INON -1.5 Diffuser System
In addition to previously released –0.5 and –3 diffusers, Inon Japan has developed a –1.5 system, for greater ability to widen and soften strobe light, and control flash output. Each diffuser includes a “Light Filter Set” consisting of red and blue filter inserts. The filters snap into the diffuser to correct strobe’s focus light color temperature, useful in some conditions. These new diffusers will be available from Inon America in late April.
Adobe Camera Raw 3.1 Released
Adobe has released Adobe DNG Converter and Camera Raw 3.1 Update. Camera Raw 3.1 adds support for the following cameras: Canon EOS Rebel XT (EOS 350D/EOS Kiss Digital N), Nikon D2X, Olympus EVOLT E-300, and Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom. As discussed in earlier posts, their support for the D2X may be rudimentary until the encrypted white balance issue is resolved. DNG Converter enables you to convert more than 75 RAW file types to Adobe’s “universal” Digital Negative (DNG) format (to safeguard against old RAW formats becoming obsolete).
Aquatica 8” Dome Port for Ikelite Housings
We have received some information from Aquatica about their 8” dome port for Ikelite housings. The port uses the standard 8” Aquatica acrylic dome, with an aluminum back plate and integral ikelite port adapter (meaning it’s all one piece). Aquatica has dunk tested the port and confirms that it works well with the Nikon D70 housing and 10.5mm fisheye lens. According to Blake Stoughton, a principal at Aquatica, they intend to release a series of extension rings so that this port can be used with a variety of Canon and Nikon lenses. The cost should be competitive with other offerings.
Thom Hogan’s D2x Review Posted
Noted Author and Speaker Thom Hogan has posted his comprehensive review of Nikon’s flagship camera - the D2x. Thom notes that: “Nikon has arguably delivered the best camera ever made, but it has one flaw that I’ve been struggling to come to grips with and which keeps me from ran outright recommendation as I’ve done with previous cameras. The problem? Encryption of white balance information…You’ll have to decide for yourself whether the encryption is an issue or not. To do that, read the last part of the Handling section of the review.”
Nikon - stupid NEF format statement
This is old news, but is probably worth writing about. On April 22, 2005 Nikon issued an advisory about their NEF raw format, which basically says that the only legal way to convert a NEF file to an image is through their SDK because “NEF and Capture software are a tightly knit system, and they are all developed through the cooperative efforts of Nikon’s design teams, and this collaboration results in achieving the highest image quality.”
Adobe has stated that they may not be able to fully support RAW files from the Nikon D2X and D2H in their Camera Raw plugin…
David Haupt (DBH) Featured as Inon Artist of the Month
Reminder: Use Wetpixel Contact Form
Hello, guys! I’m back from French Polynesia, where I was absolutely floored by the schooling grey reef sharks at Apataki and Fakarava South. It was simply incredible. I’ll have photos posted soon, I’m sure.
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Nikon D70s Compatible with D70 Housings
Nikon dealer and Wetpixel member Jean Bruneau has obtained one of the new Nikon D70s cameras and he confirms that the control positions and buttons are all in the same locations as the D70. The answer to the question of whether the larger D70s LCD will be completely visible in existing housings also appears to be “yes,” however Jean only confirmed this for the Aquatica housing.
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