Weird. I compared Studio Shots of MX1 and X20. No significant differences. Yet when comparing the real world shot the MX1 images look much better than the X20? Anybody ?
Peiasdf: "The E-PM2 and E-PL5 borrow the Olympus OM-D E-M5's proven 16MP CMOS sensor, a class-leader in image quality"What class is that? m4/3? That's a class of two. EVIL/mirrorless? It is better than Fuji and NEX?
Why this review reads like company press release with the overuse of hyperboles?
@Peiasdf:Micro Four Thirds clearly is a class. There are several camera makers adopting this sensor size and there is an abundance of lenses, even with cross vendor compatibility! I wish such thing would be available in APSC
If you must write a negative comment, then at least back it up with proper research. It is not pleasant to wade through lots of comments of ranting with no proper foundation.
devlin2427: Weirdly enough being the best entry level mirrorless doesn't warrant a gold award.
@ MarkInSFI shot with the NEX-5N. It is a brilliant camera with an infuriating User Interface. Every time I want to change settings, it is like I have to wrestle with the camera.
I have not shot with Olympus for > 10 years. But all Olympus cameras that I did touch were like an extension of my arm. After getting used to I could forget I had a camera and was just happily shooting pictures the way I imagined them.
So if you fancy the NEX-3 over this Oly, I strongly suggest to borrow any Sony NEX other than 6 or 7 ( different UI ) and just shoot with it for one day. If you love it. Great. If you hate it, have a look at this Oly.
@ Lars, Thanks for the inspiration,I looked at your flickr snapshot and saw that you created a photo of the map and included it into the photo stream. This thing opened the flood gates on a creative blockage I had. I was looking for a service which could add additional information, such as maps, travel guides, some text e.g. for the creative journey. But so far I found either great image presentation or additional information was possible but the image presentation lacked. Now I have a new tool. I could go for the best image presentation and add whatever I want to add as images. Thanks for the idea!
n8gray: Wtf? Where is Aperture?
In my research about alternative RAW converters to Lightroom I found many posts that complain Aperture has not been updated since a long while. Combine this with very personal, very hard experience, that Apple has a tradition to suddenly discontinue a SW application. After it happened twice to you that you converted all your workflow to suite one app and then it is discontinued, you will be very careful to give a third App from the same vendor a try.Changing a RAW converter is a big thing if you have a large legacy library and you have a carefully worked out workflow.
A very interesting Article that I will share with my wife who is getting into photography on a mobile phone and she does not want heavy Photographic Workflow Apps on her beloved, but old MacBook. Thank you!
I linked your Article in the Article Series: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/3167814967/rfc-beating-photoshops-rent-forever-cloud-trap, hoping that I can help you a little getting more traffic.
Thanks again to bring this interesting development to our attention!
Update: 2013.05.18* Created Reference Section on the Last Page and compiled a list of links to great Articles* Updated the Navigation accordingly* answered all comments
Revision Change List 2013.05.17* Completed Page 5* Answered all Posts of today* Changed the Title of the Article ** Suggested Name change from Community to attract more readers and contributors* Removed the section in Page 1 that Adobe lowered cost for Creative Professionals* Restructured Page 1 to me more legible and removed some typos and formatting problems.* Added Chapter: "Who is this Article for"* Added Chapter: "Adobe's Marketing success of FUDER makes Photographers jump ship" * Added Chapter: "Consequences for Photographers"* Renamed some Pages to better match content and updated the navigation section on all pages accordingy* Shortened the page name in the Pull Down Page Menu* Added Future Section to Page 6* Adjusted all page Navigation to above change* Changed the Status from Draft to Release Candidate
I hope you find it useful. Comments and Likes are welcome.
Gerard JP: "Lowers cost for creative professionals"I disagree. As a professional graphic- and web designer, the CC model raises the cost for me substantially. I'm still on CS3.3 Design Premium for two reasons:1 - There are NO objective reasons to upgrade; there are no improvements significant enough in Illustrator, InDesign, PS, Dreamweaver, etc., for me to invest in, except - maybe - native 64 bits, which had me consider CS4, temporarily.2 - Adobe does not allow me to upgrade from CS3 to CS6, for example, which means I would have to shell out the full price once again.
Oops, I went overboard. 6 comments. I am just so passionate about it. Let me know if this does not interest you and I will not mention it again.
The PC accessory makers do not think system. But I am a photographer. I think system. I use system. I love system. I bought Pentax Camera, because my new lens I can use on my I think 30 year old Pentax LX camera, when it itches me. And all the time I am using all my old film lenses on my Brand new Pentax K30. Just last night I used my super > 30 years old 200 mm f.2.5 lens on my K30, and it worked with lots of feature which were not even around when that lens was developed: ( automatic exposure, shake reduction system ). I use HW all the time that is older than 30 years. I am so upset that the PC industry barely can keep an item usable for 5 .. 10 years. In terms of external HD housing, I can not even buy every 3 years a housing, that looks identical to the one I bought 3 years before. All my HD enclosure look like a collection of misfits. Yikes. I am very passionate to design and build a system for me that fixes this mess. Any photographer who like it I will build one for a friend.
Targets of the whole system:* Quiet* Small* Modular* Good looking* Choice of colors with the housing* Reduce the cable mess** ( reduce number of cables, keep short, hide behind good looking blend )* Very reliable* low cost* DIY and open system. Buy what you need, do not buy what you do not need* Long lasting system. So you can add to over the years / decades* Never force user to trash anything that is still working, reuse in modular system* external boxes connected with one and one cable only* Even several units small enough to be hidden behind a display* no longer climb under desk to plug in a cable ( I hate that )* Easy to assemble, disassemble* only use materials can last > 20 years ( e.g. no paint, no glue )* Usage of only open available standards. Create an open source standard in case industry standard is missing to reach target
Let me know if anything is missing. I am so pi$$ed with HW I can buy. Especially external HD housing. Hot, keep changing, cable mess)
Why to have these new Open Source PCIe and HD cable standards:* Thunderbolt is not available to Developers like us* Thunderbolt is too expensive* The performance of these buses is higher than Thunderbolt @ lower costs* If you start investing into a tiny PC, at least me I want to know in case later I need more, I can plug it instead of being forced to build another machine from scratch. These two ports provide just that* Economy of scale. Build one housing for all sizes, then expand it with additional boxes ( which share the same housing ) if needed.
There are the following Units in this System:CPU: ( PC Motherboard + 2 x 3.5" + SSD + HD Interface + PCIe Interface )SATA Drive: External RAID Drive enclosures based on SATA IIIPCIe Drive: Super FastGPU: GPU accelerationPSU: ( Surge Protection + UPS + PSU + Multicord )
This is a lot of info in just text. I hope this makes sense. Let me know what you think.
The Disk cable I actually designed for my photography needs. I loved Firewire so much, but it is phased out. intel and Apple are rejecting us access to Thunderbolt, so since two years we are developing an open source standard alternative.Design targets for HD:* Cable costs < 10 USD* Bandwidth: 24 GTs* 240 W Power over cable* Protocol SATA III x 4 Channels* Daisy Chain. With one cable I can connect up to 4 external HD enclosures, all the way not having one external power supply* Each enclosure can have up to 10 HD-> One HD connector on the PC can connect up to 50 HD @ 24 GTs.
If you want to get higher speed, you would go with the PCIe connector* 240 W power over Cable* Bandwidth 32 GTs* Protocol PCIe ( 1.0 ... 3.0 ) x 4 lanes* Support of PCIe Switches instead of daisy chain* PCIe Expansion Boxes are used for:** Add a GPU, e.g. for GPU acceleration of various SW and editing tools** Ultra High Performance PCIe Raid Controller to build an external HD RAID system
"Over Cooled, Under clocked, over designed power supplies, tiny and quiet, stack able."
Agree on all your comments. We were working on this project since a year already, but I saw the opportunity to throw in new design targets. Our current design is about A4 size ( about US letter ) and is 8 cm thick ( about 3" ). There is a very big CPU heat sink designed for 150 W dissipation, but an i3 is only 35 W and i7 only 70 W. This will keep the CPU cool. Power supply is modular and can be chosen to > 200 % over rated. And I mean 200 % over nominal use and not peak rating. There is enough space for 2 x 3.5" HD and 1 x SSD. I want to have an SSD for the OS ( properly configured of course ), so that the system boots in about 7 seconds. So in case I need something, it is up quickly. So most if time the system is off and does not age. We are developing an open source standard for PCIe Cable and external Disk cable, which are almost complete. ...
HubertChen: I researched the whole day on a better way to write page 1 with not much success. Well, some days see less output then others. I strongly believe that one way out of the Photoshop Nightmare is to move to Lightroom. I am using Lightroom since years and I rarely make a trip to Photoshop. With the new version of Lightroom I will only have need to go to Photoshop for Panorama and HDR Photomerge. And for those functions plugins and other SW than Photoshop is available. But what shocked me today was following the comments on the Lightroom Hangout Video of today, which were basically a long list of posted mistrust to Adobe and thus no interest in Lightroom anymore. I can understand it. My first response to PS CC was that I wanted to replace Lightroom. After much more research and thinking I believe there is a way to keep Lightroom and to be sure never to get into the Cloud and worst case to switch at a later time to something else, say Capture One, without loosing an iota of work / data.
But how to communicate it to someone who is so upset and burned. That is what I spend thinking about. I hope after some sleep tomorrow is more productive.
I researched the whole day on a better way to write page 1 with not much success. Well, some days see less output then others. I strongly believe that one way out of the Photoshop Nightmare is to move to Lightroom. I am using Lightroom since years and I rarely make a trip to Photoshop. With the new version of Lightroom I will only have need to go to Photoshop for Panorama and HDR Photomerge. And for those functions plugins and other SW than Photoshop is available. But what shocked me today was following the comments on the Lightroom Hangout Video of today, which were basically a long list of posted mistrust to Adobe and thus no interest in Lightroom anymore. I can understand it. My first response to PS CC was that I wanted to replace Lightroom. After much more research and thinking I believe there is a way to keep Lightroom and to be sure never to get into the Cloud and worst case to switch at a later time to something else, say Capture One, without loosing an iota of work / data.
ptodd: No GPU acceleration?
No GPU acceleration. In an interview an Adobe Developer commented that this would be a cool feature and to be considered in the future. We have used Premiere with and without GPU acceleration and it is a difference as in day and night.
... from scratch. I think I will implement this perpetual workstation idea and rebuild my Mac environment for the go back to projects. I already had a company meeting with the chiefs. We all agree this is a working methodology we will be using from now on. Every 10 years or so in a certain Area we have to do a technology shift and old work falls of the Grid. Using Time Capsule PCs we can keep it accessible. We even started a project for such PCs ( Over Cooled, Under clocked, over designed power supplies, tiny and quiet, stack able ).
All right, you are on. We will do this. I also like your more catchy title. ( and I love Startrek ). I spend all days in meetings. I cleared my calendar for the next 4 weeks to have 4 ... 6 hours time every day on this Article series. ( That is if no emergency in the company is popping up ). Please check your dpreview message. There is something I like to talk with you if possible via voice. Which country are you in ( time zone | culture ) ? Do you use Lightroom ?
About revising past work. I agree, most if my work I do not revisit, but some I do. And if I do I need all of it. If can not get to it, I need to redo it. And somehow this is very upsetting me. I left a huge amount of Artwork and Illustrations behind, when changing from Mac to Windows. They were made in Omnigraffle ( we preferred it so much over Illustrator for technical Illustrations ). Even until today I am crippled when I have to Illustrate my writings. What took half hour with my Library, takes a day now starting ....
Perpetual Lightroom continued ...The new Workflow seems to be able to Archive everything in a manner that I can port my data from Lightroom to whatever, without loosing my work, except for Lightroom retouch history. I wonder if this ever could be archived other than building a Perpetual System, same style as the Perpetual Photoshop System you described. And actually this type of problem and solution applies to many other areas, which we never addressed cleanly in our office:* Illustrations* PCB Schematics & Layouts* Mechanical CADI think this idea of a perpetual system to archive your work is a great methodology addressing a far bigger problem than just Photoshop legacy. Let me know what you think. If you agree I may give an entire Article to something like Perpetual System Archiving. And you are welcome to find a more catchy title, he he.