11 May 2015

Canon introduces a new 50mm f/1.8 lens


Canon just introduced an all new “standard” 50mm lens. According to the information, this new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is optically better than its predecessor, the EF 50mm f/1.8 II.
The new 50mm f/1.8 STM will be available from 21 May for around $125.

Specifications Summary

  • Compact, lightweight, fixed focal length standard lens for EOS cameras
  • Large f/1.8 maximum aperture
  • 80mm effective focal length when attached to EOS cameras with APS-C sensors
  • Canon STM gear type stepping motor technology provides quiet autofocusing to support Canon’s EOS Movie Servo AF function
  • Improved exterior design including new focus ring placement makes it the most compact Canon EF 50mm lens ever
  • New metal mount for stability and ruggedness
  • Super Spectra Coating for minimized ghosting and flaring
  • Circular seven blade aperture
  • 14-inch minimum focusing distance
  • 0.21x maximum magnification

22 April 2015

Camera Raw & DNG Converter 9.0

With all the noise around the release of Lightroom 6/CC, one would almost forget about the update of Camera Raw and the DNG Converter.

Camera Raw 9 boasts the same new features as Lightroom 6/CC's develop module: so the HDR and Pano Merge as well as the speed improvements are available in ACR as well! (ACR users were already accustomed to the Filter Brushes, so that's not a new feature)

Please note that even though ACR 9.0 is available for Photoshop 6 too, the new features are only available to Photoshop CC subscribers!

The new version of Camera Raw is available through Photoshop's own update mechanism. The new DNG Converter can be downloaded from the Adobe website: Mac / Windows.

New Camera's supported by Camera Raw 9.0 & DNG Converter 9.0

  • Canon EOS 5DS
  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Canon EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i)
  • Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, Kiss 8000D)
  • Canon EOS M3
  • Casio EX-ZR3500
  • Fujifilm X-A2
  • Fujifilm XQ2
  • Hasselblad Stellar II
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon D7200
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
  • Olympus Stylus SH-2
  • Olympus Tough TG-4
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70, DMC-TZ71)
  • Samsung NX500

New lenses supported by Camera Raw 9.0 & DNG Converter 9.0

MountName
CanonCanon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
CanonCanon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
CanonCanon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM
CanonCanon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
CanonCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
CanonLomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
CanonTAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012E
CanonSIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
CanonVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
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
LeciaVoigtlander 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
NikonLomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
NikonNikon AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED
NikonNikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
NikonNikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
NikonNikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
NikonTAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012N
NikonVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
NikonVoigtlander SL II 20mm f/3.5 Color-Skopar Aspherical
NikonVoigtlander SL II 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Aspherical
NikonVoigtlander SL II 58mm f/1.4 Nokton
PentaxVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
PentaxSIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Sigmadp1 Quattro*
Sigmadp2 Quattro*
Sigmadp3 Quattro*
SigmaSIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
SigmaSIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C015
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 AlphaVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
Sony ESony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony ESony FE 28mm F2
Sony ESony FE 28mm F2 + Fisheye Converter
Sony ESony FE 28mm F2 + Ultra Wide Converter
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
* Lens corrections for the SIGMA dp1, dp2,and dp3 Quattro cameras are for JPEG images only.


    21 April 2015

    Lightroom 6/CC now available!

    We've been waiting for it for quite some time now, but here it finally is: a new version of Lightroom.

    The new version is available both as a stand-alone/upgrade version (called Lightroom 6, $149 full version / $79 upgrade) or as part of the Creative Cloud subscription model (where it's called Lightroom CC, available from $9.99/month as part of the Creative Cloud and Photography programs). The features are the same for both versions of the program.

    Key highlights of the new Lightroom 6/CC

    • HDR Merge – yes, directly from within Lightroom 6/CC, no extra (external) software required!
    • Panorama Merge – this is a boon to Lightroom Pano shooters; Lightroom 6/CC is now able to stitch together (raw) photos to form a panorama, which you can then edit with all the familiar Lightroom develop tools.
    • Face recognition and tagging – Lightroom is now able to recognise faces and can automatically tag your photos.
    • Filter brushes – The power of filter brushes finally comes to Lightroom too. Adobe Camera Raw has had this ability to manually paint in or out the masks generated by e.g., the radial or graduated gradients.
    • Speed – The new Lightroom should be faster than its predecessor as it now makes use of the Graphical Processing Unit to off-load some of its tasks.

    Canon software updates for DPP, EOS Utility, and Picture Style Editor

    Canon recently published updated versions of their DPP, EOS Utility, and Picture Style Editor software.

    You can download the updates from the Canon support website.

    Digital Photo Professional 3.14.48

    Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.14.48 Updater:
    • Supports EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

    Digital Photo Professional 4.2.10

    Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.2.10 Updater:
    • Supports 32-bit OS (Windows)
    • Supports EOS 8000D / EOS REBEL T6s / EOS 760D, EOS Kiss X8i / EOS REBEL T6i / EOS 750D, EOS M3.
    • Supports EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, EF-M 22mm f/2 STM, EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM.

    EOS Utility 2.14.20

    Changes for EOS Utility 2.14.20 Updater:
    • Supports EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

    EOS Utility 3.2.10

    Changes for EOS Utility 3.2.10:
    • Supports EOS 8000D / EOS REBEL T6s / EOS 760D, EOS Kiss X8i / EOS REBEL T6i / EOS 750D, EOS M3.
    • Supports EF 11-24mm f/4L USM.

    Picture Style Editor 1.15.10

    Changes for Picture Style Editor 1.15.10 Updater:
    • Supports EOS 8000D / EOS REBEL T6s / EOS 760D, EOS Kiss X8i / EOS REBEL T6i / EOS 750D, EOS M3.

    Firmware update for the Nikon D4s

    Nikon just released an update to the firmware for its D4s camera.

    The new “C” firmware version 1.20 can be downloaded from the Nikon download centre.

    The update contains the following changes/fixes:
    • Commander mode can now be selected for Custom Setting e3 (Optional flash) when an optional SB-500 flash unit is attached.
    • The Auto and Flash white-balance options can now be used with the LED light on the optional SB-500 flash unit.
    • Auto white balance is now more consistent.
    • There is no longer a limit on the number of shots that can be taken in a single burst at shutter speeds of 4 s or faster when a continuous-release mode is selected in exposure mode S or M. *
    • There is no longer a limit on how long the shutter can remain open when “Time” is selected for shutter speed.
    • We have changed how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if the camera is rotated between “wide” (landscape) and “tall” (portrait) orientations with Focus point and AF-area mode selected for Custom Setting a10 (Store by orientation) and different focus points chosen in each orientation. We have also changed how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if a lens focus function button is pressed with AF-area mode selected for Custom Setting f19 (Lens focus function buttons).
    • Some help text has been changed.
    • The following issues have been resolved:
      • If the user focused using the AF-ON button before shooting in continuous-release mode, the frame rate would drop under the following conditions: AF-S selected for focus mode, Single-point AF selected for AF-area mode, Focus selected for Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection), and AF-ON only selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation).
      • When an AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E lens was attached, “Err” would be displayed in the top control panel and pictures could not be taken under some exposure conditions.
      • Images would sometimes fail to display correctly during image review if playback zoom was used while the memory-card access lamp was lit.
      • Images would not clear from the display if an optional WR-1 wireless remote controller was used with On selected for Image review in the playback menu.
      • The camera photo info display would not show the correct range for pictures taken with an optional flash unit in distance-priority manual flash mode (GN).
      • When pictures taken using a PC-E lens were viewed in Capture NX-D and other Nikon software, the Metadata would list the lens as type E rather than type D.
      • The photo information display for movies, movie stills, and photos taken with the Silent shutter-release option would sometimes list incorrect values for shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity.
      • If the camera was connected via HDMI to 4K a compatible TV, neither the camera nor the television would display menus correctly.
      • Volume sometimes could not be adjusted if indicators were hidden during movie playback.
      • If both XQD and CompactFlash cards were inserted in the camera when it was connected to a computer, the computer would not recognize the XQD card.

    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