I have an Epson 4490 that i purchased exclusively for scanning my slide collection and it has been a nightmare. I cannot get a sharp scan out of the thing, Epson was no help. I am looking at these two but am sceptical.
Anyone out there recommend a good color slide scanner that doesn't break the bank?
danieljcox: I agree with karip regarding miscalculations and a snow flake starting an avalanche. Right after Apple announced the death of Aperture they make sure to mention they plan to still support their other two pro apps. Then they release updates to those apps. Nice try, if anyone thinks that the other pro apps are not on the table for elimination, you're fooling yourself. One of the main ways Apple sold computers in the past was due to great softer that only ran on the Mac. The death of Aperture has seriously fractured my faith in Apple making great software for just their machines. That was the benefit of buying a Mac, it had the best software. Apple is eliminating one of the reasons to buy their equipment. Not a smart move. I'm really, really surprised at this announcement.
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You make a good point SDPharm. I guess I like having Apple keep a few fingers in the development pie if only because they have (in the past) been masters of keeping the interface simple. I too have a copy of LR (4) and maybe the newer versions are better but i tend to struggle with it. Aperture does everything I've ever wanted, and seems so clean.
If this is going to be a trend for Apple - allowing their serious tools to expire then you have to wonder why they bothered refreshing the Mac Pro. They are not giving users more reasons to want to use their serious hardware.
Tom Zimmer: part two.
This is all very different from the way the rest of the world (read: Windows) does things. Instead of re-writing, applications, they are evolved and end up containing lots and lots of archaic (read: very old) code that should go away, but can't because lots of little parts rely on that archaic code.
Again, Do i like having to re-learn a program when Apple re-writes it? No. BUT, I will because I understand it is for my own good.
I am a professional software engineer, I don't work for Apple, and I make my living writing Windows software. Believe me, i know how it works.
I hope you are right about a 'brand spanking new' program because iPhoto was not the answer. I still get a nosebleed thinking about the organizational layout of that program.
Parry Johnson: I bought a Fuji S2 in 2002 for over $3000, sold it to a friend in 2006 for $400, and recently sold it again as part of his estate for $79. Resale value should not be a concern in this industry. Usefulness value should. I never expect to get any money back from my camera equipment, but expect it to pay for itself (and then some!) through actual paying clients or through the pure pleasure of the fun of photography.
So, for those well-heeled amateurs, go for it! For those not-so-well-heeled professionals and professional-wannabees-who-have-another-actual-full-time-job like me, euh... maybe, but only if it's really going to "pay off."
This is precisely why I consider modern Leica cameras a waste of money. I do think there is an argument for investing in their glass and using it on cheaper electronic bodies.
I really don't get the attraction of this kind of thing. Charging a huge premium for "hand-finishing" an essentially useless external shell while incorporating the guts that can be had with other brands for a fraction of the price. I love precision engineering when it comes to mechanical movements and such but this really is as another poster noted, competition for that silly Hasselblad.
Serious video from such a small package. I'm not sure i will ever have anything capable of post-editing 4k video but the 200fps HD bit has my attention. Very cool.
What a great concept. A million years ago I bought a Nikon F3Hp with a 50mm f1.4 lens ... the sharpest lens I've ever owned ... would love to give this baby new life.
Is this the kind of thing they are talking about or am I digging too deep in the history channel?
A-Frame: This lens is a portrait photographer's dream. $1,700 for a lens is not absurd to a professional or amateur photographer who knows the purpose and value of this lens. The so called experts here will always have something to complain about.
If you saw a pic with this lens and one side by side from any standard Nikon 50mm - would you be able to tell the difference? Just curious.
I can't help but think Nikon will not find a lot of traction with this camera. Like the black & white only Leica, I am not sure who the target audience is for this. I feel strange saying this given how much I love the Fuji X100S.
inframan: I don't know if I'd actually want to shoot with this but I do think it would look beautiful prominently displayed in a glass case. Maybe Nikon could come out with a "dummy" non-working version like some gun collectors buy, all looks & no guts. They might even get more buyers.
If you are looking for a trophy, save a couple thousand and grab an old Nikon off ebay.
Make a digital F3HP and I am in.
tallguy600: I moved from a D600 to the X100s and for me that works. I also have a Sony RX100 when I need more focal range selection.The X100s viewfinder is great and the 35mm is my favorite focal length.Excellent image quality and it just feels right.
Tallguy - any thoughts on the new AF and MF changes?thanks.
That A7 price actually sounds pretty reasonable.Must keep watching....
Hauer: I don't think Nikon has done their existant D600 a favour by introducing the D610 under a cloud of technological secrecy. Coulden't have been a worse investment due to extreme devaluation of the D600. Also compounded by a reduction in retail price of the D610.Nikon should have offered more transparency in respect of the oil spill fault and to rectify their reputation, should have offered D600 a free D610 replacement.Glad I don't own the D600 as I would have been terribly frustrated...
The real reason to buy the D610 is so you can parade it around D600 users, just to let them know their 'baby' is a bit ... wrong. <grin>
I agree with the review. You really have to compare this camera with those of a similar price point and while the RX100-2 is a very good performer, it begins to pale a bit when you see what is available for the same money.
Even if I bought it, I don't think I could bring myself to submerge it.
thx1138: Hadn't realised the M1 had no EVF or option. I had just assumed that was the A1. Oh well another coulda shoulda woulda camera.
Not really sure what Fuji's thinking is here. One the one hand they think you are sophisticated enough to understands the benefits of a big sensor, and IL, and DoF and manual control, but think you are still so amateurish as to hold a camera at arms length to frame a scene, in bright sunlight where the VF can hardly be seen and the camera is far less stable and more prone to shake.
So is it still a P&S or a serious camera?
I was hoping to reply to T3's comment. I find your comment amazingly condescending. The generation you refer to may not mind trying to frame a picture, outdoors in bright light with a clumsy if not large LCD screen. Many of us though value precision, battery life and a OVF for it's simplicity.
I suppose I must defer to professionals, all of whom have a reason for avoiding your preferred smelly baby at arms length shot preparation.
Did you really, LOL twice while you wrote that comment or was that simply two more clumsy arrows that went astray?
AbrasiveReducer: All this pro stuff. The regular cards are already Extreme Pro, right? So these should be Ultra, Ultra, Extreme Super Pro.
It's too bad they don't hold their value. They take less space than gold bullion and you can't take pictures with gold bullion.
LOL - these guys are running out of hyperbole and superlatives quicker than my laundry soap manufacturers.
kriztian: Real photographers are praising the Lumia 1020. Apple doesn´t even come close. Thats a fact. Cheers :)
I got stung with a Windows Smart-phone once. Never again.