kpaddler: The concept is not new. Nikon had a converter that did this, and it sucked. This idea provides neither AF nor MF properly. But it is excellent for entertaining your 6yr old in the backyard
Not an ideal way to do things but it sort of works and its fun to watch.
brownie314: Most of the dpreviews compare it to the Ricoh. What about the Nikon CpA? Almost no mention of it.
Everyone knows the Coolpix is discontinued but there are a lot of them out there due to the closeout pricing. All the more interesting if the lens on the X70 is noticably less sharp than the Ricoh.
It all boils down to human beings and what we'll accept. Unfortunately, the mere mention of quality variation makes people want "the best one" and since this hobby attracts doctors and engineers, everything needs to be well above average.
I don't know if anybody does it anymore, but there was a time when Sinar and Linhof did their own testing on Schneider, Rodenstock and yes, even Zeiss lenses. The ones that passed were engraved Sinar or Linhof. The ones that didn't (which had already been passed by the manufacturer, obviously) were returned. And these were hand-built, made in Germany lenses, not some off-brand assembled in China.
Michael J Davis: If everyone here read this brilliant article (which applies to pretty well all industries in general) then around half of the forum discussions would die off; those that argue whether x-lens is better or worse than y-lens!
The only thing that needs emphasizing (it was mentioned) is the role of the marketing chain in recognising and getting feedback to the manufacturer. Sales people are sometimes unable to cope with the idea of variation, it's bad for their egos! :-(
Tokina seems to be half in, half out with lenses. Of course they do have other things going like a little company called Hoya that makes glass that goes in a lot of lenses whose owners insist on B+W filters so they can have German quality in front of their Hoya glass.
Pictures of the kids are tremendous. But when I zoom in on Mr. Softee, it sort of lives up to the name. Maybe just the low contrast.
neod: I could buy this camera and then live in the box it comes in...
But a camera like this is a lifetime investment. For a couple years, anyway.
Since it's made in Saigon, why not play up the French influence in Vietnam which would make it sound even cooler than just piggybacking onto Cartier-Bresson.
Erik van den Elsen: They're probably produced in China for a few bucks, but when they're attached to a Leica, the price tag has to be equivalent!
I would like to know how much of these 'Mark II's' are actually sold.
Well, Saigon isn't in China but labor's probably cheaper.
Raist3d: I honestly cant see what Fuji bings to the table over the GR here. Handling and the jpeg engine. Handling would be a great advantage if it wasnt for the fact the Ricoh GR handles very well too.
In the meantime the Ricoh has a faster leaf shutter an built in auto ND filter so you can atill shoot wide open without rilling shutter of the fuji.
I guessthe Fuji has its charm but i feel they hould also have covered all bases as far as a Ricoh competitor goes.
I think the market for fixed lens 28mm cameras is pretty small. I wasn't interested in the Coolpix A for $1100 but for $289, it's a excellent little camera.
I also doubt most people looking for a small camera understand the quality difference between fixed focal lengths and zooms, especially with software that corrects the flaws in the zoom.
Frank C.: I don't understand the attraction of fixed wide angle lens cameras when you can just whip out your phone instead, other than better low light performance what do these cameras bring at the table anyway? It's just another piece of tech to carry around, I just don't see the point of it.
If you believe cell phones have equivalent quality to cameras with APS sized sensors and fixed focal length lenses, then sure, there's no reason to carry one.
Flashback: When asked how many musicians in their band, the reply was 3 and the drummer:-(
Beware of Mr. Baker.
maxnimo: Over 1440 comments already? Holy snap! Is this a record?
Maybe people have the day off.
SmilerGrogan: You haters need to keep something in mind—the video isn't perfect but the combination of expressive Fuji lenses, Fuji's exquisite color science plus those wondrous film profiles make this a camera with which you could shoot beautiful, soulful, award-winning, and money-making web video.
No, the output isn't 4:2:2 10-bit and probably won't be accepted by the BBC or NBC for primetime broadcast, but it's the only camera in its price range that has as much creative flexibility.
And as for shooting LOG, I would say that 99 percent of the shooting community, me included, do not have the skills, experience, or eye to be able to get a usable grade out of LOG. We are better off getting the look we want in camera unless we have the money to pay someone in Los Angeles or New York to color correct our vids.
What is it we're supposed to be hating?
Arizona Sunset: In summary, here are the reasons to buy the X-Pro2 for video:
- Cool picture profiles
And the reasons to skip the X-Pro2 if you care about video:
- Moire city- No IBIS for Fuji's lovely primes- No 4k- No high frame rates- Jumpy PDAF- Jumpy ISO transitions- Noisy autofocus and IS in all Fuji lenses
I don't know anything about sexy lenses, but some form of image stabilization will be in any new camera I buy.
Not the Japan I recognize, except maybe the one on the bridge or the IR view of the DoCoMo building from the park but it's an interesting take on these subjects.
OBI656: What could be an interesting idea if dPreview will publish a book which will exhibit photographs taken by dPreview forum complainers?
I will be the first in lineup paying upfront for such a book ...
Sounds like a hot seller. Photos by skeptical, non-fan photographers.
MikeManr: RIP Go Pro... With several competitors in the market, GoPro sales is weakened.
I think slashing prices by 50% would probably help sales for any camera company. There might be other problems down the line, like bankruptcy but you have to take the bitter with the sweet.
Horshack: If every camera maker focused on software things would get a lot better for users.
I agree. Most of the pain comes from software, not the hardware which is pretty good.
rsenk19: It is difficult to trust the word "forever" from companies like Sony...
He's an engineer so he means forever. The sales department is probably less interested in this goal.
sibuzaru: Why people have that hard time to recognize their evolution? How many years took Sigma to be known to make lenses that could be better than the first party?I remember a interview with a optics engineer talking about how computers leveled the ground in lens design, no one is unbeatable anymore.
Since you mention it, the reason it took so long for Sigma to be recognized as a maker of good lenses is because, for many years, they didn't make good lenses. They made a made a decision to go in a new direction.