Some news here and there from the digital photography world.
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.
The image, and RAW, processing software DxO Optics Pro from DxO has been replaced by a new version called DxO Photo Lab. The new name brings new features, like the most interesting are the following ones:
- local adjustment tool (finally, every major image software has one) using Nik's U Point technology that has been bought from Google which in turn acquired Nik software 5 years ago - Nik software provides renowned effects for black and white, film and so on;
- graduated filter (like in Adobe Lightroom and other similar softwares);
- auto mask to help user to follow edges when drawing a retouching mask (this too available in similar advanced image softwares);
- a rebuilt version of the repair tool that promises better and faster operations.
Yesterday, not much unexpected since the trend in last years in Adobe's policy, Adobe has announced that Lightroom is moving forward with cloud-based approach and that will terminate evolution of the standalone version - Lightroom 6 will not be updated.
Current Lightroom CC (the subscription version associated with Photoshop CC in the Photography bundle) will be renamed Lightroom CC Classic and is going to be updated with new features and better performances - low performances is probably the major complaint from Lightroom users.
A new product will be named simply Lightroom CC (well, maybe two more different names would have helped?) and will be a simplified (less features) version only on Web/cloud, thus accessible by any type of device (PCs, tablet and smartphones).
Phase One has announced a new medium format camera, the IQ3 100M, with 100 megapixels and that should render the colors like humans see them.
Official announcement at this link. The launch price? Well... $ 44,990, not for everyone.
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