Canon EOS 40D SLR Review
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Canon includes a suite of software with the 40D on a CD called EOS Digital Solution Disk. This software, such as Digital Photo Professional and Image Browser, was covered in our review of the Canon EOS-1D Mark III . Some of the software has been upgraded for EOS 40D compatibility, including handling RAW files. For instance, EOS Utility ver 2.1 allows folder monitoring with the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A.
However, there is a new software package provided with the 40D called Picture Style Editor ver 1. We cover the basics in the
information that follows.
Picture Style Editor is software that allows you to create custom Picture Style files. To create a Picture Style file,
you will open up a RAW image then adjust the image characteristics based on one of the existing Picture Style settings
(Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral or Faithful), except for the Monochrome setting. Your new Picture Style setting can then
be stored in the 40D using the EOS Utility, or used in the DPP or RAW Image Task applications.
Adjustments made with the tool palette are applied immediately to the sample preview in the main window so you can check the results in real time.
Picture Style Editor ver 1.0 only supports RAW images shot on the EOS 40D. Later software versions will support RAW images
from future EOS models. No reverse compatibility with older EOS cameras is planned by Canon.
Picture Style Editor has a Preliminary Adjustment window for images that need supplementary adjustment.
Gamma characteristics of an image can be adjusted using the tone curve. By creating up to 10 adjustment points anywhere along the tone curve you can adjust brightness and contrast. The results of the adjustments are applied to the sample image in the main window in real time.
Adjustments made with the tool palette can be saved as an original Picture Style file (with the .PF2 extension). Adjustments are saved in the save window, which appears when you click the save window display button in the tool palette. When saving a file, there is a [Disable subsequent editing] checkbox that prevents disclosure of the adjustments made in Picture Style Editor as well as any captions or copyright information.
Picture Style files can be in cameras and also used in the DPP and RAW image Task applications.
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