I think Ricoh should focus on premium quality compact that would appeal to its APS-C owners. Olympus only has micro 4/3rds, but it has some excellent to outstanding compact cameras for its "family:" the XZ cameras, the Stylus 1, even the SH cameras are strong.
MOD Manufacture on Demand.
mwstebbins: I just bought this camera at the HIGHER price. IT has NOT yet arrived at my house. Does anyone know if SOny will rebate the difference? Or do I have to send the camera back to them UNOPENED, and buy another one? Thanks. M
Impressive and sensible response.
Poss: Thanks Apple for pushing me firmly into Adobe’s hands.One of the deciding factors of getting a MBP instead of a “regular” win laptop was Aperture. I was opening my wedding business and wanted a good, project oriented, raw workflow solution that enabled me to post process and output stuff under an integrated environment all within a colour managed umbrella throughout. Aperture was that application. To this very day, its integrated album design/ book making is better than anything else on the market. I know some would argue there are better solutions out there and I agree to a degree but in terms of an integrated one app stop, Aperture is still better (no offence to other wedding folk out there with a CC-Fundy or similar workflow).It is obvious Apple is more concerned now with its iOS/ consumer cash cows than its old pro user base. What this will mean for the working pros remains to be seen. My new workhorse is an 8 core Dell and my next laptop might end up being a high spec Asus….
Apple has gotten stubborn. For years now, many of us old-timers would like an affordable ($1,000) new tower. Would it sell like iPad or iPhone, no, but what does that matter. With modern manufacturing, Apple could offer an affordable tower. Companies get stubborn and not interested in upgrade path any longer.
Stewart McKInlay: As there is no mention of the new Photos for OSX being able to manipulate photos like Aperture we can only assume a dumbing down as suggested is happening. Most of us who enjoyed Aperture will feel sorely let down. But as usual Apple will expect loyalty from us!
"As someone said here already: apple used to define their own markets and now they're just following the masses.:"
It's really about manipulating a photo on a smartphone or tablet screen. I plan on migrating to specialist pro solutions, i.e. PhotoNinja for RAW processing.
BHPhotog: I should have seen it coming when Apple "updated" Pages, redesigned it for the iOS crowd and dropped (at last count) 87 features turning what was an elegant feature-rich alternative to MSWord into a piece of crap. Same thing here, throw the serious users under the bus. Good for Apple I guess, butmI remember when they created markets instead of following them.
Next up: taking away the computer mouse. We will be editing photos and writing documents by waving our hands in front of our field of vision with about 1/1,000 the proprioception if the best mouses. Progress is not always so.
Interesting to see. Photos for OSX sounds like an enhanced iPhoto? Interestingly, iPhoto and even Preview can manipulate RAW files.
Non-event. The photo industry is getting awful mature.
similaar: That is unheard of!!Oh, no, wait, I did the exact same thing 18 months ago...http://www.similaar.com/foto/oldcam/oldcam.html
What surprised me most is that the image didn't look "old" by itself: the lens in that 100-year-old camera is slow but not bad at all.
Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.
There was a time when lenses had pictorial qualities and we treasured the idiosyncrasies of lenses. In the modern age, it's all sharper, more contrasty, more of this, more of that. That's why so many of us were excited about using vintage lenses on APS-C and Micro 4/3rds sensors. It isn't all about lpm.
Sounds great, DPR. I did quite a bit in the olden days with 9x12 and 10x15 folding plate cameras.
Strange tone to the writeup. This is an incredibly impressive offering as a first camera from a newcomer. I can think of dozens of ways it could have been streamlined or cheapened. Taking a cue from Samsung, who doesn't hamstring lower cost models.
Very impressive specifications and feature set, including focusing control and size of focusing box.
Good for them and do well. DPR misses the real story, perhaps. There are sub-assemblies and components that clearly can be bought off-the-shelf to order up a camera. It sure seems like all the major brands are using common elements right down to the shells and menu symbols, etc.
Daniel Lauring: I have two big issues with Sony cameras, improperly working fill flash and hotshoe compatibility. This one loses the hot shoe so the 2nd isn't an issue but does it's fill flash work properly? ie. does selecting fill flash NOT change exposure settings. On other Sony cameras the exposure changes with fill flash on, making the backgrounds darker than they should be.
Olympus does a wonderful job with fill flash on compacts like XZ-1, XZ-10. You can throttle down flash to 1/2, 1/4, 1/8. 1/16, ... right down to 1/64th power. Works beautifully in outdoor work.
abluesky: If it weren't for the subscription model, I would never have been able to afford Photoshop and Lightroom. For me, it's more economical to pay the subscription fee. I also appreciate all the updates. If you really want Adobe products, they are all pirated anyway, even CC. If you are going to blame anybody, blame the pirates.
The boat has sailed but many of us old-timers prefer to install programs when and where we want to on our computers.
spatz: I would be happy to subscribe if Adobe used open formats. Proprietary formats mean locking myself to one vendor, and I'm not willing to do that no matter how attractive the "special offer" might appear, unless I can be certain that I will have access to *my own work* at any time in the future.
So far, I am using Lightroom 4.4, which I bought, but when my next generation camera is no longer supported, I will almost certainly switch to a competitor.
Yes, See my suggestion above. I am navigating to GIMP. Not interested in any program that can only be used on a single computer; have to ask permission to install when you change hard drives or partitions, etc.
Those who use these programs to make a living must bite the many bullets.
Very simple solution which I am surprised that this sophisticated audience doesn't demand: PhotoShop Reader program that can open any .psd file for viewing and conversion. In earlier days, we have Reader programs for many software programs. Microsoft still has them for PowerPoint, etc.
You stop your subscription, you can still read and convert your files.
I see Amazon is being more clear about warranty status. Interestingly, the Import costs more in this case,