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November 2006 News  
INDURO professional tripods and heads to ship in U.S. in December, 2006
A new line of Chinese-made aluminum alloy and carbon fiber tripods, aimed at professional and serious photographers and carrying the brand name of INDURO, will begin shipping in the U.S. next month. Designed to compete with the high quality tripods of Manfrotto (Bogen) and Gitzo, the INDURO line also includes ball heads, monopods, and accessories.
November 30, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Samsung set to ship SyncMaster XL20, 20" wide-gamut LCD monitor with LED backlight
Samsung is poised to ship the new SyncMaster XL20, a 20", standard-format (1600 x 1200 pixels) LCD monitor aimed at color-critical applications such as photography. It uses an LED backlight and can display 114% of the NTSC color gamut as well as the full Adobe RGB "natural" color gamut, the company says. The monitor carries a suggested list price of US$1,999 in the U.S.
November 28, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Leica issues M8 recall, provides details about IR sensitivity solution
Leica today has issued a statement notifying M8 owners of an upcoming recall of the camera to address "Issues reported as 'Banding' and 'Mirror/Ghost images'." The company also plans to provide purchasers of the digital rangefinder a kit of two UV/IR lens filters designed to correct the infrared contamination problem early M8 users have observed. Availability of the screw-on filters is planned for February 2007.
November 24, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Steve Simon on his new book, Heroines and Heroes
This coming December 1st is World AIDS Day, and it is also, not coincidentally, the official launch date of Canadian photographer Steve Simon's new book of photographs called Heroines and Heroes: Hope, HIV, and Africa.
November 23, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Macworld says recent Mac OS update, 10.4.8, gives notable speed bump to Photoshop on Intel Macs
MACWORLD reports that Apple's recent Mac OS 10.4.8 update has boosted the speed of Photoshop CS2 by 34-36% on some Intel-based Macs, including the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Photoshop CS2 is not yet a universal binary application, meaning it must run under the Rosetta emulation mode on Intel-based Macs. Microsoft Word, which also is not yet a universal binary application, is also faster with OS 10.4.8, although the speed increase is more modest.
November 17, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L on track to ship in December
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is on track to ship next month in North America, says Chuck Westfall, Director of Media and Customer Relationship at Canon USA. A notice appeared this week on Canon's website for the Japanese home market, stating that the lens' release has been pushed back to mid-January 2007. But this announcement doesn't reflect a global change in its delivery schedule, says Westfall.
November 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Speedlight SB-400 joins Nikon flash lineup
The Nikon Speedlight SB-400, announced today alongside the D40, is the newest member of the company's lineup of iTTL-capable flash units. An entry-level flash, its diminuitive size, low price and bounce capability may make it enticing for the Nikon digital SLR shooter who needs just a smidgeon of artificial light on certain assignments.
November 15, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Nikon announces entry-level D40 digital SLR
Nikon has officially unveiled the D40, a new entry-level digital SLR that melds together a 6.02 million image pixel CCD sensor, compact body and an overall design meant to be friendly to SLR neophytes. While the basic specs for this new model have been floating around the Web for a couple of weeks, the camera's most enticing feature - its affordability - managed to stay under wraps: US$599.95 is the expected street price in the U.S. for the D40 in a kit with the DX-Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens.
November 15, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Fujifilm to reintroduce Fujichrome Velvia 50
Fujifilm has announced their intention to bring back the recently-discontinued Velvia 50 to its Fujichrome line of slide films.
November 15, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Sites We Like: That's My Monkey
The monkey at THAT'S MY MONKEY is actually the aggregate alter-ego of brothers Bruce and Michael Snell -- Bruce is a wedding/portrait pro and Michael is a travel/stock shooter -- who have created a web site with tips, tutorials, how-to articles and Photoshop actions for digital photographers, all offered in a lighthearted style.
November 14, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Apple posts new Digital Camera RAW Support Update
Apple yesterday posted new installers for the Digital Camera RAW Support Update first released earlier this month. Now at v1.0.1, the description of what's new is unchanged. Namely, the update adds support to Aperture, iPhoto and Preview for RAW files from the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D, Nikon D80 and Pentax *ist DS, plus fixes several bugs. Presumably, Apple discovered an error in the first iteration of this update or its installer, fixed the problem and has now re-issued the update.
November 14, 2006 | FULL STORY 
November issue of The Digital Journalist posted
THE DIGITAL JOURNALIST has published its November issue with photo essays by Steve Simon and Miki Alcalde, a review of a new book on the news photography of the classic wire service, UPI, and tech tips from Canon's Chuck Westfall.
November 13, 2006 | FULL STORY 
The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX now on CD
Jason P. Odell's The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX, which we mentioned here last month, is now available on CD.
November 6, 2006 | FULL STORY 
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 released
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 for Mac and Windows, a RAW image converter, has improved the quality of its RAW conversions, added the ability to process photos taken with the Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro and S3 Pro digital cameras and rolled out a range of other new features.
November 6, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Nikon D40 specifications circulate in wake of apparent leak
Regular readers will know we don't normally publish rumours about unannounced products, but the latest information leak about an upcoming digital SLR, this time from Nikon, and the ensuing broad coverage of it on both mainstream photography sites and in discussion forums, is impossible to ignore.
November 6, 2006 | FULL STORY 
RAW format plug-in updated for ACDSee Pro Photo Manager
ACDSee has announced that a public beta version of the RAW format plug-in for their image management application Pro Photo Manager adds support for RAW files from 31 digital cameras and backs, including the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D, Leica DMR, Nikon D80, Nikon D2Xs and 11 different Leaf/Creo models.
November 3, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Researchers demonstrate automatic photo keywording system
Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have developed a system that can analyse a photo's content, then automatically suggest keywords that describe it. Called Automatic Linguistic Indexing of Pictures-Real Time, or ALIPR, the technology is in the early stages of development but shows real promise.
November 3, 2006 | FULL STORY 
NPPA launches multimedia contest
With a trend towards more news outlets using web-based slideshows with sound and video clips to present the news, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has launched a monthly online multimedia contest for its members.
November 3, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Apple Aperture 1.5.1 released
Reducing program sluggishness when Aperture is generating JPEG previews in the background headlines the list of changes in Aperture 1.5.1, released today by Apple as a maintenance update that implements more than 100 minor performance or stability tweaks. Apple is also making available a downloadable, fully-functioning 30-day trial version of the Mac-only application. In addition, the company has posted the Digital Camera Raw Support Update, an updater for the RAW processing code built into the operating system that adds support for the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D, Nikon D80 and Pentax *ist DS.
November 2, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Support for newer cameras added to DxO Optics Pro v4
DxO Labs has announced that DxO Optics Pro v4 for Windows can now process photos taken with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D and Nikon D80. Initially, support is limited to a trio of lenses for each model, though the company says the list of lens modules available for these two newer digital SLRs will grow quickly in the weeks ahead. A Mac version of DxO Optics Pro v4 is slated for release in late November 2006.
November 2, 2006 | FULL STORY 
PhotoShelter to incorporate fotoQuote pricing
PhotoShelter has announced that starting early next year, its members will be able to utilize fotoQuote photo pricing information from directly within the PhotoShelter service, to assist in setting what's charged for stock and assignment photography and to streamline the purchase of member pictures by photo buyers.
November 2, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Capture One applications updated to v3.7.6
Phase One has updated its suite of Capture One applications for Windows and Mac to v3.7.6. The major digital SLR-related change in the PRO and LE versions is revamped colour processing for RAW files from the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D, Leica M8, Nikon D80 and Sony Alpha DSLR-A100.
November 1, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Eye-Fi launches beta program for Eye-Film universal camera Wi-Fi card
Eye-Film, a device that combines a Wi-Fi transmitter plus flash memory into a Secure Digital card that is promised to be compatible with a wide range of digital SLR and compact cameras, has taken the next step in its evolution to a shipping product. Eye-Fi, the company behind Eye-Film, is now accepting requests to join a beta program for the US$99 card.
November 1, 2006 | FULL STORY 
BreezeBrowser Pro v1.6.2 adds new camera support
Support for the processing of RAW files from three additional digital SLR cameras is the primary change in BreezeBrowser Pro v1.6.2 for Windows, released earlier this week. The program will now convert RAW files shot with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D, Nikon D2Xs and Nikon D80.
November 1, 2006 | FULL STORY 
PhotoShelter revamps pricing, adds free account option
PhotoShelter has this week revamped their pricing and rolled out a free account option. The online photo archiving, sales and distribution site for working shooters, which has about 1500 members now and has undergone rapid expansion in the features offered since it launched in mid-2005, now offers four basic subscription levels. Among them is a new no-cost Starter plan designed to give photographers a longer opportunity to get familiar with PhotoShelter than was possible with the service's seven-day trial previously.
November 1, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Utility released to upload pictures from MediaPro to Digital Railroad
Digital Railroad, an online photo management, distribution and archiving service geared to professional photographers, has teamed up with iView Multimedia to develop a utility for transferring pictures from a MediaPro catalog directly to a Digital Railroad account. The Digital Railroad Uploader is available now as a free download for both Windows and Mac versions of MediaPro.
November 1, 2006 | FULL STORY 
PhotoRescue updated to v2.1.682
PhotoRescue, DataRescue's powerful photo recovery program for Mac and Windows, has been updated to v2.1.682. Changes include improved recovery of RAW files from the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D and Nikon D80 plus minor bug fixes.
November 1, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Adobe releases Camera Raw 3.6 plug-in for Photoshop CS2
Adobe has posted for download the official release version of the Camera Raw 3.6 plug-in for Photoshop CS2. The only change since v3.5 is processing support for 13 additional cameras' RAW files, including the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D and Nikon D80. Camera Raw 3.6 was first made publicly available in beta form last month.
November 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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