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November 2009 news and reviews

November 27
Silkypix Developer Studio adds Sigma and Sony
SilkypixUK has launched the full release version of Silkypix Developer Studio v4 ( and Pro ( with full support for the Sigma SD14, DP1, DP1s and DP2. These version also add support for Sony's recently launched A500 and A550 DSLRs. UK customers can obtain updates from the company's website. The updates should be available from US distributor Shortcut Software very soon.
November 26
Nikon updates Capture NX & Camera Control Pro
Nikon has updated its Capture NX and Camera Control Pro software to support the D3S. The Camera Control Pro update includes Windows 7 support though users of Capture NX will have to keep waiting.
Ricoh updates GR Digital III firmware
Ricoh has announced a firmware update for its GR Digital III digital compact. The latest version will bring in additional features and improvements to the camera including compatibility with GF-1 external flashgun, addition of 1.5m snap focus distance and improved playback functions. The firmware will be available for download from December 1, 2009 from Ricoh's website.
November 25
Apple releases iPhoto v8.1.1
Apple has released an update for its iPhoto image management software. Version 8.1.1 addresses issues affecting face recognition performance and accuracy, and fixes other minor errors. The latest version is available for immediate download from Apple's website.
Panasonic updates firmware for DMC-GF1 and lenses
Panasonic has released firmware updates for its DMC-GF1 camera and five of its Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lenses. Firmware v1.1 for the GF1 promises a series of improvements to features such as autofocus in movie mode and the Manual Focus Assist function, as well as enhancing auto white balance performance. Firmware updates for the 14-45mm, 45-200mm, 14-140mm HD, 7-14mm and 20mm pancake lenses offer improved autofocus in movie mode and extend AF support to 'Full HD' mode for the 14-45mm and 45-200mm lenses. The firmware updates are available for immediate download from Panasonic's website.
November 24
Lensbaby calls for image submissions
Lensbaby has invited photographers to submit images taken with one of its products for a chance to be published in an upcoming book. Photographers have until December 31, 2009 to submit up to two images via the company's website. Successful entries will be announced on Lensbaby's website on January 15, 2010.
NEC hopes to cancel video zoom noise
Tokyo-based electronics company NEC has developed a technology to eliminate noise from by AF and zoom motors in digital camera videos. At present focus and zoom motors are slowed or disabled to prevent noise being collected by internal microphones. NEC's technology processes-out motor sounds using a similar method used by noise-canceling headphones. Its system takes a three-stage approach to accurately match its suppression to the noises of the specific camera. With manufacturers' increasing concentration on HD movies, this is a technology we'd like to see used, if it allows the effect of zoom and focus to be seen and not heard.
November 23
Windows 7 software update round-up
All the major DSLR makers have responded to the launch of Windows 7 and we've collected together the links with more information on compatibility. Meanwhile, Nikon has said it will offer compatible versions of its Transfer and ViewNX software by the end of January 2010 (although it claims there are currently no problems with 'basic' operations).
November 20
PocketWizard posts beta firmware for flash triggers
PocketWizard has released beta firmware updates for its ControlTL, MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radio flashgun triggers for Canon DSLRs. Firmware v4.374 enables fully automatic camera detection and fixes minor bugs. It also adds the Metz 58 AF-1 flashgun to the list of compitible flash units for MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 triggers.
Sigma USA announces scholarship contest
Sigma US has announced a scholarship contest for high school students seeking higher education in a photo-related field. The winner will receive a $5,000 cash gift and $1,000 in Sigma products. To enter, US high school seniors graduating in 2010 are required to submit an 800-word essay and three to five images with a connected theme. The contest will run until February 15, 2010 with the winner announced in May.
November 19
Hasselblad creates 50MP multi-shot full-color camera

Hasselblad has announced a Multi-Shot (MS) version of its H3DII-50 medium format camera. First shown in the H3DII-39 MS in 2008, the system captures four shots in a row, moving the sensor by one pixel between each shot to record full RGB values at each position. The H3DII-50 MS costs €23,000 with less expensive trade-in prices and a trade-up route for Hasselblad owners.

Adobe RAW 'release candidates'
Adobe has released 'Release Candidates' of Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6, Lightroom 2.6 and DNG Converter 5.6 for immediate download from Adobe Labs. The updates fix minor issues and provide additional Raw support for 19 more DSLRs, including the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D3s, with additional DNG support for the Leica M9. The 'release candidate' label means the downloads are 'well tested' but not yet final versions.
November 18
Casio unveils EX-G1 rugged compact camera
Casio has unveiled the world's slimmest 'rugged' compact in the shape of Exliim EX-G1 - its thinnest side measures just 20mm (0.78"). The first in the company's new 'Exilim G' series of weatherproof cameras, named in reference to the company's well-known G-Shock series of watches. The G1 is designed to be dustproof, waterproof up to 3 meters for an hour, coldproof down to -10°C (14°F) and shock-resistant for drops of up to 2.13 meters. It incorporates a 38-114mm equivalent lens, 2.5" LCD, 12.1MP sensor and includes features such as Intelligent AF, Best Shot shooting mode and Interval shooting. Priced at US $299 and £279 GBP, the camera will start shipping from December 2009.
November 17
Bryce Bayer honored for key digital camera technology
Bryce Bayer, inventor of the color filter array used to determine color in virtually every modern digital camera has been given the UK Royal Photographic Society's Progress Award. Commonly known as the Bayer filter or Bayer pattern, his invention of a pattern of red, green and blue filters allows a light (but not color) sensitive sensor to record a broad range of colors in similar proportions to the sensitivity of the human eye. The work, conducted while working for Kodak, was patented in 1975 and originally described a system intended for recording video.
November 16
Just posted! Nikon D300S in-depth review
Just Posted: Our in-depth review of the D300S. By adding 720p HD video recording with contrast-detection AF and upping the continuous shooting rate to 7 frames per second, Nikon has made only subtle changes for its latest flagship APS-C DSLR, the D300S. However, its predecessor was an excellent camera and one that has proven hard to beat. So, has Nikon done enough to face up to Canon's rather impressive EOS 7D? Read our 30 page review to find out.
Zeiss launches ZF.2 lenses with CPUs for Nikon
Carl Zeiss is upgrading eight of its F-mount lenses by adding an electronic interface (CPU), allowing full support of automatic exposure modes and the inclusion of lens-related data to EXIF. Priced between €545 and €1,386, six of the new Nikon-mount ZF.2 series lenses will be available from the end of this month: 18mm/f3.5, 21mm/f2.8 , 35mm/f2, 50mm/f1.4, 50mm/f2 and 85mm/f1.4, while the Distagon T* 28mm/f2 and macro Planar T* 100mm/f2 will be introduced in Spring 2010. A reworked version of the Distagon T* 28mm/f2 will then follow in other mounts.
Casio adds back-lit CMOS for EX-FH25 & EX-FC150
Casio Japan has released two digital cameras that see the addition of 10MP back-illuminated CMOS sensors to existing models in the Exilim line-up. The Exilim EX- FH25 and EX-FC150 follow the EX-FH20 superzoom and EX-FC100 compact respectively, sharing similar features such as image stabilization, burst shooting rates of up to 40fps and movies at 1000fps.
November 13
Panasonic introduces tripod adaptor for Lumix GF1
Panasonic has introduced the DMW-TA1 tripod adaptor for its Lumix DMC-GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera. The design of the adaptor makes it easier to use tripods when large-diameter lenses such as Lumix G Vario 45-200mm or the HD 14-140mm are attached to the camera.
Canon releases EOS-1D Mark IV White Paper
Canon has released a 'White Paper' of its recently released EOS-1D Mark IV pro DSLR containing in-depth details of the camera features. It additionally covers comparison to predecessors and an overview of compatible software and accessories. All Canon white papers, including the one for EOS-1D Mark IV, are available for free download from their website.
November 12
Bibble Labs releases Bibble 5 Preview v3
Bibble labs has released a preview version 3 of its Bibble 5 RAW workflow software. This latest version extends support to 50 new cameras and offers faster RAW file conversion, selective non-destructive editing tools and better photo organization options than its previous versions. It is available for immediate download from the Bibble Labs website.
Leica S2 samples gallery
Just added: Our gallery of images from a pre-production Leica S2. Just recently Leica announced a delay in production of its new S2 autofocus medium format DSLR which will now be available from December. However, we already have our hands on a pre-production model and took it out into the gray London autumn for some snapshots. So here are a selection of images using both the APO-TELE-ELMAR-S 1:3.5/180 and the SUMMARIT-S 1:2.5/70 ASPH lenses. There is a mixture of camera JPEGs and RAW conversions.
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS for Sony & Pentax
Sigma Japan has announced the availability of its 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS image-stabilized telephoto zoom lens in Sony and Pentax mounts. The lens is suitable for use on both APS-C and full frame DSLRs. Priced at 59,000 yen, the Sony version will start shipping from November 27, 2009 followed by the Pentax version from the first week of December 2009.
Eye-Fi adds FTP support
Eye-Fi has announced the addition of FTP support for its Share Video, Explore Video and Pro memory cards. With this service, users can now upload photos and videos directly to their personal FTP servers using either FTP or FTPS protocols. Currently offering support only to JPEG files and videos, the new FTP feature is listed along with other online sharing options in the Eye-Fi Manager.
November 11
Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L IS USM Macro review

Just posted! Our lens review of the Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L IS USM. A few months ago Canon announced a new optical image stabilisation technology, dubbed 'Hybrid IS', that promises greater effectiveness at close distances for which conventional IS systems tend to be ineffective. The first lens to feature this has duly arrived in the shape of Canon's latest 100mm Macro, which alongside image stabilisation has also gained the added attraction of the premium 'L' designation. We take a close look to see if it's worth the premium over the older EF 100mm F2.8 USM Macro, which remains in Canon's range.

November 10
Ricoh GXR A12 and S10 preview samples galleries
Just Added: Our samples galleries of the Ricoh GXR camera system. We've been given a chance to get out and about with both the lens modules the company announced this morning. So here are a selection of Beta samples from both the A12 APS-C 50mm equiv. prime and the S10 1/1.7" 24-72mm zoom modules. We've prepared 52 shots taken at a range of ISOs, apertures and (where appropriate) focal lengths, including a mixture of camera JPEGs and RAW conversions.
Ricoh GXR interchangeable unit camera, previewed
After several weeks of rumors Ricoh has unveiled its first digital system camera, the GRX. The system takes a novel approach by offering interchangeable slide mount 'lens units' - sealed modules containing both optics and sensor, meaning it can switch from a large (APS-C) 12 MP CMOS with a fast prime lens to a tiny 10 MP CCD (with a 24-70mm lens). We've had a pre-production GXR system in the office for a week and have produced an in-depth hands-on preview which you'll find after the link. We've also taken lots of pictures with both lens modules so look out a little later today for an extensive gallery of samples.
November 9
Pentax Europe corrects online store stories
Pentax Europe has said its forthcoming online store will provide wider access to accessories, rather than cameras as previously reported. The move will allow the company to directly sell a wider range of products to consumers in UK, Germany France, Switzerland and Hungary. A statement from the company corrects an earlier press release from online shopping specialist Digital River about an online store that will be established before the end of the year. Pentax has struggled to achieve widespread distribution of its full product range in some European markets in recent years.
November 6
Just posted: Our Canon EOS 7D review
Just Posted: Our in-depth review of the Canon EOS 7D. With a new 18 MP sensor, a 100% viewfinder, weather-sealed body, a new 19 point AF system and Dual Digic 4 imaging processors the EOS 7D is clearly aiming for the top spot in the semi-pro/enthusiast bracket of the market. What does the competition have to say about that? How does the camera fare in our studio tests? Read our in-depth review and find out.
Adobe releases Photoshop.com app for Android

Adobe has introduced Photoshop.com Mobile as an application for mobile phones running the Android operating system. It enables users to view, edit and apply effects to images. Once edited, images can be uploaded to the user's Photoshop.com account for sharing or back-up purposes. Currently available only in the US and Canada, the application is available as a free download from the Android Market.

Rebates & Discounts round-up for the holiday season
To make your pockets a little lighter this holiday season, we have put together a list of rebates and discounts available from leading digital camera and lens manufacturers. So, before you shell out money for your gifts make sure to go through the list of available promotions. We will update this article regularly over the holiday season.
November 5
Sony updates firmware for A380, A330 & A230 DSLRs
Sony has released firmware v1.10 for its DSLR-A380, DSLR-A330 and DSLR-A230 digital SLRs. The latest firmware for all three cameras locks exposure on the focused subject, when the metering mode is set to Center Weighted or Spot. The firmware is available for immediate download from Sony's website.
Olympus announces two Micro Four Thirds lenses
Olympus has announced two Micro Four Thirds lenses and published an updated 'roadmap' of lenses it plans to introduce. The latest lenses are the M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 wideangle and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 superzoom, both of which will be available in the first half of 2010. The roadmap mirrors aspects of the company's Four Thirds lineup, promising a fisheye, wideangle and telephoto macro primes and a super-telephoto zoom.
Leica X1 preview samples gallery
Just Posted: Our preview samples gallery from the Leica X1. We've had a fully functional sample of Leica's high-end large-sensor compact for a few days now, just long enough to grab a few sample shots to give you an initial impression of the image quality attainable at a range of ISO settings and apertures.
Canon issues EOS 7D firmware update
Canon has posted a firmware update for its EOS 7D digital SLR that corrects the previously reported problem where traces of a preceding frame may be visible in images captured in continuous shooting mode. The firmware is available for immediate download from Canon's website.
Olympus launches E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera
Olympus has announced the E-P2 just five months after the launch of its first Micro Four-Thirds camera, the E-P1. It's a minor upgrade with the addition of a port for a new high resolution electronic viewfinder (or external microphone), two new Art filters and a pearlescent black finish. It also gains AF tracking and includes a new i-Enhance 'colour boosting' function. Available from January 2010, the E-P2 with VF-2 electronic viewfinder and either 17mm pancake or 14-42mm zoom lens will sell for a suggested retail price of $1099.99.
November 3
Wanted: Web development engineer
Dpreview.com is recruiting again. We've got grand ideas and grander ambitions but achieving them will really require another web development engineer. This is an opportunity to join our growing web development team as they enhance the web's foremost camera resource.
Kodak creates print and share app for iPhone
Kodak has introduced the Pic Flick print and share application for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. Currently available only in the US, the free app allows users to wirelessly print images from their iPhone and iPod Touch on Kodak's recently released Wi-Fi-enabled ESP 5250 All-in-One printer or upload them on the Easyshare W820 and W1020 wireless digital frames.
November 2
Kata announces the 'Dream Bag Challenge'
Camera bag maker Kata has launched the 'Dream Bag Challenge' with the opportunity to win the perfect camera bag. The person submitting the best 'dream' camera bag design will win their bag, packed with $5000 worth of photographic gear including a Canon EOS 5D Mark II body + two lenses, a Gitzo tripod kit and a Metz flash. Winners of the second and third prize categories will win a Kata bag packed with gear worth $4000 and $3000 respectively. Entries close on March 1st, 2010.
Carl Zeiss launches Distagon T* 2/35 lens for Canon
Carl Zeiss has launched the Distagon T* 2/35 ZE wide-angle lens in Canon EF mount, for both analog and digital EOS SLRs. This manual focus lens, with its large f2 aperture, is made up of 9 elements in 7 groups. Previously available in ZF (Nikon), ZK (Pentax) and ZS (M42 screw mount), the ZE mount version will start shipping from November 16 for a retail price of US $870.