Canon PIXMA iP8500 – Review @ BIOS Magazine

December 16th, 2005

Christian Harris at BIOS Magazine has just reviewed the Canon PIXMA iP8500, a printer with Canon’s ChromaPLUS print technology utilises eight coloured inks: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Black, Red and Green which produce vivid colours, reduced graininess and better contrast photo quality when compared to many pigment-based inks used in some other photo printers.


In conclusion BIOS Magazine wrote that Output from Canon’s Pixma iP8500 looked excellent in tests, with a broad dynamic range and sharp detail rendering in bitmaps. It rendered excellent curves and sharp text on coated paper, making it a good candidate for proofing page layouts. It also offered surprisingly full range of tones in the reds and oranges, as well as lots of detail in both shadows and highlights in landscapes dominated by grass, trees, and other greenery. If anything, saturation for these tended to be a bit too brilliant. Skin tones were warm but acceptable and relatively accurate. On the downside, text and graphics quality were more than acceptable, but not impressive on regular paper. Print speed was moderate, outputting at a rate of around 3.5ppm for monochrome text and 0.6ppm for colour photographs.

Camera Phone Vs. Digital Camera

December 15th, 2005 has an interesting article comparing the image quality of a 2 megapixel Nokia N90 to a compact digital camera. In conclusion they write:

cameraphone_vs_Digital Pocket

” Photos taken outdoors on the Nokia N90 proved to be very nice. You can see plenty of detail at the front of the picture where we locked the auto-focus. In fact, the auto-focus system found the the hay at the front, while we couldn’t lock the digital camera on the small object at all. That’s why both photos above are focused a little bit further and not on the nearest hay. In any case, the digital camera image shows more details and its color balance is better.

… If you want to be absolutely sure you always have a camera with you, go for a high-end camera phone – the image quality is good, especially in outdoors pictures. Many holiday photographers only need a product like the N90 for keeping their sunny memories. For indoors or sports photography, capturing distant objects with a zoom, or if you believe you’ll be getting serious with photography, consider a dedicated digital camera and a phone.”

ACDSee 8 – Review at PopPhoto Magazine

December 15th, 2005

Debbie Grosman reviewed the ACDSee 8 Photo Manager at PopPhoto Magazine and wrote:


“For total beginners, ACDSee 8 may be all you need; you can do a good job fixing pics simply and keep track of all those images you’ve been snapping. For seasoned enthusiast, the program is a thorough tool that’s fun to use to manage your images, repair your snapshots, and figure out which ones you’re going to put the time into fixing in earnest. For everyone, the speed and simplicity of the interface makes working with the program a simple pleasure”

Nikon Capture Software Update

December 14th, 2005

Nikon has recently announced the latest version of their image capture software which is now available for download. The Nikon Capture version 4.4.0 (windows) and 4.4.1 (Mac) updates add support for D200 RAW images and the color mode item in the advanced RAW tool palette.

Download Nikon Capture Software Version 4.4.0 (Windows) & 4.4.1 (Mac)


Nikon Capture version 4.4.0 (Windows)

If Nikon Capture version 4.4.0 is to be used in combination with Nikon View, please be sure that you are using Nikon View version 6.2.7 for full compatibility of files and most functions.

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Firmware Update V1.02 for Casio EX-Z750

December 14th, 2005

The new firmware version 1.02 for the Exilim Zoom EX-Z750 is now available at Casio Website. The firmware will add old photo scene “Revive Shot” to snapshot BEST SHOT scenes.

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Download Firmware Update V1.02 for Casio EX-Z750

Nikon D200 – Preview at Let’s Go Digital

December 14th, 2005

Dennis Hissink has written a preview of Nikon D200 and writes

“Operating the Nikon D200 is like having a smaller version of the Nikon D2X in your hands. The total operation of the D200 is inherited from the already famous Nikon D2x D-SLR. It is not only the look and feel of the body that makes you think “I am a PRO..”, entering the D200’s menu is giving you access to more than 40 custom settings. It took me quite some time to go through each setting, one after another. Compared to the Nikon D100 it is not just a simple follow-up, it is a complete evolutionary new generation that is presented by the Nikon D200. The large 2.5-inch LCD display offers a high resolution and is giving a perfect view on the images you have shot. The new display provides an ultra-wide 170° viewing angle from all directions. I had to try that out in the sun and yes also in sunny weather this LCD is rich in detail. Captured images can be blown up to 400%. This is handy and perfect for making sure that the captured moment is indeed the moment you wanted to hold onto forever. The magnifying function is perfect for checking the fine details.”

Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II VS 50mm F/1.4 VS 50mm F/1.0L

December 12th, 2005

Charles Kozierok has posted an interesting thread at FredMiranda comparing the Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II with Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM and Canon EF 50mm F/1.0 L

Crop comparison, near the center-bottom

Canon 50mm test_cropcomparison

Bokeh comparison

Canon 50mm Bokeh test_cropcomparison
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He writes:

“#1. The 50/1.8 II has much more DOF than the other two lenses at the same aperture. This probably helps with its reputation as being very sharp for its size and cost. Overall it held up VERY well compared to its more expensive brethren.

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Firmware Update v1.10 for Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1

November 15th, 2005

Konica Minolta has released a new firmaware update for Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1. The v1.10 update will Shortened shutter-release time lag (time period from when the shutter-release button is pressed down fully to when exposure begins) and shortened operation time lag (time period from zooming lever is operated to when operation of any other function button is accepted).


Download Konica Minolta DiMAGE X1 Firmware Update v1.10 for PC & MAC

Installation guide for DiMAGE X1 firmware is available in English, Česky, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Russkij, and Svenska.

Adobe Camera Raw 3.3 Beta

November 14th, 2005

Adobe has released the new version of camera raw plug-in replaces the original Camera Raw plug-in that was installed with Adobe® Photoshop® CS2 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 and 4.0 software.

Support for the following cameras has been added in this update.

• Canon EOS 5D
• Canon EOS 1D Mark II N
• Olympus E-500
• Olympus SP-310
• Olympus SP-350
• Olympus SP-500UZ
• Pentax *ist DL
• Pentax *ist DS2
• Sony DSC-R1

Download Adobe Camera Raw 3.3 for Windows

Download Adobe Camera Raw 3.3 for Mac

Canon EOS 5D – Review @ CNET

November 11th, 2005

Eamon Hickey just reviewed Canon EOS 5D and gave it 7.9 out of 10 (Very Good) at CNET. In conclusion he wrote:

“The good: Top-notch, high-resolution images; 35mm-size sensor obviates focal-length conversions; big 2.5-inch LCD; unmatched low-noise images at ISO 1,600 and 3,200.

The bad: Overall build quality and performance typical of much cheaper cameras; no constant ISO display; images show occasional red fringing around highlight transitions; automatic white balance occasionally inconsistent.

Our test images from the Canon EOS 5D are superb overall. Its 12.8-megapixel sensor delivers loads of detail and smooth, rich tonality. The dynamic range in our photos equaled–or bested–the results from every other dSLR we’ve tested, with the exception of the Fujifilm S3 Pro. Noise in our ISO 1,600 and 3,200 test images is astonishingly low, yet detail is retained. It was easy for us to get natural, smooth skin tones with many complexions. All in all, this camera is a top choice for shooting portraits, still-lifes, landscapes, architecture, and some kinds of commercial studio subjects, especially if you need or want to make 16×20 or larger prints.”