Well, it is actually very good. US$10 per month for Photoshop CC and Lightroom is an excellent price. As we mentioned before, the initial pricing was not so hot, given many of us who actually buy the thing don’t upgrade every cycle, even for pros (keeping an eye on costs is a part of business after all). Then Adobe announced the cheaper plan for those who had Photoshop CS3 and above, which we thought was pretty good, unless you were just starting out and did not have an earlier copy of Photoshop. Well, now Adobe is opening that offer to everyone till 2nd December, so you nearly have no excuses.
Nearly, because there is that small matter of Adobe’s compromised security. You think they would know better than to leave users’ passwords and password hints unhashed and unsalted.
I am still taking a chance though, but with a different credit card from my usual. Just in case.
David: Looks like an awesome deal, but upon reflection, Lightroom does so much of the heavy lifting for me nowadays that I hardly need Photoshop, and I can still get the latest standalone copy of Lightroom (and I did) without paying the monthly “Adobe tax”, so I’ll pass unless I find a reason to use Photoshop more often. If this offer was available earlier before I bought my copy of Lightroom, I might have taken it up.
CK: Excellent deal. I am taking this up! It’s quite a no brainer considering how much the standalone Photoshop used to cost. And this also guarantees me “free” Lightroom 6 and all ACR updates.
The Nikon Df has attracted a lot of attention, given the buzz on the Internet. Given a giant in camera makers has elected to things a little differently, it’s a no wonder. We spent some time yesterday at the media event hosted by Nikon Singapore, so what did we think of it?
This really should not be news, thanks to all the leaks, but here it is: The Nikon Df. It is basically a modern Nikon DSLR with the D4′s sensor and the D600/610/7000′s 39 point autofocus system, a mix of traditional and modern controls, the ability to support pre-Ai lenses by folding in the AI indexing tab; all rolled into something that looks like an oversized FM2. I am hearing the moans of disappointment that this is not a mirrorless camera already. Other things to note include the 1400 CIPA rated battery life on the relatively tiny EN-EL14a battery (that is basically a slightly improved D5200 battery), no video capability, and a 1/4000s top shutter speed. Having shot with the Panasonic GH3 for some time, there will be days when not having 1/8000 is a real pain.
We were at the Nikon Singapore media event earlier, and are still mulling over our thoughts on the camera, but my first impression is that the camera is really fat. While the camera is not particularly heavy thanks to the use of magnesium alloy, the camera feels fat in the hand (I think I will be saying that word a lot). The under-sized grip does not particularly help. Then again, I am also not particularly keen on the retro movement that seems to be infesting the camera manufacturers, even though Nikon tells us that the camera has been under development for the past four years. Though David I am sure will have something to say about my stance.
Ships in late November or early December for US$2750 for the body only, or US$3000 with the equally retro-inspired special edition AF-S 50mm f/1.8 lens. Retro certainly has its price. Singapore pricing has not been determined. More photos of the camera after the break. Continue reading
We’re at a press event at Nikon Singapore, where the Nikon Df has just been demoed. We’ll have more to say later, but here’s an image of it in the flesh!
Think Tank Photo bags have been with us for some time now, and over this period they have made some quality, if a little aesthetically underwhelming, camera bags and carriers. While so far many of them have been fairly conventional, with shoulder bags, front-opening backpacks, and modular systems making up most of their line up, their latest lineup is something that is actually quite interesting: The Turnstyle sling-cum-beltpack bags.
Is it something about Halloween, or is it just the camera season this time for this year? Anyway, Fujifilm have launched a couple of cameras, and the first is the update to the X-E1, which gives it the X100S’s 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor with the phase-detect autofocus sensors, as well as tweaking it in small but numerous ways from feedback. A company actively listening to photographers. How nice is that? Not that others do not, but Fujifilm seems to be more quick on the uptake. Continue reading
YS: There was a news bit about Hasselblad’s “Solar”, but the piece circulating around the Internet listed “Photorumours” as a source. While Hassy no doubt will “dress up” the camera, we will wait till the official camera (and photos) are revealed before we make fun of it. Apologies for the confusion.
Looks like it’s a week of camera announcements! Barely a year after releasing the D5200, Nikon followed up with some enhancements in the form of the D5300. Like the Nikon D610 announced earlier, this is a small update which adds WiFi, GPS-tagging and the removal of the anti-aliasing (AA) filter, the last of which is quite the norm these days for new cameras. Other improvements include a larger optical viewfinder, larger 3.2″ LCD screen, 1080/60p video and a new Expeed 4 image processor allowing for up to 5fps burst shooting. The resolution remains at 24 megapixels.
The camera will be available in black, red or grey for US$1399.99 as a kit with the new 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G this month.
YS: Umm, why? Was the D5200 a camera in desperate need of replacing? I guess the D400 is probably dead by now.
Nikkor AF-S 58mm f/1.4G
Nikon has announced a new AF-S 58mm f/1.4G, a fast prime that essentially reviving the old classic 58mm f/1.4 which was first released in 1961, though not quite the legendary Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 released in 1977. Nonetheless, the lens is optimized for full-frame DSLR with highly corrected coma, which means that all the point light sources will render correctly across the frame. It’s also designed to give a pleasing and attractive out-of-focus areas of image (the much sought-after bokeh).
Of course, it can also be used on DX-format cameras like the D7100, whereby it’ll give an equivalent field-of-view of a 85mm f/1.4 portrait lens. The lens is not cheap though – it’s priced at US$1699.95 and will be on sale at the end of this month at your favourite camera stores.
YS: Yeeesh. I suspect that manufacturers are getting desperate and are looking to push out products with increased margins. This is not even the f/1.2 version like its predecessor of yore. This is going to be the first of many, I think.
Panasonic DMC-GM1 with 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
More camera announcements! Panasonic has released what’s possibly the smallest Micro Four Thirds cameras ever – the Lumix DMC-GM1. The tiny camera which can literally fit into the palm of your hand, packs the same 16 megapixel sensor used on the GX7, shutter speeds as high as 1/16,000s (yes, that’s one sixteen-thousandth of a second), WiFi and 1080/60i video. It ships with an equally small and compact 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens giving an 35mm equivalent of a 24-64mm lens. The lens can be collapsed down to the size of a pancake lens when it’s not in use.
The camera will go for US$749.99 with the 12-32mm lens, and if you think it’s too small for you, Panasonic will also sell you a metal grip for US$99. The cute little lens is also available separately for US$349.99.
Wow, at the size of 99 x 55 x 30mm (3.88 x 2.16 x 1.20″), it’s just a hair larger than the RX100 II, which measures 102 x 58 x 38mm (4.00 x 2.29 x 1.51″)! It’s really amazing that Panasonic managed to make a interchangeable lens camera this small. Of course, the lens also adds to the thickness but it’s still amazing how Panasonic managed to pull this off. Looks like the mirrorless camera market is getting exciting.
YS: I really like this, despite the lack of a viewfinder or articulating screen. Maybe because I do want something that is really compact without sacrificing image quality. A little disappointing that there is no kit option with a pancake lens, or Panasonic redoing the 14/2.5 like they did with the 20/1.7.