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January 2005 News  
PictureCode posts release candidate of Noise Ninja plug-in for Photoshop
PictureCode has this week posted the release candidate of the Photoshop plug-in version of Noise Ninja. The latest near-final release of the plug-in, which has been tagged v2.0.3a to match the version number of its standalone application counterparts, adds support for Photoshop Actions (yah!), and incorporates all the key features of...
January 30, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic updated to 4.3.2
Camera Bits this week updated Photo Mechanic for Mac and Windows to v4.3.2. The new version is principally a maintenance release. Changes include the fixing of two crashing bugs on the Mac. The Read Me bundled with the program details the changes across both platforms.  ...
January 30, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Creativepro: Canon i9900 printer review
Creativepro has reviewed the Canon i9900 printer, an 8-color inkjet with a maximum print size of 13 x 19 inches (A3). ...
January 28, 2005 | FULL STORY 
EasyS Sharpening Toolkit for Mac now available
A Mac version of the EasyS Sharpening Toolkit from Digital Outback Photo is now available. DOP does not specify which versions of the Mac OS that the US$29.95 toolkit works with, but a demo is available for free download.A story on the Windows version that we published earlier this month...
January 27, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Two reviews of HP DesignJet 130 posted
Photofocus and Digital Outback Photo have both recently posted pieces on the HP DesignJet 130, a 24-inch wide format inkjet printer that sells direct for US$1,295. The DesignJet 130 is a dye-based inkjet but its prints are nevertheless claimed to last 80 years or longer. The Photofocus article is a...
January 25, 2005 | FULL STORY 
photo.net: inexpensive LCD for instant on-set image review
Photo.net has published an article by photographer Giampiero Scuderi describing the home-baked LCD viewing system he devised for displaying images on-set to his clients as he's shooting. Scuderi found a 7-inch LCD TV that is sold in the automotive retro-fit market for US$129, and he uses it with the video-out...
January 24, 2005 | FULL STORY 
MobileMag: 100GB portable USB/Firewire drive ships
MobileMag reports that Other World Computing is now shipping a 100GB version of its Mercury On-The-Go portable USB/FireWire hard drive.The drive is available now for US$319 from Other World Computing's web site. ...
January 24, 2005 | FULL STORY 
NikonPro: small D2X samples, Wi-Fi
A new issue of Pro Views, the online newsletter of Nikon Professional Services, has been posted. Among the articles is a short preview of the D2X that includes a small selection of D2X images reproduced at very small size. There is also a profile of fashion/commercial photographer Rob Van Petten...
January 20, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Data Rescue posts CF Card build quality comparison
Data Rescue, maker of Photo Rescue image recovery software, has posted an interesting comparison of CompactFlash card build quality. The company cracked open the cases of two unnamed CompactFlash cards, then photographed the innards. While both use Samsung flash memory, and one a Lexar controller (the card with a Lexar controller is...
January 20, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic 4.3.1 released
Camera Bits has today released v4.3.1 of Photo Mechanic for Mac and Windows. The release comes quick on the heels of v4.3, released earlier this month; the changes in v4.3.1 are all minor functionality tweaks or bug fixes....
January 20, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Archos announces ARCDisk, 4GB USB keychain drive
Archos has announced the ARCDisk, a 4GB USB 2.0 "key" drive (apparently a reference to its size and key-ring attachment).It's about half-an-inch thick and weighs only 1.4 ounces. A short write-up on Engadget reports that the ARCDisk should be available this month for US$149....
January 20, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Printer profiling in-depth
Digital Outback Photo has published a short introduction and a link to an article by photographer Giorgio Trucco called "The Art and Science of Printer Profiling".The article is a 14-page PDF document that takes a fairly in-depth look at the concepts underlying ICC printer profiling with an emphasis on the...
January 20, 2005 | FULL STORY 
DPReview: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D review
Digital Photography Review has published its review of Konica Minolta's recently released DSLR, the Maxxum (Dynax) 7D....
January 18, 2005 | FULL STORY 
C1 3.6 for Windows released
Phase One has released version 3.6 of the Windows editions of Capture One PRO, C1 SE, and C1 LE.This upgrade adds support for RAW files from the Canon EOS 1Ds MKII, the Fujifilm S3 Pro, and the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, among other cameras.More details on new features and upgrade...
January 18, 2005 | FULL STORY 
G-Technology announces G-Drive mini portable hard drives
G-Technology has announced a line of compact external hard drives called the G-Drive mini.The drives will be sold in FireWire or USB 2.0 versions and will be available in February 2005 in 60, 80, and 100GB capacities with list prices starting at US$179....
January 18, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Think Tank Photo develops backpack, belt system and waist pack for working photographers
Think Tank Photo has developed a travel backpack, modular belt system and beltpacks for the working photographer, and photojournalists in particular.
January 18, 2005 | FULL STORY 
U.S. campaign photogs post their favorite outtakes
A group of photographers who covered last fall's U.S. presidential election campaign have created a web site to post their favorite shots that never got published. The web site is titled "Don't Photo!" and comprises galleries from fourteen newspaper, wire service, and agency photographers....
January 17, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Gizmodo: El Al prohibits EOS-1D, iBook on flight
Gizmodo has a brief story about El Al prohibiting photographer Matthias Bruggman from taking his EOS-1D and iBook computer on a recent flight.Bruggman says that El Al's security officials told him that his camera and laptop were prohibited because they are too complex to be taken apart and inspected....
January 17, 2005 | FULL STORY 
CompactFlash Performance Database updated
The CompactFlash Performance Database has been updated. We've added the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro, retested the Canon EOS-1D Mark II with firmware v1.1.0 loaded and begun to roll in results from the Ridata 80X/PRO. II.
January 15, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic 4.3 released
Camera Bits today has released Photo Mechanic 4.3 for Windows and Mac. The update adds background ingesting, image zooming, RAW+JPEG linking and more (we published a preview of this release earlier this month). This version does not include support for Lexar's Active Memory System (AMS). That's planned for a later release, probably...
January 15, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Chris Johns takes helm, restructures National Geographic
A Photo District News article looks at the personnel changes at National Geographic magazine since Chris Johns took over as Editor-in-Chief on January 3, 2005....
January 14, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Digital Camera Battery special offer extended until end of January 14
Last week, we mentioned a special offer from Digital Camera Battery in which the company was bundling two cables or other accessories at no extra charge when a 40 watt pack was purchased. A server glitch earlier this week, says Digital Camera Battery's Tim Dodge, meant that the ordering page was inaccessible...
January 14, 2005 | FULL STORY 
A look back at the NC2000
A look back at the camera that started the digital revolution in photojournalism.
January 13, 2005 | FULL STORY 
NPPA BOP 2005 open for entries
The U.S. National Press Photographers Association's annual Best of Photojournalism competition is now accepting entries for 2005. Submissions are due by February 11, 2005. ...
January 13, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Apple announces bevy of new, updated products
Apple yesterday unveiled a bevy of new products and enhancements to existing products. Among what's new is the addition of RAW format support, an improved slide show and beefier editing tools in iPhoto 5. The list of cameras whose RAW formats are now iPhoto-compatible is relatively short, though several recent digital SLR...
January 12, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Nikkei Electronics Asia publishes article on D2X image sensor
A brief article on the Sony-manufactured CMOS image sensor that's at the heart of the upcoming Nikon D2X is in the January 2005 issue of Nikkei Electronics Asia. The article specifically addresses the engineering challenge of keeping noise at bay in a sensor with a small pixel pitch: "...there is an excellent chance...
January 12, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Nikon USA, UK set price and delivery date for the D2X
Nikon USA and Nikon UK have today set the price and ship date for the D2X. The new digital SLR model will begin shipping in the U.S. and the UK on February 25, 2005. The estimated street price in the US will be US$4999.95, while the price in the UK is to be 3499.99. It's likely that the ship date announced by Nikon USA and Nikon UK will be the same in most Nikon marketing regions worldwide, though the few other Nikon web sites we surveyed this morning didn't yet have new ship date information listed.
January 12, 2005 | FULL STORY 
DPReview: Olympus E-300 review
Digital Photography Review has published its review of the Olympus E-300 digital SLR camera....
January 11, 2005 | FULL STORY 
The Digital Journalist January issue posted
The January 2005 issue of the Digital Journalist has been published. Articles include: Two portfolios of images from new books on China: Empire: Impressions from China by James Whitlow Delano and China Obscura by Mark Leong.  Dispatches from several photographers covering the Indian Ocean tsunamis and one from a photographer covering...
January 11, 2005 | FULL STORY 
DOP: why use the ProPhoto RGB color space
Digital Outback Photo has published an argument for using ProPhoto RGB as your working color space, especially if your images are destined for fine-art printing.According to the article, ProPhoto RGB has a larger gamut than Adobe RGB, which cannot represent some colors that can be captured by modern digital SLR...
January 11, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Nikon D70 B firmware v1.0.3 released
Nikon today has posted firmware version 1.0.3 of the B firmware for the D70. The new firmware fixes a problem in which JPEG photos processed into the sRGB colour space in the camera were being incorrectly marked as Adobe RGB. The firmware update is a free download for Windows and Mac from the Nikon USA...
January 11, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Boingo releases Wi-Fi access software for Mac
Boingo Wireless has released Mac Boingo, a version of its Wi-Fi access software for Mac OS X. The software is a free download. Boingo Wireless is a Wi-Fi service aggregator that enables connecting to a range of commercial Wi-Fi hotspots with one login and at a consistent price (including US$21.95/month for unlimited usage). Boingo...
January 10, 2005 | FULL STORY 
LaCie introduces blue eye pro calibrator
LaCie today has announced the blue eye pro, a monitor calibration package for the company's 321 flat panel display that's designed to streamline the calibration process. The colorimeter appears to be a reskinned Eye-One Display 2; the system requirements suggest that this package is for the Mac only. A press release has...
January 10, 2005 | FULL STORY 
NYT: No Picture Tells the Truth
New York Times public editor Daniel Okrent discusses the paper's use of a front-page photo of an Indian woman grieving over the bodies of children killed by the Asian tsunamis. Many Times readers objected to the image, which was taken by the AP's Gautam Singh.Okrent also briefly explores broader questions...
January 9, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Sandisk demonstrates combo USB-SD card
At the CES show in Las Vegas SanDisk has demonstrated a forthcoming SD card that has built-in USB connectivity, meaning it can be removed from a digital camera and plugged directly into a computer's USB port.A SanDisk press release promises more details at the upcoming PMA 2005 show in Orlando,...
January 7, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Lexar introduces JumpDrive Lightning
Lexar has announced the JumpDrive Lightning, a new stainless steel addition to the company's line of USB flash drives. The Lightning drives will be available in 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB capacities. They will become available in February with the 2GB version carrying a list price of US$279.99.A JumpDrive Lightning is...
January 7, 2005 | FULL STORY 
PhotoWiz releases Light Machine PS plugin
PhotoWiz has released a Windows-only Photoshop plugin called Light Machine. Light Machine comprises several controls for adjusting shadow/highlight tonality and color, as well as others for simulating certain lighting effects.It's compatible with Photoshop 3.0 or higher on Windows 95+. A demo version is available for download, and a full license...
January 7, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Digital Outback Photo releases EasyS Sharpening Toolkit
Digital Outback Photo has released EasyS Sharpening Toolkit, a US$29.95 Photoshop automation plug-in for sharpening digital camera photos. Included is a collection of multi-step Actions to drive the plug-in. EasyS Sharpening Toolkit is for Windows only. Licensed users of the current version of EasyS can upgrade for US$14.95. A demo version that's...
January 6, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Bill Gates demos wireless Nikon D2X during CES keynote
Numerous tech news web sites are reporting that Microsoft's Bill Gates demonstrated a Nikon D2X communicating wirelessly with a PC running Windows Media Center (a variant of the Windows operating system) during his keynote address at the CES trade show in Las Vegas yesterday. The computer apparently became unresponsive during this...
January 6, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Special offer on Digital Camera Battery bundles two accessories at no charge
Digital Camera Battery is for a short time bundling two cables or other accessories at no extra charge when their 40 watt Digital Camera Battery model is purchased. Purchases must be made direct from Digital Camera Battery, says Tim Dodge, founder of the Odessa, FL-based company. Ordering - including the selection of...
January 6, 2005 | FULL STORY 
I/O Magic announces compact 40GB USB 2.0 hard drive
I/O Magic has announced the GigaBank Elite 40, a 40GB pocket-sized USB 2.0 hard drive. It will become available in the U.S. this month for a suggested retail price of US$229.99....
January 5, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Two new portable printers from Canon
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Canon has announced two new portable printers, the SELPHY CP-400 and the PIXMA iP90. The SELPHY CP-400 is a dye-sublimation photo printer with a maximum print size of 4 x 8 inches. It will be available this month for an estimated street...
January 5, 2005 | FULL STORY 
MobileMag: Combo WiFi/GPRS/EDGE PC card shipping soon
MobileMag reports that the GlobeTrotter Combo EDGE and Wi-Fi PC card from Option Wireless will soon begin shipping to North American and European wireless providers.The PC card can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots or to the GPRS/EDGE wireless data networks that are being rolled out by cellular carriers....
January 5, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Canon Pro Services Newsletter Issue 10 posted
Canon Professional Services Europe has published Issue No. 10 of its newsletter. Articles include short profiles of photographers Manuel Presti, Jonathan and Angela Scott, Doug Perrine, and Greg Basco, as well as part 6 of the newsletter's series on color management. ...
January 5, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Creativepro: Fraser & Blatner on adjustment layers
Creativepro.com has published a tutorial on Photoshop adjustment layers taken from Bruce Fraser and David Blatner's book "Real World Photoshop CS"....
January 5, 2005 | FULL STORY 
QuickSlides 1.0.1 for Mac OS X brings KPT QuickShow LT into 21st century
Mac users nostalgic for KPT QuickShow LT, the long-deceased slide show application for pre-OS X Macs, may want to check out Tigre Technologies QuickSlides 1.0.1. The freeware program, released in late December 2004, will display as a slide show any pictures residing in the same folder as the application, just like KPT QuickShow...
January 4, 2005 | FULL STORY 
D2X price and release date information pulled from Nikon USA web site
Nikon USA has now removed from their web site D2X price and release date information. The information was posted briefly on Nikon USA's D2X product page earlier today but, says Saurabh Wahi of MWW Group (Nikon USA's public relations firm), the final price and delivery date of the camera has not yet been confirmed and the information was posted in error.
January 3, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Photo importing, RAW+JPEG handling get major boost in upcoming Photo Mechanic 4.3
Version 4.3 of the browser Photo Mechanic adds the importing of photos in the background, the ability to zoom in/out in the preview window, optional RAW/JPEG pairing for RAW+JPEG capable cameras and more. These and other changes add up to a way cool new release of the pro browsing software for Mac and Windows. It's expected to ship later this week.
January 3, 2005 | FULL STORY 
John Huet is NikonNet's Legend Behind the Lens for January
Commercial photographer John Huet is profiled in NikonNet's Legend Behind the Lens feature for January. ...
January 3, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Wired News: WiFi network detector reviews
Wired News takes a look at four compact standalone WiFi network detection devices, which you can use to find WiFi networks without powering up a laptop. The devices range in price from roughly US$25 to US$50, and two are small enough to fit on a keychain....
January 3, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Luminous Landscape: part 2 of Epson R-D1 field report
Luminous Landscape has published the second part of its field report on the Epson R-D1 digital rangefinder camera.The new article concentrates on the performance of various Leica and Cosina/Voigtlander lenses on the R-D1....
January 3, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Visible Dust adds medium format brushes to Sensor Brush line
Visible Dust, maker of image sensor cleaning products for digital SLR cameras, has recently added two larger-sized brushes for medium format digital backs to its Sensor Brush line. The new brushes are the latest in a series of changes at Visible Dust, a small, Edmonton, Canada-based company whose products we first wrote about in October 2004. That article was a veritable lovefest for Sensor Brush and Sensor Clean: then, as now, we found Visible Dust's products to be an effective and practical way for the working photographer to keep an image sensor's cover glass free of dust.
January 1, 2005 | 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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