I find LR to be very useful and efficient tool for photo management and editing. For management part I wish it could write keywords to RAW header. They would be universally searchable that way. Of course within LR it should use its own database for speed reasons.
In export LR seems to write some metadata to images though I am not sure if it includes keywords (it should). I can find title and description (in Finder show info and in Quick Look/SneakPeek Photo) which in my case contain most of the same information. Very useful when you need to access already exported files in Finder. Command-F finds them immediately.
As for folder structures... I use folders which are by shoots and named accordingly. Generally I access latest jobs by folders but anything older I access by keywords. No substitute for that after a few years of photo accumulation.
huyzer: Please DPreview, provide more portrait under high contrast light situations without fill flash. It's great to see how the sensor handles those situations. And while you're at it, can you provide RAW files for us to see how much Dynamic Range we can extract from each sample file you upload? Thanks, I hope you consider it.
May be that there is no software available that can open 6D RAW.
Would be nice to have a comparison review of best HDR packages. I currently use Photomatix but it has some issues.
JohnFredC: The problem with larger sensors is the size of the lenses. As long as manufacturers persist with camera form factors where the lens protrudes from the front of the camera, the sensor size will determine pocketability. This continuing reliance on historical camera design impedes progress in the areas debated so enthusiastically in this thread.
The first mfg who combines a larger sensor (1" would be swell) with a folded optics design (similar to the Sony T-series, for instance) and a decent zoom range (6x-10x), smart camera interface via large touch screen, and SLR-style mechanical controls ergonomically placed, will change the camera paradigm forever, and get my money almost immediately.
I would buy camera like that with even less zoom range. Even bifocal 35/70mm (35mm equivalent) "variable prime" lens would be enough, if f would be around 2.8.
Torkn Photo: In what universe is a 1" sensor even remotely close to 1 inch?
In my day, 1" was 25.4mm, and the so called 1" sensor is only around half that size. Even the diagonal is much smaller than 1".
I guess the size is meant to be diagonal (like in TVs & monitors), but you're still right..
Biowizard: Wouldn't it be great if this brilliant Korean company came out with a pro-grade, retro-styled full-frame DSLR body to go with this increasingly delicious library of lenses! Something vaguely modelled on a Canon F1 or Nikon F6, only digital of course, maybe even with interchangeable (100% coverage) focusing screens and/or prism housings. Advanced photography has lost a lot since the passing of these brilliant, true system cameras.
Not likely. Designing and manufacturing a good camera body is hard. And totally different art from lenses.
David Kinston: Will it beat the Tokina 116? F2.8, AF, very sharp to the edge
in my books my Tokina 11-16 is good enough and Samyang 10mm is not necessary. But good to have competition anyway.
tkpenalty: they mention its rectilinear; this lens has zero distortion. If samyang manages to pull this off, this will be one of the best primes by a long shot. I cant wait to try this out on a x pro1 lol!
I do not see any mention about zero distortion. Wide angle lenses usually have more or less barrel distortion or worse.
Roberto Mettifogo: Are these lenses profiled in Lightroom for auto correction of vignette, distorsion, CA... ?
I have not seen any profiles that correct "moustache" distortion of Samyang 14mm lens. I do not think LR can even correct any complicated distortions.
Nice. I too used this technique before digital cameras, and with photoshop later on. Allows also to contract space between objects (people), for example if publishing format is small and you have a group of people to present. The look of "pieceramas" is refreshing occasionally used.
I use too Gigapano Pro to stitch. Notice that it is not necessary to crop resulting image rectangular but you can keep the border original irrugular one. That way, inside part is stitched clean but outside border reveals it is made of individual shots.
BTW, ICE is win only, no Mac version.
You probably can set the compression level of JPEG output in your iPhone. There is really not much difference in low compression JPEG and TIFF.
tkbslc: Why didn't they just make the lenses interchangeable at this point? It's basically the size of a EPM1 with one of those lenses mounted.
I think there is no need to have interchangeable lenses for compact camera, IMHO. But it would really be nice if Sigma could make a zoom version like 28-70 (that is full frame equivalent). Or even a dual focal length lens (like 30mm with built in teleconverter to 60mm option (again full frame equivalent)). I understand designing such a lens is a challenge if image quality and speed (apertures like 2.8 or 3.5) are needed.
sparky52t: Being a Photoshop/Camera Raw user, I tried an earlier version of Lightroom some time ago. I came away wondering why I would need, another application to manipulate my photographs. What am I missing?
My only complaint about Adobe's Camera Raw process is the lack of a "history panel" to back-away from a series of changes I may have made. (like in Photoshop) Does Lightroom have something like that?
I am photographer but I have also strong skills in graphic arts and I have to say I think PS way of editing (black/white point, gamma/curve) feels more precise and LR "photographers way" (exposure etc) feels more vague. That said, indeed when processing hundreds of photos I choose LR any day.
RoelHendrickx: I will have to update my computer for it, but it looks like some aspects may be worth it.However, I am still perfectly happy with LR3.6 so I am in no hurry.Roel
Is LR4 slower than 3.6? If computer needs updating?
gnewsch: Does it also do distortion correction natively, or do you still have to resort to plugins like PTlens etc?
Is Tokina 11-16 profile included? Also Samyang 14mm would be nice (though it is so complicated distortion that LR may not be able to do dislocations like that?).
Fixx: Thank you for preview.
Curve tool looks promising. As good as in Photoshop?
When you explain work flow in basic adjusting, many of us rather set black and white point first, and mid tones after. Mid tones are handled by brightness&contrast; which in practice means curve elevation & S shape. Not sure if adding sliders will help (as there is already overlap in highlight recovery tools: whites and hightlights seem both to affect recovery). I guess this is a matter of taste and these tools work ok.
Have they done anything to HSL tools? Color manipulation has been subpar with that tool. It is impossible to target and change exact colours in image as there are no adjustment in targeting. Photoshop is here way ahead. Now, make HSL adjustable as in Photoshop and add darkness slider to target dark/mid/light ends of histogram. That would be state of art.
Heal tool! Really, there is no reason not to include it instead of simple clone. Should heal also missing edge pixels created by in distortion correction tools.
Web gallery plugins? We need one with HTML5 slideshow and one with simple namelist (without thumbnail), preferably with search function (like, having a list of 1000 persons and you can go to right name and fetch image). + www-commenting option for visitors in galleries. Third party plugins would be fine.
HDR and panos may be better handled by third parties. Please encourage them make LR plugins for their applications.
Thank you for preview.
Lightroom plugin and Mac support please... :-)
CS5 (and even CS3) is so good software package that many users just do not upgrade. Why bother when everything works and it would cost arm & leg. When OS does not support old CS anymore, then users will buy a new licence (if there is such thing available anymore, that reservation has to be made..).As for using some other sw... there is not really any competition if you use it professionally. And I do not think we will see any for a long time.
Earthlight: Thanks Dpreview, what a nice read this was. I'm not into market to buy any of these (I have more than enough gear as it is), but it sure was nice to read your thoughts about them.
What about a microfiber cloth comparison. I'm serious: the quality differences are vast! My best cloths are no-name chinese cheapos plus a cloth that came with my Serengeti sunglasses. Some of the brand name cloths have been a total waste of money.
The hotshoe spirit levels also seem to have loads of quality variation... Some of them are skewed. Plus I lose so many of those that it is not even funny.
Most importantly, why not carry out a filter comparison. You could, of course, test the optical quality, but also be sure to test how easy it is to clean a big fat thumb print from the glass. There are big differences there. It would be great to see that kind of stuff. The daily stuff of active shooters.
What about a comprehensive article about sensor wet cleaning? DIY spatulas and pec pads? Stuff like that.
We still do not know how well Nissin or similar third party flashes work with Nikon's commander mode. That is why it is safer to buy SB-series.