Posts Tagged ‘EOS-7D’

Here We Go Again – Lightroom 2.6 Available

December 18, 2009

Adobe Photoshop LightroomAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.6 and its required DNG Converter (5.6) are now available for download from http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/. That’s a month since the 2.5 update came out.

This is the release many have been waiting for to support the Canon EOS-7D and Nikon D3s. I don’t know if they made any changes from the Release Candidate that has been available for almost a month.

What if for Lightroom 3 Adobe said that the product will only support DNG files? Then they’d only have to release a new DNG converter to support new cameras. I wonder if the photography community has enough confidence in DNG that they’d accept it. DNG is a mature technology: Adobe introduced it in 2004. DNG has immense advantages over a multitude of proprietary RAW formats. DNG is an open specification so it isn’t dependent on Adobe’s continued prosperity or whims.

Surely if DNG is good enough for Leica it is good enough for the rest of us.

Moreover Adobe could surely make the DNG converter more modular so users do not have to download the full product every time. They could release a new DLL (or the equivalent for the Mac).

This is a bigger concern for users on slower internet connections. I guess it isn’t on the radar screen for the Adobe team as they assume everybody has fast connections for their work machines.

I looked at the list of other defects fixed in Lightroom 2.6:

  • The crop tool would unlock a locked aspect ratio after a rotation adjustment
  • For Mac OS X 10.6 customers, visual artifacts could appear when panning an image viewed at 1:1 in the Develop module.
  • For Mac OS X 10.6 customers, the 10.6.2 update included a correction that prevented Lightroom 2 from opening more than two files using the Edit-in-Photoshop functionality.
  • Lightroom 2.6 provides a fix for an issue affecting PowerPC customers using the final Lightroom 2.5 update on the Mac. The issue, introduced in the demosaic change to address sensors with unequal green response, has the potential to create artifacts in highlight areas when processing raw files from Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and various medium format digital camera backs.
  • Lightroom 2.5 and earlier did not support the updated Panasonic DMC-LX3 aspect ratio modes added with the camera’s latest version 2.0 firmware.

From http://www.adobe.com/special/photoshop/Lightroom_26_ReadMe.pdf.

The Crop Tool fix is the only one that affects me and I have never noticed the issue. Again I wonder how Adobe decides what to include in a point-release.

By-the-by, there is something wrong with the Adobe Support Forums I’ve been accessing to ask and answer Lightroom questions. For the past few days the site has been impossibly slow. Other sites are fine with the new Asia America Gateway so it must be something up with the Adobe infrastructure.

Canon EOS-7D Price in Thailand

December 14, 2009

I saw the Canon EOS-7D camera for sale in Bangkok at the Emporium Shopping Centre, near Phrom Phong Skytrain Station. It was in the window of Eastbourne Camera.

The price is 72,900 Baht with the Canon EF-S 18-135 mm lens. That’s about US$2,188.

I checked Amazon.com. They offer it today for US$1,899: 13% more in Thailand.

Prices in Thailand include 7% Value Added Tax (VAT). If you are a tourist you can arrange to have the VAT refunded when you leave Thailand. Unfortunately I do not qualify because I am classed as a resident for tax purposes.

Hi-so shopping malls like Emporium aren’t the cheapest places to buy cameras. But you can be sure this is a legitimate import and will be covered by a Canon (Thailand) warranty. Prices will be lower at places like Panthip Plaza and Fortune Town Mall. But the cameras may be grey imports. If you have a problem Canon (Thailand) won’t help you.

Eastbourne Camera helpfully list their Canon camera prices on their web site here. When I looked the EOS-7D was not included.

Given the complexity of the camera I think it is wise to have the peace-of-mind (an overused phrase) of warranty support.

Not that I intend to buy one. Oh no, I am a Frugal Photographer.

Lightroom Support for Canon EOS-7D

November 21, 2009

At last! Adobe have released “Release Candidates” for the software needed to support the Canon EOS-7D in Lightroom and Photoshop. That will be a relief to many photographers who have been waiting for it since they purchased their 7D.

Adobe are careful to describe a Release Candidate:

The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. The Lightroom team would like the community to help verify the quality of this update through normal usage as this will ensure that the application is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe.

That’s far better than using the “Beta” label. It’s interesting how these terms have changed over time. When I worked at HP we referred to what’s now called a Beta as an Alpha. For us Beta is what Adobe are calling a Release Candidate. I think the RC usage is consistent with the Microsoft terminology.

I don’t have a 7D and I have only just updated to Lightroom 2.6 so I think I’ll wait until Adobe release the software officially.

I have seen it written many times that Adobe does a better job of rendering Camera RAW data than Canon’s own Digital Photo Professional. I find this amazing given that the DPP engineers should have access to all the inside information and to the people who designed the sensor and firmware. Maybe it is that the best software engineers want to work for a software company rather than be second-class citizens in a hardware focused company like Canon.

Where have I heard that before?

Canon EOS-7D Review on Dpreview.com

November 8, 2009

Canon EOS 7D : Digital Photography ReviewDpreview.com published their full review of the Canon EOS-7D DSLR camera yesterday. See http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos7d/. As usual it’s over 30 pages of densely packed information.

The first 12 pages is a detailed functional review. I think it’s more useful than a camera’s manual. I don’t think you can get more information without handling the actual camera. I’m impressed how they do the perfect screen shots of the camera’s displays and also how they compare with other cameras.

The rest of the review is detailed performance and picture quality tests. Some people don’t like their “pixel-peeping” approach. But when you’re comparing cameras of this level of sophistication I don’t know of a better way. It does get a bit silly to pixel-peep a cheap compact but for professional and semi-pro cameras that’s what it is all about.

Dpreview gave the EOS-7D a “Highly Recommended” rating. I think that is their highest. The summary list of Pros and Cons shows a very short list of Cons. I think they had to search for things to put in that section.

I think the EOS-7D may cut into the EOS-50D’s sales. It seems to be so much better that many photographers will save the extra for the EOS-7D. I wonder how accurately they can calculate this effect.

I like their gallery of sample pictures. As always I try to work out where they took the pictures. Some are obvious, others are hard.

I’ve seen a couple of EOS-7Ds in camera stores in Fortune Town Mall, Bangkok. But I have not dared to ask the price. No store is promoting it yet – supplies must be limited in Thailand.

For example, here are the promoted cameras at EC-Mall. The EOS-50D is the top model listed.

 

Camera Prices at EC-Mall

Thai Camera Prices at EC-Mall

 

 

Canon EOS-7D Problem

October 28, 2009

Canon just issued a service notice for the new EOS-7D. It says that under “certain conditions” (unspecified) in continuous shooting mode slight traces of the previous image may appear on a subsequent image. They apologised profusely and promised a firmware update to fix the problem.

Here is a link to the service notice (USA).

Camera firmware is getting so complex now that this kind of bug will appear more often from all manufacturers. I think software QC still trails hardware by miles.

Of course, as a Frugal Photographer I am delighted at the news. Another reason why I can tell myself I shouldn’t buy this camera that I crave!

Canon EOS-7D Now Available in Thailand

October 21, 2009

The Canon EOS-7D is now featured on the Canon Thailand web site at here after it was announced officially at Photomarathon Thailand 2009 last weekend. There is a Canon Asia EOS-7D microsite here.

I have not seen it in the stores yet so I don’t know the retail price.


Images from the Canon Thailand Press Gallery.

Copyright © 2008-2009 Canon Marketing (Thailand) Co.,Ltd.

Canon EOS 7D in Thailand

September 24, 2009

Canon EOS 7D Hands-on Preview: Digital Photography Review.

Canon EOS-7D Front

This may be my next camera to replace my Canon EOS-30D. I’d like to read the full review by Dpreview.com but everything they say in this preview looks impressive.

I like the brighter viewfinder and the customization options. At last we have a camera that can shoot RAW continuously and at 8fps.

Unlike with a full frame sensor camera like the EOS-5D, I think my existing lenses will be adequate with it. It supports EF-S, but I only have one EF-S lens.

Like all Canon cameras, it supports the sRGB and Adobe RGB colour spaces. I wonder when (if) cameras will move to support ProPhoto RGB. I don’t think it matters if you shoot in RAW, but for people who shoot JPEG don’t I lose something even if I use Adobe RGB? I understood from Lightroom that it is best to use ProPhoto RGB all the way through your workflow.

It does not have integrated GPS. You have to connect a GPS unit via the extra cost WFT-E5 Wireless File Transmitter. I wonder when Canon will take GPS seriously.

The US list price for the body only is $1,699 + tax of course.

That is about 57,436 Baht according to the currency converter at OANDA.com. However, electronics always cost more in Thailand. I don’t think I would see much change out of 65,000B or 70,000B here.

I went to the Canon Thailand web site (English version) to see if it is available here yet. Amazingly I got an error

503 Service Unavailable

No server is available to handle this request.

I don’t know exactly what this means. So I don’t know.