Jonathan Siegel: Flickr is still, in my opinion, the best photo sharing service on the net. There are a lot of other services that have a similar offering, but their UX and UI are dated and most are not mobile friendly. I was saddened when the Flickr community fought back against the changes to the interface and service, a lot of complaining. When you put the old version of Flickr side by side with the latest version, there really is no contest. The latest version of Flickr is a really slick design with good support. Flickr was the gateway for me to really start learning more about photography and meet other photographers to learn from them. It's so much better now than before.
On the contrary to OP, i think that with every major change since Yahoo's takeover, Flickr got worse. Also the new statistics page - introduced ca. today - is flawed compared to the old one.
h2k: Sharp at F2, Bokeh unassuming, but at least not disturbing.
Thanks for useful set of shots.
I wouldn't even need a continuous zoom. If it's somehow easier - i don't know - to make a lens that has just *fiixed* positions of say 24, 35, 50 mms, that would be already good.
"24, 28 and 35 it would be. Those are the focal lengths it replaces."--Roland, thanks.
Sharp at F2, Bokeh unassuming, but at least not disturbing.
"However I would like to see some more photos at 600mm"---+1
h2k: Remarkable how often the pronoun "I" appears in the conclusion.
"It has taken me quite a while to get used to the interface, the menu system and options, but now that I know where things are, I understand what everything does and how it can be customized I feel quite at home."---Professional writing indeed.
"Almost like it was written by a real person!"--No, that's not a sensible conclusion.
Remarkable how often the pronoun "I" appears in the conclusion.
tennjed: Olympus has to be jumping for joy. Aside from 4k, I can't see where Panasonic has done anything to pull at Oly's business.....Except maybe that population of OMD/EP owners who are thinking: "Geez, I wish my camera was significantly larger."
"I can't see where Panasonic has done anything to pull at Oly's business...."--Compared to many PENs: Better grip. Vari-angle screen. IBIS like an Oly. Likely easier to use menu. Exposure comp wheel.
bernardf12: This looks like a fine camera, except for one feature, the flip out screen. I found on a Canon I owned that there's some usability issues with the design.
In the end I settled on the method of closing the screen and flipping it out for every shot I took, which was annoying to say the least because you cannot take a shot quickly. If you close it with the screen side outside, then you cannot tilt it without flipping it out and making a 180 degree tilt which is more annoying. And then it is also a bit unnatural to compose by looking to the screen on the left of the scene you want to capture.
Promised myself I would never buy this design again. Are there really people who like/prefer to use a camera in this way?
"Are there really people who like/prefer to use a camera in this way?"--Yes, me.
Vari-angle gives many more viewing angles than vertically tilting screens, and for me photography is all about the perfect angle.
I don't mean selfies.
In outdoors close-ups, vari-angle helps to avoid getting your own shadow in the picture. Also i already had a shattered screen on a camera where the screen couldn't be closed.
The Photo Ninja: I personally love tilt screens! The flip out screens are annoying and detract from usability.
Flip-out screens are much more versatile and give many more viewing angles than merely vertically swinging screens. They're also better protected, if need be.
"Despite the larger body, the GX8 doesn't have room for the built-in pop-up flash that its predecessor offered. It does have room for built-in Wi-Fi with NFC to make connection easier for compatible devices."--Here, i'd like to have read if a small external flash is provided at least.
0MitchAG: Meyer Optik is owned by Globel BV, a brand management company. http://de.globell.com/They take names, and make them profitable again.
Interesting background info.
This text has an interesting tone to it, you might call it playful and/or snobbish. Anyway i found it engaging and a fun read and i wonder if the the "tall can of Red Bul" contributed to this report's somewhat energetic sound design.
h2k: "Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know"--And if there really was something that i "needed" to know, i couldn't face to learn through a tedious slide show format.
I'll never know.
"You don't have to click. Just use your left and right arrows. Couldn't be easier."----Thanks. But i prefer to lean back and read for a while in a stream, without permanently clicking or tapping or turning the page. Maybe i'm old fashioned.
"Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know"--And if there really was something that i "needed" to know, i couldn't face to learn through a tedious slide show format.
bigdaddave: So now users who won't agree to pay Adobe regularly are OFFICIALLY second class. How telling that is.
Adobe are simply vile.
"What a self-satisfied smug reply. Must remember to avoid you."---Whereas, your replies are first-rate.
photominion: I don't care about the brush preview, but they could offer "processing improvement" as a normal update to Lightroom 6 aswell!
Having 12GB of RAM and an AMD R9 290X GPU (with GPU enabled!) I often find myself frustrated at how damn slow the healing brush works. (Even when I only have 3-4 spots to heal in an image)
Is there any way to improve the performance?
"I would really love to know where the problem lies"---Maybe ask in Adobe's LR forum?
Wonder if SSDs are that helpful. Also check if you can involve your graphics processor in the newest LR version.
Orin B.: Is it really true that standalone Lightroom 6 owners will not get these updates? If so, I am both frustrated and annoyed with Adobe. I have purchased every Lightroom upgrade and have appreciated the softwares features and until now feel I have recieved what I paid for. But if they make me go the subscription route because they won't include features in the stand alone version I already paid for I might have to consider Capture One.
At this point in time, the difference isn't outrageous. You knew anyway that with LR 6 you couldn't use LR mobile (which has important improvements today).
One (or the only?) new LR *desktop* thing today seems to be the de-haze filter - that's perhaps not crucial for many a workflow, and i am not aware of other important novelties in the subscription-version of LR.