ACDSee Pro Photo Manager 3 enters 2nd beta testing phase from August 11 to October 30 according to the press release. Stability and performance are the focus of the 2nd beta improvements based on user feedback from Beta 1. This new beta is for Windows only. Mac users currently have the ACDSee Pro 1.1 Beta (released on August 6, 2009) to test out.

Be sure to review the Beta Release Notes and System Requirements before trying ACDSee Pro 3 Beta. It is always wise to test beta software on non-critical or redundant copy of your photos.

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Posted in News, Software on August 12th, 2009. No Comments.

The Internet is abuzz about an interesting iPhone (works on iPod Touch too) application developed by onOne Software, called (Canon) DSLR Remote. You can not only trigger the shutter on supported Canon DSLR cameras, but also change the camera settings, review images taken, and even take LiveView shots. It almost sounds like a magic.

Besides your Canon DSLR and either an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you will also need a laptop or desktop computer running the free companion DSLR Remote Server software, and a USB cable to connect your supported Canon EOS DSLR camera to the computer. The App communicates with the remote server software via Wi-Fi either through an access point or ad-hoc network. On the blog site of onOne Software, there is a video explaining how it works.

It might sound very clunky to lug all the hardware in the field, and the actual usefulness remains to be seen. The support of bulb mode does make long exposures especially light painting in the night easier, as pointed out by one of their potential users. For many, making their iPhone do one more cool thing is a great joy.

Based on the comments left by Mike Wong of onOne software, the shutter delay seems to be minimal. They also have heard from the Nikon camp loud and clear so if you are a fan of both Apple and Nikon, just stay tuned. Non-Apple fans are, however, out of luck.

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Posted in News on May 22nd, 2009. 1 Comment.

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Pentax’s latest K-series digital SLR camera, the K-7, has been officially announced. The mid-level DSLR features a rugged weather-sealed body, 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor, 100% viewfinder, a 3″ 921K dot LCD screen, 5.2 frames per second (FPS) continuous shooting speed, 11 point AF sensor (9 cross types), 30 fps video shooting at [0.9M]  (1280×720, 16:9), [1.6M] (1536×1024, 3:2), [0.3M] (640×416, 3:2) resolutions using MPEG format, built-in dust removal and shake reduction, and HDMI port. Other interesting features include the ability to compose a high dynamic range (HDR) image using three photos, a built-in digital level, and in-camera editing using digital filters. The Pentax K-7 is indeed a solid offering, but the $1,299.95 body-only price seems a little high in the very competitive DSLR market. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, News on May 21st, 2009. 2 Comments.

The Camera Grand Prix, sponsored by the Camera Journal Press Club Japan (CJPC), is regarded as the most prestigious award in Japan’s photo industry. 2009 is the 26th anniversary of the award.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II grabbed the “Camera of the Year” honor while Nikon D700 won the hearts of fans by grabbing the “Readers Award“. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 and Casio High-Speed Exilim EX-FC100 won the “Editors Award”.

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Posted in News on May 19th, 2009. No Comments.

According to Wall Street Journal and Straits Times, Nikon Corp. posted a net loss for the fiscal fourth quarter ended March and forecast a loss for the current fiscal year. Nikon isn’t expecting to make a profit as a whole company until the fiscal year ending March 2011. The current world-wide economic crisis and stronger yen apparently are hurting Nikon.

On the bright side (also what we are interested in), Nikon’s sales of digital single-lens-reflex (SLR) cameras, interchangable lenses (IL), and digital still compact  (DSC) cameras all showed better than expected results (in sales volume) and positive growth year over year.

However, the net profit from its imaging products declined 52% year over year. Nikon is also predicting worse results in the current fiscal year, even though at the same time they are describing a recover scenario in which the second half of this fiscal year will be better than the first, and the improvements should continue into next fiscal year and beyond, according to the WSJ report.

Nikon financial results can be found on Nikon website.

Posted in News on May 13th, 2009. 2 Comments.

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We covered the book last December. After a long wait, the book is finally available from Amazon, just a few days before the scheduled release date of May 11th. Instead of 288 pages as originally described, the book is now listed as 320 pages.

The author of the book is Mike Hagen of Out There Images, who is also the author of the well received book The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Using the SB-600, SB-800, SB-900, and R1C1 Flashes.

The Wiley “After the shoot” series books target on-the-go photographers who want the ability to edit photos on a laptop wherever the shoot takes them. The book should provide effective references on the location. Another book in the series is the Photoshop CS4 After the Shoot.

Book details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470409266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470409268
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Posted in News, Photo Editing on May 5th, 2009. 3 Comments.

Today, April 22, is the Earth Day! Digital photographers can certainly do something with their cameras to  show appreciation of the planet’s environment. This New York Times article reported some photography projects to promote environmental awareness.

In addition, check out the Earth Science Picture of the Day and Earth Day news around the globe.

Posted in Miscellaneous, News on April 22nd, 2009. No Comments.

The Best Imaging Products of 2009 awards of Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) were announced after votes by the editors of the 25 member photo magazines from 10 European countries.

Nikon won the best Advanced Digital SLR category with the HD video capable D90 and the best Professional Digital SLR category with the D3X. This is the second time in two years Nikon has had a double-win. Last year, Nikon’s D3 and D300 won the awards. The best entry level DSLR award went to Olympus Evolt E620. In the Digital SLR categories, Canon grabbed the Expert category winner with the EOS 5D Mark II.

The best Expert compact digital camera winner is Canon Powershot G10. The best digital compact award went to Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR. The best superzoom is won by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1. Looking for a tough camera? Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 won the tough compact category with its waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof and shakeproof abilities.

The best entry level lens is the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM. Best expert lens is the Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM. The best professional lens winner is the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 won the best Photo Software award.

The complete results can be found here on TIPA website.

Posted in News, Photography Gadgets on April 22nd, 2009. No Comments.
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