Adobe Lightroom 4.3 And Camera Raw 7.3 Release Candidates Available

Adobe made the release candidates for Lightroom 4.3 (download) and Camera Raw 7.3 (download) available for download. Support for the following Canon cameras have been added:

In addition, Camera Raw 7.3 now also supports the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens

The following bugs have been corrected in Lightroom 4.3:

The following bugs that were part the Lightroom 4 releases have been corrected. The team appreciates the very detailed feedback the community has provided on Lightroom 4 and we’re excited to correct a number of issues experienced by our customers. These issues have been FIXED:

Unable to upload a large panorama to Adobe Revel via the Revel Publish Plugin

Unable to add a second photo to a page layout in a Book. This only occurred when the “Show Unused Photos” filter is selected in the filmstrip.

A photo can be flagged as both a “Pick” and “Reject” at the same time when using the Toolbar to apply flags

Using multiple fonts within the same text cell inside a Book can sometimes cause Lightroom to crash

Exposure becomes the active adjustment slider in the Basic panel (within Develop) when moving from image to image

Customers using Photoshop Elements 11 were unable to upgrade their catalogs in Lightroom 4

Custom Cell padding options in the Book Module reset in between Lightroom sessions

1080p video files shot on iPhone 4S flicker on replay

Leaving the Book Module after using multiple text colors in the same text cell can sometimes cause the book to be lost.

Canon C300 Gets $1000 Discount At B&H

Canon C300 Gets $1000 Discount At B&H

Canon’ professional cinema camera, the C300 is $1000 off at B&H, and goes on sale for $14,999 (click here).

Specifications:

  • Super 35mm-Size CMOS Sensor
  • EF Lens Mount for Broad Compatibility
  • Canon XF Codec – 4:2:2 50 Mb/s MPEG-2
  • 1920 x 1080i60 & True 24p Recording
  • Rotating 4″, 1.23 Mp LCD Monitor
  • HD-SDI Output, XLR Inputs
  • Dual CF Card Slots
  • Timecode I/O, Genlock In & Sync Out
  • Canon Log Gamma
  • Modular Design: Removable Grip & Monitor
[via The Digital Picture]

 

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II Sharper Than Mark I, But There Are Variations

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When the EF 24-70 f/2.8L Mark II came out earlier this year it started lots of discussions, mainly because of the hefty price tag ($2299). With this price tag, basically same specs and no image stabilization this lens had to be very good. Indeed, this lens has an amazing image quality.

Roger Cicala at Lensrentals com compared the previous iteration of the EF 24-70 f/2.8L to the new one using Imatest to measure the resolution properties of both lens. Well, the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II sharpness figures are excellent, better than it predecessor. But there was more Roger Cicala wanted to learn. There have been concerns by users that some copies of the EF 24-70mm didn't have the sharpness they were expecting. He compared 70 copies of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II to 125 copies of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8 to see if and how much variation there was in the resolution figures. There is, look at the next picture.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II Sharper Than Mark I, But There Are Variations

While the Mark II is clearly topping the Mark I, there are huge differences among both batches. Quoting Roger Cicala:

A look at the graph shows a couple of things. Overall, the range of variation of the Mk II lens is about the same as the Mk I version. (And these are recent Mk Is after we learned how to keep the 70mm variation to a minimum. It used to be much greater.)

You can also see that three of the tested Mk II lenses seem to be out-of-sorts. Even with 70 copies, though, it’s hard to be absolutely certain where the ‘acceptable’ cutoff should be by just looking at the graph. […]

The bottom line is that 3 lenses out of the 70 copies were not up to expectations. That is a bit higher than the 2% unacceptable rate we usually see ‘out of the box’.

One other thing demonstrates the difficulty we have with one of the less-than-expected copies; they’re still better than the best of the 24-70 Mk I versions. They just aren’t as much better as they should be.

Ok, so the worst performing of the Mark II is better than the best performing of the Mark I lens, but variation is pronounced. There is more in Cicala's post, for instance the EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II is compared to the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II at 70mm. Check it out.

EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

EF 24-70mm f/2.8 price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA [lensrentals via petapixel]

 

Canon Donates $100,000 To AmeriCares To Aid In Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Canon’s press release:

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., November 7, 2012 – In the wake of the devastating effects from Hurricane Sandy, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today made a donation of $100,000 to AmeriCares to be used toward the relief efforts.

“On behalf of all employees at Canon U.S.A., we extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those affected by Hurricane Sandy,” said Joe Adachi, president and CEO, Canon U.S.A.

AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs – and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs – for all people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion.