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Koelnmesse, Inc. (, the Chicago-based subsidiary of the German trade show organizer of photokina, introduced a travel package tailored to professional and amateur photographers, and photo dealers and labs. photokina will take place September 23–28, in Cologne, Germany. Details of this group tour were developed in collaboration with the Photo Marketing Association (PMA).

The travel package will include site visits at photo retailers and photo labs in the Cologne area, rounded off by a visit to the Oktoberfest celebration in Munich. The group tour will include three nights at a business-class hotel in Cologne; an entry badge to photokina; a one-day guided tour with on-site visits to retailers, photo labs, and manufacturers in the Cologne area; a welcome reception at photokina; transfer with the high-speed ICE train to Munich; and tickets to the Oktoberfest, where travelers can enjoy an additional three days before returning to the United States.

The first series-produced LEICA M8 ( has been sold for 24,000 euro at the 13th WestLicht Photographica Auction. The successful bidder was a Leica collector from Russia. Leica Camera AG is donating the proceeds from the auction to the press freedom organization: Reporters Sans Frontières-RSF (Reporters Without Borders). The check was presented by the CEO of Leica Camera AG, Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, to the director of the organization, Robert Menard (who founded the RSF in 1985) at the Arles Photo Festival on July 8, 2008.

ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol; and the PLUS Coalition (Picture Licensing Universal System; announced that ACAP has adopted the PLUS image licensing standards to allow internet search engines to recognize image rights information. The PLUS standards simplify and facilitate the communication and management of image rights, providing for increased automation and machine-readable image licenses. ACAP will use the PLUS License Data Format and PLUS Media Matrix standards to supplement the existing ACAP vocabulary for communicating license-related information in a machine-readable form to web crawlers and other automated devices that use web content.

Corporate News

Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company ( appointed ZOE SUSICE as Imaging Group manager. Susice has been at Panasonic since April 2007 and was previously the national marketing manager for Imaging Accessories. Prior to joining Panasonic, Susice was a senior brand manager at Reckitt Benckiser, Incorporated, a British-based consumer packaged-goods company.

In other company moves, DAVID BRIGANTI has been promoted to national marketing manager, Imaging, and is responsible for the marketing of Panasonic Lumix digital cameras. Briganti succeeds ALEX FRIED, who has been appointed to the position of national marketing manager, Video, in Panasonic's Entertainment group, and is responsible for marketing Blu-ray Disc and DVD products.

Product News

Eastman Kodak Company ( introduced its 50-million-pixel CCD image sensor. The Kodak KAF-50100 Image Sensor features a newly designed pixel that is smaller in size than the pixel used in current products for the professional market. This new pixel reduces "click-to-capture" time for improved camera response, lowers power consumption for improved battery life, and maintains color fidelity without compromising larger pixel sizes.

Mars Inc. ( now introduces M&M's Faces. The new offering allows customers to upload one or two photos, choose colors, and add up to two different phrases to be printed on individual M&M candies. Using a simple interface, users can zoom in or out to select which part of a photo they want to use. A graphic specialist tweaks the photo file. M&M‘s Faces are available in 7-ounce bags (minimum order: three bags).

HahnemÜhle ( has redesigned its Hahnemühle Certificate of Authenticity and Hologram System to reduce the risk of forgery on limited-edition artwork. Each certificate is made of premium deckled-edge mould-made paper with a Hahnemühle watermark and fluorescent security fibers, and is provided with a serialized-number hologram.

Corsair ( announced the launch of its new Mac Memory kits designed for Mac Pro desktop systems. The Corsair Mac Memory kits are fully buffered 800MHz solutions, available immediately in 4GB (2x2GB modules) DIMM kits. All Corsair Mac Memory modules are qualified at Apple Recommended Test Labs in California and are 100% compatibility-guaranteed.