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snapa: I received an email from Phase One this morning informing me that since I upgraded from Sony express for $50 the first week of November, I get a free upgrade to C1 Pro version 10. That is like getting a $299 program for only $50, lucky timing on my part!

BTW, they needed to upgrade C1 Pro 9 because it was much slower than the express version and has locked up on my 2-3 time this month. I'm sure they re-wrote the code to make it not only faster, but more stable. I'll upgrade tonight and find out.

Are you sure you simply didn't get the Pro version for _Sony_?

The Sony Express to Sony Pro is 50$, if you wish to have other cameras support you'd still need to shell out around 219$ for the unlimited camera Pro version.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 16:30 UTC
On article LensRentals tests the Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 FL ED (110 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I wonder what the effective focal length at 200mm and minimum focus distance is, the previous version was really only 135mm.


At any time, I prefer lenses working as they are specced. This takes effort to make so. While it may work for majority of cases with focus breathing, it is definitely not something desired.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 08:44 UTC
On article LensRentals tests the Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 FL ED (110 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I wonder what the effective focal length at 200mm and minimum focus distance is, the previous version was really only 135mm.

Looks to me like Daniel already knows all that. But we still don't know the effective focal distance in that case. However now we know it is not bothering you at the unknown distance you are using it :-)

I recall somebody was making a calculation based on the technical data and the outcome was more-less the same as with its predecessor, i.e. close to 135mm.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 13:12 UTC
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Joed700: Had this announcement come out sooner, I wouldn't have bought the 70-200mm f/4 VR. Anyhow, what about the focus breathing issue????

Interested in the breathing issue as well.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 07:44 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: 4K action cameras (102 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: The new Sony FDR-X3000 is best.

SONY FDR-X3000 vs GoPro HERO4 Black : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5lTRIsWXKU

The Sony's stabilization seems useful. Though the Sony looks to suffer more on the rolling shutter defect compared to GoPro in the video.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2016 at 15:12 UTC
On article Canon announces the XC15 4K video camera (153 comments in total)
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Light Bender: I'm actually really optimistic about this camera. Being a colorist that has worked with log files from all sort of manufacturers, time and time again, I have found that Canon's log file is one of the easiest logs to work with in post - period. The fact that this camera will go a long way to match other Canons is going to make it a really nice b-cam or nook & cranny camera for confined spaces.

Understandably, hobbyists and stills photographers that don't work regularly with cameras such as FS7s, FS5s, C300s, BM Ursas, Arris, Varicams, F5/55s etc will write it off and harp on all day about how x brand is better because it's cheaper and does more. But at what expense? If the colorist has to work 4-5x longer just to grade the footage, is the extra dynamic range really all that cracked up to be if you're running to tight deadlines? Me? I'll take the file that's easier to grade any day of the week. At this lower end of the price spectrum, I'd take Canon's color science every time.


Then again, like Canon gradually improves its DR, others try to improve colors.
Innovate on an important aspect and then cache in (long time) policy of Canon is what makes serious pros and shareholders feel good. Unfortunately it stops there.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 07:58 UTC

Don't expect to see this tech any soon on consumer-prosumer grade cameras for years to come. Not being negative but just realistic seeing how Canon has progressed with the different video and still cameras, the very recent model 5DMK4 having the video codec from nineties.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 07:18 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Photoshop CC 2015.5.1 available (89 comments in total)
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Barry Bloom: I don't understand why every time there's a new Photoshop CC upgrade someone has to bring up the subscription service & how they use alternative products - we do not need to revisit this issue each & every time. If your are using Capture One and/ Affinity Photo (both are excellent programs) why do you feel compelled to post here? - there's an easy solution - use what you want & leave the Photoshop service to those who prefer it - leave us alone. Thank you

"Yes, for the price of a decent meal out, or a family trip to the cinema, you get a whole year of software subscription.... funny how people prioritise their finances."

Every time I can choose the meal/movie I want. It is not so with the subscription, I'm bound to whatever is offered.
While the monthly fee is relatively small, I find it terrifying for possible developers following the suit. I have already enough of subscriptions and I only need to make them less, not more.

Small amounts times 10 is not anymore small.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 08:58 UTC

Provided the perpetual license will continue I do hope in the next major LR version there are more things than currently released to the CC only.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 07:58 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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Pat Cullinan Jr: More phony baloney from Adobe. But at least we won't be seeing it for another four or five versions.

The LR version works differently, it just stretches rather than fills.
You get a distorted image in the end with LR.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 08:30 UTC

I much appreciated all the reviews from Michael from the experience viewpoint - less technical but all the relevant info within the context. He was experienced enough to make a point disconnected from hype and sponsorship. I for sure will miss his attitude mixed with a thorough knowledge and critical insights.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 21:55 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (100 comments in total)
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Alexdi: (5/5)

Aesthetically and in terms of layout and quality of effects, this software is great. Gimp and most everything else in this price range are way behind. But when you start trying to adapt a workflow from Photoshop, the limitations become apparent very quickly. If you do serious productions in Photoshop and you value your time, Affinity doesn't make sense.

But it might if you instead spend most of your time in Lightroom and only venture into Photoshop for the occasional one-off. Affinity is more than adequate for touchup work, face replacements, adding and modifying text, blending layers, and so on. It also appears to support Photoshop plugins. If you don't use the really clever stuff that makes Photoshop what it is, Affinity could be preferable to a subscription fee.

Thanks for this review!

It's still relatively new software so there is a good chance the mentioned shortcomings will be ironed out at some point.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 08:40 UTC
On article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (100 comments in total)

This is the only serious alternative to Photoshop.

Photoline has too small icons, Corel is unintuitive and by far what one call robust, Gimp lacks features (functional healing).

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 20:18 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies

Nice, we definitely need more competition, for my use the recent Lightroom versions haven't added much desired features meaning mostly Develop module.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 21:20 UTC as 32nd comment
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TN Args: Canon vs Epson. Can anyone help me here? Are they just roughly equal competitors like Canon and Nikon with a bit of leap-frogging of top-dog status with each new model? Or is one actually well superior to the other?

I'm assuming the PRO1000 goes head-to-head with the P800?

There is one big difference - with Epson, you must waste some ink and time to change black ink between matte and glossy paper.
I'm very glad there is a relatively small footprint competition showing up.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 09:11 UTC
On article Adobe Camera Raw 9.2 adds local dehaze (60 comments in total)
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gwenhael appere: I'm really not happy with Adobe. All their photo editing software get the dehaze tool, except LR 6 customers (i'm one of them) !

It was made quite clear by Adobe so you knew that beforehand.

That said, I feel the first CC feature update followed little too quick after the perpetual release.

All in all I'm happy with the perpetual model. The CC version gives nice hints as far as the development focus. This far looks to me little has happened on the essential side, I'll be checking thoroughly whether the LR7 is a go.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2015 at 09:19 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2177 comments in total)
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aftab: Since the age of 6D and D800 it has become a norm to compare Sony sensors with Canon to see the difference in shadow lifting. Its all good and dandy. But no one, including DPR, showed any comparison (or put proper importance to it) between a properly exposed shadow area at ISO100 vs having the area dark and then shadow lifted. If someone do this comparison it would be clear that lifting shadow is a compromise no matter how little you lift. It is always better not to lift shadows. It is science and physics. It is always better to use exposure bracketing, fill flash, filter etc than lifting shadows.
Choose any Sony sensor camera from DPR tests, look at properly exposed ISO100 scene, then compare it with same scene with shadow lifting. If you do, you will come to the same conclusion as I did using an Exmor sensor FF camera for last two years: it is better not to lift shadows if you can.
All these DPR tests should have a disclaimer: Do not lift shadows unless you must.

ideally, the exposure should be ETTR (expose to the right) without clipping the highlights. Pushing shadows has got a lot better but it is still hard to beat the colors and details from a proper exposure.

I personally find it not so rare to utilize more DR without any HDR intention in mind. When travelling, anything inside with windows during daytime (churches, castels). Midday contrasty scenes outside. Evening scenes - not to blow out the city lights yet retain all the shadow details.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2015 at 12:33 UTC
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luchs: > Too bad Affinity Photo is for Mac only.
> Almost twice cheaper than Elements and rather in the Photoshop league.

Good that there is also PhotoLine (www.pl32.com). It works natively on Windows and also natively on Mac. You can use it on Linux with Wine.

It implements non-destructive photo editing completely, unlike Affinity even for the liquify tool and the RAW import. Unlike Affinity it also supports non destructive perspective correction, smart objects (linked images) and multi page documents. It's PDF export is perfect and supports Pantone / HKS colors, too.

Affinity is a very good system and I prefer it for GUI symbol editing, but it is Mac only and there are also some areas which needs improvement, such as the masks built from multiple layers and working in different color spaces.

With Photoline you can make any tool or work layer (i.e. unsharp) work on one dedicated channel only, such as "luminosity".

Thanks, will check it out!

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2015 at 07:40 UTC

Too bad Affinity Photo is for Mac only.
Almost twice cheaper than Elements and rather in the Photoshop league.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2015 at 21:43 UTC as 10th comment
On article What difference does it make? Sony uncompressed Raw (622 comments in total)
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M Jesper: Since Sony apparently won't be offering a lossless compression option themselves for a while, you can save a lot of space on your HDD's by doing the Lossless compression yourself using Adobe's DNG Converter (or during import in Lightroom). The size difference compared to uncompressed is huge. While not as much as Lossy compression, it's close! Though it won't help save card space on the road.

*And no you don't lose anything or limit compatibility, it's actually more like the opposite. The data does not change, it is simply packed in a different container. Currently using it for my Fuji RAF files that are also uncompressed, never had any problem with the DNG's anywhere. Probably saving about 40% with it.

One caveat though - the Adobe DNG is only readable by a limited number of software, mostly Adobe itself.
For example, those dng-ed files cannot be processed anymore by the Capture One Pro.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 17:21 UTC
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