It is such a shame the Fuji split image system does not work the same as the old film way, I tried the Fuji at a show and found the split image implementation to be very messy as the image is out of focus until lined up (obviously as only sees through the lens). The whole point of the old split image was that you could see two pin sharp images moving into line as you focused so critical focus was easy as you lined up an edge in view, when the two "parts" are blurred its basically a bit of a naff split image system. I understand the only way to implement this is to use a real optical system, so why call it what it isn't?
Doesn't stop me wanting one of these beauties though, lovely little camera.
Marc Rogoff: This is not only a D600 problem but apparently the D800 has the same issue. In fact my D3X has terrible dust issues - very frustrating that Olympus seems to have solved the dust issue yet Nikon with all their R&D money cant sort this out...
Well I consider my studio to be pretty dusty being within an engineering building and I change the lenses on my D3X several times a day and am using apertures smaller than f32 virtually all the time, I have never seen a dust issue on mine, I guess your just unlucky.
Maybe somebody needs to do the exact same test but with the mirror locked up (I assume it can be locked?), at least the mirror mechanism could be eliminated as the cause if it still persists.
Without wishing to wade through every post here, am I the only one who thinks it is a bit odd that when zooming out the veiwfinder frame line magnification cannot revert to the standard magnification and show the true coverage without having to hold the button for two seconds? Or is this a feature that is implemented as an option but not reviewed?
ChristianHass: Amazing. $2100 is £1300 with the current conversion rate, so the £1955 UK price is "only" a 50% markup for Europe. Good job.I know sales tax is part of it, but 50% is ridiculous.
Same old same old, UK (Europe) is the cash cow for the far east manufacturers, the US is the establishing/positional market, the US buyer builds the market and we feed it.
Dr GP: Seems to me this is a more functional version of the X1Pro? Smaller, faster focus? (OVF is useless in anycase because it seems to amplify focus issues).
Any benefit of X1 Pro over XE1?
Benefit of the XE-1 is the EVF.............
dummygj: Camera still lacks face detection. Because I would miss it, I shall not buy it!
I guess the clue is in your name :)
If you really need face detection, then this certainly is not the camera for you anyway.
B64: Nice camera, the smaller size and lower price in comparison to the X-Pro1 makes it way more interesting.
I noticed one odd thing though, in the side-by-side comparison of the top plate (page 3 of the preview). The film plane marker (or should I say: sensor plane marker) on the X-E1 seems to be closer to the lens mount than the one on the X-Pro1. I would have thought that the distance of the lens mount to the sensor surface should be the same for all cameras with the same lens mount. So the question is, on which of the two cameras is the marker correct?
Nah, it looks to me that the XE-1 is tilted up slightly where as the Pro is laying flat, its just a perspective effect.
Looks like a lovely camera, and the EVF (on personal inspection) will be the deal maker or breaker for me, but I feel it will be more than a match for an optical finder, and this comes from an old lag who grew up on Leicas and Contax rangefinders.
Well done Fuji!
MartinaB: Just beautiful. Photography is amazing now, but it was amazing back when. I have done some big format work and there is something intangible , hard to describe about it. If you can go see the show! If you can, buy an old 8x10 and try this film. Be patient and you will be rewarded.
Its something for students to see.......but I had enough of Polaroid film carrying around a 5x4 MPP and huge Gitzo tripod when I was in my early twenties photographing architecture and ancient monuments, Polaroid was just a tool to verify and prove a shot, the real stuff was locked away in dark slides waiting for a dip in some D76........got to laugh though, some of those shots look just like stuff taken by me and my fellow students in the 70's in art college, definately better parties then!
Why all the speculation and brickbats?
They just successfully landed a vehicle that will drive around on the surface of Mars, analyse data and send pictures back we could only dream of when we walked on the moon in 1969......you have to trust they know what they are doing.
Better get back to the Nikanon next generation rumour mill, you have more chance of being listened to in there! :)
Zilvinas K: People should look back to the fundamentals of what 35mm format is all about. It is fotojournalism, all about compact size and high iso. If you are a seroius studio shooter you go with medium format, 36 MP on 35mm format is irrelevant. If you are a photojournalist, then you choose clearly unsurpassed high iso best performer D700 (dpreview tests clearly show that, you can't beat laws of physics with a size of photosites). If you neither but a pixel peeper with money then D800 is for you. Nikon has clearly lost a logical path of development. Focus on optics not pixels.
@ Zilvinas K......Twoddle........I have been a professional for over 40 years and started with Nikons in PJ then 5x4 in the studio and on location for architectural work, I now specialise in engineering work both studio and location, all I can say is thank heaven for D3X and D800E cameras, format is virtually irrelevent, it boils down to the right tool for the job your doing, no secret art about it, its just a job!
Photoman: *** Important Bug Found ***
Just found out from a customer I sold a D800E to, that if you use Camera Control Pro 2 or Nikon Transfer / NX View to transfer your RAWs, it drops the image quality down to a 5MP. Use a card reader or Bridge to transfer your RAW files.
I use NX2 to transfer and have no problems..........having said that I would never transfer direct from the camera, use a USB3 reader its way faster.
vFunct: I wonder what size they'll make them..
nofumble: Wow. What's kind of business Nikon is running? eBay?
Er....Brits not shopping abroad? Have you ever heard of "Booze Cruises"? We invented the cross channel shopping trip, hence the huge shopping centres that sprung up in the Calais region of France so many years ago......try watching some TV or reading media that is not state run for a while!
You might learn something....then again you probably won't! LOL
Sigma have to be applauded for this offer, it is a genuine gesture of good faith to their customers......it is a pity more companies do not show the same level of commitment to their customers.
Telefoto: "In a perfect world, I would have loved to have seen the 24.5MP of the D3X harnessed with the speed and low light capabilities of the D3S. Neither the D4 nor D800 are that camera..."
Yes! As a D3x user, that's my feeling exactly. I've been mystified why no one else seems to voice that view, but I guess it's because there are very few D3x users on the forums. So, for all the 12 MP shooters here, I guess the D4 looks like an upgrade (stills wise) and the D800 looks like ... I dunno exactly, but it's some kind of step forward even though it breaks with the purpose of the D700 (high ISO shooting). But, I can't help thinking this strange D800 broke the bank. Witness for instance that even in DX mode, it's a step back in FPS from the D3 generation. That's strange and rather unwelcome to me.
I am a D3X user and a D300S user....different horse for each cart as far as I am concerned, I have been a professional for.... bloody hell....I just worked it out.....over 40 years now! The D3X is a great studio/macro and crowd/group camera, I shoot at 100asa in the studio and 800 or 1600asa depending upon circumstances for interior group shots (up to 300 people) I find the 800asa on the D3X will produce 100" x 30" without problem and very little noise, no complaints here. If the D800 is even a shadow of the D3X capability it will be my "home" camera, I for one regard pixels as king and low light performance as a secondary requirement, as I said horse for courses (or the right cart). I wish people would not denegrate that which they will never use.As for video....its a stills camera, I have a perfectly good Sony broadcast camera for video, and feels right in the hand/on the shoulder, but then I am an old fart and beleive you should use the correct tools for the job.
Odd review with some worrying remarks. Roll paper too curly? Do what thousands have done before and reverse roll the paper before use, it comes out flat, not rocket science.New VM ink? Really? Not the same VM ink that has been used in the R2880 for a few years now?CD alignment? Same procedure on the 2880, you have to align the arrows but you do NOT have to align them within millimetres, I have used them as a rough guide for years and never had a misaligned CD/DVD and I use the facility many times a day. I stand corrected if Epson have changed from auto alignment in the machine to external manual alignment.Traditional Photo Paper surface? Not glossy? Since when? The traditional surface WAS a high gloss, I remember well scraping prints from the chromed drum of a rotary glazer back in the early 70's.
It'll be interesting to see a review in better depth and rational.