News from the photo world focused on amateur/enthusiast and professionals.
Nikon has announced an upgrade to its professional D3 DSLR model: the D3s.
The hardware is basically the same except for a new sensor for achieving extremely high sensitivity. Let's see the major differences.
The new Nikon D3s should be available by end of November for about $ 5,200.
Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith, inventors of the CCD imaging sensor widely used in digital cameras (the other type is CMOS sensor), have received this year's Nobel Prize for Physics.
Also the first experimenter of fibre optics (Charles K. Kao) has been given the Physics Nobel.
Official press release of the Prize is available at this link.
The interesting Mogrify plugin for Lightroom2 has been updated to version 4.11 (some bugfixes and some new features).
Mogrify add watermarks, sophisticated borders and so on when exporting photos from Lightroom 2.
All details available at this link.
Canon will not participate in the next annual PMA trade showthat will be held in California (Anaheim) next February 2010.
This is quite surprising since Canon has always had quite a large exhibit there, also with many company senior representative showing up. Most probably costs cuts.
Canon also confirmed to participate in the CES fair in Las Vegas (Nevada) on January 2010, an event that has a more general target audience (electronics more than photography-focus of PMA).
ACD Systems has released version 3 of ACDSee Pro image processing and browsing software.
Main improvements regard: the user interface, new editing mode that combines non-destructive (i.e. reversible) and pixel-level treatments, image publishing features, a vibrance control, improved noise reduction and color correction. Supported file formats are more than 100 (including archive formats like zip, rar).
The new version costs $169.99 on ACDSee website.
Adobe yesterday has admitted a bug in the recent RAW engine for Photoshop (Adobe Camera RAW 5.5) and Lightroom 2.5 for Mac users with a PowerPC and with specific cameras (Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and some medium format).
This bug produces artifacts in highlights and has been introduced with the demosaic tuning in the last release. While Adobe is preparing the fix, affected users should downgrade to previous version.
Official announcement availabe at this link.