Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5 Now Available

Adobe has updated Lightroom 2 to version 2.5 and Camera Raw 5 to version 5.5.

Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5 now include support for the following cameras:

  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikon D3000
  • Olympus E-P1
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ35
  • Panasonic DMC-GF1

The updated versions can be downloaded here.

Lens Picks for the Micro Four Thirds System

Olympus E-P1

After reading the article on how the Micro Four Thirds cameras can become an entire system, one may really try to decide on which lenses will be best for them. With such a large selection available, it can be hard to decide which ones may suit you the best if you’ve just stuck with one camera system to begin with and never had much experience with others. That being said, the following letter came in from a reader.

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Olympus E-P1 and Lens Firmware Update

Olympus E-P1

Olympus has released a firmware update for the E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera, along with updates for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 17mm f/2.8 lenses.

The firmware update for the E-P1 is described as providing improved operation when using the C-AF, which is something that I found to function quite poorly in the Olympus E-P1 Review.  The firmware updates for the lenses are described as providing improved AF operation.

You can download the updates on the Olympus Japan website.

Olympus E-P1 Review Revisited [Featured Reader Comment]

Olympus E-P1

My recent critical review of the Olympus E-P1 sparked a few comments from those who disagreed with my opinion or my overall approach to the review.  While I still maintain my objections to the E-P1′s performance and functionality, one comment from reader “HD” stood out as a good, thought-out rebuttal to my take on the E-P1. [Read more...]

Olympus E-P1 Review

Olympus E-P1

The Olympus E-P1 is the first Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus.  The new E-P1 features a 12.3 megapixel sensor and offers users the ability to switch lenses.  It has no mirror box between the lens and the image sensor, so it is effectively a full time live view camera.  Because of the sensor size in Micro Four Thirds cameras, the Olympus E-P1 has a 2x crop factor applied to lens focal lengths.  As a result, a 14mm focal length on the E-P1 is effectively equivalent to the angle of view of a 28mm lens on a 35mm or full frame camera.  The Olympus E-P1 carries an initial retail price of $749 (body only), $799 (w/ 14-42mm lens), and $899 (w/ 17mm lens and external viewfinder).

The Olympus E-P1 is a throwback to the old Olympus Pen cameras of yesteryear.  The absence of the mirror box in the camera body has afforded Olympus the opportunity to put a DSLR-size sensor in a more compact body.  Additionally, the E-P1 captures a sort of retro look with its metallic finish and leather grip.

So, does this camera perform as well as it looks?  Read on to find out what I think of this retro-esque shooter. [Read more...]

Adobe Camera Raw 5.5 Release Candidate Available

Adobe has made the release candidate for Camera Raw 5.5 available for download on Adobe labs.

Release notes are as follows:

Newly supported camera models include:

  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikon D3000
  • Olympus E-P1
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ35

Camera Raw 5.5 includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Bayer sensor cameras with unequal green response

More details and download links are available over at Adobe labs.

Olympus E-P1 ISO Performance

Olympus E-P1

The Olympus E-P1 has captured a lot of buzz.  The initial impressions seem to be quite promising for the new Micro Four Thirds camera.

I have been using the Olympus E-P1 for a little while now.  While you can expect a full review of this new camera soon, below you will find my results from a quick ISO test shoot on a tripod in a tungsten lit room, with white balance set to tungsten and exposure set via Program mode. [Read more...]

Olympus E-P1 Review at Digicam Review

Digicam Review has posted a review of the Olympus E-P1.

Image quality is excellent – with excellent colour, and good levels of saturation and contrast with excellent detail. Noise levels were very low and provided useable ISO1600 (and possibly higher) – with less colour noise than even the Canon 450D, and provided much better detail from the Olympus kit lens, than the Canon’s kit lens.

For more on the E-P1, see Photography Bay’s Olympus E-P1 Reviews and Resources.