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September 2006 News  
Apple releases Aperture 1.5 for Mac
Apple has updated Aperture to v1.5.
September 29, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Scandinavian Touch expands Walkstool line
Lars Andersson of Scandinavian Touch has travelled once again from Sweden to Photokina, armed with two new models of the Walkstool we first saw at Photokina 2004. Two new lower-priced designs, built in China and called Walkstool Basic, have joined the Walkstool lineup as well.
September 28, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Lastolite unveils Ezybox Hotshoe, HiLite Background
Lastolite has announced the Ezybox Hotshoe, a new addition to its line of portable softboxes that is purpose built to work with shoe mount strobes. Ezybox Hotshoe is comprised of a self-expanding 38cm x 38cm (15" W x 15" H) softbox, dedicated speedring and flash shoe bracket. While there are softbox kits from several manufacturers that fit this basic description, what's unique about the Lastolite offering is how quickly it assembles and how sturdy it seems once put together.
September 27, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Sigma previews DP1 fixed-lens compact with Foveon APS-C format sensor
Sigma has announced the DP1, a fixed-lens compact digital camera that uses the same 4.67(x3)-megapixel Foveon X3 APS-C format sensor as the newly announced SD14 digital SLR. The DP1 is the first point-and-shoot style camera with a large SLR-quality sensor. The camera also sports a fixed focal length 16.6mm f/4 lens (equivalent to a 28mm lens on 35mm film format). No pricing or availability information is given.
September 27, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Sigma announces SD14 digital SLR with Foveon sensor
Sigma has today announced the SD14, a digital SLR with a new 4.67(x3)-megapixel Foveon X3 sensor and the Sigma lens mount. Changes from its predecessor, the SD10, include a new, smaller body design, new 5-point AF system, and a new pentaprism viewfinder with 98% frame coverage. Pricing and availability have not been announced.
September 26, 2006 | FULL STORY 
SanDisk bumps Extreme III CF to 12GB and 16GB, Ultra II SD to 4GB
Size counts in SanDisk's Photokina 2006 announcements. The company has unveiled Extreme III CompactFlash cards in both 12GB and 16GB capacities, as well as an Ultra II 4GB Secure Digital (SD) card that is SDHC compliant.
September 26, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Aperture 1.5, due out "this week," is all about workflow
Apple Aperture 1.5 for Mac, due out as a free update in the next few days, is all about workflow. Based on glimpses of the new release today at a packed Apple presentation in Cologne, Germany, v1.5 appears to be a significant update to the pro photo management application that made its debut in the fall of 2005. We have words and pictures from the event.
September 25, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Optics Pro v4 now available, says DxO Labs
DxO Labs has announced the availability of DxO Optics Pro v4 for Windows.
September 25, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Delkin brings ExpressCard CompactFlash adapter to the Mac
Delkin has announced a CompactFlash-to-ExpressCard adapter that will enable photographers armed with a MacBook Pro to transfer photos via the computer's ExpressCard slot. The Delkin ExpressCard 34 CompactFlash adapter is actually compatible with both Mac and Windows systems, but as the majority of ExpressCard slots in PC notebooks are the 54mm variety, this new product from Delkin is really geared towards Mac users, primarily because it's the first such adapter to fit the MacBook Pro's narrower 34mm slot. We've tested a prototype unit of the ExpressCard 34 with both a MacBook Pro 17 inch and a Dell Inspiron 6400; read on to see the results.
September 25, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Stylus Pro 3800 to join Epson printer lineup
DIGITAL OUTBACK PHOTO has published specifications for a new photo printer from Epson. Called the Stylus Pro 3800, it features a 17 inch print carriage, eight-colour print head, Ultrachrome K3 inks and many other similarities to the Stylus Pro 4800. But it's physically smaller than the 4800, takes nine 80ml ink cartidges, can automatically switch between photo black and matte black inks with promised minimal ink wastage, lacks a roll feeder option and at US$1295 in the U.S. is less expensive.
September 25, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Fujifilm announces FinePix S5 Pro; delivery planned for early 2007
Fujifilm has announced that the FinePix S5 Pro is in development and is slated for delivery in early 2007. The camera melds a refined version of the 6.17MP Super CCD SR sensor of the S3 Pro and new RP Processor Pro image processing technology with a Nikon camera body that is comprised mostly of parts from the D200.
September 25, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Adobe releases Photoshop Lightroom Beta 4
Adobe has posted for download beta 4 of Lightroom for Mac and Windows, and given the program its official name: Photoshop Lightroom. Beta 4 brings feature parity to the Mac and Windows versions, adds RAW processing support for the Nikon D2Xs and Sony Alpha DSLR A-100 and preliminary RAW processing support for the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D and Nikon D80, and implements numerous functionality changes.
September 24, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Epson announces P-3000 and P-5000 multimedia storage/viewers
Epson has today announced the P-3000 and P-5000 multimedia storage/viewers, which replace the P-2000 and P-4000, respectively. Highlighting the upgrades in these two new viewers are a a 2.5X increase in file transfer speed and a new 4-color, 4-inch LCD display that can reproduce 88% of the Adobe RGB color space, according to Epson.
September 24, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic 4.4.3.3 released
Camera Bits this weekend has released Photo Mechanic 4.4.3.3 for Windows and Mac.
September 24, 2006 | FULL STORY 
VisibleDust announces trio of new sensor cleaning products
VisibleDust has taken the wraps off an upcoming addition to their line of digital SLR sensor cleaning products. Called the Arctic Butterfly SL 700, it's a more compact version of the Arctic Butterfly 724 self-cleaning/charging brush the company introduced back in May 2006. The SL 700 is the third new product from VisibleDust in recent weeks. In August, they rolled out the HDF Sensor Brush, a more densely-packed brush attachment for the Arctic Butterfly 724. Also unveiled were two types of Corner Swabs for wet-cleaning guck out of the corners of a sensor. Here's a rundown of Visible Dust's trio of new particle fighting tools.
September 24, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Bibble 4.9 released
Bibble Labs has released Bibble 4.9 in both Pro and Lite editions. This latest update to the company's RAW workflow software for Windows, Mac, and Linux introduces a Clone/Spot Healing tool and adds support for the Sony DSLR-A100, the Nikon D80, and the Canon 400D (Rebel XTi).
September 22, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Pentax to show prototypes of 3 pro lenses and "645 Digital" at Photokina
Pentax has published some preliminary information on four products currently under development that the company will preview at Photokina later this month. Three of the new products are reduced-image-circle pro-level lenses that will have built-in "supersonic" motors (clearly intended to complement the newly announced K10D digital SLR): a 16-50mm f/2.8ED, a 50-135mm f/2.8ED, and a 60-250mm f/4ED. The fourth is the medium format digital SLR, tentatively called the 645 Digital, that Pentax has previously revealed is being developed.
September 21, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Think Tank Photo unveils new backpacks, long lens case and more
Think Tank Photo has unveiled eight new photo bags and bag accessories aimed at the working shooter and serious weekend photographer. Like previous Think Tank offerings, they feature some of the nicest product design we've seen coupled with the company's usual flair for product naming. Here's a rundown of Think Tank's new backpacks, long lens pack, computer briefcase and more.
September 20, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Canon updates DPP, other digital photography applications
Canon today has released updaters for both the Mac and Windows versions of Digital Photo Professional that bring the program to v2.2. Other newly-available updates include ImageBrowser 5.7.2 (Mac), ZoomBrowser EX 5.7.0 (Windows), EOS Utility 1.1 (Mac/Windows) and CameraWindow DSLR 5.3.2 (Windows).
September 20, 2006 | FULL STORY 
New Zeiss lenses for Nikon revealed
Zeiss has published a web page that looks like it's possibly still under construction which reveals three new ZF-series lenses for Nikon cameras, and confirms the 35mm f/2.0 lens that was inadvertently leaked earlier this month. The three new optics are a 25mm f/2.8 Distagon, a 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar, and a 100mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar.
September 20, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Olympus to show successor to E-1 at Photokina
Olympus' Photokina 2006 plans include a sneak peek at the next top-of-the-line camera in its digital SLR lineup, says a press release on the Olympus Japan website: "[At Photokina] we will be exhibiting a concept model of the successor to our current Olympus E-System flagship, the Olympus E-1 digital SLR."
September 19, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Nikon Capture 4.4.2 updater posted
Nikon Capture (not NX) for Windows and Mac has been updated to v4.4.2.
September 19, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Leica aficionado posts first impressions of M8
Leica expert Erwin Puts has published part one of his impressions of the Leica M8.
September 19, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Adobe updates Camera Raw plug-in to v3.5
Adobe has updated the Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop CS2 to v3.5. The only change since v3.4 appears to be support for the RAW files from five new digital compact and SLR cameras, including the Nikon D2Xs and Sony Alpha DSLR-A100. Adobe also indicates that Camera Raw 3.6 will emerge sometime this fall, and will include RAW file processing support for the Nikon D80 and Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D.
September 19, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Extensis releases Portfolio 8.1.1 for Mac
Extensis has released v8.1.1 of Portfolio for Mac, in flavours for the client, Server and browser versions of the image cataloging program. The update enables Portfolio to display previews of the first page of Adobe InDesign CS2 documents, plus it fixes several image display, file copying and other bugs.
September 18, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Jobo releases firmware update for Giga Vu Pro evolution
Coinciding with the start of broader availability of the Giga Vu Pro evolution photo storage device at retailers, Jobo has released a firmware update that fixes an image display bug while also implementing full compatibility with Canon and Nikon digital SLR Wi-Fi transmitters.
September 17, 2006 | FULL STORY 
CIPA revises digital and film camera shipment projections
The Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA), an industry group in Japan that tracks both domestic market and export shipments of both film and digital cameras, has revised their projections for 2006 through 2008. Scanning through the new forecasts reveals a few interesting tidbits of data, including the fact that compact digital camera shipments have been running well ahead of expectations this year, and are now predicted to be much stronger sellers throughout the forecast period. At the same time, film camera shipments are flattening even faster than anticipated.
September 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Capture One 3.7.5 adds new camera support
Phase One has added to the list of cameras supported and fixed various bugs in its Capture One suite of RAW conversion software. Capture One LE 3.7.5 and Capture One PRO 3.7.5 for Windows and Mac can now process RAW files from the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D, Epson R-D1s, Leica M8, Nikon D2Xs, Nikon D80 and Sony Alpha DSLR-A100; these Capture One versions, plus Capture One DB 3.7.5, implement fixes for several image quality and metadata handling bugs as well.
September 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic 4.4.3.3 public beta available for download
Camera Bits has posted a public beta of the next release of Photo Mechanic for Windows and Mac. Version 4.4.3.3 of the pro photo browser incorporates a number of small improvements and fixes and is available for download from the forums on the Camera Bits website.
September 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Pro Shooters LLC releases DigitalPro 4.1.2
Pro Shooters LLC has released DigitalPro 4.1.2, an upgrade to its image browsing and cataloging program for Windows.
September 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Zigview S2 adds remote viewing to electronic viewfinder lineup
Argraph this week has introduced the Zigview S2, the third model in its line of real-time electronic viewfinders for digital SLR cameras. The Zigview S2 features a detachable 2.5-inch LCD screen for remote viewing up to 12 metres (40 feet) away from the camera itself using an accessory video transceiver cable.
September 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Poynter: Photojournalism in the Age of Scrutiny
Poynteronline's Photojournalism in the Age of Scrutiny discusses the controversy arising from manipulated photos in the news in recent weeks as well as the Society for News Design's new ethics guidelines.
September 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
BreezeBrowser Pro 1.6 announced
Breeze Systems has announced BreezeBrowser Pro 1.6, the newest version of the company's image browser and RAW conversion program for Windows. The new release supports the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D.
September 15, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Leica M8 to ship at end of November
Leica first hinted at the development of a digital M-series rangefinder back in 2004; early in 2006 they began revealing some details of the new model. Now, the full story has emerged: called the M8, it features a 10.35 million image pixel CCD sensor with a focal length cropping factor of about 1.33X (relative to a 35mm film frame) and no low-pass filter, an ISO range of 160 to 2500, 2 fps shooting rate, RAW+JPEG shooting (RAW files are in the Adobe DNG format), SD card slot, M-TTL flash compatibility (plus a 1/250 maximum flash sync) and a 2.5 inch rear LCD. It is slated for delivery at the end of November.
September 15, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Adobe (re-)releases 9.0.2 updater for Photoshop CS2 Mac
Adobe this week has posted for download a 9.0.2 updater for Photoshop CS2 for Mac. Back in August, the company briefly made available 9.0.2 for Mac via the program's software update mechanism, but that update was found to have a printing bug that affected OS X 10.2.x and 10.3.x systems and was quickly pulled from circulation. This 9.0.2 updater has the same fixes as the earlier 9.0.2, plus a correction for the earlier 9.0.2's printing bug.
September 14, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Olympus announces E-400 digital SLR
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW notes the introduction of the Olympus E-400, a new digital SLR that includes a 10MP CCD in a compact, classically-styled camera body. The E-400 will apparently not ship in the U.S. when it's released in November 2006.
September 14, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Canon unveils Powershot G7
Canon today introduced the 9.98 million image pixel PowerShot G7, a new top-of-the-line offering in their compact camera lineup.
September 14, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Pentax announces 10-megapixel K10D digital SLR
Pentax has today announced the K10D, an advanced amateur/semi-pro digital SLR with a 10-megapixel sensor, in-body vibration reduction, an 11-point autofocus system, a weather-sealed body, and an anti-dust sensor shaking mechanism, all for US$899.95 in the U.S.
September 13, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Zeiss shows off 1700mm f/4 mega-lens for Hasselblad
Carl Zeiss has posted a web page with a description and pictures of a 1700mm f/4 supertelephoto lens that it made-to-order for a customer to use with his Hasselblad 203 FE medium format SLR. (This would be roughly equivalent to a 920mm f/4 on 35mm.) Zeiss says the optic is the world's largest telephoto lens, a claim that is hard to doubt after you learn that it weighs 256 kg (564 lbs.). No matching shoulder strap is shown. The lens will be on display at Photokina.
September 12, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar takes place Dec. 1-2, 2006
The 2006 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar takes place December 1-2, 2006 in Atlanta, GA, USA. Scheduled speakers and presenters include Rocky Mountain News photographer Todd Heisler, multimedia journalism guru Brian Storm, and Chicago Tribune photographer Scott Strazzante, among others.
September 11, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Zeiss ZF 35mm f/2.0 for Nikon revealed
A picture of a previously unannounced 35mm f/2.0 lens in the Zeiss ZF lens lineup for Nikon SLR cameras has been published, seemingly as an afterthought, in a blog posting by POPPHOTO.COM'S Herb Keppler.
September 8, 2006 | FULL STORY 
24 inch model added to iMac line; all models feature Core 2 Duo
Apple today added a 24 inch model to its line of iMac all-in-one desktop computers, while also switching to Intel Core 2 Duo processors for the full range of iMac models.
September 6, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Apple planning significant presence at Photokina
Photokina 2006 will mark the first time Apple has had a significant presence at the mammoth photography trade show held every two years in Germany, joining other software industry heavyweights such as Adobe and Microsoft in showing off their wares for photographers. And while Apple is being its typical coy self in talking about what they may or may not reveal at the show later this month, a comment from an Apple PR representative leaves the door wide open for a new version of Aperture to be unveiled.
September 5, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Nikon Capture NX updated to v1.0.1
Nikon today has updated Capture NX to v1.0.1. The new version of Nikon's image editing and NEF processing application for Windows and Mac adds support for D80 NEF files and improves program functionality in various areas.
September 1, 2006 | 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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