19 November 2014

Adobe releases Lightroom 5.7, Camera Raw 8.7, and DNG Converter 8.7

Adobe has released new versions Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw with bug fixes, new features, and support for additional cameras (a.o. the new Nikon D750 & Canon EOS 7D Mark II) & lenses.

You can update each using their respective update mechanisms, for Lightroom and the DNG converter a direct download is (also) available:
Note: updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.

See below for a full list of changes.

15 November 2014

New: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Canon just announced a new incarnation of its compact 100-400 super tele-zoom, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. The lens is scheduled to be available in December 2014 for an estimated retail price of $2,199.00/€2,199.00.

Features

  • Compact, high performance L-series super-telephoto zoom makes it ideal for sports and wildlife photography.
  • One fluorite and one super UD lens element provides excellent correction of chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range, helping to deliver high-quality images with high resolution and contrast.
  • Rotation-type zoom ring allows for more precise composition and excellent balance when handholding.
  • Inner focusing, ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms for fast and accurate autofocusing.
  • Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed steps of correction*.
  • Three image stabilization modes (standard, panning, and during exposure only) provide outstanding results for a wide range of shooting situations.
  • Improved zoom torque adjustment ring allows easy setting of zoom tension.
  • New Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps to significantly reduce backlit flaring and ghosting.
  • Highly resistant to dust and water, and amazing durability enabling shooting even in harsh conditions.
  • Circular aperture (9 blades) helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces helps reduce smears and fingerprints.
  • Lens hood with side window permits specialty filters to be adjusted with hood in place.
  • Newly designed tripod mount can be attached or detached without removing the lens from the camera.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 3.2 ft. / 0.98 m with 0.31x maximum magnification.

Specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6
Lens Construction21 elements in 16 groups
Diagonal Angle of View24°-6°10'
Focus AdjustmentInner focus system / USM
Closest Focusing Distance3.2 ft. / 0.98m
Zoom SystemRotation Type
Filter Size77mm
Max. Diameter x Length, WeightApprox: 3.7" x 7.6" / 94 x 193mm
Approx. 3.46 lbs./1570g (without tripod mount)
Approx. 3.62 lbs./1640g (with tripod mount)

8 November 2014

Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.1.1 released with 7D Mark II support

Canon released a new version of their Digital Photo Professional image editing software. This new version now officially supports the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. This is especially interesting since this is the first APS-C DSLR that is officially supported by DPP 4.x (previously it only supported the recent full frame cameras, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS 5D Mark III, and EOS 6D. For all other Canon cameras you have to use the DPP 3.x release software (though with altering one field in the camera metadata, you can trick DPP 4.x into working for other Canon EOS cameras too!).

You can download the new version of DPP from the Canon support site.

27 October 2014

New Sony G Series XQD v2 memory cards: extreme speeds

Sony has announced a new series of XQD memory cards (currently only in use by the Nikon D4/D4s DSLR cameras and a select number of Sony video cameras). This new series of cards promises amazing speeds of up to 400MB/s (read) and 350MB/s (write). More than twice as fast as the fasted Compact Flash Card. The new cards will be available from 3 November in sizes 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. Each card will include a USB 3.0 adapter for easy transfer of images & video to your computer.

23 October 2014

Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.3 and ViewNX 2.10.2

Nikon has released an update to its image editing and browsing applications Capture NX-D and ViewNX2.

You can download the new versions from the Nikon support site:

Enhancements/bug fixes for Capture NX-D 1.0.3

  • When images were adjusted in any of the following ways using Edit palette functions, and Capture NX-D was then launched again, the results of adjustments were not reflected. This issue has been resolved.
    - When White Balance was fine-tuned after selecting Use Gray Point or using the Gray Point Sample Tool
    - When the Quick Adjust setting under Picture Control was changed
    - When the luminosity curve was adjusted by moving the black-point input slider to a setting other than "0" with Master Lightness selected for LCH
    - When the chroma curve was adjusted by moving the output slider to a setting other than "0" with Chroma selected for LCH
    - When the tone curve was adjusted by moving the Levels & Curves black-point input slider to a setting other than "0"
  • When a settings file, with which the Quick Adjust setting under Picture Control had been changed, was saved, the value saved for Quick Adjust only was "0". This issue has been resolved.
  • When RAW images captured with cameras that support the Better Quality 2013 option for Noise Reduction in the Edit palette were adjusted, and the Intensity setting under Luminance was once changed to "0", subsequent changes to the Intensity setting were not reflected. This issue has been resolved.
  • When the output slider was moved to a setting other than "0" with Chroma selected for LCH in the Edit palette, anchor points could not be added to the chroma curve at the intended positions. This issue has been resolved.
  • When multiple images were captured with a User Custom Curve modified using a camera that does not support Picture Controls applied, changes made to the User Custom Curve during shooting were not reflected in images captured after the User Custom Curve had been changed. This issue has been resolved.

Additional modifications to the Windows version

  • When Capture NX-D was launched with a single-display system after having been used with a multi-display system, an error was displayed and the application could not be launched. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that sometimes caused Capture NX-D to freeze when keyboard operations were performed while working with the Edit palette has been resolved. 

Additional modifications to the Macintosh version

  • When the keyboard shortcut (SHIFT + 0) was used to delete ratings, labels rather than ratings were deleted. This issue has been resolved.

Enhancements/bug fixes for ViewNX 2.10.2

  • Support for the COOLPIX S6900 has been added.
  • When image files are moved, copied, or deleted in ViewNX 2, sidecar files associated with the image files are now also moved, copied, or deleted along with image files. However, when image files are moved or copied to destinations outside of ViewNX 2, such as the desktop, sidecar files associated with the images files will not be moved or copied accordingly.

3 October 2014

Camera Raw 8.7RC and DNG Converter 8.7RC now available on Adobe Labs

Camera Raw 8.7 is now available as a release candidate on Adobe Labs for Photoshop CS6, Photoshop CC and Photoshop CC 2014. An update of DNG Converter is also available on Adobe Labs.

Note: updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC/CC 2014.

Note: Release candidates are not the final versions of the software, those will be made available through the regular update channels.

You can download the software from the Adobe Labs website:

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.7 Release Candidate:

  • Casio EX-100PRO
  • Fujifilm X30
  • Leaf Credo 50
  • Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)
  • Nikon D750
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1S
  • Sony ILCE-5100
  • Sony ILCE-QX1

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.7 Release Candidate

MountLens
CanonTokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8
Fujifilm XHandeVision IBELUX 40mm F0.85
Leica MSLR Magic 50mm T0.95 Hyperprime Cine Lens
Leica SLeica SUMMICRON-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH.
Nikon F (DX)Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8
PENTAX 645HD PENTAX-DA 645 28-45mm F4.5ED AW SR
Sony AlphaSony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony AlphaSony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6
Sony AlphaSony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6
Sony AlphaSony 300mm F2.8 G SSM
Sony AlphaSony 500mm F4 G SSM
Sony EHandeVision IBELUX 40mm F0.85
Sony ESLR Magic 50mm F0.95 Hyperprime Lens
Sony ESony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Voigtlander VMVoigtlander VM 12mm F5.6 Ultra Wide Heliar
Voigtlander VMVoigtlander VM 75mm F1.8 Heliar

Release Notes

New features:
  • Camera Raw 8.7 RC includes HiDPI support for Windows.
    • When Photoshop CC 2014’s option to scale the UI 200% is enabled (Edit > Preferences > Experimental Features), the Camera Raw dialog will also be scaled.
    • Known issues:
    • Sometimes the Camera Raw dialog will not scale after the initial Photoshop relaunch to enable the feature. Workaround: relaunch Photoshop again.
    • Some UI flashing/redrawing during interactive operations such as dragging a local adjustment gradient or toggling fullscreen mode.
  • Improve performance on processors with AVX/AVX2 vector instruction support (Intel Sandy Bridge (2011) processors and later; AMD Bulldozer (2011) processors and later).
Bug Fixes:
  • Fix crash when rapidly adding corrections with the Spot Removal tool.
  • Fix bug that prevented the Filter Brush cursor from displaying while changing brush size when the Graduated and Radial Filter overlay is turned off.
  • Improve quality of Camera Matching color profiles for the Nikon D810. Fixes visible banding issues with the Camera Standard, Camera Vivid, Camera Landscape, and Camera Monochrome profiles.