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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:24:43 PM »
Hmmm, that might be the most negative mindset I've seen in a long time. I get it that you don't want to pay a monthly fee, but at least considering my investments in pre-CC photoshop and lightroom versions it's cheaper to just pay the low monthly fee. Your choice to make but it doesn't make it "not ridiculously cheap" for all of us...

As you know, the CC bundle includes both LR and PS. I do not want PS. Only LR. € 12,99 a month are NOT cheap for LR only, when I can buy a full retail license for around € 80.
"Really cheap" to me would mean ... Adobe LR CC at 99 cent a month - similar to what other "cloud apps" cost.

As far as PS is concerned, I really absolutely dislike everything about it ... namely 
* the whole editing concept requiring stacks of layers (what are those good for, LR works fine without them)
* tool palettes strewn all over the place, lack of a coherent menu system
* being forced to memorize dozens of keyboard shortcuts [I never use any except CTRL-C,V,F]
* use of bloated file formats - PSDs/TIFFs, instead of just RAWs and jpgs (as in LR)
* don't ever need 95% of the software's theoretical functionality [I don't do composites of any sort, no stacking, no HDRs, always work from just one single capture/RAW file]
* absurd pricing level, especially for the 5% of functionality useful to me

Got no trouble whatsoever using Lightroom, since its UI is much more clear cut and intuitive (to me). And more similar to the UI in MS Office / Windows.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 18, 2015, 09:41:50 AM »
CC is not "ridiculously cheap", but a nasty monthly rent that I will never accept.
Especially since I won't ever touch Photoshop because of its totally un-intuitive 1980's style user interface.

All I want and need is Lightroom. Stand alone, eternal license. One-time payment. Never paid more than max. 80 € for a LR license. I can decide myself if and when I want to purchase a generational "upgrade" ... or just skip it.

For LR6 I'd like to get the same improvements as listed by 3kramd above:
Here's hoping:
*GPU-based hardware acceleration
*Improved noise reduction tools like those found in DXO's tools
*Improved masking options
*Strip out the bloatware they've added (books)
plus maybe some of that "content-aware" editing stuff.

Canon General / Re: Decline in DSLR sales explained
« on: February 17, 2015, 01:54:28 AM »
It is totally ridiculous, that any digital image captured with a new, big and expensive camera can only be transferred to any other device and towards any viewing audience by either connecting a cable to the camera or by opening it and taking out a memory card, putting it into another specialized device (CF card reader) which in turn needs to be connected to yet another device (PC, notebook, tablet). In 2015!

Until Canon and Nikon refuse to change photography to "100% digital" they are doomed. Rightfully so.

Jettison those "analogue workflow artefacts". Jettison mechanical components inside cameras. Make them smaller, more powerful but easier to use (eg using touchscreens AND electronic viewfinders with Eye Control Autofocus v2.0), make them wirelessly connected, make them solid state, vibration-free, make them more fun to use.

Make the entire camera + lens system far cheaper to customers by creating "industry standard, universal lens mounts"! One universal lens mount for 1" sensors, one universal mount for APS-C (crop 1.5x) and one for 135 format (FF). Similar to what was attempted with mFT, but this time for the most wide-spread sensor formats and on a much grander scale - including all players in the industry.

A lot more pain nerds to be inflicted on canon and nikon. But in the end they will have to budge and yield to us: their 21st century customers! :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Skipping the 5D-s. What do you want in 5D4?
« on: February 16, 2015, 03:53:03 AM »
I will buy a 5D IV only if it is mirrorless, sensoras good as or better than current 36 MP Sony/Nikon sensor and AF fully tracking capable @ 6-7 fps and price max. USD/€ 1999,- 

Canon General / Re: What Canon really thinks....
« on: February 14, 2015, 03:28:25 AM »
Lol! Pretty much nails it.  ;D

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Teardown
« on: February 13, 2015, 10:42:17 AM »
Would be even nicer if there were Canon mirrorless Ff cameras as well built as a Sony A7 II. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: After a 50MP camera what is the next breakthrough?
« on: February 11, 2015, 12:05:57 PM »
next breakthrough?

Sony A7R II or A9 with
  • 50+ MP sensor w/ 1.5 stops more DR at ISOs up to 800 and equal performance at ISO 1600+
  • in a smaller, lighter mirrorless body
  • with a 14+ Whr battery pack for 700+ shots
  • at least as good AF-performance and fps as 5DS/R
  • electronic global shutter, absolutely vibration-free operation
  • at a significantly lower price ... maybe USD/€ 2,799


Lenses / Re: EF 50 1.8 STM
« on: February 09, 2015, 05:09:48 AM »
if EF 50/1.8 STM is as small, cheap and sharp wide open as the EF 40/2.8 STM, I'll buy it.  Otherwise, no thanks. :)

EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 06, 2015, 12:31:46 PM »
I don't really believe the theories about US and/or North Americans buying behaviour re. "(only) large camera (DSLR) = good camera".  ;D

There are better informed and less informed (potential) customers in any market.

The original EOS M (1) failed not only in the US, but also in Europe. Not because of its size, but because of the hugely inflated PRICE Canon was asking at launch for a camera with sub-par specifications and functionality compared to similar competitive offerings. I am convinced, if Canon had priced it slightly lower than the EOS SL1/100D (DSLR), it would have sold reasonably well - in Europe and in the U.S. too and it would have spared Canon the firesale and the embarassment. 

Given the EOS-M history, I consider it all the more STUPID of Canon to again try and launch the EOS M3 about 30% higher than the relevant competitive market segment (medium-specced viewfinder-less APS-C MILC) - at least in Europe (have not checked Japanese/Asian MSRPs).

At launch price the M3 will flop in Europe and it would also flop in the U.S. if it would be launched there at USD 769 BODY only, and without external EVF (+250 USD/€).

Not because of its "smaller than DSLR size", but because of Canon's ridiculously stupid asking price.  ::)

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 Specifications
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:42:01 AM »
I have the same equipment and I'm in the same situation - again pricey body and no signs of incoming good lenses needed for the system...

don't worry, prices will fall very quickly!
I fully expect Canon to include M3 already in spring/summer 2015 cashback (starting June 1 or so) ... maybe even a body + EVF-DC1 kit ... possibly at € 599
and come November 2015, Canon will be really, really desperate ...  ;D 8)

By then we will also know, how good Sony A7000 is and Samsung NX500 plus possibly other, additional options. 

Yes,  I also prefer the M system since I've got some Canon EF/L/EF-S glass and RT speedlites and because I do like Canon UI, and only one post processing workflow. But ... only to a point!   ;)

EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:30:43 AM »
The EOS M was a poor seller in the US, until they slashed prices (and thus slashed profit).  Sure, you can order it from Europe...but what if it breaks?  If Canon USA doesn't sell it, they don't service it.

EOS M3 will be a poor seller in Europe as well, until they cut launch price MSRP ( 769 w/o kit) in half.  ;D

* Sony A5100 body only € 415 (street), with (S___ty 16-50PZ) kitzoom € 489
* Sony A6000 body only € 530 (street), with (S___ty 16-50 PZ kitzoom) € 645
* Fuji X-E2 (w EVF, street) body only: € 599
* newly announced Samsung NX500 w/ 28 MP BSI sensor and AF as in NX-1; 9fps; 4k video recording, launch price/MSRP: € 599 - including 16-50 kit zoom (launch price/MSRP)

I don't mind the pricing, since it maximizes my chances to pick it up in a pre-Christmas fire sale at € 349  ;D 8)
Until then my EOS M (1) and the fat old mirrorslapper will do.  :)

EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 06, 2015, 02:36:25 AM »
In Europe, especially in Germany EOS M3 will be DOA at € 769 launch price. It is 200 too high. Opens a nice window for Samsung NX 500 @599 (including kit kens) and Sony A5100, A6000 and upcoming A7000.

Looks like Canon is not able to learn from their mistakes. They are in for a world of pain = further declining sales. So be it!

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 Specifications
« on: February 06, 2015, 02:29:05 AM »
Count to 3 with me:

1. No EVF built in
2. AF performance (most likely) still sub-par
3. € 769 body only

Looking forward to picking one up, once firesale at 299 starts. Can't be long. :)

EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 05, 2015, 11:29:32 AM »
– The size 110.9 x 68.0 x 44.4mm
– Weight 366g

EOS M (1): 109.0 x 67.0 x 32.0 mm - Weight: 298g

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 5DS & 5DS R
« on: February 05, 2015, 09:47:46 AM »
Usually we don't spot extinction coming until it's too late.

 ;D exactly, + 100!

Looking forward to get  the same 50MP Sony sensor in a much smaller, mirrorless A7R II ... or A9, does not matter, what they call it. More important is functionality, performance and price ... Sony will probably be USD/€ 2,499 at launch and 1,999 ... come June. OH YES! 8)

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