Ok, so I have been playing with both SkyDrive and Google Docs and the first thing I have to say is that Google Docs is, for me just a whole lot more intuitive and by that I mean I don’t have to spin around in circles hopping on one leg whilst reciting a secret mantra to work out how to use it.
Example One: Document sharing and collaboration — from the desktop to the cloud.
Firstly, when I sync a document from Microsoft Word to Google Docs using their Google Cloud Extension for Microsoft Office it all works seamlessly, automatically syncing my document to the cloud on Google Docs, I don;t have to go to the Docs home page, find an upload button, load an activeX control, brose to where my file is located, then choose upload. Google, doesn’t get in my way I just open word, click the Goggle Cloud Extension “Sync” button and Google Docs handles the rest for me--brilliant.
But it doesn’t end there, if I want to edit that same document on Google Docs, I can, by just clicking on it and GDocs will ask me if I would like it to be converted so I can work on it--in the cloud. From what I can see SkyDrive does not have this feature. My only way of working on my OneNote notebook that I have uploaded to SkyDrive is to …wait for it… download it again and open it inside of my OneNote desktop application. I mean, what part of “cloud” does Microsoft not understand?!
Example Two: Document sharing in the cloud
Ok, so now we have uploaded our document how does the whole sharing thing work? Well, on Google Docs I simply clcik the share button and type in the email address of whom I wish to share the document with. Microsoft Skydrive however, is a whole lot more complicated. If I want to share my document I must first set the appropriate permissions on the My Documents folder on SkyDrive. These options are basically give all my friends access to view the files in this folder or full access to the files in this folder including adding new files--WTF!? What if I only want to share this particular document? Well it appears that I would have to create a new folder and provide the email address of the person I want to edit the document. Now, there is a problem with this because unlike Google Docs where the person just has access to edit a particular document. on SkyDrive because I have to create a purpose built folder as a sandpit for the document I want the person to edit, that person now also has rights to add new documents in to that folder as well--security …what security?!
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I made these with a Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras purchased from Amazon.
I made these with a Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLR purchased from Amazon.
Really pleased to see an announcement of this new lens. It is such a useful focal length and to some extent I imagine many camera buyers would have opted in the past for a Canon 5D in part because of their excellent 24-105mm f/4. I know when I was considering a move to Canon FX from my then 30D that the 24-105mm was a primary draw card. Nikon’s second iteration of the venerable street-sweeper did not fair so well in the review stakes being constantly trashed in the internet media for its weak corner performance on FX. Throw in sample variation on top of that and I imagine more than a few lenses entered the revolving door of Ebay auctions.
Personally, I think Nikon’s first version, the Nikon AF Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6D was a much better performer--at least my version is. Up to 12x8 inch prints at f/8 there is no discernable difference between its results and the best glass Nikon has to offer and they can be had for as little as $150.00.
So, now that the new 24-120 f/4 has been announced, a professional quality lens and with a price to match. The conundrum for some early adopters might be the added price premium on purchasing this lens that at time of writing can see it only a few hundred dollars less that Nikons stellar 24-70 f/2.8.
What do I Like about the new lens? Perhaps the best way I can describe its advantage for my style of shooting is by looking at how I shoot my current older version. For example when doing night-time event photography I shoot the old 24-120mm D with my D700 on ISO 3200, f/5.6 @ 1/60sec. I use manual mode so I don’t have to worry about stray and incidental lighting affecting my exposure. AF can be a nightmare at f/5.6 especially at night and having to switch to manual focus at the body can mean that split-second loss of concentration that loses the moment of a great shot. So, for me the new 24-120mm f/4 lens means an extra stop of speed for easier AF, instant manual override when AF is tough, and VR for increasing my keeper rate at the telephoto end of things.
Also, this new lens potentially means never having to ask the question: “Which lens should I take?” and that is a major plus. I don’t know how many times I have carried way too much gear because I worry about what if I stumble across a great scene that requires every ounce of resolution.
The only reservations I currently have is after viewing one of the full rez examples of this lens where it appears that CA is still present in spite of two ED elements and not just in the corners at f/11 @ 24mm. I was hoping that this was just due to some mild de-centering on the copy used for this photo but it is present across the frame. Perhaps the test photographer Yoshitsugu Enomoto elected not to have Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction enabled on his D3s--who knows?
So, there’s a lot riding on the capabilities of this new lens and the reason for this I think is it’s potential for some as a do-all pro and walk-around lens--a big ask. Mine’s on pre-order from Vanbar in Melbourne with no ETA at present. If anyone has seen one in the wild already outside of Japan I would be pleased to know--sample photo sightings are a bonus.
Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLR