We're well into 2014.
Where's the "breakthrough products", Lebowski?
This is such an honor!
Andy Wilson: "One small f-stop for man, one decisive moment for mankind?"The ultimate f8 and be there, I suppose. Not sure about the overall value of the space race for humanity but I certainly respect the men who went there. I remember watching this as an 11 year old and still think it is truly amazing. Looking back at how fragile the lander appears in the photograph and thinking there is probably more computing power in the 'caps lock' key of the computer I am typing this on than on board Apollo 11, it's incredible.
One of the things that impresses me most about Neil Armstrong though is not just this and his general piloting skills and achievements but his quiet humility. It's refreshing, in this day of celebrity posers, to find that in someone who has actually achieved something of note.
That's an odd statement, considering that Neil "Might as well be a dog or monkey" Armstrong took manual control of the LM because it was off the automated course the NASA engineers programmed for it, thus preventing a crash. I'm sure there are other instances where a dog or monkey wouldn't have risen to a challenge; Apollo 13 comes to mind. As plenty of people involved in Apollo have said, it was definitely a team effort, not the one-sided, Man in a Can story peevee1 believes.
Armstrong took some very fine photos in the midst of an extremely busy few hours. For me, their power and beauty will never be diminished.
453C: Given the price, I have to wonder if this is a spectacular deal or a waste of a little bit of money. Does anyone have experience with this software? I also started a thread in The Digital Darkroom for discussion:
Lu64, I know it's for Lightroom 3-4, and I'm fairly sure this is software. I don't think I'll receive a stack of paper "configuration files" in the post. :)
Klaus H: Bought a couple of weeks ago via the G+ deal. Great value for money.
Reviews at the Adobe LR Exchange here: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&loc=en_us&extid=2978022
Gotta laugh.Who in their right mind would worry about spending a tenner! ;)
If you're referring to me, I'm not worrying about anything, but I'd just as soon not give someone my money for a shoddy product. I doubt you walk into a restaurant and say, "I'll take the £10 meal, whatever that is." :)
I'm happy to read that's not the case for this product, so I may get the package.
Thanks for the link!
Mssimo: They have more samples on google+
I bought the pack, cant try it out till tonight. Comes out to be around $16 US.
Its a zip file with lots of sub folders with presets. No exe files and no DRM of any kind.
One more thing. I found two sub folders; lightroom 3 and lightroom 4.
I look forward to reading more. Please post your experiences in The Digital Darkroom thread, too. It's easy for things to get buried on these News discussions.
Given the price, I have to wonder if this is a spectacular deal or a waste of a little bit of money. Does anyone have experience with this software? I also started a thread in The Digital Darkroom for discussion:
burnymeister: Makes me happy...
You and me both!
"There I was, hiking into Grand Canyon again, the mighty Colorado shrouded in mist, while snowflakes danced across the South Rim. I brought my weather sealed E-M5 to my eye just as a mighty condor soared over Plateau Point ..."
I think my E-PL1 is going to get a big brother by Christmas.
petrocan: I was very interested to see how it performs with 4/3 lenses. I have a few I would like to be able to use.
I know I can buy a e30 or e3, but this camera is tempting.
Olympus has already said it won't significantly speed up AF on 4/3 lenses:http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=40554073
Otherwise, it'll perform fine, and now you have a weather sealed MFT option when combined with the MMF-3.
PeterNMIF: I'm happy with the button size and body size of the GH2. I doubt I would want anything smaller.
Is the E-M5 smaller body and smaller buttons than the GH2?
It's similar in size to the G3 and GH2. Sort of slots between the two:http://camerasize.com/compact/#185,289,166,ha,f
You can compare two at a time, with multiple views through the main tool:http://camerasize.com/compare/#185,289
Markoe Photoe: Why couldn't we pick our cameras based only a photo of the final output that the camera produced? The cost would also be listed next to the print to justify the cost to get to that level of quality.
Not sure why we have to discuss models hair, her eyelashes, camera hood slightly crooked...who really cares about this?
When you're out shooting with this camera, or other cameras, do people think about this mindless chatter?
"Why couldn't we pick our cameras based only a photo of the final output that the camera produced? The cost would also be listed next to the print to justify the cost to get to that level of quality."
I care about ergonomics, weight/bulk of the system, the feature set, etc. Your photo/price list would be sadly lacking for me, or any Vulcan of good upbringing.
AbrasiveReducer: Geesh. These guys need better lawyers. Over here, we pay top management huge sums to just go away when they lose a lot of money.
No, I'm quite serious. Now what?
DB Custom: I also felt that Olympus was on a serious downward spiral, initially. Then I found out that the camera industry is only about 15% of the company, they're very well known for their endoscopes, medical grade surgical instruments and highly acclaimed for that...a great many hospitals use Olympus endoscopes daily. This alone will fairly easily keep Olympus afloat and new management may actually help the camera side of things start turning a profit...after many years of multi-million dollar losses with consumer grade cameras.
That remains to be seen. I suspect Panasonic would happily buy the camera division at the right price.
I'll take the U.S legal system over any other, broken parts and all. There are far worse systems in the world, and taken as a whole, I haven't seen a better one yet.
space2k: Well then. They are just going to have to give us loyal Olympians a 50% discount on the OM-D to make us forget about this.
Biowizard, for someone that likes to spout off about Micro Four Thirds, I'm surprised you don't know that "MFT" is a very common acronym for the system. Then again, given the content of your spouting, I'm not surprised.
Why bring up the D800? Olympus lost its battle between 4/3 & APS-C, but now they have a way to gain market share with MFT, which has definitely been chewing into crop DSLR sales. You may think the OM-D series is a joke, but it shows signs of being a big seller for Olympus, and of being a strong evolutionary step for the MFT mount.
"And there's the rub: the OM-D doesn't even sport a pentaprism. Its name is a disgrace."
That perfectly illustrates how much you know about MFT.
topstuff: I'd hate to work in Olympus marketing charged with getting the media to focus on new products.
It's not good PR to have the management in jail when trying to promote the company.
I read this in a business book somewhere.
Francis, say hi to HappyVan at the next Olympus Haters meeting.
Francis Carver: Okay, so the Japanese legal system is mighty slow.... but once the stones start grinding -- look out everyone!!!!
This company is going down the gurgler, one way or the other. It's only a matter of time. Too bad, maybe, but you can only get away with these sorts of high crimes for a limited time. Now, it's just about over for the once mighty Oly.
What of it? Your R.I.P. seems very premature. The company still has valuable assets and strong market position.
The facts of the scandal haven't changed since last fall. The investigation began, and has led to these arrests of people that were already discredited. The damage to the value of Olympus stock appears to have already occurred. Sure, there's more house cleaning to be done, but the big surprises are probably over.
The speed of the legal system has actually been quite good, btw.
The arrested folks are no longer employed by Olympus.
If the products are good enough, they can probably stand on their own. MFT is taking off, and the new OM-D series should help the Camera division. Medical Imaging appears to be doing just fine.
Dan Nikon: Interesting that you left out the most important and best part, Kodak is still going to make film, a niche that serves them and Ilford well and keeps us real fine art photographers set with all the options we need to stay in business. Not that many on this site would care, but many of us pros use fillm along side of digital and will continue to do so. As cited in the BJP:
I keep reading about how all is not lost, since Kodak will still be in the film business, but I have to wonder how long that business model will be sustainable.