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UWP Magazine 31 Available

Issue 31 of Underwater Photography Magazine (UWP) has just been published. As usual there is plenty of input from Wetpixel members, including a review of the Sea & Sea D200 by JP Trenque (frogmansub), a review of the Olympus E330 in 10 Bar housing by Jeff Mullins (reefwalker) and article on “Getting the blues” by me (Alex_Mustard), a final frame article by Tim Priest (Tim_Priest) and a report on the recent UWP Red Sea Workshop with images from Ralph Mortimore (Ralphy), Paul Carre (PRC), Timo Ahomaki (timoma) and Anders Petersen (apete). UWP Magazine is a free PDF magazine, published every two months.

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Nikon Releases Trial Version of Capture NX Software Photo

Nikon Releases Trial Version of Capture NX Software

Nikon has today made available a trial version of its all new image workflow software,Capture NX. According to Nikon:

Professional and advanced photographers will appreciate the time they can save using U Point technology to make edits to their images, as well as fully utilize over 25 new tools in the software, including powerful batch processing capabilities, advanced color management features, Distortion Correction enhancement and the ability to make every edit non-destructively (when a JPEG, TIFF or NEF image is saved in NEF format).

The 30 day trial version of Capture NX software is available for download at http://www.nikonusa.com, in the Software Download section. The software is expected to be available for purchase in July at an estimated selling price of $149.95. A special limited-time upgrade price of $89.95 will be offered to current owners of Nikon Capture 4 software in the U.S. market.

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Guadalupe great white shark expedition, August 25-30, 2006 Photo

Guadalupe great white shark expedition, August 25-30, 2006

Great White Adventures (GWA), acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Norbert Wu, and Wetpixel editor Eric Cheng have announce a second trip for great white sharks in August 2006.  Due to overwhelming demand for Norbert Wu and Eric Cheng’s GWA trip from August 18-25, 2006 (sold out), Norb and Eric will be joining Great White Adventures as guests and informal presenters during a second GWA 5-day trip to see great white sharks at Guadalupe Island, Mexico. The trip dates are August 25 to August 30, 2006.  Trip cost for the five day trip is $2895.00.  The trip will be aboard the Solmar V, a 112’ luxury vessel that comfortably holds 22 divers when full, but the trip will be limited to a maximum of 16 divers.

For a description of the 7-day trip that is sold out—but is similar to this new trip except that it is a 5-day trip—see the Wetpixel Guadalupe Expedition page.

For more information and to reserve a space, contact Great White Adventures directly at:

Great White Adventures (875A Island Drive #338, Alameda, CA 94502) | 510-814-8256
web: http://www.greatwhiteadventures.com/ | email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Canon EOS 5D and EOS-1D II N firmware updates Photo

Canon EOS 5D and EOS-1D II N firmware updates

Canon has today released new firmware for the EOS 5D and EOS-1D Mark II N digital SLRs. The EOS 5D firmware corrects communication errors between the 5D and EOS Capture after a certain number of shots; allows the use of E-TTL flash metering mode using the ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter in conjunction with the 580EX Speedlite; and ‘enhances’ direct printing to two Canon PIXMA Pro printers. The EOS-1D Mark II N firmware update includes only the direct printing improvement with no other bug fixes.

Canon EOS 5D firmware update

Canon EOS-1D Mark II N firmware update

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Brad and Susan Brown to give seminar at NCUPS Photo

Brad and Susan Brown to give seminar at NCUPS

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS) next July 14 will host a seminar with award-winning underwater photographers and NCUPS members, Brad and Susan Brown of MontereyDiving.com.  Brad and Susan have won many First Place Awards in international photography contests including the Malaysian Underwater Photo Festival, the Asian Diver Shootout, the Monterey Shootout and the Monterey Beach Dive Photo Competition and have had their above and below water shots published in Sunset, Skin Diver and Asian Diver Magazines.  Avid underwater photographers and videographers, they have extensively traveled the world to exotic destinations including Honduras, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji, Hawaii, Mexico, and countless California coastal destinations in order to hone their craft.

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Microsoft aquires iView Photo

Microsoft aquires iView

iView Multimedia, who developed MediaPro, has announced that it has been acquired by Microsoft. MediaPro is a fairly well known digital imaging workflow and management application which was originally created for Mac and later evolved to Windows. Here is what iView’s founder has to say about the acquisition:

With Microsoft’s purchase of iView, we are in a position to enhance our industry-leading product, whilst strengthening our customer service and support.

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Sea and Sea Japan Announces YS27DX Photo

Sea and Sea Japan Announces YS27DX

Sea and Sea Japan has announced a new compact digital strobe called the YS27DX.  We haven’t received an English language translation, but according to Babelfish, this strobe will have an air guide number of 20 (assuming meters), 9 power settings, a preflash cancellation mode, and some type of wireless digital TTL.  At first glance, it looks like a digital replacement for the popular YS30 Duo.

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Adobe Purchases Rawshooter Engine

Adobe Systems announced it has acquired the technology assets of Pixmantec, makers of Rawshooter Premium and Rawshooter Essentials digital imaging software that provides advanced workflow management and processing capabilities for digital camera raw files.  Pixmantec’s intellectual property will be integrated into Adobe Lightroom and other products (Ed: I’m assuming ACR). RawShooter Premium will be discontinued although the Essential edition will continue to be available and support for existing RawShooter customers will be available from Adobe.  Continue reading for the full press release from Adobe.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Photo

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

Panasonic has announced their entry into the 4/3rds DSLR arena with a 7.5 megapixel camera and Zeiss lens.  This camera is very similar to the Olympus E-330 and uses the same sensor, which we have come to learn is actually manufactured by Panasonic.  The Lumix offers a live preview on the rear LCD in a similar fashion to the E-330’s “B” mode.  The kit lens is a 14-50mm f2.8-3.5 zoom which looks excellent, and according to Phil Askey, will also work on the E-330.  The kit price is $1,999 - and it will be interesting to see how this camera is received by underwater photographers and housing manufacturers.

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