« on: December 18, 2014, 10:52:47 PM »
I bought a 50D used about 4 years ago and it's been a workhorse. At the current selling price it's a solid bargain and should server your friend well.
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Thanks for the clarification on MathWorks' policy, wsheldon; that's really helpful to know.
So, given your stated needs, if Adobe were to come to you and ask how they could improve their policy to make you feel good about their subscription service--while still allowing them to make a reasonable profit from their labors--what would be your answer? There are obviously a number of ways to skin this cat, but I think the photo-hobbiest market has a legitimate beef with their current policy and if we can communicate that to Adobe they may be willing to listen.
I just had another thought. Though the only thing I know about MathWorks' subscription model is what has been revealed in this thread, it just occurred to me that allowing someone to continue using software that they once subscribed to has major pitfalls for the publisher. For instance, it wouldn't take long for people to figure out that they could game the system by subscribing for a single month, paying their $9.99, then canceling. They could then go on using two versions (both Ps and Lr) that they had just rented until such time that they wanted to "upgrade." They'd then resubscribe, get the newer versions, then cancel again. This tactic would cost Adobe millions.
I rate them as adequate. Biggest problem I have is the place seems to be run by children, very juvenile.
The latest problem is image view tracking. Used to be you could see all image views except yours. Now they've thrown your own views into the results and tout it as some kind of benefit. I think their intent is to move you to Google Analytics.
Still seems to be about as good as is available given the options.
What they need to do is what MathWorks does which is that once you stop paying, the SW keeps working with the features it has and the support stops. That way they get their subscription and the user still has something when they quit.and at least Adobe has offered their package at a reasonable price (finally !).
not if you do video work too
Once upon a time you used to be able to even do something like upgrade InDesign once every three gens and Premiere Pro package (including PS) once every three gens and then add in a stand alone PS upgrade along the way if needed. Or forget the InDesign and just upgrade PP every once in a while and PS extra as needed.
I believe that is the root of the problem they are trying to resolve. It is that behavior that is driving all these guys to adopt the subscription model.
And with the rental model, you can pay them for years, thousands of dollars and then if you quit you have nothing, nada, to show for all that money spent. You don't get to keep anything even if you did it for years and spent thousands.
I had two 60d's and I sold one and a few lenses to get a 6d. After using my 6d and 60d for a wedding I sold my 60d the next day. It's not a bad camera but once I had the low-light capabilities of the 6d along with a few good 1.4 primes the 60d just didn't even compare. I sold my 60d and saved up for a 2nd 6d and I'm glad I did. If I shot sports I'd do the 7d II but low light stuff and portraits is what I do so the 6d rocks for that. I thought I'd keep the 60d for macro and other random stuff because of the flip out screen but every time I'd consider using it, the iso capabilities of the 6d told my brain otherwise. Now when people ask me what camera to buy because they want to upgrade from a point/shoot I tell them to get a 60d because they're so cheap and still a good camera.
If you can, look at someone's Canon 6D with a screen protector on it. Personally, I've yet to see a screen protector that didn't detract significantly from the image quality of the screen
On the 6d, they have a huge impact because the lcd isn't that bright, and the glass/plastic in front takes away brilliance for sure. But it's not as distracting as a big scratch on the lcd or the €200 repair bill to have it replaced...
Definitely go with a screen protector, I like the GGS glass variety, not had a problem with viewing, reflections etc.
That said I did pick up a little MeFoto (=Benro) Roadtrip
I looked at that...picked one up in a shop, loosened one set of leg locks, and the bottom leg section slid right out and fell to the floor. I reassembled it, and left the shop quite happy that I'd already purchased the RRS TQC-14 as a travel tripod to supplement my TVC-33.
You'll get used to the ergonomics. I have the grip on my 5d Mk III and the new 7d Mk II. They both feel very much the same and the newly added 7d II was very easy. It took me a little while when I got the grip on the 5d III, but now it's all just second nature.
How did you go with the Selphy?
Did it work OK?