Adobe released the final versions of Photoshop Lightroom 3.2 and Camera RAW 6.2. Release candidates have been available at Adobe Labs for a while. The new updates added RAW support for some new cameras including the recently announced Canon EOS 60D and Sony SLT-α55/SLT-α33. The new updates also add support for many new lens profiles. As always, many bug fixes are included. The new updates are light on new features but it is worth mentioning that direct publishing to Facebook and SmugMug is now supported.

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Posted in News, Software on August 31st, 2010. No Comments.

Nikon released v2.25 update of the Capture NX 2 RAW processing software for both Mac and Windows. The new version adds support for RAW photos taken with the recently announced Nikon D3100. It also adds some tweaks (could be a big surprise to some when they found out the D2X modes are gone!) to the Picture Control Utility. The Mac version is now compatible with the latest Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.4). It is also supposed to have fixed a blocky color display issue. Hit the following links to find out more and download.

Posted in News, Software on August 26th, 2010. No Comments.


Nobody is surprised that no camera manufacturers seem to be able to keep a secret these days. Canon EOS 60D rumors have been floating around for quite a while and now it has finally become official. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, News on August 25th, 2010. No Comments.


Instead of Single Lens Reflex (SLR), the new Sony α55 and α33 are SLT (Single Lens Translucent mirror) cameras. That’s not just a marketing phase. It is actually quite interesting feature considering it offers 10 frames per second shooting (α55 only. 7fps in α33) that is typically only found in professional grade Nikon and Canon SLRs. Read More…

Posted in News, Photography Gadgets on August 24th, 2010. No Comments.

Nikon today announced the successor to its popular entry level DSLR camera D3000 with the D3100. The new Nikon D3100 features full 1080P HD (1920x1080p@24) video recording and full time auto focus mode (AF-F). Continuing Nikon’s tradition of making attractive, solid, and easy-to-use entry-level DSLR cameras, the new D3100 also has many features specifically targeting young families. The enhanced Guide Mode shows users how to adjust camera settings to achieve desired effects such as blur background and freezing motion.

Media coverage of Nikon D3100

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Posted in News on August 19th, 2010. No Comments.

Want to shoot pictures that pop? It is easy if you shoot 3D. 3D is getting more popular these days thanks to the movies such as Avatar and the 3D TV sets from name brand electronics manufacturers. While it is fun to watch 3D movies, it would be nicer to create 3D contents yourself. It just got a lot easier, with a 3D camera such as Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3.

The camera is not yet available to the general public until the first week of September but well connected Wall Street Journal reporter Katherine Boehert was able to get hold of a unit and produced a review.

According to the review, the “camera’s 3-D images and videos look incredible.” It is possible to view the 3D photos on the built-in 3.5″ LCD or on special (expensive) prints without using 3D glasses. Otherwise special 3D glasses and other hardwares are needed for TV and computer monitor viewing. Basically sharing 3D photos becomes very difficult due to the limited viewing options.

The 2D feature of the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 allows independent zoom settings on the two lenses. Users can capture close-up and wide-angle images simultaneously. This sounds like a great feature especially for travel photography where you want to get a close-up photo of people while capturing the overall background for complete story telling.

Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 is available for pre-order from Amazon for $499.95.

Posted in News, Photography Gadgets on August 18th, 2010. No Comments.

This new update from Apple contains stability and performance fixes for graphics applications and games in Mac OS X v10.6.4.

Fixes

  • Addresses frame rate issues occurring in Portal and Team Fortress 2 by Valve, on iMac (Late 2009 and Mid 2010), Mac mini (Early 2009 and Mid 2010), Mac Pro (Early 2009), MacBook (Early 2009 and Mid 2010) and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) or MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010) models.
  • Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture 3, or StarCraft II by Blizzard, to unexpectedly quit or become unresponsive.
  • Resolves an image corruption issue that may occur when disconnecting and reconnecting external displays while the system is running.

Affected products

MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009), MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010), MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010), MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010), iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009), Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac mini (Early 2009), Mac OS X 10.6.4, Mac mini (Mid 2010), iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2010), iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010), MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010), Portal, StarCraft II, Team Fortress 2

Well, this does come in time, as I was experiencing the 3rd issue mentioned above when I tried to switch between Windows and Mac using a KVM switch.

Source: Apple.

Posted in News, Software on August 18th, 2010. No Comments.

The Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR is a very popular lens for users of Nikon DSLR cameras with DX format sensor. Rumors started to swirl recently about an upcoming Nikon release of a FX version. That would be cool …

Thom Hogan didn’t think it is likely to happen. He suggested that it is most likely the “FX equivalent of the 18-200mm lens”, which will be a 28-300mm F/3.5-5.6 VR lens. Canon has one (Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM) available but it is not cheap.

Posted in News, Rumors on July 20th, 2010. No Comments.
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