Clive Dickinson: I agree with these comments and with this article. Photos is an insult to any self-respecting Aperture user. I very reluctantly made the switch to Lightroom. I had tried it before and could not warm to it. Now, I find it is not so bad and some of its features are actually very good. The Aperture import feature is excellent, as is the ability to call plugins and the integration with Photoshop. I now find that many of the basic things I had been doing in Aperture can be split between LR and PS and it is forcing me to become more proficient with PS.
I think that Apple have done me a backhanded favour. However, like mediasorcerer, I am concerned about Apple's obsession with dumbing down everything and forcing everything to be integrated with IOS and iCloud. If that continues in Mac OS X then I may be forced to look elsewhere for my computing services. The recent OS dev't trends via Mavericks and Yosemite suck big time for me. I do not use IOS and do not want iCloud.
Another beauty of Photos is that when you have the Keyword Manager shown, you can assign keys to keywords, such as 3 for '3 stars.' By carefully customize your keyboard shortcuts like this, and utilizing other shortcuts, Photos can be a very fluid photo management tool.
I don't know why everyone hates it. Sure, it doesn't have some important features. But I think many people simply did not take the time to see what's under the new user interface.
For me, the main thing in Aperture that is missing in Photos is adjustment brushes (local adjustments). It has all the essential adjustment tools, has a pretty good search function, keyword tagging system. For me, with about 10k photos, I don't see why Photos is an insult. Other than local adjustment, what are the big features that are missing?
Some features mentioned in this article as missing can easily be implemented. For example:
The Loupe: uh, 'z' for zoomStar rating system: use keyword 1-star, 2-star, etc
Can someone please license Aperture and keep it alive? Please...
carcour: I would wait a until the next version of Photos is released. Apple seems to have a problem with keeping with existing features - the best example is Final Cut Pro X, it took Apple a few iterations before it was usable by Pros. I will stick with Aperture for the time being and then if Photos become good enough i might switch otherwise it will be Lightroom. I'm not sure Lightroom will import all the metadata that I have in Aperture.
> I'm not sure Lightroom will import all the metadata that I have in Aperture.
You mean adjustments? It won't.
flypaul: Apple are indeed now a consumer gadget company and any serious amateur or pro would be wise to wonder about the future and the company's support for serious software and even hardware long term. They have a bad record and it may be time to "think different" before they drop Mac altogether. "One more thing',my MacBook Pro is due for replacement in 4 months and if I'm not satisfied by then I'm gone.
>Apple are indeed now a consumer gadget company...
Apple is never a software company. It's more of a design company. It points to what is possible and lets others fully develop that concept. Unfortunately, some of its products, such as Aperture, are so good that losing it is such a shame.
Aperture has been out for so many years, it begs the question why LR interface is still so bad.
arndsan: what is the point of adjusting photos without the brushes. Even in old film days you would kind of do the adjustments for over or underexposed for special areas. Ok there is LR and it seems to be a bit more advanced. The annoying thing is how apple always dictate you what to do.I thought as an graphic focused company it will keep up this values. but now everything becomes iPhone, quick, meaningless and annoying.
>I thought as an graphic focused company it will keep up this values.
A graphic focused company? Where have you been in the last 20 years? Apple now focuses on people's day to day life. Not just the recording of it.
SDPharm: > Kowa announces pricing for three Micro Four Thirds lens
So, what is the pricing? Am I missing something, or DPR is trying not to be helpful?
> scroll through the photo, read the descriptions. It's there already.
DPR serves millions of page views a month. If only one hundred thousand people spend one additional minute look for that information, that's more than 69 days of perfectly good time wasted.
Of course, DPR probably generated thousands if not millions of additional page clicks due to this type of hidden information, thus cleverly enriching their advertisement revenue. Am I cynical? Sure. But if you are as popular and influential as DPR, you have try hard to avoid this type of scrutiny.
> Kowa announces pricing for three Micro Four Thirds lens
DPR > This year, we opted to split the category in two, as we had a hard time definitively deciding on just one or two overall top picks. <
Why do we have to have only 1 or 2 top picks. If they are good, just say they are good. Why do we have to artificially 'down grade' some good cameras into non-top picks?
67gtonr: Isn't DPR, by separating mirrorless cameras into their own groups, saying that even on the verge of 2015 mirrorless cameras still cannot compete with DSLR's?
> It mirrors what camera sees to viewfinder, so you can see what camera will capture.
I beg to differ. The mirror reflects what you see, not what the sensor sees. EVF reflects what the sensor sees (with limitations, of course). Ultimately, both are just framing devices. Back to the original poster's point, why should we separate DSLR from mirrorless into two separate categories? Today, EVFs are slow and have limited gamut. But I can imagine the technology will catch up real fast.
> They are different class, because they serve different purposes.
So what purpose does an internal mirror serve?
As a service to consumers, it is useful to compare the two so-called categories. It's not like if I go shopping I limit myself to only look at one type of cameras. If I have $2000 burning a hole in my pocket, I want to look at all available cameras I can buy. I don't care if it has a mirror in it or not. It would be very helpful for a product review site to compare across 'category.'
> Isn't DPR, by separating mirrorless cameras into their own groups, saying that even on the verge of 2015 mirrorless cameras still cannot compete with DSLR's? <
Or the other way around.
justmeMN: Canon estimates that, this year, they will sell 9.5 million compact cameras, and 7.0 million DSLRs.
Not bad, for a company that does everything wrong, and that everyone hates. :-)
@LSE, you can not compare Apple and Nikon. Apple is 100x larger on market cap. Apple could not make its phone fast enough to gain more market share. At that size, growth and innovation is a completely different game.
Small companies can afford to come up with new products more frequently because they don't put that much demand on suppliers. For example, if Nikon wants to be innovative and use sapphire glass on it's camera today, no problem. They can get enough sapphire glass. But Apple can't because there is not enough sapphire in the world for Apple to use.
> the days of hiding behind a viewfinder whilst your child makes their acting debut in the school play or scores that game-winning goal are over."
Hmm, a 146-degree wide-angle lens seems way too wide for these examples. This is probably the result of ad writer not being a photographer.
Donnie, a good way to describe you is that you like to provide a contrarian view in a homogenous crowd. That is a very important role in a democratic society. Hey, if you hit that 1500th post, maybe you'll get a prize from Canon. :)
In the back room of Canon headquarters...
Wow, in two days we generated more than 1400 comments on our new marketing campaign on DPR alone. Great job, guys.
Jylppy: Hi all angered Canon fans (myself included). The campaign is Canon _corporate_ brand marketing initiative and since Canon is in multiple businesses, such a campaigns are vague considering from single business perspective. The problem is that once everyone saw a post at DPReview, they associated it to Canon's camera/lens business and were expecting some product announcement.
Canon marketing team's grand mistake was to use countdown to launch ... a marketing initiative. That raised expectations. In case they want to do corporate/brand marketing, they should have just launched the campaign without such a expectation-ballooning-countdown.
And if anyone at Canon camera business side is reading this, I am still expecting you to launch semi-pro-focused (APS-C) mirrorless with fantastic EVF and fast AF. Once that is out, I will buy it as my secondary camera. I use it along side my 5DII to cover wider focal length range when traveling.
Make "Fuji X-series" with your superb camera UI.
> Canon marketing team's grand mistake was to use countdown to launch ... a marketing initiative...
You nailed it.
Random Asian Guy: Someone from another site said it best:
If you are disappointed make sure you give their videos a thumbs down in youtube so their management can truly see how unimpressed ratio is:
> make sure you give their videos a thumbs down in youtube so their management can truly see how unimpressed ratio is...
You actually think their management would look at these? Hahahahaha.
samhain: That new icon(light busting out of a box) is definently relevant. Makes me think they put a big sensor in a small camera. Im leaning towards something medium format related...
"Two words: Fuji X30."
Haha. You got me there.
Kfrog: How about a medium format camera... for the masses?
> How about a medium format camera... for the masses?
A medium format camera may be what you want, but the masses already got what they want: a smart phone.