Alphoid: Would you mind comparing to the Hasselblad Lunar? And perhaps a few models like the Minox DC1011?
The reason Nikon management used the D4 sensor is because it's the oldest sensor that they could find to include with their retro D600. Rumor has it that Nikon begged Canon to sell them some 5DIII sensors, with its antiquated 10 year old technology, but Canon refused.
Hassy Lunar = reskinned point and shoot w/ 10x markup Nikon Df = reskinned D600 with 1.5x markup
Nikon didn't want to copy Hassy's strategy that became a laughing stock so they swapped out the D600 sensor.
"As such, although I hate to say it: from a cold, hard practical point of view, I can't shake the feeling that the Df is a little bit... silly."
Barnaby, it's about as silly as Hollywood with their non-stop production of remakes. When you run out of ideas you reach back in time and try to remarket ideas that have previously worked (i.e. Noct and this product). With the compact camera market gone and DSLR sales plunging these manufacturers are starting to show how desperate they are to find a new cash cow.
Next year we should be seeing a return of the twin lens reflex because simplicity is overrated. Further in Nikon's roadmap is full return to film because real artists don't use sensors. Of course they can't use any modern chemistry or optics because it's too sharp. They'll reintroduce "new" optics that resolves less than a Coke bottle. The collateral damage will be that Instagram's vintage filters become obsolete.
It's about time Nikon. The DPR forums are constantly saturated with people screaming for an f1/4 standard lens for close to $2k and you finally delivered. Good call on ignoring the very small minority of whiners who think an updated 24-70 f/2.8 is necessary.
plasnu: Please release lightweight version of Retrospective.
The Retrospective line is very popular but it suffers from two major flaws.
First, the flap closes with velcro. Any bag that uses velcro for closing should be immediately burned with the ashes sent back to the vendor. Not only is velcro less secure compared to clasps and zipppers you have to suffer through the loud noise every single time you access your bag. The only benefit is to the manufacturer who saves some money.
Second, the bag is very thick. Not only does this make the bag bulky but your lenses will move around in the compartments.
mr.izo: so, no need for d800 any more, hehe? if this new feature can solve shadows etc like mentioned nikon, than 6d is more an more option for me..
As with the new Aptina Clarity+ sensor just announced, Sony's BSI sensors, Foveon sensors, Fuji's X-Trans, and most likely Canon's new dual diode phase detect sensors, there's no free lunch. It's a trade-off. You will improve something while sacrificing something else that is hopefully less important to you.
vincent__l: It looks like this is a feature that Canon has implemented in hardware but disabled in firmware. I'm wondering how Canon will react to this given that they often use firmware to differentiate their product line.
ML claims that the feature, which requires "dual ISO amplifiers", is implemented in hardware but disabled by Canon. They also claim that only the 5D3 and 7D have this feature. Seems like Canon has been experimenting with it but were not ready to go into production.
It looks like this is a feature that Canon has implemented in hardware but disabled in firmware. I'm wondering how Canon will react to this given that they often use firmware to differentiate their product line.
AngryCorgi: Is it just me or is Marissa Mayer insanely cute?
It's just you. The headshot used for this article was shot by a "professional photographer." Here's what she really looks like.
jm67: How can it be both a "misstatement" and "out of context"? You've either slipped up and said something you shouldn't have or you have said something that has been snipped and is only part of a paragraph. In either case, should anyone care what she thinks? You know if you're a pro, amateur, hobbyist, student and so on. You don't need Marissa to tell you who you are. It's kind'a funny.
You seem to be stating her statement about her misstatement out of context
It was a simple misunderstanding. When she reviewed the pictures on Flickr she noticed that they were all snapshots of cats, with the subject in the middle, shot from an iPhone, and run through 10 different filters. What she meant to say was,
"There is no such thing as a professional photographer on Flickr"
Storage and high rez was never an issue for the amateur market that Flickr now serves. Many of the "serious" photographers have left Flickr years ago. I think it's too little too late.
ysengrain: "Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty stressed that Adobe has, 'no plans to make Lightroom subscription-only at any point in the future.'".
Error !! the right sentence is: Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty stressed that Adobe has, 'no plans YET to make Lightroom subscription-only at any point in the future.'
I doubt that Adobe gives a damn about Lightroom. If you look at the retail price of LR compared to Photoshop, or the other CS tools, you realize what pays the executive salaries at Adobe.They claim to have about 12 million customers for CS which must account for a large portion of their $4.5B annual revenue. They can sacrifice LR just to try to calm the angry masses.
Greg Henry: I've said it before, but it stands repeating... I've been impressed at how quickly Corel has stepped up to the plate regarding this issue with an official statement, and now only days later, offers for CS users...
I think Corel and others had a "defeated" attitude in the past, thinking "why bother" to try to overthrow Photoshop when it was so firmly entrenched. But now that Adobe has stepped in the Cow pattie, so to speak, it gives Corel an excellent opportunity if they are smart and put enough resources into it, to actually overthrow the King. I wish them the best. Have Paint Shop Pro X5 Ultimate now on my system and can say it's certainly an improvement over past versions.
If I were Corel, or any Adobe competitor, I would be hiring a headhunter to recruit Adobe's top programmers. Most employees would be willing to make a job change with as little as a 10% pay increase. With companies freezing salaries over the past few years, I'm there are some talent at Adobe looking to make a change. This is especially true if ADBE stock price starts to tank in the next 6 months (very likely). All those stock options, RSU's, ESPP's will be looking less desirable. Adobe has made themselves completely vulnerable to the competition.
vincent__l: Adobe should go one step further by making ACR an independent product that is sold with a perpetual license. That way the existing users of Photoshop CS6, which is likely to be the last Photoshop upgrade for many people, can continue to use it without become obsolete. ACR is really the only product that users need updates for. Yes, we can always use another app for RAW conversion but some of us want a unified workflow.
I'm sure Adobe doesn't *want* to support ACR for CS6. In fact, they would rather just kill CS6 today. However, it would be something they are forced to do in an attempt to mitigate the public outcry. Right now Adobe is trying to diffuse the anger by claiming that Photoshop CS6 will be available "indefinitely." However, that is a hollow statement considering that, without ACR updates, CS6 will eventually become obsolete. Allowing people to pay for an upgrade for ACR would be a middle ground Adobe could offer.
Adobe should go one step further by making ACR an independent product that is sold with a perpetual license. That way the existing users of Photoshop CS6, which is likely to be the last Photoshop upgrade for many people, can continue to use it without become obsolete. ACR is really the only product that users need updates for. Yes, we can always use another app for RAW conversion but some of us want a unified workflow.
Creative Cloud reminds me of Obamacare
some real perspective...
fourth year = $240fifth year = $240sixth year = $240Total cost = $720
Cost to upgrade CS6 = $200
If you upgrade once every 6 years (much more likely) then it's $1420 for CC vs $200 for the CS upgrade
According to Adobe 50% of all Photoshop users are using versions older than CS6. Many people are content with not upgrading very often.
Steven Brenner: Just wait, rental of cameras is next. Your camera will work for 6 months and then you will have to reauthorize its use for a fee. Either we rebel or we get %X*&#.
Now for some real perspective...
vincent__l: If you look at the numbers you can understand why Adobe does not want to reduce their pricing.
Adobe's CFO Mark Garrett said, "subscriptions have topped 500,000. At $50/month, that's $300 million a year; with annual revenues of $4.5 billion, that's meaningful but not overwhelming ... However, our subscription revenue, as a percentage of total revenue, has increased to 15% in fiscal 2012 from approximately 11% and 10% in fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010, respectively, as we transition more of our business to a subscription-based model."
With everything going 100% to CC Adobe needs to replicate $4.5B in revenue with subscriptions. They are currently at $300M/yr and that's assuming everyone pays $50/mo. If everyone only pays $20/mo vs $50/mo they will need significantly more subscribers to reach $4.5M. With the current backlash I doubt they will get to $4.5B with subscriptions. The CEO should start sending out his resume. Time to "spend more time with family" and "seek other challenges."
Adobe doesn't have time for a slow adoption. They have completely cancelled CS7 so they will not get the expected spike in revenue from this upgrade cycle. They are gambling big that everyone who would have upgraded to CS7 will now "upgrade" to CC instead. Take a look at the comments around the Internet and let me know if you think that's likely to happen.
Adobe doesn't make any money on everyone who is currently sitting on perpetual licenses (that's the problem). They make money from new users and upgrades. They will lose big on this current cancelled CS7 upgrade cycle. Going to 100% subscription means that they need to make up $4.5B, with subscriptions only, right now or the stock price is going to absolutely tank. The CEO is in really deep sh*t right now. I'm guessing there are heated meetings at Adobe right now discussing the potential of bringing CS7 back.