Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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CBuff: We have been promised an accelerated rate of innovation as we move to the subscription model. The reality: a slow down, almost a halt, in any innovation, particularly with Lightroom.

Cbuff.... there is no business need for an accelerated rate of innovation for Adobe. They are doing great with automatic payments taken each month from your bank or credit card.

In other words... why should they make huge improvements after they locked you in to a subscription plan?

Adobe will tell you... "If you don't like it.... then use GIMP or Photoshop Elements."

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:16 UTC
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Marty4650: If you like your subscription service, you can keep the subscription service.

But wouldn't it be nice to also have the option to buy the software outright too? Why do so many people rigorously defend the practice of only having monthly subscriptions? Are they all Adobe stockholders?

Exactly right.

Different users have different needs. By forcing a "subscription only" option Adobe is catering to the heavy user and pretty much abandoning the casual user. And the heavy user will find this "cheaper for them" while the casual user will find it crazy expensive to pay a monthly fee for the rest of their lives.

And this is Adobe's right. But it also explains why so many are moving to other options or using their older versions of CS5 or CS6 with the dng converter...

Also note... those complaints about lack of innovation aren't coming from the casual users. It seems some of their subscription customers are feeling a bit let down by the slow pace of improvements now that Adobe's revenue stream is guaranteed and automatic.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:10 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-P1 (62 comments in total)
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Robert Schroeder: After just having become a happy owner of the Olympus E-30 DSLR in April 2009, I had the chance to attend a small Olympus event where not only most of the Four Thirds lenses and accessories were available to try out, but also one of the first E-P1 production samples was shown.

As I had already been underwhelmed, to say the least, by what I already knew from announcements and reports, I wasn't really disappointed—I just found my next-to-zero expectations confirmed.

Compared to the E-30, the E-P1 was an expensive toy, a too-big-to-be-compact plastic body wrapped in tin, no viewfinder, no swivel-tilt display, with a cheap-looking plastic toy lens, mediocre AF and a sensor that had already been slightly sub-standard half a year earlier when the E-30 had been announced—the only thing I would have liked to be better in the otherwise great DSLR at the time.

[cont'd]

Robert, I also had an E30 and bought an EP1 for my compact travel camera. Both cameras had the same processor and sensor, so both produced very similar files.

Of course the EP1 lacked all the features we got with the E30, but it weighed around half as much with the exact same image quality.

Long story short... today I use an EM1, EM5 and GM1, and my E30 is collecting dust on the shelf. I'd probably be lucky if I could sell it for $100.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 10:39 UTC

If you like your subscription service, you can keep the subscription service.

But wouldn't it be nice to also have the option to buy the software outright too? Why do so many people rigorously defend the practice of only having monthly subscriptions? Are they all Adobe stockholders?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 10:14 UTC as 49th comment | 18 replies
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Ivan Paganacci: When I no longer needed my $10/month PS/Lightroom subscription, I discovered there’s no online option to cancel. I had to phone a rep who asked why I wanted to leave, is there anything we can do better, etc. To quote Ditch Brodie — pack your bags, we’re going on a guilt trip.

Subscriptions should be able to be canceled without talking to anyone or having a confrontation. Tactics like this say a lot about a company.

No easy way to cancel..... slick. Very slick....

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 01:27 UTC
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Marty4650: I just hope Dpreview doesn't get any wild ideas about becoming a subscription service. They could be tempted by Adobe's success....

You make a good point.

So good in fact.... you made it twice! :)

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 01:25 UTC

I just hope Dpreview doesn't get any wild ideas about becoming a subscription service. They could be tempted by Adobe's success....

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 21:13 UTC as 89th comment | 5 replies

This whole concept is pure nonsense.

When it comes to business, talent counts most. No one buys inferior photos because the photographer happens to be a white male. It just doesn't work that way in the real world. If all the best photographers were Eskimos, then they would get all the work.

Yes.... the Eskimo photographers would "get more than their fair share." And only because they had the best photos.

I am amazed that anyone can be so vapid as to suggest racial quotas for hiring professional photographers.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 17:22 UTC as 58th comment | 8 replies
On article Yashica is teasing a comeback to the camera market (299 comments in total)

So... this really isn't Yashica, it is just someone who bought their trademark. Just like Kodak, Polaroid, etc.

You really have to wonder why ANYONE would want to jump into a market that has lost around 80% of it's customers. (I'm looking at you, YI).

What will the new Yashica branded camera do better than Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic are already doing?

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 18:28 UTC as 81st comment | 1 reply
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Clayton1985: What is alarming is not that there are 32 men and no women but that Nikon doesn't see this kind of negative publicity coming a mile away. Most companies now try to avoid the obvious because it's more painful to deal with than to play along whether the criticism is justified or not. Nikon should have known.

Clayton.... just remember that Nikon is a Japanese company. The Japanese do not make a religion out of diversity like we do. In fact, they believe homogeneity is best.

But, I'd say you are right. Nikon should have considered diversity when marketing products in cultures that place a high value on diversity. If for no other reason than being a good business practice.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 23:17 UTC

It sure looks like those photos were taken at the Nikon photographers meeting, and if it is true that "the female photographers who were invited were unable to attend" then it would be dishonest to toss in a few females for the sake of diversity.

So, perhaps Nikon failed to invite enough women.... but they cannot be blamed if the ones they did invite failed to attend. And I agree that the charge that "Nikon thinks the D850 is too much for women to handle" is a bizarre and unfortunate stretch for Fstoppers to make.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 15:56 UTC as 199th comment
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (339 comments in total)
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wolfie: Quote:"this is an equivalent aperture range of F6.5-10.9, which is not significantly slower than an F4.5-6.3 tele zoom on an APS-C camera. "

Very strange statement - apparently confusing lens aperture for exposure with the silly 35mm equivalence as regards DOF.

Exposure doesn't change with sensor size - the Sony f2.8 will always be faster than f4.5 no matter what format!

This camera has a 1" sensor and weighs 2.4 pounds.

Make the same camera with a full frame sensor and it might weigh 15 or 20 pounds. That is just a guess on my part... I'm sure one of you scientists could do the math properly.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 11:01 UTC
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Tomasz_Wk: If it was at least a m43 sensor...

...then it would be even bigger and heavier....

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 16:29 UTC

Why?

Why on earth would anyone buy a $1700 two and a half pound beast with a one 1" sensor just to avoid ever having to change lenses?

This behemoth makes a six year old Nikon D5100 with a couple of kit lenses look like a size, weight, image quality and value champion.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 16:07 UTC as 194th comment | 29 replies
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MrBrightSide: I was under the impression that Hassleblads were a product that you bought through a local rep who would then provide the kind of post-sale service, support, and continuing education that purchasers of $15,000 or $20,000 cameras expect from manufacturers.
Who in their right mind would buy such a demanding camera online? It's like buying a Ferrari and then expecting the local shade tree mechanic to keep it running for you—theoretically possible, but highly unlikely.

snapa.... for most of us medium format is overkill. But anyone who needs the slight improvement in IQ will buy it if their income depends on that improvement. I assume these are professional photographers and not ultra wealthy people looking for status symbols, so they need to cost justify the expense for their business.

It really is a very large price difference over Sony FE (and wait until you see what the lenses cost!) so this isn't a tool for most photographers or even for well off hobbyists, just for the pros who can justify the expense.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 21:22 UTC
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MrBrightSide: I was under the impression that Hassleblads were a product that you bought through a local rep who would then provide the kind of post-sale service, support, and continuing education that purchasers of $15,000 or $20,000 cameras expect from manufacturers.
Who in their right mind would buy such a demanding camera online? It's like buying a Ferrari and then expecting the local shade tree mechanic to keep it running for you—theoretically possible, but highly unlikely.

Most people who buy $20,000 cameras don't need continuing education from the salesman. They probably know more about the camera than the salesman does.

And support comes directly from Hasselblad. Unless you think the salesman writes each firmware upgrade himself.

Money talks and even the very wealthy like to get more for their money.

And while a Ferrari is a status symbol, I doubt there is much status in taking a medium format camera to a posh resort with you. These are specialized tools needed by people at the top of their profession. If they cost a lot, then they are the cost of doing business. And the professional photographers who use them have to watch every penny they spend.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 19:29 UTC
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tabloid: If all guns were banned including police guns....that would create a level playing field. Gun killing would drop by 100%.(because there would be no guns)
And photographers would not get shot by nervous police officers.

If gun bans create public safety, then someone must explain why the places with the most restrictive gun laws (Chicago, LA, NYC, Detroit, Baltimore, DC, etc.) are the least safe... and the places with the least restrictions (Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, etc.) are the safest?

Clearly, there is some other factor involved. Making it harder for law abiding citizens to have access to guns might reduce the "accidental death rate" but it will have zero impact on the "intentional death rate." And even a British snowflake should understand this.

You constantly avoid the issue of criminals, gangs, terrorists, tyrants, and others with bad intentions but keep focusing on "children finding a gun" and "suicides." And you do this for a good reason. Your argument boils down to safety and not crime. There are better ways for dealing with safety than total bans.

Consider this.... if it weren't for guns you Brits would be typing in German today.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2017 at 13:04 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (589 comments in total)
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quietrich: Cons: "•16MP starting to look a little dated"

Because we are all buying into the marketing bs? Nope, having exhibited 36 x 24 inch prints in a London exhibition, produced from a 16mp sensor, I can honestly say that 16mp is a perfectly usable res. Don't buy into the marketing BS guys - 16 is plenty!

@quietrich...

Always remember this is a gear site, where "more is always better."

At 16MP the four thirds sensor has the same pixel size as a full frame sensor with 64MP . And some folks think that pixels that are too small aren't a good thing, as evidenced by the 12MP Sony A7S and 16MP Nikon Df.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:50 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (589 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This camera isn't designed to be an upgrade from the EM10 II.

This is just a tweaked, refreshed and improved version of the EM10 II. No one in his right mind would upgrade from the Mk II to the Mk III. However, it now becomes more attractive to first time M4/3 buyers moving up from smartphones, or sideways from other camera brands.

bluejaguar....

Interesting theory. So how do you explain the fact that M4/3 outsells Fuji X by a very wide margin?

If the 1" sensor is "nearly as good" that means the Four Thirds sensor is better. Just like the Four Thirds Sensor is "nearly as good as the APSC sensor." You seem to want it both ways, by saying that a sensor bigger or smaller than Four Thirds is "better."

M4/3 lenses are only overpriced if you compare f/1.2 M4/3 lenses to f/1.8 APSC lenses. And I suppose you could, if you are a slave to equivalence. But in that case, why aren't you using full frame?

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:43 UTC
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tabloid: If all guns were banned including police guns....that would create a level playing field. Gun killing would drop by 100%.(because there would be no guns)
And photographers would not get shot by nervous police officers.

@ Tabloid....

Well... lets look at the real world where guns have virtually been banned by many European nations. Are there no killings and mass murders done with guns in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, or the UK?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rampage_killers_(Europe)

Despite severe restrictions and bans, somehow criminals and terrorists still manage to get their guns, while the population at large is unarmed. I realize it sounds like the perfect solution... "ban all the guns, and stop all the gun violence" but it has never worked that way before. Unless you have a police state like Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany, where they really did come close to banning all guns. And despite coming close, they still didn't get all of them. Which was a good thing for the French Resistance.

Do you really want to live in a police state, where they break down your door looking for guns to seize?

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 16:13 UTC
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