GaryJP

GaryJP

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong
Works as a TV Production, Directing, Shooting, Editing
Joined on Mar 11, 2006

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On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (634 comments in total)
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Solar Eagle: Why not cover the new macro capability in this review? It would be nice to know what kind of magnification you get from 5cm at 24mm, since Canon isnt telling us. Even a simple mention of the MM or coverage area would have been fine.

No. It''s shooting hand held in low light. Just knocked them off quickly at my desk when the sun was barely out. No sustenance for your beef there I am afraid.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 02:21 UTC
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GaryJP: If you are inclined to believe Lightroom and others will never be converted to Creative Cloud only, trust what they tell their investors, not what they tell their customers:

"More importantly, moving forward all Adobe and channel focus will solely be on Creative Cloud offerings and CS6 perpetual revenue becomes de minimis."
Adobe Systems CEO Shantanu Narayen

"Q2 was the last quarter we broadly offered perpetual volume licensing of CS6 through the channel. As a result, there was high demand by customers serviced by the channel who wanted to add to their perpetual seat capacity. This drove the upside relative to the high-end of our total targeted Q2 revenue range. We believe these customers will migrate to Creative Cloud over time. Beginning in Q3, the channel is solely focused on licensing Creative Cloud."
Adobe CFO Mark Garrett.

I couldn't quote the whole speech. But if you read it on their investor page, they do not seem to be planning to leave much room for perpetual licenses. In fact, almost their entire investor speeches were about how Creative Cloud is the best thing since sliced bread. Their overall plan is to herd us all to the "Adobe Marketing Cloud", and they don't indicate they intend to let many stragglers escape.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 14:17 UTC
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MostlyHarmless: 1. We need to stop taking this personally.
2. We need to get a sense of proportion (we are not starving or in fear of our lives).
3. Adobe are just doing what companies do.
4. Limited functionality after you stop paying shouldn't change anything - it just means you can do what you should do *after* you stop paying instead of just before (migrate).
5. Always have an exit strategy - no system is around forever.
6. Mike Ronesia below has the right attitude:-)

Oh I agree with you. Which is why quasi-monopolies are bad. The consumer's ONLY trump card is competition. And thankfully, just as Apple screwed up Final Cut Pro and sent people away, Adobe is now leaving room for many competitors, and making us take another look at them. I basically arrange my photos in folders, so if I stopped using Lightroom tomorrow nothing would change. I'd just do more in Capture One. Same with Microsoft. I save all my files in RTF because I refuse to be locked in to Word.And have done for years.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 11:34 UTC
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ysengrain: "Adobe Lightroom allows users continued access after license expires" just to catch people before changing the conditions of use.

Well known trick

I too think this announcement is a precursor to a new tactic from Adobe regarding Lightroom.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 10:39 UTC
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MostlyHarmless: 1. We need to stop taking this personally.
2. We need to get a sense of proportion (we are not starving or in fear of our lives).
3. Adobe are just doing what companies do.
4. Limited functionality after you stop paying shouldn't change anything - it just means you can do what you should do *after* you stop paying instead of just before (migrate).
5. Always have an exit strategy - no system is around forever.
6. Mike Ronesia below has the right attitude:-)

Many of us are already adopting our exit strategies. We are just doing what consumers do. Not trusting a company that has shown we cannot trust it. For some reason that seems to annoy the cloudies.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 10:38 UTC
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Kaj E: A small step in the right direction. The final solution is to start selling the software again instead of renting it.

Adobe would get their customers back.

That is the EXISTING installed user base. Three million will represent less than 20% of total users. That's small anyway you look at it, despite the evangelists. And again, this is not counting the people they will drive away to other software or who will turn to the pirates.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 03:52 UTC

If you are inclined to believe Lightroom and others will never be converted to Creative Cloud only, trust what they tell their investors, not what they tell their customers:

"More importantly, moving forward all Adobe and channel focus will solely be on Creative Cloud offerings and CS6 perpetual revenue becomes de minimis."
Adobe Systems CEO Shantanu Narayen

"Q2 was the last quarter we broadly offered perpetual volume licensing of CS6 through the channel. As a result, there was high demand by customers serviced by the channel who wanted to add to their perpetual seat capacity. This drove the upside relative to the high-end of our total targeted Q2 revenue range. We believe these customers will migrate to Creative Cloud over time. Beginning in Q3, the channel is solely focused on licensing Creative Cloud."
Adobe CFO Mark Garrett.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 02:35 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
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ssh33: I refuse to use anything "cloud" out of principle. The files I pay for or create are going to live on my hard drives or my colocated servers.

I do not think they are talking about security issues but about reliability issues. If those company websites go down, your money and investments still exist. Your cloud data does not. I use Dropbox for convenience, but I am damned if I'd store my ONLY copy of any file or photograph on it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 01:56 UTC
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Kaj E: A small step in the right direction. The final solution is to start selling the software again instead of renting it.

Adobe would get their customers back.

After a little more digging: Adobe, in its investor relations reports, DOES acknowledge a user base of 12.8 million for legacy point products and suites. EXCLUDING CREATIVE CLOUD SUBSCRIPTIONS. So 2.3 million in one year of "special offer" reduced prices is not the huge success the Adobe evangelists are pretending.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 01:30 UTC
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backayonder: I don't have CC as I only have limited broadband bandwidth per month so will continue to use Lightroom and Cs5 as a photographer I don't need anything else ie upgrades to Photoshop.

I guess by moving to the cloud Adobe have cut down on pirated software?

The cracked version of Photoshop CC was available ONE DAY after the legit one. It does not surprise me. The irony is that, as so often in the past, the pirated version is more user friendly than the legit one. I always buy legit software, but I have known many people fed up with usability issues from "dongles", "copy protection", anti-piracy measures, and so on, actually buy a legit licence and actually run a pirated one on their workstations.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 01:25 UTC
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Kodachrome200: i love my 9.99 subscription. Ive pretty much always had to pay this much for photoshop and lightroom to be up to date. and the new mobile features are great. and photoshop now runs on my mac and pc with the same subscirption

That's what we'd like Adobe to allow. The fact they do not is the strongest indicator of all that they KNOW most users will not choose the CC model if given free choice. No one wants to take your CC away from you. We just don't want the alternative taken away from us.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 01:18 UTC
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spitfire31: "Lightroom 5 is currently available with a 'perpetual license' for $79 as an upgrade or $149 for a full version."

Fine, but for how long? Who can trust Adobe with not suddenly making an arbitrary reversal of policy?

I don't, for one.

"Indefinitely" means "until we decide otherwise". It's a weasel word.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 01:15 UTC
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sandy b: The lack of trust does not seem to extend much past DPR. 1.8 million subscribers. Up 405,000 between Jan and March.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140318006472/en/Adobe-Reports-Strong-Q1-FY2014-Results#.U8CjFPldV8G

It's hysterical for anyone to be claiming the two million subscribers for the whole Creative Cloud suite is a success when Photoshop CS6 ALONE has almost five million downloads from just one download site and Adobe Photoshop Extended has 19 million. And this is from just ONE site, and not even Adobe's own. Adobe have always tried to bury their figures for individual users but it is tens of multiples of two million ... just on ONE product. And that's not even counting the pirates.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 00:56 UTC
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Kaj E: A small step in the right direction. The final solution is to start selling the software again instead of renting it.

Adobe would get their customers back.

It's hysterical for anyone to be claiming the two million subscribers for the whole Creative Cloud suite is a success when Photoshop CS6 ALONE has almost five million downloads from just one download site and Adobe Photoshop Extended has 19 million. And this is from just ONE site, and not even Adobe's own. Adobe have always tried to bury their figures for individual users but it is tens of multiples of two million ... just on ONE product. And that's not even counting the pirates.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 00:54 UTC
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backayonder: I don't have CC as I only have limited broadband bandwidth per month so will continue to use Lightroom and Cs5 as a photographer I don't need anything else ie upgrades to Photoshop.

I guess by moving to the cloud Adobe have cut down on pirated software?

No. They have boosted it. They admitted this was never the issue.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 00:34 UTC
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GaryJP: Why is it people keep talking about the "poor" dynamic range of Canon's "outdated" sensors and are unable to use their eyes enough to see the DR of the 5D Mk3, particularly in terms of the highlights, is smoking the Sony? Particularly on those big tripod like things in the distance.

Then it's not much of a comparison image is it? It happens to be the first part of the image that got magnified on my computer, I also note that other highlight areas (lighted windows) do not show "demonstrably" better DR in the highlight areas either. At least not on this sample. They are actually much of a muchness. Even the Seattle Tower light areas have a little more detail on the 5D. You guys shot the images. I didn't.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 23:56 UTC

Why is it people keep talking about the "poor" dynamic range of Canon's "outdated" sensors and are unable to use their eyes enough to see the DR of the 5D Mk3, particularly in terms of the highlights, is smoking the Sony? Particularly on those big tripod like things in the distance.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 15:02 UTC as 2nd comment | 4 replies
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (634 comments in total)
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Solar Eagle: Why not cover the new macro capability in this review? It would be nice to know what kind of magnification you get from 5cm at 24mm, since Canon isnt telling us. Even a simple mention of the MM or coverage area would have been fine.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53953449

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53958301

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 00:29 UTC
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patcam7122: My God, is DPReview so desperate for material to fill space that it searches the globe for dull, boring nonsense like this? Instead of displaying mediocrity like this why not spend more time and space on something actually useful to the majority of viewers on this site?

There are good pictures of cats or dogs. Besides, half the time that is about all the people trashing other photographers here, and brand bashing most vociferously, even take.

That, birds, and pretty flowers.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 04:02 UTC
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patcam7122: My God, is DPReview so desperate for material to fill space that it searches the globe for dull, boring nonsense like this? Instead of displaying mediocrity like this why not spend more time and space on something actually useful to the majority of viewers on this site?

I for one will happily see more such photographs and fewer brand-bashing wars here.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 02:22 UTC
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