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

Canon has announced two new Wireless File Transmitters - WFT:

  • the WFT-E4 II, a new version of the wired/wireless transmitter for the 5D Mark II that includes support for 802.11a wireless networks (besides 802.11b/g) and WFT server that takes advantage of Java enabled browers to easily control camera settings.
  • the WFT-E2 II and WFT-E2 II A, an evolution for newer 1-series models like EOS 1D Mark IV.

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.

  • Luckily, no pixel increase (mega pixel race is often considered as quality race....), but impressive ISO range: base range is 200-12,800 and expanded up to 102,400.... this value sounds like a mistake, but it is correct. Hoping to see soon the noise at this extremely high sensitivity.
  • Video capture where competition with Canon is particulary though: 1,280 x 720 pixels at 24 frames per second in Motion JPEG AVI format (with in camera basic editing). Also a mono microphone is introduced for sound recording and a connector for an external stereo mic (very useful).
  • A new Quiet Shutter Release mode is introduced and a dedicated live view button.

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.

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