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September 2000 News  
Photokina report: Part 4
Film is still the medium onto which innumerable newspaper and wire service photo assignments are recorded. Because of that, a good quality analog-to-digital converter is required to move film into a computer for editing, transmission and storage. For most photojournalists, that converter is a 35mm film scanner, and these days it's probably from either Nikon or Polaroid. At Photokina 2000, both companies had their 35mm film scanners on display, plus, in Polaroid's case, an advance look was offered at a new multi-format film scanner that delivers high resolution scans and connects via FireWire, making it the first FireWire film scanner on the market.
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
D200 and DCS 520 firmware upgrades recommended
To avoid compatibility problems with 1GB Microdrives, Canon's Chuck Westfall says to upgrade the EOS D2000 and DCS 520 to firmware version 3.2.3....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Photoshop 6 delayed
Macintouch indicates that Adobe Photoshop 6 may not ship until October 6....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
CImageD1 filters D1noise
Leif Magne Svendsen has posted v2.2 of CImageD1, a D1 noise filtering application for Windows....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Ricochet wireless available
Ricochet's 128kbps wireless data service is now available in 9 municipalities across the US. Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Area and Manhattan join Atlanta and San Diego, which have had the speedy service since July. See Metricom Ricochet commences high-speed data rollout for more information....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Quantum Mechanic Pro 2.0 available
Emilio notes that Quantum Mechanic Pro 2.0 for Windows is available from the Camera Bits download directory, though the company's web site hasn't yet been updated. Dennis Walker of Camera Bits confirms that his company is taking registrations for the product....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
QImage updated
QImage Pro v9.31 includes many under-the-hood changes....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Digital put into perspective
Photographer Uwe Steinmueller has crafted a tutorial on using Photoshop to control perspective in digital photos. Check out other features at Steinmueller's Digital Outback Photo online magazine, including a review of Bibble 2.0....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
D1 and S1 compared
Mike Chaney has posted a comparison of the Nikon D1 and Fuji S1 Pro....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Powerbook firmware update addresses FireWire problem
Powerbook Firmware update v2.7, in conjunction with FireWire 2.5 extensions, seems to fix once and for all a problem with FireWire Powerbooks forgetting about the existence of their internal FireWire bus....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
E-10 gets first look
Digital Photography Review has a first look at the Olympus E-10, a digital SLR with non-interchangeable lenses....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
ProPEG optimizes web JPEGs
ProJPEG 5.0, a US$19.95 plug-in for creating optimized JPEGs for web display and other uses, adds Actions support and raises the effective size limit of photos than can be compressed. Note that in my testing, ProJPEG did not offer any real advantage over Photoshop's JPEG compression when squeezing D1 and...
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Firmware updated for Coolpix 990
Nikon recently posted firmware v1.1 for the Coolpix 990....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Coolpix 950 and 990 firmware upgrades made easier
Steve's DigiCams has posted a method for upgrading Coolpix 950 or 990 firmware from a CompactFlash card, instead of via serial or USB link....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Norton Utilities 6 features for Mac outlined
Symantec has posted some components of Norton Utilities 6 for Mac online for public beta testing....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
StarTac to USB described
O'Grady's Powerpage describes how to connect a Motorola StarTac phone to the USB port on a late model Powerbook....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
AOL updated
AOL Instant Messenger for Mac has been updated to version 4.2.1147....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Scientific American looks at wireless transmission
Scientific American's October 2000 issue, both online and print, provides a comprehensive look at the state of mobile data transmission worldwide....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Motorola to produce Bluetooth wireless
Motorola hopes to have its first Bluetooth-capable wireless phone, the Timeport 270, on the shelves by Christmas (NYTimes.com - free registration required)....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Wireless web described
Ian Austen describes the pleasures and perils of The New Wireless Web (NYTimes.com - free registration required)....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Apple hosts seminar
Apple is staging a seminar on digital photography October 2 in Reston, VA. Called Practical Photo Perfection, the 2.5 hour session will teach "techniques for making outstanding images using Nikon Coolpix cameras, Apple Computers, Adobe Photoshop, and Epson Printers."...
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Epson cyan problem outlined
Dave Lazarowych notes a page describing in detail the history of the light cyan ink fading problem of Epson's Stylus 870/1270 printers. Epson's Dan Crane addressed the problem in a message to MacWeek recently....
September 29, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Photokina report: Part 3
Photokina is primarily a hardware show. Several software vendors, however, were on hand to demonstrate existing and new Mac and Windows applications for photographers. Vendors included Adobe, which of course was showing off Photoshop 6, and Fotoware, which offered a sneak peek at the upcoming FotoStation Pro 4.5.
September 28, 2000 | FULL STORY 
MacBibble 1.1 fixes long standing bugs, adds functionality
MacBibble 1.1 for Mac appears to successfully tackle two persistent bugs - problems with saving files, and the word "Buzzwords" taking over Photoshop's menu bar - in addition to adding nearly all the functionality of Bibble for Windows 2.0.
September 27, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Canon Germany posts D30 photos from Olympics
Canon's Chuck Westfall notes that Canon Germany has posted photos shot with the EOS D30 digital camera at the Olympics in Syndey. The photos are not full resolution, but still give a good sense of the camera's image quality, ISO 800 performance and autofocus capability. The site contains dozens of photos in all, sorted by day.
September 26, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Photokina report: big crowds, few surprises
It was only 10 years ago that Kodak introduced the original Kodak DCS, a digital Nikon F3 that operated only while tethered to a heavy external pack. A first-timer to Photokina 2000, however, would think digital has been around much longer than that. That's because the bi-annual photographic trade show in Cologne, Germany, which wound up yesterday, was absolutely dominated by pixel-based products.
September 26, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Photokina report: Part 1
Within minutes of Photokina 2000's 10 AM opening each day, crowds would fill the stands of the major digital camera manufacturers, including Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Olympus and others, while a more subdued but nearly as large throng would listen attentively as reps extolled the virtues of the DCS Pro Back in Kodak's pavilion. Even old favourites like the Nikon D1 drew a sizable and steady crowd, helped along in part by the leather-clad models draped across a motorcycle that anchored one end of Nikon's digital imaging area
September 26, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Photokina report: Part 2
Lexar Media, Microtech, Delkin Devices, Sandisk, Simple Technology, several Taiwanese vendors and more had new CompactFlash cards and readers to show at Photokina 2000. This section contains the highlights from each major vendor except Simple Technology. Simple Technology should offer a similar line of CompactFlash products to Delkin and Microtech, since all three rely on Hitachi components in building their Flash RAM cards.
September 26, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Digital Photography Review posts info on Powershot G1
Digital Photography Review has an excellent overview of Canon's latest amateur digital camera, the Powershot G1.
September 19, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Kodak announces medium format DCS Pro Back
Kodak has upped the digital ante for quality-minded digital shooters with the announcement of the DCS Pro Back. The removable, 16 megapixel digital back for certain medium format Hasselblad and Mamiya cameras delivers approximately 48MB files, with or without a FireWire connection to a computer. At first glance, the DCS Pro Back looks like it may offer both strong image quality as well as a level of portability in digital that medium format film shooters will welcome.
September 19, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Bibble 2.0 adds ability to set neutral point in preview
Eric Hyman has completed the v2.0 release of Bibble, a program for browsing and processing D1 RAW (.NEF) files. Preview and overall processing speed gains, as well as the addition of a neutral point setting tool in General Options, are the primary changes since v1.99.
September 18, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Lexar Media to show off 12x CompactFlash cards at Photokina
At Photokina next week, Lexar Media will unveil their fastest CompactFlash cards to date, with sustained write speeds in the lab of about 1800K/second.
September 15, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Canon sets US price for D30
Canon in the US today pegged the list price for its upcoming D30 digital SLR kit at US$3500, with an expected street price of about US$3000. The Battery Grip BG-ED3 accessory, which will be considered a mandatory purchase by many photojournalists, is not included in the basic D30 kit, but is not expected to expensive. The D30 should be on sale in the US at the end of October; a recent note on Canon's web site indicated that it would be available in Japan after October 20th.
September 13, 2000 | FULL STORY 
AFP to use wireless Ethernet at Olympics
Agence France-Presse (AFP), like other major wire services, will be making extensive use of wireless Ethernet technology at the Sydney Olympics to move photos from the photographer in the field to AFP's on-site editing facilities.
September 11, 2000 | FULL STORY 
MacBibble v1.0b stomps out bugs
MacBibble v1.0b, the third revision of the D1 RAW (.NEF) browser and image processor for Mac in the last week, may fix a serious bug that prevents the saving of files for some (the problem persists for me). Also new in v1.0b is a 20% improvement in processing time when .NEFS are previewed. Author Eric Hyman notes several other changes as well:
September 11, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Latest revisions of QImage Pro beef up D1 functionality
Peter Ibbotson notes that QImage Pro author Mike Chaney has released a new version of QImage Pro. Version 9.1 of the batch printing and image processing application for Windows includes significant improvements to the D1 functionality. Recent changes include:
September 11, 2000 | FULL STORY 
MacBibble v1.0 released
MacBibble, an application for processing raw .NEF files shot with the Nikon D1, has emerged from pre-release status. While officially revved to v1.0 yesterday, the latest version of MacBibble contains many of the enhancements found in v1.99 of Bibble for Windows. Coinciding with the v1.0 posting is a price increase from US$75 to US$99. MacBibble is fully-functional for 10 days before key features are disabled.
September 5, 2000 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic 2.0r9 for Mac posted
Jens Dresling notes that Photo Mechanic Lite for Mac and Photo Mechanic Pro for Mac this week have been updated to v2.0r9. Changes include:
September 1, 2000 | 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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