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.
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 Nikon Announces the Retro Nikon Df