REPORT FROM JAPAN

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REPORT-FROM-JAPAN

A trio of top Pop Photo editors recently returned from a tour of the photo industry in Japan. Their mission: to find out, directly from the source, what's happening in the photo industry, and how it will affect photography consumers in the coming year. In this exclusive report, they share news about upcoming products, photo buying trends, and what's being designed for the future.

Although photo company execs labeled the Japanese economy as "sluggish," discussed "fundamental difficulties such as bank debts not yet solved," and at worst talked about "deep recession," all remain enthusiastic about the future of digital imaging, while cautioning that film imaging is far from dead. Prediction: By 2005, film products will settle down as a continuing, less vital but still profitable product area.

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• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

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FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE:
Sitting pretty with a 22 percent year-on-year gain in interim net profit to $380 million, Fujifilm is busy analyzing its domestic digital market and introducing new products. Fuji thinks the U.S. photofinishers may be missing the print profit boat by mispricing the cost of CDs made from consumer's digital memory cards. In the U.SA., photofinishers appear to be overcharging for CDs (which out of the box actually cost only a few cents) by asking for as much as $15 apiece. Fuji says its total cost of digital prints and a CD equals the price Frontier labs charge for 35mm film processing and printing. Analyzing home-market digital camera users, Fuji finds at present that 20 percent do want prints, 40 percent don't and 40 percent haven't made up their minds. Fuji's concentrating on the latter through photofinishing enticements such as the Printpix kiosks, which deliver 4x6 prints in 90 seconds for 40-50 cents apiece. Future Frontier labs will offer automatic red-eye reduction no matter where in the picture it occurs. New products include a yet-to be-named instant printer powered by CR2 batteries, which can send 15-second infrared signals transferring images from digital phone cameras to a Polaroid-type instant printer, which then delivers images in two minutes. Concerning continued demand for film, Fuji explains that while snapshooters and sports photographers will undoubtedly go solely digital, pictorial and portrait photographers (and others addicted to film) would stay that way. What Fuji wants technically: longer lasting batteries and point-and-shoot cameras with lenses wider than 28mm.

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• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS:
Contrary to erroneous Japan trade paper reports that Nikon would switch to 24x36mm digital camera sensors, a high-level Nikon exec says only APS size sensors will be used in all digital Nikons, amateur and professional. Research on 24x36mm sensors would go, on but a product is not forthcoming in their plans. He said sensor would not make the difference in picture quality. However, Nikon's digital camera plans envision a broad field of different types of digital SLRs based on the needs of the photographer-advanced amateurs, beginners, photographers requiring high operational speed, and those needing highest resolution. In terms of future megapixels, Nikon foresees the next jump from 6 megapixels will be to over 8 with non-SLRs using 3.2. Nikon will probably have a special line of small, light lenses specifically designed to cover the APS digital format.

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Click on the headline to go to that part of the story.
• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR:
Canon identified better saturation, greater ISO range, easier use of wide-angle lenses, and less noise as some of the reasons for preferring 24x36mm CMOS sensors for pro cameras. Canon predicted the cost of such sensors might drop slightly, but would remain sufficiently high to put them out of amateur range, where APS-size sensors would continue to rule. Aside from some special wide-angle lenses, Canon doesn't expect to field an entire range of APS-dedicated lenses. Instead, Canon thinks digital camera owners will continue to use the standard array of Canon lenses, present and future.

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Click on the headline to go to that part of the story.
• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
Absolutely, so hold onto your lenses, Maxxum aficionados. Scenario calls for a 90 percent operational sample by PMA trade show (February 12-15) with delivery by Photokina (September-October 2004). One feature unnamed will be a big surprise. Look for new 35mm SLRs at PMA, plus at least four point-and-shoot upgrades.

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Click on the headline to go to that part of the story.
• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX:
With its *ist D certainly the compact, lightweight winner of all digital SLRs, Pentax vows to move in two directions: even smaller, lighter, less expensive digital SLRs (Pentax: "there's no reason why we can't make a digital SLR as light and small as a 35mm SLR"), and a more comprehensive SLR with image stabilizer in camera body or lenses. Two series of lenses are visualized: one for the APS digital sensor cameras and one for 35mm cameras, the lenses to be introduced in parallel, perhaps five a year.

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Click on the headline to go to that part of the story.
• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE:
Having successfully launched its initial pro-oriented, all-digital 4/3 E-1 camera, Olympus plans to release amateur- and medium-priced versions, both probably with built-in flash. Besides cooperating with Kodak and Fuji in building the 4/3 camera system, a major independent lens manufacturer (that we promised not to name now) will be producing optics for the system. Olympus will have little new at PMA, but Photokina could see the intro of the medium-priced camera.

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Click on the headline to go to that part of the story.
• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS:
Looking to double its market share of point-and-shoot digital cameras to 10 percent, Kyocera is putting digital SLR development on hold temporarily (although they are considering a comparatively less expensive APS-size sensor camera for the future). Present concentration will be on their RTune Image Processor which provides new Kyocera digital cameras with 1 second wakeup time, .07 sec shutter time lag and continuous shooting up to full memory. First camera with RTune is the present ultrapocketable (15mm thick) Finecam SL300R, with two more P/S cameras to come. Future goal: zero time lag.

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Click on the headline to go to that part of the story.
• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD:
Canon will upgrade present 35mm SLR line when necessary, Nikon is planning a high level camera, and Minolta has at least two new 35mm SLRs coming. Camera manufacturers predict 35mm SLR sales will level out in 2004 and digital increasing percentages will do the same in 2005.

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Click on the headline to go to that part of the story.
• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
When Goko Camera Company Ltd. years ago saw its market for 8 and 16mm movie editing equipment decline, it swiftly and successfully turned to OEM manufacturing 35mm cameras for many major camera companies. With that now disappearing, Goko has taken to tomato and prawn farming. Abandoning imaging? Never. Highly innovative MacromaX LZ3-2 lens for 35mm and digital SLRs provides .8X-2.4X macrozoom magnification at f/27-f/49 with TTL exposure by 18 LEDs around front lens circumference. Small apertures provide amazing depth of field for such high magnification. Sales will begin in 2004, probably in Europe first.

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Click on the headline to go to that part of the story.
• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
Although Canon and Nikon are committed to Image Stabilization (Canon) and Vibration Reduction (Nikon) in lenses, almost all other camera makers are researching putting such systems into digital SLR camera bodies where their entire array of lenses would benefit from the feature. Both mechanical and optical systems are being researched. Sticky problems include whether systems should be mechanical or optical, whether they can overcome vertical, horizontal and panning shake, and how to avoid violating present Nikon and Canon patents. In point-and-shoot, Nikon expects to add Vibration Reduction, Canon does not think Image stabilization is necessary for point-and-shoots.

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Click on the headline to go to that part of the story.
• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
That's the thinking among some industry experts, but Mamiya is hoping to disclose a digital-only medium format camera for Photokina (September-October 2004) using present and future Mamiya 645 lenses, while Pentax is not far behind investigating the possibility for their own 645 lens line. Mamiya expects its largish sensor (CMOS or CCD not specified) to have at least 10 megapixels. An anti-shake system is possible, but only in future lenses since any in-camera sensor would be too large to move mechanically. Pentax is not ruling out using a 24X36mm sensor. Medium format sales in Japan are poor. Mamiya credits drop in professional commercial advertising photography (due to economic slump). In Japan, major customers for medium format are pros-unlike the U.S., where amateurs account for the highest percentage.

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Click on the headline to go to that part of the story.
• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS:
All camera manufacturers concerned that too many would-be digital camera purchasers are put off by complexities of digital camera operations and instruction books. Simplification is the aim. "We've got to take digital camera design and instructions out of the hands of computer geeks and put them where they belong-with photographers," said one executive.

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Click on the headline to go to that part of the story.
• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT:
With predictions that camera phone sales will soon vastly outnumber sales of all other types of cameras combined, most major Japanese camera and lens manufacturers are furnishing optics OEM to the phone companies. In addition to autofocus, zoom lenses are in the offing with new-generation LEDs, which take little battery drain, probably furnishing flash power. Current state-of-the-art camera phones in Japan have two megapixel sensors, interchangeable miniature memory sticks or cards, shoot up to 50 pictures per stick or card. Fujifilm Frontier minilabs produced amazingly good 4x6 prints with and without enhancement. Prediction is camera phones will kill off 2-3 megapixel point and shoots.

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Click on the headline to go to that part of the story.
• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON

ECONOMY IS A-OK WITH TAMRON:
Tamron is optically altering its thriving 35mm-film based lens line to make it 100% compatible with the needs of digital imaging. Other products such as lenses for projectors, CCTV and mobile phones also doing well. Tamron's mid-term business plans forcast a 2006 profit of $58 million dollars.

Click on the headline to go to that part of the story.
• FUJI ACCENTS THE POSITIVE
• NIKON LOYAL TO APS DIGITAL CAMERA SENSORS
• CANON GOES 24x36 SENSOR FOR PRO SLRS, APS FOR AMATEUR
• WILL THERE BE A MINOLTA MAXXUM DIGITAL SLR?
• WHO HAS THE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, DIGITAL SLRS? PENTAX
• OLYMPUS PLANS FOR TWO MORE
• KYOCERA CONCENTRATES ON COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERAS
• NO, FILM AIN'T DEAD
• LIGHT EMITTING DIODES FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING AND CAMERA PHONE FLASH?
• DOES IMAGE STABILIZING BELONG IN THE CAMERA OR LENS?
• WILL 24x36MM DIGITAL SENSOR CAMERAS REPLACE MEDIUM FORMAT?
• DEGEEKING DIGITAL CAMERAS & INSTRUCTION BOOKS
• CAMERA PHONES REIGN TRIUMPHANT-- ZOOM LENSES AND FLASH COMING NEXT

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