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March 06, 2012 at 09:57PM


New Gear: Adobe Lightroom 4 Is Cheaper, More Powerful

The new version of Adobe’s workflow software changes the way it handles images from the start

We first encountered Lightroom 4 back at CES 2012 when the beta software debuted for public consumption. Now, the official version is out and its starting retail price is 49. That’s half what Lightroom 3 cost when it first hit.

Probably the biggest change to happen in the new version is the new Process Version. It represents a change in the most fundamental way in which Lightroom handles images. Fill light, Recovery, and Brightness have all gone away. Instead, Adobe has opted to include four main sliders, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, and Blacks. You can still achieve the same basic effects, but you now have more control of which part of the image you affect with your adjustments. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s worth it.

The new process version has also brought some changes to the pre-set effects that are included in the software. Some of them have changed pretty substantially. The High-Contrast Black and White pre-set, for example, has been seriously toned down. It retains more information in the image, but it also makes the effect slightly less dramatic. Whether you like it or not, frequent pre-set users should definitely check out the demo or beta before making the jump. In the example below, the top image comes from Lightroom 3 and the bottom is from Lightroom 4.

On a more granular level, a few of the tools have earned some upgrades, including the Adjustment Brush, which can now be used to selectively apply thing like noise reduction and even white balance, something I have personally found pretty handy.

One of the most anticipated features by pros is the ability to Soft Proof an image. The basic idea is to show you what the image will look like when it’s printed by negating the fact that your monitor has a bigger tonal range than the printer — it takes out all the colors that the printer won’t be able to reproduce. Then you can create copy proof to make adjustments without overwriting your original edits.

Another big draw for the Beta was the ability to apply basic adjustments to video, something totally absent from previous versions. You can adjust the contrast, as well as the white balance and saturation on supported video clips, which is nice if you don’t want to open a full-fledged video editing suite. Also, you can apply the Lightroom pre-sets to your video, though they take a bit of time to render.

I’ve gotten a chance to go through the process with the book module and the number of options offered through Blurb’s printing service is impressive. Sometimes it takes a bit of tweaking before you can get exactly what you want, but that’s simply a function of having tons of options. You can now go up to 240 pages in your book and the Blurb service is quick and efficient. The final products are still a bit pricey, but you get a nice finished item out of it.

The map functionality is also new to Lightroom 4 and does a fine job keeping track of location information from photos with geotagging information. Since I shoot mostly with cameras that don’t have GPS (I don’t use Lightroom for my iPhone photos), I don’t have a lot of images to plug into it. As GPS becomes more common, though, that will likely become more useful.

We’ll have a full review coming up, but you can check out the demo or just buy the full version now from Adobe for 49. If you have LR3 and you want to upgrade, it will set you back 9.

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February 24, 2012 at 08:17AM


Is Samsung really preparing to announce 4 new NX cameras and a 32MP CMOS APS-C sensor?

Samsung NX-20 spy shot

In addition to the Samsung NX20, NX210 and NX1000, there is now talk about a fourth mirrorless camera called NX-300 that will have the same design as the NX-20 but without the EVF. The NX-300 is expected to be released in July, 2012 – this is according to a dpreview forum member who back in June of 2011 posted about the upcoming NX200 camera few months before the official announcement. Here are the details:

Samsung NX210 will be the same as the NX200 but with added Wi-Fi capabilities, available in April 2012.

Samsung NX20, available in May 2012. The NX20 has a retro Konica IIIa design with 1.8M EVF, manual control and swivel AMOLED display. It has the same NX-200 sensor but with a better processor and buffer. The retail price for NX-20 body only is 50. There will be two new lenses, the 16-80mm and 12-24mm and a new flash.

Samsung NX1000 will be a cheaper NX model, available in May, 2012.

NX-300 has the same NX-20 design but without EVF. It will be released in July, 2012.

I also received some tips that Samsung is preparing a new APS-C 32MP CMOS sensor for the NX system with RGB-W aleatory pattern, no low pass filter, a new gapless microlenses array with edges optimization and a new on-chip noise reduction architecture.

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February 22, 2012 at 07:16AM


Expected shipping dates for some newly announced products

Many new products were announced in the past few weeks. Here is a quick update on the expected availability dates for some of the more popular items:

Olympus OM-D E-M5: April 10, 2012

Fuji X-Pro1: March 20, 2012

Pentax K-01: March 29, 2012

Sony 500mm f/4.0G lens: April 23, 2012

Canon PowerShot G1x: March 5, 2012

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM: April 17, 2012

Canon EF 28 f/2.8 IS USM: June 17, 2012

Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS USM: June 17, 2012

Nikon D800: March 22, 2012

Nikon D800E: April 12, 2012

Lexar 128GB 1000x CF card: March 5, 2012

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February 17, 2012 at 02:41AM


Thieves Steal Over 50,000 in Camera Gear from Nikon in Van Heist

A security van transporting roughly £100,000 (~56,000) in Nikon camera gear was targeted by robbers this past Saturday after the Dublin NPS Roadshow. The thieves made off with the entire truckload of equipment, including demo versions of the Nikon D4 and Nikon D800 — cameras that aren’t available yet to the general public. You can find an list of what was stolen (and their individual serial numbers) here. Camera gear thieves have been pretty active so far in 2012 — just last month someone made off with a pre-production Sigma 180mm f/2.8 lens at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.

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February 17, 2012 at 12:01AM


Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lens price announced

Sigma announced the price of their 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lens for mirrorless cameras – 80 (MSRP). Expect the street price to be lower. The Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lens was announced during CES and is available in E and m4/3 mounts. The price of the 19mm f/2.8 EX DN lens is not yet announced.

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February 15, 2012 at 10:47PM


Three new Samsung NX cameras in the next three months: NX20, NX210, NX1000

Samsung NX20 spy shot

Samsung could be announcing three new NX cameras in the next few months:

Samsung NX210 will be the same as the NX200 but with added Wi-Fi capabilities, available in April 2012

Samsung NX20, available in May 2012

Samsung NX1000 will be a cheaper NX model, available in May, 2012

The Samsung NX20 could be announced in the next few days – there is a Samsung event in Prague this week. The NX20 is rumored to have the same sensor as the NX200, 10 fps, dual-core processor, EVF and AMOLED swivel display, priced around 000. Two new lenses (12-24mm and 16-80mm) are expected to be announced together with the NX20.

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February 15, 2012 at 02:17AM


Fujifilm X-Pro1 updates

B&H updated their expected availability for the Fuji X-pro 1 to March 20, 2012.

In addition to the many new Fuji X-Pro1 samples, Brandon Remler has uplaoded also several new videos – the first one shows some significant X-Pro1 speed improvements compared to the X100:

Fuji X-Pro1 unboxing video:

Check also my Fuji X-Pro1 report from CES 2012.

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February 14, 2012 at 05:17AM


Those are the upcoming Sony Cybershot cameras (HX200, HX30, HX20, HX10, H90, TX66, TX20, WX150, W690)

As mentioned previously, Sony will announce another batch of Cyber-shot cameras on February 28th, 2012. Here are the details:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200

18 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

27mm equivalent Carl Zeiss lens with 30x optical zoom, 60x digital zoom

AF speed of approx. 0.1 second in daylight, 0.2 seconds in low light

3.0-in. 921k dot LCD screen

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60p

Manual Focus ring

GPS geo-tagging

Price: 80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30

18 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

24mm equivalent lens with 20x optical zoom, 40x digital zoom

3.0-in. 921k dot LCD screen

Wi-Fi enabled

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60p

GPS geo-tagging

Price: 20

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20

18 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

24mm equivalent lens with 20x optical zoom, 40x digital zoom

3.0-in. 921k dot LCD screen

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60p

GPS geo-tagging

Price: 00

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10

18 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

24mm equivalent lens with 16x optical zoom, 32x digital zoom

3.0-in. 921k dot LCD screen

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60p

GPS geo-tagging

Price: 30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

16 MP CCD sensor

24mm equivalent G lens with 16x optical zoom

3.0-in. 460k dot LCD screen

HD video at 720p

Price: 50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66

Ultra-slim design: 12.2 mm

18 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

24mm equivalent lens with 5x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom

3.3-in. OLED wide touch-screen display

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60p

Price: 50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

16 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

Water-, dust-, freeze- and shock-proof

25mm equivalent lens with 4x optical zoom, 8x digital zoom

3.0-in. LCD touch screen

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60i

Price: 30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

18 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

25mm equivalent lens with 10x optical zoom, 20x digital zoom

3.0-in. 460k dot LCD screen

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60i

Price: 50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

16 MP CCD sensor

25mm equivalent lens with 10x optical zoom

3.0-in. 230k dot LCD screen

HD video at 720p

Price: 80

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February 10, 2012 at 09:43AM


Fujifilm Showing Off Leica M-Mount Adapter for the X-Pro1

Fujifilm announced back in January at CES that it was working on an M-mount adapter for the X-Pro1, a camera that looks strikingly similar to Leica’s digital rangefinders. The company is now showing off the adapter at the CP+ trade show in Japan. Leica film aficionados who want to play around with digital in style can now choose between paying 700 for the X-Pro1 or 000-000 for the Leica M8 or Leica M9.

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February 07, 2012 at 02:46PM


First picture of the Samusung NX20 mirrorless camera?

This is supposed to be the first picture of the upcoming Samsung NX20 camera. More to come, stay tuned.

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