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November 30, 2005

Fujifilm Professional launches film processing promotion

Fujifilm Professional has unveiled Shoot & Scan, a new promotion that gives photographers discounts on processing and scanning at professional laboratories across the UK.

Shoot & Scan is designed to help photographers who want the unsurpassed image quality that film provides, combined with the versatility of digital files. A discount of 25% is available when any Fujifilm Professional 35mm or 120 roll film is processed and scanned on the standard service offered by each individual participating laboratory. The offer includes standard processing of C41, E6 or Black & White 35mm or 120 roll film with jpeg files scanned onto CD at approximately 6.4MB.

The promotion is open to all photographers - professional, amateur and student, and runs until April 1st 2006. Shoot & Scan is also being promoted to the 250 UK Colleges and Universities that have been invited to take part in the 2006 Fujifilm Student Awards. One of the aims of the promotion is to help pro labs gain new business and to establish new relationships between pro labs and future professional photographers.

Discount vouchers can be downloaded from the website, www.shootandscan.co.uk -the website also features a searchable database of participating labs. For further details on Shoot & Scan please visit the website or contact Jerry Deeney on 0207 465 5819 or via email, jdeeney@fuji.co.uk

Posted by covey22 at 4:45 PM

O'Reilly Publishes PS Elements 4 Primer

Sebastopol, CA The quality and features in today's digital cameras are inspiring consumers to become more creative with their photography and photo editing. Trying to achieve the envisioned result can be a frustrating experience, especially when the software and manual are not up to the task. Photoshop Elements 4 - the most popular image editing application for Windows-based PCs - will multiply your options, and using "Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One" (McClelland, O'Reilly, $34.95 US) will turn the learning curve into a speedway. Digital photographers - amateur and experienced alike - will easily and quickly learn to edit and produce shots with extraordinary results.

This step-by-step guide by Adobe Photoshop guru Deke McClelland offers twelve lessons on real-world tasks, accompanied by more than 600 full-color photographs, plus two hours of video tutorials on DVD - making this a great text package for students, amateur digital photographers, and even experienced users. Using this hands-on combo is like having a personal trainer to walk you through every step. Users can read about a specific technique, see how it's done first-hand in the video, and try the technique with the exercises included. Writing in a straightforward, conversational style, McClelland shows readers how to use Photoshop Elements 4 to:

*Share, organize, and edit photos
*Crop and size photos, correct red-eye, adjust skin tones, remove scars, wrinkles and other blemishes
*Create dynamic slideshows
*Use new Magic Selection brush and Magic Extractor command to lift images and place into other photos
*Create photo-montages and multimedia projects
*Restore old photos
*Create panoramic photos
*Prepare images to post on the Web
*Create online galleries
*Archive photos

Designed for beginning and intermediate users, each of the lessons includes tips and techniques that even the most experienced users will appreciate. Each lesson has three to seven step-by-step exercises, and all sample files required to do the exercises are included on the DVD.

Prolific author, lecturer, and expert Deke McClelland is well-known in the world of computer graphics and design. He serves as host on the interactive "Best of Photoshop" CD that ships with the program, and he has written more than eighty titles (including "Photoshop Bible" and "Photoshop for Dummies"), with three million copies in print. In addition to being an Adobe Certified Expert, he is a member of the Photoshop World Instructor Dream Team, a contributing editor for Macworld and Photoshop User, and a 2002 inductee into the National Association of Photoshop Professionals' Photoshop Hall of Fame.

Peter Bauer, author of Photoshop CS2 for Dummies, applauds this multimedia guide, saying, "Whether you're brand new to Elements, or are transitioning from an earlier version, here's your key to learning Elements 4. Page for page, dollar for dollar, I can't think of a better way to learn Elements than 'one-on-one' with Deke McClelland."

"Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One" is designed to function as an integrated training environment for the tool McClelland calls "the most phenomenal bargain in the history of digital imaging - a consumer-level program for folks with professional-quality aspirations."

Posted by covey22 at 4:34 PM

More Details on Nikon's VR Generation II

Nikon Imaging has put up a new page showing the advantages of VR II.

Posted by covey22 at 3:20 AM

November 29, 2005

IDG's Macworld Introduces ''The Macworld Digital Photography Superguide''

SAN FRANCISCO (BUSINESS WIRE) Nov. 28, 2005 IDG's Macworld, the premier Macintosh magazine and Web site, introduced a new method of delivery for its award-winning content with the announcement of "The Macworld Digital Photography Superguide." This electronic-only book (e-book) will guide readers through every step of the photography process from buying the right camera to capturing the perfect shot to organizing, editing, and printing photos. The e-book is available online now for $12.95 at http://macworld.com/0996.

At more than 100 pages in length, Macworld's first e-book takes advantage of the magazine's leadership in helping Mac users understand one of the most popular topics in the computer market today.

"For more than a year our readers have been asking for more information about digital photography," said Jason Snell, Macworld's Editorial Director. "We've answered those requests with numerous feature stories, reviews, and even a dedicated Digital Photo column in the magazine every month. It only made sense to take everything we've learned about digital photography and make it available in one place."

The Macworld Digital Photography Superguide was edited by Macworld Senior Editor Kelly Turner, who compiled the best of Macworld's digital photography coverage over the past few years and turned to an all-star group of Macworld contributors to update, enhance, and expand the information into a timely, up-to-date compendium. Among the book's contributors are noted authors Bruce Fraser, Jim Heid, Christopher Breen, Derrick Story, Dan Frakes, Rob Griffiths, Ben Willmore, and Joe Kissell.

"By taking advantage of the medium of electronic books, we can deliver high-quality content that's up-to-date, at a reasonable price, to as many people as possible," Snell said. "This medium lets Macworld combine its expertise as a magazine publisher with the advantages of the Internet to present our excellent editorial content in a focused way." In the future, Macworld plans on releasing several other e-books on various topics of interest to the technology community.

Macworld e-books are provided as standard PDF format downloads which can be read using the Preview application built into Mac OS X, as well as with the free Adobe Reader application. People who would prefer a print version of the book can order one for an additional fee through a third-party print-on-demand service.

About Mac Publishing LLC

Mac Publishing, LLC publishes the world's leading independent Macintosh publication and Web sites. Every month the award-winning Macworld magazine reaches 1.2 million Macintosh professionals and enthusiasts while the Mac Publishing Web presence garners an average of over 1.6 million unique visitors. The Mac Publishing sites include: Macworld.com, MacworldProductFinder.com, PlaylistMag.com, MacOSXHints.com, and JavaWorld.com.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Mac Publishing, LLC is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research, and event company.

More information on Mac Publishing, LLC and IDG can be found on the Internet at www.macworld.com and www.idg.com.

Posted by covey22 at 10:10 PM

November 28, 2005

O'Reilly Focuses On Digital Asset Management

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Sebastopol, CA Every time you shoot, scan, or store a photograph, you are involved with DAM or digital asset management, which includes every part of the process that follows the taking of the picture through final output and permanent storage. However, most photographers, whether amateurs capturing a vacation, or professionals earning a living, don't really know the best way to systematically and efficiently manage workflow for their photography.

A professional photographer for twenty years, author Peter Krogh explains the whole DAM system in "The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers" (O'Reilly, US $34.95). He cuts the often overwhelming task of managing digital photos down to manageable size with a solid plan, practical advice, and a workable system for filing, finding, protecting, and re-using photographs.

Having contributed to the development and testing of Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Bridge, and the DNG Raw format, Krogh is uniquely suited to guide you through their use. He designed the book "for anyone who is serious about his or her photographs," promising that, "once you understand the concepts that are described here, working with your digital photographs will be simpler, more straightforward, and more secure than you can probably imagine now." Adobe Systems Senior Creative Director Russell Preston Brown agrees, saying, "When I want to look good in front of a demanding crowd of photographers, I never hesitate to steal from this book. Peter Krogh definitely knows what he's talking about."

"The DAM Book," produced in full color, will show you how to:
*Transition to new, more efficient ways of archiving images *Understand the best methods for filing and storing information, so you can easily and quickly find what you need
*Apply metadata and choose useful keywords
*Set up a system that will evolve and grow with your needs and technological innovations
*Configure the hardware needed for a stable digital archive
*Protect yourself against the accidental loss of your images and enable full recovery should a drive failure occur
*Leverage AdobePhotoshop CS2 with Adobe Bridge navigational software to improve your workflow
*Integrate Bridge, Camera Raw, and Digital Asset Management software
*Use cataloguing software to organize your images
*Keep track of multiple versions of your images and find the best one quickly
*Migrate your existing archive into your new DAM system
*Import your film images into your digital archive

Part of O'Reilly's Digital Studio series, "The DAM Book" will cut down on the time you spend searching your hard drive and file cabinet for a particular image. With the DAM system, you'll be able to assign and track the data content on your photos. And, if you're a professional, the DAM system will assure that your images bear your copyright and contact information, so there will be no more photos circulating in the marketplace unprotected. Professional or dedicated amateurs alike, will wonder how they survived without it.

O'Reilly's Digital Media Resources
The world of digital media continues to expand with possibilities. Digital technology is becoming more accessible and is sparking creativity in a broader audience. Digital media artists, from the hobbyist or pro photographer to the graphics designer and digital video producer, or the DJ to the songwriter and composer, can find a wealth of informative and instructional articles, books, guides, and media content at O'Reilly's Digital Media site. For more creative inspiration, visit:
http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/.

Posted by covey22 at 7:12 PM

Ilford B&W Film Survives for 50 Years

A recent blurb caught our eye: A cassette of Ilford B&W film had survived, unprocessed, for over 50 years! Yet another amazing tribute to film emulsion technology...

Posted by covey22 at 5:49 PM

Nikonians in Brussels

Last call for the Brussels Meeting 03-Dec-2005. Let us know if you are coming today. More at Nikonians

Posted by bgs at 9:54 AM

November 25, 2005

Lacie Introduces The Brick - Stackable Hard Drives

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LaCie introduces a playful new set of stackable hard drives in vibrant white, red and blue colors: the LaCie Brick Desktop Edition (3.5" from 160-500GB) and Mobile Edition (2.5" from 40-120GB). For this unique range, LaCie teamed up with renowned designer Ora-Ito to create colorful building block-shaped hard drives, making everyday storage and backup not only functional, but fun.

LaCie Bricks are hard drives even children can appreciate. Designer Ora-Ito took one of his favorite childhood objects and created a hybrid hard drive that doubles as desk art. He chose primary white, red and blue colors to add vibrancy to everyday desktops. LaCie Bricks offer nearly effortless setup, and are ready to use seconds after removing from the box. They're built to fit large amounts of music, photo, video and office files. Ora-Ito says, "Why should data storage be boring? Add color to your desktop with LaCie Bricks!"

LaCie Bricks can be used on a PC or Mac and come with free backup software. LaCie Brick Desktop Editions are equipped with a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface and come all necessary power adapters. LaCie Brick Mobile Editions are bus-powered and are available with either a Hi-Speed USB 2.0-only interface, or dual FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interfaces. LaCie Brick Desktop Edition 300GB and 500GB include an automatic thermo-regulated smart fan that changes airflow based on need. Lower capacity models are fanless for near-silent operation.

"LaCie has always pushed the boundaries of timeless hard drive design and performance. This new unique Brick range shows our playful side," says Olivier Mirloup, LaCie Senior Product Manager. "Now storage is as fun as a child's game with bright, primary hues that add color to your digital life."

Features
* Spacious storage capacities of 160-500GB (Desktop) or 40-120GB (Mobile)
* Ultra quiet operation for use in the office or living room
* No setup needed, just plug-and-play
* Compatible with Windows and Mac
* Backup software included for PC and Mac

Availability
LaCie Brick hard drives are available for pre-order today at the LaCie Store online (http://www.lacie.com/shop) and will be widely available through LaCie's specialized dealer network end of December 2005 at the suggested retail prices below. LaCie Bricks ship with LaCie One Click Backup Software for PC/Mac, and LaCie Silverlining and SilverKeeper drive management and advanced backup utilities for Macs. Detailed product information can be found at www.lacie.com.

Desktop Editions
LaCie Brick Desktop Edition (USB) 160GB White $119.99
LaCie Brick Desktop Edition (USB) 250GB Red $149.99
LaCie Brick Desktop Edition (USB) 300GB Blue $199.99
LaCie Brick Desktop Edition (USB) 500GB Red $399.99

Mobile Editions
LaCie Brick Mobile Edition (USB) 40GB White $99.99
LaCie Brick Mobile Edition (USB) 80GB Blue $149.99
LaCie Brick Mobile Edition (USB) 120GB Red $299.99
LaCie Brick Mobile Edition (USB/FW) 40GB Blue $119.99
LaCie Brick Mobile Edition (USB/FW) 80GB Red $169.99
LaCie Brick Mobile Edition (USB/FW) 120GB Blue $329.99

About Ora-Ito
Though his name implies a Japanese background, designer Ora-Ito is French. A do-it-all designer, he was barely 20 years old when he created the very first virtual brand in 1998. Propelled to the front of the international scene, he then started prestigious collaborations with L'Oreal, Vogue Magazine, Heineken, Adidas, Kenzo, electronic musicians AIR, Honda, Guerlain, Swatch and Nike. www.ora-ito.com

Posted by covey22 at 6:54 PM

DxO Optics Now at Version 3.5

NEW DXO OPTICS PRO V3.5 SOFTWARE NOW AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE

Enhanced optical correction possibilities and greater processing speed are the hallmarks of this free new upgrade which also adds support for the Canon EOS 5D

New York, NY DxO Labs announced today that DxO Optics Pro v3.5 Digital SLR and lens automatic image quality enhancement software is available for download at the company's e-store (http://store.dxo.com) and via selected resellers.

DxO Optics Pro v3.5 incorporates DxO Optics Engine v2, a more powerful edition of DxO Labs' award-winning optical correction engine extending the software's capabilities for automatically removing unwanted color fringes including "purple fringing"; preserving greater image detail through improvements to DxO’s Lens Softness removal capabilities; as well as preserving up to 40% more image area when eliminating geometric distortion. Other improvements include an enhanced user interface as well as dramatically increased batch processing speed (by up to 100%) on multi-processor computers.

"The quality of the corrections and the final results look better than ever with this new version," said Luc Marin, vice president of the Photography Business Unit at DxO Labs.

DxO Optics Pro v3.5 Elite Edition now also supports the new, full-frame, Canon EOS 5D and an initial selection of lenses.

Upgrading to DxO Optics Pro v3.5 is free for registered users of DxO Optics Pro v3.0 Standard or Elite editions. Users of DxO Optics Pro v3.5 continue to benefit from unrestricted access to all DxO Lens Modules for a given set of supported camera bodies.

Availability and pricing
DxO Optics Pro v3.5 is available on both Windows (2000 and XP) and Macintosh (OS X 10.3 and above).
* DxO Optics Pro v3.5 Standard Edition is for use with advanced amateur Digital SLRs including unrestricted access to DxO Lens Modules $149
* DxO Optics Pro v3.5 Elite Edition supports professional Digital SLRs including unrestricted access to DxO Lens Modules $299

Quoted prices in U.S. dollars and Euros are excluding VAT/Sales Tax. Prices in British pounds are inclusive of 17.5% VAT. Full System requirements can be found on http://www.dxo.com.

About DxO Labs and its DxO Technology
DxO Labs is a software company developing image generation and enhancement technologies. We provide reliable off-the-shelf solutions for serious amateurs and professional photographers, photography journalists and experts as well as companies in the imaging business such as digital camera or cameraphone vendors, mobile operators, and printing or photofinishing professionals. The company's patented DxO technologies, the DxO Technology Foundations, are the result of state-of-the-art academic mathematical research. The DxO Technology Foundations comprise a set of software components to generate images or correct major imaging defects, such as color, contrast, blur, various optics faults, JPEG artifacts, etc.

For more information, visit DxO Labs online at http://www.dxo.com.

Posted by covey22 at 6:47 PM

November 23, 2005

Nikonians Member Work Featured in 2006 NWF Calendar

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Our congratulations go out to Nikonians Member Marsel van Oosten. He has recently been announced as a finalist in the National Wildlife Federation's 2005 Photo Contest. In addition, two of Marsel's photos "Downpour" and "Backlit Quiver" will be featured in NWF's 2006 Calendar. Congratulations Marsel!

Posted by covey22 at 9:28 PM

Out-of-the-Box: Plenoptic Cameras

Imagine a camera where you could shoot wide open and yet could specify any focus point after you took the photograph. It's called a Plenoptic camera. If this technology becomes mainstream, it will change the way you take photos...

Posted by covey22 at 8:38 PM

Fantasea FD-50 Housing for Nikon D50

Fantasea Line Releases the FD-50 Housing for Nikon D-50 Digital Camera

Fantasea Press Release Fantasea Line, distributor of the world's most popular and affordable underwater photographic products, announces the release of the FD-50 waterproof camera housing for the Digital SLR Nikon D-50. The Fantasea FD-50 is a compact, lightweight, injection molded polycarbonate housing with ergonomically designed handles, making it easy to hold and use. The FD-50's interchangeable port system accommodates a wide variety of SLR lenses, allowing photographers to capture the widest variety of superior underwater images.

The Fantasea FD-50 is more than just an underwater camera housing since it provides protection for the D-50 against damage from rain, snow, dust, sand and dirt. It is a valuable tool for many commercial, industrial, and medical applications, because it is resistant to most liquids and sprays.

The FD-50 housing features a unique o-ring and gasket seal and is rated to a depth of 200 feet (60m). The D-50 "slides" into the FD-50 housing on a specially designed tray. Once inside the housing the latching buckles on the back door are snapped shut sealing the system with a sound watertight seal.

Specifications:
Overall Size: 210 x 270 x 200 mm (LxWxH)
Total Weight Approx 2.45 Kg (Housing only)
Buoyancy (with camera) Slightly positive
Among the key features and controls for the FD-50 housing:

* On/Off
* Mode Select
* Menu
* ISO
* Exposure compensation
* WB
* Image Quality controls
* Playback and Trash
* Multi Selector control
* Main Dial command
* Sync socket for 5 pin sync connector
* Monitor zoom
* Magnified Optical Viewfinder
* Light control for LCD screen
* Exchangeable Ports System (including wide angle and macro ports)
* Bulkhead and hotshoe connector for strobe
* Visible main O-ring for final pre-dive check
* Double O-ring design on all controls
* Standard five-pin Nikonos type TTL connector flash sync
* Stainless steel latches

The suggested retail price of the FD-50: USD 999
That includes standard port (18-70 mm zoom lens) and pre-paid flood insurance policy from D.E.P.P. for one year.

Posted by covey22 at 8:23 PM

November 22, 2005

The San Diego Photo Expo, a Full-Blown Digital Photography Festival, Kicks off Dec. 3rd and 4th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds: Admission is Free

POWAY, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE) Nov. 21, 2005 Two local companies specializing in photography gear, George's Camera & Video Exchange (http://www.georgescamera.com) and Delkin Devices, Inc. (www.delkin.com), are co-sponsoring the San Diego Photo Expo (http://www.sdphotoexpo.com) Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and the 4th, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds' Mission Tower. Admission is free. This exciting new event brings free seminars on topics of interest for digital photography newcomers to seasoned professionals from the industry's top professionals. There are sensational savings for photo enthusiasts, and those who shop for them, on digital camera gear and no sales tax. Experts from Canon, Konica-Minolta, Nikon and more will be on hand to answer any questions. There will also be free raffles for attendees for camera and photography equipment and free photos with Santa for the kids, too! The San Diego Photo Expo will be the place to find great holiday gifts for all photo buffs. Finally, the first 200 people through the door each day will receive a free DVD on the basics of digital photography.

George's Camera & Video Exchange owner and operator David Rivera said, "San Diego County's growing digital photographer population has clamored for a Photo Expo for years. Photo shows have thrived for decades in other parts of the USA, and it's high time someone produced one here. Now George's and our co-sponsor, local digital camera accessory manufacturer Delkin Devices, have committed to bringing San Diego more than just great deals on the best in digital photography equipment. The first annual San Diego Photo expo will be a full-blown digital photography festival, with attractions for everyone."

Internationally recognized photographers such as Monte Zucker, Gil Smith and Bambi Cantrell will share their professional and artistic expertise at the free lectures and workshops. Topics will range from wedding to portrait photography as well as basic digital photography. There will be seminars from the producer of the popular Jumpstart Guides that will get the newcomer started. World renowned Photoshop expert Eddie Tapp will demonstrate how software can help even the newest digital photographer produce work like the pros.

Canon, Nikon, Konica-Minolta, Tamron, Nik Multimedia, Quantum, Wescott, Photogenic, Delkin and more will be represented with a full range of products, special prices, and factory experts on hand to answer questions. There will be a wide range of cameras and other photographic equipment for sale at great prices along with no sales tax on most items.

There is a free raffle for all attendees for a digital SLR camera, memory cards, lenses, and more. The top prize is Nikon's hot new D50 Digital SLR camera with an 18-55 mm lens valued at $1100.00. Other Photo Expo prizes include Delkin's best selling DVD BurnAway and eFilm Pro memory cards, other photography equipment and gift certificates to George's Camera. The San Diego Photo Expo also welcomes the kids to the event with a free 4 x 6 picture with Santa.

George's Camera and Delkin Devices have been serving San Diego for decades; George's since 1965 and Delkin since 1985. They are tapping all the expertise, contacts and resources they've accumulated and are pulling out all the stops to ensure the San Diego Photo Expo is fully comparable to those held anywhere, including Los Angeles and New York City. Already the Expo is set to offer far more photography value than San Diego has ever seen before, with so much going on, no single camera store can hold it all.

The San Diego Photo Expo's huge selection of cameras and must-have accessories with eye-popping prices are enticing enough. The Expo's decision to pay the sales tax on most purchases is the clincher for the savvy shopper. There will be live studio shots, free seminars, free raffles, free scrapbooking demonstrations, plus the Photo Guys recording their internet radio show on location. Finally, the first 200 people through the door each day will receive a free DVD on the basics of digital photography.

The San Diego Photo Expo will be going on December 3rd (Saturday) & 4th (Sunday) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the Mission Towers Building. The Photo Expo will be open to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Admission to the Photo Expo is free and includes the seminars from the top professional photographers. There will be food and drinks for sale onsite. More information about the show and seminars can be found at www.sdphotoexpo.com.


Contact:

George's Camera & Video Exchange
Dave Rivera, 619-297-3544
Fax: 619-297-2895
david@georgescamera.com

Posted by covey22 at 11:02 PM

Corel Adds Support for Digital Camera Raw in Corel(R) Photo Album(TM) 6.0

Consumers Can Now Manage Digital Camera Raw Files with the Software They Love

OTTAWA(BUSINESS WIRE) Nov. 22, 2005 Corel Corporation today announced a major enhancement to its popular photo management system, Corel(R) Photo Album(TM) 6, that will enable consumers to easily work with digital camera raw file formats. With support for more than 40 digital camera raw file formats, Corel Photo Album 6 enables photographers to easily open, enhance, process and convert images into the highest quality photos.

Functioning as a digital negative, digital camera raw file formats are gaining popularity among photo enthusiasts and professional photographers who want to preserve their digital image's authenticity. As consumers are seeking more and more ways to produce higher quality photos, they are discovering that the digital camera raw file format provides them with greater detail, true-to-life color and increased control over their image data. Now with Corel Photo Album 6 joining Corel(R) Paint Shop Pro(R) X in support of digital camera raw file formats, photographers have an easy-to-use platform for downloading, organizing, sharing, editing and protecting this valuable photo format.

With digital camera raw file support, Corel Photo Album 6 customers can now:

* Detect digital camera raw images instantly
* Seamlessly download digital camera raw images from the camera to the computer
* Easily preview digital camera raw formats on their cameras
* Manage and organize digital camera raw image formats by time and date, just like they would any other image
* Open and make edits to the digital camera raw file, then save it as a JPG
* Use these files in slideshows, VCD, printed photo projects and web pages
* Quickly e-mail and share digital camera raw file formats with others

"As the digital photography market evolves, photo enthusiasts and professional photographers are seeking more sophisticated ways to maximize the richness and detail inherent in the photos they take," said Blaine Mathieu, General Manager, Digital Imaging at Corel. "By offering our customers digital camera raw file support, we are enabling them to have more control over the photos they take and more choices in how they use Photo Album to manage, store and produce high quality images."

Pricing and Availability

Corel Photo Album 6 - Deluxe Edition is available for a suggested retail price of $49 US and is available from major retailers and resellers across North America including Amazon, PC Mall, Dell.com, Atomic Park, STAPLES Business Depot, Office Depot, CDW, PC Connection, SHI and Software Spectrum. Existing Corel Photo Album 6 users can download the digital camera raw file format update at www.corel.com.

About Corel Corporation

Corel Corporation provides innovative software solutions that help millions of value-conscious businesses and consumers in over 75 countries improve their productivity. The Company is renowned for its powerful software portfolio that combines innovative photo editing and graphics creation, vector illustration and technical-graphics applications along with office and personal productivity solutions. Corel's flagship products include the CorelDRAW(R) Graphics Suite, the WordPerfect(R) Office Suite, the Corel(R) Painter(TM) Natural-Media(R) painting and illustration software and the Paint Shop(TM) Family of digital photography and image editing software. Founded in 1985, Corel is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. For more information, please visit www.corel.com.

(C)2005 Corel Corporation. All rights reserved. Corel, CorelDRAW, Natural-Media, Painter, Paint Shop, Paint Shop Pro, Photo Album, WordPerfect and the Corel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Corel Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. All other product, font and company names and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Posted by covey22 at 10:52 PM

November 21, 2005

Adobe Posts Bridge 1.03 Update

Adobe has released a 1.03 update to it's Bridge software component. No readme, but the manufacturer comments "improved product reliability." The update is available in both Mac and Windows versions.

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Lexar LockTight Security for the Nikon D200

FREMONT, Ca., November 21, 2005 Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a world leader in advanced digital media technologies today announced that its LockTight(TM) technology will be supported in the Nikon D200 creating an ideal solution for photographers who want to fully utilize the advanced feature set in this new camera, including security functionality and burst mode shooting. Lexar Professional LockTight CompactFlash is a unique security technology that allows photographers and organizations to control access to information stored on the user’s memory cards. Following full support in the Nikon D2X and D2Hs digital SLR cameras, the new Nikon D200 is the most affordable digital camera that includes built-in LockTight functionality.

"Security and controlling access to digital images continues to be a critical feature for vertical markets such as law enforcement, insurance, medicine or government. With LockTight, Lexar is offering a unique secure digital imaging solution for these markets," said John Omvik, director of professional product marketing, Lexar.
"With the introduction of the D200, photographers and organizations in these markets now have three different Nikon cameras to choose from with varying feature sets and price points," he added.

Beyond security, the Lexar Professional CompactFlash with LockTight delivers a minimum sustained write speed capability of 80X, enough to take advantage of the D200’s burst mode of 5 frames per second, without delays in writing the data to the memory card (Lexar defines "X" within its speed-rating system as equivalent to a minimum write speed capability of 150 kilobytes per second). Any Lexar Professional CompactFlash card used with a Nikon D200 digital SLR camera is the ideal combination for shooting at weddings, sporting events or any venue where missing the perfect image is not an option.
"The comprehensive feature set of the D200–including the unique LockTight compatibility and functionality–will appeal to many professionals around the world," said Kazuyuki Kazami, General Manager of Marketing, Nikon Corporation. "Among the D200's target customer base are organizations that have a real need to protect their content, demonstrate a chain of evidence and restrict access to confidential or sensitive image data. Lexar’s LockTight system offers us a unique way to address these requirements from our vertical market customers," he added.

How LockTight Works
The combination of Lexar Professional CompactFlash with LockTight and Lexar’s custom LockTight software creates a security solution ideal for photographers in fields such as forensic photography, scientific research, military and law enforcement. When used in conjunction with a camera that supports the LockTight system, access to the digital content stored on a LockTight card is restricted to authorized users and authorized cameras through card level, 160 bit authentication. Once the card has been registered to users and cameras, it will only work in those specific cameras and can only be accessed on a PC or MAC by those users with the login information established by the system administrator. A Lexar Professional CompactFlash Reader completes the security solution, as only the user’s registered cameras and Professional CompactFlash Readers can recognize a secured LockTight card. LockTight cards that are not secured operate as normal cards.

When used in conjunction with a camera that supports the LockTight system, LockTight CompactFlash employs a unique strategy to protect data, and, as a result, LockTight cards are always "locked." A computer or camera cannot read or write data to/from a LockTight card until a critical authorization process takes place between the LockTight card and the host computer or host camera. This authorization process is where the 160-bit HMAC SHA-1 hash algorithm is employed.

Lexar Professional LockTight CompactFlash cards are currently available at photo-specialty stores and through key market value added resellers in capacities of 512MB and 2GB. More information on Lexar’s professional products can be found at http://www.lexar.com/dp.

About Lexar Media, Inc.

Lexar is a leading marketer and manufacturer of NAND flash memory products including memory cards, USB flash drives, card readers and ATA controller technology for the digital photography, consumer electronics, industrial and communications markets. The company holds over 90 issued or allowed controller and system patents, and licenses its technology to companies including Olympus Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SanDisk Corporation and Sony Corporation. Lexar sells its memory cards worldwide and through an exclusive agreement, also sells memory cards under the Kodak brand. Headquartered in Fremont, California, Lexar has operations in countries around the world. More information is available at http://www.lexar.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include statements related to the digital photography market, the benefits and availability of, and consumer demand for, Lexar's products, including LockTight Compactflash, and the growth opportunities available to Lexar. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. These risks include that the growth and success of our business depends on our ability to achieve and maintain technology leadership, and develop, sell and market products that are commercially accepted. Readers should also refer to the risk factors described in our filings with the SEC, including our most recently filed Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. We assume no obligation to update the information in this release.

Posted by covey22 at 4:08 PM

PMA supports CIPA counterfeit battery pack awareness initiative

PMA, Jackson, Mich., USA, announces support for a counterfeit lithium-ion battery pack awareness and warning initiative led by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA), Tokyo, Japan. CIPA is an international association founded in 2002 to address problems related to digital and film cameras and associated products.

From December through January 2006, CIPA is planning the following announcements in China on the safety issues associated with buying, selling, or making counterfeit lithium-ion battery packs:

* Advertisement in brochures and on posters by the overseas office of the CIPA Counterfeit Battery Pack Response Workgroup, comprised of 10 member companies.
* Advertisement in Chinese government-controlled magazine.
* Advertisement in Chinese digital camera and personal computer related magazines.

The CIPA brochure, "Notice Regarding Counterfeit Lithium-ion Battery Packs," says it has recently been confirmed counterfeit lithium-ion battery packs made to look like genuine brand products are on the market. Incidents in which battery packs have exploded have also been reported, and are thought to be related to counterfeits. The brochure warns counterfeit battery packs are often of inferior quality, without protective mechanisms and control circuits that meet regular quality standards. Using these counterfeit battery packs could cause camera malfunctions, overheating, leaking, fires, and even explosions, says the brochure.

An online version of the brochure, "Notice Regarding Counterfeit Lithium-ion Battery Packs," can be accessed in English here, in Chinese here, and in Japanese here.

Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), Battery Association of Japan (BAJ), JETRO Beijing, and JETRO Shanghai also support the CIPA counterfeit battery pack awareness and warning initiative.

Posted by covey22 at 3:41 PM

New Apple Store Opens in UK

New Apple store coming to United Kingdom tomorrow

PMA Newsline - Along with three Apple Stores opening in the United States this weekend, Apple's newest international location opens on Nov. 19, reports Macworld. Apple Store Trafford Centre opens in Manchester, United Kingdom, tomorrow.

Apple Store Trafford Centre is located on Peel Avenue, on the upper level of the Trafford Centre mall. As usual, the first visitors, the first 1,100, to be exact, will get a free t-shirt to commemorate the store's grand opening. Visitors can also register to win the Grand Opening Sweepstakes with the grand prize a "Digital Lifestyle Collection" valued at GBP1,855 (included is an iMac, camera, video camera, iPod nano and printer), says Macworld.

Events scheduled for the opening week include workshops in Apple applications like iPhoto, iLife '05, iTunes, GarageBand and more. They're also offering workshops in FileMaker Pro, .Mac, Mac OS X Tiger and more - visit the store's Web site for details.

Apple Store Trafford Centre is Apple's fourth store in the United Kingdom. Apple has opened locations in Kent, Birmingham and London, as well.

Posted by covey22 at 3:27 PM

November 18, 2005

PDN Gets Hands-On With Aperture

PDN's David Schloss spends a day with Apple looking over the new Aperture RAW Workflow solution. While not a complete hands-on review, Schloss details some interesting points about the new program that separates the hype from the reality.

Posted by covey22 at 4:43 PM

Kingston Announces 15-In-1 High Speed Media Reader

Fountain Valley, CA *November 17, 2005* Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of its new Kingston 15-in-1 Hi-Speed Reader.

Designed to support 15 popular types of Digital Memory cards using four media ports, this USB 2.0 Hi-Speed reader delivers up to 480 Mbps data transfer rates for high-resolution images, data and more. Kingston’s 15-in-1 Reader installs quickly and easily with its plug-and-play design and is backward compatible with USB 1.1 specification standards. It is the essential reader to suit faster speed cards currently offered in the market, including Kingston's SD Ultimate memory card with 133x write speed.

More information can be found in the press release.

Posted by covey22 at 4:30 PM

Quantum's New Wireless TTL System

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QUANTUM PRESS RELEASE: Introducing Quantum's new wireless TTL system, Qflash 5d, and FreeXWires FW7Q, FW8R, FW9T:

Quantum's new "QTTL(TM)" system links Qflash 5d series flashes to digital and film cameras wirelessly. Get wireless TTL for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Hasselblad, Mamiya, and Contax cameras. Quantum's QTTL(TM) Adapters with a FreeXWire FW9T Transmitter will send commands to one or more remote FreeXWire receivers connected to Qflashes.

Qflash 5d features

Full dedication - Connect a Qflash 5d to a camera using a Dw series QTTL Adapter and make Qflash a powerful, fully dedicated flash that mimics the features of camera manufacturers' flashes.

Wireless TTL with Fill-flash - When teamed with a FreeXWire system, Qflash receives your camera's TTL exposure commands wirelessly. Wireless fill-flash offsets are set on the D and Dw series QTTL adapters, or on the camera.

Wireless Linked Auto with Qflash Ratios - Set up an on-camera Qflash and one or two remote Qflashes with FreeXWires. Control the ratios of the remote Qflashes wirelessly from the panel of the on-camera Qflash. All Qflashes track the f-stop of the camera as you change it.

The following D and Dw adapters transfer camera TTL exposure for wireless transmission by FW9T, FW7Q, FW8R and updated FW10w Transceivers: D10w- Olympus; D12w- Nikon, Fuji, Kodak; D13w- Canon; D19w- Hasselblad; D24- Contax; D25- Mamiya.


NEW! Digital FreeXWires FW7Q, 8R and 9T features

Receiver FW7Q *totally cordless* Team up a FW7Q Receiver with a FW9T Digital Transmitter. FW7Q mounts flush to Qflash 4d or 5d. Mount an FW9T Transmitter and FW12 Hot Shoe Adapter to the camera hot shoe to be totally wireless. Or, add a D or Dw series QTTL adapter to the camera and transmit your camera's f/stop, ISO, and TTL exposure information to the remote Qflash 5d.

Receiver FW8R - Use this receiver with any shoe, handle mount flash or Qflash as a wireless flash sync. When connected to a Qflash (with an FW31 accessory cable) camera TTL information is relayed wirelessly. Slide the Shutter MD Delay switch to the MD position, connect a Shutter Release (Motor Drive) Cord from the Receiver FW8R to the camera shutter release connection activate a camera shutter up to 1000ft. away.

Let Quantum update your existing FreeXWire FW10 to FW10w to perform the same functions as the new FW8R. (Contact Customer Service for details)

Transmitter FW9T *Simple Operation* Match up the FW9T with a FW7Q, FW8R or an upgraded FW10w Transceiver. You can set up sets of FreeXWire units to work together on the same channel, or separate groups of FreeXWires to work in independent channels. Each channel has an additional four "Zones" that can be activated in 15 possible combinations.

Common Features

8 independent, non-interfering channels
4 remote zones can be turned on or off in any combination
Status LED confirms units are on, battery condition, and system working properly.
Range for FW7Q: 300-600'
Range for FW8R: 500-1000'

Other specifications are similar to the ones indicated for Qflash 4d and FreeXWire FW10 in the full Quantum product brochure, or at www.qtm.com.

Posted by covey22 at 3:50 PM

November 17, 2005

Nikonians Search Engine Logo Contest

We are looking for the best, coolest logo for our new search engine NikoScope.com.

Participate and create a logo for our search engine NikoScope.com. The best three proposals will receive vouchers worth $75, $50 and $25 in our Pro Shop. Winning logo will be located at the NikoScope site and all proposals will make it onto a separate logo page in the community.

Send your proposal and your username to our contest mailbox. All entries must be received by December 20th, 2005.

Posted by covey22 at 7:42 PM

November 16, 2005

Find what you are looking for with NikoScope

With our own search engine dubbed NikoScope.com you can search through the vast number of discussions and resources at Nikonians in the blink of an eye. Try it out :-)

Posted by bgs at 4:40 PM

RawShooter Color Engine Announced

Pixmantec has unveiled their latest creation - RawShooter Color Engine; a color profiling plug-in designed for use with RawShooter Premium. Unlike other color profiling systems, this program is designed specifically to certain DSLR makes. Nikonians will be pleased to know that the plug-in supports all Nikon DSLR models with the exception of the D1/H/X series.

Posted by covey22 at 12:45 AM

November 15, 2005

Nikonians ProShop: Free Shipping For The Holidays

If you are a Nikonians Gold or Platinum member, we offer you free shipping of your orders made between November 15th and December 15th. If you are not a Gold or Platinum member yet, visit our membership info page.

Posted by covey22 at 2:03 PM

Nikonians in Brussels 03-DEC-2005

Nikonians meet in Brussels December 3rd for a full day of presentations, gear fumbling and good old photo fun. See Nikonians for the details

Hope to see you there!

Posted by bgs at 1:44 PM

November 14, 2005

Sigma Updates 135-400/4.5-5.6 Telephoto

Sigma has updated their venerable 135-400mm/4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom lens to DG standards. According to the manufacturer, "The new multi layer lens coating and lens design reduce flare and ghost, and also creates an optimum color balance and better picture quality through the entire zoom range."

Posted by covey22 at 3:23 PM

November 11, 2005

UK Shutterbug Items of Interest

For our community members in the UK, there's several items of interest happening this month. Several sessions on Apple's RAW Workflow software Introducing Aperture: An Apple Seminar will be held towards the end of the month. You can also catch the Aperture Roadshow at the Nikon Solutions Expo on Nov. 22nd and 23rd in London. The Expo will feature hands-on demos of the D200 as well as other Nikon products and HP will have a case study focusing on two professional photographers, including the man who took the famous photo of the protestor facing down a tank at Tiananmen Square in 1989. Best of all, the Expo is free!

Posted by covey22 at 7:37 PM

Adobe Posts Camera Raw 3.3 Update

Adobe has posted the latest versions of Camera Raw 3.3 in Beta form. The plug-in is available in Windows and Macintosh versions.

Posted by covey22 at 7:20 PM

November 10, 2005

New York Times Article Goof: Incorrect D200 Photo

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It seems even the New York Times is not immune to the phenomenon of Internet myths. In the article "A Betwixt and Between Nikon: 10.2 Megapixels for $1,700" by Ian Austen, the photo displayed is one of the many theoretical Photoshop composites that made the rounds prior to the actual release announcement of the camera. This gaffe also made it to the print version of the Times. Nikonians.org has offered it's verification and vetting services to the venerable publisher for any future Nikon hardware related articles.

Posted by covey22 at 7:22 PM | Comments

Intemos Launches DigiCamClean

8th November 2005 - Intemos, the same company that make DSLRClean, the revolutionary Digital SLR Sensor cleaning kit, have launched DigiCamClean - the only cleaning system specifically designed to clean small lenses such as those found in mobile phone cameras and digicams.

DigiCamClean can be used to clean small lenses, viewfinders and any other small or hard to access optical surface.

"It started with a discussion with mobile phone camera users," said Intemos managing director Andrew Stagg.

"Users were finding that the lenses get dirty in pockets and bags and I even know people who have changed their mobile just to get a clean lens. It is a problem that I am also familiar with from my experience with compact cameras. Now, with DigiCamClean there is an effective way to clean even the tiniest lens."

Developed utilising the same successful technology used in DSLRClean, the new DigiCamClean sticks use micropores to gently lift the dust off the surface of the lens. Simply sweep the tip across the surface and you instantly have a clean lens.

DigiCamClean sticks are available in packs of 5 (price GBP6.95 USD11.95) or 10 (price GBP8.95 USD15.95) from http://www.intemos.com

Posted by covey22 at 4:31 PM

Zigview-R Introduced

Seculine's ZIGVIEW-R - the world's first TTL Motion Sensor shutter release, Interval & Exposure Timer, based on the original Zigview Digital Angle Finder.

Building on the success of Seculine's Zigview Digital Angle Finder, the Zigview R incorporates a host of new features including a motion sensor trigger, a sophisticated interval timer and a Bulb exposure controller making it the ideal accessory for wildlife, nature and macro photography or any situation where a covert or accurately timed approach is required.

Simply attach the Zigview-R digital angle finder to the viewfinder of your camera, frame the subject area as required on the TFT colour display and input the required shutter trigger settings using the on screen menu's.

The motion sensor fires the shutter when movement is detected based on brightness levels in 9 areas of the viewfinder image. This innovative design allows the sensor area to be over any distance and with any area of view including the most extreme telephoto and wideangle lenses, with the sensitivity of each trigger being variable to allow movement in parts of the field of view.

Zigview-R's interval timing facility can be set to fire the shutter over a period of up to 999 days with exposure intervals of between 1/2 second to 99 days allowing huge variations of possibilities. This can be combined, if required, with its timed "BULB" feature which can be accurately set over a wide range enabling photographers to repeatedly control long exposures.

Both the Motion Sensing and Interval facilities can be started at the push of a button, on a countdown timer or at a specific time and date with almost limitless shutter applications.

The Zigview-R can also be used as a Digital Angle Finder to display the image captured by its CMOS sensor through the viewfinder on the 2 inch TFT colour display. This is particularly useful when composing images in high & low angle situations where it is awkward or impossible to see through the viewfinder.

ZIGVIEW-R will work with most digital and film SLR cameras which have an electronic shutter release socket. It is supplied with an eyepiece adapter for common Nikon and Canon cameras and a 2.5mm shutter release connector. Other eyepeice and camera connectors are available as accessories.

The Seculine ZIGVIEW-R will be available from Photographic retailers from the end of November with a suggested retail price of GBP199.99 inc Vat.

For further details please visit http://www.intro2020.co.uk and visit the Zigview pages, or call Intro2020 on 01628 674411.

Posted by covey22 at 4:23 PM | Comments

Olympus follows KM Slump

In the wake of Konica-Minolta's loss reports, Olympus has indicated that profits fell 68 percent from the previous year in the first half of 2005. Revenue was helped somewhat by strong sales in medical equipment, but Olympus' workforce did not escape unscathed; 4,000 jobs will be cut. Overall, the company's management has acknowledged that market saturation has made the compact digital market unprofitable. Olympus now seeks to make gains in the Digital SLR segment, but their plans are ambitious - to grow from a 3% sales level to 30% within 5 years.

Posted by covey22 at 4:00 PM

Digital Surveillance: One More Step To Big Brother?

CNet has a great column on the both the practical and societal implications of shrinking imaging technology.

Posted by covey22 at 3:47 PM

Nikon Ups Digital Camera Shipment Forecast

TOKYO, Nov 10 (Reuters) Nikon Corp. said on Thursday it will raise its forecast for its global shipments of digital cameras in the business year to March from 7.6 million units it projected in May.

A Nikon spokesman declined to give the new target but said it will be announced next Monday when the company reports its first-half results. Business daily Nihon Keizai reported that Nikon plans to raise digital camera shipments to about eight million units. The Nikon spokesman said that was the paper's own estimate.

Last business year the company shipped 6.61 million digital cameras.

Posted by covey22 at 3:40 PM

Holiday Gift List for Photographers

As the holiday season approaches, BellaOnline has a great gift suggestion list for shutterbugs. If you're a photographer, make sure to send the list to your friends and family!

Posted by covey22 at 3:29 PM

November 9, 2005

Leica about to layoff personnel

Despite positive results throughout the first quarters of 2005, the german camera manufacturer Leica expects substantial layoffs in their german locations according to a company spokesman today.

Posted by bgs at 11:06 PM

Nikonians Rolls Out Affordable Photo Insurance

Nikonians own photography equipment insurance, dubbed NikSecure, is now available. We are currently taking pre-registrations for the insurance and the turn-around time for acceptance is approx three days right now.

Some of the features are:


  • Covers both amateur and professional use.
  • Covers all camera equipment and photography accessories.
  • Covers travel and use in home.
  • Worldwide coverage and your location does not matter.
  • Covers breakage, damage, theft and loss.
  • No deductible except on theft (250 USD).
  • New equipment replaced first year. After that valuated at market price (depreciation according to current market price).
  • Covers damages due to rain, water, moisture, snow, sand, storms.
  • Claiming is done online.

5,000 US Dollars worth of equipment is 150 US Dollars in annual premium and it is possible to insure equipment worth up to 20,000 Dollars.

For more information on the insurance and how to pre-register, see Nikonians

Posted by bgs at 9:34 PM

Nikon D50 Earns Slot on 2006 DigitalCameraInfo List

Nikon's entry level DSLR continues to gain praises. The D50 kit just received the award for Best Value under USD750 on the DigitalCameraInfo List for 2006. Be sure to check out our D50 forums to learn more about this great camera!

Posted by covey22 at 6:03 PM

Win A Trip to PMA 2006

The PMA 2006 International Convention and Trade Show will be held Feb. 26 - March 1, 2006, in Orlando, Fla. Make sure to register for the convention by midnight, Monday, Dec. 5 and be automatically entered for a chance to win a Travel Package Giveaway, covering your trip to the convention.

PMA, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Universal Orlando, and the Caribe Royale Orlando hotel have teamed up to present this special giveaway offer. The OCCC Travel Package Giveaway includes:

* Two adult round-trip airline tickets to Orlando, Florida (maximum value of $600). If airfare has already been booked for Orlando, attendees will be reimbursed for the value of the fare up to a maximum of $600.
* A standard hotel room for five nights at the Caribe Royale Orlando Hotel, including PMA shuttle service to and from the Orange County Convention Center, West Building.
* Four passes to Universal Orlando (two adult and two children).
* Two adult and two children's Orlando T-shirts.

A winner will be selected from all qualified pre-registrants. Full Trade Show Attendee Badge registrants only are eligible for this giveaway. PMA officers, staff, press, Single-Day Trade Show attendees, exhibitors and their families and employees are not eligible. Airfare and hotel booking must be used toward attendance at the PMA 2006 International Convention and Trade Show.

For more information, contact the PMA Convention Department at (800) 248-8804, or e-mail registration@pmai.org

Posted by covey22 at 5:54 PM

Cypress Announces 9 MP APS-C Sensor

Cypress Semiconductor announced on Monday the availability of commercial samples of it's new 9MP CMOS APS-C sized sensor. Cypress previously created the 14MP APS-C CCD that is found in Kodak Digital SLRs. The chip, along with other offerings, will be showcased at Vision 2005 in Stuttgart, Germany from November 8th through the 10th.

Posted by covey22 at 5:44 PM

November 8, 2005

Firmware Upgrade for D2X, D2Hs Cameras

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Nikon appears to be rolling out the first firmware upgrade for its D2X and D2Hs digital SLR cameras. Nikon Asia's website now offers a Mac and Windows updater for firmware version 1.01 for both of these professional cameras. The A and B camera firmware are both updated, and installing both modules is required for proper camera functionality. According to Nikon's Asian website, the firmware upgrade addresses the following:

-Autofocus performance has been increased.
(Note: some of our readers are reporting vastly improved AF ability with their recently upgraded D2X cameras)

-An issue that prevented the AF-assist illuminator from firing when the Speedlights listed below were used has been corrected.
SB-29S, SB-29, SB-23, SB-22S, SB-22, SB-20.

-In images captured at a shutter speed of 1/250 s with a Speedlight SB-800, set to Distance-priority manual flash (GN), or Manual flash (M) with flash output set to full (M1/1) mounted on the camera, the top portion was often dark. This issue has been addressed. However, under the circumstances described above only, the guide number is reduced from that of full flash output level by approximately 0.6 EV.

-Images captured at white-balance settings of Incandescent, Direct sunlight, Cloudy, Shade, and Choose color temp. tended to have a reddish tint. This issue has been addressed.

-Errors in Dutch menus have been corrected.

The firmware updates can be downloaded from Nikon Asia's website. Currently, neither Nikon Europe nor Nikon USA list these upgrades as available.
In order to perform the upgrade, you will need a USB cable or memory card reader, a Compact Flash card (Microdrives are NOT supported), the AC adapter for your camera (or a fully-charged EN-EL4 battery), and the camera Guide to Digital Photography.

Links to downloads:
D2X firmware update 1.01: (Macintosh) (Windows)
D2Hs firmware update 1.01: (Macintosh) (Windows)

Update: As of 10:30am EST today, the updates are available from Nikon USA's site.

Posted by drjay32 at 4:16 PM

Nikon issues warning, recalls EN-EL3 batteries



From Nikon USA's website:

Nikon Inc. is asking your cooperation in connection with a voluntary recall of certain lot numbers of its Nikon Model EN-EL3 rechargeable lithium ion battery packs.

The battery pack can experience a short circuit causing it to overheat and possibly melt, posing a potential hazard to consumers. There have only been four confirmed reports of incidents of the problem worldwide, and while no injuries have taken place, Nikon Inc. has initiated this recall of the affected lot numbers as a reflection of its commitment to safety and product quality. We are asking that owners of the affected battery packs return them to Nikon Inc. for a free replacement.


To read the entire announcement, and for a list of the affected Lot #s, please go here.



Posted by drjay32 at 3:45 PM

November 7, 2005

Nikon Bullish On Profits

Nov.7 - Fresh from the momentum of the D200 announcement, Nikon announced today that they were revising their profit gains for the first half of 2005, citing cost cuts in stepper equipment manufacture and sales of digital cameras. Also, a more bullish forecast on year-end profit was made. Nikon's current first-half profit reached 320B Yen, beating estimates by about 7 percent. Aeveral stock analyst groups see an even larger opportunity for year-end profit despite Nikon's "overweight" rating.

Posted by covey22 at 2:46 PM

November 5, 2005

Konica-Minolta To Cut Photo Imaging Business

Kyodo - Nov. 4th 2005 - Konica-Minolta Holdings Inc. indicated that it will heavily cut it's photography imaging business, including it's burgeoning digital camera arm.

Citing strong pressure from both domestic saturation and stiff competition, KM will cut ten percent of it's workforce; a figure of approximately 3,000 jobs. KM's earlier intentions were to focus it's business on developing and marketing digital SLR cameras, which is acknowledged to be the profit segment in the digicam business. That turnaround plan was estimated at the time to cost about USD 287 Million (34B Yen) over four years. Revised figures now put that plan at about USD 760 Million (90B Yen) for just fiscal year 2005 alone. Konica-Minolta now has revised it's year-end profitability; citing a loss of about USD 397 Million (47B Yen) by March of 2006. No dividends are expected to be paid out.

Posted by covey22 at 11:06 PM

November 4, 2005

Ilford Brings Back B&W Disposable Camera

In response to great demand, Ilford Photo, Paramus, N.J., USA, has reintroduced the Ilford Black-and-White Single-Use Camera. The easy-to-use Ilford Single-Use Camera offers the opportunity to take black-and-white images. It has a built-in flash effective up to 10 feet, an f/9·5 30mm lens and a shutter speed of 1/100sec. It is focus free and gives sharp pictures starting from from 3 feet. A frame counter shows the number of pictures remaining, while safety interlocks prevent double exposures or blank frames.

The camera is loaded with 27 exposures of Ilford HP5 Plus film, which is ideal for action shots, available light and all general-purpose photography, to ensure the best possible results. This fast (ISO 400/27 din) film captures every detail, and produces prints to treasure, as much for their artistic value as for the subject matter.

When all 27 frames have been exposed, the complete camera can be taken to any traditional photo retailer or processing outlet for processing. For those able to process their own films, HP5 Plus is compatible with all major processing systems, including those which give the standard short fixing and washing times.

Posted by covey22 at 3:47 PM

Allsop Introduces Photo CD Maintenance Line

Allsop Inc. - Bellingham, Wash., USA, a provider of CD/DVD cleaning and maintenance accessories, introduces a new Photo CD Maintenance line, specifically targeting the growing number of consumers now storing their memories as digital images.

Clear View ensures lenses, LCD screens and other sensitive surfaces are kept clean. Designed like a pen, it features a retractable dust brush on one end and a micro fiber tip for cleaning LCD screens on the other. Clear View is also for cleaning cell phones, video cameras and other sensitive electronics. The unit, which comes with 10 replacement micro fiber tips, is available for a suggested retail price of $11.99. Clear View is available for immediate shipment.

The Photo CD Scratch Repair Kit is for spot repair of scratches. Just a dollop of solution and a bit of rubbing will fix most blemishes. The Photo CD Scratch Repair Kit retails for a suggested price of $12.99, and will be available for shipment March 2006.

Lint-free textured Photo CD Fast Wipes grab dirt, sweat and fingerprints and lift them off the CD. Photo CD Fast Wipes are available for a suggested retail price of $4.99 and will be available for shipment March 2006.

The Digital Camera Cloth is a densely woven synthetic chamois, with a lint-free micro fiber textured surface. Washable for re-use, the Digital Camera Cloth retails for a suggested price of $4.99. It is available for immediate shipment.

Allsop's Photo Disc Sleeves, made of acid-free, archival quality paper, help keep discs in order and protect them from scratches while storing. They are available for a suggested retail price of $9.99 for a package of 50 and are available for immediate shipment.

Posted by covey22 at 3:40 PM

November 3, 2005

Race Shooters: Give Them Your Best Shot!

Action fans close to the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, have an opportunity to win and become a track photographer for a day as well as publication of their image on the 2006 Program brochures.

SONOMA, Calif. (IMMEDIATE RELEASE) - Don't miss the chance to demonstrate your photography skills with the InfineonRaceway.com Photo Contest. You could have your image posted on InfineonRaceway.com, and possibly win a chance to be a race photographer for a day during the 2006 Big O Tires Racing Season at Infineon Raceway.

Beginning on Nov. 3, race fans are invited to submit images taken at any of the 2005 Infineon Raceway major events by visiting www.infineonraceway.com <http://www.infineonraceway.com/> . The raceway will post 10 images each day through Nov. 30, with all images accessible for viewing.

Infineon Raceway officials will select an overall winner on Dec. 5, and the winning photographer will be treated to an Infineon Raceway prize pack that includes a one-day photo pass at one of the raceway's major events in 2006. The photo pass will allow you the same access as photographers from all of the major media outlets that cover Infineon Raceway. The prize pack will also include a cap, T-shirt, and the winning image will be published in one of the raceway's 2006 event programs.

Submissions must be from any of Infineon Raceway's major events during the 2005 Big O Tires Racing Season, and images are not limited to racing action. Facility and fan images are also welcome. This contest is limited to amateur photographers, and only two images may be submitted per person.

To submit your photos, visit www.infineonraceway.com <http://www.infineonraceway.com/> beginning Nov. 3 and click on the Photo Contest link on the homepage. Images can also be e-mailed to photos@infineonraceway.com. Please be sure to include your name, e-mail address, mailing address and phone number, as well as the event at which the image was taken. Images should be no larger than 6 x 4 inches at 300 dpi.

Posted by covey22 at 5:27 PM

Rawshooter Premium - The Petteri Sulonen Field Report

Independent columnist and photographer Petteri Sulonen of Finland has posted a field report of the latest version of RawShooter from Pixmantec.

Posted by covey22 at 5:16 PM

Sharp Unveils Smallest 10MP CCD

Sharp Electronics has revealed their latest creation: the world's most compact 10MP CCD. With a form factor of 1/1.7" and 2.05 mu thickness, the chipset also features a sustained 25fps frame rate for video purposes. While this chip will most likely not find it's way into Coolpixes (due to the current alliance with Sony), it will be interesting to see how well it handles noise and what ISOs it will be rated for given it's pixel density. Sharp expects to begin shipping the sensor en masse in January 2006.

Posted by covey22 at 5:02 PM

NYT Offers Advice To Electronics Makers

Columnist Daniel Pogue of the New York Times offers a humorous but cutting "Top 10 List" of practices that electronics makers can do to improve the customer experience this holiday season. (Posted Nov. 2nd, NYT will archive such articles after one week)

Posted by covey22 at 4:52 PM

End of the line for Bronica MF camera brand

Tamron USA, Inc. announced today that they are discontinuing the production of the Bronica RF645 range finder camera. They are also discontinuing production of its lenses and accessories. This announcment marks the end of the Bronica brand, which had been a player in the MF camera business since 1959. Tamron USA indicated that they will continue to service Bronica equipment for seven years after the official discontinuation date of each model. Customer service can be reached in the United States at (631) 858-8400.

Posted by drjay32 at 2:27 AM | Comments

November 2, 2005

Photo-Me Takes in Agfa Labs

Portions of the destitute Agfa brand have finally landed a new owner. Photo-Me International, maker of automatic photo booths and other photographic equipment, has purchased Agfa's Wholesale Labs, based in Munich for USD 10.8 million (GBP6.1 million). The division is responsible for the production of high volume photo-finishing equipment.

Posted by covey22 at 4:45 PM

November 1, 2005

Nikon Announces New Wireless Macro Flash System

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Nikon has announced, along with its new D200 DSLR and 18-200 VR lens, a macro speedlight system for iTTL compatible SLRs, including the D2 series, D70, and D200. The macro speedlights can be purchased in either of two configurations or as separate components. The R1 system contains two wireless macro speedlights, adapter rings (52, 62, 67,72, and 77mm) and a set of gels and diffusers. The R1 system is triggered by Nikon DSLR's with built-in iTTL commander speedlights, or a SB-800 in commander mode.

More information from Nikon USA:

The R1C1 system also has two wireless speedlights, but it includes a wireless commmander module (SU-800) that can be used on the camera's hotshoe to control up to three groups of speedlights, including SB-800 and SB-600 iTTL speedlights. According to Nikon, all the components of this new wireless speedlight system will be sold individually as well, allowing photographers to connect up to EIGHT macro speedlights onto the ring adapter simultaneously.

The R1C1 and the R1 systems greatly enhance the versatility of Nikon's Creative Lighting System, currently consisting of the SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights. They offer photographers a myriad of choices and options in creating customized lighting solutions, ranging from a compact, portable lighting set-up for close-up photography to more elaborate lighting arrangements using several i-TTL enabled speedlights. Regardless of the complexity of the lighting arrangements, Nikon's i-TTL technology promises an astounding level of simplicity in achieving the desired lighting effects and accurate exposures. Photographers can shed all cords and cables and the need to calculate flash and distance ratios, because, when used with a compatible Nikon camera, i-TTL technology is capable of making all exposure calculations in real time, wirelessly, during the exposure to deliver consistently accurate flash exposures in virtually any situation.

Packaged as complete systems, the R1C1 and the R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight Systems are designed to produce automated creative close-up lighting solutions without any clutter or hassle of connecting cables. The system outfits come in a sturdy and fitted system case that includes all the accessories and adapters a photographer may need to begin capturing beautifully illuminated pictures immediately.

The R1C1 consists of two SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlights, the SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander, and an SX-1 Attachment Ring that is used to attach the two SB-R200s to the front of the lens. Additionally, the outfit contains a comprehensive assortment of accessories to help users master and enjoy close-up flash photography, including the SW-11 Extreme Close-Up Positioning Adapter, SJ-R200 Color Filter Set, SW-12 Set Diffuser, SW-C1 Flexible Arm Clip and a set of five adapter rings to ensure the SX-1 Attachment Ring can be mounted on virtually any Nikkor(TM) lenses designed for close range photography.

For photographers who want to use an SB-800 or the built-in Speedlight of D200, D70s and D70 cameras as a commander, the R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System, which comes without the SU-800, is ideal.

Components of the R1C1 and R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight Systems are also available individually, offering photographers versatility and creative control. The SB-R200 Speedlight is a highly capable lighting tool with a guide number of 14/46 (ISO 200, m/ft.). In addition to attaching it to the front of the lens for close-up photography purposes, photographers can also hold it in their hand while shooting for off-camera directional lighting, or freely position it by using the AS-20 Speedlight Stands, supplied with both the R1C1 and R1 systems. The SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander, also available individually, adds versatility to the Nikon Creative Lighting System by providing wireless flash output level controls for
the SB-800, SB-600 or new SB-R200 remote Speedlight units when mounted on Nikon SLR cameras that are compatible with Nikon's Creative Lighting System. These include the D2X, D2Hs, D2H, D200, D70s, D70 and D50(TM) digital SLR cameras, as well as the F6 35mm film SLR camera.

The Nikon R1C1 and R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight Systems will be available in December 2005 for an estimated selling price of $680.00* and $430.00* respectively. The Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander and SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlights will also be available individually in December 2005 for an estimated selling price of $265.00* and $155.00* respectively. For more information about Nikon's Creative Lighting System and Nikon’s Speedlights, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Contents of Nikon R1C1 & R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight Systems
Two Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System configurations are available: Nikon Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System R1C1 and Nikon Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System R1 (identical to R1C1 but SU-800 is not included). The system includes:

-SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander: (not included in the R1 outfit). Includes the SS-SU800 Soft Case
-SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlight (2): Includes (2) AS-20 Speedlight stand, (2) SS-R200 Soft Case, (2) SJ-R200 Filter Set, and (2) SZ-1 Color Filter Holder
-SX-1 Attachment Ring: Enables SB-R200(s) to be attached to the front of the lens. Accepts up to eight SB-R200 Speedlights (maximum four when attached to camera or up to eight off-camera)
-SG-3IR IR Panel for Built-in Flash: Prevents pre-flash light from built-in Speedlight (D200, D70s or D70) from influencing exposures in extreme close-up situations
- Adapter Ring Set: Enables SX-1 to be attached to lenses with filter attachment sizes of 52mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, and 77mm
- SW-11 Extreme Close-Up Positioning Adapter (2): Angles the SB-R200’s flash light toward the optical axis to create lighting effects when taking extreme close-up shots
- SW-12 Translucent Diffuser Panel: Provides the ability to bounce and/or soften light
- SW-C1 Flexible Arm Clip: Used to mount SW-12 Diffuser to the SX-1 Attachment Ring. Clamp design allows mounting to other objects, adding flexibility
- SS-MS1 Close-up Speedlight Outfit Case: Houses complete System and included accessories plus space for an additional SB-R200 Speedlight


SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlight: Major Features
- Supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System
- Functions only as a remote Speedlight unit
- Supports i-TTL (for automatic balanced Fill-Flash), D-TTL, TTL, Manual
- Accurate i-TTL flash control achieved through flash exposure monitoring control
- Guide Number of 10/33 [ISO100, m/ft], 14/46 [ISO200, m/ft]
- Advanced Wireless Lighting available
- Auto FP High-Speed Sync; use with fast shutter speeds achieves effective blurring of out-of-focus background elements
- FV lock holds flash value, enabling recomposition prior to shooting
- AS-20 Speedlight stand (supplied)
- SS-R200 Soft Case (supplied)
- SJ-R200 Color Filter Set (supplied)
- SZ-1Color Filter Holder (supplied)

Note: The SB-R200 cannot be attached to the camera's accessory shoe.

SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander: Major Features
- When using i-TTL compatible Nikon SLR cameras and Speedlights, user can divide the Speedlight units into three groups and control the flash output independently for each group
- Features a Commander function that can trigger wireless remote flash (SB-800, SB-600, or SB-R200) units without a master flash unit
- One-touch switching between close-up and Commander modes
- Easy-to-use close-up flash operations. Two types of operations: Dual-light close-up flash and Triple-light close-up flash
- Easy-to-view LCD panel
- Compact and lightweight
- SS-SU800 Soft Case (supplied)
- When using the SU-800 with cameras not compatible with i-TTL flash control, only close-up flash operation (using cords) is possible in use with the optional SC-30 TTL Cord.

Product Photos:

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Posted by drjay32 at 2:23 PM

Nikon Announces the 18-200/3.5-5.6 VR ED-IF AFS DX

Along with the much-awaited D200, many had glimpsed in a series of leaked information this past month, a new lens. Nikon now confirms that it's an 18-200mm VR zoom, equivalent to a 27-300mm with the 1.5x crop factor. Featuring a new VR Generation II system, the lens promises up to 4 stops of equivalent shutter speed! It also features the Active and Normal VR modes that was introduced with the 70-200/2.8 VR.

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NIKON(R) ADDS VERSATILE NEW 18-200MM F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR ZOOM-NIKKOR LENS TO ITS DX NIKKOR LINE OF LENSES

New Lens Offers Enhanced VR Vibration Reduction System in a Compact and Lightweight 11.1x High Power Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLRs

MELVILLE, NY, NOVEMBER 1, 2005 Nikon Inc. (www.nikonusa.com) today introduced the new 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor lens, a compact, lightweight 11.1x zoom lens that is ideal for high performance everyday photography and incorporates advanced features such as Nikon's Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass, Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM) and Enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR II), in a DX-Nikkor design engineered exclusively for use with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras. With a remarkable 18-200mm focal length range (picture angle equivalent to a 27-300mm lens in 35mm format), the lens conveniently covers everything from wide landscapes to tight portraits and action photography. Advanced Nikon engineering has lent the lens a compact lightweight design that offers excellent handling characteristics and superb optical quality.
"Nikon's range of DX Nikkor lenses, designed specifically for Nikon digital SLR cameras, has grown substantially since the introduction of the category, and the new 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor lens is an excellent addition offering Nikon digital SLR photographers an advanced all-purpose lens with superb optical performance and Enhanced Vibration Reduction capabilities," said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products, at Nikon Inc. "Nikkor lenses are famous for their breathtaking sharpness, optimal contrast and consistent color rendition across its range of lenses with varying focal lengths. Now with the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor, Nikon photographers will be able to take advantage of remarkable versatility in one lens with assurance of the outstanding Nikkor image performance that has made Nikkor lenses renowned worldwide."
Beyond the lens' incredible optical versatility is the benefit of Enhanced VR II Vibration Reduction an innovation that makes it possible to take substantially sharper handheld pictures at slower shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible. This provides the distinct advantage of being able to shoot more effectively in a much broader variety of challenging conditions. With the new Nikon VR II advantage, users can take pictures at shutter speeds as many as 4 stops slower* than they ordinarily could shoot without the image degrading blur associated with camera shake at slow shutter speeds. Nikon's VR technology further enhances picture taking potential with a choice of two modes to match most shooting conditions. VR Normal Mode primarily compensates for camera shake, and includes automatic panning detection, as well as automatic tripod detection. VR Active Mode effectively compensates for vibration in situations where it is more pronounced and more frequent, such as when shooting from a moving vehicle.
To further ensure outstanding optical performance, the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor features two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and three complex aspherical lens elements that provide for higher resolution, high-contrast images while minimizing chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion. The lens also features Nikon's compact Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM), which combines fast and precise autofocusing with super-quiet operation, as well as Internal Focusing (IF) construction that allows the lens to focus without changing its external size, improving balance and handling chrematistics.
All of Nikon's DX Nikkor lenses are engineered exclusively for use with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras, making the lens smaller and lighter while providing exceptional center-to-edge-to-corner image quality and overall optical performance. With the addition of the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor lens, Nikon photographers can choose from over 50 Nikkor lenses,
ranging from the amazing 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye to the astounding 600mm f/4D ED-IF AF-S II super Telephoto.
The 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor lens will be available beginning in December 2005 for an estimated selling price of $699.95**. For more information about Nikon and the Nikkor brand of optics, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor: Major Features
* Offers the broad 18-200mm focal range (11.1x zoom) for use in a variety of situations (equivalent to a 27-300 mm lens in 35mm format)
* VR II Vibration Reduction system offers the practical equivalent of using a shutter speed 4 stops faster
* Two ED glass and three complex aspherical lens elements minimize chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion, while ensuring high resolution and contrast
* Incorporates a compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for quiet focusing
* Delivers high-level optical performance that is specially designed for use with the Nikon digital SLRs
* Employs a seven-blade rounded diaphragm opening that achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements
* Enables focusing from as close as 50cm (20 in.) from the subject through its entire focal range
* M/A mode for rapid switching between autofocus and manual focus operation
* Internal Focusing (IF) design simplifies the use of circular polarizing filters
* Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superb color reproduction while minimizing ghosting and flare
* Flower-shaped Lens Hood HB-35 (included) greatly reduces stray light, enhancing image quality
About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image(TM). Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Nikon Coolpix(R) compact digital cameras; Coolscan(R) digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon's Exclusive Feature System, making it easy for anyone to take amazing digital pictures. Through the Nikon Spirit Initiative(TM), the company, plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of philanthropic organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

*Under Nikon measurement conditions.

**Estimated selling prices listed are only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Posted by covey22 at 1:56 PM

Nikon Unveils the D200

Nikon has finally revealed the long-awaited successor to it's popular D100 camera. The existence of the D200 had been long suspected, and this month's series of leaks gave everyone glimpses of what was to come. Along with the much awaited 10.2 MP camera, Nikon has also announced a new 18-200mm VR zoom lens and new macro and wireless commander flash systems. The new camera will retail for USD1699 and will be available in late December. As always, Nikonians was one of the first sites to host a dedicated D200 forum earlier this year. Now that the specifications are revealed, be sure to come and join the discussions!

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NIKON(C) D200(TM)DIGITAL SLR CAMERA: MAJOR FEATURES

Exceptional Imaging Performance
* Newly developed 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor with the power to capture exceptional edge-to-edge sharpness and faithful color at 3,872 x 2,592 pixels size. Incorporates high-speed 4-channel data output that contributes to 5fps continuous shooting performance and employs a newly developed Optical Low Pass Filter that helps prevent moire, color fringing and shifting while improving resolving power.
* Incorporates the industry-leading advanced imaging processing engine of the D2x, which allows color-independent pre-conditioning prior to A/D conversion to work in symphony with advanced digital image processing algorithms to achieve fine color gradations with exceptionally smooth, consistent transitions.
* Newly developed 11-area AF system packs the same number of focus areas available for the professional D2 series into a space-efficient system, with the photographer able to select individual focus areas from 11-area wide and 7 wide-area AF for Single Area AF, Dynamic AF that delivers precise Continuous servo AF mode operation for moving subjects, Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF and also Group Dynamic AF. All such AF options are supported by refined lens-controlling algorithms that realize improved focus precision, better subject acquisition capability, keener subject tracking ability and overall improved system response.
* Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II (AE, as used in the D2x, delivers optimized exposure through the use of new technology developed for the Nikon 1,005-pixel RGB exposure/Color Matrix Metering Sensor. Evaluating brightness, color, contrast, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, this system references all such data against an expanded onboard database that has been created using data from more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes to instantly and accurately calculate the final value with high-level dependability during both automatic and manual operation. Also offers variable size center-weighted metering which concentrates 75% of sensitivity within the center-weighted circle, as well as spot metering supporting each individual sensor of both the 7 wide-area AF and 11-area AF groups.
* New image optimization modes enable photographers to produce results more closely matching the intended results, with a range of choice comprising optimization of sharpening, tone (contrast), color, saturation, and hue, with choices from Normal, Softer, Vivid, More vivid, Portrait, Custom and Black-and-white optimization.
Impressively High Speed
* Fast continuous shooting performance at 5 frames per second enables the shooting of up to 37 JPEG (Fine-Large) images or up to 22 NEF (RAW) images, with shutter speeds ranging from 1/8,000 of a second to 30 seconds.
* Near instant power-up of 0.15 seconds lets photographers respond to sudden opportunities.
* A mere 50-millisecond shutter time lag promotes fast handling, while 105-millisecond viewfinder blackout realizes assured control that's especially useful during continuous shooting.
Further Versatility
* Multiple exposure enables up to 10 separate images to be used to create a single composite to produce imaginative and even surreal results.
* Image overlay function creates a composite image in-camera from two selected NEF (RAW) images. The original files remain unaltered, opacity can be precisely controlled and the resultant image can be saved in either RAW, JPEG or TIFF format.
* Connection to a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit via an optionally available GPS Adapter Cord MC-35 enables the recording of data including latitude, longitude, elevation and UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) along with conventional shooting data for each image.
* A large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with a 170 degree viewing angle from every direction assists accurate assessment of sharpness by enabling image preview with up to 400% magnification. It also offers RGB information as a single display or separate histograms for each color channel to enable better exposure-related decision-making.
* The large top LCD panel makes it easy to read a wealth of data at a glance, such as shooting mode, battery condition, card information, gridline display, shutter speed, F stop and number of remaining shots.
* A new color-coded menu display features a color scheme that promotes easy viewing as well as the use of intuitive keywords that assist speedy navigation. There's also a Recent Settings list that displays the last 14 settings selected from shooting and Custom menus and playback options include single frame, 4- or 9-image thumbnail display, zoom with scroll, histogram indication and highlight point display.
* A chassis and body crafted from magnesium alloy gives the D200 lightweight resilience, while an enhanced sealing system helps protect each and every exterior seam from potentially damaging dust and moisture.
* A double-bladed shutter unit tested to well over 100,000 cycles ensures highly reliable, highly durable performance. The shutter unit also employs a refined mirror balance mechanism that allows the mirror to complete its motion cycle and reach a complete stop with virtually no image degrading mirror bounce, providing the extended viewfinder visibility essential for fast, accurate focus tracking and continuous shooting.
* The newly developed high-energy EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion battery combines with the D200's highly efficient power management system to deliver enough power to support the shooting of up to 1,800 images on a single charge and can be recharged at any time. Important to photographers is the real-time Fuel Gauge system display that shows remaining charge by percentage, number of shots since last charge and overall battery status.
* The optionally available MB-D200 battery pack adds extended shooting capability with an ergonomic design. Able to run on either one or two EN-EL3e batteries or, six AA-size batteries* it also features an additional command dial and alternative buttons for shutter release and AF start that make for more comfortable vertical shooting.
* Compatible AA-size batteries comprise alkaline, NiMH, lithium and nickel-manganese batteries.
* The Wireless Transmitter WT-3* adds all the convenience of IEEE802.11b/g capability, enabling cable-free image transfer to a compatible printer while also supporting wide-ranging network and security protocols for added assurance.
* Available only in countries that approve the use of thirteen frequency channels.
Compatible with Nikon's Total Imaging System
* Compatible with Nikon's digital-exclusive DX Nikkor lenses as well as Nikon's 35mm/digital compatible AF Nikkor System.
* Compatibility with the Nikon Creative Lighting System allows the D200 to work seamlessly with SB-800, SB-600 and SB-R200 Speedlights to deliver the benefits of i-TTL flash control's advanced monitor pre-flash, accurate measurement for bounce and versatile wireless operation. SB-600 and SB-800 Speedlights also offer a Wide-Area AF-assist Illuminator specially tailored to the D200's 11-area Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module.
* Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.4) unlocks the extensive potential of NEF (Nikon Electronic Format). Not only does it make smoother fidelity for tonal and other color corrections possible, but it also empowers photographers to reprocess images at any time and save the results to the original NEF file as a new Instruction Set, or as a TIFF or JPEG file, while retaining the integrity of the original data at all times.
* PictureProject Ver. 1.6 (complimentary with camera) empowers the photographer with tools that help expand the enjoyment of photography. These include tools for Organizing the images to promote effective viewing, Automatic and manual options for image editing, Design selections that help make multi-image album and presentation pages, and tools to help photographers share images with others through CD/DVD burning, slide shows, muvee presentations, fast and effective e-mailing and access to Nikon's PictureProject In-touch. In addition to helping anyone enjoy their pictures, PictureProject also provides the means to make sure that the computer's hard drive won't turn into an "electronic shoe box" full of pictures, instead they can be kept as neatly ordered as the user like!

Posted by covey22 at 1:37 PM

Microtek Shipping ScanMaker i800

Microtek USA, a world-leading manufacturer of digital imaging products, is shipping the ScanMaker i800, a high-resolution scanner that combines professional features, versatility, power and convenience at a great price.

"Our customers have told us that they want technology that lets them tackle whatever scanning tasks come along," says Michael Ford, product manager at Microtek. "The ScanMaker i800 brings together all of the professional scanning features that users have come to expect--with an affordable price tag of $399.99."

The unit can handle multiple film sizes including 24 frames of 35mm filmstrips , 12 mounted 35mm slides, two 4" x 5" transparencies, and medium format up to 6 x 17 cm panoramic. The scanner, which features 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution, allows users to create poster-size images from photos and film. The ScanMaker i800 also features a large 8.5" x 14" reflective scanning area to accommodate legal-size documents and batch scanning of photos or film.

EZ-Lock Film Holders and TMA with Moving Light Source
The ScanMaker i800 includes Microtek's exclusive EZ-Lock Film Holders with spring-
actuated tension grips (patent pending) for 4" x 5" and medium-format film to keep film
perfectly flat for clear, superbly focused scans from edge to edge. Also, all of the holders lock
into place on the scan bed to ensure perfect alignment and quality scans, while the EZ-Lock film
holder hardware and software system automatically detects film quantity and format--and
even automatically crops the frames to further simplify scanning.

The newest member of Microtek's family of leading-edge scanners features an integrated TMA with its own moving light source for even, consistent color scans in true 48-bit color. The device captures trillions of colors in one pass, creating true-to-life color reproduction
and providing more subtle detail in the shadows and highlights than lower-priced scanners can
supply.

Complete Photo Reconstruction and Color Restoration
The ScanMaker i800 also comes equipped with Microtek's exclusive PictuRescue system
with Kodak DIGITAL ICE Technology and ColorRescue. With the touch of one button, the
software removes creases, dust and scratches from faded photographs and film. Microtek's ColorRescue automatically restores faded color. Only Microtek offers users a choice of either automatic or manual photo print reconstruction of damaged photographs. The manual mode, available exclusively on Microtek's scanners, allows users to choose different levels of Digital ICE adjustments to repair damage in isolated areas of a picture.

The ScanMaker i800 includes seven easily customizable Smart-Touch buttons plus a
power button. Users can use Smart Touch to readily access favorite capabilities with the press of
a button. For example, users can choose to repair damaged photos, scan images and send them
directly to a chosen application, print high-quality color copies quickly and easily, perform
OCR text-scanning accurately or create a PDF, and e-mail images.

Your Choice of Scanning Software
In addition to the high-quality hardware, the ScanMaker i800 features two scanning software
packages--for the family, or for the professional power user. For the power user, the ScanMaker i800
bundles a new enhanced version of ScanWizard Pro for direct scanning to RGB, CMYK, LAB and
indexed color. It features NegaMatch for negative film optimization and lets you select individual film brands, types and ISO settings to accurately reproduce color for dozens of the most popular negative film profiles. ScanWizard Pro also allows the user to create custom negative film profiles.
For the family, scapbooker or small office, the ScanMaker i800 includes its award-winning
ScanWizard 5 scanning software. It features a friendly, simple control panel for straightforward scanning and offers settings that automatically determine the size of a photo or document, adjust color, brightness and contrast for optimum results. With ScanWizard 5, the ScanMaker i800's Smart Touch buttons make scanning easy and convenient.

ScanWizard 5 is a powerful, versatile scan management tool that turns this high-resolution
scanner into a multi-function powerhouse. In addition, ScanWizard 5 offers an Advanced Mode. While
the automatic mode is appropriate for most applications, the Advanced Mode allows the user to access more sophisticated features and filters.

More Features
This sleekly designed scanner comes with a comprehensive software suite that includes
Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0, ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR, Microtek LAN Wizard
Network Software, Adobe Photoshop Album, Ulead Photo Explorer, and Kodak DS color
management software. Microtek Scan, Copy, E-mail, OCR and scan-to-PDF utilities are also
included. The ScanMaker i800 comes with a USB 2.0 cable, FireWire cable, power adapter and
power cord and has a one-year limited warranty.

The ScanMaker i800 is priced at $399.99 SRP and is compatible with Windows or
Macintosh. The ScanMaker i800 is available through Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Wynit, B&H
Photo, Calumet, Samy's Camera, VARs, mail order and online resellers. It is also available
directly through Microtek at store.microtek.com. For more information about Microtek or any
of its products, visit the company's Web site at www.microtekusa.com.

About Microtek
Founded in 1980, Microtek International, Inc. is headquartered in Science-based Industry Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan. The company has a strong global presence, with major operations and distribution channels in 53 countries around the world. Microtek Lab, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Microtek International, Inc., is located at 16941 Keegan Avenue, Carson, CA 90746. Information about Microtek can be found at www.microtek.com.

Posted by drjay32 at 2:15 AM

Microtek Launches ScanMaker 1000XL Pro Large-Format Scanner

12" x 17" scanner features 3200 x 6400 resolution, reflective and film scanning, and
Digital ICE Photo Print Technology

CARSON, CA, Microtek announced the availability of the 3,200-dpi ScanMaker 1000XL Pro, the highest-resolution tabloid-size flatbed scanner for photo and film scanning on the market today.
Designed for professional applications, the ScanMaker 1000XL is ideal for production environments in corporations, advertising agencies, photographic studios and labs, publishing houses, medical laboratories for X-ray imaging, and service bureaus. This large-format scanner is now available in two models-- the ScanMaker 1000XL Pro with Transparent Media Adapter (TMA 1000XL) for dual reflective and transparency scanning, and the ScanMaker 1000XL for reflective media scanning only. Both models feature Kodak DIGITAL ICE Photo Print Technology for automatically restoring damaged photos.

Productivity Features At an Affordable Price
“Both models of the ScanMaker 1000XL offer a host of high-end features and quality at a price point that is unmatched for scanners in its class,” said Sam Samimi, vice-president of sales and marketing. The ScanMaker 1000 XL Pro with the TMA 1000XL, scans film and transparencies up to 12" x 16”. Various film templates are included with the TMA package to accommodate batch scanning of 35mm slides, 35mm filmstrips, 4” x 5” film, and medium format 120 film (6x4.5 cm, 6x6 cm, 6x7 cm, and 6x9 cm). Microtek pioneered a TMA design with a separate moving light source, and the TMA 1000XL continues this quality tradition,” said Mary Ann Whitlock, executive director of marketing. A separate moving light source in the TMA provides uniform exposure for accurate color reproduction and shadow detail. The ScanMaker 1000XL Pro and the ScanMaker 1000XL allow scanning of reflective material such as photos and prints up to 12" x 17”.
High-End Features of the ScanMaker 1000XL include:
• 4.0 maximum optical density and full 48-bit color for richer, smoother tonal values
• Multiple sampling, in user-selectable frequencies of 2, 4, 8, and 16 steps. Multiple sampling reduces random image noise and minimizes signal fluctuation, yielding purer image output that greatly enhances the optical density range.
• 41,300-element CCD, providing an optical resolution of 3200 x 6400 dpi, allowing for greater enhancement of scanned images
• Kodak DIGITAL ICE Photo Print Technology, built into the scanner hardware to automatically reconstruct damaged photos by eliminating surface defects such as rips, tears, and wrinkles
• ColoRescue™, Microtek’s color recovery system for both photos and film, restoring faded color and bringing them back to life
• Kodak® Q-60R2 reflective and Q-60E1 transparent calibration targets to ensure consistent color for both reflective and transparency scanning
• FireWire and Hi-Speed USB interfaces

ScanWizard Pro with NegaMatchâ„¢
In addition to the high-quality hardware, the ScanMaker 1000XL features a robust software package for professional-level scanning. For quality images, the ScanMaker 1000XL bundles a newly- enhanced version of ScanWizardâ„¢ Pro for direct scanning to RGB, CMYK, LAB and indexed color. It features NegaMatch for negative film optimization. With NegaMatch you can select individual film brands, types and ISO settings to accurately reproduce color for dozens of the most popular negative
film profiles.
The ScanMaker 1000XL Pro also includes SilverFast® Ai 6. Additional software for the ScanMaker 1000XL include Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 3.0; ABBYY® FineReader® Sprint OCR; and Kodak® Digital Science color management system. LANShare™, a Microtek utility embedded in ScanWizard™ Pro for scanner-sharing on a network, is also included for PCs. And for accurate color, the Microtek Scanner ICC Profiler is part of the software package.
The ScanMaker 1000XL is compatible with iMac or Power Mac G3/G4/G5 systems running Mac OS 9.x through OS X 10.2~10.4. For PC-compatible systems, the ScanMaker 1000XL supports Pentium III PC systems running Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP. A FireWire cable, USB cable, and power cord are included in the scanner package.

Price and Availability
The ScanMaker 1000XL is priced at $2,299.99 SRP and the Pro version with the Transparent Media Adapter is $2,799.99 SRP. When purchased as an option, the TMA 1000XL is $599.99. The ScanMaker 1000XL and the ScanMaker 1000XL Pro are available through Microtek’s distributor network including Ingram Micro and Tech Data, as well as B&H Photo, Calumet, Samy’s Camera, VARs, integrators, mail order catalogs and online through Microtek at www.store.microtek.com.

About Microtek
Microtek International is a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative, affordable desktop digital imaging products. Known for its first-to-market scanning technology, Microtek continues to provide a wide range of desktop imaging solutions to users ranging from the mass market, to high-end professional desktop publishers, printers and pre-press service providers. Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Carson, California, Microtek Lab, Inc. is a U.S. subsidiary of Microtek International, Inc. based in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The company has a strong global presence with major operations and distribution channels in 53 countries around the world. Microtek can be found on the Web at http://www.microtekusa.com

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