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May 2004 News  
SportsShooter Newsletter #67 posted
Issue #67 of the SportsShooter Newsletter has been posted. It includes an article by Trent Nelson of the Salt Lake Tribune discussing digital archiving issues and a piece by Sports Illustrated staffer Bill Frakes detailing the contents of his 25 equipment cases. (More than 30 cameras, roughly 40 lenses, and...
May 31, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic updated to 4.1.2
Photo Mechanic for Mac OS X and Windows has been updated to v4.1.2. The new release adds the ability to view and caption Photoshop-format (.PSD) files, fixes a problem with viewing Nikon NEF files that have been saved out of Nikon View or Nikon Capture, adds a variable to extract a camera-unique...
May 28, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Pocket Lint: Acer Ferrari 3200 laptop review
Pocket Lint reviews the very cool-looking Acer Ferrari 3200 laptop. It comes standard with an AMD 64 2800+ processor, 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, a DVD burner, and USB 2.0 and FireWire ports. Admittedly, it may not be better than dozens of other Windows laptops for digital photography, but it's...
May 28, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Auto FX announces US$199 Creative Xtreme Bundle
Between now and December 31, 2004, Auto FX is offering DreamSuite Series One, DreamSuite Gel Series, Corel KnockOut 2, Corel KPT Collection (versions 5,6 and 7) and Corel Bryce 5 for US$199 when purchased together in the Creative Xtreme Bundle for Mac and Windows....
May 28, 2004 | FULL STORY 
PhotoRescue updated to 2.0.0 Build 657
The photo recovery application PhotoRescue, both the Wizard and Expert versions, has been updated to v2.0.0 Build 657 for both Mac OS X and Windows.
May 28, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Nikon announces AF-S VR 200mm f/2, TC-17E II teleconverter
Nikon today has announced the Nikkor AF-S VR 200mm f/2G IF-ED, a fast aperture telephoto lens that includes Nikon's Vibration Reduction technology, as well as a 1.7x teleconverter, the TC-17E II. The lens is slated to ship in the fall of 2004, says a Nikon USA press release.  ...
May 28, 2004 | FULL STORY 
DPReview: Sony 40GB portable photo storage
Digital Photography Review has posted a short article on the Sony HDPS-M1, a standalone battery-powered photo storage device with a 40GB hard drive and slots for Memory Stick and CompactFlash media cards. It will go on sale in Japan in June, but DPReview says there is no information on availability elsewhere...
May 27, 2004 | FULL STORY 
dcRAW-X for Mac OS X v1.5.4 released
dcRAW-X v1.5.4, a Mac OS X-only batch RAW file converter, has been released. The program can perform linear RAW conversions on files from 109 different digital camera models. A demo version of dcRAW-X is available for free download, and a full license costs US$15....
May 27, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Apple releases OS X 10.3.4
Applelinks reports on Apple's release of OS X 10.3.4, which contains a number of bug fixes and is recommended for all users....
May 27, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Extremetech: High-speed DVD burner roundup
Extremetech has published a roundup comprising short reviews of seven high-speed DVD burners....
May 27, 2004 | FULL STORY 
C1 PRO, SE and LE v3.5 released
Phase One has released v3.5 of its C1 suite of browsing and RAW file processing applications. Version 3.5 of C1 PRO, SE and DB (for Phase One digital backs) is available for both Mac OS X and Windows; C1 LE v3.5 is available for Windows only. Two of Phase One's authorized online...
May 27, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Updates to C1 PRO, SE and LE slated for May 27 release
Phase One is gearing up to release new versions of its C1 RAW photo conversion suite. On May 27, the company will release v3.5 of C1 PRO and SE for Mac OS X and Windows, and LE for Windows only.
May 25, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Noise Ninja v2.0 Beta 8 posted
PictureCode has released Beta 8 of Noise Ninja v2.0 for Windows and Mac OS X. A wealth of new features for the handling and automatic assignment of noise profiles headline the list of changes in this new beta version. Another page provides links to v2.0-compatible noise profiles for a range of digital...
May 25, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Kodak posts Photo Desk 4.0.1
Kodak recently released DCS Photo Desk 4.0.1, a bug-fix update for its browsing and RAW file processing software. Details of the changes in the new version are in a thread in the forums on this site....
May 25, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Reuters: Flash memory prices to continue falling
Reuters [via Yahoo News] reports that prices for NAND flash memory, the basic component in flash storage media such as CompactFlash cards, will continue their recent sharp declines. Some flash chips are already more than 50% cheaper than they were in October of last year, and the article quotes a...
May 25, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Digi-Frame debuts 17-inch digital picture frame
Digi-Frame has announced the DF-1710 17-inch "digital picture frame", essentially a 17-inch LCD that can be mounted inside a standard 16 x 20-inch frame. It can display individual images, photo slide shows, and various video formats, and it has built-in speakers for playing MP3 soundtracks. The device has a hard...
May 25, 2004 | FULL STORY 
CompactFlash Performance Database updated
We're gradually building out the Secure Digital (SD) section of the CompactFlash Performance Database: joining the Sandisk and Delkin SD cards already tested in the Canon EOS-1D Mark II and Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n is a 512MB SD card from ATP with a 60X speed rating.
May 24, 2004 | FULL STORY 
DxO Optics Pro now available for online purchase
DO Labs' online store is now open and selling downloadable versions of the various components that make up DxO Optics Pro. The Windows and Mac OS X software is designed to correct optical abnormalities in digital SLR photos, and and is tuned for specific camera and lens combinations. A web page shows...
May 24, 2004 | FULL STORY 
SportsShooter: Benefit auction for sons of SI's VJ Lovero
SportsShooter reports on the "Friends of VJ" sports memorabilia auction, which ends May 27th. Proceeds from the telephone/internet auction will benefit the two sons of Sports Illustrated and Anaheim Mighty Ducks/Angels team photographer VJ Lovero, who died of cancer earlier this year. Items up for auction include original signed prints...
May 24, 2004 | FULL STORY 
CNET: HP f2304 23-inch LCD
CNET has this "first take" on HP's upcoming f2304 23-inch desktop LCD, which CNET says will be the fourth LCD of that size to hit the market. HP plans to sell the f2304 for US$2099 in the U.S., according to the article....
May 24, 2004 | FULL STORY 
New Crumpler photo backpacks, laptop sleeves
Crumpler has recently introduced a series of camera/laptop backpacks, as well as three hard shell laptop sleeves. As is the Crumpler norm, perilously cheeky product names and ad copy abound. Five new backpacks are now available: "Brian's Hot Tub", "Puppet", "Shrinkle", "Farmer's Double", and "The Formal Lounge". There are two basic designs, with...
May 24, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Digital Photo Professional, EOS Viewer Utility now available
Digital Photo Professional and EOS Viewer Utility, two new browsing and RAW file processing applications from Canon, are now available as free downloads. Posts by Chuck Westfall of Canon USA in the forums on this site provide more information and links to the software....
May 21, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Creativepro: Fraser on calibrating Camera Raw in PSCS
Bruce Fraser's most recent "Out of Gamut" column for creativepro.com details a straightforward method for calibrating Photoshop's Camera Raw plug-in to the particular color rendition characteristics of an individual camera. Camera Raw is not compatible with custom camera profiles, but it provides extensive tools for tweaking its built-in color profiles under a tab...
May 20, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Kodak releases Photo Desk 4.0, DCS SLR firmware 5.0.1
Kodak recently posted v4.0 of Photo Desk and v.5.01 of the firmware for the DCS Pro SLR/n, the DCS Pro SLR/c, and the DCS Pro 14n/14nx. The most important new feature in Photo Desk looks to be a Lens Optimization Slider Control, which allows users to select the degree of compensation applied to RAW images to correct for hue shifts caused by certain lenses on the DCS Pro SLR/n, SLR/c, and 14nx.
May 19, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Digital Journalist: David Douglas Duncan, photo e-books, Iraq
The May issue of The Digital Journalist is now online. The issue includes several appreciations of photojournalist David Douglas Duncan, inspired by the recent publication of his book, Photo Nomad, a retrospective of his 60-year career. There's also a videotape interview with Duncan and an online gallery of images from...
May 17, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Magazine shooters: PDN wants your opinion
PDNOnline is currently conducting a survey of magazine photographers, asking for experiences, good and bad, shooting for magazines. The results will be published in Photo District News....
May 17, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Lexar to manufacture and distribute Kodak-branded SD, CF and more
Lexar Media and Kodak today announced a multi-year agreement that will see Lexar manufacture and distribute Secure Digital (SD), CompactFlash and other memory formats under the Kodak brand name beginning in the fourth quarter of 2004. A press release has additional details....
May 17, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Digital Photo Professional, EOS Viewer Utility coming May 20
Digital Photo Professional, Canon's new browsing and RAW file processing software, as well EOS Viewer Utility, the replacement for File Viewer Utility, are slated for release on May 20, 2004.
May 17, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Qimage v2004.200 released
Digital Domain has released v2004.200 of Qimage, the company's digital image viewing and printing application. The new release includes support for IPTC captions and numerous interface and workflow improvements. A free 30-day trial version is available for download, and a full license costs US$44.95....
May 14, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Pentax announces 14mm f/2.8 for *ist D
Pentax has announced the SMC Pentax-DA 14mm F2.8 ED [IF] lens, the company's second DA-series reduced-image-circle lens for the *ist D digital SLR. The lens weighs 14.8 ounces, measures only 2.7 inches long, and has a 35mm-film format focal length equivalence of 21mm on an *ist D. Pentax of America says the lens...
May 13, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Tutorials on Digital Photo Professional posted at photoworkshop.com
The web site photoworkshop.com has posted a series of 26 tutorials on Canon's Digital Photo Professional software for the EOS-1D, EOS-1Ds and EOS-1D Mark II. The QuickTime movies provide a good overview of the basics of the RAW file viewing and processing software (with a healthy dollop of Canon marketing-speak in...
May 12, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Photoshop Actions for portrait photographers
Vancouver, Canada-based photographer Craig Minielly is offering three sets of Actions for Photoshop that automate various effects (which look great in the example photos) and tasks in a portrait photographer's workflow. Prices range from US$49 to US$79 per set, or US$165 for all three sets. More information is on Minielly's Aura...
May 12, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Sigma announces 24-60mm f/2.8 EX DG lens
Sigma has announced the 24-60mm f/2.8 EX DG lens. Sigma uses the "DG" designation for lenses that the company says are designed specifically for digital SLR cameras. The new lens will begin shipping in Sigma, Canon, and Nikon mounts in June, but no pricing information is available yet....
May 12, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Extensis ships Portfolio 7 for Windows; Mac version expected later this month
Extensis today has announced they're now shipping the Windows version of Portfolio 7 and Portfolio Server 7. The new release, whose most notable feature is its ability to utilize the add-on NetPublish module which streamlines the publishing of Portfolio catalogs as web sites, is available today via electronic download. The Mac version is...
May 12, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Delkin announces USB Bridge
Delkin this week has announced the US$70 USB Bridge, a device that takes the place of a host computer and, as the name implies, acts as a bridge between two USB devices. The AA-battery powered device can communicate with, and transfer data to and from, a range of digital SLR cameras, card readers, CD-writers and portable digital music players (including Apple's iPod). We've been working with a prototype unit of the USB Bridge this week, and while we're not sure yet of the utility of the device, we can absolutely attest to its coolness.
May 11, 2004 | FULL STORY 
DOP: Kodak DCS Pro SLR/c experience report
Digital Outback Photo has started an informal review in the form of a diary, which they call an "experience report", on the Kodak DCS Pro SLR/c....
May 11, 2004 | FULL STORY 
iView ships first release of MediaPro for Windows
iView Multimedia, maker of the MediaPro photo cataloging software that's been available on the Mac platform for several years, has today announced the release of the long-awaited Windows version, in addition to an updated Mac version. Its ease of use, ability to catalog and preview a variety of both standard and RAW formats (complete with IPTC, EXIF and other metadata) and minimal-configuration interface have made MediaPro a longtime staple in our digital workflow.
May 11, 2004 | FULL STORY 
DxO Optics Pro to ship May 24
DO Labs announced today that DxO Optics Pro, its upcoming product for correcting distortion, blur, vignetting and lateral chromatic aberration in photos taken with certain digital SLR cameras, will ship May 24, 2004.
May 11, 2004 | FULL STORY 
ExtremeTech: laptops debut with new Intel mobile chip
ExtremeTech reports on the introduction of Intel's next-generation Pentium M microprocessor, code-named "Dothan", and a slew of new laptops that use the chip, including models from Dell, Gateway, HP, and IBM. The new chip is available in 2.0GHz, 1.8GHz, and 1.7GHz Pentium M versions, as well as a 1.4GHz Celeron...
May 10, 2004 | FULL STORY 
AnandTech reviews Sony Dual Layer DVD recorder
AnandTech has published a review of the Sony DRU-700A Dual Layer DVD recorder. The DRU-700A performed without a hitch for AnandTech, but the article notes that you can burn two standard 4.3GB 12X DVD+R discs in less than 15 minutes while it took 45 minutes to burn one 8GB DVD+R...
May 7, 2004 | FULL STORY 
AP: How to care for CDs and DVDs
The AP (via Yahoo News) has published this list of tips for caring for CDs and DVDs from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology....
May 7, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Forbes.com: Upcoming image search application
Forbes.com reports on a soon-to-debut application called Pixserve, developed by a company called Pixlogic, that can find images by analyzing their visual content. Users point to an image and ask Pixserve to find similar images in the database. At this point, Pixlogic hopes to license Pixerve to imaging software companies...
May 7, 2004 | FULL STORY 
PDN/Nikon Self-Promo Awards entry deadline May 24
The deadline for entries to the PDN/Nikon Self-Promotion Awards is May 24, 2004....
May 7, 2004 | FULL STORY 
PCWorld: Hitachi 400GB hard drive
PCWorld has a brief review of Hitachi's new 400GB DeskStar 7K400 Serial ATA hard drive, which the magazine calls "the new king of big." It sells in the U.S. for US$400....
May 6, 2004 | FULL STORY 
CNET reviews Panasonic ToughBook CF-29 ruggedized laptop
CNET has just published a review of the Panasonic ToughBook CF-29, a ruggedized laptop designed to survive unusual levels of abuse.  ...
May 6, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic 4.1.1 for Mac and Windows released
Camera Bits yesterday released Photo Mechanic 4.1.1 for Mac and Windows....
May 4, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Olympus announces E-1 system price drops, rebates
Olympus America has announced U.S. and Canadian price reductions on the E-1 camera, as well as rebates on E-system lenses that are effective from May 1 through July 31. In the U.S., the estimated street price for the E-1 body drops from US$1799.00 to US$1499.00 and the rebates range from...
May 4, 2004 | FULL STORY 
PJ Bill Luster this month's NikonNet Legend Behind the Lens
Photojournalist Bill Luster of the Louisville Courier-Journal is NikonNet's Legend Behind the Lens for May....
May 4, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Noise Ninja v2.0 Beta 7 for Mac OS X posted; Windows beta also released
Noise Ninja v2.0 for Mac OS X has reached beta 7, and has been joined by the first beta release (also called beta 7) for Windows. Changes in beta 7, as noted on the PictureCode web site, are: Added a "Suppress halos" feature to the sharpen function to minimize bright artifacts during...
May 3, 2004 | 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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