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On article Nikon D810 firmware C 1.10 now available (62 comments in total)
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codeNsnap: Amazing how people whine when Nikon like any honest software provider provides a fix to address bugs. If only these people were made to write code they would realize that software bugs are a natural part of software development cycle. Even companies with best programming talent like Google, Apple and Microsoft update their products with bug fixes regularly. As long as the product does not have design flaws that cannot be addressed in software, I don't see what the fuss is about when a bug fix is released.

I can't speak for how intrusive the bugs are, however you expect what is essentially a hardware device to work without "bugs". While as a coder myself I get your point, I think people rightfully look at these sorts of devices differently than say PC software.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 14:59 UTC
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (729 comments in total)

Comes with tow-hitch and U-Haul to carry to all your photographic occasions.

(sorry I couldn't resist. That and I think I saw that same camera on a Kraftwerk album growing up in the 80's. Er, that said, mind you I wouldn't complain if someone gave me one. It would certainly lessen my need for exercise equipment).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 01:10 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1410 comments in total)

What did some Leica exec say, "Fuji is eating our lunch with small, light cameras. I know what we do, go big!"?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 20:49 UTC as 392nd comment

T-38, beautiful but ancient plane. Amazed they're still flying the things...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 01:30 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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Michael Houghton: I've followed this through the beta process.

I'm no photoshop god but I think this package has more than enough for a *huge* number of photographers. Not being a Lightroom user (and doing my raw development in OpticsPro), I cancelled my Creative Cloud subscription as soon as I was clear the betas were stable enough to use.

There will now be a litany of comments saying that if Serif were "serious", they'd have launched on Windows first.

All I can say is: they are going to make a lot of money. It's an excellent product which pairs well with Affinity Designer, and they've demonstrated a remarkable level of commitment to quality.

I worry about the Apple model with this. The design is "pay once, never pay again". That doesn't lead to an ongoing income stream except for completely new users.

Yes, you can rename the product so that it has to be bought again, but users are so used to the "buy and forget" that there is often a major backlash when a company dares to force a payment for upgrade. Moreover there is no paradigm for an upgrade price - if you charge $39 for V1 and then want to make a renamed V2, you are going to have to charge the full $39 again for current users instead of say a $20 upgrade price for prior owners.

Yes, you can take it outside the Apple Store, but if that's your exclusive retail point, you're going to miss a lot off possible sales.

Apple really needs to make some updates to the way the store works.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 21:19 UTC
On photo My reliable old friend in the Old Table Clocks. challenge (2 comments in total)
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bondiblue: Probably not as old as you think - post Art Deco, maybe 1930's.

Agreed, this is definitely Art Deco which puts it 1930's.

I like the picture though an I wish I owned the clock myself!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
On article Canon introduces new $78K 50-1000mm cine lens (174 comments in total)

My immediate thought was, "And the first time you drop it?"

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 17:47 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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Smeggypants: I found Jesse Chen's tutorial in 20 seconds on a web archive and really what he isn't teaching isn't rocket science. It's pretty simple.

If you don't want to people to steal your images then don't publish them.

It isn't rocket science to stab someone either, but that doesn't mean just `cause it isn't, you shouldn't go outside if you don't want to be stabbed.

Don't get me wrong, entirely different moral universe, however sometimes exaggeration gets the point across. At some point we have to expect people to do the right thing even if it isn't illegal or, well, difficult.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 00:24 UTC
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Richard Murdey: I don't believe it should be illegal to learn how to pick a lock, or to teach people how to pick a lock. It is sufficient that its illegal to steal a car or break into someone's house.

So ... he did nothing wrong as far as I am concerned.

I think you may be conflating "wrong" with "legal". It's not illegal to teach a child how to steal, but it is immoral.

Does he deserve everlasting damnation (or even to be the victim of a viral hate-a-thon), hardly. It's certainly a "let he who has not sinned" situation...

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 00:20 UTC
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Carlos C: Update:
I just chatted with and Adobe sales can still buy CS6, but seems for not too much longer...see parts of the chat below:

Thank you for contacting Adobe Sales. My name is Phillip. How may I help you today?
Phillip: Hi, may I have your first name please?
you: can i still buy CS6 outright?
Carlos : Carlos
Carlos : is my first name
Phillip: Hello Carlos,
Phillip: Sure, let me help you with the information.
Phillip: You can buy CS6 outright, however, let me inform you that Carlos
Phillip: Going forward customers using Adobe products have to upgrade every year, this will soon become mandatory. This runs up to the same price as to the Cloud membership. Its the smartest decision to invest in Creative Cloud in the longer run.
Phillip: All of our customers are moving to Cloud as it is the new offering from Adobe. They have liked what Cloud can do and hence are subscribing to Cloud.

It's probably a good guess his name isn't Phillip either.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 17:11 UTC
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Dimit: It seems that the best of all and presumably the sole pair I'd need for the x system,i.e.the 23 and 56 mm are about to come last to impress us the most!!

Huh? The 35/1.4 is an amazing lens. The 18/2 is a fine lens, not spectacular, but definitely "good".

Do you own these lenses? I do.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 13:28 UTC
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Karl Summers: The Cloud will save me a ton of money on upgrades and new versions. I embrace the technology unlike many dinosaurs here. Sucks to be you.

And if you lose your job and can't pay for your subscription, will you be so positive???

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 23:40 UTC

My problem is if you come on hard times you lose access to your tools. That's pretty close to a deal breaker to me.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 23:36 UTC as 314th comment | 4 replies
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Sébastien Noir: It's always nice to have a new version released...
I'm just waiting for Fuji x Pro 1 / X-E1 support...

Even better. Never. :-(

The link to what you describe above:

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2013 at 23:45 UTC

2009?! Great, I can just about give up on the X-Pro1... :-(

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2013 at 23:44 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies

One that has high IQ more than high features. I think modern camera discussions get lost if FPS, MPs, AF points, etc. In the end it's what matters most is whether the image looks good to your eye, in the same way one might prefer Velvia over say EBX.

Yes, with PP you can do a lot to alter these things, but my experience has been that the default output of the camera has a big effect on how much you use the camera and/or enjoy it (and I say this as a RAW shooter).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2012 at 15:36 UTC as 144th comment
On photo DSCF3172small in CriticalI's photo gallery (1 comment in total)


Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2012 at 20:45 UTC as 1st comment
On article Adobe faces criticism for change of upgrade policy (398 comments in total)

First, I hate the upgrade policy and $600/year is too much.

Second, why does every stupid software firm want to get me to upgrade at *Christmas*?

What, am I supposed to ask for Adobe updates for Christmas?

Thanks Adobe (not).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2011 at 19:36 UTC as 57th comment
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