See my wish lists at B&H Photo including my Canon wish list.
Adobe Camera Raw 9.7 now supports the Canon 5D Mark IV raw files, but NOT the dual pixel raw format.
In Limitations with Canon Dual Pixel raw files in Camera Raw and Lightroom, Adobe provides a ridiculous confusing mess of an explanation that just leaves me scratching my head:
Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom offer standard support for all Canon 5D Mark IV CR2 files. Please note that Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software is required for users that want to take advantage of Canon’s new Dual Pixel raw adjustments.
Note: Canon CR2 files generated with Dual Pixel raw enabled require that the “Embed Original Raw File” option be checked when converting to DNG. For this reason, converting to DNG on Import in Lightroom is disabled for Canon Dual Pixel Raw files.
Use Canon Digital Photo Professional with Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom
- Open the Dual Pixel raw CR2 file in Canon Digital Photo Professional.
- Adjust the image using the specific Dual Pixel raw functionality.
- Adjust the white balance.
- Create a TIFF file with your adjustments.
- You can now import or open the resulting TIFF file in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom
- I have confirmed that a Canon 5DM4 dual pixel raw file can be opened in Photoshop/ACR, but that there is no support for the dual pixel layer.
- When importing into Lightroom, dual pixel raw files will go as-is (not converted to DNG), which is my recommended/preferred way to operate anyway.
See my review of the Leica S system.
Reader Bob H from the UK asked me to publish the letter that follows
Hot on the heels of Photokina, I decided it time to write the attached “Open Letter” to Leica and wonder if you would be interested in publishing it given that they appear to be on the brink of complete annihilation by the likes of Fujifilm and about to abandon the S system much as they did in 2009 to the R system?
The S Typ 007 was introduced at Photokina 2014 and there has been no new hardware since then. I took delivery of mine in the second half of 2015 but it was rolled out as the new, cutting edge Leica product at Photokina in September 2014. I suspect the delay in actual release was because it was not the "real deal" at the time of Photokina 2014 and needed further testing and refining despite images of it and images taken by it were on display at Photokina 2014.
My “beef” is that Leica has not carried out what they said they would do 8 years ago when the system was launched and make it a true “system” camera with the lenses mentioned.
They appear to be doing what they did with the R system in 2009.
Here is the letter:
An Open Letter to Leica [by Bob Hamilton]
It’s no coincidence that I compose this letter to you hot on the heels of a disappointing Photokina, itself the culmination of an increasingly bemusing and frustrating period of years as a Leica S system owner.
I have been a user and lover of Leica imaging equipment for many years and moved to the “Pro Format” S system following a period of ownership of a Hasselblad H3D-50 and H4D-50 system remarkable only for the fragility of the equipment which, despite being cared for lovingly and treated with kid gloves, refused repeatedly to function – usually, as per Murphy’s Law, at the most inopportune moment when a memorable image was developing in front of my eyes. A series of such events, in late 2010 and early 2011, along with the “promise” made by Leica at the S system’s launch at Photokina 2008, of the development of the system to truly make it a “system”, persuaded me that a move to a system which was much more robust and suited to my needs would be the best way forward and, at no small cost, I sold off my Hasselblad system of digital camera and 7 lenses and purchased an S2 along with the 35mm, 70mm, 120mm macro and 180mm lenses. The 30mm soon followed and, when the 30-90mm zoom lens, which had been on the advertised development list since 2008, became available in December 2012, I acquired it and sold off my 30mm and 35mm lenses. Two further lenses were acquired as soon as they became available – the 24mm and the 120mm PC – and the S2 body was replaced by the S Typ 006 and S Typ 007 as soon as they became available, both of which I still own.
And that’s where this story ends or, should I say, the kernel of my increasing frustration grows into something which has made me pen this letter.
Since Photokina 2014, other than the occasional firmware update, most of which I would describe as essentially “cosmetic” and akin to “moving the deck chairs around the Titanic”, the S system has seen no development at all while it would appear that the lion’s share of the R&D budget has gone towards developing the new kid on the block – the SL system - which is in grave danger, after, in Leica terms, a “mere” 2 years or so of life since its announcement in October 2015, of becoming a true “system” with a raft of lenses covering the needs of most amateur and professional users.
To put it bluntly, Leica made “promises” at the S system’s launch in September 2008 which have not been kept and, in doing so, lured loyal, long-term customers into a system which appears, ultimately, to have gone only part of the way to meeting those “promises” and their customers’ needs. I wonder how many S system owners bought into the system, as I did, on the back of the September 2008 promise of lenses such as a 30mm tilt and shift and a 350mm telephoto, the promise of which even included serial numbers in the images of the lenses published at the time. Needless to say, neither of these lenses has been forthcoming and no further mention has been made of them. My (several) pleas made over the last couple of years to Leica UK and Germany to, at the very least, produce an APO tele-converter matched to the superb 180mm lens, to give S owners access to a native focal length longer than the current maximum of 145mm full frame equivalent, have fallen on deaf ears.
Come on Leica, treat your loyal S customers fairly and either advise them honestly that the S system is no longer central to the corporate strategy and has entered its “end of life phase” or do as other manufacturers, such as Fuji, do and give us a road map of system development which you intend to honour.
DIGLLOYD: I have more severe gripes of how Leica has dead-ended my M240, offering no useful firmware updates, no improved EVF and the system is wedged at 24 megapixels . I have no idea of whether the M system is history or not and I don’t see the modernized SL as a suitable platform.
The M system was the biggest investment in camera gear I ever made. As Leica rapidly devalued my investment with lens discounts lasting over a year and failed to offer any value over several years, I began to feel that I had bought into a dead system, all while Leica produces boutique special run editions for collectors along with assorted trinkets, ignoring the M system (and S system, where is the mirrorless S?).
The extreme prices that Leica charges represent poor value, both in the immediate term and in the long term committment to maintaining system viability and value.
Gary M writes:
First, the S System will get a lot of pressure over the next year. With the continuing sales of the Pentax 645, the new Hasselblad X1 and maybe something from Fuji (showing a mule and selling a product are two different things… Fuji has their work cut out). The next year will be a make or break year for the S System. At the very least, Leica will need to update the sensor size to stay competitive. And a few f4 lenses to shave some weight would be nice.
Next, I was dismayed at the SL lens road map. Not until sometime in 2018 will a 35mm f2 lens become available?!? Leica has been making lenses for 100 years… even for a small boutique operation such as Leica you’d think they would have the lens thing more or less down by now. The SL lens road map was nice, but four lenses over nearly 2 years does not make a professional system… it makes a tiny little camera family, NOT a system (think Canon EOS M or Nikon 1)!
Finally, you will NEVER have an updated, higher resolution EVF for the M240. First and foremost, I was told (and also saw this in print) that the processor in the M240 could not handle the throughput of the little EVF that was produced for the now discontinued T. The M240 would have to have an updated processor (the Maestro II) to work with the T, EVF. At that point, it would be a new camera (M250?). My beef with the M240 (and it’s derivatives) is that at the very least, the optical viewfinder should have a diopter adjustment and maybe a built-in magnifier (the focus patch is pathetically small). Currently it has nothing. I don’t think that would be too much to ask (Leica has the whole Oskar Barnack mojo going and if Oskar did not need a diopter adjustment, then neither do you).
Overall, after reading the press releases from most of the exhibitors (Fuji, Olympus, etc.), I find the 2016 version of this show underwhelming. I guess the demise of the point and shoot and is cheap and easy revenue and the rise of the cell/mobile phone has really cut into revenue so much that there is little money left (once salaries are paid and earthquake damage repaired) for any company to do big stuff.
DIGLLOYD: the SL lenses have to be all-new designs with AF, so there is real R&D cost there and Leica is probably trying to spread out the costs.
The truth about the M240 is that a higher-res EVF is possible, but would probably be something like 15 fps (I got this directly from an engineer over at Leica some time ago). So it's a misleading statement from Leica to say it’s not possible. 15 fps would be just fine with me, but Leica's attitude is that if it can't be 30 fps, it's not worth doing. Leica is clueless about the needs of eyes over 40 years old, a subject near and dear to my decade-older than that eyes.
Photokina: two mirrorless medium format cameras with 9 total lenses between them sounds pretty good to me. Some good Sigma lenses, a Loxia 85/2.4, one all-new Zeiss Milvus 18/2.8 — there is a fair amount of good stuff. Presumably Sony was delayed in some announcements by the factory earthquake last spring.
Right Stuff TFA-01 Ultra Pocket Pod
See my discussion of the Really Right Stuff TFA-01 Ultra Pocket Pod.
Roy P writes:
BTW, after dragging my butt for a year on the Really Right Stuff TFA-01 mini tripod, I finally decided to get one. I hated the fact that it just splayed open to ground level, so I also bought the MTX Multi Tool that I thought I could use as a stem to raise the tripod. The MTX Multi Tool is handy and useful, but I still disliked the TFA-01.
Then as soon as I got back from Kenya, I saw you mentioned the Really Right Stuff TFA-01 Ultra Pocket Pod. I instantly called RRS. I was a tad over my 30-day return window, but they agreed to let me send back my TFA-01 and get the ultra for $22 more. The Ultra just arrived, and I love it! There are a lot of different ways I could use it.
Also, before my Kenya trip, I got the RRS PG-02 LR Pano-Gimbal head with the Really Right Stuff B2-LR-II clamp. This is exceptionally good, and it worked wonderfully well. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in wildlife photography.
What is really great about this gimbal head is, it has a slot at the top that you can plug a camera like a Sony RX10M3 that you can use to take 4K video, while you’re shooting stills with your Canon 1DX or Nikon D5 and some Ubertelelenz. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in safari / wildlife, both still and video. See the image below that shows the setup, from the RRS site. As you know, it is REALLY hard to switch from still to video in real time, or use the same camera for both still and video. This gimbal head is a terrific solution.
Last, but not least, I also highly recommend the RRS Multi Clamp, either with the flat surface adapter. If you NEVER, ever used it, it’s still worth getting it for the sheer enjoyment of how brilliantly this thing has been designed and engineered, a testament to human creativity!
DIGLLOYD: yup, the about $221 Really Right Stuff TFA-01 with BC-18 head is excellent. There are other variants available with different tripod heads or no head at all.
I prefer the screw-knob clamps for my work, particularly in cold weather, such as the Really Right Stuff B2-Pro-II. But each type has its pluses.
Really Right Stuff PG-02 LR: Pano-Gimbal Head w/ B2-LR-II
Get Hasselblad X1D and Fujifilm GFX at B&H Photo.
I’ll post an update when B&H has a price for the GFX—thank you for ordering using my links at B&H when buying—NOT email notification from B&H—so I get credit.
See yesterday’s posts Thoughts on the Fujifilm GFX 50S and Fujifilm GFX 50S Disrupts the Medium Format (and 35mm) Marketplace.
Michael E writes:
Excuse my ignorance, but will this new camera take Nikon-mount lenses?
DIGLLOYD: potentially, once lens adapters exist. The flange focal distance between the Fujifilm GFX and Nikon F lenses is:
46.5 - 26.7 = 19.8mm
In other words, a lens adapter has 19.8mm off width between lens and camera. This should be ample thought it won’t easily allow a tripod foot for big/heavy lenses.
Image circle on some lenses is big enough to deliver beyond between 35mm full frame, but with extreme corner vignetting (in most cases) on the larger GFX sensor. However, since macro lenses (some) might produce a much larger image circle at close range, macro work holds better potential, at least for lenses that don’t play focal-length-shortening tricks, e.g. the Zeiss Milvus 50/2M, Zeiss Milvus 100/2M and Zeiss Milvus 135/2 APO (goes to 1:4). Possibly the Otus lenses also project a larger image circle at MOD.
The Fujifilm GFX has a focal plane shutter (EFC shutter unknown as yet), so anything that can be attached can be shot. By comparison, the Hasselblad X1D has no focal plane shutter, relying entirely on the leaf shutters in the lenses, so it cannot do any DSLR or medium format lenses, excepting lenses with manual Copal shutters or similar, and it is unclear how to do such an exposure except in bulb mode or long exposure, even if the lens can be mounted (and ray angle issues are not a problem).
Roy P writes:
Does it look like a Leica S lens adapter could be built for the Fuji?!
DIGLLOYD: I’m unsure of the flange focal distance, but it surely is much greater than for Nikon, so there should be ample space to build an adapter, which would have to be electronic to be able to control aperture and/or CS lenses.
I'm extremely excited about using the Otus lenses on the new Fujifilm GFX. The 1,4/ 85mm as well as the Zeiss 2,0/135 may well nearly cover 33x44mm.
There is no perceivable technical limitation for the Fuji (it will not work with the Hasselblad due to the lack of an in body shutter).
DIGLLOYD: extreme dark corners at infinity focus, but yes, they may fully cover the sensor approaching MOD (minimum object distance).
Glenn K writes:
While I share your excitement about this camera, I can't help but wonder if it will really produce images that are enough better than a FF Sony sensor behind Zeiss glass to justify a likely 2x price, particularly if Sony delivers a 50+ MP sensor with lossless compression. It will be interesting to see.
DIGLLOYD: I also wonder. There is a good chance that the Pentax K1 SuperRes pixel shift mode will outperform both the Hasselblad X1D and Fujifilm GFX (in the limited conditions in which SuperRes mode can be used). But outstanding lenses for the Pentax K1 are a serious handicap—there are none, barring conversion or certain discontinued Zeiss ones.
Compression: Sony has had lossless compression since October 2015. It doesn’t matter for much vs lossless, only in extreme conditions where Sony 11+7 lossy compression can’t handle the jump in value.
With Sony, the pixel quality is “cooked” — clearly pre-processed. As one example of evidence for this (aside from what my eyes tell me), Sony A7R II images cannot take anywhere near the sharpening of a D810 file without rapidly breaking down into an ugly mess. I think there is far more going on with image quality than compression or nominal bits per pixel or whatever.
With a little luck the Hasselblad X1D will show up in 10 days or so and I can see for myself in the field. Let’s just see what medium format mirrorless can deliver.
Michael Earlewine writes:
Any idea what size photosite are in the new Fujifilm GFX 50S sensor? Looks interesting. I am still getting the new X1D.
It looks like we will see a flurry of 50mpx sensors in the near future. If only Nikon would give me one, so I can use all my lenses.
I am willing to try the X1D, which I can always return. Right now, what I need is 50 Mpx and some stability. I returned the A7RII, the K1, and am selling off the Novoflex (poorly-designed) bellows, both the CASTBAL and the BALPRO. What were they thinking?
The Cambo Actus Miniv View Camera is great, and the Rollei X-Act 2 is huge, but works.
The inaction of CaNikon has forced me out of the mainstream and I find myself in a little eddy or sidebar to the industry, as mentioned, looking for a little stability and a chance to shoot some photos instead of endlessly testing these things out. Or is the whole industry imploding?
DIGLLOYD: the photosite size in the Hasselblad X1D and Fujifilm GFX are identical, about 5.3 microns. The fact that two new medium format mirrorless cameras says to me that the industry still sees there are risks worth taking. CaNikon are conservate committee-drive companies lacking entirely in leadership, hence kudos to Sigma. But the basic problem is that real innovation is happening in the 3rd-tier players (Pentax, Hasselblad, Fujifilm) while CaNikon explore dark recesses with their thumbs.
An interesting comment: “out of the mainstream”. The 35mm DSLR has absolutely come to a dead-end in innovation. Hence the interest in Sony mirrorless and medium format.
See my Pentax K wish list at B&H Photo.
See my in-depth review of the Pentax K1.
A key disappointment with the Pentax K1 when I reviewed it back in June was the lack of an EFC shutter, which causes loss of sharpness with telephoto lenses.
While the K1 always has utilized an EFC shutter in SuperRes pixel shift mode, that was the only case in which it did so, which was a bizarre and ill-considered design choice given the potential for loss of sharpness with telephoto lenses.
The 2016-09-20 Ricoh Imaging (Pentax) press release states that EFC shutter for single exposures will become available soon via a firmware update.
Release of the function expand Firmware version 1.30 for PENTAX K-1
RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the release of the function expanding Firmware version 1.30 for PENTAX K-1 digital SLR camera (launched on April, 2016) on September 29, 2016.
The function expand firmware is to add new function or increase number of setting for currently used PENTAX K-1 camera, so that improve the function, easy handling and update to the latest function.
You can download the free function expand firmware at the official website.
Enhanced functions （PENTAX K-1 V1.30）
Release date : September 29, 2016
*The Electronic Shutter at Live View mode
The Electronic Shutter can be selected at the Menu to reduce camera shake from the mechanical shutter when shooting with Live View mode.
*Add the [1:1] format at the Crop mode
Added and selectable [Square format (1:1)] size at the Crop mode.
*Add [2 frames bracketing] for the [AA Filter Simulator bracketing]
Addition to the current [3 frames bracketing (OFF, TYPE1, TYPE2)], the [2 frames bracketing (OFF, TYPE2)] is added and selectable for the [AA Filter Simulator bracketing]
At the [BKT] setting, the bracketing range [±0 (=single frame)] can be selected.
*Improved stability for general performance.