audiobomber

audiobomber

Lives in Canada Sudbury, ON, Canada
Joined on Jan 27, 2008

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On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1396 comments in total)
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cptobvious: Lightroom is a mature product and the significance of new features decreases with every iteration. Going to subscription-only mode is basically Adobe’s (very successful) way of suckering users who would otherwise hold off on upgrading to pay an annual fee for the same product. It might be a good deal for the professionals making money using LR/PS daily, but this is a significant price increase for the bulk of hobbyists out there who don’t have a need to run the most up to date version.

I mean, it’s been about 2.5 years since LR6/CC was released and the differences between the two aren’t great, despite CC being touted as the option to get for continual feature updates. In the same amount of time you would’ve paid around $300 for CC vs. $80 for the LR6 upgrade. I’m still using 5.7.1 which is approaching 3 years old and still works for me, and will be the last piece of Adobe photo editing software I buy.

Odd. Every time I try to load from my LR4 disc or from the soft copy of 5.7.1, it says "Error 1935" and shuts down.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 02:39 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1396 comments in total)
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cptobvious: Lightroom is a mature product and the significance of new features decreases with every iteration. Going to subscription-only mode is basically Adobe’s (very successful) way of suckering users who would otherwise hold off on upgrading to pay an annual fee for the same product. It might be a good deal for the professionals making money using LR/PS daily, but this is a significant price increase for the bulk of hobbyists out there who don’t have a need to run the most up to date version.

I mean, it’s been about 2.5 years since LR6/CC was released and the differences between the two aren’t great, despite CC being touted as the option to get for continual feature updates. In the same amount of time you would’ve paid around $300 for CC vs. $80 for the LR6 upgrade. I’m still using 5.7.1 which is approaching 3 years old and still works for me, and will be the last piece of Adobe photo editing software I buy.

Same here, I'm using 5.7.1 on my old but still functional laptop and have no need to upgrade at this time. I tried to load LR5.7 on my new laptop but it appears that it is not compatible with Windows 10. I took advantage of the free DXO 11 offer, which I quite like.

The cloud subscription is not good value for me and I will not continue with Adobe of any flavour.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 01:33 UTC

Laughable dancing, unlistenable music, no IBIS. Triple fail Nikon. ;-)

Congratulations on your 100 year milestone.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 16:05 UTC as 12th comment
On article Fujifilm X-A3 Review (238 comments in total)
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audiobomber: I object to calling a camera that lacks a viewfinder "rangefinder style".

It's a shame no one uses direct optical viewfinders, like point-and-shoots from a few years ago. Some were awful, some were not, all were better than a glary screen on a sunny day.

That Coolpix 4500 is a strange looking beast. I'm talking about the tiny optical VF like Canon used on their old G cameras. That VF didn't add much to the size and was a great tool on a bright day.

Frankly I can compose better through an eye-level viewfinder than on a screen, so I used the little viewfinder on my old A720IS almost exclusively.
" Compact cameras that have viewfinders are something of a dying breed, and often the viewfinders they do have are so small as to be virtually useless, but the A720's finder is actually very good. It is nice and bright, with good optical quality, is mechanically linked to the zoom lens, and provides about 80 percent frame coverage."

http://www.trustedreviews.com/Canon-PowerShot-A720-IS-review

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 01:43 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A3 Review (238 comments in total)

I object to calling a camera that lacks a viewfinder "rangefinder style".

It's a shame no one uses direct optical viewfinders, like point-and-shoots from a few years ago. Some were awful, some were not, all were better than a glary screen on a sunny day.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 16:39 UTC as 61st comment | 3 replies
On article Video: Nikon D7500 first look (416 comments in total)
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GiancoLX: Dan Bracaglia (and the others...) please: Nikon should be pronounced 'Nick'on, not N'eye'kon...

Paul Simon has a N'eye'kon camera. He loves to take photographs, with Kodachrome.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 16:43 UTC
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DPPMetro: Now they need to start making AF lenses for Pentax, since not even Pentax is making lenses for Pentax at this point. Fast wideangles is what I'm talking about.

Typical DPP exaggeration and FUD. Plenty of overseas people buy in the US and receive one year international warranty.

I don't make sense? That's a laugh. You spend your entire day running down Pentax and Ricoh, which you claim to own. I have my doubts. Either way, it seems a pathetic way to spend a life.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 22:32 UTC
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DPPMetro: Now they need to start making AF lenses for Pentax, since not even Pentax is making lenses for Pentax at this point. Fast wideangles is what I'm talking about.

Too bad, you were late to the party.

If I lived in Europe and wanted this lens, I would buy from B&H at the link I provided above.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 20:02 UTC
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DPPMetro: Now they need to start making AF lenses for Pentax, since not even Pentax is making lenses for Pentax at this point. Fast wideangles is what I'm talking about.

I paid $299 Canadian for mine in 2008. Great lens, easily the equal of my Touit E 32mm f1.8.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 19:11 UTC
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DPPMetro: Now they need to start making AF lenses for Pentax, since not even Pentax is making lenses for Pentax at this point. Fast wideangles is what I'm talking about.

The Pentax FA 35mm f2 is a small FF lens with superb performance and a low price. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/180121-USA/Pentax_22190_Wide_Angle_35mm_f_2_0.html

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 12:05 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: "It’s a situation that leaves APS-C users with poor choices and the arguably false impression that by buying these poorly-suited lenses, they’re making progress along an upgrade path (a fallacy that benefits the camera makers more than the photographers)."

If only more people would realise the truth of this, we would have more APS-C-designed lenses. Pentax did well in this regard until recently, when it abandoned it's APS-C user base to concentrate on FF lenses, the equivalents of which the APS-C users had been requesting for many users and not gotten.

Progress and maintaining compatibility are good, but manufacturers and users alike need to find the compromise between performance, compatibility and economics. This piece seems to argue for more advancement at the cost of compatibility, yet people will not abandon a system in which they're heavily invested. I know I wouldn't.

You need to buy into a system for what it is, not what it may become in the future.

70-200mm is not a good focal length for APS-C.
50-135mm is far more useful.

I get your point though. A 300mm prime is a good example. FF or APS-C, size won't be much different. The new Oly m4/3 300mm f4 is larger than the current Nikon FF 300mm f4.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 18:44 UTC
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Cameracist: "It’ll be interesting to see if Sony takes any pointers from this, as they decide how to support both E and A mounts."
...Sony already did, the LA-EA3 is basically the same thing and the LA-EA4 takes it to the extreme by adding a SLT mirror.
According to the Sony representatives the A9 takes full use of motorised A mount glass with full AF speed. So basically a same thing Olympus did with the E-M1 line.

Sony is no longer developing APS-C lenses, only FF.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 18:40 UTC
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audiobomber: Here's my interpretation: Ricoh has undergone a review of all business segments due to the current challenging business climate. All options were on the table, including divesting divisions and dropping product lines. The camera business is particularly challenged due to falling demand and tough competition. This is what Nikkei reported on.

Pentax and GR lines passed this scrutiny, and will continue to attract resources. The Theta line is highly successful and will get a push, along with other related product lines that Ricoh is working on, which are not specifically mentioned (likely automobile market and others). This what Ricoh stated in their rebuttal.

Hi rrccad. What you said agrees with what I said. It is business as usual for Pentax and Ricoh GR.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 21:34 UTC

Here's my interpretation: Ricoh has undergone a review of all business segments due to the current challenging business climate. All options were on the table, including divesting divisions and dropping product lines. The camera business is particularly challenged due to falling demand and tough competition. This is what Nikkei reported on.

Pentax and GR lines passed this scrutiny, and will continue to attract resources. The Theta line is highly successful and will get a push, along with other related product lines that Ricoh is working on, which are not specifically mentioned (likely automobile market and others). This what Ricoh stated in their rebuttal.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 13:48 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
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DPPMetro: Thankfully, other sites have gotten wind of the mass deletions of posts in the DPR pentax forum by an out of control mod that is only leaving posts by essentially two fanboys.

Why is this, DPR? No rules violations, nothing over the top, experiences as Pentax users, disappointment, and so on. They even delete posts asking for K-1 firmware fixes that are very specific. The mod even deleted numerous posts about how Ricoh cancelled Pro Service on us without even saying anything and how 645 users will no longer have Pro Service included with purchase.

Why is DPR trying to cover up the issues users are having with the brand? We can't even ask for firmware fixes that we've been waiting for with the K-1? The mod even locked the thread with a DPR writer in it regarding the K-1 review, but not before mass deletion of posts.

DPPMetro bashes Ricoh and Pentax daily in the Pentax Forum with FUD, lies and half-truths. Do not feel sorry for his lost posts, he is just a troll with nothing of value to say.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 16:50 UTC
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DPPMetro: If it's false, then why is DPR deleting literally dozens of posts in the Pentax forum, which is now raising lots of eyebrows and anything but invisible. All the posts being deleted are leaving mostly one-sided propaganda posts in favor of Ricoh.

Basically, all discussion is being edited to look like mostly questions and assured positive posts remain.

Why is this going on, DPR? Dozens of posts? This has been going on in the Pentax forum for a very long time.

It should be no surprise that DPPMetro posts are being deleted. He is only on the Pentax forum to tear down Pentax with lies and half-truths. Banning him is not much good, he'll just come back under another name.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 11:55 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (665 comments in total)
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wed7: Will this KP + Limited pancake lenses a better buy vs Fujfilm X-T20 + XF primes?
Camera to be used for AF-S shooting and for personal/travel/general photography.

I'm a long-term Pentax user. I bought an a6000 and some very nice primes up to 60mm. I didn't think I would miss IBIS, but I was very wrong. Even with shorter primes, it is a major boon.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 20:07 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (665 comments in total)
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brianphoto: I was curious about low light performance. Was this mentioned in the review or did I miss it? I usually photograph swimsuit models, so I'm not concerned too much about the autofocus tracking, mostly for low light when I have to do lingerie type photos. How is this in low light?

The K-3 focusses in the dark. I imagine the K-P will as well, since the AF hardware is the same. K-5 low light AF was pretty poor in comparison to the K-5 II and K-3.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 19:58 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (665 comments in total)
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zakaria: It seems the silver award is reserved for pentax until Ricoh comes with new AF system.
Since k5 no gold. 😃

The K-3 received a Gold award. It would have taken you two minutes to research this instead of posting misinformation.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 12:05 UTC
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ScottnLaguna: The Ryshi kayak shot is amazing! I shoot whales and the water is always competing with the whale for AF. Combine that with a choppy sea and a heavy lens and well, you can get a black eye. I now shoot a D500 and it is amazing. Tried group AF but the water won't really allow it. Single point, continuous with tracking a bit above normal. For me the jury is still out. I am trying to find the perfect sweet spot with tracking. 10fps oof sux. Shooting whales is hard. You don't know when or where and your platform is moving, a lot. Plus the water steals the attention and looks a lot like whale. I prefer to shoot a large apperture, like 3.2 so focus matters. I will play around with tracking in a few days while in Maui. Thanks for the article.

> The Ryshi kayak shot is amazing!

I'm amazed that you think so. Check again at 100%, the face is out of focus.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 12:05 UTC
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