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Some news here and there from the digital photography world.
After Nikon announcement of its entering the full-frame mirrorless segment (our in depth article available at this link), it's Canon time that couldn't stand by the window and see photographers move to Sony. Yesterday Canon has announced the new RF mount and the first full-frame mirrorless, the EOS R, that will have to face competition with the new Nikon Z6 and current comparable Sony model that is the highly regarded A7III.
Yesterday Nikon has presented its first two full-frame mirrorless cameras, also to fight switch of photographers to Sony, that recently with its full frame cameras of A7 and A9 series is increasing its market share - this month Sony shared the news that it is now the first full-frame cameras brand in the United States. The official video of the presentation is available at this link, while here below you can find the official presentation of one of the new cameras: the Z7.
Today Nikon, after many rumors, has finally confirmed it is working on a new mirrorless system, with a new lens mount (a big one).
A new micro-site has been setup to update on this - link here.
Everybody is waiting for Canon for a similar announcement, Nikon and Canon cannot remain still with increasing popularity of Sony full-frame system.
The plugin suite Nik Collection for Adobe software (Photoshop/Lightroom) that was being released by DxO, then purchased by Google that then gave it for free (our notice here), is now back in the hands of DxO, which will maintain and update it, again not free but with a much lower price than the initial one (around $ 500): it will cost $50 for initial period than $70.
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).
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.
You can download it from here.
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