disraeli demon

disraeli demon

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GodSpeaks: I hope all you adobe subscribers who do not like this increase, vote with your wallets by cancelling your subscriptions.

@razadaz I tried Affinity and it's got potential, but right now it isn't quite there for what I need.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 22:08 UTC

Much as I despise the subscription model I got a photographer's subscription (Photoshop + Lightroom) back at the end of 2013 because Adobe promised to fix the fee for life - I guess now's when I find out if they'll stick to their promise.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 22:06 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
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PerL: Just shows that the customer is at the mercy of Adobe. That is why this model is unsound.

@String - Photoshop still has functions relating to CMYK files that other programs don't replicate (at least not well enough to allow an efficient workflow.) I only use Photoshop for CMYK file processing these days, and I'll be ditching it as soon as someone (probably Affinity) catches up. But right now I'm basically stuck with paying a subscription for the one function I can't live without.

@Kona Mike - as others have said, lots of programs can open native PSD files with layers intact - add Clip Studio Paint and Corel Painter to the list.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 11:49 UTC
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Najinsky: This has the potential to be a polarising issue between enthusiasts and imaging professionals.

IPs have to eat many costs associated with providing their service, of which this is just one. The costs are factored into their pricing and so increases get passed onto their customers and for the most part they are not unduly impacted. However, customers can also shop around for a better deal, so if IPs are forced to raise their prices, it can impact their competitiveness in an already competitive field.

But a bigger impact is for enthusiasts, who are currently seeing price hikes come at them from every angle, and who don't have a way to offset those costs as it is primarily a hobby. I think it's feasible more and more enthusiasts may seek alternatives.

Personally, I've gradually been weaning myself off adobe products for many years. Their offerings border on cumbersome and overkill for me. And they are so slow to move. Lightroom still doesn't have full support for exploiting GPUs.

"IPs have to eat many costs associated with providing their service, of which this is just one."

The problem with this is, I'm an imaging professional, but not a photographer - (I draw and colour comics) and Adobe hasn't introduced any features useful to my work since version 7 (2002). Ever since I've only bought upgrades to keep Photoshop compatible with new hardware, maybe getting every 2nd or 3rd version as a result.

Photoshop's brush and paint bucket tools have fallen so far behind the curve that I've switched to Manga Studio/Clip Studio Paint for drawing and colouring, but I still need full Photoshop for CMYK file preparation (in particular, channel-level manipulation of CMYK files) Affinity Is getting there, but it's not there yet, so in the meantime I'm stuck paying a hefty tax for the one function I can't live without.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 11:43 UTC
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GodSpeaks: I hope all you adobe subscribers who do not like this increase, vote with your wallets by cancelling your subscriptions.

As a professional, I'm dying to ditch Adobe, but Photoshop has certain features related to channel-level control of CMYK files that I can't live without, and no other program really has.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 11:28 UTC

This was the first digital camera I ever used - they had one at a multimedia development course I went on in October 1999, and I got to play with it for an hour or so - see https://flic.kr/p/akvm1h . I was a Nikon film shooter at the time, and I remember being very impressed with the build quality, rather less so with the resolution and dynamic range. I was scanning film and I'd worked out that I "needed" 8 megapixels for the size of prints I wanted to make (only 10 x 8"!)

A couple of years later a combination of being sick of film scanning and the need to generate quick reference photos for a storyboarding job pushed me into buying a 3 megapixel Canon G1. Image quality was pretty crappy but once I was liberated from film I never looked back.

My girlfriend's work had a 995 that she took out on loan a couple of times, I always liked its ability to shoot TIFF and 3:2 ratio, and again, very solid camera. I also liked the departure from conventional camera design.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 17:38 UTC as 58th comment
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fatdeeman: I still have the non video G1, a nice red one. I use it occasionally when the mood takes me.

I'm still impressed by how fast the AF is in AF-S. It focused just as fast as my Canon 350d at the time in most scenarios. It's easy to forget just how good it was compared to contrast detect systems that had gone before, still very much usable today and much better than my Sony 5n even though the G1 is a few years older than the Sony.

I love all the external controls too, it's impressive that they hit the market with two models that were so enthusiast oriented. I do wish I had held on for the GH1 though, especially after the hack!

I have a red G2 (basically just a G1 with 720p video) and I agree about the snappy focus in AF-S.
I still occasionally use mine as a "disposicam" for shooting in situations where I'd be afraid of losing or breaking my GX7. It's still a pleasure to use, and I have no complaints about the responsiveness even now. The only thing my GX7 has over it is a smidge better dynamic range and resolution and my own preference for the rangefinder-syle form factor.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 16:58 UTC

I could see this being very useful for simple, regularly used tasks like switching tools and triggering undos.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 23:23 UTC as 67th comment
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disraeli demon: I'm sure Panasonic know their market but instead of this I really wish we could have some good, sharp, reasonably- priced f2.8 14mm, 12mm and 10mm lenses with clutch focus.

For the kind of street shooting I do, for a 14mm or wider lens, f2.8 hits a sweet spot between low-light performance, smaller lens size, optical quality and lower cost. I can see why you'd want f1.4 for astrophotography, but that's my not my thing, hence I don't wish for one.
I happily accept that Panasonic understand their market, and that making a 12mm f1.4 lens makes more sense than making the lenses I want. I admitted so in my original comment. Doesn't stop me wanting something different.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 17:57 UTC

As a digital artist who works for print most of the time, I find the proportions of these devices very frustrating - a 13" screen with a 4:3 ratio would be so much more useful to me, I'd sell my existing 13" Cintiq straight away to get one. Come on Wacom, we're not all storyboard artists.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 23:23 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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disraeli demon: I'm sure Panasonic know their market but instead of this I really wish we could have some good, sharp, reasonably- priced f2.8 14mm, 12mm and 10mm lenses with clutch focus.

Vlad S - my thinking was, as a purely stills shooter, I don't need more than f2.8, and hopefully such lenses would be a bit smaller and cheaper than f2 versions....

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 13:38 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (870 comments in total)

I'm a freelance commercial artist and I've been a dedicated Mac user for nearly 20 years, but last year I bought a Cintiq Companion (basically a Microsoft Surface tablet with a Wacom pen display built in. It's been absolutely transformative. 18 months on, I still don't like Windows (though I upgraded to 10 which was a massive improvement over 8) but honestly, unless Apple implement touch on their OSX devices, I think they'll lose the creative professional market they've held for so long. iPads are great, but you can't run any of the software I need on iOS.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 23:08 UTC as 166th comment | 3 replies
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Tommi K1: Isn't it meant to be written as 21'650 frames per second?
As 21,650 frames per second reads like 21 and 650 fractions of frames per second...

Or in England in the 1970's, when I was at school. "21,650" has pretty much given way to "21650" here now, I think, but I don't think I've ever seen "21'650" before. What part of the world are you from, Tommi K1?

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 15:40 UTC

It's nice to finally see a lensbaby in a suitable focal length for μ4/3 - but apparently at the price of having no aperture control or ability to move the sweet spot around the frame.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 18:24 UTC as 1st comment
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2097 comments in total)

I know we're nowhere near this now, but if the on-sensor focus features (high precision, face tracking with servo AF, full frame coverage) continue to improve, I wonder if we'll one day hit a point where optical viewfinders start to look like a liability?

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 21:25 UTC as 280th comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (811 comments in total)

Looking at this I can't help feeling Leica missed a trick - if they'd put the S2 sensor in an outsize rangefinder body with compact MF lenses and live view focus peaking on the rear screen it would have made a lot more sense as a niche product than the SL.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 01:20 UTC as 180th comment | 3 replies

I'm sure Panasonic know their market but instead of this I really wish we could have some good, sharp, reasonably- priced f2.8 14mm, 12mm and 10mm lenses with clutch focus.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 15:44 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies

This product reminds me of a comparison test of on-camera flash diffusers and reflectors done by Amateur Photographer years ago - hilariously, they found that by far the best reflector was a 2ft square polystyrene ceiling tile held at 45% over a flash with the head tilted up. "Best" in terms of light quality of course - it was completely impractical as a device. This thing's probably the closest I've seen to that.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 15:38 UTC as 6th comment
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (182 comments in total)

I gave up my Nikon DSLRs for mirrorless cameras about five years ago, and found they suited my style of photography so well that I've never looked back. Gotta say though, this camera gives me a real twinge of acquisitiveness...

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 19:45 UTC as 13th comment
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loitokitok: Actually Leica aren't really in the photographic market any more. They are to cameras what Louis Vuitton are to shopping bags, or say a Bulgari Magsonic Sonnerie Tourbillon is to a watch. In other words they are now luxury goods manufacturers and the fact that their products happen to take photos is almost coincidental.

In a sense the more out of step with other cameras their products are, the more they appeal to a certain kind of customer and I guess the only way they could further increase their appeal (to some) is to make them out of precious metals, possibly with a sprinkling of jewels.

I don't have a problem with that at all. Good luck to them, it's probably the only way they could have survived in today's market.

I'd never thought of it in those terms, but the more I think about it the more I agree with you. Certainly Leica's problem is that image quality is now strongly dependent on sensor design, and Leica don't have the resources to develop any sensor (let alone a class-leading one) in-house. Finding other selling points is a sensible strategy, and given that Leica are still around when other premium brands like Contax have long since gone to the wall, one that's hard to argue with.
From a nostalgic point of view, I feel a little sad that, for me, Leica has drifted so far from best practice in terms of handling and ergonomics that their cameras are no longer the objects of desire for me that they once were. However, given that I'll never have the resources to choose to buy Leica anyway, my preferences are irrelevant :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 17:04 UTC
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