Adobe announced today that it is going subscription only for its Creative Suite of programs. And it’s made Aperture look even cheaper.

Right now, Aperture costs just $79 through the Apple Store.

Adobe’s pricing for a single desktop application will be $19.99 per month, or $49.99/month for the whole Creative Suite.

That’s a big difference in cost, especially if you are not an Adobe power user and have an existing version of Photoshop that you’re happy with.

$79 to own something forever vs. $240 for one year!

That stinks, but a lot of people use Lightroom (or Aperture) and Photoshop together, we should look at things slightly differently.

Right now, you can buy Lightroom 4 for $107 from Amazon. Photoshop CS6 is $610.

That’s a total of $717.

Now if you plan to upgrade in two years, you are really taking a hit paying $49.99/month for the Cloud, because you’re talking $1200 instead of $717 — an increase of 67%!

Heck, even if you factor in Adobe’s first-year discount for existing CS3 or later customers, which is $29.99 for the first year. For that, the two-year cost of subscribing is $960 ($36o for the first year, $600 for the second).

It looks even worse if you think you’ll be happy with the same version of Photoshop 3-4 years from now. Many people still get along fine with CS3 (2007) or CS4 (from 2008).

As it stands now, the Creative Cloud looks VERY expensive if you are just a Lightroom (or Aperture) + Photoshop user. However, the pricing is pretty decent for power users that take advantage of all the Adobe products and upgrade regularly.

And man, Aperture looks pretty good at $79, even if Lightroom beats it out features-wise. (I prefer Aperture’s workflow to Lightroom’s features personally)

Fortunately, you will still be able to purchase Lightroom with a perpetual license, which is probably way more attractive than the cloud option for most people.


Fuji X-Pro1 In Stock At Adorama

April 3, 2012

FYI — Adorama has the Fuji X-Pro 1 in stock. Click here to have a look. I’ve been lusting after this one but I’m going back and forth since I haven’t yet decided whether I’m going to dump my Canon system to go all Fuji.

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Lightroom 4 Just $149

March 7, 2012

Well done Adobe! The company’s new Lightroom 4 software is priced at just $149 — a full 50% lower than Lightroom 3. Upgrades are also dirt-cheap at $79.

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Canon 5d Mark III Available for Pre-Order

March 2, 2012

The Canon 5D Mark II is here and it’s available for pre-order from Amazon: Body Only Body w/24-105mm f/4 lens This looks like a simply spectacular camera, and likely the best DSLR Canon has ever produced. It has a 22.3mp full-frame sensor AND the same 61-pound autofocus system from the upcoming 1DX.  So essentially, it’s […]

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Fuji X-Pro1 Available at Amazon and Adorama

January 31, 2012

Just an FYI — Amazon and Adorama are taking orders for the amazingly hot Fuji X-Pro 1 and its lenses. It took me over 4 months for me to get my hands on an X100 despite the fact that I ordered literally minutes after Adorama started taking orders, and the X-Pro 1 has even more […]

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Nikon D4 Available for Pre-order

January 7, 2012

FYI — Adorama is taking pre-orders for the new Nikon D4. Click here to reserve one, they’ll be going awfully fast.

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Canon 5D Mark II, 7D on Sale

December 8, 2011

I haven’t been able to post much due to my busy new job, but I just wanted to highlight two deals: Amazon knocked a few hundred bucks off the price of the Canon 7D. I’d be ordering one if I hadn’t already blown my photo gear budget for the year. Also, Adorama is running a […]

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Amazon Taking Orders For Photoshop Elements 10

October 1, 2011

Just an FYI – Amazon is now taking orders for Photoshop Elements 10 at $10 off the full retail price. It’s a spectacular product if you want to get your feet wet in Photoshop without dropping $700 on CS5.

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Panasonic LX5, Canon S95 On Sale

September 25, 2011

If you’re in the market for a high-quality point & shoot, Amazon is running sales on the Panasonic LX5 and the Canon S95. The Panasonic’s going for just $356 and the S95’s about $369. The S95’s replacement, the S100, is going for $500. So if you’d like to avoid spending that much on a point […]

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Nikon V1 & J1 Preorders

September 21, 2011

Nikon’s brand new V1 and  J1 mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras are now available for pre-order at From what I see now, Adorama and B&H aren’t taking orders just yet. Click these links to get to each camera class: Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 J1 These will probably be pretty hot so order now if you’re […]

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