This is the kind of camera that does poorly on paper but works wonderfully in practice. Just borrowed a unit from a friend and was impressed with all the fun stuff you could do with it.
peevee1: You'd think in 2014 a top-of-the line camera would have 802.11ac and double UHS-II slots, not the outdated CF and non-starter XQD.
Funny that even Sony does not use XQD on their own high end cameras.
Impulses: Not as much of an advertorial read as the comments would have me believe, but not that critically thought out either... Seems like the number one purpose for your Air is shifting files around with little editing (at least on the scenarios discussed), in which case the MBA 11 would work just as well... Heck a Surface Pro or even an IPad might be more mobile for that purpose, without "having to find a flat purpose" or tucking card readers between display and keyboard as you described (why not just disable sleep on display close btw?).
I'm not sure how easy it is to import RAW files into an iPad, it's pretty simple to do over USB OTG on modem Android tablets though (and obviously over faster USB 3.0 on a Surface Pro). For sending them out online via Dropbox, USB 2.1 wouldn't be a bottleneck, your Wifi/connection would be the slowest link... Obviously for other scenarios like quickly showing proofs to a client USB 3.0 would be a huge boon.
I actually had no clue the recent MB/MBA had high speed SD readers... I'm sure they're just wired over USB 3.0 internally (rather than 2.1 as they'd been for years), but I think that's still pretty uncommon outside of Apple. Very interesting, kind of a small but overlooked advantage. Apple's battery life edge is worth praise too, and it's something they'll always have by virtue of having less systems to optimize their OS for. It's more of a factor in usage cases that involve plenty of idle time, but that's a lot of usage cases.
For actual photo editing the Air is still woefully under spec'd compared to the competition or even the rest of Apple's lineup though. A 1440x900 TN display with lower color accuracy on a $1,000-1,500 system is inexcusable at this point. That display was pretty solid when the Air first launched but you can now find plenty of $1K systems with higher quality and more accurate 1920x1080 IPS displays (or even higher res if you go up the price scale, all the way to the retina MBs obviously).
I have a feeling Apple will get around to addressing that this year, just kind disappointing they've been pushing super high end high DPI displays on the regular MBP while ignoring the MBA entirely, decent 1080p (or even 1920x1200) displays aren't hard to source and they don't bring a large performance impact like the "retina" displays do. They're just trying to milk higher profits out of the Air since it's probably one of their best sellers.
No love for the NEX btw? At least it looks like that's what you used in the Radio City job (if that photo at the start is from said job). I was surprised it's alluded to as a "compact digicam" or a non-DSLR in an article that's all too eager to name/brand drop elsewhere. Just saying... No dog in this fight btw (Windows/Android/iOS & M43 user here).
@impulses I have the same experience as in_saner in trying to load my 1DX files on tablets, I'm not sure it can be done reliably for the moment. For ultra portables, I'm eyeing an Air as my secondary travel system but open to similar Wintel systems. Do you have any suggestions?
Josh152: Sorry but I have to say there is so much good info on flash photography for free online, especially the basics, that to pay $57 for a video like this is just foolish. Simply go on you tube and search for Mark Wallace and you'll find a bunch of good stuff.
My friend makes a good living writing books about dog breeding. You could say that there are tons of free online info about it online but yet his books still sell quite well. There are people out there who are willing to pay for the convenience of having that info organised in one book or video.
kimchiflower: I used to watch his videos, but after some of his 1-hour clips, I started to realise he could really do with editing his disposable teen humour chit-chat down.
Besides, who pays for online info these days?
I can imagine enough people to keep his online businesses alive.
Jard makes photographic advice that I disagree with but he certainly is a good businessman and excellent marketer. He knows how to build a brand.
clicstudio: He is a clown with a camera. I just happened to catch one of his YouTube videos and to say the least it was terrible. It doesn't mean it's not gonna be useful for someone who is just beginning. But it really is too limited and humorous to be taken seriously. Next up: WhatTheFro?:::sigh::::
Kai and his gang from Digital Rev comes into mind. Another bunch of clowns. Certainly not our cup of tea but you can't deny he is doing well for his business and attracts a lot of the younger crowd to photography.
MrTaikitso: Reading the comments below this outstanding piece of cinematography provides further evidence of how somehow, DPreview's 'readership' has altered from calm intelligent professionals and prosumers to imaginationless unintelligent types who are either too young or otherwise inappropriate for a forum like this.
To call the slow motion 'boring' when in fact it superbly conveys the resolution as well as providing the viewer more time to take in what is going on. No doubt, unboring would be human carnage and exploding cars. For that, suggest you try another site or DPreview needs to up it's game when deciding who should be able to signup and comment. Now I know why membership only clubs exists, to maintain a level of decorum.
Amazing film and a great showcase for what the sort of quality we'll be watching at home by the holidays 2015.
BobORama, looking at your reaction, looks like Mr Taikiso hit a nerve.
CameraLabTester: No wonder teenagers and young professionals will never buy Time Magazine.
These are the 10 reasons.
Im pretty sure most teens don't buy magazines anymore. :)
RedFox88: Time should rename them: their most graphically violent and disturbing images of the year.
Ben O Connor: I protest the photographer, who took the picture before someone's slaughter! Sir don't you have ethics?
KariIceland, unless the photographer has a weapon with a backup squad or armed men I can imagine there is little an individual can do to stop this. If he intervenes, he too will probably get overwhelmed and killed.
KariIceland: Truly disturbing images, the one of the execution speaks volume more about the photographer rather than the ones doing the execution, the photographer is worse in my opinion in this case.
If the photographer had interfered with the execution it will not only keep him from doing his job but also get him killed as well, accomplishing nothing.
Adobe lowering its prices for CC? Lower then expected sign ups possibly?
Even at 10 bucks a month, no thanks Adobe, CS6 Photoshop is the last product I'm buying from you unless you revise your rental only policy.
Richard Murdey: Adobe are offering their software at a special discount bundle price of $60 a year each for LR and Photoshop.
DPreview members: "No! The horrible scum! I'm never giving them any money again!"
I'm telling you now: You guys are a strange bunch.
Once they have enough subscribers how sure are you that Adobe won't yank up the price months later?
Nukunukoo: Nice. Just wished they included sensor shift OIS.
I know four female professional photographers and 1 videographer who post in dpreview. However they either use neutral and masculine handles.
pdelux: Can someone explain to me why this Costs almost $3K, is it because it has no direct competition?
Its a very pretty camera, but there a lots of pretty cameras.. is it just a stripped down D4 with added manual controls? Havent seen the specs yet but I doubt it will be a sports FPS monster like a D4? So where is the Moulah going to?
Its built like a brick, somewhat unnecessarily. I mean D4 needs the bulk for batteries portrait grip.. etc..
Please enlighten me.
My guess is this camera is Nikon's shot at the premium/boutique product category.
claudio leone: The 2014 EOS C100, will come with that ?
HetFotoAtelier: What an ugly Canon Retro Camera ;-)
Hey! We Canon users love our ugly cameras! Shove off! :D
Yxa: I thought it was a leaf blower
We need more post like yours. People are taking this camera business way to seriously.