Kelvin L

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Joined on Sep 29, 2008

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On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1519 comments in total)
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Michael1000: What are some good Windows open source alternatives to Lightroom?

@Bobthearch yes, Lightroom's digital assets management abilities are good, and are the main reason why I haven't stopped using it yet. The new CC model is providing incentive to try a few open source DAMs, like xnView.

FYI Lightzone was no better than Adobe when it was a paid product - I bought a licence then, and one day they just dumped it by turning off the activation servers. At least they had the decency to release the code to open source several months later.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 03:55 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1519 comments in total)
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Michael1000: What are some good Windows open source alternatives to Lightroom?

RawTherapee, Darktable, and LightZone Project

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 03:12 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1519 comments in total)
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cdembrey: Decreasing camera sales can be explained by two things. One is the ongoing death of enthusiasts from old age. The second is caused by people realizing that expensive gear based photography is not for them—a phone and a few apps is more than good enough.

I think that the realists at Adobe know there is nothing that can save enthusiast sales. So they are doing the smart thing.

The problem with this line of reasoning is that Lightroom has always been a software package for managing and converting RAW images, from "expensive gear", at a highly advanced level. That's why the Lightroom customer base uses it.

If what you're saying is correct, then I interpret it as Adobe pulling an Apple with their transition from Aperture to Apple Photos. All the more reason to look for migrating away from Lightroom ASAP.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 19:39 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1519 comments in total)

Good opinion piece Richard. You made a worthwhile point when you said: "After all, you still had exactly what you'd paid for."

I don't subscribe to CC as I fall into the 'rarely upgrade my equipment' camp, but I can understand the logic of it when used by consumers who regularly upgrade their imaging *systems*, whether for business reasons or otherwise. Service subscriptions actually make it easier in some ways for tax accounting purposes.

The problem lies in what to do when you decide to jump off the upgrade train. Luckily I jumped off at Lightroom 5.7, and I can use it indefinitely with my ancient D3s and X100. I'd be left high and dry if I had to transition a giant image catalog from Lightroom CC with no offline fallback that preserved my adjustment history.

In contrast: I bought a licence for Vuescan Pro about a decade ago, and I still get fresh updates. As an extreme case of perpetual licencing, I think Ed Hamrick is virtually running a charity with this level of support.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 22:56 UTC as 484th comment
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (663 comments in total)
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Kelvin L: The only valid reason I can think of that justifies upgrading to a new photo-anything is whether it allows you to create images that you're unable to with your current equipment.

Personally the D850 would actually hold me back because the larger files would choke my computer, and I have never needed more than 12-16 megapixels for most projects. I'd have to budget a new PC and more HDs/SSDs if the D850 became my new primary camera. I actually got rid of my D800 because of this.

YMMV etc.

"I have never needed more than 12-16 megapixels for most projects"

Just giving a use-case scenario for not requiring upgrading, since this is the topic of conversation in this article. No point buying a new computer and 46 megapixels if it all gets downsampled for client requirements of 12-16 megapixels. Yes it's justified if project/clients require it.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 05:47 UTC
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (663 comments in total)

The only valid reason I can think of that justifies upgrading to a new photo-anything is whether it allows you to create images that you're unable to with your current equipment.

Personally the D850 would actually hold me back because the larger files would choke my computer, and I have never needed more than 12-16 megapixels for most projects. I'd have to budget a new PC and more HDs/SSDs if the D850 became my new primary camera. I actually got rid of my D800 because of this.

YMMV etc.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 04:11 UTC as 80th comment | 6 replies
On article Corel PaintShop Pro X9 arrives with improved workflow (48 comments in total)

I just found this link on DPReview:

https://www.dpreview.com/articles/9984056437/corel-rawshooteressentials

Pixmantec RawShooter was later purchased by Adobe and turned into Lightroom. Corel seems to have a knack for screwing up their IP.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 07:09 UTC as 4th comment
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User9083371449: I would buy an mjuD as soon as one were released.

They released it in 2004. u-mini D, with 4 megapixels.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 01:06 UTC

I owned both the XA and Mju-II for an extended time period during the 90s and Noughties. Both overrated, in my opinion. Focusing the XA was never the easiest as the baselength of the rangefinder was tiny, and it was very prone to camera shake due to its ergonomics. The lens of the Mju-II (on my copy anyway) wasn't any sharper than the average P&S from that era. It would also underexpose with negative film - it had a bias towards highlights, and you couldn't really override the DX coding.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 01:03 UTC as 66th comment
On article Corel PaintShop Pro X9 arrives with improved workflow (48 comments in total)
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rubank: I am very fond of Corel products, I use Draw a lot for making documents, broshures and so on; nothing suits me better. And for stitching photos nothing beats PhotoPaint IMO. The printing module of the Corel suite is just super.
But for developing RAW Corel has nothing to really compete - still IMO.
Unfortunately Adobe has.
And that´s too bad.

Corel Aftershot Pro is the package to look for if you want advanced RAW processing. It's basically Bibble Pro under new ownership.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 06:42 UTC

No close up photo of the original silica gel. #dealbreaker

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 01:56 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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Kelvin L: I'd just get a used APS-C Nikon SLR body and not have to muck around with adapters. D300 bodies are cheap and plentiful.

As for the Leica R lenses - the benefits over other SLR brands is marginal. Several were in fact made by Minolta, Sigma, and Angenieux.

@arrr - yes, makes a bit of sense with 4K video on Lumix 4/3. Stills, not so much. 1080p is pretty sorted with current Nikon bodies.

@rfsIII here's what I have from the usual dodgy sources:
16 2.8 fisheye - Minolta
24 2.8 - Minolta
28-70 - Sigma
35-70 3.5 - Minolta
35-70 4 - Kyocera (AKA Contax/Yashica)
70-210 - Minolta
80-200 - Kyocera

I might have to retract the Angenieux claim - looks like I got mixed up with the Angenieux-branded R-mount zooms and teles, some of which are "unconventional" to say the least (e.g. 45-90mm 2.8, 180mm 2.3).

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 05:53 UTC

I'd just get a used APS-C Nikon SLR body and not have to muck around with adapters. D300 bodies are cheap and plentiful.

As for the Leica R lenses - the benefits over other SLR brands is marginal. Several were in fact made by Minolta, Sigma, and Angenieux.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 06:02 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (205 comments in total)
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Kelvin L: I understand what it's trying to achieve, but this article (along with a few other recent ones) reveals the youth of the current DPReview team.

Nothing wrong with that, but some older readers might find these stories a bit odd and amusing for the wrong reasons.

(I bought an AF-D 50 1.4 to update an ancient 50 1.8 AI, and it still feels space-age to me)

I just realized that saying "space-age" automatically makes me an old fart.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 01:19 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (205 comments in total)

I understand what it's trying to achieve, but this article (along with a few other recent ones) reveals the youth of the current DPReview team.

Nothing wrong with that, but some older readers might find these stories a bit odd and amusing for the wrong reasons.

(I bought an AF-D 50 1.4 to update an ancient 50 1.8 AI, and it still feels space-age to me)

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 00:52 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
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Kelvin L: I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

As an addendum, this chap's blog post reflects my experiences fairly closely, with regards to not letting go of the technical camera and the generally poor state of small format wide PC/TS solutions: http://tashley1.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/7/the-24mm-pc-e

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 01:09 UTC
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Kelvin L: I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

SirSeth I've been working on a project requiring perspective control and short camera-to-subject distances. Currently the only way I can get some of the images I want are with a 75mm lens on 4x5" field camera (I think equivalent of 24mm focal length on a 35mm camera) on extreme shifts, to the point where I'm running out of bellows.

I've been looking out for a digital solution for a while, and the adapters aren't really an option. Canon 17mm TSE is looking like the best one so far but I would need a camera body to match (Nikon is in the bag right now!). In the meantime the 4x5" is getting the job done, although running to labs + scanning is getting old pretty quickly.

For longer focal lengths I've been thinking about getting one of those Kipon shift adapters so I can use some Pentax 67 lenses lying around on the D800.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 22:10 UTC
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Kelvin L: I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

Fair point re: adapters, but wide angle tilt shift options with sufficient image circle cover are lacking. Widest to date is Canon 17mm TSE (about 24mm equivalent on APS)

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 07:04 UTC

I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 02:37 UTC as 57th comment | 7 replies
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SolidMetal: Can you do this with color film? I heard it was much harder to manipulate because its sensitivity to every form of light.

Looks like Ctein has made his book "Post Exposure" available for free access online, in case you're interested: http://ctein.com/PostExposure2ndIllustrated.pdf

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 01:47 UTC
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