40daystogo: For Pentax's DSLRs, in terms of design, Pentax is like Samsung and Panasonic- no sense of artistic design. Their designs are ok, but not gorgeous or at least admirable.
All things being equal -- and that's often the case these days, with most cameras being able to take good shots -- then the appeal of visual design becomes an important issue for me.
Which (body?) designs do you consider gorgeous?
samhain: The 24-70 is THE zoom lens for full frame professional shooters. Bad move using a re-badged tamron for what will be the most used zoom lens for full frame shooters.
They should've thrown everything and the kitchen sink at this lens. This should've been a star* lens. Or better yet- DA* 24-70 f2. Now that's a lens that will make photographers jump up and switch brands! Throw in a metal bodied DA* 50mm f1.2, 85mm f1.2, and 135mm f1.8 and Pentax would be the talk of the town.
I really hope Ricoh/Pentax has some more exciting lenses up their sleeve. Because that's what it's gonna take to turn heads outside of current Pentax shooters. All the old lenses, as awesome as they are... Aren't going to cut it with high resolution 36mp or 42mp FF sensors...
I assume they did not want to risk trying to go directly head-to-head with Canikon. The assumption is they would lose playing "their game". Their hope is to offer great images, quality body, and very good lenses at 20-30% lower overall system cost. Maybe add a few "original" ideas along the way.
Amnon G: I appreciate the effort but the result is stitched poorly. For example, look at the cable car and the entire area behind it. It is full of artifacts such as different shading and simply broken lines.I'm sorry to say that this image has nothing going for it but an arbitrary gigapixel number and the rest is simply bad.
Is it possible that the cable moved and so made a smooth stitching for some spots challenge? I am not sure you can have perfect stitching when you have long multi-frame objects that are moving. But I am not a stitching expert.
brycesteiner: Is there an error with the USB? Only version 2? That cannot be right. It is nice that is has a 64 MP output in RAW.
RE USB 3.0
I would guess that it is the goofy plug design they came up with for USB B micro. USB C standard has been approved I believe and will replace all. It will be much better and easier to use.
jtan163: This is the wrong venue really but I believe that the photography industry across the world should take a page from Fair Trade's book.
They should create a public education campaign to explain the value and cost of good photography and to publicise the exploitative corporate practises that are forcing them to shoot for free.
Worked for coffee.
If storytellers can tell the story for coffee farmers and workers surely they can do the same for themselves.
Not everyone (business, their customers and individuals who buy imagery) will buy Fair Trade imagery, but the same people who buy Fair Trade coffee probably will. Those who believe in social justice.
When you go to buy a greeting card you'd see some have the Fair Trade Media logo, and some that don't. Same when you visit a web site (and by extension a business).
If imagery really is as valuable as we believe surely visual story tellers can tell that story.
Another approach is the similar but sell artisanal instead of Fair Trade.
Not sure what this book is but there is a clear trend in the USA as to a decline of respect and appreciation of employees. It began with the demise of unions during the Reagan Admin. and has continued. This is an inevitable trend of "pure" capitalism. Managers are required to test what they think they can cut until there is enough push-back to hurt. The exact same trend happened world-wide during the beginning of the 1900s. A desperate invention came out of it because a change had to occur - it is called communism/socialism. Not a good solution, but the abuse of workers was intolerable in most countries. Until voters, including well-meaning moderate Republican voters, wake-up to this negative trend, it will continue.
exdeejjjaaaa: and Sony w/ its stupid hot shoes was left behind
"I understand from Cactus that a Sony version of the V6 is currently in development, using their new multi interface shoe. Hope it'll be released soon!!"
I thought the main purpose of this product is that there is only ONE version that works for as many cameras and flashes as they can make it work for. Manual control only but with the addition of a lot of fine tuning as to the duration of the flash and sync delay if needed.
Simple man: One bug fix I was personally hoping for was correcting images from freezing up while "creating preview". It freezes and stays frozen. Not even when doing complicated processes. Simply adjusting exposure can cause it to happen. It requires forcing the program to quit. Then restarting.... Only to freeze 5 minutes into using the program.
It's not that it's a horrible software program. It's that I don't trust it to work. Because of the above reason. This current version bug fix doenst fix it. But then again. View NX was plagued by this problem as well. Perhaps Nikon NEF have a freeze code in the secret sauce, only Nikon software can read. Because other programs do not freeze like this.
I really love Nikon Cameras, lenses and flashes. If only they could get the software right.
Yes it is surprising a co.like Nikon cannot release a bug free program. However, 80% of the time you never need to do the tif fiddling unless you just like doing PP and looking at a display.
Adobe color from Nikon cameras is much better than in the past, but is still different in reds and yellows than Nikon version.
Load an adjustment that turns off NR and Sharpening completely when processing raw. Just work on WB, exposure, contrast, color, lens corrections. This off course means no need to zoom 100% either. Then convert to tif and do your NR/Sharpening in this program or Lightroom. After a few practice runs you will learn the proper NR/Sharpening for a given iso file and just run this directly to a thumbnail or in batch process. Similar to as if you are doing settings in-camera. This will speed things up a lot.
I optimistically assume they will improve the preview drawing capabilities eventually.
toomanycanons: OK, I'll be the first: is NX-D finally worth downloading?
Previously you had the choice of "Save As" to nef, tif or jpg. Nef is now never touched, and the edits are saved automatically as you go in the edit folder. So the Convert is now the same as "Save As" for tif and jpg. Nothing wrong with that, except that you cannot save edit versions as easily as before. Now you have to name, save, and keep track of Adjustments - similar in some ways to Lightroom. They DEFNITELY need to add the option to update the nef preview jpg image.
FreedomLover: Beautiful music, well made cheesy video :-)
Unfortunately a real world clip shows the new autofocus failing twice in 12 seconds:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R59wD_4dsl4
To be fair, that error appears to be a weakness of the AF tracking not the AF itself. I believe, only the very high end cameras do very well at this and ALL fail in some situtions.
jkoch2: While neither an Adobe employee or investor, I think the change to a subscription model is the only way a software company can continue to make money.
Ladies and gents, it's time to grow up! Gone are the days when, every two years, there were enough changes in PCs, cameras, or software to compell people to buy new versions or upgrades. Meanwhile, the subscription model works fine for utilities, transportation, medical insurance, media delivery, and all kinds of public services. Many people obtain autos on lease or with borrowed (rented) money. Most homes are mortgaged or rented. Most employees work for wages, not a one-time bounty. Photographers charge by the job, not by a lifetime retainer. The queerest thing, in retrospect, is how long people bought $500 or $1,000 upgrades of editing products that offer more tools than most people have time to master, and that offer little ostensible commercial advantage over a $100 consumer version.
Well in the case of the auto, you have a choice to buy or lease.
ssh33: So, what are the Photoshop and Lightroom alternatives on the PC and Mac?
I used Corel when dinosaurs roamed earth - it was a full featured suite and I switched to Adobe just because everyone else seemed to use it at the time. Photoshop was not any better as far as the functionality goes. Is Corel any good now?
Corel AfterShot Pro is only $59, looks like the perfect Lightroom replacement.http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4670071
I like GIMP, use it on Linux.http://www.gimp.org/
What are the others?
Capture NX2 and View NX2 for Nikon users. Fortunately, it was very advanced software when first released. It is now behind but updates in the last couple years have helped its usefulness to continue. Lightroom is only slightly better. Once Photomechanic releases their cataloging software, Nikon users will be okay.
But, eventually, Nikon will need to do a large scale update - Probably completely new software as Nik is out of this business now.
Steven Lungley: It is my belief that I own what I create, and I beleive the law is on my side in this matter.
Now we have a company – Adobe – saying that I can create in their software – which they will not sell to me - but if I stop paying them rent, I will not be able to open my own creations.
To me, this is a form of copyright infringement. How can a company demand payments in the future for me to be able to open something I created in the past?
Not knowing very much about the details of the Adobe proposal, I would guess a version would be available at a reduced price that would allow viewing with the saved metadata/edits, but no editing. Then they would charge a premium, with an annual renewal fee, for the the version that does editing.
Perhaps this is in response to too much digital pirating of their software.
Zvonimir Tosic: All flashes have a horrid UI and controls, made probably by chief Inquisitors in camera manufacturing companies. If Apple did one, it would come with Siri, so you can just talk to it how to fire and when.
Or it might say back:
"I'm melting!, I'm melting!"