Prognathous

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VENTURE-STAR: I made the huge mistake of buying PSP Pro Ultimate X7 a couple of years ago. It turned out to be over complicated, clumsy and offered no improvement in capability over PSP Pro X2. After an update, I was constantly nagged to upgrade to the next version and ended up uninstalling the package as I just couldn't put up with this nonsense. What also annoyed me was the very poor system of vertical correction and distortion control that was excellent on PSP versions like Pro 8, but was dropped for no obvious reason. Corel just seem to have a moment of madness when they took it out and replaced it with a third rate substitute, for no obvious reason.

As I have no expectation of Corel having made the kind of improvements I want for doing serious work on photographs, I don't think I need this new release, even if they want to give it to me for free.

To be more specific, here are the changes between different versions:

X2 to X3
http://www.corel.com/static/pdfs/psppx3_ult_comparison_en.pdf

X3, X4 X5 to X6
http://www.corel.com/static/product_content/psp/x6/pspx6_family_comparison_chart_en.pdf

X6, X7 to X8
http://www.corel.ru/upload/VSPX8-v2v-EN-A4-web-r2.pdf

X7, X8 to X9
http://www.paintshoppro.com/static/psp/content/presskit/PaintShop-Pro-X9-version-comparison-matrix.pdf

X8, X9 to 2018
http://www.paintshoppro.com/static/psp/docs/products/paintshop-pro/2018/psp2018-version-comp-matrix-en.pdf

Do you still think there's "no improvement in capability"?

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 09:37 UTC

X8, X9 to 2018
http://www.paintshoppro.com/static/psp/docs/products/paintshop-pro/2018/psp2018-version-comp-matrix-en.pdf

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 09:36 UTC as 11th comment
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VENTURE-STAR: I made the huge mistake of buying PSP Pro Ultimate X7 a couple of years ago. It turned out to be over complicated, clumsy and offered no improvement in capability over PSP Pro X2. After an update, I was constantly nagged to upgrade to the next version and ended up uninstalling the package as I just couldn't put up with this nonsense. What also annoyed me was the very poor system of vertical correction and distortion control that was excellent on PSP versions like Pro 8, but was dropped for no obvious reason. Corel just seem to have a moment of madness when they took it out and replaced it with a third rate substitute, for no obvious reason.

As I have no expectation of Corel having made the kind of improvements I want for doing serious work on photographs, I don't think I need this new release, even if they want to give it to me for free.

At least on X9 removing the upgrade popups is easy:

Help -> Message Preferences -> uncheck "Keep me informed with the latest producted related messages"

I don't know about how this specific feature was implemented in Pro 8, but saying X8 has "no improvement in capability" over X2 is inaccurate to say the least.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 23:26 UTC
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tammons: Corel needs to get rid of those annoying popup ads. Very annoying.

Help -> Message Preferences -> uncheck "Keep me informed with the latest producted related messages"

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 23:23 UTC
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Dr_Love: I recently switched from LR/PS to Capture 1.
Could someone tell me if this program has legit layers like PS or is it a selective adjustment system like LR and C1?

Why not download a trial version and decide yourself?

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1067 comments in total)
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Thorgrem: Seems to me that the Pentax K-1 is the best offering if you want a relatively cheap ff camera.

@DarnGoodPhotos - Pentax CDAF is not suitable for photography of moving subjects, but for most subjects it's very usable. Way faster than CDAF in other DSLRs, and has been for years (which granted is becoming a moot point, since more and more DSLRs are adding PDAF on the main sensor).

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 01:50 UTC

So how much better (if at all) does 4K look compared to 1080P when the camera is a handheld phone?

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 09:28 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
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Lan: What would have been really handy is if this had used Canon LP-E6 style batteries, then we wouldn't have to carry YAFB and yet another charger around...

I upvoted this and I'm not even using Canon gear. The reason is that I think all camera makers should do it. I don't know why they stick with inconvenient and inefficient AA batteries for the flash units instead of using the same Li-ion batteries their cameras use. It makes so much more sense.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 22:02 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of D850 (538 comments in total)

This is quite an unusual announcement for Nikon. I smell panic following shrinking market share.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 06:54 UTC as 125th comment | 5 replies
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Prognathous: To those who predict poor image quality, all I can say is f/8 And Be There, then pixel peep to your heart's content. You're not getting anything close from a similar-zoom compact. If you think otherwise, you just haven't seen the output of 1/2.x" sensors recently.

@Slanicka Tomas - f/8.0 APS-C is equal to f/2.0 on small sensors, so just up the ISO as needed and live with the compromise. There's no alternative that doesn't compromise this or that aspect.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 15:02 UTC

To those who predict poor image quality, all I can say is f/8 And Be There, then pixel peep to your heart's content. You're not getting anything close from a similar-zoom compact. If you think otherwise, you just haven't seen the output of 1/2.x" sensors recently.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 08:26 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
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Tom Holly: The image quality of compact with all the convenience of a DSLR

f/8 And Be There, then pixel peep to your heart's content. You're not getting anything close from a similar-zoom compact. If you think otherwise, you just haven't seen the output of 1/2.x" sensors recently.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 08:25 UTC
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Jersey Shore: Nice. But not for Pentax, though. Like everything else. They can't even get Tamron's 16-300 with WR. Oh well. That's why I bought into micro four thirds long ago. My PanaLeica 100-400 gives me an 800mm FOV at the long end.

How is a 100-400mm lens on mFT comparable to an 18-400mm lens on APS-C?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 17:36 UTC
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Prognathous: Can the controller unit be used to trigger Sony flashes (in my case HVL-F42AM and HVL-F58AM)?

Dan, do you know if this controller emits any visible light optical wireless mode? If not it would be a great improvement over the built in flash, where the light affects the resulting lighting of the pictures.

More details on this problem: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55261221

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 13:23 UTC

Can the controller unit be used to trigger Sony flashes (in my case HVL-F42AM and HVL-F58AM)?

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 10:29 UTC as 49th comment | 4 replies
On article Shiftcam for iPhone 7 Plus review (57 comments in total)

A reasonably priced toy. Nothing more.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 15:05 UTC as 28th comment
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (637 comments in total)

What's the conclusion about the odd location of the EVF? For right-eye shooters having the EVF close to the left edge of camera seems ideal, as the nose doesn't touch the LCD screen. Is there any ergonomic rationale in Sigma's decision to put it more towards the *right* side of the camera, or is it just to make the camera look different?

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 19:55 UTC as 121st comment | 3 replies
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (808 comments in total)

The Canon AE-1P was my first SLR and I can say today that there's absolutely nothing exciting or fun about it. There were countless SLRs released later than can be had for almost nothing and are much more capable and enjoyable to use. I would personally go a Minolta 7, which was the last film SLR I bought.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 18:52 UTC as 288th comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (553 comments in total)
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photogeek: Funny how the lens lineup is not even a consideration. Sony APS-C lineup sucks pretty bad, whereas Panasonic and Oly have high quality lenses available all the way from ultrawide to telephoto. If this doesn't matter to you, then I'm not sure you even need an "enthusiast" camera. A fixed lens 1" sensor camera would be a better choice.

That's an interesting observation fatdeeman. I use the 55-210 and trust it completely. I don't usually shoot scenes where same-focus subjects cover the entire frame, which would make decentering visible. From my experience it's an excellent and very dependable lens, definitely not one that would put me off Sony.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 02:39 UTC
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ttran88: Early reports are coming in saying the fingerprint scanner is in a very bad position. People's photos are ruined with fingerprints. You would think Samsung being an ex camera manufacturer would have noticed these quirks.

> "Once you set up fingerprint authentication — but not before you take this step — the GS8's camera app will tell you to regularly clean your lens at launch, via a pop-up message."
http://www.androidcentral.com/your-galaxy-s8-will-remind-you-clean-finger-grease-your-camera-lens
More on the subject:
http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/29/15098488/samsung-galaxy-s8-face-unlock-id-scanner-security
http://www.droid-life.com/2017/01/30/opinion-galaxy-s8-fingerprint-dumb/

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 00:32 UTC
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