CJ Lan: I still do not think combining two or more pictures into one is a good photography principle and practice to follow or encourage.
Why does the author involve blending two pictures into one with the gradient tool. The gradient tool can be used without. I just do not see the point.
The principle of printing multiple negatives is a technique as old as photography itself, the Photoshop method is the digital equivalent and is as valid as any historical process.
It's almost inconceivable how some of those designs got past the drawing board in terms of ergonomics and aesthetics. Technological advances aside, when you consider the form factor of the typical smart phone today, and it's still camera and HD video camera capabilities, then product design is obviously subject to the same evolutionary processes as all art forms.After all, the ancient Egyptians only portrayed their world in 2D.
My first DSLR 10 years ago, was the Fuji S2Pro, which I still have, relatively little has changed in DSLR design in the last decade by comparison.
My email was in my Gmail Spam folder too?This was a pleasant surprise this morning, having bought Viveza 1 way back in 2009 and subsequently upgrading to V2, I had been eyeing off Color Effects Pro 4, although V3 was offered with Corel PaintShop Pro X4 and X5. I would have paid $149 for the Bundle Upgrade, so this is a real Bonus! Thanks Google!
Marty4650: Andy.... thanks for another extremely well written lens review.
I am not particularly fond of superzoom lenses, but you have done a very nice job of explaining the pros and cons of this lens for people who might be interested in this sort of lens.
If anyone wants a "one lens solution" then this could be it for them.
A good and useful review, I bought the lens in early October for the Canon 650D. I am impressed with the overall performance especially quite and fast focusing, however, my particular sample has the annoying intermitent issue of not focusing at the 250mm end ocassionaly. I have to back of on the focal length a tad, then it focuses, and then I can zoom in.Also, it quite obviously does not track focus as a proper zoom should at all focal lengths, a refocus is necessary if changing the focal lenght. Aside from these quirks, the optical performance is quite impressive.
Really reminds me of a young Katherine zeta Jones, magnificent study of a lovely young woman.
Nice model and composition, but I find the lighting ratio a bit harsh.
I'm glad I sold my Sony A77 a few months ago in anticipation of this, time to come home to Nikon where I started, still have an FM, FM2 and F100 in mothballs. The D200 was a good camera in 2006 got some great shots with it.
It will be interesting to see if the lower pixel density will result in improved low light performance. The uncompressed HDMI output is a real plus for those who shoot serious video and DX compatibility is also welcome. Well done Nikon, time to come home from the wilderness.
I had a love/hate relationship with my A77 before selling it after 7 months.Loved the ergonomics and feature set, second to none, but could not live with the mushy JPG engine; period! Not practical shooting and processing several hundred RAW files when shooting weddings and other social photography.It was great for landscapes as long as you limited to 100 ISO.So will be very interesting to see the first sample images, have kept a couple of original Minolta lenses, including the Bokeh King, 80~200 f2.8!Fingers crossed!
Prognathous: No articulated screen... bad move Pentax.
A very underwhelming release, why bother?I upgraded from my K20D to the K-01 and K30 earlier this year.Still have all 3, will keep the K30, Pentax had better come up with something really special to maintain the market share.
random78: Does this review including the AF comparison for video mode that was in progress. I quickly skimmed through but didn't see it. Though I might not have looked hard enough
Just got mine yesterday and took it out for a shoot in the afternoon.The LV focus while improved in speed, is useless in video mode as it hunts on pans and is very noisy. Other than that, no gripes, the IQ is excellent, had the 600 and 550D before that, this is a worthy evolution and represents best bang for the buck for the first time buyer
eyeport: How exciting! Would be wonderful if this was for the whole world. ^^
A global photographic community has just been relegated to an elitist few.
ICE is nice, and there are other Freeware/Shareware apps out there that will do collages and Panoramas. I own 5 commercial apps and have settled on my personal favorite choice, AutoPano Pro from KOLOR. Had an acceptance in their annual Panoramas book in 2011. Have posted many panos in these forums stitched with that software.
The thechnique described here will appeal to some, it is based on the analog method of sticking together prints, and IMHO defeats the purpose of the precision that digital photography affords. Rather labored and hodge podge, with mixed results. But as someone has said, in the spirit of community sharing, it has a place. Thanks for sharing.
Incredible and inspiring!in awe
Can't really improve on God's perfect picture, only interpret, as in different lighting and time of day. Works for me, wish I was there. Great capture!
If you love her eyes, you mustn't like her scalp, lousy crop.Background is totally distracting, learn to shoot.
In it's 22 year existence Adobe have been very snobish in what they would change in the PS UI. It was considered too plebian obviously to have dedicated buttons along the main top toolbar or attributes bars buttons like; Print, Copy, Paste, Undo and Redo etc.I am a great believer and user of KBD shortcuts, but in 2012 we still have to go to Image/Rotate Canvas! how about giving* RMC transparency control for dupe layers in the wrokspace* RMC for XYZ rotation of layers using trackball icon* RMC for replacing image in any layer or selection * RMC for interactive drag shadow control on text layers (available for years in Photoimpact)* Update the Lens Flare and Lighting filters!* Apply button for stacking multiple filter effects from the filter browser* Simplyfy Layer Style Palette* 3d extrude and xyz rotate for shapes (Serif have had it for years)* A dedicated Collage tool ala Picasa
Is that expecting too much from the "Market Leader" O.K. let the brickbats start flying.
GK UK: It may be my lack of experience with DxO, but whilst it is showing support for both the Sony a65 and the sony 18-250 lens, I can't get it to open the raw file. Am I missing something as I thought adding the camera to the list of supported models would also include supporting images taken in raw? It works with raw files taken with my a200.
At this rate I wouldn't bank on me buying even at the discount price.
Have just bought v7.1 and it has really made my A77 sing!Love the features and quality of output.Some functions don't seem to produce evident change, like the Shadow/Highlight Preservation? Maybe user error.Wishlist: would love to see Recover function for the highlights, rather than the black and white point settings.
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom: I thought motion jpeg type videos are not efficient type of file? Please enlighten me.. I read that from the olympus e-pl2 full review here on dpr.
Canon discovered 3 years ago on the success of the 5DII, that there is a whole video market in Indie film production et all. It spawned a few new industries in GRIP support systems alone. Wisely, since they never had any competing product in the broadcast arena to challenge Sony, they are throwing out the gauntlet based on the success of their R&D in DSLR video. Still shooters can only benefit from the spin off technology. I shoot both professionally, and I am excited!