Kim Letkeman

Kim Letkeman

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On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (220 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 9th comment | 7 replies
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (220 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 (220 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 27th 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 (1315 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 (1315 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 (1315 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 150th 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
On Art nouveau in the Nature's Delicate Beauty challenge (28 comments in total)

Exquisite ...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 19:21 UTC as 9th comment
On Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014) article (185 comments in total)

No surprise that Panasonic basically takes the compact and long zoom categories. They seem to be hitting the ball out of the park lately. Now where is my G7?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 20:56 UTC as 16th comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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LarsLeibgott: This is an excellent camera. I love mine.

I love that you love yours.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 19:11 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Clouds over Skagsanden article (116 comments in total)

Hmmm ... can't agree at all with the choice of crop or angle. The beach sand is such a dominating element that it needs to be made interesting by creating some angle. Straight on as it is feels wrong to me. I was originally thinking that stepping to the right until the entire rock on the left could be contained and the sand pattern was angled to the front and left diagonally was the right choice. And I still think it would have worked well.

But then I saw the amazing large rocks on both sides, framing the shot in a truly interesting way and think that might have been an excellent image as well. And it would have worked at a longer aspect ratio, i.e. a true panorama. Printed as a tryptic would made it a smashing success I would bet.

But this image does nothing for me other than to confirm for the millionth time that there is a very target rich environment there ...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 15:01 UTC as 41st comment | 3 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)
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intruder61: ............."but the E-M5 arguably began to look a bit dated when the cheaper model came on the market."

What a stupid statement....come on Brittany, lift your game.

Ignoring the staggering rudeness of your choice of words, I can't understand how you could disagree with that assertion at all, much less condescendingly. Focus peaking, wifi, EFC shutter ... yeah, the EM5 is dated by comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 05:41 UTC
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Johannes Zander: I have 240 GB of photos on my home server.
So this service is to little for me.

@tkbslc - Shaping up to be a good value for US members only. The rest of us can only watch the feeding frenzy from the sidelines.

@steelhead3 - It is not without your permission as you are obviously now aware of the limitation. If you put all your photos up there and drop Prime you are in effect saying that you are willing to pay the fees some other way.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2014 at 14:25 UTC
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monkeybrain: When will it be rolled out outside the US?

Possibly the same day that streaming is made available outside the US? Or good prices?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2014 at 14:21 UTC
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