November 27
Nikon D3 and d300 now support 'D2X mode'
Nikon, obviously realizing that many users of its previous flagship DSLR will be migrating to its successors, has made available 'Picture Controls' aiming to emulate the color reproduction of the D2X(s) on the new D3 and D300. There are three such controls, mirroring the original color modes I to III. These settings may be used as a base point to add further tweaks and should prove a major time-saver to photographers wishing to upgrade their camera bodies and continue with their existing workflow. The Picture Controls are available now via Nikon's website, links after the jump.
November 23
Olympus EVOLT E-510 review

Just posted! This one's long overdue, but we've finally finished our in-depth review of the Olympus EVOLT E-510 digital SLR, a camera we've been using for a few months now. An upgrade to the E-500 and 'big brother' to the E-410, the E-510 offers a compelling mix of features in a compact body, including CCD-shift stabilization, 10MP LiveMOS sensor and a wide range of customization options. So does the E-510 offer as much in use as it does on paper? Find out after the link...

November 22
Ricoh GR Digital firmware v2.40
Ricoh has released firmware v2.40 for its GR Digital camera. Highlights of this quite comprehensive update include the addition of flash compensation, variable color toning and compatibility with the GT-1 1.43x teleconverter. Kudos to Ricoh for giving its existing cameras a new lease of life with regular firmware updates. Download link after the click.
Ricoh Caplio RR770
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Ricoh has snuck a new camera onto its global site - the Caplio RR770. A 7.1 megapixel sensor is served by a 34-102mm (35mm equiv.) lens and results may be viewed on a 3.0" 230k pixel LCD. Image storage is taken care of by SD cards or the 32MB internal memory - best reserved as a last resort - and the camera accepts standard AA batteries for effortless replacement wherever you may be. So okay, the specifications aren't going to set the world aflame but it looks like a solid little camera for younger members of the family or glovebox duty. Prices and availability are to be announced.
November 20
Olympus firmware updates
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Got an Olympus E-System DSLR? Having trouble with focusing accuracy when using the EC-20 teleconverter? You'll be needing one of these new firmware updates then. Users of the E-1 through E-510 can all benefit from this round of tweaks, with the E-510 receiving an extra bonus in the form of improved Image Stabilization at slower shutter speeds. As usual the firmware is updateable via your Olympus software - Master, View or Studio depending on your model.
Canon 40D firmware V 1.0.5
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Canon has released firmware version 1.0.5 for its EOS-40D DSLR. Available now via Canon Japan's website, the update contains bug fixes and a couple of modifications to the camera's image playback. Click through for a list of changes and the all-important download link.
Nikkor updates 18-55 kit lens with VR
Nikon today updated its 18-55mm 'kit' lens to include Vibration Reduction (VR). The lens also features a Silent Wave Motor aka AF-S, Super Integrated Coating and hybrid aspherical elements in its design. The optical design is 11 elements in 8 groups - slightly more complicated that its predecessors' formulae to allow for the VR system. Despite the extra features the lens is set to hit the shelves for around US $199 (£179.99 / €270.00) and will eventually filter down to be bundled with DSLRs. More after the click.
November 16
Nikon to include Capture NX with D3, D300
Nikon UK has announced that for the first time it is to bundle Capture NX with initial shipments of its D3 and D300 DSLRs. The very first cameras to arrive will include a product key to unlock the trial version which may be downloaded from the Nikon UK website whilst shipments from December will include a CD in the box. Whilst this offer will be available for a limited time only, it does partially answer one of the fundamental criticisms of Nikon's DSLR policy thus far. We shall update this story with further details as we receive them. Updated
Adobe updates
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Adobe has released updates for many of its imaging software packages. Photoshop and Bridge CS3 receive bug fixes whilst Camera Raw 4.3 offers support for Canon's sRAW format and EOS-1DS Mark III as well as Nikon's latest D3 and D300 DSLRs and the Olympus E3. Lightroom 1.3 gains the same additional camera support and will now work with Mac OS X 10.5 aka 'Leopard'. Also available for download is an SDK - in preview status - allowing software developers to write export modules compatible with Lightroom. Download links after the click.

Tokina AT-X M35 Pro DX
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Tokina has announced a new macro lens for Canon and Nikon crop sensors, the AT-X M35 PRO DX. Equivalent to a 53.5mm focal length on Nikon DX and 56mm on Canon APS-C, this lens revives the 'normal' macro segment which has been sadly absent in recent years, at least for crop sensors. A focus limiter is present, accelerating operation when used for regular photography, and Tokina's Focus Clutch design makes switching from automatic to manual focus a snap - literally. The lens is due to be available from December 21st at a price of ¥68,000 (approx US $600). Pricing and availability for markets outside Japan are yet to be announced.
Tokina AT-X 116 Pro DX
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Another interesting lens announced by Tokina is the AT-X 116 Pro DX, a wide zoom for Nikon and Canon crop sensor cameras boasting a focal length of 11-16 mm and constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. Whilst the zoom range is not exactly what you might call extensive, this lens is likely to generate considerable interest with its 17-25 mm approx. equivalent focal length (on Nikon DX, Canon APS-C users will get around 18-26 mm). Priced at ¥90,000 (around US $800), the lens will be available in Japan from December 21st.
November 14
Sigma 4.5mm EX DC Circular Fisheye HSM
Sigma has for the first time marketed a true fisheye optic for crop sensors, projecting a circular 180° image onto APS-C sensors. The new lens sports a focal length of 4.5mm and maximum aperture of f/2.8, HSM silent focusing and SLD low-dispersion lens elements. Aside from the 'edgy' skateboarding shots and frankly unflattering portraits often seen, circular fisheyes are actually quite useful for astrophotography and scientific applications. Pricing and availability is yet to be announced.
10mm F2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM
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The other type of fisheye lens available is the diagonal variety which squeezes a 180° angle of view into a standard rectangular format. This new 10mm F2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM from Sigma is just such a lens. That said, it captures a true 180° vista only when mounted in front of a Nikon DX sensor - users of Canon and Sigma DSLRs make do with 167° and 154° respectively. A built-in lens hood and HSM focusing are here and the lens will focus down to 1.8cm (0.7 in) from the front surface of the lens giving a reproduction ratio of 1:3.3.
November 12
Just posted! Nikon Coolpix P5100 review
Just posted! Our review of Nikon's flagship compact camera. Offering manual exposure controls in a small, magnesium alloy body, the P5100 is probably best considered a 'photographers' compact.' The extra manual controls don't come at the expense of the face detection and vibration reduction features seen on most contemporary compact though. At its launch, Nikon promised improvements over the slightly disappointing P5000 and it is the first compact to have Nikon's Expeed branding applied to it. So can it cut it in a world of competitive compacts and budget-priced DSLRs? Read our review to find out
Leica M8 firmware 1.110
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Leica has updated M8 firmware available from its service website. Version 1.110 adds lens coding for 35, 50, 75 and 90mm Summarit-M lenses and shortens the interval between pre and main flashes when using M-TTL mode with Leica's SF24 D and SCA compatible flashguns. Battery capacity display is also improved as is the action of the central control wheel, helping to prevent accidental scrolling of the menu. The update is available now from Leica, link after the jump.
November 8
Zeiss introduces ZF-I industrial lens range for Nikon F-Mount
Zeiss has introduced a new line of lenses aimed at the industrial and scientific sectors but certain to appeal to a certain section of the photographic community with their high performance and retro styling. Zeiss has chosen to release these new optics with Nikon's F-mount as this is "the most commonly used standard camera adapter in the technical area". The first available designs will be the 25mm f/2.8, 28mm f/2 and 35mm f/2 with more to follow. Aside from the rather fetching satin chrome finish and locking screws for focus and aperture, this premium line is also sealed against dust ingress and water spray. Prices and availability have not yet been announced but don't expect them to be cheap. Click through for a peek at the Distagon T* 2.8/25 ZF-I.
HP to outsource camera business, concentrate on Print 2.0
In a move which will be of no surprise to many Hewlett Packard has outlined plans for the future of its digital camera business, announcing that it is to licence an OEM partner to design, source and distribute HP-branded cameras. This shift in strategy is intended to allow the technology giant to concentrate on developing its Print 2.0 initiatives, strengthening its position in the home and commercial printing markets. The current range of cameras is expected to remain on sale for the remainder of this year with the new partnership deal to follow in the early part of 2008.
November 6
Casio unleashes firmware bonanza
Casio today made available firmware updates for no less than TEN cameras. There are improvements to movie white balance for seven models and 8GB+ SDHC support for a further three. The updates are available now via Casio's support site, link after the jump where you'll also find a breakdown of the changes implemented.
November 5
Just posted! Panasonic DMC-FZ18 review
Just Posted! Our review of the latest Panasonic 'super zoom', the Lumix DMC-FZ18. Essentially an upgraded version of the FZ8 the new model is one of several models released this year to sport a whopping 18x (28-504mm equiv.) zoom lens and an 8MP CCD sensor. We were slightly underwhelmed by the last 18x / 8MP camera we reviewed, but Panasonic has an excellent track record when it comes to image quality and usability, so we had high hopes for the FZ18. Did it live up to them? Check out the comprehensive review after the link to find out!...
November 2
Voigtländer Nokton and Ultron for Nikon and Pentax

Cosina has announced two Voigtländer-branded lenses which it will be making available for Nikon and Pentax DSLR mounts. The Voigtländer Ultron 40mm F2 SLII Aspherical - to give its full title - is a 'Pancake' type lens protruding a mere 24.5mm from the lens mount. The optical design comprises six elements in five groups including a double-aspheric element and high-refraction glass. The Nokton 58mm F1.4 SLII meanwhile is based on a Topcor design with seven elements in six groups and when mounted on an APS-C camera replicates the angle of view of an 85mm making it an ideal choice for portrait photography. The Nikon-mount examples are Ai-s specification and feature a CPU to allow metering on modern bodies whilst the Pentax mounts are KA compatible. Only Japanese pricing and availability has been announced thus far with both lenses expected to retail for around ¥50,000 when they arrive on shelves over the next two months.

November 1
Canon EOS-1D Mark III AF: Canon Europe issues statement
Canon Europe today released an official statement on the AF problems experienced by some users of its EOS-1D Mark III DSLR. It seems the sub-mirror assembly is to blame for focus and tracking inaccuracy in AI servo continuous mode particularly when working in high ambient temperatures. Bodies with serial numbers 501001 through 546561 are said to be affected, and Canon are preparing to offer free repairs from late November.
Just posted! Eye-Fi card review
Announced just yesterday we have our review of a production Eye-Fi card. The Eye-Fi card is a two gigabyte SD card with built-in WiFi capability. The provided Eye-Fi Manager software allows you to associate the card with wireless access points and choose to have images automatically uploaded to your computer and also any one of seventeen online photo sharing sites including Facebook, Flickr, Fotki and Picasa. Once setup you can put the card into (virtually) any camera supporting SD and have your images automatically upload. We've had an Eye-Fi card for a few days now and have had a good opportunity to test it. So dive in to our review to see how the Eye-Fi card shapes up.
October 30
PMDA Person of the Year: Phil Askey
The PMDA (PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association) today announced that Phil Askey of dpreview.com will receive its 'Person of the Year' award for 2008. This award will be presented at the PMDA awards dinner just before the PMA show in Las Vegas on 30th January 2008. The PMDA has members such as Casio, Canon, Kodak, Fujifilm, HP, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Samsung.
Sony releases updated α700 firmware
Sony has released the first firmware update for its α700 DSLR, improving image sharpness and noise performance as well as tweaking flash performance with non-ADI lenses. Also available are patches for the Alpha's bundled Image Data Converter and Image Data Lightbox software. The update is applicable only to early production cameras with "Ver.1" software which may be checked by pressing and holding the Menu button then hitting Display.
UK recall for Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Canon UK has apparently informed dealers that it has temporarily stopped shipments of its EOS-1D Mark III and is asking that unsold units be returned pending an official announcement due over the next few days. The state of play seems to be that Canon will repair affected cameras but is not offering refunds or exchanging for alternative models. We shall of course keep you updated with further details as they become available.
Ricoh GR Digital II
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Ricoh today announced the successor to its GR Digital premium compact. The Ricoh GR Digital II carries over the well-received 28mm equiv. lens from its predecessor, matching it to a new 10 megapixel sensor and new GR Engine II image processing system. For those of us with one leg longer than the other there is a new electronic leveling system à la Nikon D3 and the option to shoot TLR-style square images. Performance is said to be improved with a larger buffer memory and halved RAW file-write time with the option of continuous shooting. Battery life is also said to have come on leaps and bounds with up to 370 shots now possible on a charge - the original gave up after 250. The Ricoh GR Digital II will cost £399.99 when it hits UK shops in December.
October 27
Just posted! Canon PowerShot G9 review
Just Posted! Our review of the Canon PowerShot G9, successor to the G7 and flagship of Canon's extensive compact camera range. The G9 is very much a case of evolution, not revolution, with a new 12MP sensor and bigger screen plus a few new features including the one thing missing from its predecessor, RAW shooting. The G7 received a rather mixed response at launch (suffering from a surfeit of expectation as much as anything else), so does its successor restore the 'G' series to its former glory? Check out the in-depth review after the link to find out...
October 26
Casio Dream Digs video competition
Casio has launched a competition in conjunction with Best Buy giving budding film directors a chance to show off their dream 'digs', 'crib' or even just plain old 'place of residence', so long as it's devoted to sport, gaming, movies or hardcore geekiness. Shoot a short film - 2 minutes or less, upload it to Casio's YouTube channel and you could be in with the chance to win a $3000 Best Buy gift card and Exilim EX-V8 with case and a 4GB SD card. In addition there are 1st and 2nd prize packages up for grabs. Click through for further details.
October 24
Just posted! Canon EOS 40D review
Just posted! Our detailed in-depth review of the Canon EOS 40D. Sixth in line from the D30 announced back in 2000 the 40D features a ten megapixel CMOS sensor with Live View capability, a '14-bit' image pipeline, six frames per second continuous shooting, a larger viewfinder view and of course a three inch LCD monitor. All joking aside the EOS 40D has a lot to live up to and a lot of competition coming its way, see how it performed and how it compares in our thirty page review.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T2
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Sony today announced its Cyber-shot DSC-T2 featuring 4GB of internal memory to help make image storage and sharing a snap. The camera, like Sony's previous DSC-G2, will make use of Memory Sticks but the sheer size of the built in storage - combined with its 2.7" touchscreen and extensive in-camera organization and editing features - relegate removable media to back-up status. Face-Detection, Smile Shutter and high ISO (3200 in this case) cover 2007s technology requirements whilst the overall styling - with its clean lines and surfaces uncluttered by buttons thanks to the touch-based user interface - gives it a touch of class, even in the green and pink color schemes. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T2 will be available from December 2007 for around $350.
October 22
Just posted! Canon A570 IS review
Just Posted! Our review of the Canon PowerShot A570 IS, one of a whole batch of new A series compacts launched earlier this year. The A570 IS is a keenly-priced, fully featured 7MP camera with a 4x stabilized zoom and a wide range of photographic control on offer. Sounds like a bargain, but is it any good? Find out after the link...
Datacolor launches new Spyder3 calibration and profiling tools
Datacolor has updated its Spyder monitor calibration and print profiling system, featuring the only seven detector color engine on the market and boasting 400% extra light sensitivity for increased accuracy. Other new features include a built in ambient light sensor, combined desktop cradle and tripod mount and 'before and after' SpyderProof proofing capability. Initially available as the $279 Spyder3Elite which deals with displays only or the $599 Spyder3Studio with printer profiling, the range is compatible with Mac OSX (10.3 and higher) as well as Windows 2000, XP and Vista 32/64.
Tamron readies stabilized 28-300 for re-launch
Having launched and then postponed availability of its AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC lens back in August, Tamron is now to re-launch the lens on October 26th. Canon user will be the first to try out the new optically stabilized superzoom with a Nikon mount following early in 2008. More details after the click.
October 19
Just posted! Canon SD870 IS review
Just Posted! Our concise review of the Canon SD870 IS (or IXUS 860 IS if you live in Europe). The replacement for the popular SD800 IS has the same versatile 28-105mm wideangle zoom but ups the resolution to 8MP and screen size to a whopping 3.0 inches - and throws in a few new features to boot. Find out if SD870 IS improves on its well-respected predecessor after the link...
October 18
Sony HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album
Sony today announced its HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album - an 80 GB storage and slideshow unit featuring HDMI output. Able to import photos from flash media CD/DVD or Ethernet and featuring powerful slideshow-creation software, photos may be shared via card or disk and a compatible printer may be hooked up to its USB port for hard copies. With viewing, sharing, printing and archiving all in one 'living-room friendly' box this looks set to be a big hit with those who love digital photography but not the computer time that goes with it. The HDMS-S1D will be available from October priced at $400.
October 17
Sandisk Extreme III 8GB bundle
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Sandisk today announced the imminent availability of its highest capacity Extreme III SDHC card to date. The 8GB media is bundled with a free Sandisk MicroMate USB 2.0 reader worth $20 and is a class 6 SDHC device guaranteeing write speeds of 6MB/s or faster. The pair are expected to ship within 30 days and will retail for around $179.99.
New Zuiko lenses for E-System
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Alongside the E-3 Olympus has also released four new Zuiko Digital lenses, three of which feature Olympus' Supersonic Wave Drive focus system and splashproofing. Let's kick off with the 12-60 f/2.8-4.0 which offers a 5x 24-120mm equiv. zoom range and 25cm closest focus as well as the aforementioned SWD and weathersealing. Next up is the 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 which Olympus claim is twice as fast to focus as its predecessor thanks to SWD. Splashproofing and a polarizer-friendly lens hood also boost its appeal. No other manufacturer can offer a 28-70 equiv. lens at f/2.0 but the 14-35 f/2.0 is just that - a fast, high quality 'normal' zoom with quiet and swift focus which doesn't mind the occasional soaking. The 70-300 f/4.0-5.6 is a little more humdrum but offers Four Thirds users a 140-600mm field of view in a compact and versatile package. Also announced is a new 2.0x teleconverter - the EC-20. The 12-60, 50-200, 70-300 and EC-20 should be available come November 2007 with the 14-35 following in early 2008.
October 16
Olympus E-3
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Back in May 2001 Olympus began to make noises about a professional five megapixel Four Thirds format digital SLR, two years after that in June 2003 they revealed the E-1. After much hinting, several 'accidental' leaks and some four and a half years, Olympus has today announced the ten megapixel E-3 professional digital SLR. We had been promised an E-3 before embargo to enable us to produce a preview but that for reasons best known to Olympus this fell through so all we can provide you with is a press release, specs and a couple of images. Body only price will be £1099 in the UK.
Olympus µ 790 SW Lime Green edition
If the four colors in which Olympus offers its tough little µ 790 SW don't quite float your boat, there's no need to panic. There is now a fifth option in the form of this fetching shade of lime green. Guaranteed to attract the attention of any (conscious) subject you should choose to aim it at, the camera also promises exclusivity with a mere 5000 to be distributed across Europe. The pricing should remain the same as the 'standard' edition.
New Canon Superteles under development
Canon has given the world a glimpse of its lens development program, unveiling two all-new super telephotos. First up we have the EF200mm f/2L IS USM - aimed at portrait and indoor sports photographers and the seeming successor to the legendary 200 f1.8L USM (discontinued in 2004). The EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM meanwhile slots above the current 600mm f/4L, whose performance it is said to surpass. Further details on the lenses are scant but they are due to be shown at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City from October 18-20.
October 15
Jobo Giga one ultra
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Jobo today announced its latest portable storage device - The GIGA one ultra - promising doubled transfer speeds compared to the previous GIGA one. This means up to 5.47 MB per second or 1GB in around three minutes. The new device will be available in four capacities ranging from 40 GB to a whopping 200 GB with US pricing expected to be $149 - $329 depending on capacity when it arrives in stores at the end of October. Europeans can expect to pay the same figures in Euros. More after the jump.
October 11
Just posted! Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 review
Just Posted! After a longer than anticipated delay we're finally all set up to start posting reviews again, starting with one we've had sitting around for a while now, Sony's ultra compact Cyber-shot DSC-W80, an ultra-slim 7.2MP model with 3x zoom and HDTV output. And for those of you waiting for our reviews of the current 'headline' cameras - fear not; they're well under way!
October 9
PMA releases 2008 exhibitor list
The Photo Marketing Association (PMA) has released an initial list of exhibitors for PMA 2008, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 next year. With over 600 exhibitors occupying a floor area in excess of 12 acres, the show promises to be as hard on the feet as ever. Click through for the concise list with links to the full line-up.
October 8
Canon issues A650 IS service notice
Canon has identified a light leak affecting a limited number of its Powershot A650 IS cameras. The affected cameras have a zero as the fifth digit of their serial numbers and Canon have pledged to repair them at no charge via their local factory service centers. More info after the jump.
October 4
New RAW technology for DxO Optics Pro v5
DxO Labs has introduced Optics Pro v5, the latest release of its image quality enhancement software with a new demosaicing system to better deal with RAW data. The new algorithm uses information from a much wider area when reconstructing image detail, helping to minimize artefacts which contribute to the 'digital look'. This latest release also applies noise reduction during the demosaicing process thus avoiding unnecessary amplification of noise artefacts. Windows users will be able to get their hands on DxO Optics Pro v5 from the end of October 2007 with a Mac release expected one month later. More info after the click.
Epson announces Stylus Photo R1900
Epson's A3+ printer line has received an upgrade with the Stylus Photo R1900, incorporating new UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2 Ink technology for enhanced color gamut, better skin tones and improved glossy finish. The new system replaces blue ink with orange in addition to modified magenta and yellow pigments and is said to offer 18,446,774 trillion colors - impressive stuff. The printer also features a new LUT (look up table) developed in conjunction with the Munsell Color Science Laboratory. The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 will be available from November 2007 at a price of £399.99, more after the jump.
October 3
ACDSee 10 Photo Manager now available
ACD Systems has released version 10 of ACDSee - its popular workflow, editing and image organization application. ACDSee now features an upload facility which aims to simplify the process of getting images onto photo-sharing sites such as Flickr and Smugmug as well as blogs and personal websites. The program can now deal with .zip archives and has the capability to create PowerPoint presentations. Priced at US $49.99, ACDSee 10 is available now via the ACD Systems site where a 30-day trial is also offered.
New EU rules set to limit video capture
The CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) has today released a statement on the recent re-classification of certain digital cameras as 'video camera recorders'. The new EU rule states that any digital still camera with a resolution higher than 800x600 and the duration of video of 30 minutes of more (at 23 fps or higher) must now be classified as a 'video camera recorder' and hence be taxed at a higher rate. This new legislation will undoubtedly mean that any promise of serious video capture on digital still cameras becomes an even more remote possibility. The only plus side to the EU's recent announcement is that the threat of retroactive charges appears to have been dropped. CIPA's standpoint is: "Arbitrary and unilateral tariff classification having been executed by the EU authorities for the products eligible for the ITA (Information Technology Agreement) is infringement of the ITA. Thus, the CIPA will continue to make claims for the invalidity of the relevant action similar to this case in the trade area from now on so that other IT products will not be affected by such action."
Sigma SD14 firmware v1.05 adds ISO 50
Sigma has made available firmware v1.05 for its SD14 DSLR. The big news with this latest release is the addition of ISO 50 to the camera's extended mode. This comes with the warning of reduced 'headroom' - read dynamic range - and suggestions on how to cope with this side-effect. The update also implements fixes aimed at improving stability of the camera and is available now from Sigma's site, link after the jump.
October 2
Live view from a distance with DSLR Remote Pro v1.5
Breeze Systems today announced availability of DSLR Remote Pro v1.5, adding support for Canon's EOS 40D and 1D Mark III. The software allows the live view feature of these cameras to be operated remotely including contrast-detection autofocus. This is currently a unique capability with interesting possibilities for many fields of photography. DSLR Remote Pro v1.5 is available now at a price of US $95 - or $75 until the end of October for users of Breezebrowser Pro. A 15 day trial version is also available from Breeze Systems, link after the jump.