srados: I do not understand why FUJI FILM does not drop FILM from name and call themselves FUJI.
Because Fuji is the name of a mountain in Japan and used for many companies.
Woodlink: The shutter button doesn't look like it will accept a cable release…perhaps Fuji is planning some expanded use of wifi for this?
It takes any electronic release that uses the standard (Canon) socket.
Jim in Hudson: I don't understand this recent fascination with top plate dials, unless it's mostly for looks. Back when dials were the way to control cameras, it was all there was. The major disadvantage was having to take your eye away from the VF to make a change (well, you had to change film to change ISO). There was no superimposed (or bottom strip) indicator of settings. Now, basic camera controls do the same and you can see exactly what you're changing with speed, aperture, and ISO without ever taking your eye off the subject. Of course you need a logical and easy layout to the button and wheel controls but it doesn't take much to learn.
Well basically, on a DSLR you have to do everything with one hand because there are no major controls on the other. This means quite a few functions require doubling up on the main dials and require buttons to be pressed. Fine when you just want to change one setting, but if you have to change ISO, aperture and EV comp you have to do all that with the right hand and potentially 2 button presses, or at least 1.
On the Fuji, all settings are visible in the VF if you want, but you don't have to move the left hand from the lens to reach the aperture control or the right hand to change EV and now the left hand can adjust ISO as well if you need to.
And when you put the camera on the tripod and cant remember what all the setting are, you don't have to switch on the LCD or look through the VF to remember. They are all marked on the dials.
The only reason this doesn't work out so well on the Nikon DF is than Nikon dropped the aperture ring.
If you don't believe me just try it.
QuarryCat: With this look of Contax RTS - it could be a success!
it took Fuji two years to make a real camera and it will take perhaps one ore two more, to make a fast camera, like the OM-D E-M1.
Sony is looking very old and slow with its Alpha 7 Bodies.Canon, Nikon and Pentax still don't want to make a real modern, fast camera.
Only part of Sony making money though. That and music.
Nothing lasts forever. Canon and Nikon are working on mirrorless AF for when the market switches. They only make money off the hoards of cheap SLRs they pile into white good stores.
In fact they lost a train load of money in the UK when the biggest store tanked. But when the market for mid-level cameras switches they will have no advantage over the competition since they will have to source everything from the same places.
Holger Drallmeyer: Am I missing something? LR runs on Surface tablets for a long while already. And what about $99 a year? Isn't that a huge rip off? I probably just don't get it.
Why would I waste money on an iPad Air? It does not replace my phone, my laptop or my desktop, and 90% of the functions it does perform work quite well on an iPhone as well.
A Surface Pro can replace all other computing devices if you are a Windows user. If it weighs more than an iPad it weighs much less than a Macbook Air, even with the optional keyboard.
abortabort: Two points:
1) Who says this has anything to do with iOS? I know DPR like to bury their heads in the sand as they wait for iOS as a platform to mature enough to run proper photo editing apps that there are already tablets that run full LR, PS etc which get completely ignored because there is a new app that can apply some crappy filters to crappy JPEGs. 2) But since when,have you been able to buy apps or subscriptions through a third party website? I may be wrong but this does not seem like it is iOS related to me.
They dominate the current tablet market, but not mobile computing market.
Microsoft tablets (SP2) can replace a regular laptop and even a decent desktop. They will run any Windows app, drive a high res display, and connect to high speed storage. There are also a lot of convertible laptops on the market that will double as a tablet.
The direction of business computing is rapidly heading for this hybrid form factor (convertibles or tablets with keyboards). Sadly OSX has no touch screen support, so you are stuck with iOS.
Mobile operating systems are only likely to survive when they offer serious competition to OSX and Windows. They are a long way off that. But Win8 can already run on a (large and heavy) tablet. In a couple of years, the hardware will be lighter and smaller, but I will only need one computing device.
arscii: $130!! They just invite the Chinese to produce and sell a variant for $20. I'm sure the invitation will be accepted.
"Not sure why people are complaining here"
Because they are addicted to gear they can't afford.
petermoons: too bad they forgot to make it an L-plate.
Why? The camera is easily light enough for a ballhead in portrait mode. It would just make it bigger.
LarryK: Geez, the BH-55 went up since I bought mine, and it was too expensive then.
I'm going to try a Siriu.
I don't think you will be disappointed with the head, and you will be amazed at the price. I really was NOT expecting it to be nearly as good as it was even after reading all the glowing Amazon reviews, but when it arrived I would have been happy at twice the price.
I very rarely go all out and recommend products but this is one exception. I have heard from other sources as well as DPR that customer service is great if you are unlucky and have problems. I didn't.
Just received the smaller version of the Sirui for use with my Feisol Traveller. Very impressed. It's a perfect fit for the tripod and L bracket and extremely well made, stiff and easy to use. I am really not sure why anyone would spend so much more for any of the others.
My truck is the smallest and lightest truck in the street. Sure it has a lower towing weight than my neighbour's Focus, but hey...
Absolutic: I dont understand why Amazon's preorder page shows April as delivery date, while dpreview article here suggest February. I am going on vacation in Mid February so it makes difference to me
You have to add tax. With VAT £628 is £785. And it will sell for less probably when it finally arrives.
Emacs23: Same size as Canon 85/f1.8 and slightly smaller than equivalent Nikon. About the same low light performance (FF vs APS-C), more than twice expensive (three times more expensive than Canon). And the performance will be worse than those full framers, because to be better it should be better than Otus 55 (which is about on par with Nikon 85/1.8G at equivalent apertures mounted on D600, Otus mounted on Nikon D7100).
Emacs...why do you feel so easily threatened? Try taking some pictures and you may feel better.
itsastickup: Serious contrast issues. Seems like the early shadow cut is affecting this camera also.
Apparently this disaster is due to dpreview saying that the pics of the earlier cams were rather low contrast.
Fuji should listen to their engineers not dpreview.
It's because of this problem that I definitely won't be getting an XE-2, and now I'm worried about the XP-2.
fix this issue, Fuji, or at least let shadows go down to -3 to allow us to compensate for your manipulation.
Easy to adjust both for JPEG and of course in RAW. Why is this an issue?
When I saw the K3 I started to wish (for the first time in years) that I had not given up on Pentax when I did. It's a great compromise between features, size, performance and price and actually offers something unique (don't know how well the variable AA filter works but it's interesting and very enthusiast focused).
Nice to see the small guys (Pentax, Fuji) trying harder. Performance is no longer a defining factor, but handling is beginning to be the decider, and Pentax is still miles ahead of Canon and Nikon.
MAKfoto: If you want serious stuff Gitzo or Really Right Stuff mostly fits , otherwise if you are shooting with APSC basic models then even a Benro does good job like their Benro travel angel type series.Manfrotto is asking more money for the name only ,a Sirui is much better built as seen and tested by me.I own 9 tripods ranginging from 3KG to 40 KG capacity.
What I'm saying is that just don't fall for the brand name, now you have a LOT of options in this very competitive market.
I agree, Sirui and Feisol seem to offer a lot for the money and I cannot fault the quality of either. I have a Feisol Traveller and Sirui ballhead and both are nicely made and very robust, light, decent capacity and very good value for what you get.
I had a 190 4 section carbon and the mounting plate detached from the centre column while I was unpacking it. I reattached it, but the design was so poor than no amount of tightening would convince me the same thing would not happen in the field when the column was anything but vertical.
On top of that it really was not very stiff, was quite heavy for its load capacity and not very compact when folded up. But it was cheap.
I hope they have fixed some of those issues, because this one is far from cheap.
I think it rather depends - I missed the wonder of many critical moments because I was looking through a viewfinder and didn't appreciate the impact of what I was seeing (either in or out of the frame).
On the other hand, when travelling and taking photographs at my leisure, I have time for both. In fact the search for and observation of old and new locations has if anything helped me see far more than I otherwise would.
So if it's all to do with one-off events, then he may have a point. If it's a general comment then I think it really depends on what kind of photographer you are.
Sirandar: Every time I read Nexus articles I feel a little sad.
I like the design, style and price of the Nexus phones and generally like Google but the lack of microSD precludes me from ever buying these phones.
For photography 32Gb is OK but people like me also use a smartphone for music and perhaps video. Syncing is so passé as you often don't have the music you want when you want it, and it is a PITA. On-line services are not even close to being there yet ( but may be eventually).
If the 64GB models were widely available and not outrageously priced I might live with no microSD, but nothing can really compete with a 32Gb Sam S3 or S4 with a 64Gb microSD card if you actually use your phone as both a camera music player and have a moderately sized collection.
PS I use Dropbox and Google on-line services and they are in no way replacements for local storage, especially for music.
You can buy a storage manager app (no root hack required) and attach any USB storage you like via a USB adapter. Advantage is a I can share this across multiple devices and store as much as I like on regular USB flash memory (dirt cheap) or even portable hard drives.
Certainly a better option for movies given that micro SD are not all that big anyway, and makes life easier when you upgrade your phone.
tipple: One thing is apparent from these images, if Fujifilm enters the full frame market, with the results achievable with the XTrans sensor or even their conventional Bayer sensor, Canon and Nikon will have to keep on their toes! Fujifilm has demonstrated very good support in updating lens and cameras for their customers. It is apparent they are in this for the long haul and that bodes well for all photographers.
Nobody gets it right first time. EOS M, all the early PENs, all a good example. However they forced you to buy a new camera. Fuji made your old camera almost as good as the new one, which they did not have to do.