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|| News Item: Posted 2000-06-28

News & Notes
By Robert Hanashiro

- Digi-guru Rob Galbraith has redesigned his informative and essential website devoted to digital photography. Rob has added a new feature, " forums" which include areas on the D1 (moderated by Rob), DCS520/620 (Reed Hoffman), Lighting (Nick Didlick), Transmitting (Bob Deutsch), Photoshop (also moderated by Rob) and Sports Photography (led by Robert Hanashiro). To check out the revamped site, go to

- Jack Gruber was recently hired by USA TODAY as a staff photographer to be based in San Francisco. Currently working in Memphis, Jack was a staff photographer for Gannett's Detroit News and covered the Nagano Winter Olympics for USA TODAY. He starts his new gig in July.

- John Leyba passes along this breaking story to Sports Shooter:
"Hey Now! New hire at The Denver Post is Glenn Asakawa who started on June 15th. Glenn comes over from the Rocky Mountain News where he worked for nine years. Prior to that, Glenn was a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Daily News." John ends his dispatch with "WELCOME GLENN!!!"

- Jim McNay has received approval for a leave of absence for the next academic year, which will include fall of 2000 and spring of 2001.

Filling in for him during his absence will be:
Jour 142 - Photojournalism I: Tom Van Dyke, SJSU grad and staff photographer of the San Jose Mercury News .

Jour 144 - Picture Editing and Graphics: Norbert von der Groeben, staff photographer at the Valley Times in Pleasanton.

Jour 135 - Staff Photography: Bradley Shirakawa, former staff photographer at the Hollister Freelance and now graduate student in the SJSU master's program.

During the next year McNay will be teaching photojournalism at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.


- Joe Gosen is the latest artist featured in the "Guest Gallery" on the Brad Mangin Photography website (

Joe, a graphic artist for the Reno Gazette-Journal, combines his skills with a camera and a computer to produce fun photo illustrations for the paper's style pages and bonus sections, which includes Health, Technology, Taste and Outdoors. Come take a look at a sampling of his work from the past year.

To view Joe's work, simply go to the home page and click on the "Guest Gallery" button, and then click on the thumbnail to enter his Gallery.


- Bob Schmidt from Hoodman tells Sports Shooter he has a couple of new products users of the wildly popular Nikon D1 should find of interest.

The first product is a clear protective LCD cap that will stay on the camera body allowing you to keep your screen clean and scratch-free. It will replace the cap that Nikon includes with the unit that most people will lose in the first few days of ownership. Price: $39.95 Delivery date: 8/00

The second new product is a collapsible hood that will snap onto the above-mentioned LCD cap. This will provide glare-free viewing of the LCD and will collapse down flat (similar to a waist-level finder). This will be a must for any outdoor shooter. Price: $59.95 Delivery Date: 9/00

Schmidt hopes to start shipping these products before the Olympics.

To order any Hoodman product, call 800-818-3946. To take a look at the full line of shades and other accessories, go to the company's website at:


- Patrick Clow of LPA Designs clears up some confusion on whether custom channels on the Pocket Wizard will function on the new PocketWizard Max:

Basically, a Custom ID on Channels 1 through 16 can be put into a Classic (16 Channel unit) and/or a MAX (note, Plusses can NOT get Custom IDs). If you get a Custom ID in that 1 - 16 range it will not be Quad-Triggering compatible. If you get a Custom ID in Channels 17 through 32 it will have Quad-Triggering, but will not be compatible with the Classic PocketWizard.

With a Custom ID in the 1 - 16 range you will not suffer any range reductions or any other decrease in functionality when using Classics and MAXes together, other than no Quad-Triggering. I have a question into our software engineer about Custom IDs and Fast Mode (Channels 17 - 32). When I know how that works I'll let you know.

The latest software for MAXes is v1.04 for Receivers and v1.05 for Transmitters. All MAXes that are not at this revision qualify for a warranty upgrade. Note: you should send them in through Bogen unless you are getting a Custom ID (then send them to LPA). Bogen info can be found at

The software improvements are:
Transmitter v1.05 - solves minor display issue (display may not initialize properly), corrects subtle frequency error (improves range marginally on some units)

Receiver v1.04 - solves same display issue as Tx.

(Patrick Clow is Tech Support manager for LPA Designs.)


- Paul Peregrine gave Sports Shooter an advance peek at the new Lightware digital camera backpack. Sized to fit through the United Airline's security template, this new bag will hold two digital cameras (D1s or DCS520s), 3-4 lenses, a laptop computer, memory cards, small strobe and a lot of small camera and computer accessories. The adjustable lens divider kit will even permit a 300mm 2.8 to be carried comfortably!

Sports Shooter will have a complete review of this fabulous bag in the July issue.


- Gary Pond, president of Porter Case Inc. tells Sports Shooter he has added a new case to his line of unique cases that convert into a cart.

The new case is 8" X 13" X 8" with the same mechanism, ball bearing wheels, padded 42" extension handle, combination lock, the patented cart feature that carries 200 pounds on top, etc.

Designed more as an "under the seat" model. Some of the new users that will have particular interest will be those carrying notebook computers with the new small LCD projectors and a digital camera.

There will initially be 4 interiors available, Standard Case, Computer Case, AVcase, and Foam Case

You can take a look at the full line of Porter Cases at


- Eric Hyman passes along this information on his new shareware program for the Nikon D1 digital camera.

Bibble is a shareware program written for processing Nikon D1 Raw .nef images.

Among other things, it reads .nefs and jpegs, writes jpegs and 16 bit tiffs. It also allows you to adjust color spaces, perform auto leveling, adjust white balance and exposure after the shot, as well as batch processing of .nefs and importing them into Photoshop through a plug-in.

Additionally as a stand-alone program it lets you perform many basic functions such as levels, curves and Unsharp mask all in 16-bit mode.

The latest version of Bibble for the PC is 1.06b and it can be found at: A Mac version is in the works, and a test version (0.3) can also be found at the site.

If you have any questions contact Hyman at:

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