Sixpm: Is this an indication that our world is heading towards a unity consciousness where everything will eventually will be free for all? Most music, books, programs and movies are already free to download and photography is well and truly heading towards the same direction. Either this is a scan to cause more inequality or we are heading towards a paradigm shift where we just all work for the love of all humanity.
What you speak of is pure utopia. As long as power and greed are the prime movers of the human race, it will never happen.
arrr: Who asked for a D4s? *** Nikon where the heck is the D400?!
@agentul: Oh how I really hope I can point out how wrong you were about the D400 a few months from now. Alas you are probably right.
Zeisschen: So now the NSA gets free 3D maps of all our private houses. Fantastic idea!I'll pass
Zeisschen, I understand your point of view but if you really value your privacy that much, you shouldn't even be online.
Just throw away your cell phone or tablet. The NSA won't get anything. Problem solved.
sebastian huvenaars: This opens a window for amazing applications!
This opens a window for scary applications!
Based on experience, they'll probably market the first and execute the latter...
I'd like to know more about the amazing applications you are talking about. I've read the article and apart from being potentially useful to the blind, I fail to see what can be so amazing about this thing. The more people rely on technology to get by, the less human beings interact with each other.
b craw: Although it exists as opinion (and opinions should be respected), the recurrent commentary that this winning image is unsuccessful somehow because it does not present a comprehensive narrative is simply not taking into consideration its context. It was used to augment a narrative, and as such serves as a visual poetic dimension to the narrative. So, to stand alone is not its role. And this is the operation of many such images. This notion that an image must "stand alone" belies the diversity of functions a photograph might embody, and is an example of misguided dogma relating to photography. Even a fine art photograph needn't present a complete narrative; often individual images in a series, or as part of a longer artistic dialog on the part of the artist, can work as only a fragment of a larger expression or narrative.
This is the smartest comment yet. I agree that sometimes images with diverse and complex meaning can't always be self explanatory on their own. Even without knowing the meaning it's still an interesting photograph artistically.
StevenMajor: BAD CHOICE Without the words of explanation, the image is at best a curiosity. Images need to speak on their own, to tell a story or offer information that is clear and concise. This image was likely chosen to bring attention to the plight of the people in the region. It's all political BS, not just the problems of the Somalians, but the winning image as well.
I don't like cellulars and the way people use them in general but I really like the way the silhouettes are composed against that soft blue background.
sh10453: The whole trend is a new form of slavery, and not just by 500px, but any site that charges over 10% to 15% commission.
Just think about it; their cost for storing and selling your images in an automated process (on huge sites like Getty's, Flickr, or 500px) may not exceed pennies, I would think!
Some correction to this trend is badly needed.
Freelance photographers, in particular, should join hands and make their own site, as shareholders, and pocket their fair fees (and not allow the big players to buy the site out).
@Jun2: There's no such thing as getting 100%. There are operating costs to any legit business and they are not always monetary. You also need to factor in time and effort which equals a loss of revenue.
sandy b: B&H has the Nikon P330 for 197.00. ordered one yesterday.
You won't regret it.
JackM: Any compact with less than a 1" sensor is DOA unless it is just a cheap mass-market toy.
I agree that the 1 inch sensor is superior and should be used by other manufacturers. That being said, I had the RX100 and didn't like it. The sensor is let down buy a so-so lens (not very good wide open), an overcomplicated menu system and unreliable AF (close distance to subject). There are other things that bothered me about it but I'll leave it at that. I've owned at least 8 or 9 compacts so far and they all have weaknesses and strengths. Compacts by their nature are full of compromises. For its price, I didn't think the RX100 was anything special.
linzybel: By my calculations, your "winning" Sony -- with the biggest sensor but narrowest zoom range -- also happens to cost 30% more than Panasonic and Fuji, 44% more than the Canon, and 70% more than the Coolpix.
They're in the same "category" only in a technical sense.
I disagree about the RX100 being the hands down winner. I've had it. I feel there is no clear winner in this category. They all have strengths and weaknesses. They all have compromises including the RX100 and I'm not talking only about its price point. It's the nature of the beast in this category. I would certainly love to see the other manufacturers come out with an equivalent sensor to the Sony in size or use that one in their own cameras. They could do a few things better.
sailorboy414: I don't claim to be an expert, but has anyone looked at the Studio Test Scene under the cameras. It seems to me that the P330 has done much better than all the others.
At low ISO (below 400), the Nikon seems almost or on par with the RX100. Above that, the RX100 is way ahead.
Jogger: Dont photographers mostly use Lightroom or similar.. unless you are a graphic design or in a production environment why you would use PS in a photography workflow.
Use Photoshop for some time and then you'll know why.
Stefanie: No perpetual license, no business.No service, no business.
For me Adobe is no viable business partner for the forseeable future.
A supplier is in business as long as there are clients/customers to supply too. No customers, no suppliers. That's business model rule number 1. Everybody that purchases anything Adobe does from simple amateurs to corporations are Adobe's partner's. They should never forget that but like most quasi monopolistic corporations, they tend to do until they see important drops in their sales. Then they either adjust or die slowly.
Juergen: There's so many more tripod brands than Gitzo ...
Yes but it's still the standard. Perhaps not for long though.
FrithjofA: It is puzzling that Markins Q20 has been excluded only because of the ball diameter. The specs speak for themselves. Q20 is designed for a load of 45kg (98ld) with a weight of only 468g while the RRS BH-55 only for 23kg(50ld) we need carry 862g
Owning a M10 (now known as Q10) it is obvious that big ball diameter is not the relevant properties which warrants excellent performance. Markins ball heads are so superb that they do not need big diameter and big masses to handed big photo gear.
Why shall I carry a 900g ball head when a 570g will do the same job?
I have a Q20 and while I agree with you in part, there's more to a ball head than the weight it can handle. I'm sure the Q20 would have fared well in this review but it might have been beaten by other ball heads in other areas of importance. I find the friction control on the Markins to be difficult to set with precision especially due to its tiny slot adjustment. Some of the ball heads here seem much more usable in this regard.
Wooptidoo Nikon ! Another entry level handicapped camera for the DX beginners. And another entry level DX kit lens ! Thanks for blissfully ignoring the serious DX shooters yet again.
I'm really hoping this lens will beat the Nikon 58mm where it counts and for far less money. If Sigma continues their development and production efforts, Nikon will have no choice but to lower their prices and spend more on development. Competition is good !
If this lens is better than the previous 50mm it replaces, it will trump any Nikon of equal focal length.
Grevture: I have to say I am amazed by much of the comments here. So much anger and ignorance ... But this seem to be the pattern every time expensive pro gear is launched or reviewed.
Look, the AF-S 58/1.4 is a speciality lens, built for a small but very demanding audience. It is built with a different set of priorities then your typical consumer lens.
It is a short portrait lens, a lens which renders background smoothly. It is a lens which make a subject stand out from its background and foreground. It is a lens which fill a whole in Nikons lineup of pro grade f1.4 lenses. It renders subjects in a similar way to its shorter siblings the AF-S 24/1.4 and the AF-S 35/1.4 and its longer cousin, the AF-S 85/1.4.
All these lenses are expensive, and their theoretical performance might look disappointing for the casual (or ignorant) observer. But they are all great performers in practical use.
The 58/1.4 will be loved among wedding photographers, fashion or reportage shooters. And many others.
If it's a lens that is built for a small niche market, how can it stir so much passion ? I think this lens garners much more interest than you think.
Paul Ennis: This review makes it clear to me how important Sigma have become in offering an alternative to Nikon / Canon's latest products. I've just bought a Sigma 35mm f1.4, and I think it's fantastic, and it's reasonably priced. Thank god I'm not stuck with Canon's offerings.
Sigma really appear to be trying hard to give the best quality they can, while Canon and Nikon for looking in disbelief at what's happening to the changes in the camera market, and not dealing with it.
Sigma appears to me to be a lot hungrier, and are showing more direction. They have addressed their weakness head on and are producing some great lenses.
Indeed. Nikon should be worried. If they are not they should be. If Sigma is seriously addressing the quality control issues that has harmed them in the past and I think they are with their ART series, they might eventually take the lens market by storm. Nikon and Canon will have to lower their prices or produce better lenses. Changing their camera firmware so it blocks certain third party lenses from working on their camera bodies is NOT the way to go !