Jun 15

Luminar Neptune all-in-one photo editing solution announced

The new Luminar Neptune all-in-one photo editing solution update is now available for download. This update is free to all current users and includes a new Accent AI filter, an additional workspace, performance improvements and more.

Here is the list of new features for Luminar Neptune:

  • Accent – AI-filter – Uses artificial intelligence to create stunning images with a single slider movement, tapping into the power of dozens of filters.
  • Quick & Awesome workspace – A workspace consisting of the Accent AI, Saturation & Vibrance and Clarity filters. Great for achieving fast results in a fun and easy way.
  • Plug-in integration with Creative Kit and Aurora HDR 2017 – Seamlessly access Macphun’s other photo editing tools you own with Luminar as the host application
  • Brush, Gradient and Radial Gradient tools – Dramatically faster performance yields smoother selective editing.
  • Vignette filter – Addition of Vignette Styles, Place Center and Pre- and Post-Crop modes deliver even more flexibility to this popular photo finishing tool.
  • Memory management – Increased overall performance for large files and 5+ simultaneous open images.
  • User Interface changes – Extensive improvements to in-app animation and
  • mode transitions make for a more pleasing editing experience.
  • Crop tool update – Added the ability to specify custom crop ratios.
  • Local history – Provision for reviewing separate history while in Transform, Denoise, Clone & Stamp modes helps optimize editing.

You can get $10 off when purchasing Luminar with coupon code PHOTORUMORS. Check also the current Luminar + video training, eBooks, presets and overlays combo package.

Check out also the Luminar + video training, eBooks, presets and overlays combo package here (available for limited time, the coupon code above will work with this package).

Jun 15

Rumored Canon EOS 6D Mark II camera specifications

Here is an updated list of rumored Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera specifications:

  • 26mp CMOS Sensor
  • DPAF
  • DIGIC 7
  • 1080P 60p (sadly, no 4K)
  • 45pt AF (We’re not sure if they’re all cross-type)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • 3″ Vari-Angle LCD
  • Touchscreen
  • Approx 100% viewfinder
  • HDR Movie
  • Time Lapse Movie
  • A slightly taller and deeper body over the current EOS 6D.
  • New battery grip BG-E21
  • Announcement expected on June 29, 2017, shipping to start in early August

Via CanonRumors

Jun 14

Zeiss to announce a new Milvus 1.4/35 lens for DSLR cameras (ZE, ZF.2)

Zeiss is rumored to announce a new Milvus 1.4/35 full frame lens for DSLR cameras. The new lens will be available for both Canon EF (ZE) and Nikon F (ZF.2) mounts.

Additional pictures:

Via Nokishita

Jun 13

New in-browser push notifications implemented for PhotoRumors

You can now subscribe for in-browser push notifications for PhotoRumors.

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The PhotoRumors RSS feed is located at https://feeds2.feedburner.com/PhotoRumors.

I will be traveling in the next few days and will have limited Internet access.

Jun 12

Fujifilm’s latest financial results

Fujifilm published their Revised Consolidated Earnings Forecast for the Fiscal Year Ended March 2017 after the company’s stock took a nose dive because of reported accounting problems:

“Although sales in areas such as electronic imaging field of the optical device and electronic imaging business have increased, our sales and operating income has decreased due to a decrease in sales in the healthcare business and the document business.”

The latest Fujifilm FY2017 financial report and presentations can be found here:

  • In the business of photo imaging, strong sales were seen in Europe and United States for instant photo systems such as the Instax series and Instax films. The Wall Decor and other value-added printing businesses also enjoyed solid sales.
  • The business of electronic imaging achieved a sales growth due to positive sales of the X Series of mirrorless digital cameras such as FUJIFILM X-T2 and FUJIFILM X-T20 as well as their interchangeable lenses, and strong sales of the FUJIFILM GFX 50S, a medium-format mirrorless digital camera equipped with a large sized sensor, released in February.
  • The business of optical devices suffered a decline in sales as a result of sales contraction in smartphone camera modules. Its product lineup is being transformed with greater focus on value-added products.

Fujifilm also issued a Notice of Impact of Inappropriate Accounting regarding our Consolidated Subsidiaries:

“The accumulated impact of the inappropriate accounting regarding our consolidated subsidiaries on the “net income” on a consolidated basis of the Company for the past few years has become a loss of 37.5 billion yen from a loss of approximately 22 billion yen.”

And finally, a quick update on the “Fuji buying Nikon rumor” from last week – I actually got a copy of the original Sentaku article and this is what they had to say (M&A=merger&acqusition):

“Fujifilm Holdings may have no room for M&A now. Fuji Xerox, one of the core subsidiaries of Fujifilm Holdings, has an improper accounting problem at its New Zealand subsidiary, which has made Fujifilm Holdings delay its earnings announcement for FY 2016.”

Update – from another related MarketWatch article:

“Fujifilm Holdings Corp. said losses from accounting irregularities in New Zealand were much larger than first thought and extended to its Australian office-equipment unit, a development that raises further doubts about Japanese firms’ control over their overseas operations.”

Via FujiAddict

Jun 10

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art lens pricing and availability to be announced next week

Early next week (most likely on Monday) Sigma is rumored to announce the pricing of their latest 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art lens. Shipping is expected to start in 4-8 weeks.

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art lens MTF charts and technical specifications:

Lens Construction 19 Elements in 14 Groups
Angle of View 84.1-34.3º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (Rounded)
Mininum Aperture f22
Minimum Focusing Distance 37 cm / 14.5 in
Filter Size (mm) 82mm
Maximum Magnifications 1: 4.8
(Diameter x Length)
3.5 x 4.2 in
Weight  TBD

Lens description:

“Featuring a brand new OS and highly efficient and fast AF system, the revamped 24-70mm F2.8 Art embodies all the technical qualities and finesse that define the high-performance Sigma Global Vision Art series. Covering a wide range of shooting scenarios, the 24-70mm workhorse DNA includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to reduce chromatic aberration. The 24-70mm F2.8 Art aspherical elements use Sigma’s groundbreaking thicker center glass design and highly precise polishing process, delivering stunning images and bokeh effects. The lens’ purpose-built structure boasts a new metal barrel for optimal durability with TSC composite internal moving components designed to resist thermal contraction and expansion.”

Jun 10

What else is new?

This week’s recap from the rumors and addicts blogs:

→ Affinity Photo for iPad is now available for purchase at the App Store.

Pentax Shake Reduction II: in-body five-axis shake reduction mechanism video demo (Pentax KP vs. Pentax K-3 II)

Rare Leica cameras to be auctioned at Westlicht Photography Auction on June 10th

What to expect next from Nikon

Yongnuo YN 100mm f/2 lens for Nikon F-mount coming in 6 months

Fujifilm GFX 50S RRS L-Plate Set Update #2

Fringer Contax 645 GFX Adapter Update

RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 2.0 powered by SILKYPIX (Ver. Installer Software Update

Zacuto Panasonic GH5 Cage

Jun 09

Fujifilm shares down after reports of accounting problems

Reuters reports that Fujifilm’s shares fell after media reports of accounting problems found in Australia and Japan:

“Accounting problems have been found at Fuji Xerox Australia and in Japan, the business daily Nikkei said citing a source. Losses could reach 30 billion yen to 50 billion yen ($272 million to $453 million), Nikkei added. Fujifilm had previously postponed its earnings announcement for the year ended March due to an accounting probe into questionable practice at Fuji Xerox New Zealand Ltd.”

The first Fujifilm accounting problems were reported back in April:

Fujifilm started an investigation into the matter.

Jun 09

Sony released firmware updates for six different mirrorless cameras

Sony released firmware updates for several mirrorless cameras, including the new a9 where they addressed the overheating warning issue. Here are the details:

ILCE-9 Camera Firmware Update 1.01 (Download Here)

  • This utility updates the camera firmware to version 1.01 and improves the overheating warning functionality.

ILCE-7SM2 Camera Firmware Update 3.00 (Download Here)
This utility updates the camera firmware to version 3.00 and provides the following benefits:

  • Adds the Auto Pwr OFF Temp function
  • Improves operability of the camera:
    • Improves operability when the AF area is set to flexible spot
    • Adds Live View Display into custom button assignment
    • Adds the Set File Name function
  • Supports visible light LED with external flash for AF (HVL-F45RM External Flash)
  • Improves release time lag when wireless flash is used
  • Improves image quality when Long Exposure NR setting is ON
  • Improves overall stability of the camera

ILCE-7RM2 System Software Update 4.00 (Download Here)
This utility updates the camera firmware to version 4.00 and provides the following benefits:

  • Adds the Auto Pwr OFF Temp function
  • Improves operability of the camera:
    • Improves operability when the AF area is set to flexible spot
    • Adds Live View Display into custom button assignment
    • Adds the Set File Name function
  • Supports visible light LED with external flash for AF (HVL-F45RM External Flash)
  • Improves release time lag when wireless flash is used
  • Optimizes exposure algorithm during focusing when Live View Display is set for Setting Effect OFF
  • Improves image quality when Long Exposure NR setting is OFF
  • Improves overall stability of the camera

ILCE-7M2 Camera Firmware Update 4.00 (Download Here)
This utility updates the camera firmware to version 4.00 and provides the following benefits:

  • Improves operability of the camera:
    • Improves operability when the AF area is set to flexible spot
    • Adds Live View Display into custom button assignment
    • Adds the Set File Name function
  • Supports visible light LED with external flash for AF (HVL-F45RM External Flash)
  • Improves release time lag when wireless flash is used
  • Improves overall stability of the camera

ILCE-6500 Camera Firmware Update 1.03 (Download Here)
Improvements over version 1.02:

  • Adds support for the SEL100400GM lens
  • Optimizes image stabilization performance in movie mode

Benefits provided by previous updates and included in version 1.03:

  • Improves operability of the left side of the PMCA (PlayMemories Camera Apps) keyboard during touch panel operation
  • Improves overall stability of the camera
  • Improves a condition where the camera will not power-on after making certain setting changes

ILCE-6300 Camera Firmware Update 2.00 (Download Here)
Improvements over version 1.10:

  • Adds the Auto Pwr OFF Temp function
  • Adds support for the SEL100400GM lens
  • Modifies the aspect of the guide frame display in the LCD (2.35:1 mode)
  • Improves overall stability of the camera

Benefits provided by previous updates and included in version 2.00:

  • Improves overall stability and operability of the camera
  • Improves stability in picture shooting mode by optimizing temperature control (effects vary according to temperature)

Via SonyAddict (join also their Sony a9 Owners Group and follow the Sony a9 Page to get more tailored Sony news)

Jun 09

Canon announcement rumored for July 20th

Canon is rumored to announce new products on July 20th. Currently there are four new Canon cameras registered with various government agencies (three made in Japan, one made in Taiwan). Here is what to expect on July 20th:

  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II (with optional battery grip BG-E 21)
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (black and white kits will be available
  • Canon EOS M20 mirrorless camera (replacement for the EOS M10, rumored to be announced on July 20th)
  • The fourth camera could be a compact point and shoot

Via NokishitaCanonrumors

Jun 08

Meyer Optik Görlitz launched a new Lydith 30mm f/3.5 lens on Kickstarter

Meyer Optik Görlitz launched a new Lydith 30mm f/3.5 project on Kickstarter. The new lens is described as “the sharpest and most contrasty lens” in the company’s history. Additional information:

The Lydith is maybe the sharpest and most contrasty lens in our historic art lens portfolio and of course, as a Meyer-Optik lens, it can produce extraordinary bokeh.

The Lydith has an extremely low minimum focusing distance of 0.16m. So you can get very close to your object, while still displaying a good portion of the surroundings. If you have a lens at a focal length, you might have things in mind you want to shoot with it. But due to the Lydith’s performance, you will try out setups you wouldn’t have shot with any other lens at this range.

The Lydith 30mm f3.5 is built using the same platform that we used for our Trioplan 50 and 35mm lenses. Thus we take advantage of some economies of scale and can offer this breathtaking lens to our backers at a very special price. Following our design principles, this lens is compact and light and weights just above 220g.

We have set extremely tight standards in our lens design that can only be met by using the best Schott and O`Hara glasses and having them produced under the toughest quality measures. We will be using a special coating in the front and back lens that will make the lenses extremely durable and tough for a lifelong enjoyment.

Some of the Meyer Optik Görlitz lenses are also available for direct purchase at retailers.

Jun 07

Hasselblad reduces the price of the H6D-50c medium format camera by $8,000

Hasselblad has reduced the price of their top of the line 50MP H6D-50c medium format camera from $25,995/£22,680 to $17,995/£15,900 – this is a $8,000/£6,780 discount:

H6D-50c Special Promotion
The H6D-50c is the latest generation of our integrated digital cameras and has been painstakingly redesigned from the ground up to incorporate the very latest technologies. The tried and tested 50MP sensor has been further developed with an increased ISO range and performance in data throughput. With close to 14 stops of dynamic range, subtle details are rendered beautifully in crisp, breathtaking detail. As a special promotion the price for the H6D-50c has been reduced to £13,250 + VAT.

Via Dpreview

Jun 07

ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 now available

A new version of the ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 photo editor was released and available for download. Additional information:

Price and Availability:

ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 is available today with an introductory price of $99.99, regularly $119.99. Previous owners of ON1 Photo (or Perfect Photo Suite) can upgrade for just $79.99, regularly $99.99. For a limited time, ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 is bundled with some excellent training materials. Four ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 Master Courses by industry leading educator Matt Kloskowski and Director of Product Dan Harlacher are free with purchase. Also included is activation via user account for up to five computers. A full-functioning 30-day free trial is also available for download from the ON1 website.

About ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5:

The NEW all-in-one photo organizer, editor, raw processor, and effects app is just what photographers have been waiting for. It includes the best new and must-have ON1 editing features and tools for opening, viewing, and editing photos in an instant. The next generation of ON1 Photo works as a standalone photo editor, a plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® & Lightroom®, or a host app for other editing apps.

ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 also supports the key online storage services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s OneDrive. ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 works on both macOS and Microsoft Windows. Version 2017.5 also supports Adobe® Photoshop® CC or CS6, Lightroom® CC/6, 5, Photoshop Elements® 15, 14 and 13.

New Features in ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5:

LENS CORRECTION — The new Lens Correction pane will automatically detect your lens and reduce distortion, chromatic aberration and peripheral fall-off.

COMPARE MODE — Select a series of photos and zoom and pan each of them at the same time.

DETAILS PANE — Sharpening and Noise Reduction is improved and has been merged into a new Details Pane for global corrections on raw photos giving better results in both areas.

IMPROVED SEARCH — Search using a variety of metadata fields and decide if the search must match all or any of the search criteria.

CLONE STAMP — The powerful clone stamp retouching tool from Layers is inside Develop and Effects as part of the non-destructive workflow.

STACKING PRESETS — The Insert Preset command is now available to stack presets in Effects.

LIGHTROOM® MIGRATION ASSISTANT — Migrate photos, their metadata and collections.

IMPROVED PRESET MANAGEMENT — Delete and rename preset categories as well as export categories for sharing and back-up.

CAMERA UPDATES — Added or improved support for: Apple iPad Pro 9.7, Canon EOS T7i/ 800D / Kiss X9i, Canon EOS M6, Canon EOS 77D / 9000D, Fuji X100F (compressed), Huawei Mate 9, Panasonic LX10, Sony NEX5n, Olympus Pen F, Panasonic DC-ZS70 / TZ90, Pentax KP, Olympus E-PL3, Sony Alpha ILCE 9.

Jun 06

Venus Optics Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT lens additional coverage (reviews, samples)

The new Venus Optics Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT lens is already shipping (pre-order here).

Here is some additional coverage on this lens (reviews, samples, see also this post):

Laowa 7.5mm F/2 Hands-on Review – Ultra Wide Angle Goodness on a GH4:

This lens is great for what it is. It’s really small and lightweight, and is a perfect option for a GH4 shooter like me. Would I take this lens with me on my next holiday? Yes, of course. It’s just great and handy. Would I use it on paying shoots, like music videos or commercials? Yes, if I needed a small camera to put in a confined space like a car, or if I wanted to have a camera ready on a light gimbal. I would probably not use it on my main setup, because I work with a Speed Booster that never leaves my camera. For those shoots, I’d probably use the Laowa 12mm full-frame lens. (Cinema5d)

The lens isn’t without its faults – since the corners at the fastest apertures are soft, the lens is only useable at around f/8 if you want the best results across the frame for architecture or landscapes. f/11 is also good but it is also the value at which you start to encounter some diffraction. If you are into astrophotography, it is important to be aware that there is astigmatism at the fastest apertures. On the positive side, central sharpness is excellent from f/2 and distortion is well-contained. It is also extremely compact and lightweight, making it a good companion for aerial photography. (Mirrorlesscomparison)

The primary value proposition of the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is certainly its extremely small size and low weight combined with a very large max. aperture. Upon unboxing, we experienced one of the few WOW effects during recent years. The dwarfish size also makes perfect sense on Micro-Four-Thirds cameras. Despite its size, the delivered resolution is actually very respectable. It’s usable at f/2 and very good at medium aperture settings. The amount of lateral CAs is decent. The vignetting is very high, yes, but in reality it’s not quite as bad as the numbers suggest because of a relatively gradual light falloff. Image distortions can be visible in certain scenes but they are far from being bad really. Ghostings/glarecan be an issue if a strong light source is part of your scene and that can happen often due the immense field-of-view. (Photozone)

There are only two real complaints that I have about this lens. The first is that the lens cap keeps falling off. It is a Laowa lens, with a Laowa lens cap, but the cap just will not stay on. The second, which is common to manual aperture lenses, is that there are no aperture clicks. The aperture is easily jostled and changed and there isn’t even a click to let you know that it happened. Otherwise, this lens is surprisingly well built for the price point. I will confess that I have had a macro lens on my wish list for awhile. This was not the one I was planning to purchase, but after using this loaner for the past few weeks, I really want to add it to my collection. (Improvephotography)

Priced at $499, the Venus Laowa 7.5mm f/2 lens is not a trivial purchase. But putting cost aside, it’s a fun lens and I found myself liking it more and more as I used it. I was truly amazed by how well it performed under a wide variety of situations. If you are an Micro Four Thirds shooter and you’re looking for another adventure, you could do worse than stepping into the super wide-angle world of the Laowa 7.5mm. (Shutterbug)

Sample photos can be found here, here

Sample video footage:

Jun 05

If you have tried to contact me in the past few weeks, I may have not received your message

I just realized that since I moved to a new secure (https) server on April 11th, I stopped receiving tips and emails sent from the contact form on the blog. The problem is now resolved, so please re-send your messages if possible. Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience.