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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-31-2021, 01:50 AM  
Last Lightroom Version with Permanent License Becomes Less Useful
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 71
Views: 3,278
I haven't used odb files for many years, but Libre Office still supports odbc connections so far as I'm aware:

Base | LibreOffice - Free Office Suite - Based on OpenOffice - Compatible with Microsoft

Do you have ODBC drivers installed in your OS, Steve?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-29-2021, 04:45 PM  
Sony A1 Announced
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 282
Views: 11,219
I usually enjoy chatting with you, Dan, but - with respect - I think this is unhelpful, even in the Non-Pentax section of PentaxForums... and whilst I don't hold you responsible personally, this kind of tips it over the edge for me. I think I need a break... Way too much pro-mirroless / actively-and-passively-anti-DSLR stuff going on in my chosen club-house over the last few months :o The shame of it is, I was kind of supportive to both OVF and EVF camps. Oh well...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-29-2021, 04:29 PM  
Sony A1 Announced
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 282
Views: 11,219
You paint a bleak picture, Dan. Rather than impressive, I'd say it's rather sad that mirrorless is taking hold - at least when it's at the expense of, rather than alongside, DSLR. But I guess I'm one of those in the DSLR "niche", though I refuse to characterise it as such, as it only perpetuates the assertion - and I'm not sure I accept or agree with that assertion just yet. Maybe the massive popularity of mirrorless will encourage its followers to congregate on mirrorless-specific forums and leave us old codgers in peace to enjoy our niche technology... I can live in hope :lol:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-29-2021, 04:09 PM  
Sony A1 Announced
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 282
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It's great that you got used to EVFs, but you have to wonder... if it took two years, is that worth it to most folks? I mean, it should take much less time now with better EVFs, but still... if it's an effort to acclimatise to them, isn't that taking something away from the enjoyment? I realise effort is required in photography, but most of the challenges I've encountered are to do with technique, and I've found those enjoyable...

Having said that, I've been really lucky with EVFs. I've not had a problem with any but the very earliest, and I could still use those without discomfort. None of them I've tried thus far, though, has given an OVF experience... not even close. They just feel very different in use to me...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-29-2021, 02:34 PM  
Sony A1 Announced
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 282
Views: 11,219
As I told Dan in an earlier post, I tried the A7 MkIII not long back and thought the EVF was great, but to my eyes it wasn't close to an OVF... definitely better than others I'd used previously, and impressive to someone like me who is already "EVF friendly"; I'd be happy using one when necessary - but I don't consider it a replacement for an OVF. I've heard some other brands and more expensive models praised for having better EVFs than the A7 MkIII, but then I've also read comments that say they're still not comparable, and in any case the cost makes them irrelevant to me. I suspect it's a subjective thing... and I agree with you, no viewfinder is perfect, the choice is personal, and buyers will decide what suits them best...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-29-2021, 02:30 PM  
Sony A1 Announced
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 282
Views: 11,219
I agree with you regarding the reduction in new DSLRs, though thankfully this could actually be a positive for Ricoh / Pentax. I'm certain we're not the only group of folks who have a preference for DSLR photography when the use cases suit.

As for the A1, I'm sure it'll be nothing less than amazing. Sony gets a fair bit of stick around here... some of it is deserved, much of it not. I think for the right audience, the A1 will be an awesome camera. I'm not sure how large that audience is, mind you, but it only needs to be large enough for Sony to turn a nice profit on R&D and production, and/or to rattle the competition and put doubts in the minds of their users...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-29-2021, 01:55 PM  
Sony A1 Announced
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 282
Views: 11,219
I'll take the other side of that bet, Dan ;) Even if we're a minority, there are simply too many of us - even those of us who use mirrorless in addition to DSLR - that prefer using an optical viewfinder. It's going to take more than one or two additional generations of mirrorless for the viewfinder to look and feel exactly like an OVF, if indeed it ever gets there. Very, very close? Perhaps... Indiscernible? I have big fat doubts about that... but I'm willing to be convinced.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-29-2021, 01:49 PM  
Should I go for K1ii or K3iii I really need some help
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 33
Views: 2,336
I'm a little late to the thread, so my recommendation adds little to what's already been said. For the use cases you mention, the lenses you own and the choices you've given us, the K-1II makes better sense. Effectively, you get a 36MP full frame camera and 16MP crop camera in one body, so you can use all of your lenses as originally intended by switching between those formats. Or, you could sell off your DA Limiteds and raise enough to buy, say, the D FA*50/1.4...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-29-2021, 01:27 PM  
Last Lightroom Version with Permanent License Becomes Less Useful
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 71
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The subscription model is much more easily justified for folks who use the tools several times weekly, week in, week out. For them, I can see how a subscription makes sense. Some weeks, I'm processing a few photos every day, while other weeks I won't process a single one. Occasionally - but at least a couple of times a year - I may go several weeks without processing any. So you can see how a GBP 360 subscription (three years @ 120 per year) makes less sense for me than the 100 (and five pence :p) I previously paid for Lightroom 6 stand-alone. I may get regular updates and features with the subscription, but I can live with software that's three years out of date so long as it does what I originally paid for.

The thing is, with Darktable, RawTherapee and GIMP, I don't ever have to use out of date software, because they're frequently updated with new features. Are Lightroom and Photoshop more polished? Certainly... although the gap is narrowing much faster of late. But, as a proficient Lightroom user, I can confidently say there's nothing I need in raw conversion and editing terms that the open source tools can't handle admirably... and the output, whatever anyone may think or say, is of equal quality. I don't get any reduction in quality of results by using open source software. The workflow is sometimes a bit clunkier, sure, but it's constantly getting better and better... and you quickly get used to it.

I'm not trying to convince you or anyone else that Adobe's subscriptions aren't good value. That's entirely subjective. Actually, for those who use the tools frequently enough, I think they can be decent value for money. But 360, whilst not a lot of money to me, is nonetheless significant. I don't splash out $300 on neck straps, I can tell you that right now. My last photography purchase - other than a set of batteries for a pocket film camera - was the Pentax HD FA35 f/2, back in December 2019. It cost me less than three years subscription to Adobe's base plan, and I can process all the photos I take with it in Darktable or RawTherapee... for as long as I want, as frequently or infrequently as I choose, at no extra cost.

It's just a different choice, different priorities :)
Forum: Pentax KP 01-29-2021, 12:45 PM  
New camera
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 18
Views: 912
Congratulations on your fine KP and Pentax collection. Enjoy! :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-29-2021, 11:39 AM  
Sony A1 Announced
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 282
Views: 11,219
Some people simply prefer using mirrorless cameras and EVFs, Matti. It's the exact same thing we've been discussing in these forums for years, but from the other side of the table. As Pentax users, we frequently have to explain to mirrorless fans that we actually prefer an optical viewfinder, and why... but at the same time, we understand (or we should understand) that many people really like using EVFs, and that there can be benefits in doing so depending on use case and individual preferences - e.g. WYSIWYG (more-or-less) in the viewfinder with visibility of certain tools such as live histogram, ability to view a useable representation of a scene in very low light, focus peaking and magnified view... and more. Of course, even now (and possibly for a long time to come) EVF technology comes with some compromises - but the same is true of DSLRs; they're just different compromises.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-29-2021, 07:43 AM  
Sticky: DSLR Pentax bodies with solenoid
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 6
Views: 958
Great info, Heinrich - thanks for posting.

I'm glad I already own my low shutter count *ist DL, K10D, GX-1L and 3 x GX-10. In future, I can see a lot of these models being butchered for the solenoids, then re-sold on eBay and elsewhere. It's going to become harder to find unmolested examples :o
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-29-2021, 06:24 AM  
KP today or K3iii in a month?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 138
Views: 6,117
Indeed, you and I rarely disagree - yet I don't mind when we do, since its civilised and constructive (as your reply demonstrates). I'll happily take disagreements like that all day long :D



I don't disagree with your points, Philip... only the assertion that Ricoh's decision is "wrong", as that's subjective. I agree that it may lose them some sales they'd otherwise have secured... but you can guarantee it was a conscious design decision with - I'm certain - good reasons. They didn't just forget to include it, or assume no-one would mind whether the camera had one or not. They'll know full well that some folks would have preferred a flippy screen. Hence, I don't accept the premise that their decision can be "wrong"... only that some folks will disagree with it, and others won't mind.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-29-2021, 05:50 AM  
KP today or K3iii in a month?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 138
Views: 6,117
Frankly, I'm thoroughly shocked by the language that could potentially be inserted here :lol:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-29-2021, 05:48 AM  
Sony A1 Announced
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 282
Views: 11,219
Well said. There's no such thing as "junk" cameras these days, and the fact that all the major brands have many, many satisfied users of each model is testament to that. There's only subjective likes and dislikes, for a variety of reasons. Different models suit different folks. I'm not in the market, nor am I the target market, for this new Sony, but if I were gifted one and a brace of lenses, I'd happily use it and probably enjoy it - and the same goes for any camera, from any brand. They're all good...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-29-2021, 04:33 AM  
KP today or K3iii in a month?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 138
Views: 6,117
I thought (hoped) the flippy screen debate was over and done with :confused: It can't be the "wrong" decision... It's just a design choice - for reasons we don't yet (and may never) know - that some folks will be OK with and others won't. I own cameras both with and without articulating screens, and I'm OK with Ricoh's choice. I do understand why some folks like and use them, but I'm ambivalent... I used the one on my Hasselblad HV a couple of years ago for one shot on a beach, but nothing since then...

The KP's a great choice for those who need a flippy screen. It's nice to have options :)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-29-2021, 03:42 AM  
Last Lightroom Version with Permanent License Becomes Less Useful
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 71
Views: 3,278
It doesn't have to be a frequent "phone home" licensing check. It could be a one time process requiring you to connect to the internet within, say, 30 days of installation so that the servers can register your machine ID and provide a registration key to your software. I know you do your photo and audio work offline, but I'm guessing you have wifi or ethernet adapters in your computers... so a one-time connection for registration would be OK.
Forum: General Photography 01-28-2021, 06:20 PM  
What do you think will happen to APS-C over the next 10 years?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 171
Views: 9,134
I just noticed... You specifically said DSLR, so not including mirrorless. How about Nikon ... Doesn't it still have the D7x00 models?
Forum: General Photography 01-28-2021, 05:39 PM  
What do you think will happen to APS-C over the next 10 years?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 171
Views: 9,134
Zombie thread alert!! :lol: How did you dig this one up, Chris?! :p



How about Fujifilm? Aside from the medium format offerings, the rest of its ILCs - including the higher-end models - are APS-C.

Then, there's the Sony A6600... just over a year old now, still very current...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-28-2021, 12:21 PM  
Last Lightroom Version with Permanent License Becomes Less Useful
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 71
Views: 3,278
Yes, Microsoft has machine-specific licensing of Windows 10 without the need for a subscription model. I'm not sure whether it utilises a one-time check with servers upon installation, or if it's a regular "phone home" approach, but it works and works well... and if you replace your PC, so long as you have the license key provided with your copy of Windows you can transfer that license to your new PC easily. I'm sure Adobe could have done something similar... but, they didn't, and lost a number of us as customers accordingly. I suspect overall, though, they've made more than enough money through the new model that a few lost customers doesn't really impact them.

Here in the UK, the cheapest plan is GBP 9.98 per month. That gets you either LR only with 1TB cloud storage, or LR + PS with 100GB. A year's subscription would cost me more than I paid for my digital LR6 stand-alone copy through Amazon UK. Assuming three years useful life of the stand-alone product (which I'd say is very conservative), the subscription model is at least three times more expensive for me, and keeps increasing for every month I use it after that.

Could I afford it? Yes, sure. I just choose not to spend that kind of money when I can get broadly equivalent functionality and performance at lower or minimal cost. I don't expect others to agree with my point of view or choice... I'm just doing what works for me. Nor am I complaining about Adobe... they've chosen their path for business reasons, and I'm certain it's working well for them commercially. When all's said and done, Adobe's in business to make money, and I've no doubt it's making more through subscriptions. Arguably, though, it's also helped other software companies who still offer stand-alone licenses, as they'll see an increase in sales...
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-28-2021, 06:51 AM  
Sharp Japanese camera price increases, more and more Chinese lens brands.
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 35
Views: 2,210
I've heard of Viltrox but can't for the life of me remember their OEM equivalents. Who partners with them, out of interest?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-28-2021, 05:52 AM  
Last Lightroom Version with Permanent License Becomes Less Useful
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 71
Views: 3,278
I know folks here must get tired of me saying this, but open source options - especially RawTherapee and Darktable for raw conversion, and GIMP for editing - have improved hugely in the last few years. Yes - there are things Lightroom does better or easier so far as raw conversion goes, and yes - Photoshop is a lot more polished, but there are things the open source options do better too. For professional use, I understand why Adobe products continue to lead, especially in terms of efficient workflow, and why other paid alternatives are probably better for professionals who don't want to use Adobe... but for us amateurs, it's really worth accepting the few compromises and inconveniences in open source alternatives. My experience has been that they're extremely capable if you take a little time to learn how to use them properly. That's the hardest part - migrating to a new tool set. Honestly, though, I believe its worth the effort...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-28-2021, 02:16 AM  
Guangzhou | K-3 Mark III preview meeting
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 264
Views: 28,142
I don't recognise those characterisations of PentaxForums, Lee, so I'm genuinely sorry that's how you feel :(

Although I'm a Pentax enthusiast (and a largely happy one at that), I've been openly critical of the brand numerous times here in the past... I've raised concerns over the image accelerator and raw noise reduction in newer models, the K-30 / 50 / 70 and K-S1 / K-S2 aperture solenoid debacle, spare parts availability, aspects of the KP's specification when it was released, SDM motor failure, and I've even mentioned how I find EVFs preferable to OVFs for certain specific use cases, since I shoot both Pentax and Sony (and other brands, if I include my compact and bridge cameras). I'm sure I've raised other issues, too... after all, like most members here, I know full well that Pentax is far from perfect - and I've seen plenty of those members raise criticisms of the brand without things turning nasty.

I've had a few disagreements with other members over the years, but only a minority that escalated - and in all cases I have to take some responsibility because I was a willing and active participant in the discussions. I can be passionate, opinionated and stubborn, I know, and it occasionally gets me into trouble... so I try my best to be mindful of my audience, diplomatic, and - these days, at least - I strongly consider walking away when the points I'm making aren't being received well (especially by the majority) and I think the discussion has potential to turn emotional or personal. I don't like to fall out with other members if I can help it, and sometimes it's better just to step back if and when things get heated. It's even better still to step back while resisting the urge to take a parting shot, tempting though it may be :o

I recommend the above approach to anyone and everyone. It's got me this far relatively unscathed, in 11 years of membership and over 16,000 posts, so I'm sure there's something to it :p

I'll step out of this discussion now, but hope this final contribution might be of some small assistance...
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-27-2021, 03:36 PM  
Sharp Japanese camera price increases, more and more Chinese lens brands.
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 35
Views: 2,210
I agree, the ingenuity and much of the quality coming out of China these days is pretty impressive - far more so than, say, 20 years ago... I also agree that it will go the same way as Japan, and before too long China will no longer be the low-cost option for design and/or manufacturing.

I've mentioned before - in relation to the same topic, I think - how this happened in the guitar-making industry. American-made instruments were the high-end, gold standard. Japanese instruments used to be the cheaper, poorer relation. Now, Japanese instruments are almost (in some cases, equally) as respected, and nearly as expensive. Even Chinese-made instruments - the better ones - are no longer cheap. Indonesia and India were, when I last checked, the new low-cost guitar-making countries... and I'm sure, over time, they'll become established and respected enough that low-cost manufacture moves to yet another country.

And so it goes...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-27-2021, 03:27 PM  
Guangzhou | K-3 Mark III preview meeting
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 264
Views: 28,142
Not my best analogy, perhaps... I'll grant you that :lol: It got my point across, though. I agree, I'd hope we're all a bit better than that, whatever our preferences and opinions on gear...
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