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Kodak focuses Consumer Business on more Profitable Growth Opportunities

Eastman Kodak Company (the “Company”) (OTB: EKDKQ.PK) announced today that, as a result of its ongoing strategic review process and commitment to drive sustainable profitability through its most valuable business lines, it plans to phase out its dedicated capture devices business – comprising digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames – in the first half of 2012. Kodak will instead expand its current brand licensing program, and seek licensees in these categories. Following this decision, Kodak’s Consumer Business will include online and retail-based photo printing, as well as desktop inkjet printing.

Kodak has contacted its retail partners, and is working closely with them to ensure an orderly transition. Kodak will continue to honor all related product warranties, and provide technical support and service for its cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames.

Read more: Kodak focuses Consumer Business on more Profitable Growth Opportunities

Re-organization of Imaging Systems Business including Digital Camera Business

Ricoh Company, Ltd. (President and CEO: Shiro Kondo, hereinafter Ricoh) announces an organizational change to its imaging system business including security system business and consumer digital camera business.

Since October 1, 2011 when PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY (President and CEO:Zenji Miura, hereinafter PRI) was established, Ricoh managed its global imaging system business under two brands, RICOH and PENTAX. Specifically RICOH brand digital cameras were designed, developed and sold by Personal Multimedia Product Company (hereinafter PMMC), an internal organization of Ricoh, while PENTAX brand digital cameras were designed, developed and sold by PRI.

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PENTAX to Exhibit 7 Reference Products at CP+ 2012 Camera and Imaging Show

Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company Ltd. is pleased to announce the exhibition of seven reference products — interchangeable lenses and camera accessories currently under development — at CP+ 2012, one of the largest and most comprehensive camera and imaging shows in Asia. This annual event will be held from February 9th to 12th at the PACIFIC YOKOHAMA convention center in Japan.

Reference Products

1 Interchangeable lens for medium-format digital SLR camera

Model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-D FA645 90mm F2.8

  • Unifocal medium-telephoto lens for use with the PENTAX 645D
  • Focal length ideal for portraiture and high-quality image reproduction with beautiful bokeh (out-of-focus) effect
  • Market launch scheduled for 2012
2 Interchangeable lenses for K mount digital cameras

Model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA 560mm F5.6

  • Unifocal super-telephoto lens for use with K mount interchangeable-lens digital cameras
  • Sharp, well-defined images — particularly with distant subjects — thanks to the adoption of optics used in astronomical telescopes
  • Market launch scheduled for 2012

Model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA 50mm F1.8

  • Unifocal standard lens for use with K mount interchangeable-lens digital cameras
  • Maximum aperture of F1.8 for high-quality images with a superb rendition of depth and natural bokeh (out-of-focus) effect
  • Market launch scheduled for 2012
3 Interchangeable lenses for Q mount digital camera

Model name (tentative): TELEPHOTO ZOOM

  • Telephoto zoom lens (high-performance-lens series) for use with Q mount interchangeable-lens digital camera
  • Exceptional image rendition for sharp, high-contrast images, even at the edges of the image field, thanks to the state-of-the-art optical design
  • Market launch scheduled for 2012

Model name (tentative): MOUNT CAP LENS

  • Unifocal standard lens (unique-lens series) for use with Q mount interchangeable-lens digital camera
  • Eye-catching “body mount cap” design, along with a toy-camera-like visual effect
  • Market launch scheduled for 2012
4 Interchangeable K-mount lens for the PENTAX K-01

Model name: to be announced later

  • Super-thin interchangeable lens especially designed for PENTAX K-01
  • Market launch: to be decided
5 Lens adapter

Model name: Adapter Q for K mount lens

  • Lens adapter for mounting a K mount lens onto a Q mount interchangeable-lens digital camera body
  • Built-in shutter unit; manual-focus operation only
  • Market launch scheduled for spring 2012

Notes: Model names, designs, specifications and market launch schedules of these products are all tentative and subject to change without notice. Prices of these products will be announced at a later date.

Epson World Shootout: Underwater Photo Grand Prix

The international underwater photo grand prix, Epson World ShootOut 2011, has just concluded.

During the month of August, the whole underwater world performed as one huge festival, hosting professional and amateur photographers competing with each other for some very worthy World ShootOut prizes.


Prizes worth 70,000 USD were awarded to the winners of the 7 categories, including cash, diving trips to dreamy destinations, underwater photo equipment and more.

226 photographers participated in the World ShootOut competition. Participants submitted their images from 27 different countries all around the world, including Alaska, China, Egypt, Russia, Tahiti, Mexico, Papua New Guinea and more.

All in all, 1556 images were submitted to the competition. Those who will reach the semi-final stages of the competition will be introduced in a special World ShootOut exhibition at the annual Epson Red Sea event, which will take place this November at the Isrotel Yam-Suf hotel in Eilat.

“This was the first time ever such a competition took place in the world”, says David Pilosof, producer of the World ShootOut, “photographers competed their colleagues from all around the world by diving in their most favorite local wet territory”.

All World ShootOut categories winners and nominees will be announced on a festive winning ceremony in Eilat, Israel, November 18th, 2011. 

Sony World Photography Awards 2012 Shortlist announced

Today, Thursday 2 February, the World Photography Organisation announces the shortlist for the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards.  Billed as the global photographic event of the year, the Sony World Photography Awards celebrate the very best in photography from around the world, from the next generation of emerging photographers through to the established masters of the art.

 

Read more: Sony World Photography Awards 2012 Shortlist announced