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Monthly Archives: January 2009


Annie Leibovitz "Life Through A Lens" DVD & her new book, "At Work"

Got my delivery from Amazon today, WOOT.


獲著名攝影大師Ansel Adams真傳的美國攝影家Bob Kolbrener,曾獲Ansel Adams邀請一同在美國教授Zone System拍攝技巧,最近更於美國亞特蘭大舉辦Ansel Adams及Bob Kolbrener的雙人展 “90 Years in the American West”,備受注目。「MAG都市視藝空間」策展人伍振榮特此策划了「純‧黑白」攝影展覽,首度在香港展 出Bob Kolbrener的精選作品,其作品更會首度在「MAG都市視藝空間」作香港區獨家出售,香港觀眾可以透過是次展覽的黑白藝術影像感受到大自然景像宏偉 及黑白攝影細膩的一面。現誠邀  閣下蒞臨「MAG都市視藝空間」參觀是次攝影展覽。如有任何查詢,請致電2815 4284與Cherry Ng聯絡。
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Source – Photo News

As requested from my earlier post, First Look Pics from the Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM, here are the full size pics with my Sony A900 and the Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM lens. Click on them for full size view.  The first one turns out to be shot on 17mm instead of 16mm.



The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed.

Release Notes for Lightroom 2.3

The goal of this release is to address several bugs and provide additional camera raw support. A list of issues fixed in this release is included below:

Bugs – Fixed

  • In the Windows 64-bit version of Lightroom an sFTP upload process could cause Lightroom to crash.
  • Slideshows could return to the first image randomly during playback.
  • A memory leak could cause Lightroom to crash while attempting to process files with local adjustments.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files could process with artifacts in Lightroom 2.2.
  • Lightroom 2.2 could cause disc burning to fail for Windows customers.

Camera Support
Newly supported camera models include:

  • Nikon D3X
  • Olympus E-30

Additional Languages
Lightroom 2.3 now provides language support for the following additional languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Download link for Lightroom 2.3 Release candidate here.

Release Notes for Camera Raw 5.3

Newly supported camera models include:

  • Nikon D3X
  • Olympus E-30

This release is not currently compatible with After Effects. This will be addressed before the final release

This release addresses possible artifacts that could appear in Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files.

Download link for Camera Raw 5.3 Release Candidate here.

Source – Adobe Labs

Wow, seems like a busy week for firmware upgrades.  Click the following download link for more information.

Canon EOS 40D v.1.1.1 Firmware Update

Nikon D700 v.1.01 Firmware Upgrade

Nikon D3 v.2.01 Firmware Upgrade

Source – DPReview

Rumours says Sony is going to launched the new A800 to replace the A700 in the coming PMA09, specs as follow –

  • 15.2Mpx APS-C CMOS Exmor “R” sensor
  • ISO 100-12.800
  • 6.5 frame per second
  • New high speed flash sync
  • 9 double cross f/2.8 AF sensor (23 total AF sensor)
  • New metering and AF sensor with tracking and previous focus
  • Dual AF Ultr-Speed motor
  • Wi-Fi built-in

Will update if I hear more.

Source – forum

Always enjoy watching the masters do their thing, great shoots from Annie Leibovitz, hope you enjoy.

Source – mentalblankblog

[Updaed: 15 January 2009] Firmware v1.2 is out, check out the download site here.  Changes in this firmware update:

  1. Improved white balance flash mode setting when DMW-FL220 is connected.
  2. Proper setting of shutter speed on iA mode and Scene mode when OIS is turned ON.
  3. Proper Exif information in the JPEG picture file.

[Updated: 9 January 2009] According to Panasonic, the download site is temporally closed due to Next version of firmware, It is scheduled on 15 January 2009.

Hmm….. gonna wait and see what changes this time or the fact that they screwed up the last firmware update.

[Updated: 15 December 2008] The link is up now.

[27 November 2008] Panasonic is announcing a firmware update service for the DMC-LX3, Ver1.1. This new firmware includes a compatibility update for the optional FL220 flash unit, and improves auto white balance performance under different color temperatures and lighting.

Panasonic invites all users of DMC-LX3 to apply the updated firmware. The new firmware will be available worldwide on 15th of December, 2008 at

lumixflashAt the same time, Panasonic is also introducing a new flashgun for its point-and-shoot line of cameras.  The new DMW-FL220 features GN22 flash covering full 24mm wide angle while maintaining outstanding mobility. The DMW-FL220 is compatible with DMC-L1, L10, G1, FZ50 and LX3.

Source – Panasonic, DPReview

Thom Hogan posted the latest review on the brand new Nikon D3x and indeed a very thorough review IMHO.  His take on the Nikon D3X and I quote, “the D3x produces excellent, best-of-class images, but that comes at a price that’s the highest of any existing DSLR. You’ll need really top notch lenses and technique to resolve that performance. Are you really ready for all that portends?”

Click here for the full review.

Source – bythom via 1001 Noisy Cameras


Well, today is the day for those in Hong Kong. Apple Online is going on sale. Check it out before it’s too late.

To get an idea of what item is on sale, MacCitizen put together the full list of items with their orginal and discounted price, link here.  Good job guys.

Source – MacCitizen