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July 2005 News  
Automator actions for Photoshop CS and CS2 updated
Ben Long has updated this week his collection of Photoshop CS and CS2 actions for building workflows in Mac OS X 10.4.x's Automator.
July 28, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Extensis, Lizardtech software sold to startup onOne
Newly-formed company onOne Software, which is led up by former Extensis CEO Craig Keudell, has purchased Extensis' and Lizardtech's lines of Photoshop plug-ins and Quark XTensions.
July 28, 2005 | FULL STORY 
For the news photographer that has everything: The War Journalist action figure
If you've been searching for the perfect gift for the news photographer in your life, search no more. About US$60 will net you the War Journalist, a 1:6 scale action figure complete with a realistic-looking Canon 1-series SLR camera, three interchangeable Canon lenses, body armour, photo vest, ballistic helmet, ID card holder, handheld GPS unit, laptop and more.
July 28, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Fujifilm debuts two 9-megapixel digicams
Fujifilm has announced two new 9-megapixel fixed-lens digicams, the Finepix S9000 and the Finepix E900. Both feature Fujifilm's new Real Photo image processing technology which provides signficantly improved high-ISO image quality, according to the company.
July 28, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Version 3.5 of The 123 of digital imaging released
Version 3.5 of Vincent Bockaert's The 123 of digital imaging Interactive Learning Suite is now available. The latest release is filled with 3000 "screen-sized" pages full of information on everything from digital photography theory to workflow tutorials for applications including Photoshop and Nikon Capture.
July 28, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Pretec 4GB 133X SD card to go into mass production in August
Pretec has announced they will add a 4GB card to their line of 133X-rated Secure Digital (SD). The card, which conforms to the SD v1.1 specification, is to go into mass production in August 2005. It's expected to ultimately ship at a price of US$699 (the press release doesn't indicate if this is MSRP or the usually-lower street price).
July 28, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Good deal on the GretagMacbeth Eye-One Display colorimeter: US$60-$67
The original GretagMacbeth Eye-One Display colorimeter (not the Eye-One Display 2) is available from at least three U.S. online retailers for US$60-$67, a discount of more than $150 off its previous price.
July 27, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Delkin announces 100-year eFilm Archival Gold DVD-R
Delkin has announced that their Archival Gold line of long-lasting optical storage media now includes DVD-R. Dubbed the eFilm Archival Gold DVD-R, Delkin claims a 100-year life for the disc, which uses 24 karat gold in its reflective layer. Delkin eFilm Archival Gold DVD-R is now shipping and is available in packs of 10, 16, 25 and 100.
July 25, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Joey Terrill: from Hasselblad film to Canon digital
The story of Los Angeles photographer Joey Terrill's journey from Hasselblad film to digital using the Canon EOS-1Ds.
July 24, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Dell in U.S. offering deals on two Canon zoom lenses
DEALMAC notes that Dell in the U.S. is offering the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L for US$539.25 including shipping, and the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L for US$502.49, including shipping. UPDATE: Dell in the U.S. is now sold out of both lenses.
July 22, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Panasonic to ship 2GB PRO HIGH SPEED Secure Digital card
SOFTPEDIA reports that Panasonic will add a 2GB card to its line of PRO HIGH SPEED Secure Digital (SD) media in August. The company is already shipping 512MB and 1GB cards in their PRO HIGH SPEED line.
July 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
SanDisk ImageMate readers jump to the head of USB 2.0 class
When SanDisk unveiled their Extreme III line of camera media in the fall of 2004, they announced two new card readers designed to support the faster throughput capabilities of these cards. These readers - revised versions of the ImageMate CompactFlash and ImageMate 5-in-1 - got stuck in the SanDisk development pipeline for a bit longer than expected, but now appear to be widely available. We were able to purchase both readers locally this month, as well as the ImageMate 12-in-1, which SanDisk has also quietly retuned to take advantage of Extreme III speed. The readers were worth waiting for - they're the fastest truly portable USB 2.0 readers we've ever tested, especially when the card inserted is an Extreme III.
July 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Inside the paparazzi photo wars
THE NEW YORK TIMES has published an interesting inside look at the intense competition for pictures among Los Angeles-area paparazzi.
July 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Konica Minolta, Sony to jointly develop dSLR cameras
Konica Minolta and Sony have announced an agreement to jointly develop digital SLR cameras that use the Maxxum/Dynax lens mount.
July 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Site server transition complete, modest redesign underway
The transition of this web site from one server to two servers is complete. Now, the news side of the site is on one server, and is accessible at www.robgalbraith.com, while the forums side of the site is now found at forums.robgalbraith.com. In addition, we've begun implementing some changes to the design of the news side of the site, including the shifting of Quick Links article links to the main News column.
July 20, 2005 | FULL STORY 
North American digital camera sales still growing
INFOTRENDS/CAP VENTURES predicts that unit sales of digital cameras in North American will reach a new record of 26 millions in 2005, up 16% from last year. Unit sales of digital SLRs specifically continues to grow at a much faster rate than the overall digital camera market and should increase by 81% in 2005, according to the Infotrends report.
July 19, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Phase One pre-announces 39MP, 31MP, and 18MP backs
Phase One has pre-announced three new digital backs for medium-format camera bodies, as well as plans for a wireless image transfer system. The 39-megapixel and 31-megapixel backs will ship just before the end of this year, and the 18-megapixel model will ship in February, 2006.
July 18, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Konica Minolta unveils Dynax/Maxxum 5D dSLR
Konica Minolta has announced the Dynax 5D (Maxxum 5D in North America) entry-level 6-megapixel digital SLR camera. The camera features Konica Minolta's body-integral image stabilization system, which the company calls Anti-Shake. Press releases on both the Konica Minolta global website and Konica Minolta USA's web site do not contain pricing...
July 15, 2005 | FULL STORY 
July issue of The Digital Journalist posted
The July 2005 issue of The Digital Journalist is now online.
July 15, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Bystander photojournalism steals spotlight in London coverage
PDNONLINE has posted a story on the publication and distribution of cameraphone and other digital images taken by bystanders during the London terrorist attacks.
July 15, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Adobe updates Bridge to v1.0.2
Adobe has released updaters for Windows and Mac that bring the company's Bridge browser to v1.0.2. The Adobe web site doesn't describe the changes in the new version, beyond saying that the new release "delivers overall improved stability and performance."  ...
July 15, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Tronix Explorer 1200 delivers on its promise of bargain performance
Last month, we wrote about the Innovatronix Tronix Explorer 1200, a pure sine wave inverter and battery combo purpose-built to power AC strobes up to 1200w/s on location. At the time, we hadn't used one. Now, among the cadre of photographers here at Little Guy Media, we have four units, three of which have been given a good workout so far. The verdict? It delivers on its promise of good performance at a bargain price.
July 13, 2005 | FULL STORY 
ASMP expresses concern over proprietary RAW file formats
The American Society of Media Photographers has published a statement expressing concern over proprietary RAW file formats, which it calls a "developing crisis that is threatening continued access to the world's photographic heritage."In the statement, the organization offers to work with camera manufacturers towards open access to images....
July 11, 2005 | FULL STORY 
BreezeBrowser Pro updated to v1.2
Breeze Systems has updated its Windows-only browsing and RAW-conversion application, BreezeBrowser Pro, to v1.2.The update adds a magnifier tool and improves conversion of non-Canon RAW files, as well as adding support for additional cameras from Nikon, Fuji, Olympus, and Konica Minolta.The upgrade is free to all registered users of BreezeBrowser...
July 11, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Canon, Nikon Bet on Professional Camera Models to Lift Profits
BLOOMBERG reports that both Canon and Nikon are expecting digital SLRs to account for a larger portion of each company's camera production this year, and that together the companies control 80% of the digital SLR market.
July 7, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Extensis Portfolio updated to 7.0.6
Extensis has updated both the Windows and Mac editions of its digital asset management program, Portfolio, to v7.0.6.The new version includes compatibility updates for Adobe's CS2 applications and Apple's Mac OS 10.4. It also adds support for RAW files from 14 new cameras, including the Canon EOS 1Ds Mk II...
July 6, 2005 | FULL STORY 
FocalBlade updated to v1.04
Last month, The Plugin Site updated its Windows-only image sharpening plugin for Photoshop, called FocalBlade, to v1.04.The update is free to owners of previous 1.xx versions of FocalBlade. A full license costs US$49.95....
July 6, 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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