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London — July 29, 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2 software, the photographer’s essential toolbox for managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. With new enhancements such as dual-monitor support, radical advances in non-destructive localised image correction, and streamlined search capabilities, Lightroom 2 is a compelling upgrade that simplifies photography from shoot to finish. As Adobe’s first application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Macintosh computers with Intel® processors and Microsoft® Windows® Vista® 64-bit operating systems, Lightroom 2 also provides improved memory performance for dealing with large scale images.

Photoshop Lightroom 2: Smarter, Faster and More Accurate
The enhanced Library module in Lightroom 2 helps streamline and accelerate photographers’ workflows. With the ability to visually organise images across multiple hard drives, Lightroom 2 and its powerful Library Filter Bar makes it easy for users to quickly find the images they need. The Suggested Keywords feature helps photographers keyword their images by making intelligent suggestions based on their own previous efforts. New dual-monitor support allows users to expand their workspace, giving them flexibility to edit and organise images in a way that maximises an additional display.

In the Develop module, the new Local Adjustment Brush lets photographers fine-tune specific areas of an image to precisely adjust colour, exposure and tonal range without affecting other areas of the image. The new Graduated Filter expands the toolbox in Lightroom, allowing for edits to larger areas by applying gradually diminishing or increasing adjustment effects such as exposure, clarity, and saturation, alone, or in any combination. Lightroom 2 also helps photographers print more efficiently by quickly arranging photos of multiple sizes on one or many pages with flexible and customisable templates to maximise paper and ink. Intelligent algorithms automatically determine optimal sharpening for screen or print, producing crisper images faster. Developers can further extend the Lightroom workflow with Web, Export and Metadata Software Development Kits available at the Adobe Developer Connection, http://www.adobe.com/devnet/.

Ground-Breaking Innovation in Raw Technology
New raw technology gives photographers access to flexible camera profiles. Camera profiles are the visual starting point for the raw processing workflow, but image preferences vary for every photographer. To minimise surprises, Adobe is supplying default camera profiles that closely emulate the visual looks that photographers are used to seeing from their favourite camera, while also providing the ability to create highly customised profiles to suit different tastes. Camera profiles are available for immediate download on Adobe Labs (http://labs.adobe.com) for use with Lightroom 2 and Camera Raw 4.5, along with the DNG Profile Editor for the community to test and create their own profiles.

The Adobe Camera Raw 4.5 plug-in and DNG Converter 4.5 are also now available on Adobe.com and support over 190 camera models including the Olympus E 420 and E 520 models.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is available now through the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/store in English, French and German with the Japanese language version planned to be released at a future date. The estimated street price is £175 for new users with an upgrade price of £69 for registered users of qualifying Lightroom customers. Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4, 10.5 1 GHz PowerPC G4 or G5 or Intel® based processor, or Microsoft Windows® XP SP2 or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise, Intel Pentium 4® processor, 1 GB RAM and a 1024×768 resolution screen. Additional information on product features, upgrade policies, pricing, and language versions is available on www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/.

Source – Adobe Press Release

I’ve updated mine for US$129 from Adobe’s Hong Kong Store.  Took 15 minutes for the download. As for the upgrade, I’m loving it.

日期:2008年8月2日(星期六)
時間:下午1時至3時
地點:創Bookcafe(香港中環域多利皇后街9號中商大廈2字樓[MTR 中環站 C 出口])
講者:劉香成先生(著名攝影師,China, Portrait of a Country主編)
主持:趙斌先生(聯合出版集團董事長)

劉香成是著名美籍華人攝影師,他將會在講座中向大家分享耗時四載的China, Portrait of a Country的成書過程,以及他對中國的情意結。該書的問世,正標誌著西方世界對中國的興趣,又再踏前一步。主編亦中亦西的視角,也代表現代中國邁向國際舞台的態勢。同場並會播放20分鐘配樂的照片show。

劉香成,美籍華人,攝影師,曾任美國《時代雜誌》首位駐北京記者和美聯社海外特派員,1992年因拍攝蘇聯解體與同事共獲普立茲獎。曾任《中月刊》主編,現為美國Creative Artists Agency高級顧問,及上海世界博覽會 (2010) 顧問。著有China After Mao (Penguin, 1982)、USSR: Collapse of an Empire (Associated Press, 1992),近作有China, Portrait of a Country (Taschen, 2008),該書集合88位中國攝影師的作品,是中華人民國和國成立六十年的攝影紀錄。
For details, check out this link, http://www.jointpublishing.com/jpcpubact/200807181.asp.

Gee, does it look sweet or not?

Source – DigitalRevCom

Canon HF11

Canon HF11

Canon HG21

Canon HG21

Canon this week announced the new upgrade to their camcorders line, the VIXIA line which features the all new HF11 and HG21 to replace the existing HF10 and HG10 models.  The HF11 will feature 32GB onboard flash memory and the HG21, a whopping 120GB Hdd to match that of Sony’s.  Both camcorders will incorporate a 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensor together with 12x optical zoom. What’s also new is the capabilities of achieving the 24Mbps ceiling for AVCHD compression for both the two new cams.

Both camcorders will be released this coming August at an indicative price of US1,300.

The Nikon Speedlight SB-900 will be out this Friday and the retail price is HK$3,980.

Nikon Speedlight SB-900 Major Features

  • Multi-step auto zoom covers wide 17-200mm zoom range (24-105mm:SB-800)
  • Three illumination patterns (standard, center-weighted and even) are available to match each shooting environment
  • Automatically detects Nikon FX and Nikon DX formats and selects suitable light distribution
  • Improved booster circuit for high-speed recycle time: Recycle time using four AA-size batteries is almost equal to the SB-800 with five AA-size batteries
  • New AF-Assist illumination covers a wide 20-105 mm focal range compatible with the new Multi-CAM3500 FX/DX AF sensor
  • Firmware update via Nikon D3 and D700 is possible (world’s first*)
  • Thermal Cut-out function limits the number of flashes to avoid deterioration of light emitting parts caused by continuous flash firing
  • Automatically detects color filters (fluorescent or incandescent), enabling camera to control color temperature according to filter information from SB-900
  • Improved switch panel for enhanced usability
  • Improved GUI using a large-size LCD dot panel
  • Bounce capability: tilts up to 90º, down to -7º, rotates horizontally 180º to right and left
  • Advanced Wireless Lighting and versatile functions for up to three remote groups of  SB-900s or other compatible Speedlight controlled through the master SB-900
  • Optional Water Guard WG-AS1 (for D3), WG-AS2 (for D300), and WG-AS3 (for D700) is useful for protecting the camera’s hot shoe contact when the SB-900 is mounted on these Nikon digital SLR cameras

新閃燈在外型上比上代 SB-800 明顯大了一碼,雖然較大較重,不過燈頭較大的發光面積卻是有助改善光質,令直射時光線也不至過硬。除了全出時 2.3 秒的超高速回電,閃燈的燈頭亦支援極廣闊的 17-200mm 變焦。此外 SB-900 亦增加了三種不同的閃光模式,分別有標準、中央重點以及平均,以應付不同的拍攝環境。

從細微的地方,大家不難可看出廠方的細心。例如 SB-900 新增的自動偵測彩色濾色片、過熱保護功能等,至於支援的 Firmware 更新,更可在日後加強功能,設計相當貼心。

Nikon Speedlight SB-900 預計將於 7 月25 日推出,定價為 HK$ 3,980。

Source – DC Fever, Digital Photography Review, Lilkiwiguy87

Had a great opportunity to check out the Canon Pro Solution Hub in Tsin Sha Tsui (17/F, 26 Nathan Road, TST) over the weekend and to take part in a photoshoot at both of their studios.  Have to thank sensei, Alain Yip (葉青霖), Martin and Raymond for this great opportunity.

The studios are new and the equipment are just pure awesome (look at the list below).  With the Broncolor Power Pack, 嘩,回電之快, 從未試過, 爽.  Although the rates seems high, but don’t forget you’ll be getting the top-notch equipment from Canon, not the regular ones from Mainland you find in other studios.  Highly recommended for others to try it out.

Press pic for better read.  For more info, go to Canon’s Pro Solution Hub Hong Kong Site, link here. Short video I took while I was there is posted here as well (didn’t cover the studio and dressing room though).

party pics from iPhone 3G HK Party last night

Review of the Fujifilm FinePix S100FS up on Photography Blog. The S100FS features –

  • a 14.3x 28-400mm manual zoom lens, optical image stabilisation;
  • 11 megapixel 2/3” Super CCD sensor;
  • 2.5-inch tiltable LCD screen;
  • Fujinon 14.3x Optical zoom lens, F2.8 (W) – F5.3 (T);
  • electronic viewfinder;
  • ISO 100-10,000;
  • 3fps continuous shooting;
  • wide dynamic range of 100-400%; and
  • Approx. 918g / 32.4oz. (excluding accessories, batteries and memory card.

Link to review here.

Canon EOS1000D

Canon EOS1000D

Canon today announced the introduction of the EOS 1000D, a new entry-level digital camera that affordably puts Canon SLR technology such as an Optical Image Stabilizer and easy-to-use professional features into the hands of emerging photographers.

The new EOS 1000D also incorporates Canon’s 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC III image processor, Live View mode, Auto Lighting Optimizer, 7-point wide-area autofocus (AF) sensor and 3.0 frames per second continuous JPEG burst rate where the number of consecutive shots in a burst is only limited by the capacity of the memory card in the camera.

Speedlite 430EX II

Speedlite 430EX II

In addition, Canon also introduced the all new Speedlite 430EX II, a light and compact autoflash with high output power. It has a maximum guide number of 43 (meter; ISO 100; 105mm) and a retractable wide-panel to create illumination as broad as a 14mm lens would need. The 430EX II excels not only by its accurate E-TTL II autoflash and wireless slave E-TTL II autoflash, but also by the way it integrates with the camera.

The 430EX II has control precision up to 1/3-stop in manual output adjustment. Thanks to a new computer-controlled oscillator circuit, recycling time of the 430EX II has been reduced by 20% as compared to previous models.

Canon’s new EOS 1000D digital SLR camera and 430EX II Speedlite will be available for sales in Hong Kong in late July 2008.

For more information, check out the Canon Press Release here.