Adobe courts Aperture castaways with import plugin, free training offer

 

 

Last June, we reported on the demise of Apple's flagship imaging app, Aperture, which is no longer being actively developed. Apple's decision to abandon Aperture left photographers with a choice: Stay with the app and continue to expend energy on an increasingly obsolete database format, or make the jump to a rival product from the likes of Adobe, Corel or Phase One at the earliest opportunity.

The problem with making that jump was that of taking your existing catalog with you. Each app has its own proprietary database…

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Ricoh’s award-winning K-50 DSLR kit is now even more attractive, adds Wi-Fi for under $500

 

 

Last December, Ricoh's impressive Pentax K-50 digital SLR took top place in our annual Camera of the Year awards as 2013's Best Entry-Level DSLR. Based around the same sensor as the company's then-flagship Pentax K-5 II DSLR, the key to the K-50's success was a design that brought numerous enthusiast-grade features down to a consumer-friendly pricetag.

At the time, the weather-sealed Pentax K-50 was priced at US$780 for a kit that included an 18-55mm zoom lens which was also weather-sealed. That was simply unheard-of…

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Firmware Friday: Nikon solves battery-charging issues for Coolpix P340, P600

 

 

If you've been having difficulty getting the battery of your Nikon Coolpix P600 or P340 digital camera to take a charge, we have good news this Firmware Friday. Nikon is aware of the problem, and it's just released new firmware aimed at resolving the issue.

Nikon P600 firmware version 1.2 and Nikon P340 firmware version 1.2 both correct a problem that could result in the battery failing to take a charge once fully discharged, so if you have any battery packs that weren't charging, now is the time to try them once more –…

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Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Lens Review: The best current telephoto zoom for the MFT world

 

 

To follow up on our hands-on look at the new Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko Pro telephoto zoom lens, our full, in-depth review is now complete, including test results, sample test-chart images and our final conclusion!

Officially announced this year just prior to Photokina in September, this telephoto zoom lens is the latest move in Olympus's drive to sway professional photographers away from their big, bulky DSLRs and into the more compact yet still high-performance OM-D family. Boasting a versatile 80-300mm-equivalent focal…

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Hands-on with the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro (and 1.4x TC): A pro quality lens without the ‘pro’ bulk

Following up on their stellar 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens, the newest member of the “Zuiko Pro” family is the telephoto sibling to the 12-40mm: the 40-150mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko Pro. Technically, it was unveiled all the way back at the launch of the E-M1 as an “in-development” project, however the 40-150 f/2.8 was officially announced as a bona fide product last month just prior to Photokina.

This telephoto zoom lens is the latest move in Olympus's drive to sway professional photographers away from their big, bulky DSLRs and into the more compact yet still…

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New lithium-ion battery tech could charge in minutes, keep working for decades

 

 

Fed up with replacing your rechargeable batteries once or twice a year after they stop holding a reasonable charge? Wish you could recharge more quickly, so you didn't need to juggle quite so many batteries and chargers? If so, a research team at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University feels your pain, and they believe they have the answer.

The team, led by associate professor Chen Xiaodong of NTU's School of Materials Science and Engineering, are proposing a replacement for the anode of a typical lithium-ion battery…

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