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DxO Optics Pro to ship May 24  
Tuesday, May 11, 2004 | by Rob Galbraith

DO Labs announced today that DxO Optics Pro, its upcoming product for correcting distortion, blur, vignetting and lateral chromatic aberration in photos taken with certain digital SLR cameras, will ship May 24, 2004.

The three software components that make up DxO Optics Pro - the DxO Correction Engine, DxO Camera Body Correction Modules and DxO Lens Correction Modules - will be available for purchase direct from DO Labs' E-Store (the store isn't live as yet) starting on that date.

The standalone application, which was announced earlier this year, will run on Mac OS X or Windows (2000 and XP) systems. DxO Optics Pro processing is specific to a camera-lens combination; pricing varies with the combination of components purchased. A Photoshop plug-in version is not planned, says DO Labs' Phillippe Tarbouriech, because of the necessity of DxO Optics Pro processing taking place on a file before any other adjustments are made.

At launch, DO Labs will have correction modules for 4 different camera bodies - all midrange and entry-level digital SLRs - and a range of corresponding lenses. Several factors went into deciding which lenses would be supported with each camera, says Tarbouriech. DO Labs wanted to both provide correction modules for lenses that would benefit from the correction (wide angle zooms, for example) as well as demonstrate the capabilities of their software across a variety of optics. Longer focal lengths are mostly missing at launch, but a move to new, larger module creation facilities later this month will enable the release of more telephoto correction modules. In addition, a DO Labs press release emphasizes the company's intention to introduce new lens modules on a regular basis.

The table below outlines the camera models and corresponding lenses that will have correction modules available at launch:

DxO Camera Body Correction Modules Compatible DxO Lens Correction Modules
Canon EOS 10D •Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
•Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
•Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM
•Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
•Canon EF 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 II USM
•Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM
•Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Canon EOS Digital Rebel/300D •Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (USM)
•Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM
•Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX Fisheye
Nikon D100 •Nikkor AF 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D
•Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF DX
•Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.4D
•Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.4 IF
•Nikkor AF 24-85mm f/2.8-4D
Nikon D70 •Nikkor AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF DX
•Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.4D
•Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX Fisheye

Absent from the list is a camera and lens combination that could sorely benefit from DxO Optics Pro's promised optical correction prowess: the Canon EOS-1Ds and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM. Fortunately, modules for Canon's high-resolution flagship camera, as well as the EOS-1D Mark II and Nikon D2H, each with a range of lenses, are expected to come available this summer.

Also planned are modules for the Canon EOS-1D, Nikon D1X and other fairly current cameras, though more recently-released models, like the D2H and 1D MKII, are to be supported first, says Tarbouriech. Kodak, Fujifilm and Pentax users may be in for a bit of a wait, as it seems clear that DO Labs is focusing mostly on Canon and Nikon cameras in the near term.

Do Labs will be offering a 25% discount on module purchases before June 30, 2004. The table below provides some example prices:

DxO Camera Body Correction Module and DxO Lens Correction Module combination Price at launch (includes 25% discount for purchases prior to June 30, 2004) Regular price
Canon EOS 10D + 1 lens US$163 US$217
Canon EOS 10D + 2 lenses US$222 US$296
Canon EOS Digital Rebel/300D + EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (USM) US$95 US$127
Nikon D70 + Nikkor AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF DX US$95 US$127
Nikon D100 + D70 + 3 lenses US$323 US$431

Initially, only 8-bit JPEG files will be supported, and vignetting correction will not be included (that's planned for a free, summer 2004 update). A version of the software that can process 16-bit files, as well as RAW files from certain digital cameras, is to be introduced at Photokina 2004 this fall.

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