Josh152: The thing about this is that what matters most isn't how objective DPR's reviews actually are, it is how objective they are perceived to be by the readers and users and frankly if the comments here are any indication DPR has a real problem on their hands. Now every positive review of a product the gear shop sells will be colored with the suspicion that it got a good score because DPR wants to sell it in their gear shop no mater how much DPR claims that isn't the case or whether it actually is or not.
Yes, exactly! The suspicion will always be there. Conversely will DPR be willing to "slaughter" a best selling, profitmaking product or simply "forget" to review it?
The reason you are doing this is obvious: Your owner (Amazon) thinks there is more profit to be had in gear selling than in gear reviewing, mnabe even more by combining them.
This may be wrong - those are two quite different business propositions. It is common knowledge in business consulting that combining different business propositions often breeds failure.
Hello Gearshop!Goodbye trusted rewiews!DPR suddenly got less interesting.
To state that you are independent while selling the gear you are reviewing is just laughable, no matter how many times you try to tell us! The history of business development tells us this. You are facing a very steep uphill battle.
Against trolls like you, it is no use fighting - even if it might be fun. Rest in peace, I have more important business.
Greg Gebhardt: No adjustable diopter on viewfinder was enough for me to return mine in less than24 hours. No excuse to have equipped the camera with what was supposed to be magic to not be adjustable right out of the box for everyone's eyesight.
Build quality has a LOT to be desired but then I tend to compare to my M9.
If you are an owner of M9 (since you are comparing) - of course you know that neither m9 has adjustable diopter!
Zvonimir Tosic: Many users don't complain about good parts of the XPro1. What is bugging this product is a bunch of obvious design flaws. Awful manual focus, which is further complicated with lenses that have no depth of field scale, same as X100. So in manual mode camera is very much useless, because one must constantly peek through the viewfinder and rotate the ring like a madman. Only way to overcome such a blatant design flaw is to rely on AF all the time, and that's where X-Pro1 doesn't shine. Fuji will try to improve AF, yes, but this will still be flawed design of the whole package. And which is a pity, because good manual focus and cleverly designed lenses would have solved LOTS of problems and improve the overall experience. The package would be a bit more expensive, I presume, and there we realise at what a terrible expense Fuji tried to cut the cost. A very poor decision, which is a shame. And that decision did come from management, not from engineers, that's so obvious.
You wrote: "A very poor decision, which is a shame."
Why don´t you listen to all the positive user-reports instead of interpreting and augmenting things you read.
What is the use - this is obviously not a camera for you.
AbeNader: Look at the tests at photozone.de ..only the Fuji 35mm and tele lenses works ok....Also cyberphoto.se put a 28 Leica lens on X-Pro1 with poor results. The edges were just smudge. Only sharp in the center. Sony NEX has the same problem...They failed in the sensor design..Check yourselves all the tests at photozone. Both fuji and Nex..Wake up people!
I was looking forward to invest in Fujis new system....but not anymore. :-(
You are distorting the results from Photozone (which run some very thorough tests). The 35mm and tele mas much more than "OK", in fact the tele got "highly recommended". The 35 also mm got high marks. The 18 mm was judged somewhat less stellar, but still got good reviews - also more than OK .
Did you really read the tests?
Why this need to distort facts - on the verge of dishonesty, are you out of real arguments?
After the negative ranting of those who have not used the camera, criticising for the simple joy of criticism, seems to be (almost) over, it is nice to hear real, positive user experience from real users.
Sad Joe: An opportunity missed or at least not quite fulfilled as we all might have wanted. Shooting moving subjects with a rangefinder is always tricky but having poor AF really isn't on given that the tech has been around since the early 1980's in one version or another. Much as I like the Fuji I don't think I'd rush out and buy one even if I had money burning a hole - it's sadly not quite enough. I played with one several weeks ago - it simply doesn't feel as special or as nice as it looks suggest. I'm almost tempted to suggest that Fuji go away, redesign it (get rid of all the silly bugs etc) and reintroduce it at twice the price - then at least more Leica owners could justify buying one as a 'back up'.
If you read a number of the many existing user reports (i mean practical use, not only playing a little like you) you get the verdict that AF is not "poor", it is just not as quick as some others. That is OK with me, I rarely shoot moving subjects, and it is more than compensated by its general handling and quality of its pictures. Also if you read the review on DPR - poor AF is not the verdict.Just another case of "courses for horses".
Richt2000: Apart from the handling, i cant see why anyone woukd choose this camera over an Nex7 now that there is the excellent 19/2.8, 24/1.8, 30/2.8 and 50/1.8 primes available. Or a OMD with 12/2, 25/1.4 and 45/1.8 if you prefer fast AF over resolution. Looking at the RAWs of the Xpan1, the Nex7 shows much more detail at low ISo and at hi Iso, obviously more noise but less smearing...
I really want to like this camera, but I feel Fuji have 2 years more work to do before I would be interested... Unfotunately for this money My head wont let my heart run off with the Xpro1...
I have never regretted buying the camera. Fantastic camera with fantastic handling. I love the OVF and the controls.
Seems that a lot of people here hate the camera w.o. having tried it - why? The focussing problems are wildly overstated as a number of reviews and user reports confirns. True, it is not a speed demon, but it is not as slow and imprecise as many here claim. It is fast enough.
The camera is so good that in most cases I leave my Nikon D700 at home, and consider selling it.
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