This week Adobe released the RTM (production) version of Lightroom Version 2.7 and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) 5.7.  You can get your Windows version of Lightroom here, and your Mac version of Lightroom here.  A Windows version of ACR is posted here, and the Mac version here.




Nikon announces  their new AF-S 200-400m F/4G ED VR II zoom telephoto which has been very popular with sports shooters and some wildlife shooters.  This lens remains largely unchanged from the previous version with the single exception of an improved VR (vibration reduction) which is said to give 4 stops of improvement vs. the older models 3 stops.


Nikkor 200-400mm F4/G ED VRII


Israel recently announced a ban  on Apples Ipad claiming its wireless transmitter might not be compatible with their countries systems, and less than a week later reversed your decision.  It seems they would have worked this out prior to the release, how did it make people feel when customs confiscated their shiny new Ipads on their way home from vacation?


Apple Ipad


Canon posted a firmware upgrade for the EOS 7D DSLR that promises to fix several bugs with the most important being a vertical magenta banding.


Canon EOS 7d


If you were one of the early adopters of the Olympus E-P1, E-P2, E-PL1 Olympus Pen Micro 4/3's cameras you'll want to run this updater to update to the latest firmware which offers some very real auto focus improvements.


Olympus Firmware updater download


The Sony A850 DSLR offers a 24.6mp full frame sensor for under $3000 USD's.  This is direct competition to Canon's EOS 5d Mark II, but unfortunately there is as of yet no Nikon equivalent.  Digital Photography Review releases a comprehensive review which it's usual well reasoned conclusion.


Sony A850 DSLR 24.6mp full frame


Digital Photograph Review reviews the Olympus M ZD 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6 ED lens here.


Olympus M ZD 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6


Have you ever noticed your long white nose making smudges on your DSLR's LCD?  You'd think there's no avoiding this problem but Sony just released this concept solution.  You'd think they'd be worrying about other issues..


Sony Concept Camera


USB 3.0 has barely hit the shelves when Intel announces it's new "Light Peak" which obsoletes USB 3.0.  Light Peak promises twice the 5gbps speed of USB 3.0 to start with speeds of up to 100gbps possible, and promises "daisychain" connectivity allowing a single port and a single cable to power/run as many Light Peak devices as you wish.


USB 3.0, Intel's new Light Peak