News from the photo world focused on amateur/enthusiast and professionals.

Alan Dyer in its website about astrophotography has put the recent Sony A7 Mark III into test for astronomy shooting with very extensive tests on low light, noise, color fidelity and comparing it with similar priced full-frame cameras: the Nikon D750 and the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

The Sony performs very well, on par with (4 year old) Nikon D750 while offering also low-light real time video since the shutter speed can be as low as 1/4 sec but requiring an external intervalometer (quite a miss).

Canon sensor show less dynamic range and more noise but is more sensitive to the reds of some galaxy.

With the end of May, Canon has ended the production of the last film camera, that was aimed to professional shooters: the EOS-1V. Canon have been producing film cameras for around 80 years, beginning in the far 1937 with a model that was Japan first focal-plane-shutter camera (the way still now shutter is done), though at that time Canon was not in lens business so the lens was from a company "Nippon Kogaku K.K." that later was called... Nikon.

In 1984 Canon started production of digital cameras and after 34 years the time has come to permanently abandon film and keep on only with digital. Hard to complain, but for whom begun with film, it is a little sad to see this piece of old world disappearing.

RawTherapee, a famous free RAW development software, has been updated to version 5.4.

Many new features and enhancements like:

The Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2018 is being held in Los Angeles (California) from 1st to 4th of March and as usual many new photo products have been announced during and before the show.

Some of the new interesting camera models:

The open-source Dark Table for image editing and cataloguing has been updated to version 2.4 and, more interesting, completed the porting to Windows platform, being born on Linux and Mac. The official announcement is available at this link.

It's a very versatile program and completely free, so a possible alternative to Adobe Lightroom - see other alternatives in our review at this link.

You can download it from here.

We have just published our deep review of alternative software to Lightroom for whom does not want to go with the subscription model with Adobe.

Available here!