When iStockphoto announced its plan for royalty rate change for 2011 on September 7th, the overwhelming response from its contributors was anger mixed with shock. The original thread quickly grew to over 2600 posts and was locked down when iStockphoto posted an official response. That thread grew to 3335 posts before another official response came.

Despite the better efforts that iStockphoto management put in in the latest explanation, the angers among contributors who will be affected financially seem even harder to quench. For some, the explanations are oil over the fire. Sentence such as “… money isn’t going to be what makes you all happy” is a poke to the eye for many. The responses are still overwhelmingly negative. Some contributors have started deactivating files, others are thinking about ending their exclusivity and spreading out, a few are tossing an idea about co-op site, some decided to wait and see… Read More…

Posted in Opinion on September 10th, 2010. No Comments.

For many Canon 50D owners, the recently announced Canon EOS 60D seems to be a wrong camera on their upgrade plan. Certainly there are some good new features such as the 1080P video, articulating high resolution LCD, better AF and metering system etc. But the camera is no longer made of magnesium alloy. It has slower continues shooting speed, no auto-focus micro adjustment, and less durable shutter (100K vs. 150K). The responses have not been very positive in DPReview Canon EOS 7D / 50D – 10D Forum. Read More…

Posted in Opinion on September 2nd, 2010. 1 Comment.

The image sensor is the heart of a digital camera. It is one of the most important piece of hardware that determines image quality, product features, and performance. Unlike Canon, who is capable of designing and manufacturing images sensor on its own, Nikon was not known to have this capability. Many of the sensors were rumored to be manufactured by Sony even though no official confirmation from Nikon seemed to exist. Read More…

Posted in Opinion, Other on August 21st, 2010. 1 Comment.
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