Very interesting comparison that highlights features like plug-ins and RAW fine tuning. I also wrote a blog using the beta version of the Photos vs Lightroom 5 and Aperture. The only thing that really bug me was the fact that they use the same old RAW image engine and as a Canon and Leica user, this isn't good enough as for Canon RAW files, shadows areas looks mushy when compares to LR. As for Leica's DNG, it's just horrible and I HAVE to use LR or ACR. Shame as I love Aperture and even now I've switched pretty much to LR for the past 6 months, I miss Aperture in many ways but unfortunately that it's not going to come back.
Frank_BR: This lens is basically the Nikon's answer to the battle of egos between the executives of Zeiss, Leica and Nikon, to see who makes the best abnormal ... oops, "normal" lens for FF.
P.S.: Zeiss stopped making cameras long time ago, Leica's camera production is on life support, and Nikon… well, Nikon is following in the footsteps of Zeiss and Leica.
Funny you mentioned Leica is on life support. Yes they were when they missed the boat on the introduction of M8 but since they changed management with the introduction of M9, everything changed. M9 has been selling so well and I've noticed a few pro wedding photographers dumped their Nikon or Canon for Leica again in UK.
The latest M T240 is sold out everywhere and still on waiting list. Yes, rangefinder cameras are quirky things these day but I still love them and in fact, I still use my M6.
Interesting that many mentioned Aperture here. Yes, I am a pro and I use Aperture too. I have a 50/50 feeling about including in this comparison review because Aperture will win in terms of asset management but Apple hasn't updated its pro software for years and it's now aging in terms of performance and more importantly feature sets.
I don't do a lot of Photoshop but there are some handy features that are getting hard to resist from rivalling softwares. Speed is also a factor too. I see Aperture 3.x is much faster than 1.x and 2.x and I can easily say that most of the current softwares tested here will be faster than Aperture because of algorithm updates.
I am still an Aperture user and really hope Apple can up its game once again and give us pro something good to use on their fabulous machines!
Jose E. Hernandez: I basically agree with your strategy but the only reservation I have is with recommending the Hyperdrive Colorspace. I have relied in this device and the OTG connector to download directly from it to a WD Passport until recently. In my last trip I used the new USMA 7 1000X cards with the 5DIII and and hadnthe unpleasant surprise that these devices will not work 1000X cards and the 600X Duracell cards. Called the company and they are not able to upgrade the software so they are planning to release new models to solve this issue.
Places I go makes carrying a laptop difficult due to weight limits and lack of electricity One of the reasons I liked the Hyperdrive was because it can be powered by a external 2 AA batteries pod. Besides, too tired at nighttime to any editing.
Use Epson P-7000. Perfect device. I have P-5000 and P-7000 as my away backups. 80Gb and 160Gb respectively. They work on all cards. I use UDMA 7 cards too and no problems at all. It does need bespoke batteries but you can get them on eBay these days. The latest P-7000 is available with travel pack which does include a dual charger (charge two batteries at once...), a travel stand and a 12V cigarette plug for you to charge your device or backing up stuff while you are driving. Have a look.
Nice. I am a photographer always on the go. Although I don't use Macbook Air that was featured here but I do use a 17inch Macbook Pro for most of my work on the move.
Having read some comments, you need to know a few things, if a photographer needs to work, they need the best screen possible to ensure the colours they captured or edited version are correct. Some says get a cheap laptop but I bet many have seen the quality of those screens. Second, a higher resolution screen will help you to determine the sharpness withouth having to zoom in or loop in all the time. Well, I still do just to check. Then hard drive. I agree having two external HD. I always have two just in case. iPad is useless if you shoot RAW and the capacity isn't large enough for pro user. If any of you are pixel maniacs and trigger happy, then you will definitely need a very large HD. You know these days how large files can be.
Anyhow, have a nice day and I enjoyed the read, both comments and article.
Funny how different people react to the announcement here. Well for a start, I am a photographer and I do appreciate the benefit of extra pixels. Very much like some of my friends using the new iPad show casing their photos. The retina display instantly tell you your photos are sharp, in focus or not. This is a big benefit during photo selection.
Mind you, I am using the late 2011 17inch MBP with enough pixels to get my workflow done fairly quickly. I love the size of bigger screen not just pixel. I am a little disappointed that Apple has discontinued the 17inch line all together. I am not too bother about optical drive but I agree with some comments here that user can no longer upgrade the basics like RAM and flash drive. I was able to upgrade my hard disk to SSD and RAM with ease. If I want, I can also swap out my optical drive for a second SSD or hard drive for RAID configuration. This is a pro's computer.
I am unsure, apart from the screen, who this retina MBP will appeal to.
Charlie boots: Try hiring a skilled backhoe operator for the same amount of time. The septic pumper charges $200 and spends only 1 hour here. If I need an electrician or plumber it costs around $100 for them to come and take a look. The furnace burner tech charges around $200 for a service call even if it is only to change a nozzle and filter.
The garage which fixes my car has a shop rate of $80 per hour excluding materials and parts.
$3k for a wedding is not excessive. The bride should shop around, it is a free market and invariabley you get what you pay for.
Absolutely. People have the freedom to shop around. And I can say, you DO GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! No offense to anyone but do look around. And if you happen to have a friend or uncle or Mr Bob who can take brilliant wedding photos and portraits, then you save a bucket. But don't say anything if his/her equipment breaks down in the middle of your wedding and no back up. You can't sue your uncle can't you? That's why professionals charge more because of PEACE OF MIND and GOOD QUALITY service. Can't say more now. People just don't get it. You can easily find a £300 photographer or just give the money to your friend. Full stop.
JIMMYCHENG: Pretty good response. I like it from that point of view. I do have all these costs associated with every wedding and I charge £1300 per wedding. Don't forget that nowadays DSLR only last about 2 to 3 years depending on the number of weddings you have each year. Then you pretty much have to replace them. Each shutter has a life of around 150k to 200k actuations. Then each lens needs a service every year or two. Computer upgrades... I have to replace my computer every 4 years because of something wrong (completely broke down). Insurance, traveling (ever increasing petrol prices)... etc.
But most important is our experience and consistenncy to perform.
We are professionals, not amateurs. That's a big difference!
I shot indoor and outdoor weddings, locations... etc. Rain and dust will make your lenses less reliable over time, doesn't matter if they have seals or not. Servicing is needed to keep them good and reliable mate.
Pretty good response. I like it from that point of view. I do have all these costs associated with every wedding and I charge £1300 per wedding. Don't forget that nowadays DSLR only last about 2 to 3 years depending on the number of weddings you have each year. Then you pretty much have to replace them. Each shutter has a life of around 150k to 200k actuations. Then each lens needs a service every year or two. Computer upgrades... I have to replace my computer every 4 years because of something wrong (completely broke down). Insurance, traveling (ever increasing petrol prices)... etc.