Hope the new 24-70 VR fixes the problems with the current model re lack of sharpness and distortion in the corners at 24 all the way to about 35. This is not a perfect lens.
It's more than the corners, too, the un-sharpness and distortion is a thick doughnut around a sharp centre. Maybe people taking portraits with this lens don't notice or care. I then compared extensively against the highly regarded m43 Olympus 12-40 2.8 (equivalent to 24-80) and that lens suffered no such flaws. It was an eye opener for me.
What about a fix for the issue of having to change quality modes from RAW to jpeg when activating the HDR function? Happens with a few other functions too - they are simply not valid in RAW mode.
Though, thinking about it... perhaps temporarily disengaging raw mode, whilst convenient, is not the answer. How would Sony know when to switch RAW mode back on?
Maybe Sony could reorganise the menus and update the manual and then I could start using the custom dial to easily switch in and out of raw mode or something.
cgarrard: They would look so much nicer without a grip at all, like the M series cameras. The grips never looked at home to me on any of the X series. To me they look like something that can be removed, not part of the body at all. Eye sore.
If you're going to do a grip on a rangefinder styled camera, look to the LC1 (Panasonic) for the right way to do one. Comfortable and looks nice too.
I also have never liked the look nor the feel of the x series grips. The ends of my fingers being pressed on by a sharpish edge of a bolted on grip. No thanks. Even though I have other Fuji cameras (x100, x20) this was the main reason I never bought into the pro x series.
Can't believe they stuck with the ugly and uncomfortable (for me) grip. My fingers get pinched in the small gap between the end of the grip and the lens. Would prefer a smooth seamless grip that is part of the body shape, like the X100.
HawaiiVolcanoes: Dear DP Review..this website sure is getting trashy
I'd prefer shorter reviews - the current review system is overly comprehensive, technical and scientific. I usually skip just read 1 or two half pages and then skip to the conclusion page.
This would perhaps triple your team's output, which would help cure the complaints about lack of reviews. And you could dump most of these placeholder previews.
Of course in perfect world the existing review system would be great to keep. But if you can't keep up, and haven't been able to for years, maybe it's worth looking at a lighter weight review strategy.
What about Fuji x100 raw support - doesn't that need improvement too?
Most people can't get x100 raw to look as good as in camera jpeg, which shouldn't really be the case. I've tried it myself and simply gone back to jpeg - it's just too hard fiddling with the raw files.
Has Adobe forgotten the x100 and the x100s?
The 70-200 F4 FX could be a contender against the Nikon F4 version if it is significantly cheaper. I await the pricing with baited breath, otherwise it's back to perusing endless Nikon 70-300 vr reviews and wondering if that will suffice...
cgarrard: Is it just me or is the grip sorely needing to be removed from both the xpro and the xe1? It looks superfluous and glued on to me, and unnecessary. It ruins the look of both cameras a little bit. I prefer the clean classic lines without the grip personally. I just want to pry it off with a screwdriver or something every time I see it and wipe off any excess sticky tab ... or something.
Both the xpro-1 and this upcoming Fuji have the same new handgrip design which creates a narrow, uncomfortable place for a finger between the lens and the edge of the grip. My finger gets wedged in there, making holding these cameras a pain. It astounds me that such a design annoyance is being perpetuated in the new model.
My x100 has no such grip (has a smooth bump instead) and is a joy to touch and hold.
tcab: Isn't there a fatal flaw in the inability to use Lightroom 4 on our old Lightroom 3 databases? Ideally I'd like to migrate my LR3 database to LR4 but this is not allowed. So these are the problems:
1. Having to boot up LR3 for some photos and LR4 on other photos will end up being a royal pain. Switching between programs all the time?
2. And what if I move photos and folders (which are referenced by LR3) around in LR4 and go back to LR3 - LR3 will go out of its mind not knowing what happened, and I will have to spend time repairing the LR3 catalog regarding photo locations.
This is potentially a real mess. The only way around it is to strictly use LR4 for new photos in new directory locations, and NEVER mess with your LR3 photos or your LR3 directory and photo locations using LR4. And vice versa.
I thought I read somewhere that the slider concepts are incompatible between version 3 and 4 so that even if you will be able to upgrade your catalog to version 4, you can't re-edit your old photos - or your old photos go haywire/undefined because e.g. there is no more fill light slider in 4 for example.
So what do you do - switch back to Lightroom 3 - oops I just upgraded my catalog and Lightroom 3 can't read it.
Hope I'm wrong.
Isn't there a fatal flaw in the inability to use Lightroom 4 on our old Lightroom 3 databases? Ideally I'd like to migrate my LR3 database to LR4 but this is not allowed. So these are the problems: