25 June 2013

Firmware update C1.01 for the Nikon D7100

Nikon today released a firmware update for its D7100 camera.

The update addresses the following issues:
  • When images captured using a flash in Manual or Repeating flash flash mode were played back with the “Overview” display enabled, flash output level was displayed in the flash compensation portion of the display. This issue has been resolved.
  • When the AE/AF lock button was pressed with Special Effects mode enabled, Selective Colour selected, and the view magnified with selective colour options displayed in live view, the image did not change while live view was active. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused the Viewfinder Virtual Horizon to freeze when certain operations were performed has been resolved.
  • When images captured with white balance bracketing enabled were played back, a white balance fine-tuning value of 9 (steps) was displayed even for images captured with a fine-tuning value of 10 (steps) applied. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented cursor movement when certain operations were performed in calendar playback mode has been resolved.
  • The size of some text displayed in calendar playback mode has been modified.
  • Display of focal lengths in 35mm [135] format recorded in image Exif data has been corrected.
  • When movie recording at 1920 × 1080/24p in M exposure mode, subject brightness did not change, even when shutter speed was adjusted. This issue has been resolved.

As always you can download the update from the Nikon support site: EU / USA.

19 June 2013

Canon EOS 1D X and 1D C Service Notice

Canon just released a service notice for its EOS 1D X and 1D C cameras.

Thank you for using Canon products.
This notice is to proactively inform our customers of the details of the phenomena described below along with Canon’s support actions. Because we value the trust our customers have placed in us, we are dedicated to continuously improving product quality and delivering industry-leading service and support. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customer who may be inconvenienced.

Affected Products
  • EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera
  • EOS-1D C Cinema EOS Camera

In some units of the models listed below, there is a possibility that the following phenomena may occur due to wear caused by insufficient lubrication within the camera’s driving mechanism.

  1. AF searches but does not lock in on the subject.
    (Caused by minute particles produced by wear mentioned above.)
  2. The image shown in the viewfinder is “blurry” or “not steady”.
    (Occurs if wear progresses.)

Potentially Affected Products
  1. EOS-1D X: If the sixth digit of the serial number is “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, “5”, “6” or “7”, the phenomena described above may occur.
  2. EOS-1D C: If the sixth digit of the serial number is “1”, the phenomena described above may occur.

NOTE: If the camera’s battery compartment contains one of the markings illustrated below, the camera is NOT affected by the phenomena described above even if the sixth digit of the serial number is one of the numbers mentioned above.

Markings of UNAFFECTED cameras

An "A" mark

A black mark on the silver bracket

Potentially affected cameras will be inspected and repaired free of charge. If you own one of the potentially affected cameras please contact our Customer Support Center.

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Please register the EOS-1D X and the EOS-1D C. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available.

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc

Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: www.usa.canon.com/support

Canon EOS-1D C Cinema EOS Camera
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-CINE-EOS (toll free)
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: CinemaEOS@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: pro.usa.canon.com/support

12 June 2013

Nikon releases ViewNX 2.7.6 and Capture NX 2.4.3

Nikon just released an update for their ViewNX and Capture NX applications. Only minor fixes in these new releases.

Fixed in ViewNX 2.7.6

  • Information for lenses used with the Auto Distortion function under File & Camera Information in the Metadata palette has been updated.
  • The destination for the link when the NIKON IMAGE SPACE website is opened from the NIKON IMAGE SPACE area in the Browser palette has been updated from my Picturetown to NIKON IMAGE SPACE.

Fixed in Capture NX 2.4.3

  • Information for lenses used with the Auto Distortion function under Camera & Lens Corrections in the Develop section has been updated.


You can find the updates at the Nikon support sites:
View NX 2.7.6: EU / USA
Capture NX 2.4.3: EU / USA

10 June 2013

Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1

Together with the new Lightroom 5, Adobe today also released updates for Camera Raw and the DNG converter.

Camera Raw 8.1 provides support for HiDPI capable displays (e.g., Mac Retina displays), additional camera and lens support as well as fixes for bugs that were introduced in previous versions of Camera Raw. Camera Raw 8.1 is available for Adobe Photoshop CS6 (and CC).

If you have a previous version of Photoshop, you can make use of DNG Converter 8.1 to add raw file support for the new cameras.

Bugs Corrected in Camera Raw 8.1

  • Occasionally the Fill Light adjustment introduced artifacts. This only occurred when processing an image using the PV2010 process version.
  • When using the Red Eye removal tool, setting red eye darken to 100% would lighten the adjustment instead of darkening it.
  • Reduced the default amount of sharpening applied to images taken with the Fuji X100s camera.

New Camera Support in the Camera Raw 8.1

  • Hasselblad H5D-60
  • Olympus PEN E-P5
  • Olympus PEN E-PL6
  • Phase One IQ260*
  • Ricoh GR
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1
*denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support in the Camera Raw 8.1

Lens NameLens Mount
Canon PowerShot G1 XCanon
Canon PowerShot G15Canon
Hasselblad HCD 4.8/24Hasselblad
Nikon Coolpix ANikon
Nikon Coolpix P330Nikon
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRNikon
HD Pentax-D FA645 Macro 90mm F2.8ED AW SRPentax
HD Pentax-DA 560mm F5.6ED AWPentax
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013Canon, Sigma
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C013Nikon
Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN A013Olympus, Sony
Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN A013Olympus, Sony
Zeiss Apo Sonna T* 2/135 ZECanon
Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZF.2Nikon
Zeiss Touit 1.8/32Sony
Zeiss Touit 2.8/12Sony

Download Links

  • Camera Raw 8.1 – Use the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6
  • DNG Converter 8.1 – Mac OS X & Windows

Lightroom 5 released

After a period of public beta testing, Adobe has released Lightroom 5.

The most notable new features are:
  • Advanced Healing Brush – much improved over the previous version
  • Upright – Automatically straightens your photos
  • Radial Gradient – Create multiple off-center vignette effects
  • Smart Previews – Allows working on a reduced size version of your library, ideal for working in the field
  • Video slide shows – Show off your work as a video slide show
  • Improved photo book creation – Even better than before photo books
 Lightroom is available as upgrade from $79.00/€72.57, full versions for $149.00/€129.15

For more information, see the Adobe website

4 June 2013

Photoshop CS6 updates 13.0.5 (Mac) and (Win) released

Adobe just released Photoshop update version 13.0.5 (for Macintosh perpetual license customers) and (for Windows perpetual license customers). The new releases correct a number of issues.

Notable bugs fixed (Mac & Win)

Notable Macintosh specific bugs fixed

Notable Windows specific bugs fixed

  • Photoshop fails to launch on a limited user account system due to locked default scratch disk
  • Pen tool input doesn’t draw correctly
  • Improved Windows 8 tablet support