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CZ 16-80mm Adobe Profile

Continuing to make profiles when time permits, here is a reasonably detailed profile for the Sony DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Carl Zeiss zoom (2007) created using the Sony Alpha 550 14.2 megapixel camera using Manual Focus Check Live View at 14X to set the lens focus and ensure the chart is positioned to use 100% . . . → Read More: CZ 16-80mm Adobe Profile

ACR/LR Profile for A900+MinRS 24-85mm

Although it’s far from a perfect lens, this small 1999 Minolta RS optic is my favourite for general travel and everyday use on the Alpha 900. It is a convenient size and weight, performs well when stopped down a little, and has exactly the range and minimum focus I need.

Mouseover image to see . . . → Read More: ACR/LR Profile for A900+MinRS 24-85mm

Adobe Lens Profile for 16mm f/2.8 NEX

I have made a simple (f/2.8 and f/8 chart set) Adobe Lens Profile for the 16mm f/2.8 NEX E-series pancake lens. It seems to work well for closer distances, because that’s how it had to be made; CA is reasonably well corrected, vignetting is eliminated, and distortion of closer lines – maybe if you are . . . → Read More: Adobe Lens Profile for 16mm f/2.8 NEX

ACR 6.2 and LR 3.2 RC released – for NEX

Adobe has announced the Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 Release Candidates, available for immediate download on Adobe Labs. The updates extend raw file support to 12 new popular camera models including the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5, Alpha 290 and 390; improve on several of the lens correction profiles introduced as part of the Lightroom . . . → Read More: ACR 6.2 and LR 3.2 RC released – for NEX

Adobe Camera 5.7/Lightroom 2.7 released

Adobe today announced the Lightroom 2.7, Photoshop Camera Raw 5.7 and DNG Converter 5.7 Release Candidates, available for immediate download on Adobe Labs. The updates add raw file support for: Canon EOS 550D (Digital Rebel T2i/ EOS Kiss X4 Digital), Kodak Z981, Leaf Aptus-II 8, Leaf Aptus-II 10R, Mamiya DM40, Olympus E-PL1, Panasonic G2, Panasonic . . . → Read More: Adobe Camera 5.7/Lightroom 2.7 released

High ISO Noise fix for Image Data Converter

SONY has released a new alogrithm for raw conversion (deBayer) which offers improve high ISO noise. IDC (Image Data Converter) is the program issued with all Sony DSLRs. Up to now, no maker has ever revised their ‘house’ converter to offer high ISO improvement as a specific feature. The new version can be downloaded free . . . → Read More: High ISO Noise fix for Image Data Converter

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Beta 3 version 2

Adobe today released an update to its Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta software, available immediately through Adobe Labs. Building on the success of the first Lightroom 3 beta, which was downloaded by more than 350,000 photographers, Lightroom 3 beta 2 incorporates feedback from the first iteration of the beta while offering users several new features and . . . → Read More: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Beta 3 version 2

DxO for Mac and Alpha 230-380 – plus discount deal

December 2, 2009 – DxO Labs is pleased to announce the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v5.3.6 for Mac bringing full compatibility with Apple’s latest operating system Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard, and adding RAW support for 15 new cameras: Canon EOS 7D and PowerShot G11; Nikon D300s and D3000; Olympus E3 (Elite edition . . . → Read More: DxO for Mac and Alpha 230-380 – plus discount deal

Alpha 550: sky noise, exposure and Auto ISO

My review of the Alpha 550 has caused controversy because of the blue sky noise. I might as well say that over the last week, I’ve used the 550 in a wide range of conditions – some very bad conditions included – and its failure to match ISO 100 finesse would not worry me at . . . → Read More: Alpha 550: sky noise, exposure and Auto ISO

Lightroom 3 Beta released

London. — October 22, 2009 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today introduced Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 beta software for Macintosh and Windows®, a public preview of new and improved functionality to be delivered in the next major release. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution, helping serious amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, . . . → Read More: Lightroom 3 Beta released