Sam Carriere: Have you ever tried to use Fuji support?If ever the customer did not matter ...
Yes, they were excellent. Fixed one of my cameras out of warranty because they agreed a card interface error should not have happened at all.
But I buy my cameras from a reputable dealer and generally let him handle warranty issues. So far 100%. His opinion is that he prefers dealing with Fuji to all the rest.
Still no 16 bit layer support.
Would reduce their costs if they just used the same code in both programmes.
Canon is next, maybe Nikon soon after. Both have new sensor-based PDAF systems for existing sensors. Sony putting out models which look like SLRs already to get everyone "in the mood" which have PDAF and Alpha lens support.
I guess for a while, both will sell alongside each other but it's clear which direction the industry wants to go. Pretty soon you will be able to get a reasonable level of AF with legacy glass on new mirrorless models, so you will have a real choice.
I can see low end SLRs being phased out in a few years, though enthusiast models may take longer.
peevee1: Prices in the Fuji system are mind-blowing.
So far I would conclude that I got what I paid for. These are not cheap plastic lenses like nearly all the APSC lenses made for SLRs.
Compare with Nikon and Canon's professional primes and they start looking quite cheap.
yabokkie: it says "fast and wide" in the title.
I'd say moderately fast and moderately wide for a 35/2.1 equiv. that's the work it can do, no more, no less.
Did you learn everything you know about photography from the forums? I only ask because most actual photographers I know don't make such silly comments.
57even: If this lens replicates the performance of the 14mm and the 35mm I will be more than happy. So far it's looking hopeful that I can switch back to using primes exclusively as 35mm is my favourite focal length. With the 14 and the 60 just about everything I need is covered.
Nice going Fuji, you are doing a great job of covering the bases with consistently good optics.
Have you even used one?
If this lens replicates the performance of the 14mm and the 35mm I will be more than happy. So far it's looking hopeful that I can switch back to using primes exclusively as 35mm is my favourite focal length. With the 14 and the 60 just about everything I need is covered.
Frank_BR: "Lens distortion has been reduced to an absolute minimum using only optical rather than digital correction, thereby delivering the highest possible picture quality."-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hmmm…. Compare the statement above with what Hasselblad says in a technical article in its site:
"Images shot with an HC or HCD lens are automatically corrected for distortion, lateral chromatic aberration, and vignetting when processed in our Phocus™ software."
Everybody knows that the Hasselblad lenses are made today by Fujifilm, and that Hasselblad is all about picture quality. So, when Fujifilm draws attention to the "advantages" of optical correction of distortion, Fujifilm is being contradictory, to say the least.
The true is: Optical correction of distortion was important in the film era, but has no real advantage in the digital age.
With reference to Hasselblad's distortion correction in software - it is much easier to deal with the correction on a small sensor lens than a large one, especially if the lens' image circle is wider than the sensor. It's one of the reasons FF lenses always do rather well on APSC sensors. Most of the distortion is around the peripheral part of the image.
Also, on MF cameras, the standards of accuracy are a lot greater. The only way to eliminate it completely is through software, but the more you do in hardware the less detail you lose in the manipulation. What Hasselblad defines as "corrected" is probably at a fairly extreme level.
I can plug my smartphone into my car and use it as an MP3 player, navigator and hands-free phone.
Would I want to remove the steering wheel and controls and drive using the phone? Er..... no.
This does not replace a phone, and a phone does not replace it. So a far better answer is improved interoperability not integration IMO. I can really see the benefits of connecting a camera to my phone and using it for geo-tagging, backup and RC, even firmware updating and customisation, but not to replace the control dials on my camera.
Especially at this price....!
Wake me up when it's over.
57even: Without comments and forums traffic on this site would fall off a cliff.
It's like democracy. Everyone gets to vote, even the daft, the dumb and the antisocial. It sounds like a recipe for disaster until you consider the alternative.
Even when people react badly to an article or another comment, it's a sign that they are unsure of themselves, and therefore probably reluctantly taking things on board.
Commercial self interest is not incompatible with the point that engagement is a way to encourage people to come to a site, which is why you are here for a start.
It's commercial self interest to make products that people need and want and let them choose. Would you rather someone else decided for you?
If you hate it so much, you can leave any time.
Without comments and forums traffic on this site would fall off a cliff.
They don't ADD, they complement. It makes the heroes of history seem more immediate, more recognisable, more like us. Which is interesting and quite harmless.
BTW if you prefer B&W that's fine. I care as much about that as I do about which kind of music you like. Which, in case you are wondering, I don't. Opinions you don't pay for are mostly worth the fee.
I agree. There is nothing more boring than a blue sky as a backdrop, but a grey overcast sky can add real mood and character to a picture. I much prefer shooting in this kind of weather, which is just as well considering I live in London.
But as the author says, it's really only possible with modern cameras with good DR and post processing technique. Personally I don't have an issue with that if the result looks natural. After all a default JPEG tone curve is just that...default.
new boyz: EVF is the future. OVF, you can start dying now.
The only thing EVF needs is faster refresh on consumer products, but its been used to shoot action for years....on video and TV cameras.
57even: Another Frankencamera from the big two. If this sensor is so good, why not just drop the mirror and put in an EVF for those poor videographers?
The camera that made the SLR obsolete is...an SLR. Priceless.
Still, looks like a much better effort on the sensor front. Be interesting to compare with the D7100.
However what are the odds that this time next year all sensors will have on-sensor phase detection.
Why would I want to do that? Its just an oversized NEX.
@tkbslc please be serious. This is a camel not a racehorse. I don't give a monkeys about OVF having used both. Just need a faster refresh rate.
Most of their consumers just want a Canon badge on their camera.
Another Frankencamera from the big two. If this sensor is so good, why not just drop the mirror and put in an EVF for those poor videographers?
I guess articles like this tick off all the people that have sunk a load into a DSLR system and think they should carry it all around all day to justify the investment.
But CSC cameras for the most part have IQ indistinguishable from DSLRs. In fact in some cases better because the AF is generally more accurate, even if not so good for moving stuff.
As a travel camera I don't see my Fuji X-e1 as a compromise, I see it as an entirely viable alternative. And I have owned six APSC DSLRs over the years.
The D800 does of course have the edge, but not all the time. Sometimes it's like trying to drive a Mercedes S class through little mountain roads in France.
Frugaltraveler: perhaps some of your DP Review guys should have had a look some time ago at the Micro four thirds systems as they have more matured than the "newly APS-C" mirrorless systems. Hence more lenses are available. Wasn't it the Olympus OM-D E-M5 that made it camera of the year 2012 here on DP Review?
2012? That was so last year.