October 2005 news and reviews
Bibble Labs has today announced version 4.4 of its RAW workflow software, which adds support for the Canon 5D and 1D Mark II N cameras, as well as the Konica Minolta 5D, A200 and Pentax *ist DL. Bibble's integrated Photoshop plug-in allows users to open RAW files from the latest cameras in Photoshop 7 or CS. The update provides another new feature called Full Light that brightens deep shadows and recovers detail in dark areas of high contrast photos. Bibble 4.4 is available as a free upgrade to Bibble 4 or you can download a 14-day trial version from Bibble Labs' website.
Just posted! The second of today's reviews of upgrades to popular compact cameras; Sony's P200. This one's been sitting around half-finished for months now, so we thought we'd better stop bumping it and finish the update. The changes over the P150 (the first 7 megapixel compact to hit the market) are minimal; a slight redesign, a new, larger screen, an additional metering mode and the addition of custom white balance, though pricing is inevitably a lot keener after a year in this fast-moving market.
Just posted! Announced only 6 months after its predecessor, the SD550 (Digital Ixus 750) is the latest in a long line of ultra-compact 'ELPH' or 'IXUS' cameras stretching back to early 2000, and is a fairly minor upgrade to the SD500 (Ixus 700). Aside from a larger screen (2.5 inch as opposed to 2.0 inch) and a slight redesign of the body and controls, the majority of the changes consist of tweaks to the user interface. Find out how it fared in our concise test after the link.
Sigma has today announced two tele-converter lenses the APO tele converter 1.4x EX DG and APO tele converter 2x EX DG. The tele converters are mounted between the camera body and the lens to increase the focal length by 1.4x or 2x. Both have a multi-layer lens coating to reduce flare and ghosting, won't compromise the quality of the other lens in use and high speed auto focus is retained when the converters are used.