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whawha: Cosina don’t be awful, please do one for Sony too!

Use adapter.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 17:26 UTC

Wonder if it's actually going be a 12MP sensor with AI interpolation to 576MP

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2021 at 20:34 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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Phillip Forsten: I remember when Serif was a blatant copier of JASC's Paint Shop Pro many years ago. Even the packaging of the software box. Hard to get past that when I hear about their software.

Never knew about them before they brought the PS and AI alternatives without monthly rent. So I don't have such hangups!

I did look up Serif's pre-Affinity products - they didn't look very encouraging. But they did a surprisingly great job with Affinity!

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2021 at 20:24 UTC
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Reactive: Brilliant to see Affinity making core improvements to their software, something that Adobe does not have the competence or inclination to do - ever - while those monthly Cash Cow taxes keep rolling in.

As they are going get paid their rent regardless, why would they have any motivation to improve their software?
They would rather buy other companies and kill the competition with their virtually unlimited subscription revenue.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2021 at 20:30 UTC

Does anyone know if Adobe is buying Affinity?

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2021 at 20:26 UTC as 12th comment | 9 replies
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JE River: Reading the comments it's obvious people are wanting cheaper software than Adobe's subscriptions. But I think it's a bit of hyperbole to claim it's equal or better than Photoshop. A lot of that has to do with workflow speed with the tools. While Affinity can end up with a similar result, it's like working with a very old version of Photoshop from the late 90's or early 2000's, which takes a lot more time and manual workflows to get the end result. There are some complicated processes you can make very easy in Photoshop that are just a huge hassle in software that isn't as full featured and fine-tuned.

I think anyone happy with Affinity is getting what they need out of it just fine, but once you start getting into the really advanced photo processing it's just not even in the same universe as Photoshop. I have Affinity and ran into far too many dead-ends where just a couple of clicks in Photoshop would get me there, but in Affinity it's a much longer process if even possible.

It seems like you don't use AP much, or else you won't call it as primitive as "PS from the late 90's or early 2000's". For most things it's almost as good as any recent PS and not nearly as sluggish as PS even on a mid range computer... Few things (such as channel based selection and masking) are still more cumbersome in AP. For my workflow, there are a few things that are actually far better than PS!

I agree, Affinity is not as mature in terms of usability - but it's quite good even if you don't consider the price or user-friendly policies.

Btw, PS7 is still far snappier than any recent bloated versions of PS, so new is not always a good thing for PS... esp. after the subscription only model, they don't have much motivation to improve their software. They would rather buy other companies and kill the competition. Just hope that there are plenty of happy users like yourself for them so that they don't get threatened and do the same with Affinity. So I really thank you!

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2021 at 20:20 UTC

Great price! Will buy.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2021 at 15:26 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
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ottonis: To all the commenters here who are despising this photographer and who state that phtographs make no difference and have no impact on the society's perception of cruelty, war etc.

So, in your mind, there was no necessity for those horrific pictures of dying and emaciated Jewish people in Auschwitz? Or the wounded children fleeing in terror during the Vietnam war, napalm bombs burning in the background? You really think that these pictures did not expand our perception of Nazi-Germany and of the Vietnam war? (just to name two examples).

These photographers are important, they are doing a tremendous job in showing what's going on. And yes, even the mass cremations were important to show as such pictures influence how politics and the society will deal with a global deadly pandemic.

R.I.P Mr.Siddiqui, you and your photos will be remembered!

@cxsparc "Pictures are making govt. to take action" is itself more often a propaganda than not. It just gives an excuse the nations for what they would have done anyway. Massive genocides, atrocities, organized exploitation are often ignored based on the political and strategic convenience by the govt. In most cases no pictures of such events would be published if there's no support for that narrative by the Govt. or nations involved.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2021 at 11:44 UTC
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cosinaphile: adapted lenses like ais \af-d lenses i enjoy with fuji work poorl on the Zfc which is a shame for a camera camera retro or otherwise the slow 6.3 kit zoom ?. how hard would it be to give it a respectable speed? a 3.5- 4.5 18-70 would not have broken nikon bank and could have given the launch tremendous appeal
fuji did ia 2.8 to 4 kit zoom . nikon also ignores the aperture dial on the lenses launched with the ftz
why nikon has P S A M setings on such a camera is a recipe for confusion as it was on their retro full frame a few yrs ago
the absence of a flash for fill IS absolutely a big deal and makes the fuji a much more versatile player for fill daylight flash or the emergency night shot .

why nikon had to bulk up an apsc model like this also isnt clear the fuji is a better size
fuji also has a tremendous lead in sensor, nikons recycling a sensor launched in
2016 with a distinctly lower resolution...

in fairness ill admit the nikon is a touch prettier

Wish Nikon had a full black version of Nikon Z fc.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2021 at 04:16 UTC

I was waiting for this camera from Nikon for many years and then opted for a Fuji. I a very happy with it. Fuji has captured many Nikon customers like me.

Why there's no black version of Nikon Z fc?

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2021 at 04:14 UTC as 93rd comment | 2 replies
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Reactive: "For almost 30 years... largely unchallenged." Errr, the article seems to have carefully avoided the three letters "PNG". For as long as I can remember, every technical team I know has been using PNG for web and PDF outputs, to give clean lossless images with the advantage of an alpha channel. For us, anything with the letters JPG in it (even a lossless version) will have a tough time gaining any traction due to JPG's notorious ability to destroy quality and add digital mush to everything.

@MikeRan agree with your points, the popularly of PNG was never anywhere close to JPG, ever. The main reason webdevs used PNG was alpha support and better quality-vs-size ratio with flat colored graphics.

@Reactive "Each passing year and improvement in bandwidth and storage make the file size of static images less and less important" not sure where you are getting that from! esp. given your experience.

Ask that question to any company hosting and serving petabytes of data everyday and you would get a very different answer - from their perspective every byte (and every penny) saved adds up to a significant number and it is still a huge factor. That's why from Google to FB to Amazon - almost everyone compresses JPG to 70~80%. Most companies didn't use that much of compression even 5 years back. A better JPG would help everyone - big companies to the end user.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2021 at 10:00 UTC
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bp_reid: Maybe just go back to Flickr, which I remains photo-centric but needs fresh users.

Its ruined by Instagram and FB.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2021 at 19:26 UTC

It should be rescued from FB.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2021 at 19:22 UTC as 10th comment
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A Owens: Wow, this is huge.

Samuel Lucifer
I think he means the 'news'

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2021 at 18:47 UTC
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leonardotonin: I don't like charging direct in the camera.

Too risky.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2021 at 18:45 UTC
On article Nikon Z fc Review (2137 comments in total)

This reminds me of my FM3A!
I am afraid it's a bit too late, at least for me - after waiting for this camera for years I had to move to Fuji.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2021 at 06:00 UTC as 511th comment
On article Nikon Z fc Review (2137 comments in total)
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ShaiKhulud: That tiny f number LCD-screen is the most pointless thing that graced the digital body ever.

Otherwise, nice-looking camera with decent price, I guess. But I'm not sure that such attempts at rose nostalgia market is what Nikon really needs to focus it's limited resources right now. Especially in the middle of a chip shortage.

Leave it to Leica.

I am still wondering why did they need to do it!!

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2021 at 05:57 UTC
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SELEES: Yawn...Adobe products are for the ignorant amongst us. So much better product is available today for those bold enough to look past this 'default' bloatware. And yes, Adobe has had great success with their raping pricing model, all it proves is my first statement, nothing more.

Four years of NOT using Adobe is a freedom I enjoy greatly, and Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher are all brilliant and ridiculously cheap to the point I wish they would put the price up and charge for updates, PLEASE. They deserve it!

Davinci Resolve leaves the bloatware known as Premiere Pro in it's wake, and is updated at a far greater pace than the overtly wealthy Adobe seems to be able to muster.

@String Renting is never my first option for car or apartment/house for long term. But everyone is different.

@Samuel Lucifer If you could think straight, you would realize, that if someone was using pirated adobe programs the ransomware model does't change a thing for them as pirated versions are still available. Adobe CC is not really cloud based app (unlike true cloud based app such as Figma etc) - everything runs locally only the license is validated through their so called cloud, so piracy is still going on.

Real problem is faced by people who want to buy or update perpetual licenses even if they can afford it.

I could also call you an adobe shill etc in return just because you don't agree to my point of view! But I'm not here for name calling and have better things to do.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2021 at 19:09 UTC
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SELEES: Yawn...Adobe products are for the ignorant amongst us. So much better product is available today for those bold enough to look past this 'default' bloatware. And yes, Adobe has had great success with their raping pricing model, all it proves is my first statement, nothing more.

Four years of NOT using Adobe is a freedom I enjoy greatly, and Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher are all brilliant and ridiculously cheap to the point I wish they would put the price up and charge for updates, PLEASE. They deserve it!

Davinci Resolve leaves the bloatware known as Premiere Pro in it's wake, and is updated at a far greater pace than the overtly wealthy Adobe seems to be able to muster.

@Samuel Lucifer and DuxX: I call it ransomware as you get nothing once you stop paying (even though you may have (depending on the size of your business) paid hundred or thousands of $$ over months or years! You may think it's fine and are happy to pay but I don't.

I won't even get into their dark history of buying up any serious competitors and killing their old products in order to get an absolute monopoly before they started forcing their ransomware model.

And have you ever tried opening Photoshop files with Gimp?! Theoretically it's possible but it's almost unusable. What do you use to open the AE etc?

@SELEES Not to mention how sluggish and bloated even their current generations of programs are! Only people who have never used any other programs feel Adobe programs are cutting edge.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2021 at 13:12 UTC
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SELEES: Yawn...Adobe products are for the ignorant amongst us. So much better product is available today for those bold enough to look past this 'default' bloatware. And yes, Adobe has had great success with their raping pricing model, all it proves is my first statement, nothing more.

Four years of NOT using Adobe is a freedom I enjoy greatly, and Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher are all brilliant and ridiculously cheap to the point I wish they would put the price up and charge for updates, PLEASE. They deserve it!

Davinci Resolve leaves the bloatware known as Premiere Pro in it's wake, and is updated at a far greater pace than the overtly wealthy Adobe seems to be able to muster.

Life without Adobe Ransomware DOES feel great!

@DuxX yes, they haven't been nearly 25 years in development, so definitely many things are missing. But there are many features in those apps that are far better than their Adobe counterpart - and I am not talking about just the monthly ransoms, even though that iitself s a huge deal for for me.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2021 at 06:43 UTC
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