Kim Letkeman

Kim Letkeman

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On A closer look at the Nikon Coolpix P900 megazoom article (188 comments in total)

I've looked at the Nikon megazooms before ... the lack of raw formats is always a fatal flaw and this one suffers for it too. Panasonic and Fuji have had raw output on their tiny sensor megazooms for quite a while now, and it makes a real difference. Nikon ... wake up!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 14:49 UTC as 5th comment
On CreativeLive kicks off Photoshop Week 2015 article (12 comments in total)
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DaveE1: The Adobe marketing creeping into the site may backfire.

So, Photoshop has been around for 25 years?... an interesting fact, but also a reminder that there are better software for most photographers these days. The audio CD has been around since 1985, but that doesn't make it the best way to listen to music.

The comments under the recent article on the Photoshop 25th anniversary made it clear that many people are developing a dislike for Adobe and its products.

Despite what the carefully crafted Adobe press release would want you to think, Photoshop is increasingly becoming less relevant. Eventually, even the "power" users will move away when the newer alternatives get traction.

Sorry Adobe, but your money and size doesn't buy my opinion ;-)

"but also a reminder that there are better software for most photographers these days"

"Photoshop is increasingly becoming less relevant"

That, of course, is utter nonsense. It cannot possibly be more relevant for anyone who has embraced more than just the snapshot. Add video and the way the Adobe suite works together will pretty much blow your mind.

For those just plinking about, LR and CS were never relevant. For everyone else, they compete just fine. And for beginners who want to make better images, the number of tutorials from excellent photographers like Sue Bryce, Gavin Hoey and legions more makes Adobe products an amazing value at 10 bucks a month.

All of that in addition to Creative Live ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 15:39 UTC
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Kim Letkeman: Some nice ones for sure ... but I would never have assumed that garden meant literally any place where a plant might choose to grow. How peculiar.

@wherearemyshots -- no, my point is not similar at all.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 07:04 UTC

Some nice ones for sure ... but I would never have assumed that garden meant literally any place where a plant might choose to grow. How peculiar.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 07:21 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies

*sigh* .... I guess that means that Vegas and all its stable-mates are being tossed into the new subsidiary. I wonder how long it will be before I am forced to adopt some other video editing solution ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 19:49 UTC as 24th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: The 4/3 sensor was invented when sensors were very expensive. The smaller 4/3 sensor cost a lot less than APS-C sensors so it allowed 4/3 format manufacturers a much higher profit margin. Nowadays there is hardly any difference in cost between an APS-C and a 4/3 sensor. Even FF sensors are fast becoming commodity priced. That puts 4/3 format cameras at a disadvantage because they are destined to be low volume compared to the APS-C models, and the low volume forces the makers to raise prices above APS-C models. That means a smaller, noisier sensor must be sold at a higher price than a larger sensors with more pixels. For this reason, the 4/3 format is doomed, in much the same way that half frame 35mm film cameras were doomed.

I agree with you in general terms. But the 4/3 aspect ratio favours portraiture, so one actually loses less than half a stop most of the time between APS-C and 4/3. Further, the size and weight of the systems is vastly different, so for travel the m4/3 form factor pretty much stomps the APS-C form factor.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 16:25 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)

No PDAF ... same grip ... same OIS specs ... not that exciting.

High end video specs ... now that's exciting. Now we wait to see how good the codec is at any bandwidth ... and of course how long it can record before giving up ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 16:22 UTC as 149th comment | 4 replies
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (229 comments in total)

Anyone who is running the latest versions of LR on a 32 bit machine it probably a masochist. Limited memory, limited bandwidth ... nothing is good about that combination. So Adobe is dead right to make 32 bit system obsolete. Heck, when was the last time you saw a 32 bit system for sale (that wasn't one of those crap brands created for suckers.)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 15:10 UTC as 12th comment | 7 replies
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (229 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I tried Lightroom 5.7 last week. Adobe's website would only make the trial version available as part of CC, so I doubt new version 6 will be sold as a standalone application.
Apparently Adobe succeded in dragging every Lr user to CC, despite it being outrageously expensive. You paid less for the standalone programme even if you updated it every year. I knew this would happen.
As for the 5.7v I tried, it is exactly the same as Lr4, which I tried some three years ago, save for some presentation details. Lr6 will undoubtedly have some fancy features added, but I have no reason to believe it will bring any real improvement over previous versions.

The new price will remain stable (if Adobe wants to keep their customer base) and is in fact an excellent deal. Office remains a better deal, but Adobe finally got it right. 10 bucks for the latest Photoshop and Lightroom is cheap. And as others have mentioned, the price up upgrading even one of the apps every two years is as high ... and of course upgrading both tips you back to the rental as the cheapest way to go. Now, for those who don't want the latest versions, the costs will feel outrageous. But then, you probably have what you need so no need to complain.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 15:08 UTC
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (229 comments in total)
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mholdef: Really hope that the performance will be improved. I have a loaded iMac Retina and Lightroom is nowhere near it should be in expected performance. Photoshop on the other hand works quite well, even with heavy files.

Such is the difference between layers of bruised pixels and layers of non-destructive smart gestures. Photoshop does not have to rerender anything every time anything changes, but then to save your layers and smart layers, you need to store a massive file along side the original. Each has its strengths ... but of course, performance improvements will always be welcome. Note: The biggest single performance improvement is a fast scratch drive ... I use a cheap RAID 0 striped drive (2x1TB Caviar Black) and it is magnificent on an older 8 core AMD system with lots of RAM (the other key improvement.)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 15:05 UTC
On Panasonic reveals Lumix DMC-GF7 with tilting LCD article (78 comments in total)
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Kim Letkeman: The comments here seem to presume that this is a cheaper GM1, but I suspect that the GF6 sensor is present in the GF7 and that's why it is so cheap. It is also no GM1 based on that.

And why on God's green earth did Panasonic prioritize a GF7 to join the GM1, GM5 and LX100 in their small compact harem instead of the G7, which is part of a line that is unique in all of m4/3 for brilliant ergonomics?

Thanks, I'll check that out ...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 05:37 UTC
On Panasonic reveals Lumix DMC-GF7 with tilting LCD article (78 comments in total)

The comments here seem to presume that this is a cheaper GM1, but I suspect that the GF6 sensor is present in the GF7 and that's why it is so cheap. It is also no GM1 based on that.

And why on God's green earth did Panasonic prioritize a GF7 to join the GM1, GM5 and LX100 in their small compact harem instead of the G7, which is part of a line that is unique in all of m4/3 for brilliant ergonomics?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 19:54 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic reveals Lumix DMC-GF7 with tilting LCD article (78 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: A hump just for the flash and hinge. No wonder SONY is always perceived as the better brand.

False conclusion. Quite a few of us do not perceive Sony as the "better brand" ...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 19:52 UTC
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Spkeasy: I would buy (80%) the LX100 (or something like it) if it had at least a 16MP sensor. I need the occasional big enlargement and pixelation becomes an issue at the 12MP level.
Add zoom to about 10x to that and I think I would be 100% likely to buy, especially if they shrunk the width a little so it would fit a pocket more easily.
The slap-on little flash (or bigger option) on my EM5 works out fine since I rarely need flash with the low-light options I have with high speed sensor (they all seem to be getting these today) and great stabilization allowing me to use natural light for almost everything.

"I would buy (80%) the LX100 (or something like it) if it had at least a 16MP sensor. I need the occasional big enlargement and pixelation becomes an issue at the 12MP level."

http://www.bythom.com/printsizes.htm

Short answer: Both would produce at best a "good" print at that size. Not really worth getting bent over ...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 05:24 UTC

Smart phones are great when you don't have a real camera in your hands. And since most people's standards are staggeringly low, are we to be surprised that Samsung and Apple are rapidly overtaking the real camera makers for mom, pop and the kids?

The real camera makers are heading back where they started, fighting over the enthusiast and professional markets.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 01:14 UTC as 28th comment
On Canon to move camera production back to Japan article (108 comments in total)

Yawn. They build 'em where it makes business sense. Market contraction and the falling yen probably makes this a no-brainer.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2015 at 21:56 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1454 comments in total)
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Suave: Dude, you are insane - I would love me a modern 35-105/3.5 now that I am on FF, and I used a 50 way more when I was shooting crop. As for the middle ground - of course there's one - it's owning both. And don't get me started on not buying FF lenses - most of my FF lenses now cost more than I originally paid for them (24-105 being the sole exception), the only crop lens I owned lost half its value by the time I sold it.

PS. I don't understand why everyone talks about DOF when it's features like AF that's above and beyond what absolute majority of crop can offer and much more advanced UI that really matter.

@cgarrard -- ditto.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 14:49 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1454 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: Lenses. Part of the often repeated "advantage" of an APS-C camera is the longer "reach" of the crop sensor. It means you can use a 400mm lens and get the equivalent of a 600mm. but when APS-C fantatics buy odd focal length lenses like a 35mm macro to mimic the working distance (or lack thereof) of a 50mm macro on a FF, or when they buy a 50-135mm zoom to mimic a 75-200mm zoom on a FF, then they instantly threw that advantage away. To add insult to injury these APS-C lenses are way more expensive than their FF equivalents. In fact, a person can buy a FF, a 50mm macro, and a 70-200mm zoom and he would have spent less money than someone who bought an APS-C camera, a 35mm macro and a 50-135mm zoom.

Not only does the APS-C buyer not have an advantage in reach unless he uses FF telephotos, he also have a disadvantage at the wide angle end. In sum, it is another myth that the APS-C sensor has an advantage over the FF sensor for the consumer but the myth lives on.

This sounds like pure nonsense. What Richard suggests is that purchasing a pure APS-C system takes full advantage of the size and weight reduction, and of the cost reductions without pandering to some strange notion of future applicability. And an APS-C body like the 5500 is less than a grand with a huge array of features, while every full frame body costs double that with no more features but lots of size and weight for the most part. What you are focusing on is the fact that the buyer of APS-C has the choice to buy FF lenses and somehow you are confusing that with the primary reasons to buy APS-C over FF -- cost and size.

Now, if you actually have a source for a FF body and FF lenses of good quality that would cost me less than an APS-C body and equivalent lenses, I am all ears ...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 14:47 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1454 comments in total)

I followed the path to full frame that is the main subject of this article. And then I followed the reverse path (D700 to D7000 to m4/3) and am almost perfectly happy there. I still pine for the low light prowess of full frame now and again, but the sheer pleasure of carrying multiple bodies with small primes on them overwhelms my pining in a great big hurry when I contemplate what it would be like to carry a full suite of bodies and lenses in full frame.

However, were I swimming in cash I would own both and use them as needed, which is more or less what the article suggests. As in optimizing the system(s) you use and not compromising them based on some strange notion of "future applicability" ...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 14:41 UTC as 205th comment

Very nice ... even nicer cropped square to remove all the wasted space on the left ...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 16:44 UTC as 1st comment
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