Affinity Photo 1.5 Released

Serif has released the latest version of Affinity photo, which the company touts as the biggest upgrade to the software yet. The new version features a lot of improvements, the most notable of which are the fact that it is now dual platform (There’s now a Windows version), and it also adds macro (Actions in photoshop terminology) functionality. This is just the tip of the iceberg though. There’s a long list of additions to this release.

Nikon 85mm f/1.4G Review

While the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 has been out for a few years now (It was released in 2010) I always love the reviews on Photography life. I bought some of my favourite Nikon lenses because of reviews on the basis of reviews from Nasim. This new review of the 85mm is no exception. It’s comprehensive and it also includes lots of great photos taken with the lens.

Review of the 2016 MacBook Pro for Video Editors

Max Yuryev did a really great video review of the new MacBook Pro for video editors. While the new notebook from Apple has been controversial, Max does a great job of giving you a no-nonsense look at the computer and the improvements. It debunks a lot of the myths surrounding the new MacBook Pro and I came away feeling a lot better about it than I did before I watched it!

Phase One Releases Capture One Pro 10

Phase one has just released a major new version of Capture One. Version 10 has lots of new features, including a new three step sharpening engine, and panel support. Some of the new features as outlined on the Capture One website:

High Performance Engine
The Capture One Pro 10 Engine increases Performance for faster browsing, zooming, panning, adjusting and faster switching between images.

Three Step Sharpening
Full control over the sharpening process from Capture to Output. Diffraction Correction, new creative tools for Halo Control makes sharpening easier, and recipe independent output sharpening remove the need to guess amounts for final size.

Output Proofing
Instantly take the guess work out of resizing images: Proof ICC Profile, scale, compression and output sharpening from the Recipe in new one-click Proofing.

Camera Focus Tool
Focus your tethered camera from the computer. Those tough overhead shots have never been easier.

Tangent Panel Support
Support for the Tangent range of professional input panels takes adjustment to the next level. The analogue solution for your digital darkroom.

Supercharged LCC creation
LCC has been reworked with multi-threading support, making LCC’s up to 10 times faster to analyse.

Folder Merging In Catalogs
Folders can now be moved, re-organized and merged in Catalogs using a simple drag drop

Filter By Orientation
Images can now be filtered by orientation to find Landscape, Portrait or Square images.

Auto Mask for All
Automask functionality is now extended to images formats other than Bayer, like Fuji Xtrans, mRAW and sRAW.

Improved sRAW and mRAW Support
Capture One’s full feature set for Lens Correction, Chromatic Aberration Analysis and LCC generation can now be used with most compressed formats from Canon and Nikon. See release notes for full table of support.

Apple Script Extended (Mac Only)
Metadata fields, variant selection and EIP pack state can now be targeted for automation routines.

Upgrades and a trial version are available now. I’ll have more details on my main site once I’ve had a chance to try it out.

Fujifilm X-A10 Announced

It’s been rumoured for a little while, and now it’s been released. Fuji’s new entry level X series camera has been announced officially by the company. The new Mirrorless camera comes with a standard 16mp sensor (Not X-Trans) and is aimed at the consumer rather than the photographer, with the tagline being:

The ideal choice for the first interchangeable lens camera

Some of the key features as listed by Fujifilm are as follows:

  • Combining a 16.3 megapixel sensor and Fujifilm’s color-reproduction technology that has been refined over more than 80 years, to deliver premium picture quality
  • 180-degree slide-and-tilt LCD with 100% visibility for facilitating “self portraits”
  • Compact and lightweight body with retro design and intuitive operability
  • Extended battery life of approx. 410 frames per charge
  • Class-leading minimum working distance and Super Intelligent Flash
  • Full HD video recording
  • Versatile shooting functions including the electronic shutter with the maximum speed of 1/32000 sec
  • Wireless communication functionality to enable remote shooting from smartphones and tablet devices

It’s available to pre-order now from various places.

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DPReview’s Extensive Olympus EM1-Mark 2 Review

The usual extensive review from DpReview, although, to be honest I usually just skip to the conclusions page.

I really wish camera companies would come up with a better naming scheme than <insert name here> 1 mark 2. It’s not a mouthful at all. Looks like a good camera though. It earned 85% and a Gold Award (Spoiler Alert).

The Guide to Canon FD lenses in the digital age

A great article from Phillip Reeve on using Canon FD lenses on modern cameras (His tests were done on the Sony A7 series)

This guide was written to give you a good idea what to expect from Canon’s older FD lenses, many of which still perform very well on modern digital cameras.