2 July 2015

New Nikon lenses: 500/4FL, 600/4FL, and 16-80/2.8-4.0 DX

Nikon just announced three new lenses. The first two are new and much (20 to 25%!) lighter versions of the 500 and 600mm super teles, and a surprise: a new 16-80 zoom lens for DX cameras (giving it an effective focal length of 24-120mm).

NIKKOR AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR


  • DX format
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm
  • Nano Crystal coating
  • ED glass
  • Fluorine coating
  • VR up to four stops
  • Suggested retail price: $1069,95, available: starting July.

NIKKOR AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR


  • Fluorite element (FL)
  • Three ED elements
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm
  • Lightweight
  • Improved AF performance during motion tracking
  • Fluorine coating
  • VR up to four stops
  • Sports VR mode
  • ~20% lighter than previous model (sadly also ~25% more expensive)
  • Suggested retail price: $10299.95 / €10,999.00, available: mid July

NIKKOR AF-S 600mm f/4E FL ED VR


  • Fluorite element (FL)
  • Three ED elements
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm
  • Lightweight
  • Improved AF performance during motion tracking
  • Fluorine coating
  • VR up to four stops
  • Sport VR mode
  • ~25% lighter than previous model (again also ~25% more expensive)
  • Suggested retail price: $12,299.95 / €12,999.00, available: mid July

16 June 2015

Adobe Photoshop CC 2015

More Adobe news: as part of the June update, Adobe also released a new version of Photoshop CC. This 2015 instalment comes with tons of new features and enhancements. Amongst others:
  • Camera 9.1 (see previous post).
  • Content aware fill for panorama merges; you can now have Photoshop fill in the missing areas at the time of creating the pano instead of having to do that manually yourself.
  • Layer styles can now be applied multiple times (up to 10 times).
  • Improved blur/noise.
  • Faster heal/patch.
  • Improved image exporting.
  • Adobe Stock market; with Adobe's purchase of Fotolia, they got a huge collection of artwork which they have now integrated into Photoshop.
  • Better content aware move and content aware extend.
  • Better HiDPI support on Windows.
  • Lots of 3D improvements, also with regards to printing.
  • And lots more. For a full list, see the release notes on the Adobe webite.

Camera Raw 9.1 now available

Together with the Lightroom update (see previous post), Adobe also released an update to Camera Raw.

Camera Raw 9.1 is available for both Photoshop 6 and Photoshop CC (the latter is required for the new features). Camera Raw 9.1 has additional camera raw support, lens profile support and addresses bugs that were introduced in previous releases.

New features in Camera Raw 9.1 with Photoshop CC

  • Dehaze
    • Many outdoor scenes have some amount of haze due to atmospheric conditions. Dehaze is a new feature for removing/adding haze and fog from pictures.
    • The user can control how much haze to remove by adjusting a new slider in the Effects panel in the Dehaze section. This feature can also be used in the other direction to increase the amount of haze.
    • Recommended Workflow – Adjust the white balance of the image before applying the Dehaze control.
  • Local White and Black Adjustment Sliders
    • Available with all 3 local adjustment tools:  Gradient Filter, Radial Filter and Local adjustment brush
    • Useful for fine-tuning tonality near the brightest and darkest parts of the picture. For instance, they can be used to increase the contrast of highlights.
    • Recommended Workflow – Make your global adjustments first and then use the local adjustments to fine tune. Use the clip warning indicator to help avoid clipping highlights and shadows.

New Camera Support

  • Fujifilm X-T10
  • Nikon 1 J5
  • Nikon D810A
  • Panasonic DMC-G7
  • Pentax K-S2
  • Pentax K3 II*
* Preliminary support. The multi-shot Pixel Shift Resolution and HDR features are still under investigation.

New Lens Profile Support

Mount Name
Canon Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
Canon Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
Canon Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX
DJI PHANTOM 3 FC300S (RAW + JPEG)
DJI PHANTOM 3 FC300X (RAW + JPEG)
Leica Voigtlander VM 15mm f4.5 Super Wide Heliar III Aspherical
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR PD-Zoom 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6
Nikon Nikon AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
Nikon Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX
Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm f/4-5.6 DC WR RE
Pentax HD PENTAX-DA L 18-50mm f/4-5.6 DC WR RE
Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Sony Alpha Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II
Sony Alpha Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II
Sony Alpha Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II

Bugs Fixed

  • Reduced “color blur” artifacts when processing Fujifilm X-Trans raw images. In collaboration with Fujifilm, we are still investigating methods to improve fine detail rendering and overall edge definition.
  • The “Remove Chromatic Aberration” checkbox is now enabled by default for all Fujifilm cameras.
  • Fixed crash when reading some JPEG images.
  • Fixed bug where Camera Raw Filter would incorrectly show a soft-proofed image.
  • Improved quality of display color management on some wide-gamut displays when GPU acceleration is enabled.
  • HDR and Pano Merge: Cleared in-camera crop before merging rather than destructively applying it prior to merging.
  • Pano Merge: Fixed a Pano blending issue specific to Leica M9.
  • Fixed a bug with Panasonic LX100 – extended ISO 100 was too bright and Magenta Highlights have been fixed.
  • Fixed a bug with Nikon Coolpix P7800 NRW raw files that showed only Matrix as camera profile.

Lightroom CC / 6.1 updates

Adobe just released a major update to its Lightroom CC and 6 and iOS applications.

The updates provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

For the full set of new features, you need to have the CC subscription version of Lightroom, but bug fixes, tethered capture, new camera and lens support updates are available in both Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC.

From the release notes:

New features in Lightroom CC on the desktop

  • Dehaze
    • Many outdoor scenes have some amount of haze due to atmospheric conditions. Dehaze is a new feature for removing/adding haze and fog from pictures.
    • The user can control how much haze to remove by adjusting a new slider in the Effects panel in the Dehaze section. This feature can also be used in the other direction to increase the amount of haze.
    • Recommended Workflow – Adjust the white balance of the image before applying the Dehaze control.
  • Local White and Black Adjustment Sliders
    • Available with all 3 local adjustment tools:  Gradient Filter, Radial Filter and Local adjustment brush
    • Useful for fine-tuning tonality near the brightest and darkest parts of the picture. For instance, they can be used to increase the contrast of highlights.
    • Recommended Workflow – Make your global adjustments first and then use the local adjustments to fine tune. Use the clip warning indicator to help avoid clipping highlights and shadows.

Lightroom on iOS:

  • Video support:  You can now import, and sync your iPhone and iPad created videos from Lightroom on iOS to the web and desktop.
  • More adjustment tools
    • Vignettes
    • Adjust the Color channel and B&W mix
    • Tone Curve

New Camera Support

  • Fujifilm X-T10
  • Nikon 1 J5
  • Nikon D810A
  • Panasonic DMC-G7
  • Pentax K-S2
  • Pentax K3 II*
* Preliminary support. The multi-shot Pixel Shift Resolution and HDR features are still under investigation.

Tethered Capture Support:

  • Canon EOS 70D

New Lens Profile Support

Mount Name
Canon Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
Canon Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
Canon Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX
DJI PHANTOM 3 FC300S (RAW + JPEG)
DJI PHANTOM 3 FC300X (RAW + JPEG)
Leica Voigtlander VM 15mm f4.5 Super Wide Heliar III Aspherical
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR PD-Zoom 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6
Nikon Nikon AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
Nikon Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX
Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm f/4-5.6 DC WR RE
Pentax HD PENTAX-DA L 18-50mm f/4-5.6 DC WR RE
Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Sony Alpha Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II
Sony Alpha Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II
Sony Alpha Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II

Bugs Fixed

11 May 2015

Canon introduces a new 50mm f/1.8 lens


Canon just introduced an all new “standard” 50mm lens. According to the information, this new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is optically better than its predecessor, the EF 50mm f/1.8 II.
The new 50mm f/1.8 STM will be available from 21 May for around $125.

Specifications Summary

  • Compact, lightweight, fixed focal length standard lens for EOS cameras
  • Large f/1.8 maximum aperture
  • 80mm effective focal length when attached to EOS cameras with APS-C sensors
  • Canon STM gear type stepping motor technology provides quiet autofocusing to support Canon’s EOS Movie Servo AF function
  • Improved exterior design including new focus ring placement makes it the most compact Canon EF 50mm lens ever
  • New metal mount for stability and ruggedness
  • Super Spectra Coating for minimized ghosting and flaring
  • Circular seven blade aperture
  • 14-inch minimum focusing distance
  • 0.21x maximum magnification

22 April 2015

Camera Raw & DNG Converter 9.0

With all the noise around the release of Lightroom 6/CC, one would almost forget about the update of Camera Raw and the DNG Converter.

Camera Raw 9 boasts the same new features as Lightroom 6/CC's develop module: so the HDR and Pano Merge as well as the speed improvements are available in ACR as well! (ACR users were already accustomed to the Filter Brushes, so that's not a new feature)

Please note that even though ACR 9.0 is available for Photoshop 6 too, the new features are only available to Photoshop CC subscribers!

The new version of Camera Raw is available through Photoshop's own update mechanism. The new DNG Converter can be downloaded from the Adobe website: Mac / Windows.

New Camera's supported by Camera Raw 9.0 & DNG Converter 9.0

  • Canon EOS 5DS
  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Canon EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i)
  • Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, Kiss 8000D)
  • Canon EOS M3
  • Casio EX-ZR3500
  • Fujifilm X-A2
  • Fujifilm XQ2
  • Hasselblad Stellar II
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon D7200
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
  • Olympus Stylus SH-2
  • Olympus Tough TG-4
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70, DMC-TZ71)
  • Samsung NX500

New lenses supported by Camera Raw 9.0 & DNG Converter 9.0

MountName
CanonCanon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
CanonCanon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
CanonCanon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM
CanonCanon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
CanonCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
CanonLomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
CanonTAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012E
CanonSIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
CanonVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
DJIDJI Inspire 1 FC350
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 28mm f/1.9 Ultron Aspherical
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 28mm f/3.5 Color Skopar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Aspherical
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 50mm f/2 Heliar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 50mm f/2.5 Color Skopar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 50mm f/3.5 Heliar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 75mm f/2.5 Color Heliar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 90mm f/3.5 APO Lanthar
LeciaVoigtlander VM 40mm f/2.8 Heliar
MFTVoigtlander MFT 17.5mm f/0.95 Nokton Aspherical
MFTVoigtlander MFT 25mm f/0.95 Nokton
MFTVoigtlander MFT 42.5mm f/0.95 Nokton
NikonLomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
NikonNikon AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED
NikonNikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
NikonNikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
NikonNikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
NikonTAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012N
NikonVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
NikonVoigtlander SL II 20mm f/3.5 Color-Skopar Aspherical
NikonVoigtlander SL II 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Aspherical
NikonVoigtlander SL II 58mm f/1.4 Nokton
PentaxVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
PentaxSIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Sigmadp1 Quattro*
Sigmadp2 Quattro*
Sigmadp3 Quattro*
SigmaSIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
SigmaSIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C015
Sony AlphaSIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Sony AlphaTAMRON 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DiII PZD MACRO AB016S
Sony AlphaTAMRON 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di PZD A010S
Sony AlphaTAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di USD A009S
Sony AlphaTAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di USD A011S
Sony AlphaTAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 USD F004S
Sony AlphaVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
Sony ESony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony ESony FE 28mm F2
Sony ESony FE 28mm F2 + Fisheye Converter
Sony ESony FE 28mm F2 + Ultra Wide Converter
Sony ESony FE 35mm F1.4 ZA
Sony ESony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
Sony EZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 Pro
YuneecCGO2gb
* Lens corrections for the SIGMA dp1, dp2,and dp3 Quattro cameras are for JPEG images only.