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Adobe has released Camera Raw 8.4 release candidate. A bunch of new cameras and lens profiles have been added.
You can download the release candidate at Adobe Labs.
Below is a list of Canon additions
- Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
- Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
- Canon EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS II
- Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS for Canon
- Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE
Download Adobe Camera RAW 8.4 CC Release Candidate
Magic Lantern has long been a fan favourite to “unleash” the features of Canon cameras we wish they had. Lately this has included pushing what we can get out of the sensor.
As reported on Planet 5D:
“Tests have been done by ‘Marsu42’ of CanonRumors, which show numbers of up to 15 stops of DR when using this feature combined with the ‘dual_iso’ module that Magic Lantern already includes in their nightly builds.”
This means that for example on 5d3, iso 800 with ML has more dynamic range than iso 100 with Canon :-> … and at high iso you’re getting 7% more dr which is nothing to sneeze at, esp. since it builds upon Canon‘s advantage vs. Nikon: d800@6400 = ~8.3 & 5d3@6400 = ~9.4 ev. According to sensorgen.info the 6d should add another 2/3 stop (once the code is adapted for it) making good ol’ Canon the superior sensor for low light high contrast shooting.
Since this is a new software update I’d recommend you proceed with caution, however, these are exciting results for both stills and video shooters!
Source: Our Forums via P5D
It appears Adobe accidentally leaked Lightroom for iPad before the official announcement. It looks like the app will be a cloud subscription of $99 on an annual basis.
There may be other purchase options when it officially launches.
Adobe’s marketing for Lightroom for mobile is “Take Lightroom anywhere.” According to an Adobe employee, the software will have a lot of the same features currently in Lightroom for desktop.
Source: [9to5] via [MR]
Adobe Photoshop CC subscribers received an update when they turned on their computers this morning. Along with the regular list of bug fixes and tweaking of existing features, the Photoshop team added the following new features:
- 3D Printing integration
- Linked Smart Objects
- Perspective Warp
The last being the notable addition for photographers. Adobe has a short video on correcting images using the Perspective Warp tool along with all the other new features.
Adobe has also extended it’s $9.99 “Photographers” package which gives users Lightroom and Photoshop until February 28th, 2014. Who knows if this will be the last extension like this.
Source [Adobe] via [FS]
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 update includes these enhancements:
- Additional raw file support for 20 new cameras, including the Fujifilm X-E2, Nikon D610, Nikon Df, and Sony A7.
- Corrections and bug fixes for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom 5.3: Windows | Macintosh
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3
The Adobe DNG Converter is a free utility that enables you to easily convert camera-specific raw files from more than 350 cameras to the more universal DNG raw format.
Digital Negative was developed to address the lack of an open standard for the proprietary and unique raw files created by each digital camera. DNG allows photographers to archive their raw camera files in a single format for easy cataloging and access in the future. With the format specification freely available, any developer can build software that supports and takes advantage of DNG. For more information, visit the Digital Negative page.
Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
- Canon EOS M2
- Canon PowerShot S120
- Casio EX-10
- Nikon 1 AW1
- Nikon Coolpix P7800
- Nikon Df
- Nikon D610
- Nikon D5300
- Fujifilm XQ1
- Fujifilm X-E2
- Nokia Lumia 1020
- Olympus OM-D E-M1
- Olympus STYLUS 1
- Panasonic DMC-GM1
- Pentax K-3
- Phase One IQ260
- Phase One IQ280
- Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
- Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
- Sony DSC-RX10
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3: Windows | Macintosh
No previous versions required
Adobe has extended their Photoshop CC/Lightroom 5 deal until December 8, 2013. I’m assuming the extension is due to the positive response to the pricing and requirements.
You can get both Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99/mth without owning a previous version of Creative Suite or Photoshop.
I have personally signed up for this promotion and I know I’ll be happy.
Visit Adobe for more information
Until December 2, 2013
Adobe is offering the Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5 & Behance ProSite hosting bundle for $9.99. The big deal on this one is you do not need to have any previous versions of Photoshop or Lightroom.
This offer is good now and goes until 9PM PST December 2, 2013.
A Mac app to check shutter actuations
ShutterCount displays the number of shutter actuations (the shutter count) of your Canon EOS digital camera. The shutter count is read directly from a USB-connected camera, and thus provides accurate numbers that are not attainable with simple EXIF-based methods.
With ShutterCount you can easily check whether a newly purchased camera is really new, or check how heavily used a pre-owned item is. And you can save a trip to a Canon Service Center by doing the reading for yourself.
The app provides unlimited readings for an unlimited number of cameras, so you can freely track actual camera usage. Even if you work for a rental house or just lend a camera to a friend.
ShutterCount only displays the shutter count for still photos – video clips recorded are not included in the number. For a separate mirror movement reading (that includes videos) you should consult an authorized Canon Service Center.
Note: for the best compatibility with your camera it is recommended to upgrade the camera’s firmware to the latest available version.
WiFi on the EOS 6D and 70D must be turned off as it blocks the USB port when turned on!
- Canon EOS-1D X
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Canon EOS 5D Mark III
- Canon EOS 6D
- Canon EOS 7D
- Canon EOS 60D
- Canon EOS 70D
- Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1
- Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5
- Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i
- Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i
- Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Kiss X50
Please quit all applications that might connect to your camera (e.g. Canon EOS Utility, Capture One, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom) before launching ShutterCount.
The app is $1.99 until the end of October.
Download through the Mac App Store | Visit the App web site
Adobe releases Lightroom 5.2
Lightroom 5.2 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5. The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.
Lightroom 5.2: Windows | Mac | Buy: B&H Photo | Amazon
New Features in Lightroom 5.2
- A Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Detail Panel under Color Noise Reduction. This helps to reduce low-frequency color mottling artifacts
- Refinements to the Spot Healing Tool:
- New Feather control
- Auto find source method now works better for images with textured areas like rocks, bark, and foliage
- Auto find source method now prefers source areas within the crop rectangle
- Auto Exposure has been improved to be more consistent across images and across different image sizes.
- Smart Preview size has been updated to 2560 pixels on the long edge.
- Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush:
- Right Click (PC) / Control-click (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to bring up a context menu to duplicate or delete
- Control+Alt+Drag (PC) / Command+Option+Drag (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to clone (duplicate) that adjustment
Newly added support for Tethered Capture in Lightroom 5.2
- Canon EOS 6D
- Canon EOS Rebel T5i / EOS 700D / EOS Kiss X7i
- Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D / EOS Kiss X7
New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.2
- Canon EOS 70D
- Canon PowerShot G16
- Canon PowerShot S120*
Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 5.2
- Output Sharpening and Noise Reduction were not applied to exported images that were resized to less than 1/3 of the original image size.
- Slideshow Exporting process fails for time-lapse sequences.
- Unable to export a Book. This only occurred after a customer deleted a background photo.
- Catalog containing images processed with PV2003 were adding a post-crop vignette when catalog upgraded to Lightroom 5.
- JPEG decoding produced a red colorcast.
- Unable to scroll through photos when in Full screen mode. This only occurs when more than 1 photo is selected.
- “Store presets with this catalog” preference is not preserved when upgrading catalog from previous versions of Lightroom.
- Crash when scrubbing Size slider with existing spot selected.
- Landscape crop not maintained on portrait oriented photos
- Pressing the Reset button while holding the Shift key results in an internal error.
- Crash when attempting to move brush spots.
- Gray area is shown when zooming in/out after cropping image.
- A row of vertical artifacts appears along bottom edge of photo when applying Grain.
- Defringe Color Sampler is inaccurate on photos that have Upright applied.
- All of the images on a Compact Flash card did not appear in the Import Dialogue.
- Metadata panel displayed incorrect information after modifying published photo. Please note that this only occurred when metadata was changed after the photo was published.
- Soundtrack does not fade at the end of a slideshow.
- The Esc key did not exit the slideshow after right clicking screen with mouse during slideshow playing.
- Import dialog remained blank for folders that contain PNG files with XMP sidecars.
Lightroom 5.2: Windows | Mac | Buy: B&H Photo | Amazon
The catch is you must own a copy of Photoshop CS3 or higher to qualify for the limited time pricing of $9.99 per month (sign-up before December 31, 2013). They lost me at that requirement, had they not required CS3, I would have signed up as soon as I was able to. This still may be great for customers that have chosen not to upgrade from previous versions of PhotoShop.
Read the Adobe blog for more
Into the cloud?
Adobe just announced Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99/mth. If you don’t want to lay out the cost of the software in one lump sum, this may be for you.
I personally have no interest in laying out what Photoshop costs up front, however I may take them up on this new offering once I read the fine print.
Follow the keynote