Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3. These are final versions of updates which were originally posted as release candidates on the Adobe Labs site, and are now available for immediate download. This update provides RAW support for Nikon D3X and Olympus E-30 DSLR’s. Lightroom is also now available in 8 new languages.
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In a statement from Canon regarding AF issues in their 1D-Series camera bodies…
Canon is aware that some owners of the EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR cameras have been experiencing problems with their cameras concerning the accuracy of the Auto focusing and display of the error code Err99. Canon has investigated the cause of these issues and is pleased to announce a service solutions to these issues.
To obtain free check up and repair (if required) for these issues, please visit the Canon service web site for more information and register your product and details on the 1D(s) Mark III repair registration form.
Users who have registered using the Canon 1D(s) Mark III repair registration form will be contacted by their local Canon service center to schedule a check up, to ensure the minimum inconvenience to customers as possible.
Finally Canon Inc have today published a web page explaining to users how to get the best out of their EOS-1D Mark III AF system.
The firmware for both 1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark III resolve the same issues:
1. Correction of a display issue with Live view which caused the camera to display a black screen when using the Live View zoom/enlarge function.
2. Correction of a USB communication issue which caused the camera to remain in USB communication mode even when the USB cable has been disconnected and the message “busy” to be continuously displayed on the LCD.
3. Changes to the error codes. More detailed error codes are now displayed, enabling better clarification as to the causes of errors.
New error codes
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Panasonic announces Lumix GH-1 with HD Video
Panasonic has updated their line-up with a big brother to their already popular G1 camera. The new unit will have 12.1 mega-pixels and be capable of recording in 720P HD video. For the people who will want to own this camera, this should be an amazing hybrid opportunity. The image quality of the G1 is very good as I’m sure will be the same for the GH-1. We will have to wait until I get my hands on one to review to see how smooth the video quality actually is and how fast and accurate the focusing is during video recording. From press photos, it is also apparent that an optional accessory they are offering is a shotgun microphone to equip onto the camera’s hotshoe. This will be immensely better for those seriously considering this as a video creation tool. What else did Panasonic announce? Two new lenses for the Micro Four-Thirds system: an all-in-one 14-140mm (28-280) and a wide angle 7-14mm f/4.
With respect to other PMA news…both Canon and Nikon were quiet. A little too quiet.