Lexar announces the Professional 600x CompactFlash card and Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash card reader

by JamesNYCOctober 21. 2009 09:18
The Lexar Professional 600x CF memory card will offer increased speed and performance, with a guaranteed minimum sustained write speed capability of 600x (90MB/s) when paired with a UDMA 6 enabled device. In addition, the Lexar Professional 600x CF memory card increases workflow with minimum sustained read speeds of 533x (80MB/s), or faster when paired with a UDMA 6-enabled reader such as the new Lexar Professional ExpressCard™ CompactFlash Reader.

We’re also introducing Image Rescue 4, the newest version of Lexar’s award-winning image recovery software. Image Rescue 4 not only helps recover image and video files from any memory card format, from any manufacturer, it also features a one-step recovery interface, automatic software updates, an easy deletion function, and support for multiple languages.

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Canon 1D MKIv announced today

by JamesNYCOctober 21. 2009 08:11
The long awaited and much rumourd Canon 1D MKIV was announced today. The following are some highlights. follow the below link for complete details.

Suggested Retail Price: $4999.00

Specifications
Recording Media: CF Card Type I and II, SD/SDHC Memory Card (1 slot each), UDMA Mode 6 CF cards and/or External media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2/E2A or Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 IIA*)
Image Sensor Size: 1.098 x 0.73 in./ 27.9 x 18.6 mm (APS-H size sensor)
Compatible Lenses: Canon EF
Lens Mount: Canon EF mount

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This weekends Digital Tech Workshop featuring Capture 1 Pro was a great success

by JamesNYCSeptember 25. 2009 22:27
This weekends Digital Tech Workshop featuring Capture 1 Pro V.5.0.2 was a great success.
We even had a photographer that came in from Hawaii.
That's the furthest yet someone has come to take one of our Capture 1 pro workshops.
Thanks to Sand Box Studio, Schiempflug Digital, FotoCare Rentals, &CSI Rentals for their production help this weekend. We couldn't do it with out you guys.
Thanks to Mac Group US for the X-Rite EyeOne display2 that was our door prize.
Our next Digital Tech workshop featuring Capture 1 Pro V.5.x.x will be in late Feb early march; watch the site for details.

Leica M9 shown at the 1ProPhoto.Com networking event 09/17/2009

by JamesNYCSeptember 25. 2009 08:44

Leica M9 shown at the 1ProPhoto.Com networking event 09/17/2009

 

Pay the Writer (photograper) - Harlan Ellison

by JamesNYCAugust 23. 2009 21:59

Color Workflow for the Photographer

by JamesNYCJuly 7. 2009 09:04
Join Joe Brady of MAC group for an hour-long presentation on color workflow for photographers

“Magic Lantern” – firmware hack for Canon EOS 5D Mark II released as open platform

by JamesNYCJuly 6. 2009 08:04
There is a Lot-O-Love for teh Canon 5D MKII so mauch so that peopel have gone so far as to hack the firmware and create new features for teh camera by hacking the firmware.

“Magic Lantern is an open platform for developing enhancements to the amazing Canon 5D Mark II full frame digital SLR.” Though it also has some pretty significant warnings about possible dangers with the pre-release version. So, don’t download and install unless you read the entire wiki! Progress to date features these key components:
  • Onscreen stereo audio meters
  • Full-time cropmarks
  • Zebra stripes for overexposed regions
  • Fixed audio gain (+10 dB analog, +12 dB digital) with -NO AGC-
  • Live headphone monitoring on A/V jack (without disabling LCD)
  • printf() to the bitmap display
  • GUI event viewer (press Picture Style button)

Follow this link to check out the latest firmware hach by Trammell Hudson on his Planet 5D.com blog

Magic Lantern firmware introduction from Trammell Hudson on Vimeo.

Leaf Releases Leaf Capture 11.2.7 Software

by JamesNYCJune 5. 2009 08:31
Leaf is pleased to announce the release of an update to its highly acclaimed Leaf Capture software. Leaf Capture 11.2.7 delivers improvements for Leaf’s latest digital back and camera models, the AFi-II 10 and Aptus-II 10, offering an extended ISO range and improved shooting burst speeds.

Of special note, is Leaf’s new ‘Lens Calibration’ feature, which allows Leaf AFi-II 10 and Aptus-II 10 users to create their own custom lens calibration files for any lens they have.  These calibration files ‘describe’ certain characteristics of the lens so that photographers can obtain the absolute best image quality available. 

For Leaf AFi-II 10 and Aptus-II 10 customers who do not wish to go to the extent of making their own custom lens calibration files, Leaf provides a separate CD, which contains factory defined lens calibration files for some of the most commonly used lenses.  These files are customized and tested individually for each sensor.

Leaf Capture 11.2.7 can be downloaded here: http://www.LeafAmerica.com

Hasselblad realeases Phocus V.1.2 for Mac

by JamesNYCJune 4. 2009 08:24
Release of Phocus 1.2 for Mac
Phocus 1.2 for Mac has been released and features a number of major enhancements!
Version 1.2 has been improved dramatically with regards to speed and performance, plus been endowed with several new features and workflow enhancements.

Highlights
Speed and Performance
  • Improved tethered capture performance
  • Improved export speed
  • Improved viewer performance
    Tools
  • Grey scale tool
  • Navigator tool
    Workflow
  • Export direct from 3FR raw file
  • Export to PSD 8 & 16 bit
  • Improved viewer sharpness
  • Ejecting of volumes from file browser
  • Custom Date format via name preset
  • Tool bar control for show/hide options of main window
  • Improved print functionality
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  • Archiving film and old negatives.

    by JamesNYCMarch 3. 2009 09:12
    There have been a few discussions in other photo groups and forums concerning the archiving of film and the possible degradation over time.

    Having worked in photo processing labs for more than 10 years back in the 80's   and 90's I came to find that there is/was a huge difference in the manor that a customer’s film was handled or processed.

    Regardless of whether you took your film to a 1 hour mini lab, a professional photo lab using a dip and dunk system or one of the many bulk film developing companies around the country that would run miles of film through a continues film line; it all comes down to the quality control that each lab implemented

    As some of you may recall back in 1989', Kodak tried to implement a Kodak Certified Processing certification associated with a number of labs.

    This entailed mixing the chemistry to exacting standards and even checking the specific gravity of each batch for process such as Ciba-Chrome and E-6 or color reversal film. In addition each film processing machine would have film test strip run every 4 hours.

    That lasted for all of 12 months before the photo labs decided that the extra expense of following such a stringent model was not cost effective.

    What you could expect from the better photo labs that ran Colenta or Hostert dip and dunk machines was Kodak chemistry that was mixed to specs and added daily to the 50 gallon replenishment reservoir that fed each processors replenishment system, and were triggered as each new rack of film was loaded into the machine.

    When these systems were properly monitored they ran flawlessly and the systems ran a steady line. Meaning that the test strips run 3 times a day never moved more than 5-7 points above or below the recommended base line, resulting in perfectly processed film that was theoretically completely archival and as Kodak claimed; would remain stable for more than 100 years.

    However there was a not so pretty reality.

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