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.

2 October 2014

Canon updates DPP, EOS Utility, and Picture Style Editor

Canon has released new versions of its Digital Photo Professional (DPP), EOS Utility, and Picture Style Editor software.

You can download the updates from the Canon website.

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.14.41 Updater for Mac OS X & Windows

  • Supports images taken with EOS 7D Mark II, PowerShot SX60 HS, PowerShot G7 X.
  • Mac OS X 10.7 is no longer supported
  • Windows Vista & Windows XP no longer supported
  • A function to delete the shooting data when executing [Convert and save] has been added
  • For EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, EF-M22mm f/2 STM, EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, the latest lens data can be used, of which Digital Lens Optimizer’s performance has been improved
  • Fixed a phenomenon that a file may not be converted and saved if specific character is used in the file name’s first character
  • Supports new lens (EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM)

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.0.2 for Mac OS X & Windows

  • Supports EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

Changes for Picture Style Editor 1.14.20 Updater for Mac OS X & Windows


  • Supports EOS 7D Mark II
  • Mac OS X 10.7 is no longer supported
  • Windows XP & Windows Vista no longer supported

Changes for EOS Utility 2.14.10 Updater for Mac OS X & Windows

  • Supports EOS 7D Mark II
  • Supports EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Mac OS X 10.7 is no longer supported

Changes for EOS Utility 3.0.1 for Mac OS X & Windows

  • Supports EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

18 September 2014

Nikon adds D750 support for ViewNX, Capture NX-D, and Picture Control Utility

Nikon has released an update to its ViewNX, Capture NX-D, and Picture Control Utility software. The new versions add support for the new D750 DSLR. For Capture NX-D, an issue converting images to TIFF or JPEG with the Resolution box under Output settings enabled, has been resolved.
You can download the updates from the Nikon support sites:
  • ViewNX 2.10.1: EU / USA
  • Capture NX-D 1.0.2: EU / USA
  • Picture Control Utility 2.0.1: EU / USA

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

Specifications/Features

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…

D750/MB-D16

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).

Specifications

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 "000.000.000.000".
    - 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.