The ease of reopening the image in raw as I go along as additional layers alone; was worth the $120. The Shake Reduction filter is subtle in most instances, best refining critical focus of hand held shots. Images mos of the way there but could use a bit more pop. The filters built in smoothing is better than going back into luminance reduction. Press Alt and click the Cancel button in the filter will reset it to its recommended settings for the given image. PS CC also seems a bit speedier than CS6 here and there. I like the idea of students being able to get their hands on skills rolling on the cheap, education is so terribly expensive these days. I gave a computer to a lady friend next door and she wants to learn a little Photoshopping, $120? Hmm yes, I think I just found her Christmas present.
The new scene has many well thought out elements, plenty of shadow opportunities when combined with the alternate light.
I would appreciate it if you would tell us the brand of the color wheels you used so we might buy one for ourselves, not all brands are the same.
One problem does persist though. Although I appreciate your including the four most common ethnicity, none of these people actually live their lives with a flash bulb in front of their face. Especially the white man's image, it is nearly worthless. Very few clients would pay for such blown out face shots. Just look at the forehead of the black gentleman it is ridiculous. The scene is large enough to accommodate 8 human subjects, older with lots of character wrinkles and varied skin tone would be advisable. I am curious if others feel the same. I would also of included the female image from the previous scene as so many of us remember the iris and lips so well in comparisons.
Sad Joe: 'Inconsistent autofocus in difficult conditions even after microadjustment' - for me this is the KILLER - sorry Sigma I won't be buying one....
I second this. A in article assessment of the focus consistency addressed via DP-AF in live view with the 70D seems a must. These two products are THE current hot news for APS-C. If the reviewer does do a follow up please PM me with a link to your results.
I have been impressed by how many badly started threads have turned around into productive conversation. Immature comments on honest inquiry of course happens, but is easily ignored.
I like skimming through the article comments. Its a bit different clientel than the dedicated product forums and sometimes I pick up something I wouldn't of known about.
My biggest gripe about forum users is weak generic titles people use. Some interesting threads are lost inside one or two word titles.
Thanks for the fast work her guys and gals. I too am dying to see comparative DPAF with PDAF and the fast Sigma lenses. So add me to the chorus.Blunty has shown the Sigma 18-35 1.8 works great with the 70D beta the Canon man let him fondle. But your estimate analysis will be much appreciated. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDmnSUKSVas at the 7minutes 45 second mark.
Finger and palm print visible in condensation pattern.
No articulating screen, let alone a touch sensitive. Hello, anybody awake in there Nikon? I was ready to jump into a new system, but this offering just doesn't seem like a sincere effort. My money is more sincere by a large margin.
Photos are essential as they offer smooth & complex hue saturation and value.The old man is ideal. The blown out female image is not as useful to me as there is absolutely no texture to her skin. Real women have texture, and so do the images of them. The lip area was also very useful part of the old scene. The child is adorable, but even if it is your own child or a paid (parent) model; I do think it is inappropriate to use a child for the intense viewing of thousands of strangers. I feel strongly on that point.
There is a lot to like about the scene, but do not finalize until you get lots of feedback from users and have implemented some of their suggestions. Such as adding back in shadow areas, that is a must for most folks.
Thank you for the effort.
Glad to see the updates. Polls would be helpful, especially voting for user desired reviews of gear.
If you haven't been in conflict you might not be equipped to follow through. If you are going to put yourself in the middle - give it up to a little skill, a heap of guts, and a whole boat load of chance; whether you walk away afterward, leave in an ambulance or meat-wagon or spend the rest of your life in prison. If you are willing to risk it all and the livelihood of your family then go in full gusto, like you REALLY bloody well mean it. That is my advise anyhow not as a journalist, but as a man that has proven he has too much in his pants and not enough in his head.
You could stare at the situation for thirty minutes and you might still not really know what is going on. But you will make your play or not in the first minute.
Like I said its complicated.
DXO Suggestion page does not list Panasonic FZ cameras. Will they ever support the FZ150?
Dozens of users here on the forums have been enjoying this camera already.
Well, yep it was stupid beyond belief, just amazingly stupid they did that, and more than one person would need censure or dismissal. No that was not for comic effect. It was a cheat plain and simple or at least equals the same thing.
As for when such a thing would ship in PS*, I would imagine they would need specific highly classified data for each lens and or camera from each manufacturer. Even if a particular manufacturer was forth coming it wouldn't mean it would do as equally well as the other manufactures as they complied.
I think I will be buying another tripod or two before I see this in PS for most cameras.
structuresguy: This is exactly what I wanted when I bought my tablet. Can't wait for Nikon support.
My mistake gingerbread 2.3.4. The HC is too unstable to use, last time I checked.Here is the link in case someone wonders.http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1045018
I pasted the link in. They worked fine. That looks sweet. Totally useful.
I'm running 2.6 Gingerbread and a Honeycomb Release candidate on my Nook Color. I move files about wirelessly. So maybe this could happen. Android developers are busy little beavers. By Christmas when I will likely buying my first Canon DSLR, this might be ironed out. Maybe...
OK, I appreciate the article because the Nikon's rational for the system makes more sense now. Middle of the road product and services, although slight profit margins can mean the difference in having the cash reserves to survive in rough patches of years and or decades.
I am late in my decision process but if I was not I would be expending too much time on following this system. I am going to dismiss this offering entirely and that is fine as it is not for folks like me.
I was leaning toward them for a while. But if they don't have the Canon color accuracy nor an exclusive in quality at an interesting price point; this kind of roll out is frankly a bit irritating.
Nikon know their bottom line, but they are certainly moving further and further away from me.
I suspected this was brought forward as a hurry to beat a Canon announcement. With pros taking such a cool view, Canon could cancel those effort, no hurry now.
Anyhow that is what I am taking away from this.bugbait
This is a particularly useful article. The com-positional theory would also be helpful in other forms. Such as nature sculptures. This reminds me of Bernini. He surrounded his masterpieces with complimentary but not over-powering elements.
On a humbler scale I am designing a pendant today and will reflect on your article while doing so.
The butterfly with similar colored background; is to my eyes brilliant. That is a marvelous use of DOF and a beautiful lively photograph.
Thank you my friend. i look forward to enjoying the series.
Very good point Patman888,
SX230HS is an excellent camera. I had one so I know. Zoom should be most important in a zoom camera. Of course quite zooming etc can send one over to another brand.
But folks like me fretting over the remote jack, raw, 60p vs 24p, well it just doesn't matter for the birders and family. I expect the vast majority of purchasers will LOVE their SX40, in low light included. And two modes of slow motion etc is pure icing on a tasty cake.
Some of us with business needs like myself; believe it or not barely care about zoom at all. Its the laundry list of must haves that the FZ150 has that can seal the deal, things that DSLRs can not do. Mostly its, very good images at even 1600, raw, mic jack, remote jack for time-lapse, articulated screen, dead on color reproduction, and all for $500. Silly yes but that is what is driving me toward a superzoom. That is my rational anyhow.
Ya, too bad. I get their wanting to not cannibalize their SLRs. But this half offering is too obvious. No RAW, and CHDK while fun isn't something you can count on. I took back a SX230 HS because it was too limited with glitches enabling the hack. Early work from voluntary programmers on their own time. But I got burned waiting on an earlier model that was obsolete by the time the exact firmware for it was CHDK hacked.
Smallish screen, no microphone jack, no remote jack, no RAW and 24p, bad joke? Smells like a simple cash grab. I will be eager to see the DPReview group test that is likely well under way. But After the poor Sony image quality it looks like a slam dunk for Panasonic this time.
While I will be putting off my purchase till the holidays I think, either $500 bridge or $1,500 DSLR I will now not be so inclined toward Canon if I go all in.
I enjoyed looking at these images. Far more than utilitarian the composition is very interesting in several as well as beautiful, the woman with the orange handbag particularly made me stop, the underpass etc.
Most of that is the quality of the photographer but as he pointed out the camera got out of the way and let him get his groove on. Life is short and we have all forced our way forward with bothersome equipment at some point, perhaps currently. But being in my late 40 now, I want my tools to be an "extension" and not an "attachment," of my body and mind.
Thank you Richard Butler.
Graystar: I'm at a loss as to why this just-another-small-sensored superzoom is getting so much attention.
If your monitor is good the jpeg improvement is very obvious. Yet I do believe their is some, not so obvious slight improvement in the raw as well. the "I"s and Final "N" in Indian Ocean at 3200 raw are considerably better in the new firmware. But at the same time, A. B. C. & D, really is relevant:
A. Version 1.O images are all on the right. B. I just was just last month fited with a very good eyeglass prescription.C. My monitor is adiquate with good video card and latest drivers, as well as set to optimum resilution an refresh. Sony TV, 32" Bravia XBR9, in my case.
But if a person either can not see the differences or isn't willing to invest in a good physical ability to differentiate. That is fine for them. In truth I have transient visual impairment do to baby brain stroke induced double vision. But even then I feel obligated to present the best work with the best tools I can afford.
That means also comparing brands.