15 September 2014

New Canon 7D Mk II DSLR and 3 new lenses

The rumour was there for a while now, but today Canon officially announced the new 7D Mark II DSLR. They also announced 3 new lenses.

Camera: 7D Mark II

The new Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a 20.2 megapixel APC-C (1.6x crop factor) digital camera. The specs look pretty awesome: It can shoot up to 10 frames per second at ISOs ranging from 100–16000 (expandable to 51200). It's AF system has 65 all cross-type (!) AF points and it has has a dual card slot for both CF and SD cards. GPS connectivity is also built in. For more specs and features, see below.
Price: ±$1,799 (body only)

Lens: EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake

This new 24mm pancake lens is incredibly lightweight and small. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 38mm, it is quite a multi-purpose lens, handy for a variety of purposes. It's STM motor allows for silent and smooth focus tracking during video shooting (on EOS cameras with Movie Servo AF). For more specs and features, see below.
Price: ±$149

Lens: EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

The new EF 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 also boasts an STM motor for smooth and silent focus tracking during video shooting. A first for a Canon EF lens for full-frame sensor cameras. For more specs and features, see below.
Price: ±$599

Lens: EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II

This is Canon's new model of the popular 400 f/4 DO. It has a 3 mode Image Stabilization system, offering up to four stops of compensation. The design makes use of the more environmentally friendly lead-free glass. For more specs and features, see below.
Price: ±$6899


More specs and features of the new products are given below.

13 September 2014

New Nikon D750 DSLR, SB-500 Speedlight, and 20mm f/1.8 lens

Nikon has just announced another new DSLR camera, the D750. Along with it, there is an all new MB-D16 battery grip, SB-500 speedlight, and a fast 20mm f/1.8 lens.
Given the flow of new (and indeed improved) products from Nikon, one wonders what's keeping Canon from bringing out competing products? Apart form some pretty definite rumours of an upcoming 7D Mark II, there doesn't seem to be anything new in the DSLR-pipeline from Canon…


The new D750 DSLR is Nikon's first full-frame camera to feature a tilting Vari-angle display and built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity. The 24.3MP camera has the pro video features as inspired by the D810 and uses the same autofocus and metering systems as the D4S and D810. The price of the body will around $2,299.95 (available: mid-October).

For extended battery life and addition vertical controls, the D750 can be paired with the MB-D16 battery grip ($485.00).

SB-500 Speedlight

The new SB-500 is a compact, lightweight i-TTL Speedlight and LED video light (a first for Nikon Speedlights!). Price: $249.95 (available: late September).

AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED

With the new fast ultra-wide 20mm f/1.8, Nikon extends its range of fast fixed focal lenses, once again (we already have 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm f/1.8 counterparts). This new lens, of course, makes use of Nano coating to keep flare and chromatic aberration to a minimum. Price: $799.95 (available: late September).


Below are the full specifications of the new products (from the Nikon website).

6 September 2014

Firmware update C1.10 for the Nikon D4s

Nikon recently released a firware update for it flagship D4s camera.

You can download the update from the Nikon Support site: EU

The update is quite big and contains the following new features and fixes:
  • When SPORT VR mode, built into the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, is selected, the same continuous shooting rate available when OFF is selected is now possible.
  • When memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB were formatted with the camera, they were formatted using the FAT32 file system.  They are now formatted using the exFAT file system.
  • Operation has been changed so that when menus are displayed during movie live view and the movie-record button is pressed, the menu display disappears and display returns to movie live view. To begin movie recording, press the movie-record button again.
  • The Zoom on/off option for playback mode with Custom Setting f1: Multi Selector Center Button can now be used to zoom-in on images with zoom display centered on the active focus point, even if they were captured with live view photography. However, the focus point will not be displayed.
  • The Help explanation provided for the Preset focus point option under Custom Setting f19: Lens Focus Function Buttons has been revised.
  • The following issues have been resolved.
    - When NEF (RAW) recording > Image size in the shooting menu was set to RAW S (Small), the number of shots possible with uninterrupted shooting (buffer capacity, C-REM) displayed by the camera differed depending upon the NEF (RAW) recording > NEF (RAW) bit depth setting selected.
    - When Camera Control Pro 2 was used to take pictures with Record to set to PC+CARD, and Secondary slot function in the camera's shooting menu set to Overflow, the shutter could not be released when the memory card in the primary slot became full.
    - When Image review in the playback menu was set to On, images were sometimes not displayed in the monitor when the shutter was released while exposure meters were off.
    - When images were output to an HDMI device, resolution seemed insufficient with display in full-frame playback mode (did not apply to playback zoom display).
    - When images, captured with Image review in the playback menu set to On, and Auto distortion control in the shooting menu set to On, were automatically displayed in the monitor immediately after capture, auto distortion control was sometimes not applied.
    - When the multiple exposure function was used to capture images with Image review in the playback menu set to On, and Auto distortion control in the shooting menu set to On, auto distortion control was not applied to the recorded images.
    - When an image to which an image comment had been added was copied to White balance > Preset manual, only the first 24 characters of the image comment were copied.
    - If log-in to the FTP server failed when network settings were applied with Wired LAN selected for Network > Choose hardware in the camera's setup menu, and FTP upload selected as the connection type and IP address acquisition set to Obtain automatically with the Connection Wizard, the IP address displayed when the camera tried again to obtain it automatically was "".
    - When a movie recorded at a frame rate of 30p, 25p, or 24p was played back on a TV to which the camera was connected via HDMI with HDMI > Output resolution in the the camera's setup menu set to 1080p (progressive), display on the TV was distorted.
    - When a file containing an IPTC preset (IPTC information) that included double-byte characters in its profile was copied to the camera, the camera froze when attempting to view the contents of the IPTC preset.
    - When Add items was selected for My Menu, OK was displayed even for items that cannot be added.
    - When Language in the setup menu was set to Arabic, text and icons in some menu displays overlapped, and text was positioned too far to the right.

New Distortion Control Data for Nikon Cameras

Nikon has released a new version of its Distortion Control Data for correcting barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing (on those cameras that support it).

The L2.000 version of the Distortion Control Data can be downloaded from the Nikon imaging website.

The following cameras and firmwares are supported:
CameraCompatible firmware
D4SC:1.00 or later
D4A:1.10 or later, B:1.10 or later
D810C:1.00 or later
D800EA:1.10 or later, B:1.10 or later
D800A:1.10 or later, B:1.10 or later
DfC:1.00 or later
D610C:1.01 or later*
D600C:1.02 or later*
D7100C:1.02 or later*
D7000A:1.04 or later, B:1.05 or later*
D5300C:1.00 or later
D5200C:1.02 or later
D3300C:1.00 or later
D3200C:1.03 or later
D90A:1.00 or later, B:1.01 or later*

*Please note that the new L2.000 Distortion Control Data requires a just released firmware update for the following cameras:
  • Nikon D90 Firmware Update A 1.00, B 1.01: EU
  • Nikon D7000 Firmware Update A 1.04, B 1.05: EU
  • Nikon D7100 Firmware Update C 1.02: EU
  • Nikon D600 Firmware Update C 1.02: EU
  • Nikon D610 Firmware Update C 1.01: EU

31 July 2014

Lightroom 5.6 and Camera Raw 8.6 released today

Adobe today released a new version of its Lightroom and Camera Raw. A while back, we could already play with the release candidate of Camera Raw, but now Lightroom users can also benefit from the added features. Compared to the release candidate, the final version contains support for a number of additional (Sony) lenses as well as additional bug fixes.
Downloads available from Adobe:
  • Adobe Camera Raw 8.6: Use the update mechanism of application (or: manual)
  • Lightroom 5.6: Download Mac / Windows
  • DNG Converter 8.6: Download Mac / Windows

Changes in Lightroom 5.6 and Camera Raw 8.6

  • Improve performance when batch processing images (via the Save button in Camera Raw) and when converting images to DNG (via DNG Converter). This performance improvement is only available on 64-bit systems. (Camera Raw for Photoshop CC and CC 2014-only)

New Camera Support

  • Nikon D810
  • Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000

Added Camera Matching colour profiles

  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

New Lens Profile Support

Lens NameLens Mount
CanonCanon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
CanonCanon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
CanonTamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010E
CanonTamron 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 DiIII VC B011EM
NikonNikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5 – 5.6
NikonTamon 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010N
PentaxSigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013
Phase One A/SSchneider Kreuznach LS 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6
Sony AlphaSigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013
Sony AlphaSony 28mm f/2.8
Sony AlphaSony 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Sony AlphaSony 100mm f/2.8 MACRO
Sony AlphaSony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6
Sony AlphaSony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
Sony AlphaSony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3
Sony AlphaSony 70-200mm f/2.8G
Sony AlphaSony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM
Sony AlphaSony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM
Sony AlphaSony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Sony AlphaSony 135mm f/2.8 [T4.5] STF
Sony AlphaSony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II
Sony EZeiss Touit 2.8/50M

Please note – the profile for the newly added Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens is not automatically located when applying lens profile corrections. This is a bug and we will fix it in a future release. The workaround is to: Manually select the profile and choose “Save New Lens Profile Defaults” in the Setup menu on the Profile tab. From then on, the lens should automatically select when the profile is enabled.

Bugs fixed in Lightroom 5.6

  • Collections with a custom sort order would sometimes not properly sync with Lightroom mobile.
  • Updated the “Adobe Standard” color profile for the Nikon D810.  Please note that this only impacts customers who used Camera Raw 8.6 or DNG Converter 8.6 to convert NEF raw files from the D810 to DNG
  • Star ratings set in Lightroom mobile did not properly sync to Lightroom desktop.  Please note that this only occurred on images that were added to Lightroom mobile from the camera roll
  • Resolved the issues causing the persistent “Syncing … images” state that some of our customers have reported.”
  • Star ratings would sometimes not sync from Lightroom desktop to Lightroom mobile.  Please note that this only occurred when attempting to sync a Collection that contained more than 100 photos that already contained star ratings.
  • Added information to the “System Info” dialogue to help designate if the customer installed Lightroom from the Creative Cloud.
  • Unable to open sRaw files from the Nikon D810.  Please note that this only impacted customers that converted D810 sRaw files to DNG in either Camera Raw 8.6 RC or DNG Converter 8.6 RC.
  • Images with invalid GPS coordinates would not properly sync with Lightroom mobile
  • Lightroom occasionally crashed when changing image selection on Windows. Please note that this only occurred on the Windows platform.
  • JPEG files exported from Lightroom would not open or be available to edit within Canon Digital Photo Professional application software.
  • Lightroom would run in reduced functionality mode when it should not.

Bugs fixed in Camera Raw 8.6

  • Fixed crash on launch in some cases on Hi DPI (Retina) systems.
  • Fixed crash when opening some Sigma SD9 raw files.
  • Fixed issue with JPEG images saved by Camera Raw not readable in some external applications.
  • Fixed automatic lens profile selection for Leica M (Typ 240) when using most recent firmware version.
  • Fixed issue with some Hasselblad H5D-50c and H5D-60 3FR raw images appearing slightly too dark. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog, and (2) review previously captured images for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed bug with converting Nikon D810 and Nikon D4S sRaw files to DNG.
  • Tweaked and updated the Adobe Standard color profile for the Nikon D810.  Please note that this only impacts customers that used Camera Raw 8.6 RC with the Nikon D810.

18 July 2014

New version of Canon Digital Photo Professional software

Canon has released a new version of its Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software. This new version contains quite a few radical changes and new features over its predecessors. Big disappointment for many will be this new 4.0 version is only compatible with the very latest Canon DSLRs; only the EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D are currently supported! For other models, an update of DPP (3.14) will be released (not yet available, though).

For the new camera's the software does offer some great improvements though. Designed and developed from the ground up, the new Digital Photo Professional 4.0 is much faster as it fully utilises the 64-bit architecture of the host system.

You can download DPP 4.0 (for free) from Canon Europe's support site. Select your camera - EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS 5D Mark III or EOS 6D – and select DPP 4.0 from the software options to download.
Please note that DPP 4.0 will be compatible only with 64-bit versions of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 as well as Mac OS X 10.8 and 10.9.

New key features

  • Faster, real-time adjustments.
  • Improved RAW file workflow.
  • Better, more approachable user interfaces.
  • Compatible with 64-bit native environments.
  • Colour adjustments for specific colour gamuts.
  • Improved highlight recovery provides expanded tonality.
  • Improved shadow recovery function.
  • Support for movie playback.
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer can be applied to JPEG images.
  • Better integration with EOS Utility.

New colour adjustment palette

A new colour adjustment palette allows hue, saturation and luminance adjustment for eight individual colour gamuts, enabling the user to adjust one specific colour in isolation without affecting the image as a whole. This is particularly useful when adjusting background tones in portraits, where there might previously have been a risk of giving a colour cast to skin tones, for example.

Enhanced highlight function

Canon software developers have re-engineered the processing algorithms to increase the freedom in tonal rendering. By adjusting highlights, it is now possible to reproduce tones such as those in clouds and peoples’ faces that would previously have appeared washed out.

Dual display support

For those photographers with dual monitors, DPP 4.0 allows a secondary monitor to be used as the preview window on the primary display. While the main monitor can be used to perform delicate adjustments, a secondary image window for images can be used as a magnifier for closer inspection of part of an image.

Better EOS Utility integration

With the launch of DDP 4.0 comes an updated EOS Utility 3 and the two pieces of software now offer better integration. The introduction of EOS Utility 3 makes it is possible to trigger the camera direct from the DPP tool palette as well as access to all the rest of the EOS Utility remote shooting functions without the need to start a separate application, thus enabling a more streamlined and integrated workflow.