Lightroom 4.2 And Camera Raw 7.2 Release Candidates Available For Download

Lightroom 4.2 and Camera Raw 7.2 RCs can be downloaded at Adobe Labs. Various bug fixes and support for the following Canon cameras: Rebel T4i/650D and EOS M. Moreover, Camera Raw now has lens profiles for the following lenses with Canon mount:

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New Firmware For EOS 1D-X Released (ver. 1.06)

Yesterday Canon released a new firmware for the EOS 1D-X. See below for the delivered fixes. The firmware can be downloaded from here. Check the following shops to order the EOS 1D-X: Amazon US (click here), DigitalRev (click here), Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here). The usual list price is $6,799.

Firmware Version 1.0.6 incorporates the following fixes.

1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF Microadjustment cannot be correctly carried out.
2. Fixes a phenomenon such that when using the camera with combinations of certain lens *1) and extender *2) the images
captured become back-focused.
*1) EF 70-200m f/2.8L IS II USM or EF200mm f/2L IS USM
When used with
*2) Extender EF 1.4x III or Extender EF 2x III
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when the camera is powered on in very dark environments (including instances when the lens
cap or the body cap is attached), Error 80 appears on the camera.
4. Fixes the following phenomenon: if two CF cards are inserted into the camera and the “Standard” or “Auto switch card”
settings is selected for the recording method for [Record func+card/folder sel.], and then one of the CF cards is removed
and then reinserted into the card slot, the card selected for recording and playing back images may be switched to the other
CF Card.
5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value is not correctly displayed in the EXIF information of the images captured.
6. Displays a “O” or “X” result to indicate whether images have been successfully transferred through the FTP protocol when using the
FTP protocol when using the WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter.

Firmware Version 1.0.6 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.3. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.0.6, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
* The firmware update takes approximately seven minutes.

The new Firmware Version 1.0.6 can be downloaded by clicking here.

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[Review] Canon EOS 1D-X vs Nikon D4 – And The Winner Is…

Kai and the crew at DigitalRev compared Canon’s and Nikon’s flagships: the EOS-1D X vs the Nikon D4. Sort of Battle of the Titans :-). So, if you want to learn which one is better, then have a look at this 11:32min video. Funny as usual. Check the following shops to order the EOS 1D-X: Amazon US (click here), DigitalRev (click here), Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here). The usual list price is $6,799.

EOS 1D-X price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

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Learn How To Change The Focusing Screens On An EOS 60D

You probably know that you can change the focusing screen on your Canon DSLR. The video above shows hot to do it on an EOS 60D. Btw, until September 1st the EOS 60D can be bought with a $100 rebate (click here) at B&H. The rebate applies to body only and to various kits. Adorama is also offering the rebates (also until 9/1), click here to see all bundles. They also have a refurbished 60D for $799.95 (click here).

There are three focusing screen available for the 60D (the screens cost $36 at the Canon Store and $32.95 at B&H):

  • Focusing Screen Ef-S (Canon Store and B&H). The Canon Ef-S Focusing Screen is optimized for wide-aperture lenses from f/1.8 to f/2.8. Areas that are slightly out of focus appear more out of focus, making it easier to tell when focus is right-on. Ideal for users who frequently manually-focus in dim light with fast lenses.
  • Focusing Screen Ef-D (Canon Store and B&H). The Canon Ef-D Focusing Screen is a precision matte surface with etched grid lines to assist composition. The camera’s AF points remain fully visible. Focus characteristics are suited to most lenses.
  • Focusing Screen Ef-A (Canon Store and B&H). The Canon Ef-A Focusing Screen is a standard precision matte surface. It is ideal with most lenses including zooms f/3.5 through 5.6.
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[Rumor] More EOS 3D(X) Information

NL reports the last murmuring concerning the fabled EOS 3DX:

[…] suggestion (thanks) that an EOS 3D branded camera is on its way, but not until 5D3 and 1D X initial sales demand is met. 1D X sales in particular were very strong at the moment. Currently it was said, there are still at least two major versions in trials, pointing to an announcement no sooner than next spring.

What do you think? I am somewhat cautious about all this 3D rumors. CW also had a 3D rumor some days ago.

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