28.11.20

Canon entered the Guinness World Records book with the world's longest digital photo print


The printed photo is 109 meters (309.7 foot) long and was printed with an image PROGRAF PRO-6100 printer. The photo was printed during the “Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel” event in Germany. Weather resistant paper from Ilford was employed, along with just 1,37 liters of ink.

Canon has officially set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ record on the Schattenbergschanze, where the best ski jumpers in the world hunt for records during the Four Hills Tournament. Despite the adverse weather conditions, with temperatures close to freezing point, continuous rain and the first snowflakes this year, Canon managed to print the longest digitally printed photo in the world in front of the jury on Saturday afternoon. The printing process took almost 16 hours and reached the incredible length of 109.04 meters. Canon supported the campaign with a comprehensive donation program, with a total of 5,000 euros for “Look!” eV, a regional association for aid to children and victims.

Canon is the official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ record holder

On September 26th, the historical Schattenbergschanze in Oberstdorf sees a world record of a special kind: Canon succeeded with the image PROGRAF PRO-6100 Large format photo printer to produce the longest continuous digital photo print in the world. For this purpose, the printer was placed at the highest point of the ski jump and continuously supplied with special paper from the manufacturer Ilford via a roll so that the pressure could slowly slide down towards the valley. 

A collage of landscape images, photos of citizens and famous personalities from Oberstdorf as well as sports and historical photos was printed. Under the watchful eye of the official record judges, media representatives and the Vice President of the German Bundestag and patron of the Oberstdorf Photo Summit Claudia Roth, Canon has achieved a total length of 109.04 meters and an ink consumption of only 1,37 liters officially received the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ record for the longest digitally printed photo in the world.

Image © Jochen Kohl – K2 Studio, Schattenbergschanze Oberstdorf: Canon prints the longest digital photo in the world

After Canon had set the world record and the longest digitally printed photo in the world covered the Schattenbergschanze in Oberstdorf, Claudia Roth, Vice President of the German Bundestag, congratulated everyone involved.

Every photo for a good cause

The commitment at the eighth Oberstdorf Photo Summit consisted of expert advice at the stand, touch & try options and professional sensor cleaning for your own Canon camera and could be noticed by the visitors. In addition, the record print was divided into its individual motifs, which could be auctioned online. The income generated from this also goes to the non-profit children’s and victims’ aid association.



“The eighth Oberstdorf Photo Summit was a complete success for Canon,” said Markus Koch, European Document Solutions Group Director at Canon Germany. “We are particularly pleased to do something good with pictures and our products in accordance with our principle, to support the“ Schaut hin! ”EV association with a donation of 5,000 euros. We would therefore like to thank everyone who supported the fundraising campaign, those responsible for the eighth Oberstdorf Photo Summit, the Ilford company for the weatherproof paper, and the Oberstdorf municipality, which provided us with the impressive backdrop for our longest photo print in the world.

More information about the photo summit and the entire event program is also available at: www.fotogipfel-oberstdorf.de

21.11.20

Kodak to Release ’70s-Inspired Metal Film Cases in Six Colors


A new product bearing the Kodak name seems to ask, “If you’re shooting film, why not immerse yourself in the experience?” The company is releasing metal film canisters commonly used in the 1970s brand new for 2020. Groovy.

Retopro is a brand licensee of Eastman Kodak Company and has emblazoned the iconic photography brand’s logo on metal canisters designed to hold film rolls. The body is made of aluminum and the cap is made of steel, a design popular in the 1970s before the industry made the switch to plastic.

“We are inspired by the selection of materials and colours, and wish to recreate a new version of the Kodak Film Case, only to make it even more practical and stylish,” the company writes.


The Kodak film cases are light on features since they’re mostly a fashion icon with a simple use case: it’s a slim metal case that holds up five rolls of film. The insert that holds the film in place is made of plastic and can be removed if you want to use the case for objects other than film.

“The Kodak Film Case, made of steel with high tensile strength, provides your films with strong protection,” the company says. 

“The case is small and portable, making it ideal for all analog lovers. It protects your film rolls dry and clean, and organises five rolls of 135mm film in one place. It is perfect for a day out for shooting or even a sweet long holiday.”


The cases measure 148 mm by 56 mm by 47 mm (5.8 inches by 2.2 inches by 1.8 inches) and weighs a scant 160 grams (~5.6 ounces) when empty.

The “Classic Case” features a yellow body with red or blue lids. The “Radiant Case” has a silver body and matches with a yellow or silver lid. Finally, the “Matte Case” is available in either all white or all black.







Each case option is priced at $25 and is available for pre-order here. The company estimates it will be able to begin shipping cases in December.

20.11.20

Gift Ideas for Film Photographers at Every Price Point


It’s about the time of year where many people are looking for gift ideas. This list outlines multiple options for a film photographer at multiple price points. 

To start, I’m going to break down my suggestions by price point. There will be broken down by items less than $25, $50, $100, and $250. There are, of course, other more expensive options but I wouldn’t suggest spending more than $250 without knowing very specifically what the person wants. I don’t plan to suggest, explicitly, any cameras throughout on the assumption that the photographer already has a camera. With that said, should you be set on gifting a camera, I will cover at the end of the article a bit on why it’s difficult to make a specific suggestion for someone I’ve never met. Further, I am not breaking anything down by camera type so the suggestions are a bit more broadly applicable. Lastly, I will reference some items that can be (and in some cases, need to be) picked up used at which point I suggest you reference on picking up film gear on the used market. 

Under $25

This is both the easiest and the most difficult category because it’s the category film falls into. Unless the person you’re reading this for insists on shooting black and white, I would highly recommend single rolls of Kodak Portra 400 or 800. Any suggestion for other color negative films will open up a can of worms that we’ve already dived into previously. As such, I’ll leave the film stock suggestions here for now. One suggestion that I highly recommend to go along with film would be archival sheets. I recommend these for 35mm and these for 120. 

There are two additional things that I suggest to every film photographer. The first, a shutter cable release, has several options which range from being from cheap to about as much as you’re willing to spend. For the cheap options, there’s really only one but if you’re willing to spend a little more, I would recommend the Nikon or Gepe cloth-covered shutter release cables. The more expensive options will do the same job as the cheapest option but will hold up better over time and are definitely more of a pleasure to use. The second suggestion I have would be The Negative by Ansel Adams. For anyone that considers themselves a film photographer, there is a great deal to learn from Mr. Adams and I don't think I've ever met a single film photographer who didn't have something to learn in this book. 

Under $50

Briefly getting back to film, getting a pro pack of a favorite film is always a good move. Personally, I asked for a pro pack of Kodak Ektar and one of Fujifilm Provia 100F. If the photographer in your life shoots 4x5, I would recommend getting them some color film. Another suggestion would be a good camera strap. I like the Peak Design straps so I can have one strap for multiple cameras. They hold up really well and feel good to wear. They have multiple sizes to choose from. My fiancé really likes the smaller, trimmer camera strap and prefer the one that is what I would consider a more normal width. 
Under $100

If the film photographer in your life is not yet developing their own black and white, now is the time! I wrote an article previously which outlined what it takes to get into processing your own black and white film. The actual process itself is really not difficult but can be intimidating to those that haven’t tried it. After processing one roll, they’ll be glad they got started. 

Under $250

Coming in at just over $100 is a wonderful light table from Kaiser. If the photographer in your life doesn't already have one, they can be great to have. More over, if they ever shoot slide film, they'll be addicted in a quick hurry. 

Every photographer needs a tripod – particularly if they are a landscape photographer. Personally, I prefer Manfrotto and 3 Legged Thing. Both companies make splendid tripods and the with a budget of $250, you should be able to get a carbon fiber tripod. My suggestion for the Manfrotto would be the Element and for 3 Legged Thing it would be the Billy. If they already have a tripod, I would go for a nice photography-specific backpack. The Peak Design everyday backpack is weatherproof and can hold up to quite a beating. A lesser expensive but still good quality option would be the Pelican MPB20

Cameras 

I would first like to note that for film photographers, cameras are a very personal thing. It’s not quite as simple as the choices in the digital world where you have DSLR cameras and mirrorless cameras. With that said, should you be adamant about picking up a camera for someone, I would direct you to two previous articles; the first article briefly covers a list of over- and under-rated film cameras in 2020 and the second article outlines the different types and formats of cameras that are available. I would highly recommend that if you’re the person requesting a camera, you think through what you’re looking for in terms of format (35mm, 645, 6x6, etc…) and style (TLR, rangefinder, SLR, etc…) so that you can make a more informed request. If you’re buying a camera for another person, I would highly suggest that you attempt to understand which camera type would suit the gift recipient best. If you buy someone a 35mm rangefinder but what they really wanted is a 6x6 TLR, you’re out of luck.
Gift Cards

While gift cards are not always an ideal idea for a gift, they can really be quite useful. A gift card to B&H would be helpful for buying film or any of the other new items on the list. In addition, B&H sells used gear which includes film cameras and lenses. Other retailers, such a local camera shop and KEH would also be helpful for buying gear. Aside from buying gear, a place where a gift card could be most helpful would be with the company where the photographer gets their film developed. Indeed, film developing costs a significant amount of money, and relieving some of that burden would be greatly appreciated by every film photographer.

James Madison

19.11.20

From stray to K-9: Shelter dog becomes newest member of Owego Police Department


Maggie, the newest member of the Owego Police Department in New York, isn't your typical K-9, according to her partner, Officer Andrew Pike. Unlike most police dogs, who come from overseas and cost upwards of $10,000, Maggie was a stray. 

The pitbull-malinois mix was adopted from a shelter and returned twice. Her high energy level might have made her a tough fit with a family — but she's perfect for police work.

"There's no better partner," said Pike.

She came to Owego thanks to the Southern Tier Police Canine Association, which finds shelter dogs, trains them, and places them for free.

"We're matching up with departments who can't afford to have a dog on their own," Sergeant Rick McCulskey, president of the Southern Tier Police Canine Association, explained. 

Pike said Maggie is a policeman's best friend. When Pike was asked if he's going to want to work with a human partner someday, he replied, "Probably not after this. I mean, it's going to take a pretty special human to replace her."

Chip Reid

18.11.20

Exclusive photos from Augusta National: The 20 best Masters photos you haven’t seen


After all the hype leading up to an unprecedented November Masters, the tournament did not disappoint. From the fall foliage to the golden-hour rays, we got a rare look at Augusta National outside the typical April window.

If you were glued to your television last week like most of us were, you likely have a pretty good idea of the vistas the course provided this year. However, we sent a photographer of our own to get an even more comprehensive look at this special edition of the Masters.

From never-before-seen angles of the course, to behind-the-scenes access, Stephen Denton captured the vibe of the week through his lens in a way you won’t see anywhere else. Here, you can check out 20 photos (above or below) for an exclusive look at one of the most gorgeous and exclusive properties in golf.




Forget Headphones. This New Audio Device Beams Premium Sound Right Into Your Head


The SoundBeamer 1.0 uses 3-D sensing module to track the position of your ears.

Spend a bit of time with a pair of high-quality wireless earbuds and you’ll soon discover how nice it is to not have to worry about any annoying cords. But what if you could listen to your favorite music without headphones entirely? A new audio device promises to give you the ability to do just that.

Noveto Systems has just unveiled the SoundBeamer 1.0, a new gadget that has the potential to revolutionize the way we listen to music, according to the Associated Press. That’s because you don’t need a pair of headphones or a speaker to listen to the device; instead, it “beams” music and sounds directly into your head.

The Isreali audio company is promising an entirely new way of experiencing sound with the SoundBeamer. Using a 3-D sensing module, the device, which looks like a chunky Bluetooth speaker, locates and tracks the position of your ears in real time and projects ultrasonic waves at them. This creates “sounds pockets” around both ears, in which you, and you alone, can hear full three-dimensional sound. While moving your head out of the beam’s path will cause the audio to disappear, the device has a setting that allows it to follow the movement of your head.

And, since you aren’t wearing headphones, you’ll also be able to clearly hear other sounds around you. Because of this, the company believes the tech will have practical uses both in the office and at home.

“This is what we dream of,” SoundBeamer product manager Ayana Wallwater told the AP. “A world where we get the sound you want. You don’t need to disturb others and others don’t get disturbed by your sound. But you can still interact with them.”

While Novetto officially launched the SoundBeamer last week, you won’t be able to get your hands on it just yet. The company is hoping a “smaller, sexier” version of the device to go on sale in time for next year’s holiday season.

Bryan Hood