Apple (www.apple.com) updated its MacBook Pro line of notebooks with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, memory up to 4GB, and high-speed graphics. The new MacBook Pro is available in 15-inch models with a new mercury-free, power-efficient LED-backlit display and a 17-inch model with an optional high-resolution display. All models include a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go, Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter that safely disconnects when under strain, and built-in 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g.
Hahnemuhle FineArt (www.hahnemuhle.com) announced the launch of digital Fine Art Baryta paper for Autumn 2007. FineArt Baryta 325 combines an ultra smooth surface with an original Baryta finish. The digital Baryta paper has Hahnemuhle’s unique “touch and feel” and is a premium replacement for traditional Baryta papers from analogue laboratories. The new paper contains barium sulfate in the coating, which enhances the typical reflecting gloss, high Dmax, large color gamut, and sharp definition of a Baryta paper.
Media Street Inc. (www.MyDigitalContent.com) introduced its 15-inch eMotion Digital Picture Frame. The new frame provides an extremely high resolution (1024 x 768), 15-inch (4:3 aspect ratio) Digital TFT LCD panel for clear, sharp picture quality. The eMotion is compatible with virtually all photographic, video, and music formats. The camera cards that the frame supports are SD/SDHC, MMC, CF, MS and xD. In addition, the new digital frame provides a built-in USB port, so users can download images, video, or music from memory card readers or directly from their computer and USB Flash drives.
Sigma (www.sigmaphoto.com) announced its 11.1 high zoom ratio lens, designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras. The new lens incorporates Sigma’s original OS (Optical Stabilizer) function, and is designed with SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass, providing excellent correction for all types of aberrations. With a minimum focusing distance of 45cm (17.7”) throughout the entire zoom range, the lens has a maximum magnification of 1:3.9.
Sinar Bron (www.sinarbron.com) unveiled its much-anticipated Sinar Hy6 medium-format digital camera system. The Sinar Hy6 is the result of collaboration between Sinar, Jenoptik and Franke & Heidecke (Rolleiflex). Designed to capture images using both digital and conventional film backs, the Hy6 offers photographers a true 6x6 cm medium-format size with the flexibility of a 4.5x6 cm camera. The Sinar Hy6 is based on an ‘open system’ design and can easily adapt to advancements in future chip technology by allowing the insertion of larger (higher-resolution) image sensors of up to 56x56 mm.
Spitfire Photo Pro (www.spitfirephoto.com) is an online image management, distribution, and sales tool for professional photographers. Featuring flexible fulfillment options and an integrated pro lab, which offers a range of print selections, Spitfire streamlines workflow for selling rights. Users can sell digital downloads in their original, high-resolution formats in addition to any custom sizes they prefer. The digital files will be generated automatically upon purchase. Write your own licensing terms for each of your digital products, which are then delivered to your customer with the download.
Software Cinema Training (www.software-cinema.com) announced the release of their newest DVD, Compositing Exposures to Light Architecture & Landscapes by Bob Coates. In this CS3 Photoshop tutorial DVD, Coates highlights features like extending the dynamic range of images and blending multiple images of the same scene.