6 August 2015

Camera Raw 9.1.1 available

Adobe has released an update for Camera Raw (for Photoshop CS6 and CC). As always the DNG converter has been updated as well.

Note: From what I understood this will be the last Camera Raw update for Photoshop CS6. After this you will have to convert raw files from new and unsupported cameras to DNG if you want to be able to edit them in Photoshop CS6.

  • Camera Raw 9.1.1 is available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC.
  • The DNG Converter can be downloaded from the Adobe website: OS X / Windows

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9.1.1

  • Canon PowerShot G3 X
  • Casio EX-100F
  • Casio EX-ZR3000
  • Leica Q (Typ 116)
  • Olympus AIR-A01
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330
  • Pentax K-3 II*
  • Phase One IQ3 50MP
  • Phase One IQ3 60MP
  • Phase One IQ3 80MP
  • Ricoh GR II
  • Sony A7R II (ILCE-7RM2)
  • Sony DSC-RX10M2
  • Sony DSC-RX100M4
* Please note the following limitations specific to camera support for the Pentax K-3 II:
  • Pixel shift Resolution (PSR) mode was added in this release. It is recommended to use a tripod and use a 2-second timer to minimize motion artifacts when in PSR mode.
  • Images created with the In-camera HDR mode are not supported in ACR and Lightroom. Users who wish to shoot multi-capture HDR in raw mode should shoot separate files and merge to HDR using ACR/Lr’s Merge feature. Click here to learn more about merging files in Lightroom.

New Lens Profiles in Camera Raw 9.1.1

Mount Name
Canon Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Fujifilm Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Nikon Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Nikon SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
Nikon SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C015
Olympus Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Panasonic Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Pentax Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Samsung Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Sigma SIGMA dp0 Quattro
Sigma SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C015
Sony A Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Sony E ZY Optics Mitakon 35mm f/0.95
Sony FE Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Sony FE Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2
Sony FE Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8

Fixed Bugs:

  • Fixed an issue with occasional visual artifacts in Photoshop after running Camera Raw in GPU mode.
  • Fixed an issue where automatic lens profile matching did not work for the Schneider LS 150mm f/3.5 lens.
  • Fixed an issue with distortion correction for some images captured with the Canon EF 8-15mm f4L Fisheye USM lens.
  • Improved quality of lens profiles for Nikon COOLPIX P330 and Nikon COOLPIX P340 cameras.
  • Improved speed of loading Fujifilm X-Trans raw images.
  • Fixed an issue where the slider knob would “jump back to its starting position” when the cursor moves beyond the slider interface.

More new Nikon lenses: 24mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 VR, and 200-500mm f/5.6 VR

More new lenses from Nikon this summer. From a super wide and fast 24/1.8 to an update of the “bread-and-butter” 24-70/2.8 (now with VR!) to a brand new 200-500/5.6 VR super tele.

  • Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED: ± $750, available mid-September.
  • Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR: ± $2400, available August
  • Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR: ± $1400, available mid-September
See below for the full specifications.

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