By Lisa Johnston
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Tokyo – Sony revealed on Friday that as part of an expedited cost-cutting and headcount reduction effort, it will close one of its Japan-based lens making operations.
“The manufacture of interchangeable lenses and lens blocks currently being conducted at Sony’s site located in Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, will be absorbed by its site located in Kohda, Aichi Prefecture,” the company said in a statement Sunday.
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Anaheim, Calif. - Jondo-USA said Tuesday it is launching an inexpensive framed canvas smartphone photo printing service in partnership with Bartell Drugs in the Pacific North West and RiteAide and CVS Drug Stores across the country.
Called SnapBox, the service will provide photographers who use virtually any form of digital camera including smartphones framed museum quality prints.
Minneapolis – Scott W. Hardy, president of PLR Holdings (Polaroid), has added the responsibility of CEO to his role with the company.
As Polaroid’s president and CEO, Hardy will be responsible for the company’s strategic direction moving forward.
Valhalla, N.Y. — Fujifilm North America said Tuesday it is closing its SeeHere.com photo-sharing website on Nov. 8, and is referring customers to the Shutterfly.com service.
The site, which launched in October 2008, offered users online creative image tools, customized share pages, shared projects and unlimited free storage.
Customers will be able to transfer images to Shutterfly beginning Oct. 8 through Nov. 8.
Mountain View, Calif. – Light-field focusing camera maker Lytro will release a free software update enabling greater manual control over the camera for some settings.
Lytro manufactures a camera that uses light-field technology to eliminate the need to focus. Picture focus can be adjusted in software after the image is snapped, the company said.
The latest controls will enable photographers to choose the shutter speed and ISO settings of the pictures to be taken.
San Jose, Calif. – Adobe said Tuesday that it now making available final release versions of Lightroom 4.2 and Camera Raw 7.2 on Adobe.com.
The updates add Album Support within the Revel Publish Service; bring additional raw file support for 21 new cameras including the Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i, Fujifilm X-E1 and Sony DSC-RX100; provide tethered capture support for 11 new cameras; and preliminary support for the Nikon D600 camera.
Added raw file support covers the following camera models:
Tokyo – Sony revealed through government filings here that it will invest 50 billion yen ($645 million) in embattled Olympus as it looks to use the firm’s optical technologies to beef up its expanding medical-equipment business.
According to reports citing recent Japanese Ministry filings Friday, the two companies will form a joint venture to make endoscopes and other medical devices.
Rochester, N.Y. — Eastman Kodak has asked a federal bankruptcy court to extend the company’s exclusive right to file a reorganization plan until Feb. 28, 2013, with the goal of emerging from Chapter 11 in the first half of 2013 .
San Jose, Calif. – Imaging sensor maker Aptina said it has developed a new 18-megpixel sensor for high-end compact cameras.
The AR 1820HS is a 1.25-micron backside illuminated chip that is said to fit in the 1/2.3-inch mainstream digital still camera optical format.
The company said the sensor will give camera OEMs the ability to produce next-generation cameras with high image quality and fast speeds.
Bethlehem, Pa. — Olympus has signed on as the title sponsor of the Olympus InVision Photo Festival, scheduled for Nov. 2-4, 2012.
Acclaimed photographers Joyce Tenneson, Joe McNally, Zoe Strauss and Olympus’ Jay Dickman will headline the event’s presenters.