Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Nik Software/Fuji X-Pro1

I've been waiting for the announcements and pronouncements from the Photokina show in Europe. One in particular to which I've been looking forward is the firmware update for the Fuji X-Pro1 camera and lenses. That came through today. After the update I put the camera through its paces and I am pleased to be able to report that, albeit on a very limited basis, the update fixed quite a few problems - the one remaining issue is to make the auto ISO feature full functioning by allowing for the setting of a minimum shutter speed. The focus speed is greatly improved, and auto ISO 6400 has been added.

On a more discouraging note, Google announced that it was purchasing Nik Software. I dearly hope that Google uses some intelligence in allowing Nik free reign to continue its path of innovative development for photography software. The motive for Google's acquisition is rather transparent. They're after the Nik Snapseed product to compete with Facebook's integration with Instagram. That in itself is fine, to my mind Snapseed is lightyears ahead of Instagram. But does this mean the demise of the other Nik products upon which so many of us photographers depend? Only time will tell. There are other photography plugins marketed by On One software and Topaz. But they don't hold a candle to the brilliance of the Nik functionality, without which I wouldn't be able to produce images like this:

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