Lightroom 5.3 and Camera RAW 8.3 Update

Today Adobe announced the availability of the final versions of Lightroom 5.3 and Camera RAW 8.3 (the previous version was a release candidate). A number of bugs that were present in Lightroom 5.3 have been fixed, and new camera and lens profiles have been added. No new features have been added, so this is mostly a camera / lens update + bugfix release. For those that recently purchased the Nikon Df, this release provides full RAW support for the camera! Other new cameras that are now supported since the release of the 8.3 RC include the Canon EOS M2, Casio EX-10, Nokia Lumia 1020 and Pentax K-3.

Lightroom 5

Camera and Lens Support

Here is the list of all newly supported camera models:

  • Canon EOS M2
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Casio EX-10
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon Df
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Pentax K-3
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10

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Sony A7R vs Nikon D800E ISO Performance

In this article, I will show noise performance from the new high resolution Sony A7R mirrorless camera and compare it to its direct competitor, the Nikon D800E. Both have 36 MP sensors and both lack anti-aliasing (AA) filters, which should make it a good case for analysis at pixel level with no re-sizing/down-sampling involved. The Sony A7R is a pretty hot camera right now thanks to its compact camera body, high resolution and excellent image quality. Let’s take a look at how it fares against the older Nikon D800E.

Here is a comparison at the boosted ISO level of 50:

Sony A7R ISO 50 Nikon D800E ISO 50

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Sony A7 vs Nikon D600 ISO Performance

Thanks to all the camera and lens releases earlier this year, I now have too much gear in my hands and too little time to review it all. Instead of making our readers wait for full, in-depth reviews (which take me a while to put together), I will be publishing some bits and pieces from the reviews with my initial impressions. In this case, I would like to show you the ISO noise performance of the new Sony A7 mirrorless camera and the Nikon D600/D610 DLSRs. I have just received the A7 and A7R cameras along with two Sony lenses (the 35mm f/2.8 Zeiss prime and the 28-70mm Sony zoom), so I have not been able to use them extensively to provide a detailed analysis and opinion. From my two days of using the two, I am pretty impressed by what I see so far.

Let’s take a look at how the Sony A7 compares to the Nikon D600 in low and high ISO performance. Here is the boosted ISO 50 for your viewing pleasure:

Sony A7 ISO 50 Nikon D600 ISO 50

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Nikon Df vs Nikon D4 ISO Performance

In my previous articles comparing the Nikon Df to other cameras like D800, D700 and D610, I posted images from the D4 as if they were from the Df in the articles (note that I clearly pointed out that the images were from the D4), because I was pretty sure that the Df had the same sensor. Some of our readers criticized me for doing that, arguing that Nikon’s sensor technology and the imaging pipeline might have changed since the introduction of the D4. I received the Nikon Df last week, so one of the first things I did was compare its performance against the D4 to see if I could spot any differences. Below is a detailed comparison between the two, which shows that both cameras utilize the same or similar sensor technology. So my previous comparisons are still valid and can be referred to for comparing between the different Nikon DSLRs.

Nikon Df Nikon D4

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Let the Shopping Begin: Nikon Rebates are Here!

Happy upcoming turkey day to all of our readers in the US! Before you put that tasty turkey into the oven, you might want to check out the long-awaited Nikon rebates that have just gone live. As you might remember from earlier this week, we posted lots of information on the upcoming deals, but those deals never went live due to a communication issue between Nikon and retailers. It was certainly a big fail on Nikon’s part, because their own Store had all those rebates live at the time. Some of our readers noticed that and let us know, so I called our trusted partner B&H Photo Video to find out why the rebates weren’t live yet, since Nikon’s own page showed otherwise. As we were talking on the phone, it turned out that a Nikon representative was also on the same line. Once it was discovered that Nikon indeed had a rebate page live already, the Nikon rep stated that the page would have to be taken down immediately. And within 30 minutes or so, all rebates were indeed taken down.

Nikon Black Friday Rebates

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Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 Review

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This is an in-depth review of the Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 prime lens, also known as “Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R” that was released initially together with the Fuji X-Pro1 on September 21, 2011. Fuji specifically wanted to target professionals and enthusiasts with its X line, so it first introduced a professional-level mirrorless camera, the X-Pro1, along with three prime lenses: Fuji XF 18mm f/2, Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 and Fuji XF 60mm f/2.4 Macro. And hence, being part of the Fuji X mirrorless interchangeable lens system launch, the Fuji 35mm f/1.4 played a big role in the success of the product line.

Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4 R

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Nikon Black Friday Rebates Are Live!

It is that time of the year again, when Nikon puts its cameras and lenses on a big sale for holidays. As I have already pointed out earlier this week, the instant rebates include many different camera and lens combinations. A purchase of a single DSLR is required to qualify for savings and it does not matter which camera body you choose. The nice thing is, you can buy a single camera body and stack up as many lenses as you want. As long as the items are in stock, you will be able to add them. That’s why I recommend to act quick if you want to be able to get what you want. Last year, many of the lenses and cameras were sold out in the first couple of days!

Note: it turns out that the below deals will only become available on November 28, 2013 and will only last two days (all of the below cameras and lenses will be included). So the deals will be live through this link starting from Thursday. We apologize for the inconvenience – there has been a communication issue from B&H.

Nikon Black Friday Rebates

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Nikon D610 / Canon 6D / Sony A7 Giveaway

We are very excited to announce yet another great Facebook giveaway and this time we are partnering up with our friends at Fstoppers to do it. The winner will have a chance to choose between three different cameras: Nikon D610, Canon 6D or the new Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless camera! We are approaching the end of the year, so we decided to give this one away on the Christmas Day, similar to what we are doing with our Fuji X-E1 giveaway. So you have exactly one month to participate in this awesome contest! The contest is open for everyone, not just US residents.

Photography Life Fstoppers Giveaway

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Adobe Drops Eligibility Requirements for CC Photography Bundle

I received an email from Adobe’s marketing staff today, which basically says that for a limited time, Adobe is now dropping eligibility requirements for its Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Bundle, which goes for $9.99 per month and includes Photoshop and Lightroom. This basically means that you do not have to prove ownership of any Adobe product in order to qualify for the $9.99 per month pricing. As you might already know, the photography bundle started back in September. Since the launch price of $20 per month for each application was too steep for many creative professionals and hobbyists, Adobe’s initially projected goal was not met. So in a desperate measure to increase the number of subscribers, Adobe dropped the price down to $9.99 per month, but with one condition – one had to prove ownership of CS3 or later in order to qualify. While it sounded like a good deal, many were ticked off when they found out that their particular version was not eligible for the photography bundle deal. Now Adobe is in yet another desperate mode to increase the number of subscribers, so it has dropped this requirement completely.

Adobe Photoshop CC

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Upcoming Black Friday Deals

If you are deciding on whether to purchase a camera or lens, I would hold off until next week. As you know, Black Friday is a big day in the US, so we are expecting all major brands including Nikon and Canon to have some killer rebates and instant savings on all kinds of camera gear. As before, our “Current Deals” page will be updated frequently during the holidays. If anything special comes out with a fast time limit, we will post it on the main page.

2013 Holiday Shopping

Nikon will be running a similar “buy together and save” instant rebate program as before, but the list of lenses and cameras will be extensive (yes, the new Nikon Df will be included). As far as I know, up to $300 off will be offered on lenses, some of which are lower-end! So rebates will be very attractive, especially if you stack lenses (you can buy as many lenses as you want, as long as you include a single camera). And I am expecting B&H to be adding those extra 2-4% savings on top of all these again.

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