Lightroom released their lastest update today (5.2) which added some new features, addressed some bugs introduced in previous versions and added additional camera raw support as well as more lens profiles. Here’s a break down of what has been added and fixed.
New Features in Lightroom 5.2
A Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Detail Panel under Color Noise Reduction. This helps to reduce low-frequency color mottling artifacts
Refinements to the Spot Healing Tool: New Feather control – Auto find source method now works better for images with textured areas like rocks, bark, and foliage – Auto find source method now prefers source areas within the crop rectangle
Auto Exposure has been improved to be more consistent across images and across different image sizes.
Smart Preview size has been updated to 2560 pixels on the long edge.
Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush: – Right Click (PC) / Control-click (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to bring up a context menu to duplicate or delete – Control+Alt+Drag (PC) / Command+Option+Drag (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to clone (duplicate) that adjustment
When it comes to full frame, wide angle zoom lenses, starting with 16-17 mm and finishing with 35-40 mm, brand name producers have always been leading the way. For example in the line-up of Canon you can find such models as the EF 17–40 mm f/4.0L USM and the EF 16–35 mm f/2.8L USM; Nikon has the older AF-S 17–35 mm f/2.8D ED-IF and much newer devices as well: the AF-S 16–35 mm f/4G ED VR and the AF-S 18–35 mm f/3.5–4.5G ED. Sony offers a very good and very expensive Zeiss lens – namely the Vario Sonnar 16–35 mm f/2.8 T* SSM.
I suppose the independent producers give up on that class of equipment a bit too easily. Several years ago Sigma withdrew the 17-35 mm f/2.8–4 EX DG HSM Aspherical model from the market and they haven’t launched its successor yet; Tamron offers just the quite elderly SP AF 17–35 mm f/2.8–4 Di LD Aspherical (IF). Tokina seems to be the only exception here – in 2010 they launched the AT-X PRO FX SD 16–28 mm f/2.8 (IF) and one year later they complemented their offer by the AT-X PRO FX SD 17–35 mm f/4 (IF) model. Today it is our pleasure to invite you to read the full test of the latter instrument.
Sitting on the edge of a misty lake, a saw mill waits to be demolished. During a recent road trip, a friend suggested a location that I might find interesting. She was right! Together, we explored an abandoned saw mill. Rain poured down. Inside, light pierced the darkness. Outside, discarded remnants of former working lives lay at acute angles. It was a fascinating place to photograph and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity before it is destroyed....
Notes: All photos shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and the XF18-55mm lens...
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