Adobe Lightroom 6 Leaked Online, Available March


French site leaked the pic and the specs of Adobe Lightroom 6. The site says LR 6 will ship March 6th 9th.

  • Windows Compatibility: Windows 7, 8, 8.1
  • Mac OS Compatibility: Mac OS X v10.8, v10.9 or v10.10
  • Designed for both amateur photographers and professionals
  • Merge to HDR
  • Fusion panoramas
  • Performance gains
  • Facial recognition
  • Sophisticated video slideshows
  • Optimized web galleries
  • Filter brush


Machine translated description:

Product Overview

Master your digital photography workflow: Ranking, optimization and sharing – Lightroom together in one fast, intuitive application all tools dedicated to digital photography.

Bring out the best of each photo: Test your ideas freely with non-destructive tools – your original pictures remain intact. Lightroom lets you optimize every pixel of your photos, they were taken with a professional digital SLR camera or mobile phone.

Key features of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

Environment nondestructive: Unleash your creativity in a nondestructive editing environment that allows you to test your ideas freely. The originals remain intact and you can easily cancel your edits or save multiple versions of a cliché.

Advanced conversion feature black and white: Monitor closely the tonal qualities so essential to the black and white photos. Combine precisely the information of eight color layers in the grayscale conversion.

Development predefined settings: Save time by instantly applying the desired effect to your images. Just save develop settings as a preset and apply them to other photos in a click. If Lightroom includes dozens of presets, thousands more are offered by third parties.

Face Recognition: Quickly find pictures of loved ones, even without metadata tags. You select a face on the photo, Lightroom and search the person it belongs to all of your other shots. Sort and group your photos by faces.

Sophisticated Healing Brush: Get best pictures with one touch. Set the brush size and move it according to specific plots. Unwanted items and other imperfections, including irregular shapes son type, magically disappear.

Upright (Vertically): Straighten skewed images with a single click. The Upright tool (Vertically) analyzes the image and detects horizontal or vertical lines inclined. It can even recover images without horizon.

Merge to HDR: Create realistic or surreal images from high-contrast scenes. By merging HDR, you can easily combine photos with different exposures into a single HDR image.

Fusion panoramas: Import and refine your photos in record time. Lightroom leverages compatible graphics process to get you better performance, especially when you edit your images in the Develop module.

Sophisticated video slideshows: Create stunning slideshows combining still images, movies and music, and supplement them with pan and zoom effects, for example.

Optimized web galleries: Present your work in the most elegant web galleries, more attractive and interactive. The new models of HTML5 compatible galleries are supported by many browsers and mobile devices work stations.

Integration of online sharing: Easily publish images on social networks and sites for such as Facebook and Flickr. On some sites, you can even view the online comments on your images directly from Lightroom Library.

Creating photo books: Create beautiful photo books. Lightroom includes a large number of user-friendly catalog templates that you can now customize. Load them then printing a few clicks.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review (highly recommended, Photography Bay)


Photography Bay reviewed the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Once more, a review confirms that the 7D2 is the state-of-the art APS-C DSLR.

From the conclusion:

The image quality improvements over the prior generation are better than expected. The AF system is state-of-the-art. The control and customization possible with this camera is more than you would expect for a $1800 asking price.

The spec sheet and feature highlights of the 7D Mark II can seem underwhelming at first glance. However, once you use this thing, you realize just how much is under the hood. I have to tip my hat to Canon for producing a solid, professional-grade camera at a very attractive price point.

As a sports and action camera, it is the best bang for your buck on the market. Nothing else comes close.

As an all-purpose DSLR, it is a strong offering that won’t slip up in just about any circumstance. Sure, there are cameras that offer more resolution or more video features; however, the 7D Mark II is very balanced from top to bottom.

Photography Bay give the EOS 7D Mark II a “highly recommended”. The review comes with sample pics, analysis of the highlight features, high ISO samples etc. Different lenses are tested and reviewed for their use on the 7D2.

Read more about the EOS 7D Mark II’s highlights: the excellent weather sealing, the highly advanced AF, and the industry leading high ISO performance (have a look here too). All our coverage on the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here (and there is a lot).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

7D Mark II

Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Soon (listed on Amazon UK, yet not available)

Looks like the announcement of Adobe Lightroom 6 is not far away. LR6 DVD edition is already listed on Amazon UK (though it isn’t yet available). Adobe Lightroom 6 will work only with 64-bit operating systems. Announcement is expected somewhen between March and May 2015.

Adobe Lightroom 5 price check: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA [via PR]

Deal Alert: Canon EOS 7D Mark II with 18-135mm IS STM lens – $2,000

 7d2x Reputable seller Camera Land on eBay (99.8% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II with 18-135mm IS STM lens on sale for $1,999.99. Compare to $2,149 on Amazon. This appearsto be an US model. The seller says:

This camera was shown for the opening of our Camera Store on Long Island, therefore we would never sell it as a NEW Never Opened item. No battery was ever inserted, no actuations.

Free shipping in US and limited quantity. More good deals on Canon gear on eBay. Please note: this may be a grey import item.

Hot Deal Still Live: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2,000 (lowest price ever)

 EOS 5D Mark III Top Rated Plus seller getitdigital (99.5% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $1,999.99. Free shipping in US and limited quantity. More good deals on Canon gear on eBay. Please note: this may be a grey import item. This had to happen, sooner or later: the 5D3 for less than $2,000!

Canon Patent for 24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.3, and 300mm f/4 Lenses with Optimised Refractive Index Distribution (EF 300mm f/4L IS replacement?)


Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon that could point to the next iteration of the EF 300mm f/4L IS lens (announced 2004). A 50mm and 24mm lens are also mentioned. If I got it right these lenses are also featuring optimised refractive index distribution.

The lenses described in the patent feature an optical unit with an optimised refractive index distribution over the lens’ optics. The described optical system consists of a first lens unit with positive refracting power, a second lens unit with negative refracting power, and a third lens unit that has positive refracting power. The aforementioned refractive-index-distribution element is arranged at the first lens unit. Such an optical system should be able to reduce various optical aberrations like chromatic aberrations.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-28551
    • Published 2015.2.12
    • Filing date 2013.7.30
  • Example
    Example Focal distance Fno. Half angle Image height Overall length of the lens BF
    One 294.00 4.14 4.21 21.64 239.07 83.42
    Two 24.48 2.86 41.47 21.64 92.00 38.00
    Three 51.70 1.30 22.71 21.64 94.01 37.50
    Four 294.00 4.14 4.21 21.64 240.00 82.95
    Five 6.15 20.45 71.28 2.88 3.71 3.69 30.34 9.98 2.89 3.60 84.11 86.12 90.41 11.74 15.68 8.50
    Six 293.97 4.14 4.21 21.64 239.98 85.34
  • Canon patent
    • The use of refractive index distribution element

EF 300mm f/4L IS 


[via Egami]