Nikon Should launch great Camera(FF Small Body) before Fuji launch FF

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Re: Nikon Should launch great Camera(FF Small Body) before Fuji launch FF
In reply to jfriend00, 5 months ago

jfriend00 wrote:

Nexu1 wrote:

IMO Fuji made a potentially fatal mistake by going at APS-C alone. One of the reasons Olympus & Panasonic have been able to survive with MFT is that they essentially went into it together. Fuji is alone. With hardly any lenses. And poor sales. And running in the red (last I checked). Mirrorless in general has stopped growing and is regressing faster than DSLR's are regressing: http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/02/06/cipa-2013-report-shows-first-time-decline-in-interchangeable-lens-camera-sa

That's your opinion. I rather like Fuji's lens lineup. For the majority of the population, Fuji has a pretty good set of lenses and the XF lenses are particularly good quality. In fact, Fuji has more lenses optimized for the AFS-C sensor size than Nikon does and I find the XF 18-55 to be substantially better IQ than my Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 and a ton smaller. Here's the Fuji lineup as of this moment:

  • Zeiss 12 f/1.8
  • Zeiss 32 f/1.8
  • Fuji XF 14 f/2.8
  • Fuji XF 18 f/2
  • Fuji XF 23 f/1.4
  • Fuji XF 27 f/2.8 (pancake)
  • Fuji XF 56 f/1.2
  • Fuji XF 60 f/2.4 (macro)
  • Fuji XF 10-24 f/4
  • Fuji XF 18-55 f/2.8-4
  • Fuji XF 55-200 f/3.5-4.8
  • Fuji XC 16-50 f/3.5-5.6
  • Fuji XC 50-230 f/4.5-6.7

On the published roadmap for later this year is another fast wide angle prime, a 50-140 f/2.8, 16-55 f/2.8 and 18-135.

The major omission is obviously long glass (300mm, 400mm, 600m). So, aside from the long primes, this is a pretty nice set of lenses to select from and pretty much all created in the last 2 years. That's one cranking development and manufacturing team.

What would say are the major missing lenses in the Fuji lineup that are preventing lots of people from buying Fuji?

The problem for Fuji and other mirrorless systems is I'd say more the very bottom and very top of the lens market.

Look at amazon's lens sales chart and you'll see the really big sellers are generally cheap lenses that still offer decent performance. The days of crappy kit zooms are over(unless you own a sony mirrorless), you can buy a kit zoom, a tele zoom and a normal prime for your DSLR without breaking the bank and still have good optical quality.

Equally look at the FF options for Nikon, you can buy FF F/1.8 primes with excellent performance more cheaply than the Fuji F/1.4's, Sigma and Tamron have also been making higher end zooms and primes much more affordable recently.

Then you have the really specialist lenses, Fuji's ASPC system can never equal Nikon's in terms of DOF control so even the 56mm 1.2 is still a stop behind a FF 85mm 1.4, then you have the lack of macro's, long teles and tilt/shift lenses. These are the kinds of lenses that people will pay serious money for and maybe even buy into a whole system to use.

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