I like the new test scene... covers all of the bases. Since everyone misses the old scene... you should include a small photo of it in one of the empty areas... that way everyone will be happy. One thing I do miss from the old test are the thread spools... which gave a good picture of true shadow noise.
keithrj: I have just been looking at some RAW files from the 70D and noticed that the embedded JPG is the full 20mp size! So who needs to shoot RAW+JPG when RAW gives you everything - a full-size JPG for quick viewing, emailing etc. and RAW for serious work? A number of programs I use will extract the JPG straight from the RAW file :-)
The jpeg in the raw file is used for image playback on the camera. They are usually heavily compressed. Full resolution lets you zoom into 100% detail. If they didn't do this, they would have to build a full fledged raw interpreter for in camera playback.
I'd add another mantra to this article. Buy last years camera when it goes on closeout. The GX1 is an extreme example of how low you can go when it dropped to around $200 for the body. While other cameras may not drop as drastically, 40-50% reductions are pretty common. The X100 is a great deal now... and the X100S will be a great deal next year.
Garbage? Samsung is kind enough to offer the stylus to those that need or want it. The S4 can't be owned yet, and the iPhone 5... no sd card support, smaller screen, and you can't change the battery like you can with most Samsungs. The Note 8 is what I'm waiting for... That is the killer s-pen platform for me. Choice is a great thing.
Based on Nikon's recent lens releases, I expect the image quality of this lens to be outstanding... looking forward to seeing the reviews. To those complaining about the price... check out the prices of Nikon's used higher end lenses... they usually hold their value much better than Tokina and Sigma.
I tried to use an iPad for basic image editing. While I'm sure there are more and better apps since I did my test run, in the end I went with a low end MacBook air. It weighed only slightly more than the iPad + portfolio case. It ran all of my desktop software, and in the end was just more productive. I do think Microsoft is going to shake up the tablet market with the Surface Pro... Microsoft One Note will be the killer app.
JesperMP: New game:
For the 5000€ asking price for the Lunar, what camera(s) would you get in stead ?
I start:NEX-6 + 35mmF1.8 + 24mmF1.8 Zeiss + 55-210mmF3.5-6.3plus an RX100
Alternatively:Fuji X-E1 + 3 lensesplus an RX100.
@nicolaiecostel Except in this case it is 20 big macs with a foie grass bun.
Considering the money they got for Instagram, I wish I had come up with the idea. I hear-by claim a patent on a file format with deteriorating pixels. These pixels will slowly deteriorate over time, clearly showing their age based on the recorded image capture time. Different camera manufacturers can specify their own fade curves, so Fuji can replicate faded Velvia etc. Scratches and water stains will also randomly appear as the photos age.
Wow the canon tolls are on a roll. software has bugs. always has always will. the key is that Nikon is fixing them... just like Canon will tape up your leaky mkiii's... if you ask them to.