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Adobe Camera Raw 3.1 Released Photo

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).

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Aquatica 8” Dome Port for Ikelite Housings Photo

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.

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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.”

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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…

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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.

While I was gone, I received a lot of administrative requests in my personal inbox (e.g. lost passwords, login problems, etc.).  This is a reminder to first check the F.A.Q. for answers to any questions you may have.  If the answer isn’t there, use the contact form for the quickest answer possible.  Unfortunately, if an administrative request is sent via e-mail directly to one of the admins, we may not be able to get to it promptly!

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Nikon D70s Compatible with D70 Housings Photo

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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Tauchen Magazine Cover by Wetpixel Member Lars Kirchhoff Photo

Tauchen Magazine Cover by Wetpixel Member Lars Kirchhoff

The May 2005 cover of Tauchen Magazine features a photo of tiger shark “Baby Cakes” taken by Wetpixel member and Digideep.com admin Lars Kirchhoff.  According to Lars and Andi from Digideep, this month’s magazine features many photos and stories about diving with the sharks of the Grand Bahama Bank with Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures.  Digideep is running two trips with JASA in 2005 so contact them if you are interested.

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Nikon Announces D70s Photo

Nikon Announces D70s

Nikon today announced their update to the D70, called D70s.  This camera has a larger LCD, and improved autofocus and menus, but contrary to rumors circulating on the web that it would be 8 megapixels, it still uses the same sensor as the D70.  For D70 users, Nikon is offering updated firmware to help bring the D70 up to speed with the newer camera.

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Nikon Announces D50 and 2 New AFS-DX Lenses Photo

Nikon Announces D50 and 2 New AFS-DX Lenses

A few weeks ago, after an information leak, Nikon announced that they would release details for two new cameras on April 20th.  Today, we learn about the new cameras, as well as two new lenses.  The D50 is an entry level DSLR, aimed at the niche filled by the Canon 300D and 350D.  It uses the same 6 megapixel sensor as the D70 but is smaller, less expensive, and only sports one command dial (much like the original Drebel).  The two new lenses are the 18-55 AFS DX and the 55-200 AFS DX - both of which are not fast or stabilized, but do have the silent wave motor.  This new camera does not look compatible with D70 housings, and it’s also notable that there is only an SD media slot - no compact flash.

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