InTheMist: Fuji and Sigma are putting the big three to shame at the moment.(Full Disclosure: D800 owner)
"Talking of "shame", does this firmware revision enable a user to adjust the viewfinder so that people who wear specs (amongst others) can use the camera? No, I didn't think so."
But a subsequent firmware update will use quantum tunneling to create new hardware in the viewfinder optical system that will allow diopter adjustment, and also will allow the user to relocate the neckstrap lugs to his/her preferred location on the camera.
No, I know -- I'm just as frustrated as you are over the X-Pro 1's cranky optical finder, and my biggest stumbling block to buying one is that I just can't see through the dratted thing. (Screw-on diopter correction lenses are so 1954...) But it's a hardware limitation, and that's why I'm also skeptical that the future "X-Pro 2" will have it either.
Thanks for this useful roundup (and for ignoring the spew of h8r-b8r comments that inevitably accompany any Apple-centric article.) I was already using Eye-Fi, ShutterSnitch, and Photosmith, but your info has given me lots of good ideas for making them work better together.
One question that might be worth follow-up: I tend to use ShutterSnitch for field review of JPEGs, then load my raw files into Lightroom directly from the memory cards and then use Photosmith for mobile reviewing. The problem is that the initial sync between Lightroom and Photosmith is unbelievably slow (a typical shoot involving several hundred images takes hours to sync.) The Photosmith people say there's a way around that which involves capturing JPEG files onto the iPad and then syncing them post-hoc with the raw files in Lightroom -- but I haven't been able to figure it out. Any tips? Thanks...
One thing everyone seems to be overlooking: WiFi is NOT everywhere. In fact, once you go outside, it's pretty much gone for sure. Nobody who buys this camera is ever going to take pictures outside?
The use-it-anywhere appeal of smartphone cameras is based on the fact that they DO work anywhere there's phone service -- if no WiFi is available, they can fall back on their 3G or 4G connection. That's not an option for any WiFi-only device... at best, it would let you connect to your smartphone and use THAT to do your uploads. Janky.
When somebody brings out a real camera with a slot for a SIM card, THEN I might start getting excited...
I own an E-M 5 and am finding this guide very helpful. But the very need for it seems to suggest that Olympus is using customization as a substitute for design.
It's as if someone said, "We can't be bothered to think through all the aspects of our user interface. We'll just dump that job off on the purchaser instead."
To make matters worse, many of the setting procedures seem arbitrary or arcane: turning a feature "on" by setting its "Off" mode to "Off", to choose the particularly silly example of enabling stabilization for continuous bursts.
The E-M 5 feels good in the hand, and it usually can be made to take good pictures eventually, but I still often find myself wondering whether I bought the right camera.
chris00nj: Price is reasonable, especially considering the poor dollar to yen exchange.
The Leica M8 still sells for $2200 used and that is a vintage 2005 sensor that can't take a decent photo at ISO 800.
The Sony Nex-7 is $1600 with soccer mom kit zoom lens and doesn't have a viewfinder.
NEX-7 doesn't have a viewfinder? Then what's that OLED thing stuck on the end?
Oh, you mean an OPTICAL viewfinder...? Okay, fair enough. But I still can't help wondering how useful the Fuji's 0.37X viewfinder is going to be. That's less than the squinty little finders on '50s cameras such as the Leica IIIf...
Jogger: should have gone all the way and made it full frame if they were going to price it like that
Yeah, but then it would have been as big as a Fuji G690! It's already bigger than a Leica M9, which has a 36x24mm "nostalgia format" sensor.
I had been waiting for a successor to the Epson R-D 1 I still use sparingly and carefully, but it looks as if this won't be it (although I really like the knobs-and-dials control layout.)
The killer: maximum finder magnification of 0.6x? Come on, Fuji, that's teeny... anyone who has actually USED real rangefinder cameras (as opposed to simply salivating over them) will realize that's going to make composition dodgy, especially if they ever plan to introduce a lens longer than 60mm (which I'd think they'd almost have to do.) That will make for a very tiny finder frame swimming in a low-magnification viewfinder (anybody else remember what it was like to compose in the 135mm finder frame of a Canon 7s or Leica M4?)
Sure, you'll be able to deal with this by switching to the electronic view... but in that case, why not buy a NEX-7 and be done with it?
phototransformations: This is an interesting example of a paradigm-shifter vs paradigm maintainer clash. According the "The Structure of Scientific Revolution," innovators who depart significantly from current theory or technology are met with resistance by those who have a stake in maintaining the status quo. Eventually they succeed, and then become the next generation of maintainers who resist the next generation of innovators. It seems that Fossum may be shifting from the innovator he was to a paradigm-maintainer.
To quote a vernacular criticism of "The Structure of Scientific Revolution": "Yeah, they all laughed at Gallileo, but they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."
Clearly the "will to believe" that Fuji has achieved a dream-come-true breakthrough is so strong on this forum that people are willing to insult and disparage someone who knows far more about the subject than they do, simply because he doesn't share their preferred opinions. This isn't likely to yield much insight.
whtchocla7e: With all due respect to Dr. Fossum, I tend to ignore his insightful remarks about any new technologies that he is not personally involved with.
All eyes on Fuji and I hope they change the game.
Like the two previous commenters, I prefer to ignore the remarks of industry-leading experts whose conclusions differ from my preferred beliefs. Rah, Fuji! Rah, rah, rah!!
Don't buy the Kindle edition! The illustrations often don't match up with the text, making it difficult to follow. If you really think you want this book, get the print version.
As to the book itself, I didn't think nearly as much of it as Adam did. I am more in line with this:
qwertyasdf: Are you kidding me?! EOS-inspired design?!?!?!?!?!I say it's a Nikon V1 / J1 inspired design!see...they all look like cardboard boxes!!!!!!!!!
"EOS Inspired": Black. Gots knobs on. Costs a lot.
The Tiffen has less range -- 2 to 8 stops, vs 1.3 to 10 stops for the Kenko unit. (I assume Kenko's 2.5 to 1000 spec is for "filter factors," rather than the log density units we old-timers are accustomed to seeing for ND filters.)
Still, considering the price difference, I'll probably spring for the Tiffen when more sizes appear.