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September 2005 News  
Canon EOS 5D now shipping in the U.S.
We've received several reports, from both early purchasers and dealers uncrating their initial stock, of the 5D landing ahead of schedule in the U.S. this week. In addition, pro retail powerhouse B&H in New York began listing the camera as in stock earlier today.
September 28, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Canon EOS 5D beginning to ship in Europe, Canada
The Canon EOS 5D appears to be landing at dealers in parts of Europe, based on the number of enthusiastic first-use reports we've received since September 24 from photographers in the UK, France and Germany. We've also heard from two pro photo retailers in Canada that their initial allotments of Canon's newest double-digital megapixel digital SLR are to arrive today (along with the first EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM stock also). In the U.S., shipping of the EOS 5D is still expected to commence next week, says Chuck Westfall, Director of Media & Customer Relationship at Canon USA. This is on target with the early October release planned for the camera in the U.S.
September 27, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Adobe releases Camera Raw 3.2 for Photoshop CS2
Adobe has today released v3.2 of the Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop CS2. The new version adds official support for the Nikon D2Hs, D70s and D50, as well as Leica's Digital-Modul-R back and the Hasselblad H2D. In addition, D2X owners will notice that Camera Raw now fully honours the As Shot white balance (WB), owing to the inclusion of code supplied by Nikon to interpret the encoded WB information in D2X NEF files.
September 26, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Nikon issues service advisory for D2H, D70
Nikon today has issued a service advisory for the D2H and D70. The advisory states that Nikon will repair, at no charge to the owner, cameras that are exhibiting the malfunctions described. Specifically, affected D2H cameras will experience "(1) a freezing of the electronic analog exposure display accompanied by a display of the same exposure settings regardless of exposure and/or camera settings, or (2) is unable to focus automatically..." The D70 error condition is different: "...(1) when a memory card is inserted, your D70's memory card access lamp blinks, locking camera operations and preventing operation, or (2) with no memory card inserted, the camera will not turn on despite the battery indicator showing a fully charged battery..."
September 26, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Photographer Kevin Ames leading workflow seminar series
Commercial photographer Kevin Ames will take to the stage starting in October in the latest installment of Blue Pixel's Just Show Me How Pro seminar series. Ames will lead a day-long seminar on workflow for the professional digital photographer in eight cities this fall, commencing in Miami on October 2, 2005.
September 22, 2005 | FULL STORY 
S3 Pro firmware updated to v2.18
Fujilfim has released v2.18 of the firmware for the FinePix S3 Pro.
September 22, 2005 | FULL STORY 
The Pro Digital Workflow Seminar coming to Calgary in October
The Pro Digital Workflow Seminar, featuring me as the instructor for the day-long event, is coming to Calgary, Canada on October 15th. Where is it coming from? Well, Calgary, which is where I call home. Which makes this the first time I've led a full-day training event in my own backyard.
September 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
National Geographic special edition on Katrina to hit newsstands this week
It started as a desire on the part of National Geographic staff to contribute directly to the Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery effort. The result is a 102-page special edition magazine filled with photographs from Katrina, with profits from its sale going towards the rebuilding of the educational infrastructure for children in the affected areas. The special edition hits newsstands in the U.S. and Canada this week.
September 19, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Technology designed to prevent unauthorized photography
CNET NEWS.COM reports that a group of university researchers have developed a way of detecting the presence of a still or video camera lens, and then "neutralizing" the picture-taking opportunity by shining highly-focused bright light.
September 19, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride "filmed" with EOS-1D Mark II's
EDITORS GUILD MAGAZINE has published an interesting article on the making of the stop-motion animated feature movie Corpse Bride. Of significance is the fact it's the first full-length movie of its type shot using commercially-available digital SLR cameras - in this case, twenty-four Canon EOS-1D Mark II's.
September 14, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Downloader Pro 1.7 released
Breeze Systems has released v1.7 of Downloader Pro for Windows. The new version of the powerful utility for transferring photos from a camera memory card to the computer adds the ability to transfer imported pictures up to two different locations, thereby creating a backup copy at import time. It will also optionally synchronize the internal clock of supported Canon cameras with the clock on the computer.
September 14, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Hasselblad H1/H1D firmware now upgradeable at dealer
Hasselblad dealers in the U.S. and Canada, and perhaps other regions also, are now able to upgrade the firmware in the company's H1 (with an Ixpress digital back attached) or H1D cameras. Hasselblad is in the process of equipping dealers with a "toolbox" containing v9.1.0 firmware files, update instructions and the appropriate version of FlexColor software from which to perform the updates.
September 14, 2005 | FULL STORY 
EOS-1D Mark II N, Speedlite 430EX to ship next week in USA
The first shipments of the EOS-1D Mark II N and the Speedlite 430EX are expected to depart from Canon USA's distribution centres starting on September 19. Dealers in the U.S. should begin to see initial stock of these items later that same week, says Chuck Westfall, Director of Media & Customer Relationship at Canon USA. The next shipment of EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lenses is also expected to be distributed to U.S. dealers starting early next week (Canon's newest L-series zoom first hit store shelves in late August). The EOS 5D, says Westfall, is on track for delivery to dealers in early October.
September 14, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Color Control Panel PowerToy being readied for release
Being readied for release by Microsoft's Rich Media Group is the Color Control Panel PowerToy, an applet meant to simplify the process of managing ICC profiles in Windows XP. It's tentatively scheduled to ship in October 2005 as a free download from the Microsoft web site.
September 13, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Microsoft and Canon join forces on Vista's Windows Color System
Microsoft and Canon today have announced they are jointly implementing some of the core technology inside the Windows Color System (WCS), the new and ambitious colour management architecture at the heart of the upcoming Vista operating system. Canon Expo 2005 in New York, which commences this week, will be the first public showing of the colour features in Vista that utilize Canon's Kyuanos technology, features that promise "better screen-to-print matching, better overall color appearance, and support for higher fidelity printing..."
September 13, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Joe McNally lighting workshops scheduled for October
Location lighting specialist Joe McNally is leading five full-day workshops on lighting in October. Each workshop will cover the use of one or many strobes, understanding colour-balancing gels and the blending of flash and ambient light together effectively. The day will begin at his Dobbs Ferry, NY studio, with a location shoot planned for the afternoon.
September 12, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Canon unveils CMOS sensor information site
The World of Canon CMOS Sensors web site, which went live today, is an overview of the company's digital SLR sensors. It's comprised of four sections: Image Capture, Technology, Full-frame appeal and Shooting options.
September 9, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Six photos from the EOS-1D Mark II N posted
Canon today has posted six full-resolution photographs taken with the EOS-1D Mark II N. Two are lit portraits, shot on the Portrait Picture Style; the remainder are available light, ISO 800 frames shot on the Standard Picture Style.
September 9, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Canon posts additional photos taken with EOS 5D
Canon has added two more images to its collection of full-resolution photographs taken with the EOS 5D. There are now a total of six pictures, all of which originated as RAW CR2 files and have been converted to low-compression JPEGs for download.
September 9, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Photojournalists covering Katrina harassed, robbed
NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER magazine reports that some photojournalists covering the aftermath of hurricane Katrina have been robbed by looters and others have been detained by police and had their memory cards confiscated.
September 9, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Sony debuts fixed-lens camera with 10.3MP APS-C sensor
Sony has announced the Cyber-shot DSC-R1, a fixed-lens, electronic viewfinder camera with a 10.3-megapixel CMOS sensor that measures 21.5 x 14.4mm, nearly as large as the sensors in digital SLR cameras such as the Canon EOS 20D or the DX-format Nikons. Like nearly all non-SLR digicams it incorporates full-time color live video preview. The R1's fixed Carl Zeiss lens is a 24-120mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.4-4.8 zoom.
September 8, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Visible Dust adds Arctic Butterfly to sensor cleaning line
The Arctic Butterfly is poised to take flight at Visible Dust. The new digital SLR sensor cleaning tool is designed to combine the cleaning prowess of the company's Sensor Brush - our hands-down favourite sensor dust remover for over a year now - with the ability to rid itself of any accumulated guck between swipes of the imager cover glass. Visible Dust is also readying a companion product, called Sensor Brush SD, that will allow existing Sensor Brush owners to get in on the self-cleaning act.
September 6, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Photographic Solutions develops BRUSHOFF sensor brush
Visible Dust isn't the only company talking up new sensor cleaning products this week. Photographic Solutions, the originator of the Sensor Swab cleaning stick for Kodak digital SLR cameras way back in 1998, will ship their first brush-based sensor cleaner later this year. Called BRUSHOFF, it combines a retractable, approx. 0.5 inch (13mm) brush with a grounding cable for claimed superior cleaning abilities.
September 6, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Adobe Camera Raw 3.2 to read encoded Nikon NEF WB
Upcoming releases of Adobe's Camera Raw plug-in and DNG Converter will be able to fully read the encoded white balance (WB) information inside the RAW NEF files produced by the D2X, D2Hs and D50, says Thomas Knoll, the author of Camera Raw and one of the originators of Photoshop. A "mini-SDK" provided by Nikon will enable the As Shot WB setting in Camera RAW to always properly reflect the WB chosen in the camera.
September 5, 2005 | FULL STORY 
OWC unveils 120GB FireWire/USB portable hard drive
Other World Computing has unveiled a 120GB version of its Mercury On-The-Go line of FireWire + USB 2.0 portable hard drives.
September 2, 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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