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December 2004 News  
LetsGoDigital opens CES coverage
LetsGoDigital has opened a web page dedicated to coverage of the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show, which will take place from January 6th thru 9th in Las Vegas....
December 31, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Noiseware Photoshop plug-in for Mac OS X released
Imagenomic has released Standard and Professional Plug-in editions of the company's noise reduction utility, Noiseware, for Mac OS X. The plug-in works with Photoshop 7.0+ and other applications that support Photoshop plug-ins. You can download the plug-in directly from Imagenomic's web site and test its features. It watermarks images until...
December 31, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Luminous Landscape: first look at Fujifilm S3
Luminous Landscape has published a relatively brief hands-on report on the Fujifilm S3....
December 27, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Olympus Studio updated to v1.2
Olympus has updated its advanced RAW conversion application, Olympus Studio, to version 1.2.The new version features speed improvements and support for the E-300 camera, among other changes. It's free to registered owners of previous versions. ...
December 27, 2004 | FULL STORY 
New Mac RAW conversion app, RAW Developer 1.1, debuts
A company called Iridient Digital has released a new RAW file conversion program called RAW Developer 1.1. The application is compatible with Mac OS X only.According to Iridient Digital's description, the program supports RAW file formats from over 100 digital cameras, is ICC savvy, allows batch processing, and includes an...
December 22, 2004 | FULL STORY 
NEC SpectraView 1980 19" LCD monitor reviewed
Trusted Reviews has published a review of the NEC SpectraView 1980 19-inch LCD display. This monitor is one of a new series of NEC LCD displays that are designed for color critical applications. The series bears the SpectraView brand name and also includes a 21-inch model, called the SpectraView 2180....
December 22, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Caribbean Click sets sail in 1 month
Caribbean Click II, a week-long digital photography education cruise around the eastern Caribbean, sets sail 1 month from today. The event combines a warm-weather vacation and opportunity to hone one's travel photography skills with intensive instruction on all aspects of the digital workflow. Instructors for this cruise, which is co-produced by Geek Cruises...
December 22, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Luminous Landscape: Phase One P25 field report
Luminous Landscape has published a field report on the Phase One P25, an all-in-one (i.e. works untethered and includes a CompactFlash card slot) 22-megapixel back that can be fitted to various medium format camera bodies....
December 21, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Kodak ProPass magazine 2004 vol. 11 posted
Kodak Professional has posted the 2004, volume 11 issue of its online ProPass magazine. Articles include: Profiles (with small online galleries) of several commercial, wedding/portrait, and fashion photographers, including Andy Katz, Alisha and Brook Todd, and Michael Cuno. Two articles on the late Don Blair, who just published as book on portrait photography. A...
December 21, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Sportsshooter: hands on with the Canon 20D
Sportsshooter.com has published a field report on the Canon EOS 20D by USA Today's Robert Hanashiro.The report concentrates on the 20D's suitability for sports photography....
December 21, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Firmware updates tweak AI Servo autofocus in EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1Ds Mark II
Canon today has released firmware updates for the Canon EOS-1D Mark II and EOS-1Ds Mark II that are designed to improve AI Servo autofocus accuracy when tracking moving subjects in low light, among other changes.
December 20, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Firmware v5.3.0 for Kodak DCS models released
Kodak has released v5.3.0 of the firmware for the DCS SLR/n, SLR/c, and Pro 14n/nx cameras.You must log in here to access a drop-down menu for firmware downloads.The new firmware offers the following changes (or, in the case of the SLR/c, a subset of these changes): Fixed a problem that...
December 20, 2004 | FULL STORY 
BreezeBrowser v2.11 released
Breeze Systems has released v2.11 of BreezeBrowser, the company's Windows-only image browsing and RAW conversion application.The new version adds support for RAW files from the Canon EOS 20D, PowerShot G6, and S70 cameras, as well as some bug fixes and a grid overlay feature. The upgrade is free to registered...
December 20, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Adobe releases Camera Raw 2.4 in public beta form
Adobe today has posted Camera Raw 2.4 beta, a new version of the plug-in for Photoshop CS that adds support for numerous digital camera RAW file formats. Changed in the beta release, dubbed 2.4x101, is the ability to process into Photoshop RAW CR2 files from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and NEF files from the Nikon D2X, among other newly-added models.
December 17, 2004 | FULL STORY 
U.S. gov't agency finds variability in CD and DVD archival qualities
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has recently released a preliminary study on the archival characteristics of CD and DVD optical recording media.A short summary of their conclusions is that properly handled high-quality optical media is indeed archivally stable over decades, but there may be wide quality variability in commercially...
December 16, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Price of D2H in Canada effectively lowered to be competitive with U.S.
Nikon Canada this week has begun to inform Canadian dealers of a new pricing arrangement for the Nikon D2H. The arrangement effectively allows the dealer to either sell a D2H kit at a much-lower price or bundle several Nikon products with it at the current price.
December 16, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Photoscala: new Hensel battery-powered 1200WS pack
Photoscala has a brief item on a new 1200 watt-second, battery-powered flash power pack from Hensel called the Porty Premium AS/RC.The power pack has two flash head terminals, and it ships with a radio remote for wireless triggering.Neither Photoscala nor Hensel provide pricing information on this new power pack. ...
December 16, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Tests show airport x-ray scanners don't harm digital media cards
The International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) has released test results showing that airport x-ray scanners currently in use in the U.S. do not harm digital camera media cards or the images stored on them.The tests were jointly conducted by the I3A, SanDisk Corporation, and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and...
December 15, 2004 | FULL STORY 
DOP: tutorial on digital printer test strips
Digital Outback Photo has published a tutorial on using Photoshop layer masks to make test strips in a digital printing workflow.The author, Brad Hinkel, uses the test strips in much the same way that similar test prints are commonly used in wet darkroom workflows....
December 15, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Lexar announces tiny USB flash drive
Lexar has announced a new USB flash drive, dubbed the USB FlashCard, that the company says is similar in volume to an SD card.Lexar's press release says the company plans to introduce versions in capacities from 16MB to 1GB by the end of 2005. As of now, the USB FlashCard, which...
December 15, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Lyson launches bulk feed ink system for Epson wide-format printers
Lyson has announced a a bulk feed ink system for the Epson Stylus Pro 4000, 7600, and 9600 printers.The inks, dubbed PhotoChrome, are pigment-based, and Lyson claims a life span of 100+ years (with the usual display condition caveats) for prints made with them. Lyson also claims savings of  "upwards...
December 13, 2004 | FULL STORY 
PDN: new online community for photogs, editors, others
PDNOnline reports (second item on the page) on Lightstalkers, a recently developed "Friendster-like" online community for photographers, photo editors, and other like-minded folks who travel frequently....
December 13, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Nikondigital: review of ColorEyes Display profiling software
Nikondigital.org has posted a brief review of Integrated Color Corporation's ColorEyes Display software, a Windows and Mac-compatible application for profiling CRT and LCD monitors.ColorEyes Display is compatible with several calibration/profiling instruments, including the Sony Artisan instrument, several of the GretagMacbeth EyeOne products, the Monaco XR, and the X-Rite DTP-94. The...
December 13, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Price of Nikon D2H plummets in USA
The price of the Nikon D2H appears to have dropped to less than US$2000 this morning in the U.S. ****Update, December 14, 2004: We've received confirmation from Nikon USA that the price of the D2H has in fact dropped. The new minimum advertised price for a D2H kit is US$1999.95 in the U.S.****
December 13, 2004 | FULL STORY 
College Photographer of the Year winners announced
Winners in 15 categories of the (U.S.) College Photographer of the Year (CPOY) contest were recently announced. The top prize, College Photographer of the Year, went to Rick Gershon of the University of North Texas.CPOY has posted an online gallery of winning images. ...
December 13, 2004 | FULL STORY 
BreezeBrowser Pro v1.0 debuts
Breeze Systems has released BreezeBrowser Pro v1.0, an upgraded version of the standard BreezeBrowser, the company's image browsing and RAW conversion application.
December 9, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Digital Camera Battery cable for 580EX now in production
Digital Camera Battery has completed a new cable designed to power the Canon Speedlite 580EX with one of the company's line of high-capacity DC battery packs. The new DCBZ-580 cable is in production now, attaches smartly to the 580EX and offers slightly faster recycling times than previous standard Canon flash cables. Digital Camera Battery has also discontinued the finned-box design 550EX cable and has effectively replaced it with a DCBZ cable that will work with the 580EX, 550EX and other Canon Speedlites with a high-voltage input port. The company is also preparing to release Lithium Polymer versions of the Digital Camera Battery in the first quarter of 2005.
December 9, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Canon EOS 20D firmware updated to v1.1.0
Canon has updated the firmware for the EOS 20D to version 1.1.0. The new firmware fixes the problem of horizontal line noise appearing in images taken at high ISO settings, and it adds three new languages to the camera menus (Russian, Korean, and Traditional Chinese).Complete instructions for installing the new...
December 7, 2004 | FULL STORY 
December Digital Journalist posted
The December issue of The Digital Journalist has been posted. Articles include: An online gallery titled "Extreme Asia" by Philip Blenkinsop and another titled "Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq" by Nina Berman. Dispatches from Fallujah, other parts of Iraq, and from the funeral of Yasser Arafat. A remembrance of Henri Cartier-Bresson...
December 6, 2004 | FULL STORY 
DOP: upsampling tutorial for Photoshop CS
Digital Outback Photo has published a tutorial by Jack Flesher that outlines a method for upsampling, or increasing image resolution by interpolation, that takes advantage of the new interpolation routines in Photoshop CS known as "Bicubic Smoother" and "Bicubic Sharper"....
December 6, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Noise Ninja Photoshop plug-in ready for purchase
While the Photoshop plug-in version of PictureCode Noise Ninja for Mac OS X and Windows remains in late beta release, it's now possible to purchase a license and receive a permanent registration key for the powerful noise reduction software. The final release of the Photoshop plug-in is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2005.
December 3, 2004 | FULL STORY 
NikonNet's December Legend Behind the Lens is Sandro
NikonNet profiles Sandro in its Legend Behind the Lens feature for December....
December 3, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Fred Miranda releases CSpro sharpening plug-in for Canon 20D
Fred Miranda has released the Canon 20D CSpro plug-in, which provides a number of sharpening routines customized for Canon EOS 20D files.The plug-in is compatible with Photoshop 6.0 or higher on both Windows and Mac. It's available for direct download from the the Fred Miranda website and costs US$24.90....
December 3, 2004 | FULL STORY 
If you've benefited from this site, please consider a donation
The plan to make this web site self-supporting through advertising revenue is mostly on track. Thanks to the support of some key companies out there, Rob Galbraith Digital Photography Insights should remain on the air for a good, long time. That said, recent site development expenses, and a big surge in bandwidth charges since September 2004, has translated into costs that are much higher than was budgeted for as the year closes out. Therefore, I've decided to make a direct appeal to readers to help defray these costs. If you've benefited from this site, and are in a position to make a cash donation, please consider doing so through the link in this article.
December 2, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Bibble Labs announces "competitive upgrade" program
Bibble Labs has announced a "competitive upgrade" program aimed at bringing users of Phase One's C1 PRO, SE or LE over to Bibble, the company's RAW file browsing and conversion software. Registered users of one of the C1 apps are able to purchase Bibble Professional 4.1 for US$99, a savings of US$30. Details...
December 2, 2004 | FULL STORY 
FotoStation Classic 5.1 now shipping for Windows and Mac
Fotoware is now shipping FotoStation Classic 5.1. The full-featured photo browser for Windows and Mac (which the company says has been rewritten from the ground up for OS X) enables the importing, viewing, captioning, sorting, searching and sending - including via email or FTP - of digital camera photographs.
December 1, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Imaging Resource: First impression of Konica Minolta Maxxum/Dynax 7D
Imaging Resource has published a brief first impression report on the Maxxum/Dynax 7D, the new 6-megapixel digital SLR from Konica Minolta....
December 1, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Qimage v2005.100 released
Digital Domain has updated its printing and RAW file conversion application, Qimage, to version 2005.101. The new version features improved stability and faster performance -- up to 30% on many operations, according to Digital Domain -- as well as several other enhancements....
December 1, 2004 | FULL STORY 
C1 PRO, SE, LE 3.6 for Mac OS X released
Phase One yesterday released version 3.6 of its trio of C1 applications for digital SLR and compact cameras. Only the Mac OS X version is available now; the Windows version is expected on December 20, 2004.
December 1, 2004 | FULL STORY 
  XQD, Ethernet and the Nikon D4 (View)
  LPA Design announces PocketWizard Plus III transceiver (View)
  Announced: Nikon D800 with 36.15 million image pixel sensor (View)
  Review: Delock Card Reader FireWire B (Nr. 91694) (View)
  Review: Lexar 1000X blazes to 129MB/s read speed, best-in-class write speeds (View)
  Q&A with Nikon D4 engineer Toshiaki Akagi (View)
  Larger sensor at the heart of 14.20 million image pixel Canon Powershot G1 X (View)
  Nikon announces 16.16 million image pixel, 10fps D4 digital SLR (View)
  First Look: Nikon Mount Adapter FT1 (View)
  Review: Nikon Speedlight SB-910 (View)
  Feature: Stephen Mallon shoots a bridge's journey (View)
  Feature: Wildlife shooter Scott Linstead captures slices of time (View)
  Tip: Alternate mounting options for the Vagabond Mini Lithium (View)
  Review: Nikon's J1 and V1 cameras and 1 Nikkor lenses (View)
  Canon announces 17.92 million image pixel EOS-1D X (View)
  Feature: William B. Plowman goes underground (View)
  Feature: Joel Hawksley starts a photography career (View)
  Review: the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (View)
  Feature: impressions of the Apple iPad 2 (View)
  Review: M.I.C. CF Card Reader for iPad and iPad 2 (View)
  Feature: the quiet, lovely photographs of Joseph O. Holmes (View)
  Photosmith iPad app now available (View)
  Eye-Fi Direct Mode for X2 SDHC cards rolling out today (update 2) (View)
  Feature: Carl de Souza self-assignment produces remarkable steel mill photos (View)
  Feature: Robert Seale on photographing Evan Longoria for Sports Illustrated (View)
  Feature: Crisp light, great moments typify the wedding photography of Cliff Mautner (View)
  Review: Vagabond Mini Lithium portable power pack (View)
  Review: blueSLR remote trigger and geolocation system for Nikon (View)
  Patent infringment suit filed on eve of 344MHz Phottix Atlas production (updated) (View)
  Dynalite revamps power pack lineup, releases high performance 1600ws pack (View)
  Review: the Nikon Speedlight SB-700 (updated) (View)
  A first look at ShutterSnitch 2.0 for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (View)
  PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5 for Nikon head to dealers (View)
  Photokina 2010: Beyond the cameras, part 2 (View)
  Photokina 2010: Beyond the cameras, part 1 (View)
  Wireless photography with an iPad and ShutterSnitch (View)
  Canon Expo 2010 kicks off in New York (View)
  Fighter jet crash "one of the most unforgettable moments," says photographer (View)
  Stopping action with the Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 monolight (View)
  An analysis of EOS-1D Mark IV autofocus performance (View)
  PLM umbrellas offer sweet combo of efficiency and softness (View)
  A first look at Nikon D3S high ISO image quality, plus the new 70-200mm f/2.8 (View)
  LibertyPak Little Genny LG400 provides premium portable power for strobes (View)
  DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone comes to life in v1.1 (View)
  Revamped MacBook Pro line delivers top-notch display quality (View)
  A look inside Nikon's Sendai digital SLR factory (View)
  An analysis of EOS-1D Mark III autofocus performance (View)
  Notes from Canon headquarters (View)
  Staying sharp: A veteran news shooter seeks new challenges (View)
  Beneath the waves with the Nikon D2X (View)
  Alex Majoli points and shoots (View)
  A look back at the NC2000 (View)
  Shooting the D1X for National Geographic (View)

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