This isn't the end of SI, far from it. This just means they no longer have to pay expensive medical insurance premiums, unemployment benefit payments, retirement programs (if they did in the first place), travel costs, yearly raises, and a few other expenses tied in with having staff employees. The most expensive part of most businesses is employee cost, and it doesn't go down. Hiring independently contracted staff (freelancers) has always been cheaper. In all likelihood the same photographers will still supply images to SI exclusively. The term contributing photographer will be used, instead of staff photographer, just as the bulk of National Geographic stories are credited.
There are lots of highly talented local photographers shooting every sporting event in the world, and a good post production expert can give you most any style you want in your publication if he has raw digital files to work with. I see this as jobs opening up, not going away.
I have bought three lenses in the last year, and just as others are saying the Tamron 150-600, with VR, should have been on this list. It is much better than the Tamron lens that was listed.
This lens opened up a category previously reserved for lenses costing over $6000. It is a superb lens, and I was surprised it was so cheap after using it, and marveling over the image quality. It is putting out pro caliber images, attached to my Nikon D7100, that I have no problem selling. By the way, on my D7100 set to 16megs, that puts the lens crop factor at 1200mm, at F6.4. Try buying that lens for under $10,000, and hand holding it.
Your list looks more like a manufacturer sponsored holiday shopping promotion.
The question also has to be raised as to who owns the monkey? In a zoo setting all animals are owned by the zoo, and property releases have to be obtained to use their animal's photos for commercial purposes.
Do the same rules apply for game reserves, and national parks? The legal question would be who owns the monkey, and is a property release required for the commercial use of the monkey pictures, no matter who took them.
The photographer did not willingly give the camera to the monkey with the intention of the monkey taking the pictures.
The monkey took the pictures on its own, with no instruction, or payment from the photographer to do so. This might have been a different case if the photographer had paid the monkey, with maybe fruit, for the monkey's work in taking the pictures, but as no form of payment took place, from the accounts of what happened, the monkey owns the copy-write, and with not contesting the creative commons designation by the monkey, the copy-write is lost, except for commercial purposes.
He's real lucky one of the monkeys didn't grab his cell phone. They really like shiny objects, and don't give them back. One of those older macaques could easily rip his arm out of its socket if they would have grabbed his 1020, and they are fast doing it too.
I find it disheartening that Giottos is never considered in their reviews. Probably because they are too much of a challenge for any of those reviewed. The Giottos VGR8265-M2N will give any of these a run for their money, and it has the added feature of one of the legs being able to be removed for use as a full size mono pod, something none of these offer. The center column can be reversed for the lowest shooting capabilities, and in normal set-up reaches a little over 66". With its Arca compatible quick release ball head, the Giottos brand shouldn't have been left out of these reviews. This unit meets most every situation a traveling photographer might run into, and should have been featured.
Prognathous: The only thing you need to know: the $10 photography bundle is a trap.
Quote from Adobe's membership contract:
"The price of your one-year commitment (as reflected in the monthly installment amounts) may change for your next annual renewal, and we’ll provide you notice of a change by email"
In short, nothing but a teaser price. Get ready to pay through the nose as soon as you've created enough project files and can't properly open them by anything else. Good luck being Adobe's hostage.
They do state that at the end of the first year you are automatically renewed at normal price, which now is $19.98 a month, and it would be automatic at one full year renewal payment, so actual cost will double after the first year, and be billed for the full year, not billed monthly.
There is also no mention about how the LR license is treated at the end of the first year, or if it upgrades throughout the first year for free.
I've used the string before, but never from both feet. Another steadying DIY device I've used quite a bit, is a small fat bean bag, and a short 12, or 18 inch bungee cord. Place the bean bag on the post, fence rail, tree, or whatever you find, then the camera goes next, keeping the bean bag between the object, and the camera, then strap it all down with the bungee cord wrapped around everything. The bean bag makes it possible to steadily adjust the direction the camera points, rather than depending on the angle of the post. Finger pokes to the bean bag do wonders in adjusting the direction the camera points. This works real good on round, or irregular surfaced posts, and trees, but the bean bag has to be fat so it doesn't flatten out in the middle leaving nothing except cloth between the camera and the supporting object. Focusing is best achieved by going manual, then use remote shutter release, or the camera's timer.
racketman: Amazon will be hoping the appeal by the FAA is unsuccessful assuming they intend to go ahead with their drone delivery service.
In the case of the drone falling out of the sky, in all likelihood the person hit, or finding it just got himself a new toy, not the case with the truck.
For these drones, and the cases I foresee coming up very soon are invasions of privacy issues. Photographers already have shooting boundaries defined by what they can see from a public location standing, but how will this be interpreted with drones that can shoot from higher altitudes, but still not cross the established fence, or property line?
This eliminates any chance in the future to make money with your images on Flickr. I suspect this is fallout from the recent buyout of Getty by the original owners, or a signal of quality fall-off in Flickr uploads.
Don't overlook the term "net revenue". Getty currently takes 70% from its photographers. Couple this with a 50% split after that by EyeEm supplying them, just as a photographer would, and the net revenue gets pretty small.
There are much better avenues out there to sell images through. Getty is banking on a contributor accepting pennies on the dollar, rather than a perceived nothing because they don't know the other higher revenue selling outlets.
For news images, and owned by Corbis Imaging, the other giant in the stock market, is Demotix. When an image is sold by them, Corbis doesn't take a cut off the top, the contributor gets an actual 50% split.
raztec: A well researched comparison of all the different action cameras would be far more useful than a simple hands on review of one camera which can be found by the dozens on the internet.
I personally like the ISaw series of action cams over the GoPro, both for contrast, cost, and battery life. I wish they would be compared here. Mounting hardware is interchangeable.
What a crock of SH*T. Who in their right mind decides after the challenge is long over, and voted on to disqualify all the images he doesn't like? Your crack dealer sold you some bad sh*t.
Get off the drugs dude. You wrongly penalize us for YOUR f*ckup. If you can't keep up then get off the bus dude. Someone should bust your crack pipe so you can at least think straight.
It's interesting that even though the K-3 did good, three times as many people actually bought the Nikon D7100. I have to wonder why it was not rated the best of the year if more people in fact bought it than any other DSLR? More people bought it than those that even wanted to buy the K-3.
If the IQ is up to par, and the VC works good, this will make a nice addition connected to my Nikon D7100, set on the 16mp 1.3 crop setting, essentially making it a 300mm-1200mm at F5-6.3 and then in focus at 2.7meters away, decent macro shooting comes to mind at a good working distance. Now that is a respectable "reach out and grab it" wildlife optic. It even makes it more enticing at 1680mm at F8 with a 1.4 tele-converter attached, although manual focusing hand held might have to be completely reconsidered depending on the VC quality...hehehe.
How to do this without being racist or pornographic will be a real challenge.
If you truly want to correctly analyze the shot, then you should first look at where the natural light is coming from, and what exposure would be needed to keep salvageable highlights in both faces, without using flash, and thus not risking an accident to an eardrum if the cleaner flinched. Using fill flash in this situation was deemed too dangerous from my standpoint.
Shooting one shot from the hip to avoid disturbing the subjects does not always result in tack sharp focus, as this was not a posed shot, and had a high risk of injury to one of the subjects if incorrectly executed.
A close exposure setting in this harsh light situation was more important, to have a chance of salvaging detail in the RAW file. This setting was too good to pass up on my part. As an older working photojournalist I make very limited pp corrections.
What does this pay for usage rights?
Please don't discriminate, crabs are arthropods too, and deserve the same recognition as the wasps get, even though they can't fly...hehehe.
AlanG: I fly RC multirotors. And some of the new brushless gimbal camera mounts are made for GoPros only. That form factor has become kind of an industry standard which makes the setup and use of these gimbals much easier than if they have to accommodate various shapes and weights.
I much prefer the ISaw 2 over the GoPro 3 black, both for battery life, and contrast. The ISaw can interchange with all GoPro mounts, and costs 1/2 the price. There are lots of YouTube videos comparing the two, some even in split screen comparisons. I haven't had a chance to get the newer ISaw 3, but the specs look good. I have never had problems with the ISaw 2. The only non-interchangeable part is the waterproof case itself, as the ISaw's lens is not center mounted like the GoPro, but the cases of each mount on all GoPro adapter mounts. Looking at the two side-by-side the only visual difference is the way the lens sits on the camera, one side mounted, one center mounted. The ISaw 2 also does real good in low light situations.