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News & Notes
News & Business Briefs

Eddie Adams Barnstorm Workshop Loves New York
The Eddie Adams Barnstorm Workshop, held Sept. 9-12, included a special photo assignment in Manhattan on Sept. 11. One hundred photojournalists attended the workshop, which is sponsored by the Nikon Spirit Initiatives. The theme of the NYC photography assignment was "We Love New York," and celebrated the spirit of New York 'One Year Later.' Selected images from the twelve hour shoot will be compiled into a book to be dedicated to the children of New York, and be presented to NYC in February 2003. Proceeds will be donated to a children's charity.

Photographer Greg Gorman's black and white photo of tennis star Boris Becker, printed on an Epson Stylus Pro 9600 inkjet printer was auctioned for charity by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The print sold for more than $33,000. Gorman printed the 35x44-inch image as well as others that were auctioned at the event on Somerset Velvet for Epson papers using Epson's UltraChrome ink for museum quality archival printing.

Olympus & Kodak Create Digital SLR Lens Standard
Olympus Optical of Japan and Eastman Kodak of the U.S. announced at photokina 2002 that they will implement the Four Thirds System, a new standard for next-generation digital SLR camera systems to ensure interchangeable lens mount compatibility. The two companies will implement the new standard in their product lines, and establish the Universal Digital Interchangeable Lens System Forum, to encourage use of the standard by other manufacturers. Fuji Photo Film has already signed on to the new standard.

Kodak Extends Marketing Test for B&W Film
Kodak announced recently that it will extend its Atlanta marketing test of black and white film to the national level.

According to Glenn Patcha, vice president of Capture, Consumer Imaging, US&C, Kodak, "The Atlanta test market for Kodak Black and White film was a tremendous success in terms of generating bottom-line results for the business." "Capture What Matters" marketed black and white film to trendy young adults, ages 18-34. Kodak reports that amateur black and white film has increased in use dramatically, largely due to its ability to accentuate what is important in the picture-depth and emotion.

Companies Pursue Solution for Digital Photofinishing
HP, Pixology and ePOINT announced at photokina that they will team up to pursue an end-to-end digital photofinishing solution-from order placement to fulfillment-for the retail market. The new solution is designed to make it quick and easy for consumers to place orders for prints from images captured with digital and traditional cameras. The three companies demonstrated the technology at an interactive photo terminal at HP's booth.

Apple Wins Emmy Engineering Award
Apple's professional video and film editing software, Final Cut Pro has won a 2002 Emmy Engineering Award for its impact on the television industry. "Final Cut Pro has democratized professional video editing by bringing the capabilities of a $50,000 editing bay to everyone for under $1,000," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Final Cut Pro was introduced in 1999 and is used by broadcast facilities including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MTV for the production of features, reality shows, news broadcasts, documentaries and commercials.

Sales Honor for Tech Data
Tech Data Corp. has received Sony's Top Performance in the IT Commercial Sales Division award. The award was presented in recognition for the outstanding revenue and market share for the complete line of Sony's digital still cameras and accessories through Tech Data's Digital Imaging SBU (Special Business Unit).

Tech Data's Digital Imaging SBU has experienced nearly 50 percent year-over-year growth for Sony's digital still cameras.

Positive Outlook for Digital Output at PMDA Meeting
While printing digital images at retail has not caught on with consumers yet, a number of output solutions are making their way to the marketplace that could provide answers for the future, according to a panel that met at the PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors (PMDA) meeting last month. The panel-comprised of a representative from a major manufacturer, a photo dealer, and a financial analyst-all offered fairly positive takes on the meeting's main topic, "The Outlook for Digital Imaging Output."
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