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Some news here and there from the digital photography world.

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Today very sad, but not so unexpected news, come from Olympus: the company has signed an agreement with Japan Industrial Partners, Inc. ("JIP") to sell its imaging division, the one that produces and sells cameras and lenses, by the end of current year.

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Do you often export massively your RAW images into JPEG or intermediate TIF for post-processing in Photoshop before final export to JPG? Not all your images have the same importance and you would like to save space on your storage since image files are so many and so big?

You can improve your export workflow with the new Adobe Lightroom@ Classic plugin


Let's see how:

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As in the tradition in the last years, on the Christmas Eve a new major upgrade to open source free software DarkTable is released and this time to version 3.0. It's a feature-rich software for RAW development providing also a media catalogue, so it's interesting to give it a try.

It can be installed on Windows, Mac and also Linux (not like the famous Lightroom from Adobe and Capture One from Phase One).

You can find the main news of this release and the link to official page with all the details in our photographic software databaseDarkTable specifications.

aspect of Tamron 17-28 and Batis 18

Are you looking for a high quality and fast wide angle in the 16-20mm focal range for your full frame Sony camera (A7 or A9 series)? 

The Tamron 17-28 mm f2.8 and the Batis 18mm f2.8 are two excellent choices, respectively at about 1000 €/$ and 1300 €/$.

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Yesterday Sony unveiled the new full frame flagship model for the High Resolution Line (A7R models): Sony A7R IV, successor of A7R III that was announced in October 2017.

Price at launch will be $3500.

Specifications and links to best reviews, as they will come out, are available in LightPoint Camera Database at this link, but let's review here Sony A7R IV most interesting aspects.

XRite has published ColorCheck Camera Calibration software version 2: here you have the official presentation video from XRite:

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Yesterday Adobe has published in its blog an announcement that states that only two most recent versions of Creative Cloud products (like Photoshop, Lightroom) will be available for download.

That means for example that they will probably delete software download of perpetual licence versions - up to Lightroom v6 and up to Photoshop CS6.

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Yesterday Adobe has released Lightroom 8.2.

Main new feature is "Enhance details" that Adobe says it allows improving sharpness up to 30% and reducing artifacts only on RAW images since the functionality is a new demosaicing method of the RAW file. This is not a default process since it is computationally heavy (for example around 15 seconds on a 24 megapixels image with a Windows 64 bit CPU i7-8750H with graphic card NVIDIA GTX 1050) and it's based on Adobe Artificial Intelligence, called Sensei.

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Yesterday, Sony in a conference in San Diego has announced a new APS-C mirrorless model: the A6400. This is a step-up from A6300 with some new features just announced also for full-frame models, while it lacks the sensor stabilization offered in the A6500.

The A6400 retains many features of the A6300: 24 megapixels, 425 focus points, video up to 120 fps in Full HD or 30p in 4K, burst shoot up to 11 fps (8 fps with live view). Let's see the major improvements about this model with respect to A6300:

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Last Monday, Christmas Eve, like a Christmas present, the open source software for RAW editing Darktable has been updated to version 2.6. It's like a gift since this software is free and the last update contains really a ton of new features and improvements, making it an extremely powerful tool for those that prefer a no cost solution for their image editing and cataloguing, another competitor to Lightroom though usability of Lightroom is superior.

Interested in switching from Lightroom to something else? You can read our article on Lightroom alternatives.