I've covered in this column the issues photographers have been recently experiencing with their local law enforcement agencies as anti-terror laws and home security procedures have left many photographers feeling violated and abused as their flash cards are confiscated and in some cases they've even been jailed.  So I'm delighted to see this article from CNN and in the BBC showing over 2000 photographers protesting the UK terror law which allows such injustices.  I hope to see more like protests in more countries soon.

There have been a few software and firmware updates this week.  DXO Labs updates Optics Pro   for Windows to include camera support for new cameras including Panasonics LX3 and GH1.  Adobes Lightroom releases version 2.6.1 to support the Leica M9.  No need to upgrade 2.6.0 to 2.6.1 unless you need M9 support.  Bibble Labs updates Bibble Pro to version 5.0.1 which extends raw support to the Canon 1d Mark IV and Olympus E-P2.  And last but not least Canon releases a firmware update for the new 1d Mark IV to improve it's already outstanding autofocus.  You can get firmware version 1.0.6 here. 

50 Million Lenses!  Canon announces the production of it's 50 millionth EF lens, the first one came out in 1987.  That's a lot of lenses!  What's interesting is that the last 10 million lenses sold, sold in the last 20 months!  This is due to the popularity of the DSLRs.

Have you ever wondered just how much if any variation there really is between lens samples?  The guys over at SLR.gear take a close look at this and they've found some interesting facts.

You've have to be both deaf and blind to not have noticed all the hype this week as the press fawned over Steve Job's latest release, the Apple Ipad. Great, but what does the Ipad mean for photographers?  The guys over at the Luminance Landscape take a look at this question here. 

A few weeks back I featured my experiences with the new Windows 7, and this week Microsoft announces it's the fastest selling and most profitable OS ever.  Take a look here.