bigfatron

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Kiril Karaatanasov: It is hopeless. I bought subscription about month ago to help. Today they pressure me to prepay next year and raising the price substantially. Note that there were discounts last year......

May be it is time to let it go.

@mandophoto depends what you're comparing it to. The last subscription I paid was in May 2018 and that was $25 (grandfathered rate as a long term subscriber) and I wasn't charged VAT. Its now $60 and there is now 20% VAT to add.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2020 at 14:03 UTC
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themountainphotographer: I just wonder how many people have now "jumped ship"?

I was a Pro member for about 13 years and stopped renewing just after the Smugmug buyout and once the big price jump kicked in.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2020 at 12:46 UTC
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Peter Hayward: With the frequency of their updates one could almost consider PSP subscription based.

No one makes you buy every version. And to be honest for the current rate of evolution of the product its probably only worth upgrading every second or third release anyway. For occasional pixel-level edits (I use LR for the bulk of my image manipulation needs) its a perfectly decent product.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2019 at 12:05 UTC
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Steve Balcombe: I've not had any major problems recently, but I haven't seen the promised improvement either.

My perception of it too. If anything it feels ever so slightly less stable at the moment.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2019 at 10:04 UTC
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Jhaakas: A good way to get rid of those unwanted dormant accounts

Except it probably isn't. From the statistics quoted then the vast amount of dormant accounts are going to be ones under the 1000 threshold. Certainly I know a good few people who used their free accounts for a year or two at most and then just left them to rot.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2019 at 07:34 UTC
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Brev00: As a pro account user for many years, I am happy with this revision. Someone is paying attention to Flickr at last! Would I like to continue paying $25 a year? Sure. I think $50 is still a good deal for me and is the only increase for many years. Amazon jumps its price for Prime all the time. I also use Spotify and Netflix which cost more than the new pro fee. If this change and those to come improve my user experience? Gravy.

Like you say, some won't question the fee and some will. Tiered rates depending upon features and storage isn't some bizarre phenomenon, the example of cloud data storage uses this model. Its also relevant that much of the justification for the rejig at flickr is based upon their storage costs and a subset of users using way more than the vast majority (this partly down to Yahoo's ridiculous offer of 1TB for free accounts).

It's their site and their call how they price it at the end of the day. My point merely was that some will baulk at $50, some will also clearly never pay at all. However, a mid-tier between pro and free would hopefully keep some lighter users financially supporting the site who will stop paying them anything and go to the free level or leave altogether.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2018 at 23:16 UTC
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Brev00: As a pro account user for many years, I am happy with this revision. Someone is paying attention to Flickr at last! Would I like to continue paying $25 a year? Sure. I think $50 is still a good deal for me and is the only increase for many years. Amazon jumps its price for Prime all the time. I also use Spotify and Netflix which cost more than the new pro fee. If this change and those to come improve my user experience? Gravy.

Also a longstanding Pro member. I also don't object to paying a bit more, but I do find double a very difficult thing to justify. Sure, if you're using a truckload (say, approaching a terabyte) of storage then its probably still a bargain on storage grounds alone. If you're using 10s of GB instead then all of a sudden its not so great a proposition. In that case you might cut back down to below the 'free' threshold and store your larger archive elsewhere, and flickr then gets no direct revenue from you at all.

Basically they should be offering tiered solutions based on storage needs and not a "one size fits all" that charges someone with a couple of TB of shots uploaded the same as the person with a few GB worth. The gap between free and paid is just too wide and you're probably going to drive more away than will pony up the $50.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2018 at 08:04 UTC
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ChickenBalls: good for him! He will also realize in a couple of years that instead of buying a brand new system he would only have to upgrade certain components.
So yeah it may cost 6k now but in the long run it'll probably save him at least that much

"water-cooled so he could overclock it safely to 5.2GHz on all cores."
someone hit the jackpock in the silicon lottery

I'd love to know how much that extra 500MHz has cost him though. Pre-binned CPUs seem to attract a substantial premium, plus costs with delidding and the liquid cooling. You can get that same chip to 4.8/4.9 without breaking sweat with a decent air cooler and no need to get the lid off it/pay a binning premium. Plus for LR at least then I wager that extra frequency barely improves anything in a measurable sense.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2018 at 20:39 UTC
On article Why Capture One can't replace Adobe Lightroom (66 comments in total)
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ASRBriggs: "many" ?

Agreed. I'd like that 5 seconds of my life back for following that link.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 11:46 UTC
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cosinaphile: while i commend the retention of the headphone jsck the lack of sd card means this phoe is dead to me

whats with the long screen ratios ?

On the plus side, the markup for the model with extra storage in isn't valuing memory at turn-of-the-century prices.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2017 at 11:54 UTC
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alfredsspekis: When one considers the cost and upgrades from the first lightroom it was never a cheap excercise

Agreed. Partly how I ended up on LR was because Capture One dropped their Express product and the cost at the time to go to full Capture One was too much (comfortably north of £200 versus about £100 to buy LR 4 and about £70 a time for major version upgrades).

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 11:13 UTC

IIRC the service they used to offer anyway was only ever any use if you were based in the US?

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 11:05 UTC as 4th comment
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1623 comments in total)
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Class A: There is a silver lining: Convert to using Capture One Pro and the only regret you'll have is that you haven't switched earlier.

No surprises from Adobe, their prioritisation of company revenue over photographer needs has been on display for a long time already.

Adobe's quality control is an insult to any self-respecting software engineer. LR has carried over fundamental bugs from version to version for years on end. Recently, Adobe at least made a push to tackle bugs that are four years old or older, but they only "hope" they addressed the nasty bug that makes you lose images for good. Unbelievable.

Not to mention the "benefit" of being on an continuous update model where Adobe decides to foist an inferior import dialogue on everyone. Interestingly, this caught people with permanent licenses as well, even though Adobe -- by their own account -- is not permitted by law to "gift" perpetual licence owners with upgrades. Amazing.

Yes, i'm in no rush anyway as my LR6 isn't going anywhere and is perfectly adequate for now, so i'll bide my time regarding future switches.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 10:51 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1623 comments in total)
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Class A: There is a silver lining: Convert to using Capture One Pro and the only regret you'll have is that you haven't switched earlier.

No surprises from Adobe, their prioritisation of company revenue over photographer needs has been on display for a long time already.

Adobe's quality control is an insult to any self-respecting software engineer. LR has carried over fundamental bugs from version to version for years on end. Recently, Adobe at least made a push to tackle bugs that are four years old or older, but they only "hope" they addressed the nasty bug that makes you lose images for good. Unbelievable.

Not to mention the "benefit" of being on an continuous update model where Adobe decides to foist an inferior import dialogue on everyone. Interestingly, this caught people with permanent licenses as well, even though Adobe -- by their own account -- is not permitted by law to "gift" perpetual licence owners with upgrades. Amazing.

It is an expensive jump though (about £300 to me, whereas LR on perpertual licence was around £100 for the full version and as low as £75 on promotions). I was a Capture One user for a long time (v4 through to v6 of the Express version) but the divergence of the then-Express and main product code bases is what pushed me over to LR at around v4 of that.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 09:34 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1623 comments in total)
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pixelpiper: You can download or buy for a few dollars Standalone versions of all adobe products online or in various countries where the are no copies right laws.

That depends if you want to run a 50/50 chance of your computer catching digital AIDS

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 11:40 UTC
On article Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM gallery (152 comments in total)
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Nikoncanonfan: Thinking a bit , this lens doesn't make sense, if you're going to carry a bulky DSLR you might as well fit a 24-70 or even better a 16-35 carry lens. These fixed lengths are more sensible on smaller cameras, a big camera with a small lens seems like a wasted effort!

Its actually not that small a lens, not like a 40 pancake is anyway. It is however light enough that it rarely leaves my bag. In 'bang per buck' terms its been a great lens for me and i've rarely found it in anyway limiting.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 22:03 UTC
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grock: When I flew through Berlin, about 7 years ago, I had to take out my DSLR, turn it on, and actually take a photo with it at security. I figured this was standard procedure there. Looking back, i'm starting to wonder if it was because I don't look particularly "European." Anyone else have to do this?

No. Last time through Berlin (08/09 I think) I was taken to one side and had swabs taken from my camera bag and them screened for explosives, and i'm very much 'European' looking. I'd say about 30% of the time I fly my gear doesn't make it through screening without some kind of additional check.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 11:52 UTC
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Alex Permit: Adobe's plan is to wait until Intel releases it's 18 core i9-7980XE later this year. Adobe will then demonstrate how LR runs so much faster than it used to.

Ironically that little of LR is heavily threaded that throwing more cores at it will make little or no difference in many areas of the product as it stands. The best overall experience currently is throwing a CPU at it that is as fast as it can be in single threaded work.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 19:18 UTC
On article Verizon officially acquires Yahoo including Flickr (55 comments in total)
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Colin Stuart: Used smugglr to move everything from my flickr to my smugmug. deleted everything on flickr and then deleted my flickr and yahoo accounts prior to the merger officially happening and TOS updating.

Screw this merger. I still had one year of pro subscription left on flickr but oh well.

Why not actually wait for the terms to change or the service to begin to deteriorate before bailing out and effectively wasting your money?

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 07:16 UTC

How often does one go diving and forget they had a USB stick on their person? If they just say "it'll survive a 40C wash" then that probably covers most extreme eventualities one would subject a USB stick to.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 00:22 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
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