OBI656: Expensive, Studio need at least 3 lights means $3,600.00. For this amount of money you approach territory of ProFoto.
Won't dispute the value of Profoto it's industry standard gear for a reason but there's a definite niche for the Indra. It'll take a bite out of Quadra sales and likely push other manufacturers (Elinchrom, Broncolor, Metz and the China-based manufacturers) to work on their own TTL compatible units.
Top Dog Imaging: Elinchrom quadras are better
Have to agree with Plum, the Quadras ( and I own two) are different and in truth older technology since they're not TTL. More importantly the Quadra heads are just the bulb while all the crucial electronics are in the pack. The Indra is essentially a DC head with all the guts self contained. The battery pack is just that, a battery. And of course there's the AC inverter unit. Thiugh with the lead acid Quadra at least, it's possible to just plug in the battery while shooting.
Nikonparrothead: They use contract photographers now (Dave Black comes to mind) and will do that or take advantage of wire services. Heck, contract photographers have been shooting the swimsuit issue for how long now? Stock photography doesn't enter into it.
But I looked at a recent SI and it had virtuallyno advertising. I suspect a cutback to monthly is in its future as well.
And how big a "staff" did that editor deal with? He was dealing directly with the audience/readers, as opposed to the people producing those articles/illustrations/photos dealing with the audience/readers. Was he the founding editor? The only one that publication ever had?
While publications employ a variety of people to gather content (at least they did prior to the internet) the personality of a publication is frequently a reflection of the top editor. That's true be it newspapers or magazines (or web sites).
Except in rare occasions readers interact with magazine, picking based on interest in the sport, not author.
Quick sample of SI (based on my iPad since I don't subscribe), based on the cover photo and the images on the content page. the main cover shot was a (former) staffer, the inset photo a contract photographer. Of the eight photo credits on the content page, one was an archive photo from the Red Army, two were staff photos, five were from from contract photographers.
The freelancer I know who does quite a bit for ESPN Magazine, NY Times and a few othes is fairly well paid for his work. Yes it's sad that six people lost their jobs. But these are not newbies who will fighting it out for $500 weddings.
Case in point from Bill Frakes' Wikipedia page (which notes he's had a sidebusiness in addition to being on the masthead for S-I for a few years too.). "Bill Frakes is an American photographer who has been on the masthead of Sports Illustrated since 1993. On January 22, 2015, he and five other Sports Illustrated photographers were laid off.  In 2008, he cofounded Straw Hat Visuals, a Southern Media Company."
They use contract photographers now (Dave Black comes to mind) and will do that or take advantage of wire services. Heck, contract photographers have been shooting the swimsuit issue for how long now? Stock photography doesn't enter into it.
Apparently Cactus is finally working on a Macintosh-based firmware updater as well. That too is welcome news.
But with reportedly better in-camera JPEG processing, does that mean the Leica version is actually worth the extra $ for people who primarily shoot JPEGS?
Historically hasn't the Leica offered a two-year warranty while Panasonic offers one? (Apologies if that's changed -- I haven't been keeping up on that).
Another lens priced to rent.
Kind of. an interedtng product and half the price of the Godox bare bulb options ( that Adorama is marketing under its Flashpoint brand now too). It's clearly just a fill light outdoors but definitely a bargain.
Nice little addition. Pricing is on par with the Leica grip addition for its M series.
I believe they reserve the articulated screen for the D5xxx model line.
mholdef: I like Dpreview but this review confirms that it is more oriented towards high tech gear and spec sheets than the photographic experience.
Which digital camera does have a factory installed split prism again? Thought so. Like it, fine. Don't like it? Fine too. But what you consider a flaw may be a blessing to another.
A solid balanced review. As an aside, what exactly do you people do to your cameras that have the doors falling off!
I think all those apps work for every iPad with a camera.
I kind of like where this is going. having owned two point and shoots with underwater housings (Panasonic TS-1 and Canon S-95) I can say that adjusting controls of a camera inside a housing isn't exactly easy. Yes, this is at best a snorkeling camera but it could also be the best snorkeling camera. And valuable for those who shoot, say, underwater portraits in swimming pools, etc.
I know there's a 1 system underwater housing for previous Nikon 1 cameras (a local camera shop has it) so there should be some idea of how useful the body is underwater. And until Nikon comes out with flashes, can't a third-party flash be used as well, since there are several that sync via the built-in flash of smaller cameras anyway?
Hmm I happened to have bought the book after watching Adler's Kelby video. The two apparently were done more or less at the same time. It's a common sense, plainspoken approach to mid-day lighting issues.
It definitely provides more of a shoestring approach to lighting issues than Joe McNally's solutions (own all of his books, a big fan but sometimes his solutions are a touch more "throw money at it" in the form of multiple speedlights and strobe packs). Not as familiar with Syl's book but I seem to recall him being a happy medium. All three approaches (and the multiples in between) can work in a given situation.
The fact that the author likened available light/shoestring approaches to lighting issues with those that would only have an appeal to beginning photographers left me with the impression that I spent more time reading the reviewer's work than he did the book he critiqued.
GMack: Interesting reading and thanks for sharing.
I sort of got a chuckle out of the models not working until midday or later, aside from the $10K to even get out of bed. An 8AM makeup and hairstylist call is way more than some can handle. Waking up at the crack of noon is more like it. Some seem to change agencies almost weekly. Maybe they flake out as "No shows" and get let go. Worse is some agencies do not update their online talent folios, but leave what they have online "forever" and keep adding to it even though some have long since left. Looks good to have 100 models verses maybe 6.
I do wonder how much longer the fashion photographer will be around though without branching out into teaching, blogging, writing books, weddings, or whatever. I find more magazines are paying less, or none at all, for any model fees and doing more CGI and computerized art stuff instead. Paying much less for articles as well since "free blogs" are prolific too. Sign of the times I guess.
Many an accomplished photographer branches out into teaching.
Shamael: what makes me laugh is this eternal affordable camera stuff. Even at 1500$ it is only affordable to those who have the money. You can sell anything at any price if you find a sucker who pays that.
Is it not time to speak about a cheaper FX camera, not an affordable one. We are far away form a budget pricing anyway. If you consider that a D600 is a D7000 with FX sensor and that it's development and production costs not more than the first, the price is much too high anyway. All that prices are scaled in a way to protect other models of the brand, but not with any affordable or budget for anyone in view.
When the D70 hit the $1,000 price point, a $500 level DSLR seemed unlikely. Then came the D50, D40 EI al.
There's clearly wiggle room to go lower by dropping an AF motor but if Nikon "cripples" a camera to go significantly below $2,100, will it gain market share?
They lowered the price to roughly what the last M8 (prior to the M8.2) cost. When one considers the low volume, this is indeed a great price. Given what the typical Leica shooter wants this will sell exceptionally well. Those who can't grasp that, it's not the camera you're looking for. Plenty of others out there.