You Think You have Lots of
Frequent Flyer Miles?
After a journey of about 2.8 billion miles, history's most
prolific traveling photographer, the Galileo spacecraft, plunged
into Jupiter's atmosphere on Sunday September 21st.
The Galileo was launched from the cargo bay of the space shuttle
Atlantis in 1989. Returning over 14,000
images and 30 gigabits of data the sturdy craft has provided a wealth of
discoveries and surprises for scientists while burning just 246 gallons of
fuel in 14 years and 2.8 billion miles!
Galileo's own discovery of a likely ocean hidden under Europa's
surface raises the possibility of life on Jupiter's moon and concern about
protecting it. For that reason, its final act was to dive into
Jupiter's atmosphere and disintegrate.
Predictably, some of the spacecraft's findings raised intriguing
questions that will have to be answered by future missions. But
Galileo Galilei, the first modern astronomer, would be immensely
proud of the discoveries made by the spacecraft that carried his
To see some of the amazing images returned by the Galileo
spacecraft go to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Web site at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/webcast/galileo/
Photoflex Offers New Catalog on CDROM &
Sponsors Online Web Photo School with Olympus
recently released their new product catalog as an interactive CDROM.
That in itself is interesting as it gives photographers an easy
way to navigate the sometimes confusing world of studio lighting and
But also of interest to photographers is the fact that Photoflex
and Olympus have teamed up to sponsor an online photo school that
offers over 200 lessons - many of which are focused on lighting - a
topic that confuses many photographers. A one year membership in the
school is $60, one month is $20 and there are trial lessons that you
can check out online for free. For more information go to http://www.photoflex.com
PhotoPlus Expo 2003
Expo 2003 will take place from October 30th to November 1st at the
Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.
Information is available online at http://photoplusexpo.com/photoplusexpo/index.jsp
Beam Me Up Scotty!
demonstrated a new class of device it calls a "universal
communicator" at the annual Intel developer forum that pairs
Kodak's OLED display technology with Intel's PCA processor.
There are two technologies showcased here that are of interest to
photographers: Kodak's OLED display and Intel's XScale.
OLED is a breakthrough screen technology that is self luminous.
That means it requires no backlighting, is much thinner, and uses
very little power. OLED displays have a wide viewing angle of up to
160 degrees, provide rich colors in even bright sunlight, and are
capable of ghost free full motion video.
XScale is a new Intel technology that scales rich media (images,
sound, and video) across multiple platforms. That means that we will
see a dramatic blurring of the lines between digital cameras,
cellular phones, digital video cameras, DVD players, and PDAs in the
next generation of devices as these technologies allow one device to
be good at more than one job. The next generation will be a far cry
from today's cell phones with grainy half-megapixel cameras.
Lexar Offers Two Smaller Memory Stick
Lexar will manufacture and distribute two smaller versions of
Memory Stick: Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo.
They are one-third the volume and one half the weight of a
standard Memory Stick, which makes them ideal for mobile phones,
compact digital cameras and mobile electronic devices. They are
Olympus Unveils C-5000 Zoom 5.0 Megapixel
introduced the C-5000 Zoom 5.0 Megapixel digital camera. It offers
an Olympus 3x Optical Zoom lens 38mm – 114mm equivalent, f2.8/f4.8
– f8.0 with shutter speeds from 16 to 1/1,000th of a second, 4x
digital zoom, flash hot shoe, six program modes, and optional
The C-5000 has six program modes and a "My Mode"
setting that allows you to program the camera for the options you
use most. It also offers full manual operation.
The C-5000 will be available in October with an estimated street
price of around $500.
Bogen/Manfrotto Introduces New Line
Panoramic Tripod Heads
has announced a new line of QTVR panoramic tripod heads.
The 300N covers the most common requests of panoramic
photographers providing a choice of rotation angle (and number of
photos) needed to complete a 360° pan. The 300N also allows the
photographer to take sequential constant-angle shots around a single
axis, which is an essential part of achieving accurate and
easy-to-stitch panoramic compositions.
The 303 pan head permits the photographer to take sequential
constant-angle shots around a single axis with his or her camera
either in portrait or landscape position, and with the nodal point
of the camera/lens in line with the center of rotation to ensure
that parallax effects do not cause problems during image stitching.
The 303PLUS head is built around the 300N pan rotation unit, with
sliding plates for nodal point positioning and an elbow bracket to
allow the camera to be mounted in either portrait or landscape
orientation. The 303PLUS incorporates precise geared movements of
the two sliding plates used to locate the camera over the panoramic
axis of rotation, adding greater accuracy to nodal point
The 303SPH head allows photography of multi-row cubic, spherical
and cylindrical panoramas, along with VR object movie sequences. It
has sliding plates to position the camera over the panoramic axis of
rotation, plus a sliding plate which rotates around the front/back
tilt axis allowing the camera to be rotated on both horizontal and
vertical axis around the camera/lens nodal point.
Olympus E-1 Now Supports Lexar WA Standard
announced that it's 5.0 megapixel E-1 digital SLR will support the
Lexar WA (Write Acceleration) standard.
The camera features a FAT32 file system and has a CompactFlash
Type II slot, which enables the E-1 to accept 4GB CompactFlash
cards, currently the largest size available.
The E-1 will be available in October with a list price of $2,199.
Expect street prices to be significantly lower.
Updated driver software available for
DiMAGE film scanners
Minolta has updated its DiMAGE Scan driver software (version
1.1.1), supporting the new DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400, DiMAGE Scan Multi
PRO, DiMAGE Scan Elite II, DiMAGE Scan Multi, and DiMAGE Scan Multi
II film scanners. This updated DiMAGE Scan driver software is
available for free
Internet download for current Minolta film scanner owners for
Windows and Macintosh (including Mac OS X) operating systems.
DiMAGE Scan v.1.1.1 now features a histogram display in the
Exposure Control Tab for the DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO, DiMAGE Scan
Elite II, DiMAGE Scan Multi and DiMAGE Scan Multi II.