Impressive results but I'd be interested to see how the adapter works with really wide angles, like 24 or 20mm full frame lenses.
Because, for 35mm equivalence, we have already the nice 24mm Zeiss lens in E mount.
bobbarber: RawTherapee is not the only free option. The "engine" in RawTherapee is dcraw, a free command line converter for raw files written by Dave Coffin. dcraw is also the guts for many, many other free converters. I use UFRaw.
As far as limited functionality in RawTherapee, UFRaw, etc. goes, all you have to do is use those programs (or the command line) to convert your raw files, and complete processing them in other software, like Photoshop or gimp, if the functionality is too little for what you do. For me, it's like one program. When I open a raw file in gimp, gimp automatically presents the file to me in UFRaw. I make whatever tweaks I want, click a button, and the photo is converted and passed to gimp.
Yes many software developer re-use dcraw source code for raw file decoding purpose (incl. Adobe), but develop their own demosaicking algorithms.
I too used to use different software for raw processing, image editing and cataloguing (IMatch back then), but I was tired of the different software UI logic, the need to manage intermediate files and the potential different rendering of the same raw files in different software (IMatch, Capture One, Nikon Capture and Photoshop).
In that respect, an all-in-one solution such as Lightroom has been a life-changing (and time-saving) experience for me.
noegd: I liked the review, and having both C1 Pro, and Lr4, and having occasionally tested DxO, I cannot disagree with the conclusions.
I'd add one thing: the default rendering of Lr, which is indeed quite flat, can usually be made much more pleasing by selecting camera maker profiles, when they exist. You can also tweak the look and profiles to your liking, and define them as the new default settings to apply to that camera on later imports.
What is interesting, is how close these three programs are getting. 6y ago, Lr, C1 and DxO were much more different software that they are today.
Finally, RawTherapee is a great converter with leading edge demosaicking algorithms. It is however not as features rich as the above software: it is still primarily a raw converter (even if the compatibility with Adobe's DNG color profiles and lens profiles extends its usefulness). And more importantly, it is still a beta product that has some serious stability and memory management issues.
I only have 32bit Windows installs, and there is no 64bit build for the Mac yet. Too bad as I guess it would fly on my 8 cores, 16 GB Mac Pro...
I liked the review, and having both C1 Pro, and Lr4, and having occasionally tested DxO, I cannot disagree with the conclusions.
LittleMonkeyMojo: Would I then be able to connect something other than a lens to the camera for capturing data which may or may not be visual?
Like a digital TV receiver? Cool... or not ;-)
No functional prototype yet, confusing specs and they are supposed to be shipping finished products this quarter?
I have a BlackBerry Playbook . It was an impulse buy, my main tablet remaining an iPad, but its Tablet OS (pretty close to what the BB 10 OS will be) is really excellent. Great multi-tasking, excellent browser, mail, contact and productivity applications.
The few games that are available show the potential of the platform. Having had a quick look at the SDKs, there seem to be more ways to develop proper apps for the platform than for iOS: C++ native, HTML5, Java, Adobe Air...
The current Playbook has some hardware issues (average battery life, poor WiFi and GPS sensitivity) but nothing that can't be solved in a new generation of device.
If RIM manages to attract enough developpers, its platform could attract a lot of consumers. But that's a big IF...
That's actually a good surprise, considering the price of their 50 and 85 1.4.
Hopefully they will now turn to their 20, 24 and 28 1.8 and update them to state-of-the art optics and AF.
noegd: Would be interesting to see how this new 24-70 f/4 compares to Nikon's 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 (which in practice is no different than f/4 constant).
Maximum RR of the Nikkor is only 0.22x, but I'm not sure how many people would use a 24-70 for macro work.
The Nikkor may be "plastic fantastic" but I think it is very well made.
I note that the Canon 24-70 f/4 preview says it is "decently-built" but makes no mention of actual material. Putting a red ring and L on the lens does not make it automatically better.
Would be interesting to see how this new 24-70 f/4 compares to Nikon's 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 (which in practice is no different than f/4 constant).
The Standard vs Elite price difference is a blocking point for me. The only difference is FF vs APS-C support, and I think the price is a bit difficult to swallow for budget-conscious D600/D700 owners.
makofoto: But when are they finally going to add support to the most popular cameras like iPhones and GoPro's ?!?! Even pro's use those cameras and wouldn't mind some help ...
In fact, DxO also develops embedded solutions for mobile phones and compact cameras manufacturers. The iPhone could possibly already embark some DxO technology.
It seems to me that this sales & marketing guy doesn't really know what is going to come next. Not that I'm surprised, sales guys are sometimes informed after products are announced on their company web site!
I'm surprised their was no question about the GXR line. As someone else already wrote here, a GXR body with built-in EVF (à la NEX6/NEX7) would make a lot of sense. Add a GXR M mount module with FF sensor, and then I might reconsider the system (used to have a GXR+Module in addition to my Leica M8).
Didn't they announce a surprise for ZM lovers? I did not read anything new in Leica M mount...
Out of interest, why are today's MFT releases getting dropped down the front page on DPR?? I didn't see this, the GH3 announcement or the Oly lens announcement because the 6D preview stayed at the top of the page so I just assumed there was nothing new...
I think the Oly lenses actually started on Page 2 :/
DPR often keeps "headline" articles higher in the list, in particular previews.
But it is a bit strange to see the latest Panasonic lenses announcements at the bottom of the list, below compact digicams announcements.
Will there be an SDK for third party apps development? Could be fun...
Note that you don't really need an HDR soft to enhance dynamic range as described in the article.
I use the LR/Enfuse plugin to Lightroom. This plugin fuses the exposure of several pictures (after automatic alignment, they don't need to be shot from a tripod) and returns a 16bit TIFF file to Lightroom. This file can then be further developed in Lightroom.
I could see buying such a cam for my youngest kid (8y old)... if the price went down a bit. Because at that price, I'd probably rather buy a Coolpix L25 for 69€...
One of the most interesting new features vs the G3 is the silent (i.e. electronic) shutter option.
This, combined with all the other improvements (touchpad AF, eye sensor, high bitrate video...), make it a great upgrade to the G3 IMO.
Interesting approach, although one that requires leaving the Mac powered on 24/7. I try putting it to sleep when not in use and even switched off/disconnected from the mains when away for several days.
Speed of Internet connection when away from home may also be an issue (you don't want to upload gigabytes of data on a 3G connection or even a slow hotel WiFi...).