21 March 2015

Nikon software updates

Together with a new download centre, Nikon also released a number of updates.

ViewNX-i 1.0.0

  • ViewNX‑i is the replacement of Nikon's ViewNX2 image browser software. It works together with Capture NX-D (version 1.2.0 and higher) and comes bundled the ViewNX Movie Editor.
Download: ViewNX‑i version 1.0.0

Nikon Camera Control Pro 2.21.0

  • Support for the D7200 has been added.
  • A Show ViewNX-i option has been added to the Tools menu.
  • A Show it with ViewNX-i option has been added to the When a new image is received from the camera item in the Transfer Options dialog accessed from the Tools menu > Transfer Options….
Download: Nikon Camera Control Pro 2.21.0

Nikon Capture NX-D Version 1.2.0

  • Support for RAW images captured with the D7200 has been added.
  • An Open with ViewNX-i option has been added to the File menu.
  • An Open with ViewNX-i tool (icon) has been added to the toolbar.
  • When NEF-format images were converted to a different format after cropping, the portion of the image remaining after conversion did not always correspond to the actual crop applied. This issue has been resolved.
Download: Nikon Capture NX-D Version 1.2.0

Nikon NEF Codec Version 1.26.0

  • Supports NEF (RAW) images taken with the D7200.
Download: Nikon NEF Codec Version 1.26.0

Nikon UT-1 Firmware Version 2.3

  • Support for the D7200 has been added.
Download: Nikon UT-1 Firmware Version 2.3

Nikon Wireless Transmitter Utility Version 1.5.4

  • Support for the D7200 has been added.
  • Support for the Communication Unit UT-1 Firmware Ver. 2.3 has been added.
Download: Nikon Wireless Transmitter Utility Version 1.5.4

Nikon Picture Control Utility 2 Version 2.1.0

  • Support for the D7200 has been added.
Download: Nikon Picture Control Utility 2 Version 2.1.0

19 March 2015

Adobe Camera Raw 8.8 now available

Adobe just released Camera Raw 8.8 for for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC / CC 2014. As always the DNG Converter has similarly been updated.

You should receive the updates for Camera Raw automatically via the Creative Cloud application (in case of problems, see here for manual instructions).

The DNG converter can be downloaded from the Adobe site: Mac / Win.

New camera support in Camera Raw 8.8

  • Casio EX-ZR3500
  • Canon EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i) (*)
  • Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, Kiss 8000D) (*)
  • Fujifilm X-A2
  • Fujifilm XQ2
  • Hasselblad Stellar II
  • Nikon D5500
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70, DMC-TZ71)
(*) denotes preliminary support. Camera Matching colour profiles for these models will be added in a future release.

New lens profile support in Camera Raw 8.8

MountName
CanonCanon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM
CanonCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
CanonTAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
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
LeicaVoigtlander 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
Nikon FNikon AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED
Nikon FNikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
Nikon FNikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Nikon FNikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon FTAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012N
Nikon FVoigtlander SL II 20mm f/3.5 Color-Skopar Aspherical
Nikon FVoigtlander SL II 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Aspherical
Nikon FVoigtlander SL II 58mm f/1.4 Nokton
PentaxSIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Sigmadp1 Quattro*
Sigmadp2 Quattro*
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 ESony FE 16mm F3.5 Fisheye
Sony ESony FE 21mm F2.8
Sony ESony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony ESony FE 28mm F2
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

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed issue with magenta highlights when processing Canon EOS 70D raw files at some ISO settings
  • Fixed issue where vignette correction introduced banding for Voigtlander VM 21mm f/1.8 Ultron
  • Fixed vignette overcorrection at certain focus distances for Pentax FA645 MACRO 120mm F4
  • Fixed issue where vignette correction introduced banding at wider focal lengths for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
  • Fixed EXIF name for Zeiss OTUS 85mm f/1.4 (Canon and Nikon mount)
  • Fixed vignette overcorrection for Zeiss Distagon T 1,4_35 ZM
  • Updated lens profile to reflect firmware changes to SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S014

2 March 2015

New: Nikon D7200 DX Camera

Nikon today announced an upgrade to the D7100, the D7200. The D7200 is Nikon's latest top level DX (crop sensor) camera body. The D7200 will have a new 51-point AF system with improved performance, especially in low-light situations (it can still focus at -3 EV). An extended buffer capacity allows for continuous shooting of up to 100 shots (JPEG fine/Large) at 6 fps. And, to many a very welcome things, the D7200 has built-in Wi-Fi, and (with Android OS), supports NFC for fast, easy wireless communication.

The D7200 will be available from 19 March at a price of €1,199/$1,199.

Full specifications

10 February 2015

Nikon unveils the D810a, a modified D810 designed for astrophotography

Today Nikon unveiled a new version of the D810, the D810a. This new D810a DSLR camera is designed specifically for astrophotography. Canon has always been the brand for astrophotographers (they have a solid reputation in that field and have had a specific camera for a while now, the EOS 60Da), but now Nikon shooters have a very good option as well, and with 36MP quality!

Full specifications

9 February 2015

Nikon software updates

Over the past couple of weeks, Nikon has released a number of software updates:

Capture NX-D


Changes (Mac and Windows)
  • Support for the D5500, COOLPIX L31 (not released in Japan), COOLPIX L32, COOLPIX S3700, and COOLPIX S2900 (not released in Japan) has been added.
  • When Capture NX-D is used to edit files that were once edited with Capture NX 2, additional adjustment of editing performed with Capture NX 2 is now possible.
    • However, only items in the Develop section of the Capture NX 2 Edit List can be adjusted with Capture NX-D. In addition, images that have been edited using Color Efex Pro may be edited after settings are reverted to their original values.
  • A PF Flare Control item has been added to the Camera and Lens Corrections palette.
    • This item can be used to reduce flare (ring flare, circular flare, etc.) caused by bright light sources in images captured with compatible lenses.
  • A Revert to Last Saved State option has been added to the Adjust menu.
    • This option resets adjustments applied with Capture NX-D.
  • A Launch Camera Control Pro 2 option has been added to the Tool menu.
  • The following issues have been resolved.
    • When images to which Distortion Control has been applied are opened, edges were fringed with colour.
    • When Noise Reduction was applied, the application would quit unexpectedly.
    • When a RAW image captured with a camera that does not support the Picture Control system (D2XS, D2X、D2HS, D2H, D1X, D1H, D1, D200, D100, D80, D70S, D70, D60, D40X, D40) was displayed, the icon indicating that the image had been edited was displayed, even if the image had not actually been edited.
    • When Quick Adjust was applied to RAW images captured at a Picture Control setting of Neutral, Flat, or Monochrome, and for which Recorded Value was selected in the Picture Control palette, the Quick Adjust value reverted back to "0.00" when the images were again displayed in Capture NX-D after the application was once closed and then launched again.
    • A Noise Reduction setting of Better Quality 2013 could be selected for JPEG and TIFF images.
Changes (Windows only)
  • The following issues have been resolved.
    • Multiple images in the My Pictures folder could not be selected to copy or move under Windows 7 or an earlier operating system.
    • When files were saved with different file names using the Convert Files function, the new file names were not accurately reflected.
Changes (Mac only)
  • Support for OS X version 10.10.1 has been added.
  • OS X version 10.7.5 is no longer supported.

You can download the updated version from the Nikon support site

ViewNX 2.10.3


Changes (Mac and Windows)
  • Support for the D5500, COOLPIX L31 (not released in Japan), COOLPIX S3700, COOLPIX L32, and the COOLPIX S2900 (not released in Japan) has been added.

Changes (Windows only)
  • When images were converted to JPEG format using the Convert Files function with Quality set to Good Compression Ratio or Highest Compression Ratio, the resulting JPEG images could not be displayed in ViewNX 2, Capture NX 2, or Capture NX-D. This issue has been resolved.

Changes (Mac only)
  • Support for OS X version 10.10.1 has been added.
  • OS X version 10.7.5 is no longer supported.
You can download the updated version from the Nikon support site

Capture NX2 2.4.7 (Mac installer update only)


Changes
  • Updated installer now compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).
Note: the application itself has not changed, Nikon only updated the installer. So this update is of interest only to people wanting to (freshly) install Capture NX2 2.4.7 on their Mac with Yosemite (OS X 10.10).

You can download the updated version from the Nikon imaging website

Nikon Camera Control Pro 2.20.0


Changes (Mac and Windows)
  • Support D5500 has been added.
  • With continuous shooting using the D4S, D810, or D750 with image quality set to a NEF (RAW)+JPEG option, and the Transfer only JPEG to PC option set to On, the transfer of JPEG images to the computer would be terminated before all images in the series had been transferred. This issue has been resolved.
Changes (Mac only)
  • Support for OS X version 10.10.1 has been added.
  • Mac OS X version 10.7.5 is no longer supported.
  • If an application other than Camera Control Pro 2 was brought to the front, and the Camera Control Pro 2 window was minimized, under OS X version 10.9, images sometimes could not be transferred. This issue has been resolved.
You can download the update from the Nikon support site.

Wireless Transmitter Utility 1.5.3 (Mac only)

Changes
  • Support for OS X 10.10.1 has been added.
  • OS X 10.7.5 is no longer supported.
You can download the update from the Nikon support site.

Picture Control Utility 2.0.2

Changes (Mac and Windows)
  • Support for the D5500 has been added.
  • Preview images can now be rotated.
Changes (Mac only)
  • Support for OS X version 10.10.1 has been added.
  • OS X version 10.7.5 is no longer supported.
You can download the update from the Nikon support site.

5 February 2015

New Canon 50.6 MP (!) cameras announced

Canon just announced their new 50.6 Mega Pixel (!) cameras. Like the earlier Nikon D800, the new EOS 5DS comes in two flavours. One with and one without an optical low pass filter. (Which, to be honest, I do not understand; clearly Nikon, and others, have shown that with these high mega pixel counts there is no need for an optical low pass filter any longer).

EOS 5DS Key features

  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 50-12800)
  • 50.6 MP CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6 processors
  • 150K Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • Up to 5.0 Frames Per Second
  • 61-point AF
  • Cropped Shooting (1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1)
  • Low-pass cancellation filter (EOS 5DS R)