Nikon Announces D200

Darren wrote this at 8:43 pm:

Nikon has just announced their much-anticipated D200 digital SLR, the subject of much speculation and rumor-mongering in recent weeks.

So, were the rumors accurate?

The D200 has a 10 megapixel reduced-frame sensor, capable of shooting at 5 frames per second for bursts of up to 37 JPEGs or 22 RAW images. It has a magnesium alloy body with dust and moisture sealing, and a nice big 2.5 inch LCD.

A very comprehensive round-up of all the features and specifications has been published by Rob Galbraith. Check it out!

Getting Digital Files Home Safely

Darren wrote this at 9:04 pm:

Michael Reichmann of Luminous Landscape fame has just posted an article, no doubt inspired partly by his recent trip to China, about Getting Digital Files Home Safely. It contains some food for thought for digital shooters – how do you protect your files from accidental loss, theft, erasure, and equipment failure in the field?

Professional photographers know that clients accept no excuses. If you don’t deliver, you don’t get paid, and if you screw up badly enough, your future career can be in jeopardy.

While we’re on the subject of protecting your digital assets (and thus covering your real life asset!), The Tao of Backup is essential reading when planning your backup strategy. Don’t leave the safety of your data to chance – take control and make sure have a solid and reliable backup system.

Week 43 Updates

Darren wrote this at 9:30 pm:

New Pages

Updated Pages

Canon EOS 5D Reviews:

Canon EF 24-105 F/4.0L IS USM Reviews:

Digital Sensor Cleaning:

EOS 20D/20Da Firmware v2.0.3

Darren wrote this at 7:01 pm:

Canon has just released version 2.0.3 for the EOS 20D firmware and the EOS 20Da firmware.

Both firmware updates contain the same two improvements:

  • Fixes a problem in color temperature information transmission that occurred when using Speedlite 430EX.
  • Improves reliability in communicaion when using CF cards.

Canon Rebel XT/350D Firmware 1.0.3

Darren wrote this at 6:56 pm:

Canon has just released firmware update v1.0.3 for their EOS Digital Rebel XT/350D DSLR.

This firmware update incorporates the following improvements:

  • Fixes the phenomenon of shots being unable to be taken when using the remote controller RC-1.
  • Fixes the phenomenon wherein the camera continues to scroll through images being played back.
  • Improves reliability in communication when using some CF cards.

Pixmantec Rawshooter Premium 2006 Released

Darren wrote this at 6:53 pm:

Copenhagen, October 28th 2005: Danish digital imaging software specialists Pixmantec announce the release of the latest addition to their Photographers’ Toolbox applications for the camera RAW format, RawShooter | premium 2006. Building on the incredible success of the FREE RawShooter | essentials 2005 product (now with several hundred thousand copies installed worldwide), RawShooter | premium 2006 provides unsurpassed RAW workflow functionality and professional image quality at an unbeatable competitive price. In addition to a state of the art feature set, RawShooter | premium 2006 adds camera RAW support for several new DSLRs including the Canon EOS 5D and Canon EOS 1D II N.

Key features include:

  • RAW vs RAW comparison
  • integrated downloader
  • image formatting toolbox (rotate, crop, etc)
  • personalized appearance
  • FastProof for quick generation of downsized JPEGs
  • curves/levels
  • sophisticated correction tools (vibrance, color correction, etc)
  • interpolation
  • magnifier (i.e. digital loupe)
  • new noise suppression tool
  • FastBrowse
  • batch renaming
  • extended color support
  • RAW workflow guide (written by Andy Rouse)

RawShooter | premium 2006 is for Windows only. A 15-day trial copy can be downloaded free. RawShooter | premium 2006 normally costs USD$99, but you can get it at the discount price of USD$59 until the end of October 2005.

RawShooter | essentials 2005 will continue to be available as a free product (just with less features than RawShooter | premium 2006), and will be soon be updated with support for the latest batch of DSLRs.

For more details, see the RawShooter | premium 2006 press release.

Nikon D200 Announcement Imminent

Darren wrote this at 6:36 pm:

Various web forums and rumor-mongers are touting November 2 as the official announcement date for Nikon’s new digital SLR, the D200.

If you can’t wait that long to see it, the official photos have been leaked and are available over at dEaringfilm.

Nikon PictureProject v1.6.1

Darren wrote this at 11:18 pm:

Nikon has just released version 1.6.1 of their image management and editing program PictureProject.

What’s new?

Windows version:

  • An issue that caused an error to occur, with some computer systems, when photos were played back in a slide show has been addressed.

Mac version:

  • Support for OS X 10.4 (Tiger).
  • Changes to Color Management panel in Preferences.

Agfa To Close By Year End?

Darren wrote this at 11:12 pm:

DP Review is reporting that AgfaPhoto is likely to be closed down by the end of the year. Buy-out talks with UK company Photo-Me International fell through.

Extensis Portfolio 8 Announced

Darren wrote this at 11:02 pm:

Extensis has announced version 8 of Portfolio, their digital asset management solution.

Features include:

  • new gallery functions
  • improvements to NetPublish
  • database speed and feature improvements

Read the press release at DP Review for detailed explanations of the new features and improvements, and for information on pricing and availability.