mr moonlight

mr moonlight

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Joined on Dec 7, 2006

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On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S news story (128 comments in total)
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headofdestiny: The MTFs look like we won't be giving too much up in the way of IQ.

http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/accessories/lens/conversionlens/x100teleconversionlens/specifications/

Looks like it's going to perform at the same level of the WCL.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 16:26 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S news story (128 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Great, that'll save you taking a step closer...

The whole zoom with your feet concept is not nearly as effective when using wide to normal lenses with portraits since small changes in distance will result in much more drastic differences in facial compression. The difference between 35 and 50 is quite dramatic whereas the difference between 85 and 100 in minimal.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 13:48 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S news story (128 comments in total)
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Edmond Stuart: I still insist that a TLC which extends the focal length by only a factor of 1.4 makes little sense. You get (almost) the same result by cropping the picture with a factor of 1.4. Admittedly, you will lose some resolution, but any TLC will degrade the performance as well. To me, only a TLC which approaches the focal length of a portrait lens (X2.0 or so) is worth the money.
But even then it makes little sense as it runs counter to the philosophy of the X100(S), which was intended as *compact* camera.
I agree with NomadMark: "Buy an ILC and be done with it".

I agree with darngooddesign. If it's anything like the WCL, there will be no loss of optical quality or light transmission. Plenty of people have both a 35mm and a 50mm in their kit. They're different lenses and they have their uses. Sure, they are close, but so is an 18mm and 35mm and they are two very different lenses. You can crop, but as you said, it's not exactly the same.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 23:14 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S news story (128 comments in total)
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Kelvin L: I really like my X100, it's been everywhere for the last 3 years, but given the price of the WCL-X100 adapter (USD$315 on a well known website) I think I'd be better served putting the money for both wide and tele adapters towards another camera. I love the X100 for what it is - the digital version of the Konica Hexar AF, just grab and go.

I'd end up using the electronic viewfinder with the adapters anyway so I might as well use something else for wider or longer focal lengths. Adapters are a neat concept but pretty fiddly to use in practice.

JackM, The screw mount itself isn't less hassle, but not having to deal with two lenses while trying to keep your sensor and back lens elements protected from dust when swapping glass is. Just pull out your adapter, remove the caps and screw it on.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 17:36 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S news story (128 comments in total)
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AV Janus: I thought the TC was already out. Fuji is s l o w in this regard.
Now X100(s) needs a 2.2x or 2.5x TC and a wide one so that you can have a body small bag, one body and 3 TCs for 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm small f2.0 kit.

Slow? They just announced it today. Before that, there were just rumors.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 17:06 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S news story (128 comments in total)
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Kelvin L: I really like my X100, it's been everywhere for the last 3 years, but given the price of the WCL-X100 adapter (USD$315 on a well known website) I think I'd be better served putting the money for both wide and tele adapters towards another camera. I love the X100 for what it is - the digital version of the Konica Hexar AF, just grab and go.

I'd end up using the electronic viewfinder with the adapters anyway so I might as well use something else for wider or longer focal lengths. Adapters are a neat concept but pretty fiddly to use in practice.

It depends on what you want from your camera. There are a number of features I like about my X100 that the XE1 or even the XP1 don't have. Overall the X100 + adapters is still smaller than any comparable setup. You have to think about it as 3 f2 lenses in a small package, but with less hassle. The beauty of the Fuji WCL is that the quality is excellent and you never have to worry about getting your sensor dirty while changing lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 16:41 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S news story (128 comments in total)
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JohnEwing: Nice, but I wonder how much of the OVF it obscures.

The frame will obviously be a bit smaller than the 35mm, so the lens will be able to intrude into the viewfinder a bit more before blocking any of the actual frame. It seems like it will obscure it a tad bit, but it will probably be very minor. Much less than the WCL.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 14:33 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S news story (128 comments in total)
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iudex: It surely is a nice thing from Fuji to support older cameras. However I am wondering what is the point of compact camera then. If I want to have the possibility to change lenses, I will buy a CSC (one of five available Fuji X-mount cameras). Those people raptured by X100 used to say fixed focal length compact is about creativity, unlike being able to zoom or choose whichever focal length. With adapters the X100 becomes another "CSC", just a crippled one.

Too each their own, but the converters are much smaller than regular lenses. I've been really happy with the current converter and one of the only things I've wished from the X100 was that I could have a 50mm version. Well, here it is. It's not quite as pocketable, but I never carried mine in my pocket anyways. It's still much smaller and lighter than my DSLR kit and even my XP1. Add on the silent leaf shutter and I can't see why anyone would be against it?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 14:30 UTC
On Fujifilm announces 1.4x teleconverter for X100/X100S news story (128 comments in total)
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JackM: This contradicts the raison d'etre of the X100.

If I want 50mm I'll just carry my 5D3 with 50/1.4. It will be about as portable, and much faster. Don't most X100 owners also have a DSLR or some other system camera? Or I'll crop, or move forward.

I'm not sure why one would buy a camera for "DSLR quality in your pocket" only to then make it un-pocketable.

I'd rather put the money towards another camera.

Seriously? I can fit my X100 in my coat pocket with the WCL in the other. This Tele converter is not much bigger than the WCL. My 5D doesn't even come close to fitting in my pocket. Especially if I carry my 35 and 50 along with it. The difference in size and weight is night and day.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 14:22 UTC
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)
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RichRMA: What has happened to the world? Today, I saw a stretch of highway about a mile long. Every car was black, white or grey. Might as well be the old Soviet Union.

It's not the color, it's the style. I have a grey car, but it's a 1973 911. It definitely stands out in a crowd. Good design is rare, good design that's also beautiful is even more so.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 07:14 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Fujifilm shows new 50mm teleconverter for X100S news story (183 comments in total)

SOLD!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 06:38 UTC as 67th comment
On Humans of New York: Behind the scenes with Brandon Stanton news story (64 comments in total)
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b11nd: On one hand I really like his approach: engaging conversation with people, collecting a nice sample of individual histories, etc. Nie collection. But, on the other, I hardly see the photographic work. The strength of this project is in the quotation accompanying each pictures. The pictures are not really informative, or even strong actually (personal opinion of course, but this looks to me mandatory to speak of photography). But for this, I guess you need to spend more time with these people, and really learn to know them, go into their place, etc. Well, ok, different story.

What's wrong with a caption? Without captions, many great photos would have so much less meaning. Neil Armstrong's boot print would just be a bad photo of a boot print. Instead, it's one of the most iconic and recognizable images in history. There's a lot of photos of atomic bomb blasts and many look quite similar, but only one has the caption "8-6-1945". This book hardly contains images of such historical importance, but I don't think a photo that requires a caption makes it any less of a photograph.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 19:01 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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rubank: The X-T1 studio scene shots look awful. Is there something wrong with the demosaicing? Or is this typical of the Fuji sensor...?

These results are typical of what you can expect if you use ACR to process Fuji's X-trans files. Capture One on the other hand yields much better results. For web and smaller prints, ACR does just fine, but if you require more detail it's best to use a RAW processor that does a better job with Fuji's files.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 01:48 UTC

$20 to me is $20,000 to someone else. Someone else with a LOT more money! I'll drop an extra $20 on something because I like the way it looks. I can see why someone with a fatter wallet would drop an extra $10K on something because they like the way it looks.

I think Hasselblad is going about hitting the luxury market in entirely the wrong way by putting ugly cases on Sony cams, but I get the point. They're trying to follow Leica's lead with their redesigned Panasonic cams. The only difference is that Leica makes a few minor functional changes and doesn't sell their cameras for 4X the price.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 15:29 UTC as 88th comment | 1 reply
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (351 comments in total)
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gonzalu: To all the haters... it isn't always about price. There is something about real world experience that trumps what you "read" or what a pricetag says.

A comparably speced WinTel machine will be around the same price. I live with both MacBook Air (latest model 13") and a Windows 8.1 Surface Pro 2 and believe me, the MacBook is better overall.

And I am the biggest Windows fan there is... my main desktop / edit workstation is a HP Z620 with Quadro graphics, 92GB RAM, SSD RAID0 dual Xeon 6 cores etc. etc.

The MacBook Air has to be lived with to appreciate it. Nothing to do with Advertising for Apple or Apple Tax or Ecosystem Tax. Don't let your wallet dictate.

Everything is built in without having to think about it..

USB3
Thunderbolt
DisplayPort
802.11n/a/b/g
SD
Backlit Keyboard
Properly Sized and Spaced Keys
Properly Sized and Working Trackpad

My External drives are WD USB3 Passports. I use Lightroom 5, Photoshop CS6, Cinema 4D, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc.

I agree. It's not about price, it's about simplicity. It takes me about 5 minutes to buy a new computer from research to purchasing. What I get is a computer that does the job it needs to do, is beautifully designed and if there's ever and issue, I just drop it off at the Mac Store and a couple days or sometimes a few hours later, it's back in my hands. I was once working out of Honolulu and my computer came up with some issues. I walked down from my hotel and dropped my laptop off at the Mac Store. Went to the beach and a few hours later picked up my now working computer. If it couldn't be repaired as quickly, I could purchase another on the spot and have it 100% loaded up with my previous computers contents and be back to work.

There's something to be said about that.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 15:33 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (351 comments in total)
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Helgen X: The comments here are absolutely hilarious. One went as far as to say "everything just works better on Mac because it's Mac." What? Do Apple people even know that the OS is running on PC hardware? If you open your Mac Tower or Macbook and note down the hardware inside and tally up the prices of them individually... You'll find you're spending $600 more for an aluminum case, an Apple logo and a trend. Hey, at least with Windows/Linux based PC's, you don't have to buy yet another accessory: Which apple is notorious for. As far as OS, I hate the fact that almost every problem with Apple is the hard drive, so there's really no way to fix them unless you google the solution for hours, or pay $150+ to send it back for repair, where as there's almost always a solution for most Windows related problems... Might because they'd have more problems depending on what you do with them (watching porn...) But at least you won't be in the dark.

The difference with Apple when you have a problem, is that you can just drop by the store and they will take care of everything for you. If you don't have an extended warranty, it may cost you more, but you get excellent service by a friendly staff. Now if you want to get your PC repaired, where do you go? Good luck if you did any upgrades. I'm not saying one is better than the other, but if you don't have the time or ability to work on your own machine (the vast majority of people don't) then Mac is light years ahead of everyone else. You definitely pay a premium for it, but you get a beautiful machine with great customer service to back it up.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 15:21 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (351 comments in total)
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Walter: I don't see it as an advert at all..it is just a "working" photographer who has found a set up that works for him. Positive testimony is not necessarily fan boy. Having said that we are all fan boys aren't we....go on admit it. May not be Apple ...might be some crappy old pc that works for you...great! Might even be a turntable from 1970 that plays those crackly old lp's but hey....;)

Criticism is so easy..I sometimes wish people wouldn't be so lazy and try something harder. Now if only Canon would bring out a 5D with Thunderbolt! :)

Apple has been at the cutting edge of design and marketing for years. No PC company even compares. It's much more fun to read about a product made by a company that creates beautiful products and takes bold risks. While Dell, Sony, HP... come out with fast machines with better displays, maybe one with a touchscreen, and lower prices. Apple comes out with a beautifully designed and insanely fast desktop in the shape of a cylinder that doesn't even have a disk drive.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 15:11 UTC
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smatty: @Dpreview

The new "high speed wide angle lens" only at f2.8???

We have the XF 18mm at f2 and the XF 14mm at f2.8 already.

I have a feeling that we are talking f1.4 - 1.8 here :)

I'd say it looks like we have a 16mm f1.2-f1.4 in the pipeline. A faster version of a 14mm or 18mm seems unlikely and a 24mm equivalent is a classic focal length that Fuji hasn't covered yet.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 14:57 UTC
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Opinionator: I think Fuji would be more successful dropping the prices on its APS-C cameras and lenses. They need to attract more buyers who would otherwise forgo the brand for a less expensive Nikon or Olympus. they could be marginalized by the announcement of a full frame mirrorless from Canon. It's hard for all but the most eager entrenched fan to belly up and pluck down for a reinvented E2 or an even more expensive Olympus M1. Not that they're great additions to the growing list of remakes by all the brands. But by now the cost of R&D has been written off several times and they're just suckering the public. None of the manufacturers can burn enough cash publicizing their credo to attract enough repeat buyers. Imagine when Google glass puts the cell phone craze in the bygone era of the rotary phone. Laugh now.

Fuji's offering a higher quality product than Canon or Nikon's lower end consumer gear and their prices reflect that. You can pay less, but you also get less.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 14:44 UTC
On Fujifilm unveils XF 56mm F1.2 R portrait lens for X system news story (254 comments in total)
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hiZis: 7 blades? This cannot be good.

7 rounded blades can easily outperform 9 straight ones. It's the implementation not the number. We'll see how it performs and judge it by the images it produces.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 14:32 UTC
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