Yup, I’ve been off of the radar for quite a while. We spent most of September in Amsterdam, to meet my first grandchild, hook up with the family and do tourist–stuff. I also went to the Photokina in Cologne, held both the new Nikon D7000 and Pentax 645D while I also bought some gear. So: I have a lot to talk about.
Again, as predicted by Nikon Rumors, today Nikon launched its new entry level D3100 DSLR with almost exactly the same core specs as rumored.The surprise for me, however, is that the D3100 includes GPS support, a novelty in entry level DSLR's and a feature which is - coincidentally - supported in the new Nikon View NX2 software with excellent Google Maps integration.
Nikon have launched a new version of their free, basic RAW editing software, View NX version 2. This new version includes various improvements over the previous version, such as straighten, crop and resize. It also includes options for movie editing, like eliminating unwanted footage and cropping.
The Adobe ACR and DNG converter 6.2 RC are now available for download from the Adobe Labs website.
The question about what is the "best" file format for digital photography is probably one of – if not THE most debated topic on Internet forums, while the arguments pro and contra are mostly biased and - thus - not exactly helpful for starting digital photogs. Here are a couple of pointers aimed at helping you make the "right" choice.
On april 21, Adobe released the Camera RAW plugin and DNG Converter v.5.7, while they started this week shipping the new Creative Suite 5 with ACR v.6.0. My guess is that ACR 5.7 will be the last ACR update for Creative Suite 4.
Nikon have published updated versions of the following programs, now compatible with Apple OS up to v.10.6.2 (Snow Leopard) and 32/64 bits Windows 7, Vista: Capture NX2, Camera Control Pro 2, Transfer, View NX, NIK Color Efex Pro.