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Looks nice, but image quality of those samples is average at best. Kit lens, of course, mediocre; but even with better lenses the colors, noise, dynamic range look rather unimpressive.
Fascination with retro will come to an end as soon as manufacturers find out that their new cameras are not selling any better than their predecessors.The fake pentaprism on mirrorless camera is like a saddle on a cow. The 30 y.o. controls is a dead evolutionary branch, discarded in DSLRs many years ago. Fuji would have better return on investment if they finally made a good grip, which wouldn't require attachments, and touch screen LCD wouldn't hurt either.
Anastigmat: A dedicated APS-C camera system with a new lens mount makes as much sense as driving into a dead end street without a reverse gear. Sooner or later the car will come to a screeching halt because there is no way to turn around. Worse, the lenses are useless because they have electronic aperture control so you cannot use them on any other camera. Camera systems like these are destined for obsolescence.
True, but every camera bought today will be obsolete in two years, and lenses will be obsolete in four. So what's the problem? -- Discard the old and get the new.
SergeyMS: Old sensor? What reason in this camera?
That old Sony sensor isn't bad, albeit Sony themselves already using a new 20MP one, probably X-Pro2 will get it.
LaMesa: With all due respect for the photographer's skill of arranging, taking and post processing attractive pictures, I do agree with some of the posters, who are not so enthusiastic about her work.
To me the pictures do not represent real life, but an unreal postcard type idyll of a dream world, not to be found in Russia, nor anywhere else - too sweet, too flawless. As opposed to the marketing claims, these pictures do not represent anything typical of Russian country life.
As an alternative, please find attached a link to a picture of Army photographer Bill Permutter, taken in Spain in the fiftees, one of my favorites forever.http://cdn1.spiegel.de/images/image-523258-galleryV9-dmcr.jpg
Are you advocating taking pictures in the bathroom after visitation? That would be very realistic!
First of all, great pictures. The detractors either have no taste or simply envious. The author, probably intuitively, found several key factors for making these dreamy, emotional photos: isolate few important things and make them evenly lit, de-emphasize the rest by shallow DOF and low light, and let your imagination compose the scene. For people shots you can use any format to get that shallow DOF, as long your effective lens aperture is 30-40mm. Of course, there are plenty of FF lenses that satisfy that requirement, a few APS-C lenses, and a couple of m43 lenses suitable for that kind of work.
samfan: Okay I'm sorry but this looks completely stupid. Is really everyone so obsessed just by high ISO noise and nobody cares about color? What kind of color can a sensor with such tiny red and blue pixels and 1/3 of the sensor covered just by clear pixels produce?
Fuji X-trans colors are bleak and there is significant discoloration of small objects at high ISOs, that's the trade-off they've chosen to reduce the noise. It looks like they are pressing forward with the same idea.
Joachim Gerstl: Why companies don't focus on their biggest weaknesses and fix the most obvious shortcomings first?
Because those are either tough issues to tackle or fixing them wouldn't bring competitive advantage. But every snake oil salesman can tell you that selling promises and hype is much easier, the more far fetched the better. You just always need to come up with a new stuff.
It's been shown that Bayer sensor is optimal planar solution in respects to area/light and color information. Fuji is willing again to trade that for some questionable other advantages. So far it was always a failure, abandoned with the promise of the next 'better' design, it's not likely be any different this time.
mikesco: While I agree that integrity of an image is important, in this case I see no difference from the function of cropping and cloning, it is simply the removal of unrelated content. Cropping in some situations could do a lot more to remove context from a photo than the cropping did in this case.
Really no difference? One picture conveys an impression of actual military actions going on, and the other clearly shows that it was a staged propaganda event.
AP and all other agencies should require submission of out of camera original (RAW or JPG) file together with the processed version. Their editors should make determination if the photo was altered beyond acceptable. Submission can even be automated with software making initial analysis.What happened' is a shame, but how much more such 'accidents' and outright lying propaganda is being published without verification?
Marvol: I think people who get wound up about "terrible" battery life (this includes DPR staff apparently) need to get some perspective.
You are merely spoilt by *some* cameras that, by certain design choices, or perhaps even by *sheer accident*, have a battery life upwards of 500, maybe even close to 1,000 shots. This, however, does not mean that this is *normal*.It's like taking a 1.8 litre turbo diesel direct injection saloon car and demanding that "every other car" matches it, somehow, for fuel economy, and if it doesn't, this is then *bad*. It won't, and it isn't. Similarly no single modern smartphone even remotely matches the battery life of a dumbphone. There, nobody cares, people have accepted it and moved on. Why is photography somehow different?
And do remember that *not that long ago* you could only get *36 photos* out of most cameras before you had to 'reload' ... ;)
They could have easily accommodated a bigger battery, but likely because of extra weight and backward compatibility they decided against it.
osv: wrt a7r jpeg image compression, a quote from imaging-resource.com:""Dave Etchells Mod• 3 months agoHi Yaj - Yes, amazingly enough, these are just in-camera JPEGs. I think by far the best in-camera processing we've seen from any camera to date. This always used to be an achilles heel for Sony, but they've really outdone themselves on the 7/7R. They made a point of this in the initial NDA briefing, pointing out that they were able to produce *very* sharp images, with no halos or "outlines" as they called them from the sharpening process. Very impressive."
Weren't some folks working for imaging-resource before joining DPR?
iamatrix: What is dpreview smoking these days ? First they diss the DF now this ? The pictures look so much better than Fuji and Olympus yet the editors seem to drool over these highly overrated camera systems. I guess it's no surprise especially when they gave a gold star to the Canon SL1 for being the first camera to incorporate a 1998 sensor in a small SLR body.
This review is actually quite objective. It's the other glowing reviews that went overboard.
My personal experience is very much in agreement with the review. Nothing surprising, except that the final score (80) turned out to be lower than the NEX-7 score of 81. Here I must disagree, the A7 is a big step ahead for all of us using manual lenses with Sony cameras. If the score suggests they are almost equal, it became meaningless.
This is the way a camera should be controlled.
Shutterspeed, aperture ... and ISO.
The three primary parameters of exposure.
Why did it take this long for camera makers to ditch PASM, and place ISO alongside shutter speed and aperture? This is much simpler and straight forward.
Thank you Fujifilm!This will be my next camera.
Fuji is clinging to the design discarded by every major camera manufacturer like 30 years ago. Great progress! Or is it regress?
forpetessake: Somebody told all those mirrorless manufacturers a fat lie, that SLR cameras lead in sales because of a hump. Nothing can be further from the truth. Fuji, et al are going to learn that a hard way.
What they're actually still missing is a good grip, a few cents spent on it would have been a significant design improvement. Instead they added a hump that most people either hate or indifferent about.
bskbo: It has an 'L' setting on the iso dial. This implies that it has a low iso setting. Probably iso 100?
That one is easy. Shoot at ISO200 with 1 stop overexposure. Compensate at PP. You'll get your simulated ISO100: blown highlights and lower noise.
Somebody told all those mirrorless manufacturers a fat lie, that SLR cameras lead in sales because of a hump. Nothing can be further from the truth. Fuji, et al are going to learn that a hard way.
Photomonkey: Fuji demonstrates again its commitment to continual improvement of existing models. For me this practice is one of the best "features" that Fuji has to offer the photographer.
LOL. Make a half-baked product and you'll be lauded for demonstrating 'commitment to continual improvement' providing kludges to the problems that shouldn't be created in the first place.