NEW ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 Update And Better Fujifilm RAW Support

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ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5

If you want to get 20% off the new ON1 Photo RAW, use discount code: FMEON1

ON1 has been doing great things for photographers with the release of ON1 Photo, and They have quickly been adding features and fixing bugs along the way. They truly listen to their photographers and have delivered some really great features with the 2017.5 update that was launched this morning!

Details Pane

When you opened a RAW file in the “develop” module before today, you would have access to the “tone and color” pane where you would tweak your exposure, contrast, and color. With the new update, we now have default access to the new “details” and “lens correction” panes.

The new details pane offers sharpening and noise reduction options, and they both seem to work really well, especially on Fujifilm RAW files. If you’re a Fujifilm user like me, you know how hard it is to find a RAW processor that renders and sharpens Fujifilm RAW files correctly. As of today, ON1 Photo 2017.5 easily has the best sharpening for X-Trans files in my personal opinion! I did testing on many different X-T2 files, and I was very impressed with the subtle but very effective ON1 algorithm. You can watch my video below to get an idea of just how good the sharpening really is.

Lens Correction Pane

I know it’s hard to get excited about lens corrections, but this feature did not exist at all in the previous version. A lot of Lightroom users I have talked to were “on the fence” about ON1 due to the lack of lens correction, so this should put their minds at ease. It operates just like the lens correction panels you’ve always known in other software, and it works great in combination with the “transform” tool. You can see an of this feature in my video below.

Compare Mode

This new feature is very useful and will absolutely be loved by wedding and event photographers! While you’re in the “browse” module, you can mass select a sequence of photos and enter “compare mode” to easily use the process of elimination to choose the best shot from the sequence. There are some really cool and intuitive features that make “compare mode” really nice and easy to use. You can see an example in my video below.

Other Honorable Mentions

STACKING PRESETS: In the effects module, you can now stack multiple presets on top of each other and use masks to pick and choose the best of each preset. Once you apply a preset to your image, you can hold the alt/option key to view the thumbnails of other presets with a preview of how they will look once they are stacked. I will make a video example of this soon on my FME YouTube Channel.

CLONE STAMP TOOL: The clone stamp retouching tool from the “Layers” module, is now inside of the “Develop” and “Effects” modules as part of the non-destructive workflow. There isn’t much else to say about this feature since most of you are familiar with clone stamping, but it’s definitely nice that we don’t have to enter the “Layers” module anymore just to clone out distractions in our photos.

LIGHTROOM MIGRATION ASSISTANT: This is a very cool and easy feature for people coming from years of Lightroom editing and cataloging. When in Lightroom, you simply visit the “File” dropdown selection, scroll to “plugin extras”, and select the “Migrate Catalog To ON1 Photo” option. It’s more or less a two-step-process to migrate from LR to On1 Photo 2017.5. All of your folders from LR will be accessible under the “Indexed Folders” tab in ON1, and your collections from LR will be accessible under the “Albums” tab in ON1. As for the edits and metadata, ON1 will create a separate sidecar file for each image for a super smooth migration. I specifically tested this feature to see how it would work in practice, and everything came over as expected. Obviously, the more folder and photos you have, the longer the migration will take. Go watch a Lord Of The Rings movie, and everything should be migrated and indexed when you’re done. Its a win-win situation 🙂

Conclusion

Is ON1 Photo 2017.5 perfect??? Of course not! It’s a new update and there will always be a few bug fixes and extra features that need to be added, but the fantastic news is that ON1 is one of those companies that really listens to their customers. With that said, thank you so much for reading, and please let me know if you have any questions!


 

Photokina 2016 New Cameras

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It’s Been Interesting So Far…

Ok, so this year’s Photokina has been great for Fuji with the new Medium format Mirrorless GFX, great for Panasonic with the new GH5, great for GoPro with their Hero 5 and Karma drone, decent for olympus with their new mirrorless “Pen” cameras, terrible for Sigma with their overpriced 500mm prime, terrible for Sony with their A99 II that 5 people will buy, and a little weird for Nikon with their Keymission action cameras…

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My Two Favorites In More Detail

Fuji GFX Mirrorless Medium Format Camera:

I think that Fuji’s medium format camera will probably sell like hot cakes if the price is actually around the $6,000 USD mark. That price range will steal all of the potential Hasselblad X1D buyers who would be paying thousands more. I obviously can’t say how amazing the image quality will be until I have shot with it, but I will say Fuji has a pretty darn good track record 🙂

GoPro Hero 5 and Karma Drone:

I also think GoPro’s new Hero 5 looks pretty sweet, but the big attention stealer is their new Karma drone. I really think DJI might finally have a real competitor on the market now. The Karma looks very portable, easy to travel with, and I also love how the remote folds up like a laptop for even more portability. Again, I can’t speak on how stable or amazing this drone is until I test it, but it looks very promising compared to DJI’s biggest competitors like the 3DR Solo and the drones from Typhoon. Definitely looking forward to see how this plays out on the market.

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Nikon, Why Did You Do This?

The only announcement that Nikon has brought the the table at Photokina so far are these new Keymission action cameras. While I’m sure they will operate fine, and some people will buy them, I think it was a mistake to launch these cameras at Photokina. This event only happens once every two years, and most camera companies bring their beast-mode cameras to the table at this event…but Nikon brought action cameras that are somewhat cool but will never compete with the sheer popularity and marketing genius of GoPro.

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There’s Always Hope For PhotoPlus

I personally don’t think that Nikon will release anything else at Photokina this year, but I sure do hope I am wrong. However, they still have a chance to redeem themselves at PhotoPlus in October by finally giving us the D810 successor we have all been waiting for! In all honesty, Nikon has actually had a pretty great year with the release of the D5 and D500. In fact, I think the D500 is the best APS-C DSLR camera you can get! I’m just being a little tough on Nikon since I have been waiting quite a while for an upgrade to my beloved D810.

In conclusion, now that Nikon has taken care of people who want a fast camera like the D500, I hope they start taking care of people like me who want the unparalleled dynamic range, resolution, and image quality that I know Nikon can give us!

Let’s all stay positive and keep out hopes high!

-Eric


 

Nikon Announcement For Photokina 2016!

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Nikon Announcement!

With Photokina only 48 hours away, Nikon just posted on all of their social media that they have “news” for us tomorrow, September 19th, at 10am EST. This is really exciting! It finally confirms that Nikon is going to have a big reveal for Photokina. However, there are a ton of people wondering what exactly this “news” will be.

nikon-news-graphicHigh Hopes

If you follow my YouTube Channel or my blog, you probably already know that I am hoping for Nikon to drop the D810 successor tomorrow. It’s definitely no secret that thousands of Nikon users are hoping for this as well, but there is tons of speculation on what features will be packed into this camera. I will put a list below of the most common rumors and requests going around the interwebz as we speak 🙂

  • 42, 50, 72, 80, or 100 megapixels. (I think it will be between 60 and 70)
  • Dynamic range from the current 14.9 stops to the mid 15 range. (I would agree)
  • Button layout from the D5 with dedicated ISO button. (I would agree)
  • Touchscreen and snap-bridge from the D5/D500. (I would agree)
  • AF system from D5/D500. (I think it will be a different AF system but maybe better)
  • Completely different and smaller form factor. (I think it will be the same but without pop up flash)

Here is a video where I start some fun conversation about Photokina:

The Conclusion

At the end of the day, I will be a buyer of the D810 successor as long as they greatly improve the AF system and improve the dynamic range. I don’t have to have all of the other rumored features, but they would be a great bonus! In my closing sentence, I will advise you all to only purchase new camera equipment if it really helps and fits into your workflow…..or if you have tons of disposable income. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I can’t wait to chat about Nikon’s “news” tomorrow!

-Eric