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On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S news story (126 comments in total)
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headofdestiny: Everyone needs to remember that, while this converter will block more of the OVF, the framelines for the converter will be a lot smaller in dimension, so it should still be as usable as some of the larger Leica 50mm lenses on an M body.

p.s. to answer a common question in this thread, aperture is still f2.

This is a good point. Do we know for sure that there will be 50mm lines in the OVF though?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 14:25 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S news story (126 comments in total)
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wootpile: 1.4... not enough to make sense

Cudos to Fuji for keeping their systems fresh and alive. But.. the jump from 35 to 50mm is marginal and is certainly something within crop range in edit. (a crop your 16 megapixel image to about 11.5 mpix)

I would have liked it to be a 2.4 instead, offering just over 80mm equiv, and wouldn't mind sacrificing apertures to get there.

I'd have to disagree with the difference being marginal. As someone who shoots a LOT of 35mm and 50mm (probably 90% of my shots) I think there's a huge difference between the two.

The best way to see how dramatic the difference is, in my opinion, is to flip the frame line toggle switch back and forth on an M body. 50 is much tighter than 35, and completely changes the way I frame and how I shoot.

I do understand that one can back up or walk forward a few feet, but this dramatically changes your relationship to many subjects, and the spacial perspective of the different focal lengths is very different as well.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 14:22 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S news story (126 comments in total)

I really like the idea here, but I have two concerns:

The size is a bit cumbersome. Does it block the OVF?

Does the OVF display 50mm frame lines when using this converter?

Seems like it could kill two of the X100's greatest features - its size and it's OVF.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 12:55 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (483 comments in total)
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M DeNero: This is a nice camera. However, a score of 84 is absurd.

Can't argue with that kind of logic.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 19:13 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (483 comments in total)
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AlexRuiz: Gotta love the whiners.

- But my [ insert brand here] did not get as good of a score
- But the [ insert model here] has not been reviewed and came out first
- But I read that [insert internet myth here ] so the rating should be lower

If you're so concerned about camera reviews being untainted by corporate cash (dpr "fanboys") you might want to try a site that's not owned by Amazon.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 19:11 UTC
On Panasonic announces Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7, and GM1 kit news story (277 comments in total)

Another attractive lens for m43. Still not sure about the EVF's though.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 19:10 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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Valiant Thor: I would have liked to see a digital version of the Hasselblad 501C/M with a large sensor and nice big EVF right on the top like the good old days.

I don't even need them to build a new camera. Just give me a (somewhat) affordable medium format digital back I can slap on a C/M and I'm happy.

Dare to dream...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 16:22 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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Provia_fan: I can't understand the complaints about "retro" dials. I think the problem stems from the over simplification of designs over the years and the fact that people just want instant results, instant everything. In the old days you had to learn a given camera not expect the camera "to learn you". External controls are great and give you immediate control over features, instead of having to borrow into menus when you should be concentrating in picture taking. This is one of the reasons why I still love my Minolta 7D so much. Everything you need is one button or one click away, which is so much more logical. You learn the camera, you learn the buttons and you learn how many clicks for your exposure compensation, WB, etc and off you go. Not having to take you eye off the viewfinderto go into menus is a major bonus.

This is true. While I love Fuji's external controls, i.e. aperture rings, there's nothing that can't be changed just as easily on my 5D by pressing the appropriate button on the top plate and moving my index finger. In fact, I can change more on the 5D by a long shot.

That said, the simplicity of aperture ring, shutter speed and exposure comp as found on, say, the X100 is wonderful to work with if you don't need easy access to additional things like metering modes and drive modes. The tactile feedback is nicer than on a DSLR.... just not necessarily any better.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 16:50 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan news story (616 comments in total)
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Donnie G: No surprises here. Canon is wisely selling the camera in Japan and Asia only, since those are the only places where mirrorless compact system cameras have had any kind of sales success. Unlike the competition, Canon doesn't have to throw money and resources away panning for gold in an unproven and unreliable revenue stream. If the EOS M cameras ever turn a significant profit for the company, then there will be incentive for major development of that system. Until then, it's just makes sense to stick with what works for the overwhelming majority of camera buyers on the planet, and that's DSLRs.

Yep. And everybody fails to mention that while Canon is "doing nothing" they've updated like half a dozen lenses in the last year or two and developed new tech like we've seen on the 70D.

I'll agree that their sensor tech needs an upgrade, but if anybody thinks they don't have something in the pipeline in that regard they're dreaming. They've still got the best system out there, soup to nuts.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 16:26 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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Vizio Virtù: Wake up, folks. They try to sell you this mirrorless / EVF rubbish as innovation for your weightsaving comfort but actually it's only for their cost reducing purposes. Cutting off the OVF is cutting off photographers creativity.

I was in agreement with the OP a couple of years ago. When I bought my X100 I never touched the EVF. Now I barely touch the OVF. The ability to see exactly what the sensor sees is incredibly useful. You can make intuitive exposure adjustments without having to look at the meter, you can toggle histograms on and off within an EVF, and I can compose in black and white. All three of these things are incredibly useful. While I still don't like the lag that you experience with an EVF, the technology is improving every day. The benefits outweigh the costs as far as I'm concerned. I think many others are coming around as I did.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2013 at 16:28 UTC
On DPReview Gear of the Year - Part 1: Fujifilm X100S article (306 comments in total)
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Collie Camp: Either you love or you hate these Fujis, it seems.

I used the X100, X-E1 and now the X-Pro1 and I love them.

I'm with you 100%. When it comes down to it I love these cameras, flaws and all. The files are just wonderful to work with. I'm really looking forward to the maturation of the technology; when these are as responsive in terrible conditions as my DSLR is I will finally be able to unload that stuff. Right now the Fuji's aren't responsive enough for paid event work, IMO, so the DSLRs stay. But Fuji is winning me over with these cameras. Maybe not everybody's cup of tea, but I think they're very nice.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 15:54 UTC

Looks straight up Helios M42. Neat. I suspect it'll be a nice lens. Very useful focal length.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 04:09 UTC as 51st comment
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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TFergus: All this 'purist' talk about it "finally looking like a camera" or "just what I've been wanting, a film-style camera"...

It's a cute look for a novelty "retro" camera, but if they really wanted to appeal to the 'purist' film shooters they should have removed the rear LCD and made us wait until we got home, and processed, to see what was actually captured. ;)

Or maybe that'd flop too. Whatever.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 20:27 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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TFergus: All this 'purist' talk about it "finally looking like a camera" or "just what I've been wanting, a film-style camera"...

It's a cute look for a novelty "retro" camera, but if they really wanted to appeal to the 'purist' film shooters they should have removed the rear LCD and made us wait until we got home, and processed, to see what was actually captured. ;)

You may be joking, but I bet this camera would get a warmer reception if it were stripped down to nothing more than the controls on the top plate plus a D800 sensor, and they shaved a cool G off the price tag.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 20:27 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: Holy locking dials, Batman! Just when Pentax and Olympus are relaxing the dogma and giving us de-lockable dials, Nikon comes along and gives Fort Knox with a viewfinder!

I have to unlock to change mode, ISO, EV comp, and - are they serious - shutter speed??

It would drive me absolutely bonkers...

So in order to get back to basics they made some dials, then put locks on the dials, and then made it so you could change those same parameters by circumventing the dials that were placed there and locked just to get back to the basics of having said dials?

Just want to be clear about their approach...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 05:12 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

Well, this is odd. It's all about "pure photography", but it's not about interchangeable focusing screens or using the sensor they have that delivers maximum image quality? It's back to basics, except for the same old 42 buttons on the rear of the body. They took a D600, gave it a few analog dials and tacked $800 onto the price. Oh, and removed video capability for that "pure" experience. Strange.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 04:28 UTC as 1015th comment
On Canon updates firmware for EOS 5D Mark III news story (16 comments in total)

No problem running the update. I'd had some issues with the camera applying random AFMA to different lenses, so hopefully things stay where they should from now on.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 15:45 UTC as 4th comment

Pretty cool. Considering it'll probably be fine at ISO 6400 having a constant f/2.8 zoom should be fine. Want razor thin depth of field? Back up and zoom in.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 18:06 UTC as 11th comment

m4/3 sure has a nice little system going.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 13:51 UTC as 16th comment

As an avid X100 user I'd just like to say thanks to Fuji for not leaving us in the dust after a new model is released. It's refreshing to get more than you expect nowadays. Top notch all around.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 13:33 UTC as 90th comment
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