Submitted by Double Negative on January 14, 2013 - 3:31pm
You may recall back in 2009, Kodak announced that production of Kodachrome would be ending. Photographer Steve McCurry asked if they would give him the last roll, and not surprisingly - Kodak said yes. A crew from National Geographic decided to follow him and document the last 36 frames that would ever be shot on Kodachrome - and here is the result. Read more below for an update.
Submitted by Double Negative on January 14, 2013 - 1:03am
On Friday a judge approved the sale of 1,100 Kodak patents to a consortium led by Apple, Google, and Microsoft. The patent portfolio sold for US$525 million, well below Kodak's hope to get up to $2 billion for the patents. The once all-powerful photography company Kodak is going through bankruptcy in part due to the decimation of its film business with the advent of mass consumer digital photography over a decade ago. The company made the jump to digital too late and could not keep up with other competitors who quickly became leaders in the field.
The patents in the portfolio sold off on Friday are "for imaging technology used in digital cameras, smartphones and tablet computers," according to The Wall Street Journal. Besides Apple, Google, and Microsoft, other members of the consortium who bought the patents are Adobe, RIM, Samsung, HTC, Fujifilm, Facebook, Amazon, and Shutterfly.
Submitted by Double Negative on January 11, 2013 - 7:55pm
John from Robert White gives us this introduction to the new Voigtländer 21mm f/1.8 Ultron, which is just starting to reach people. We've already got a thread here in the forums filled with links to sample photos, and from what we can see it'll be a real sleeper like the 35mm f/1.2 Nokton.
Submitted by Double Negative on January 3, 2013 - 4:05pm
Engadget gives us a hands-on of the "new" Leica M-E camera:
Submitted by Double Negative on January 2, 2013 - 5:24pm
A report by Joanna Gottschalk called "Leica - Revival of a legend" over on Deutsche Welle, for their Made in Germany segment says:
A Leica is forever. That motto was the brand's selling point - and very nearly its downfall. After failing to keep pace with the digital revolution, in 2004 the German company almost went bankrupt. Then investor Andreas Kaufmann stepped in, and brought Leica back from the brink. Since then, Leica has invested 80 million euros in research and development. And in 2009, Leica achieved profitability once again."
Submitted by Double Negative on December 3, 2012 - 8:26pm
ACD Systems International Inc. today announced the availability of ACDSee Pro 6.1 and ACDSee 15.1 - both of which include support for the M Monochrom. Read more below for the press release:
Submitted by Double Negative on September 21, 2012 - 1:23pm
Petapixel takes us on a great tour -
Inside an Exclusive Leica Launch Party. Well worth checking out if you want to get a feel for what it was like being there... Rather than purely focused on the products themselves.
Submitted by Double Negative on September 20, 2012 - 2:52pm
With all the hoopla around the new Leica gear, no one's made any mention of Seal playing at the end of "Das Wesentliche" event in Köln on September 17th. Here's a recap:
Submitted by Double Negative on September 18, 2012 - 11:39am
At Photokina 2012, Voigtländer has announced a new M lens - the 21mm f/1.8 Ultron. At a relatively steep price (for Voigtländer lenses) of roughly $1,500 - it gives us a great option for a fast ultra wide lens. Read more below for the full specifications:
Submitted by Double Negative on September 11, 2012 - 2:15pm
From the what-the-hell-is-going-on-this-week department comes the latest bad news for film. Seems Fujifilm might stop manufacturing movie film. Now granted, Fuji film is used for about 20% of studio business with Kodak the other 80% - it's still another shocking round of bad news in recent weeks. Read more below for the details.