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?).
Biowizard: Can ANYONE explain, why is the FX format 35.9 x 24 mm, rather than 36 x 24 mm? For the sake of 0.1mm, Nikon produces high-res images that a very NEARLY but NOT QUITE in 2:3 aspect ratio? Not that it will stop the world, but it's just a bit of a puzzle!
I would take gladly lets say 32 x 24 mm sensor. No wait! Make it 32 x 28, as lens coverage would be better used (FX). (I now shoot with a camera with a crop sensor but I miss using 6X7 or even 8"X10" film cameras. Very nice ratio.)
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.
jrg: Funny, at a distance, just getting up, it looked like Hopper's famous diner painting.
at first glance, my impression too. Nighthawks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nighthawks
This is great! I have always liked article comment systems (since I first saw them in MacWorld (2003?:-) ) and have insisted on using them in my sites. Let's hope commenting stays sensible, and quality rules over quantity.