jeremyclarke

jeremyclarke

Lives in Canada Montreal, Canada
Works as a Web Developer
Has a website at http://jeremyclarke.org
Joined on Dec 13, 2013
About me:

Jeremy Clarke is a human web developer from Montreal. Studied media/cinema in college but just got my first DSLR in 2013. Excited about bokeh.

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On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (386 comments in total)
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vroger1: The reviews mirror what other sites have stated. It never ceases to amaze me that a company such as Leica could turn out a product which is so esoteric. I don't believe I have ever seen one in use. This problem is not strictly Leica's. Canon has for years striven to produce digicams with wide appeal but always leave something out- be it a viewfinder (Optical or EVF) or a fast lens. The only company in solely my opinion, which has time and again succeeded in bringing out digicams with the widest possible appeal is Panasonic.

Fuji doesn't achieve highest possible appeal, but instead caters to a precise subset of photographers interested in vintage/classic ergonomics and high-IQ at the cost of modern conveniences. This is of course the exact mission Leica is famous for pursuing, and it's obvious why the two companies are so often compared.

It's kind of depressing that Leica can't seem to "keep up" with a company (Fuji) that is "cloning" it's style. Would be nice to have both companies put out excellent cameras and compete.

Still as a Fuji user it's a nice consolation to know that even Leica, given the opportunity to charge whatever they want, is unable to actually do better than Fuji's cameras which are a fraction of the price and have an ever-growing collection of lenses for all occasions and price points.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 21:09 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (637 comments in total)
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venancio: I got carried away by the FUJI marketing guys when they claimed that the X series is the LEICA alternative... so I waited for a LEICA full frame alternative and just got iteration after iteration of 16mp APSC... I guess what the marketing guys showed was that FUJI is the LEICA of 16 mp APSC... something that's almost as good as a full frame... so this X100T could be it... but if FUJI could only make a full frame, they can completely claim that this full frame is almost as good as a medium format camera, and that could make a lot of guys like me happier... and FUJI does not have to be pigeon-holed as a LEICA wanna be anymore...

WGVanDyck: I agree and it's somewhat comparable. In both cases it's a huge gamble on people's interest and willingness to gamble on future plans to release a full lens lineup.

That said, they still aren't making money on the X series, so I doubt they are eager to make more big bets at this point. They also haven't finished with the APSC lens lineup yet, so news that they were starting a new lineup for FF would strike a lot of people as evidence that Fuji is flailing (the same accusation constantly leveled at Sony for NEX then for a7 mount, though it hasn't stopped the a7 from being an object-of-desire).

Also people understood it the first time because Fuji was starting from scratch. Of course there were only a few lenses! If they did a similar thing now a lot of their existing customers would feel cheated because they have to start all over to get the best of Fuji.

Anyway, not impossible that they'd release a larger sensor and new lenses, just unlikely for now IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
On Phase One announces Capture One Pro 8 article (66 comments in total)
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kakman: Hmm, they offer big discounts in June and then pop a new version out a few months later, only offering reduced upgrades for the past 30 days. Nice bait and switch. I think I'll pass on the upgrade if that's the way they're treating customers.

If the cost of the on-sale old version + the upgrade is the same as the new version then you are simply paying full price for the new version, which you will have if you want it.

Not the most generous way to give users the app but not a total ripoff either, since you get what you pay for in the end.

Definitely a reason to stick with the new monthly plan!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 21:24 UTC
On Phase One announces Capture One Pro 8 article (66 comments in total)
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Bhima78: Bleh... looks like Adobe's subscription plans are permeating to other digital imaging software companies. I really hope this is not the future for this type of software, though dang, Capture One is expensive.

Yeah exactly. At the price of buying it I'm very tempted to use the 60 day trial and then go to monthly in case I change my mind. Will take 2 full years before the monthly catches up, at which point they'll probably do at least one paid upgrade.

If only I could pay Apple 10$/month to not abandon Aperture :(

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 21:21 UTC
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cocopro: ”The APD was actually suggested by our technical R&D team, who had this 'magical' filter, so we added it.“

correct me if I'm wrong, this filter was out in 2009 and the designer claimed Fuji never contacted him about using this design.
http://forum.xitek.com/thread-635957-1-1-1.html

#agreed They can save up for the much-demanded and super-expensive new f/2.8 constants while they're busy not complaining :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 19:43 UTC
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cocopro: ”The APD was actually suggested by our technical R&D team, who had this 'magical' filter, so we added it.“

correct me if I'm wrong, this filter was out in 2009 and the designer claimed Fuji never contacted him about using this design.
http://forum.xitek.com/thread-635957-1-1-1.html

Sure, but it also seems like something you add after you have every other focal length covered. The most obvious point being that Fuji released the 56mm APD before even having their 135mm equivalent on the market. Minolta released theirs after having many different 135mm lenses available.

Also the light loss makes it a tough sell for a lot of people, who want the lens for it's actual f/1.2 light gathering (especially now that the electronic shutter will allow f/1.2 to be used in bright light).

Overall it's an incredibly specialist lens with a limited market, so it's understandable that people are frustrated/confused about it release, but I agree, in the right circumstances it will create masterpieces :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 16:46 UTC
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phazelag: This interview was so much better than the Canon Exec. I would add that I think Pro Level wireless TTL flash would drive pro adoption. Canon and Nikon already have that in spades, but no mirrorless company has great options for this. Sony has some options. And I am not talking about the flash controlled optical TTL, thats crap for an outdoor wedding. I am talking pocket wizards, Quantums, or Radio Poppers. "Radio wireless, not optical"

How hard would it be for Fuji to partner with one of these companies to help them put something out for their X-series. Hard to shoot events with manual flash unless you have light meter built into your head. And who wants a 1970's phone cord stuck to their hot shoe?

And yeah I've been a "I shoot available light" person who just hated flash too, but at least on the "fujixseries" forum I've seen people who use flash with Canon (and know what's going on with that) but not with Fuji for exactly the reasons your saying. The question is just how many people actually do that versus just not using Fuji in flash-needing situations.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 16:15 UTC
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phazelag: This interview was so much better than the Canon Exec. I would add that I think Pro Level wireless TTL flash would drive pro adoption. Canon and Nikon already have that in spades, but no mirrorless company has great options for this. Sony has some options. And I am not talking about the flash controlled optical TTL, thats crap for an outdoor wedding. I am talking pocket wizards, Quantums, or Radio Poppers. "Radio wireless, not optical"

How hard would it be for Fuji to partner with one of these companies to help them put something out for their X-series. Hard to shoot events with manual flash unless you have light meter built into your head. And who wants a 1970's phone cord stuck to their hot shoe?

I keep forgetting the details. Part of it is just that people are so unhappy with the Fuji flashes even when mounted on the hotshoe and thus having TTL.

It has a video/modeling LED light which is really cool.

It claims to have wireless TTL, but the marketing text is confusing and I have no idea whether the Fuji support will include that feature (as you can see at the link below, they single out Fuji in terms of not promising anything):

http://www.nissindigital.com/i40.html

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 16:14 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: With such cool cameras and so many of them, it's amazing they aren't doing better than they are. And it's a shame, because unlike, say, Sony, Fuji has been in imaging for a very long time.

Sony has their own spin that isn't necessarily the Minolta tradition, though clearly Fuji hasn't had a steady course over the decades either.

Either way Sony itself has been consistently making ILC's since 2008, while Fuji really only got started in 2012 and had to build it's brand from scratch. An uphill battle for Fuji for sure, and not helped by the fact that the first generation were (lets be honest here) crippled in terms of AF performance and 3rd party support for RAW files, despite amazing IQ and surprising JPEG quality that made them appealing to many.

Now is the time when Fuji is really poised to start growing, with the X-T1 re-iterating the improvements from X-E2 and X100S and the lens lineup finally having all the major pieces.

They haven't made a profit so far (AFAIK) but that was to be expected, going forward we'll see if their investment is going to pay off or not.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 16:03 UTC
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bluevellet: Not super informative as an interview, but I still consider Fuji the second best mirrorless system out there. there seems to be a real commitment for the future.

I'd even agree about that though I chose Fuji. Couldn't accept the DoF difference MFT forces on you and Fuji was the winner in my APSC analysis.

Of course now that I've started doing macro it's becoming obvious that the DoF difference isn't always good, and there are a LOT of contexts where an inherently deeper focus is useful while you are using fast apertures (as a large-format art photographer friend of mine said about DoF: You can never get enough :P). It's just that for people who's art pushes them toward shallow DoF MFT is an inherently flawed system that no amount of sensor magic can solve.

FWIW: A Fuji with IBIS is my dream.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:57 UTC
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venancio: "A full-frame camera would be bigger, more expensive and maybe slower too." - Fuji.
Didn't Fuji make a comment on Sony's RX1 full frame compact before? If it can be shown that such full frame can be made small, maybe Fuji can finish it off with a faster and less expensive model.

If there's a market for the RX1 then certainly Fuji could capture that same market and make a much more compelling product just emulating their existing designs. But IS there a market for RX1-type cameras?

Combining the DPReview "i own it" numbers for the RX1 and RX1R results in only 281 people. Compare that to 875 X100S owners and 590 X100 owners and it seems like Fuji is already on the correct path to user's hearts (especially considering that the X100/S are ALREADY considered extremely expensive cameras).

Of course that's a bit of an apples/oranges comparison because Sony has no APSC fixed-prime camera with a viewfinder. I still think the numbers are relevant, but agree that Sony screwed up by not putting an EVF in the RX1. It's such a dumb omission for a camera that expensive. The numbers would be different if they'd gotten that right.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:37 UTC
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Thoughts: Quite a revelation that mirrorless camera market does not need Canon and Nikon to generate more interest.

If Canon and Nikon still don't take this market seriously, then they will eventually pay a price.

Not sure it's a "revelation" but a shift in how Fuji thinks about it.

Since they first made the statement Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji have together established that mirrorless has come far enough to compete.

At this point CaNikon getting serious about mirrorless (LOL@Canon interview) would just mean more competition that Fuji doesn't need! I'm sure they'd rather let Canon slowly hemorrhage users :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:31 UTC
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Sannaborjeson: But I would love to have a full frame from Fuji.
Love their design but APS-C is not enough for me.

Don't ever try a medium format Phase One or you'll have to sell your house just to satisfy your cravings for perfect quality ;)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:29 UTC
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samhain: Great questions!
Unfortunently not so great answers, especially the one about not bringing out a full frame x100. That, in a word- SUCKS. That completley sucks.

Sony flopped on the RX1 by leaving off the viewfinder(evf or ovf).
If fuji brought out a full frame x100 it would sell through the roof.
I honestly dont know what they're thinking.

Not happy about the answer reguarding different focal lengths either.
The adapters dont cut it.

I like that they are improving usabillity. But this camera is getting long in thw tooth and the little tweaks to the x100t are no where near enough to warrant an upgrade from x100s. I wouldnt even upgrade from the first gen x100.

+1 to what T3 said. It would be impressive and everyone would get excited and wish they owned it, but who would actually buy it when they could get so much more for the same price in APSC format or FF from other systems?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
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raztec: Fuji would be wise to make an X100 full frame with a fixed 35mm lens. I'm sure there is a market for it amongst enthusiasts considering the success of the X100 already.

For their interchangeable lens bodies, they're better committing to the APS size, improving AF and video quality, and expanding their lens lineup. They are right to worry about the cost and size of such a FF system and stretching themselves too thin.

Fuji has a long tradition of putting out fixed-lens medium format cameras for film, so it would make perfect sense.

It would also actually be worth it, compared to a "full frame" 35mm sensor, which is by comparison basically the same size as APSC.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:25 UTC
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T3: Fujifilm...what a contrast from Kodak! Night and day difference. Let this be a lesson: no company is too big to fail, no matter what kind of success or dominance they once had.

God right from the start. Anyone remember the early Kodak digital cameras? They were basically portable webcams, such a baffling dissapointment.

Early Fuji's on the other hand had wonderful IQ and color rendering, even if they had "quirks" like new Fuji's compared to the more reliable but less inspiring early Canon compacts.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:23 UTC
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cocopro: ”The APD was actually suggested by our technical R&D team, who had this 'magical' filter, so we added it.“

correct me if I'm wrong, this filter was out in 2009 and the designer claimed Fuji never contacted him about using this design.
http://forum.xitek.com/thread-635957-1-1-1.html

The interesting part of that quote is how honest it is. No one was asking for that lens and everyone was mystified as to why it was even released when there are so many more pressing needs. The answer: It was burning a hole in the pockets of the engineers, and was easy to make use of so they did.

One of the few things Fuji has done that wasn't feedback-driven. Everyone with the 56mm praised it's bokeh, the idea that it needed improvement is just crazy. Oh well, it was easy and ready so they put it out :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:21 UTC
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phazelag: This interview was so much better than the Canon Exec. I would add that I think Pro Level wireless TTL flash would drive pro adoption. Canon and Nikon already have that in spades, but no mirrorless company has great options for this. Sony has some options. And I am not talking about the flash controlled optical TTL, thats crap for an outdoor wedding. I am talking pocket wizards, Quantums, or Radio Poppers. "Radio wireless, not optical"

How hard would it be for Fuji to partner with one of these companies to help them put something out for their X-series. Hard to shoot events with manual flash unless you have light meter built into your head. And who wants a 1970's phone cord stuck to their hot shoe?

Apparently Fuji ARE working with Nissin to get their i40 flash to work with TTL metering, but making it work requires firmware changes for it to work and Fuji hasn't got that done yet.

http://www.fujirumors.com/delayed-nissin-i40-coming-to-mid-novemberlate-fall/

I agree about manual flash at events. It's fine for studio or creative work where people are willing to "model" for you, but I don't want to mess around with test flash pops while people are standing around trying to enjoy the ambiance.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:18 UTC
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phazelag: This interview was so much better than the Canon Exec. I would add that I think Pro Level wireless TTL flash would drive pro adoption. Canon and Nikon already have that in spades, but no mirrorless company has great options for this. Sony has some options. And I am not talking about the flash controlled optical TTL, thats crap for an outdoor wedding. I am talking pocket wizards, Quantums, or Radio Poppers. "Radio wireless, not optical"

How hard would it be for Fuji to partner with one of these companies to help them put something out for their X-series. Hard to shoot events with manual flash unless you have light meter built into your head. And who wants a 1970's phone cord stuck to their hot shoe?

+1 once all the new lenses are out it seems like a powerful flash system will be the final frontier for Fuji to go fully pro. You hear a lot of "the IQ is so good I use natural light now" but really that just means "I like my Fuji so much I'll use it even though it's crippled". Of course, it all depends on the client whether they like the "film grain" look you get from a fuji shooting in the dark.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:14 UTC
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Nick8: "So in your opinion your sensors are currently the best on the market?
Yes. "
I could not continue reading after that...

Bare faced lie is too strong, because the nature of the question, "are they the best", is subjective. You can't lie when someone asks you what you like.

Saying he seems delusional and out of touch with reality would be more accurate, or at least willing to pretend he's delusional to avoid admitting the truth.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 13:11 UTC
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