Are Camera Companies Playing Too Fast and Loose with Their Camera Launches?

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Are camera makers taking advantage of early adopters; effectively using them as third-party QA testers?

We have seen many products over the last several years, across many manufacturers, launch with unacceptable malfunctions and issues. Probably the most egregious example in recent memory was the [amazon_textlink asin=’B074HMSK15′ text=’Hasselblad X1D’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7dfefbbc-31ee-11e8-b202-6585418ad9c2′], with its barely useable firmware. But to a somewhat lesser extent on other bodies as well, for example Fujifilm’s new X-H1 (which is being patched), and do I need to mention Nikon’s somewhat recent past with launch issues after launch issues?

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Fujifilm X-H1 Firmware Update to Address Launch Bugs Coming by End of Next Week

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The Fujifilm X-H1 was launched to great fanfare, but issues began to surface quickly.

Fujifilm launched their [amazon_textlink asin=’B079PTRNKK’ text=’X-H1′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5d807ce4-2da7-11e8-a77b-93c13e323940′], now the top camera in their X-Series line, back at the beginning of the month following a mid-February announcement. Among many things, the camera was touted for its significant upgrades in the video arena and a big push was made to appeal to the professional video crowd. But the shine on the X-H1 quickly wore off as reports started to come in of issues with the camera – some minor, some more significant. Today, Fujifilm has announced that a firmware update is coming by the end of next week to address at least two of these widely reported issues. Continue reading…

Adobe Finally Issues Fix for Lightroom, Go Download it Now

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Go! Go! Today, Adobe is announcing the newest update to Adobe Lightroom, which brings back the old import interface so your computer doesn’t nearly crash every time you use the program. Rejoice!

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, Adobe Lightroom 6.2 caused lots of photographers (myself included) many headaches due to a new import system. It makes photographers look at this very beautiful visual and choose where to import from, then when you select that folder or location, it brings up the images. From there, you select which ones you want and click import. Then you pray to the Lightroom gods that your computer doesn’t crash and force you to import all over again. What was really annoying though is the fact that Adobe seemingly took out the “Eject SD Card after import” option. But today, we’re getting the old import back. Nice try on doing something new Lightroom, but please don’t change–at least not yet.

But beyond that, Adobe Lightroom 6.3 offers more bug fixes and new camera and lens profile support added in.

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Review: Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro

I have a deep passion for macro photography. When I got into DSLR photography, I bought the 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro to multitask as my zoom and my macro lens. Lately though, I wanted a more specialized lens for macro photography. With the 70-300mm I have to zoom lens all the to the widest focal length, then switch to macro mode, etc. With the Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, I don’t have to do that. This is why I chose to test it out. So does it make the cut for my photography?

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