagic Design, “Kodak” and Others Join Micro Four Thirds System Standards Group

BMCC Micro Four Thirds

It has been close to 5 years since the introduction of the Micro Four Thirds system by Olympus in August 2008. In that time, cameras from Olympus and Panasonic have developed a strong hold on the mirrorless camera market.

Now, five additional manufacturers are joining the Micro Four Thirds System Standards Group, two of which we have heard recent news about.

  1. Blackmagic Design
  2. JK Imaging
  3. Photron Limited
  4. SVS-Vistek
  5. ViewPLUS

Blackmagic previously announced the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in a Micro Four Thirds mount, which followed the initial Canon EF mount BMCC version. Additionally, JK Imaging recently reveals plans to bring a Kodak Micro Four Thirds camera to market through its licensed use of the Kodak brand.

More details in the complete press release below. [Read more...]

Zack Arias Earns His “OneLight” Keep with a Crappy Kodak Compact

Kodak C142

Zack Arias is known for his OneLight mantra and has been making waves for the past few years as a standout commercial and editorial photographer in Atlanta.  Kai over at DigitalRev got him out in a Chinese back alley for a round of Pro Photographer Cheap Camera.

In this episode, Zack gets stuck with a full-auto Kodak C142 digital camera and a single speedlight.  Then, he has to figure out how to make the two work together and turn out something respectable.

It’s worth a watch to see just how much Zack can pull out of a $79 camera and a single speedlight.

Photo Prints and Christmas Card Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday Penny Prints at Snapfish

Several printing retailers are pimping their photo and holiday card deals for Cyber Monday.

4×6 prints for just $0.01 each at Snapfish & 50% off everything else. (link)

Holiday cards have been marked down to $0.49 at Card Store. (link)

Kodak 75% off sale ends today. (link)

40% off greeting cards and 8×10, 11×14, 13×19 and 16×10 prints at myPhotopipe. (link)

You can find all the latest deals on the Cyber Monday Deal Page, so check back early and often.

Kodak EasyShare Touch, Mini and Sport Cameras

At CES 2011, Kodak has unveiled 3 new point and shoot camera models – the EasyShare Touch, Mini and Sport.

The Kodak EasyShare Touch features a 3-inch touchscreen LCD, 14MP sensor, 720p HD video capture and a 5x optical zoom.  The EasyShare Touch will be available in Spring 2011 at an initial retail price of $149.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The Kodak EasyShare Mini is a compact 10MP camera with a 3x optical zoom that will be available in Spring 2011 at an initial retail price of $99.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The EasyShare Sport is a 12MP waterproof camera (up to 10 feet) that will be available in Spring 2011 at an initial retail price of $79.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

New Kodak Pulse Digital Frame Says OMG! (literally)

The new Kodak Pulse digital frame is a Wi-Fi enabled frame with some interesting (or perhaps, odd) features.  The Pulse frame has its own email address, which allows other people to email photos to the frame, which are then displayed.

Once new photos are received, you can use the frame to contact the sender with comments on their photo and (as Kodak puts it) “includes options like Such a Kodak Moment, LOL!, OMG!, Congrats! and Wish I were there!”

A 7-inch version of the frame is $130, while a 10-inch version will cost $200.  Both should be available in Spring 2011.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Kodak ESP C310 All-in-One Printer

At CES 2011, Kodak has introduced a new all-in-one printer, the ESP C310, which uses Kodak’s new 30 series ink system (supposedly lowering total ink replacement cast.  The Kodak ESP C310 should be available by April 2011 at an initial retail price of $99.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

1922 Kodachrome Film Test in Color

This little film test from Kodak is a sample of some of the earliest color motion picture film.  For some reason, I couldn’t help but smile as I watched it.

“First tests on the Two-Color Kodachrome Process were begun in late 1914. Shot with a dual-lens camera, the process recorded filtered images on black/white negative stock, then made black/white separation positives. The final prints were actually produced by bleaching and tanning a double-coated duplicate negative (made from the positive separations), then dyeing the emulsion green/blue on one side and red on the other. Combined they created a rather ethereal palette of hues.”

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