brecklundin: these sort of things are crutches for newbies and those who don't care to learn the craft of product shooting. You can do far better work with a couple inexpensive off camera flashes and some inexpensive foamcore board or just white craft paper.
These things are FINE if you want a sloppy shot for ebay I suppose (I honestly never noticed an increase in selling price with good photo's on ebay items. In fact I often suspected the opposite...people are fickle and thing Facebook quality photos are "good" photography.) And it's not bad for the price. However for a bit more cash and a few hours practice you can achieve far superior results even if using used flash units bought that a thrift shop (I have a number of those I bought for $5/ea & still use).
Google DIY product photography or visit a Flickr group "Creative Tabletop Photography". A useful group.
Last spend the cash to buy "Light: Science & Magic" by Fil Hunter. It's the best book for understanding lighting objects.
I think the main point may be that this is not designed for photographers but for the product seller who wants to capture images of a product cheaply. I am a professional photographer and I want to shoot every item and person I can and get paid for it, however, I understand that not every product needs a high end image to sell it. This product is fine for that.I go after the clients who can and are willing to spend the money and don't wast time chasing those who have no photo budget to speak of. Where the quality is needed, the client will seek out the professional.
RobG67: Bright red shirt and white trousers? There goes another theory, right out of the window... (that of 'impeccable taste').
Seriously, how is this news.
The bright red shirt and white pants look great, an excellent mix. Not everybody can carry off such a spunky and bright look. It seems Ali can and I love those red shoes. BTW Rob, life is not lived in "theory", it is lived in actuality.
I love this series. As a working photographer, parent of three, etc, I rarely take the opportunity to go shoot something for the hell of it. I have to congratulate the photographer for sticking with it and capturing the character of Ali. Of course, I have to give equal kudos to Ali for presenting the opportunity, he looks great! I had fun viewing the photos just for the create involved.
Why not just process the images using the Fuji software or both Adobe and Fuji for comparison sake. It would be nice to see just what quality the camera is capable of and not, "this is the quality you can get from a software that is not up to scratch with that particular file". Particularly with Fuji's unique sensor.
Yes, it may mean using the default application for all the camera tests, but that is the true quality of that camera. This image comparison leaves me with the question "but what is the quality really like?"
I have never used a BB but I d hope they deliver a competitive product for both competition and the success of a canadian tech company.A friend of mine (Computer systems manager) want from BB to iphone and back to BB for the simple reason that the BB phone did not need recharging during the day where the iphone died during the day because he was playing with all the apps.Will the new BB phones with all the apps and graphics also use up power? May be important for business users along with the inherent BB advantages.
Geoff666: Does anyone else use Apple Aperture?
I find it works pretty well and I would be interested on how it compares with the others in this review...
A very interesting review nonetheless...
I use Aperture and love it. I shoot tethered with it and do the vast majority of my editing there. When needed, I use my Nik software plug-ins to get more refined adjustments or PS6 to more complex edits. The applications tested here sound pretty good but I can't complain about Aperture, an excellent image management and editing tool. I am a bit surprised it is not also compared here.
robjons: I'm curious how big the sensor is, but I can never find your (DPR's) sensor size graphic. What do I type in the search to see it? Of course, it probably only shows FF as the largest...
It is listed above in the text under "Advantages of the S System". It reads: "S-System including the large (30 x 45 mm) Leica Pro Format sensor"
topstuff: DPR seem to have marked the camera down because of its relative position in a more crowded market compared to , for example, the NEX range.
I think the thinking from DPR is a bit muddled here. Perhaps they spend too much time with the camera on a test rig rather than out in the field.
As a NEX5N user, I recognise that while the sensor quality is high and potential IQ is great, the effectiveness of the camera for mixed, family use ( surely its primary role ) is negated by its relatively poor AF and weak lens selection.
M4/3 does not seem to have the same weaknesses - with this Panny and the new Olympus EP3 having much better AF than the NEX and a larger choice of lenses.
Therefore, when weighting these factors, I find it hard to reconcile how the Panny is "marked down" compared to the NEX.
NEX5N does not deserve GOLD while the GX-1 gets Silver IMO. They each have advantages and disadvantages that neutralise each other and IMO should have the same score.
Good point "topstuff" on the camera review highlighting certain points and not considering some real world usage data. Noone is perfect however.
I am of the feeling that reviews are just a guide and the evaluation should be left up to the potential buyer. Of course this requires a bit of independent thinking which I realize not everybody shows. I rarely buy according to the top pick in the review but go according to what I prefer in a camera. I admittedly also favour certain brands, usually as a result of familiarity and reputation and not always because of the specs. (The competition is so hot and heavy that there are always a few worthy products in every category)
I have found the DPR reviews very helpful but I do talk with friends, visit the manufacturer's website and go pick up the camera at a camera store before buying. That way I can't just blame DPR when I make a bad pick, I get to blame everyone else......... Except me! LOL