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

If you read the numerous forums existing around in the Web, you see that one of the most frequent reason of complain is focusing problems.
Quite often there are user errors or user not full knowledge of this not-easy topic, like requesting objects being outside the Depth of Field to be in focus.
Our first photography lesson (see here) was dedicated to focus principles.

Canon has published a response to concerns expressed by customers of Canon EOS 5D Mark II for a couple of problems:

  • black dots appearing on very contrasty edges like lights in the night,
  • banding when shooting with sRAW1 format.

On both, Canon declares that the issues do exist and that they are working for a firmware fix/workaround. News should arrive soon.

As anticipated beginning of last week, yesterday Adobe released version 2.2 of Lightroom.

No new addition with respect to expected changes:

  • added support for additional cameras (Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon PowerShot G10, Panasonic DMC-G1/DMC-FX150/DMC-FZ28/DMC-LX3, Leica D-LUX 4)
  • camera profiles embedded (see the Camera Calibration panel)
  • quite a number of bug/performance fixes, especially for tools in the Develop view.

Also the three biggest players in the digital photography area, Canon, Nikon and Adobe, are affected by the global economic crisis.

They all announced reductions to their workforces to cope with less demand.

Probably a "costs diet" to many firms was due, but this crisis is really frightening. Hopefully, a new expansion time will follow.

Episode 162 of PhotoShop TV (online presentations by Adobe) contains an interview with Tom Hogarthy, that is Product Manager of Lightroom.

He says that:

  • Lightroom 2.2 is expected for this month;
  • it will support for new cameras (like the recently released Adobe Camera Raw 5.2);
  • it will show improved performances on Local Adjustment Tool and Gradient Filter, as requested and complained after release of LR 2.0;
  • it will embed Camera Profiles (you have probably seen it from Adobe Labs).

Photoshop TV link is here (requires Flash plugin).

Nikon has announced the top range D3x, that doubles the pixels count of D3 reaching the figure of 24.5 megapixels with 14 bit of depth in RAW files. That means that a single TIF image coming from a RAW shot with no compression is about... almost 150 MB, quite a lot also in our age of huge storage...

ISO range of 100-1600 and 5 frame per second.

Other features are more or less expected: 3 inch LCD with Live View, EXPEED chip image processing, wireless support, HDMI port.

Expected street price of US$7999.95 in the U.S.

An official 28 pages brochure has been posted here.

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