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On article Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z (250 comments in total)
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tinternaut: But will Pentax sell enough of these to realise the economies of scale to bring the costs down? It's taken years to bring the 35mm full frame format down to a level many now consider affordable. In the UK at least, the cost of a modest Pentax 645Z system is about the same as that of a Ford Focus. There's nothing "consumer" about that.

As for the second opinion, above, I imagine if I picked up a D800, tomorrow (as a Four Thirds system owner), I'd start taking bad photos. That's just part of the process.

Given the volumes involved in MF, I doubt Pentax will ever sell enough 645Z to bring the costs down to "consumer FF" levels. But the prices are already very close to high-end 24x36 cameras. A 645Z doesn't cost much more than a D4s or Leica M, and you can get a 645D (previous generation) at much reduced prices. Trouble is, if you want high-quality latest-generation AF lenses, they will cost you a lot as well.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 15:34 UTC

Would be tempting at a regular price, but there still a few settings I'd like to select on the go, like the lens type for uncoded ones.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 09:02 UTC as 31st comment
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b534202: Does it at least have a battery indicator?

It looks like there is in the viewfinder, activated by the repurposed movie button.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 09:02 UTC
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keeponkeepingon: Lars or Chris from interrealtime:

It would be really great to know how this differs from or compares to the alternatives.

For example cortex camera has been out for some time now and gets better reviews on the app store:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cortex-camera/id517488939?mt=8

Thanks!

Cortex Camera seems to capture 100 video frames, then align and combine them to provide higher resolution (from the FULL HD capture) and lower noise. It seems to be mostly useful for low-light, static subjects. It does well what it does but, for daylight photography, I would expect the regular app to deliver much more detailed images.
NightCap Pro seems to be much more versatile (and cheaper).

Link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 15:06 UTC

Fascinating content, but I agree that minimum 45$ for a print or download, restricted to personal use, is a bit steep. Especially coming from a public institution....

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 11:53 UTC as 5th comment
On article Lomography launches Russar+ for L39 and M mount cameras (120 comments in total)
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bawbaw: These will be useless on digital RF with the deep rear element design, even the modern voigt wideangles are really bad on the M9/240. I was pretty sad when I saw the voigt 21mm on my M9, that having been my goto lens on film.

For about the same price there is better and more sensible L39/M mount wides ,used zeiss zm 21mm for one.

Like the Petzval before. It's cheaper to buy an original used and leave the disappointments to the cool kids that have made the lomography guys snake oil well grow deeper and deeper. Keeping in mind pre lomography these were about £30 on ebay if that.

The Voigt 21mm Skopar is actually quite good on the M9 (corners not as sharp as on M8 but still lightyears ahead of a non-ASPH Elmarit, not to mention Super-Angulons and the likes).

But I agree a used ZM 21 2.8 is probably the best "budget" option on a digital M.

For those looking for a classical look, I'd rather buy a cheap classical Russar than this copy.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 09:50 UTC
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Joerg V: 98% Otus @ 25% price? Shut up and take my money!

Sigma should really be thankful to Zeiss: a couple of years ago, who would have qualified a Sigma 50 1.4 @ 1000$ a sensational deal? ;-)

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 09:40 UTC
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JapanCanon: This costs JPY127,000 in Japan, or about 1,250 USD, excluding tax (now 8%). So street price of about USD$1350 in its home market, when theres no shipping and import duties, insurance, currency issues etc. How annoying pricing!

Hasn't this type of price dumping been always the norm in photo industry?

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 09:36 UTC

A local shop sells the DP Merrill for 399€ (each, not the three of them) Maybe I should get one before the last "true Foveon" cameras are gone?

Had an original DP1 and loved its IQ (in good light).

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 15:09 UTC as 158th comment | 5 replies
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RichRMA: It's an interesting project, an accomplishment if built, but you can buy old cameras for song today. I've seen working TLRs like the Yashica's going for $25 each so if you goal is photography with film, you can get there faster. What would be interesting would be a high resolution DIY real monochrome camera that doesn't cost $10000 like Leica's M. The first digital camera I owned was a low-rez CCD astrocamera I built with boards and plans designed by the former editor of "Astronomy" magazine.

I must admit having researched the possibility of a DIY monochrome digital camera.

There are plenty of monochrome industrial vision cameras/modules that would be a good starting point, but if you want anything better than a basic webcam resolution, you end up with something costing more than 1000€. And an industrial camera based on Leica 's MM Kodak KAI16000 CCD costs over 10,000$!

I keep looking though ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 13:16 UTC
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thx1138: Shouldn't that be minimum shutter speed 1/16000, not maximum shutter speed which is 60s. Actually you have them interchanged in the specs.

Strictly speaking,
1/16000 should be minimum exposure time, and 60s maximum exposure time.
A speed is normally measured in m/s or km/h (and resolution in dpi), but we all understood what was meant ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 07:26 UTC

I think what Adobe needs to offer is an option for enthusiasts using Lightroom to get Photoshop CC at a decent cost. I am an amateur who has purchased every Lr version since v2, and would not mind subscribing to PS CC if it was cheap enough.

But, with the current offers, only existing CS users can get Lr + Ps CC for 10$/month, which I think is a great deal for pros. Existing Lightroom users need to pay the regular 20$/month to get Ps CC alone... Does not make sense to me.

And yes, a rent-to-buy approach would be ideal. I hope they do not remove the option to buy Lightroom in the future cause I don't want to locked into a rental system to keep access to my images catalog.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 08:50 UTC as 159th comment | 3 replies
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domina: That's a good thing for photography and videography, it means now everyone will be able to sell to them on the strength of their current images rather than be employed by them permanently because of personal connections or past reputation. However, it's sad for the photographers as employees. Perhaps the newspaper should offer them free support to set up their freelance businesses.

I think we have far enough of low quality stuff already. I guess the next step is they fire journalists because there is enough content on Twitter.

I thought the whole point of paying for a newspaper or a magazine was to have some quality content analyzed, written and documented in a professional way...

Link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 09:54 UTC
On article Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction (1852 comments in total)
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Mister J: Snake-oil suit talk.

I guess we're all now looking for a Photoshop replacement.

Pixelmator is some of the way there, but still crashes and hangs, so development needed. Even so, they must be drooling at the market opportunity.

As for Lightroom, Aperture is the excellent alternative.

FCP is now a pretty good video editor.

InDesign? Quark is improving by the day, and is well priced.

I can't think of an Illustrator alternative, but maybe there's one I don't know about.

There's plenty of alternatives that may suit the hobbyist market, but probably not a professional looking for an integrated workflow. But let's face it, CS was never priced for the hobbyist market - and most of the individuals using it probably used it without a valid license. And Adobe seems to think that consumers will still find a way to do so with CC ;-)

OTOH I can't really understand the bashing about Lightroom. It is not subject to the new pricing and remains a very strong option. Aperture? I think it has its hare of issues (very long update cycles, lack of consistency of Apple in supporting its cloud-based services...).

Link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 09:55 UTC
On article Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction (1852 comments in total)
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EssexAsh: now capture 1 pro has added catalogues there is zero reason to stick with lightroom and CS5 is still more than capable if i feel the urge to do more than remove spots. Cheerio Adobe.

Capture One Pro is still more expensive than Lightroom, although the upgrades are about the same or cheaper.

I have C1 Pro but have not updated since v5 as I now almost exclusively use Lightroom. v7 has caught up but why should I switch?

Link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 09:43 UTC

Good news and reasonable price... at last! I must admit I had never been a fan of those expensive plug-in suites that were not always doing a convincingly better job than the host software.

I only bought Color FX a while ago, but as a plug-in to Nikon Capture NX. Not sure if I qualify for the free offer!

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 16:48 UTC as 96th comment

Interesting. This looks like an easy and low cost way of improving dynamic range in small sensors.

Hopefully RAMBUS will be more successful than when they provided the proprietary and expensive RDRAM technology for the first Intel Pentium 4 motherboards.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2013 at 13:04 UTC as 89th comment
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mpgxsvcd: These look like very interesting new cameras. You can't argue with how small the NEX-3N is. That is really small for APS-C. It will sell very well.

It is much smaller than the F3 but hardly smaller or lighter than the 5N/5R.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2013 at 16:05 UTC
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