rjx

rjx

Lives in United States Santa Clara USA, CA, United States
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Joined on Oct 2, 2007
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Learn as much about photography and create photographs people enjoy.

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Esteban Mac Allister: When will the new version of the X Pro 1?

It's the only thing I expected!

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¿Cuando estará la nueva versión de la X Pro 1?

¡Es lo unico que esperaba!

It was rumored Fuji "might" mention it at photokina. But would not actually be released until next summer.

They just announced the X100T, and X-T1 silver edition so Fuji will have a big release in store for next year.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 07:33 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X100T article (91 comments in total)
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peevee1: I wonder why buy X100 when there is LX100 cheaper. The sensor is almost as big, zoom, faster apertures, good EVF, great video and all the same controls in a smaller size:
http://camerasize.com/compare/#569,566

The X100 (for me) is a more simplistic approach. One lens. One length. You just make it happen. No excuses. No fussing around with zooms. I feel more involved in the photographic process. More free. It’s a different experience than shooting with zooms.

With all that said, I feel comparing the LX100 to the X100 is a little unfair because imo the direct competition of the LX100 is the Canon G1 X, Sony RX100, and Fuji X30. And maybe the Canon G7 X.

The direct competition for an X100 would be the Ricoh GR, Nikon Coolpix A, Leica X / X2.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 05:11 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X100T article (91 comments in total)
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peevee1: I wonder why buy X100 when there is LX100 cheaper. The sensor is almost as big, zoom, faster apertures, good EVF, great video and all the same controls in a smaller size:
http://camerasize.com/compare/#569,566

One of the big selling points of the X100 series is the hybrid viewfinder. EVF's & OVF's each have their pro's & con's. Having both is a unique feature that's very beneficial.

The X-Trans sensors allow for an image with a lot of detail

Fuji has a great JPEG engine many people seem to lust over. I'm a RAW shooter, but I read more and more about people wanting to use the beautiful Fuji JPEG's instead of RAW. I admit, they’re nice.

Fuji's track record for supporting their cameras is great. They continue to improve the X-PRO1, X100, etc, via firmwares, and these cameras are better now than when they were first released.

As far as light entering the lens is considered, there is barely any noticeable difference between f/1.7 and f/2.

And being that the LX100 is a 4/3 sensor, shallow DOF will be better on the X100S/T APSC sensor. And higher ISO performance.

Regarding the size of the LX100. IMO the zoom, when extended, pretty much negates the slight size advantage over the X100 series.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 05:11 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (435 comments in total)
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alexpaynter: How fast does this camera focus? I lose so many pictures to slow autofocus these days.

I had an old Canon full frame film camera with 35mm f2.8 lens and I always loved that but it could not take fast moving objects.

I love X100T because it is almost as compact as the old Canon. I can live with the poor battery life but if it cannot focus quickly I might consider the Samsung NX1. Bigger but not huge.

If AF speed is very important to you then I think a DSLR is what you need. Or in good light, zone focus if you don't need a shallow DOF. If you need shallow DOF, plain old manual focusing can be faster and more accurate than autofocus in certain lighting conditions.

I'm not pointing the finger at you, just speaking in general. But these days a lot of people seem uneasy about manual focusing. With a little practice, most people could be very efficient with manual focusing. Just takes a little practice and then it becomes 2nd nature. Especially with all the focusing aids cameras have these days (split image, peaking, contrast, magnification, etc). I think if people spent the time they use complaining about AF speeds, to sharpen their manual focus skills, they'd be pleasantly surprised how easy MF can be. Too many people IMO use AF as a crutch.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 23:51 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (435 comments in total)
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Under The Sun: My memory might have failed me but I recall in his preview of the x100t, Zack said that responsiveness wise moving from the S to the T is like the camera of the iPhone 3 to the iPhone 5. Jez I hope he's right, the glacial autofocus of my S is the main reason I sold it.

Zack Aias quote:
"I’m going to say that if you are still shooting an original X100 then this is going to be a big upgrade for you. If you are currently shooting with the X100S then the biggest gain you will see is WiFi, speed, and button layout and HVF improvements. You will appreciate the bump in performance and you will like the new viewfinder a lot. I can’t tell you if that’s enough for you to upgrade or not. "

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 05:02 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (435 comments in total)
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km25: Oh I'll keep going at it, OIS and a short zoom, a 24/28-7-/80 equl. zoom of F2.8 or maybe even better. Would be a great camera, not replace, but augment the X100, an X100Z.

That's kinda what the X30 is for.

Personally I'd like the X40 to have an APSC sensor and skip the 1" sensor completely. But I feel most people would buy the X40 instead of the X100 unless Fuji made both cameras differently. EG- APSC + EVF for the X40 and Full Frame + hybrid viewfinder for the X100T replacement.

But if Fuji makes a high end compact with a zoom + APSC sensor, that might cut into their interchangeable lens cameras and lens sales ... a very small camera with 24-100mm covered and high quality APSC sensor might be all a lot of people need.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 04:56 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X100T article (91 comments in total)
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spontaneousservices: so why do some people actually prefer a camera without flip screen? Don't they appreciate the extra possibilities?

"For a camera with two functional viewfinders modes, that is not targeted at macro shooting, to get down and low, or selfies, not having an articulated screen is perfectly appropriate"

A tilt screen isn't just for macro. It would be helpful for those of us that like to:

--- shoot with creative perspectives (preventing us from laying flat on the ground, or bending over and making our knees, back, and neck sore)

--- get below or at eye level for portraits (small children walking / standing / sitting on the floor) or animals.

--- Certain kinds of candid images .... a tilt screen can be used like a classic twin reflex camera allowing us to look down at our waist area while using the LCD screen to compose what's going on in front of us.

--- Macro / Close ups

--- Overhead shooting. Good for events / journalism / interesting perspectives.

I understand not everyone might want a tilt screen. But there are many situations where having a tilt screen can make life easier

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 01:44 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X100T article (91 comments in total)
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Valiant Thor: Ken Rockwell says it's the best compact camera ever! Weeeee . . .

Rockwell isn't one of the people I'd prefer to get my reviews / from, or put stock into what he thinks about anything. But he's definitely not far off with his X100T comment that you mentioned.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 01:01 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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ZAnton: From the anounecement day of Nikon 1 system, I expected that it will be like
Sony RX10, RX100, Panasonic FZ1000 or this one - a compact camera with bright lens and relatively big sensor.
But Nikon just f**d everything up.
Loosers.

What about the Panasonic LX100?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 08:40 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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dbo: Regarding battery life just respect basic rule number 1.

1) Always, absolutely always keep a spare battery in your camera bag.
2) Always, absolutely always keep a spare memory card in your camera bag.

As inexpensive as 3rd party batteries are (and small), I believe in having more batteries than might be needed. I have 6 X-PRO1 batteries, 5 X100S batteries, etc. All it takes is a small pouch in a camera bag.

Regarding memory cards it's never a good a idea to put all the eggs in one basket. There is always good sales on memory and they're super small. I'd recommenced at least 3 cards for people that like go on day trips.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 08:27 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (435 comments in total)
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JaimeA: Reading the specifications we found out that this camera has NO image stabilization. Totally nuts if you like closeups, interior and night shots.

It's common knowledge the camera doesn't have image stabilization. None of the X100 cameras had IS. Typically image stabilization is not needed for wide angle lenses compared to a telephoto lens with a very narrow angle of view. The main reason people like IS on wide lenses is due to the emergence of DSLR's being used for film making. Other than that, IS has never been a needed feature of wide angle lenses for photography.

None of Fuji's primes have stabilization. Only the zooms. Why would Fuji put IS in the the X100 camera? If Fuji wanted to give the lens OIS, they could have. It's a very unnecessary feature that would only make the camera more expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 19:04 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (435 comments in total)
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jorg14: Great camera that serves a niche market.

@ jeremyclarke
The X100 series is one of the greatest digital camera lines for street shooters ever produced (if you're into the classic 35mm equivalent). In fact, even though the teleconverter is a bit bulky, I feel the X100 series camera is like a great interchangeable lens camera if paired with the wide angle and tele converters. In that case, it's a very small, light, 3 lens system, imo.

But the X100's are really a beast of a camera for street photography. And a large part of their street success is the optical viewfinder. The X100's are truly special camera's.

I replaced my X-PRO1 + Canon FD 24mm f/2 with an X100S for street duties due to the size and weight difference of the X100S. An X-Pro1 w/ the XF 23mm is huge compared to the X100's with the tiny built in 23mm lens.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 19:13 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (435 comments in total)
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joyclick: Now,that's a camera !!!

@ the lens being obsolete.

How ignorant can you be?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 08:12 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (435 comments in total)
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Craig Atkinson: still no snap function...GR rrrrrrr

On my GR the way I have it set up is:

Fn1 Snap focus distance
Fn2 AF / Snap

So if i'm in snap focus mode already, all I have to do is push Fn1, then push up/down until I have the focus distance I want and push OK.

I prefer the X100S for setting my focus distances. Don't even get me started on the GR's manual focus adjustment process. Press and hold the up button while using my index finger to move the dial.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 07:38 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (435 comments in total)
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Craig Atkinson: still no snap function...GR rrrrrrr

As an X100S user, it's pretty fast to set the focus distance since the scale is displayed on the lcd / OVF / EVF. From the time I determine I want to change the distance, it only takes 2 seconds or less.

Also, as a GR user, it would be cool to have snap focus on the X100 series. But the time to set the focus distance in each camera is about the same time (for me).

I prefer it it on my X100S because all I have to do is look and turn the focus ring. And I can quickly set whichever distance I want instead of picking from 6 presets.

On the GR I can also use the AEL/AFL button to focus quickly at a certain distance and it will stay at that distance until I change, or turn off the camera. Whichever comes first. I think it would be great if we could override the snap focus presets with our own custom distances.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 07:38 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (435 comments in total)
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xpanded: Surprised Fuji is not going full frame. Hopefully next time dropping the X-Trans sensor as well.

I'm not surprised at all. Especially after Fuji had Zack Arias made that ridiculous video saying why full frame isn't needed.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 06:53 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (435 comments in total)
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bigdaddave: Emperor's new clothes, retro is always best.

A fixed lens, utterly limiting, a pointless exercise in posing

A fixed lens might be limiting to someone that only uses a zoom. But anyone buying an X100 series camera (and that's a lot of people) shouldn't feel the fixed lens is limiting because if so, they wouldn't buy it. They have the choice. So many great options out there. I'd bet that 85% or more of x100 series users are more than happy with the fixed lens. Myself included.

Actually, i'm convinced if a person uses a fixed lens for a good amount of time, preferably a 35mm equivalent, that it will make most people a better photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 06:48 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)
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KL Matt: Looks like a poor unsuspecting K5 got some bizarre disco mirrorless rammed down its throat and unfortunately lived to tell about it.

I want to see KL Matt buy one and eat it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 01:04 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (372 comments in total)
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MrFlash: Big fan of the Fuji X series, but the X30 is a disappointment. The OVF is what made the X20 a special compact zoom. The X30 appears to be just another 'me too' camera like the Canons and Sonys of the world.

I'm obviously a fan of Fuji. But I definitely wouldn't put Sony in the "me too" category. Sony has been disrupting the camera market for a while now, releasing unique cameras (RX100, RX1, A7, RX10). I have a lot of respect for Sony taking risks on cameras like those. And they're all very nice too.

Fuji has done a lot too. And I wouldn't really put them in the me too category just for the X30.

Canon and Nikon defiantly deserve the me too category for their Powershot and Coolpix P7000 compacts with the exception of the Coolpix A and G1 X. Though the Coolpix A was too expensive (compared to the Ricoh GR) and the G1 X was flawed. But at least they took a chance on those two cameras. With another exception of the Canon S90 / 95, all their other recent compacts are "me too's" though. Even some of their DSLR's. But I like how Nikon took a chance with the D800 and 1 cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 06:43 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (372 comments in total)

Sounds like a nice photographic tool.

But come on. 2/3? In the 3rd quarter of 2014?

I really feel Fuji could have elevated their game by making this at least 1".

For the older X10, fine. And for the X20, okay. But not for the X30.

Personally I'd like to see an APSC sensor, but that might hurt X100S/T sales. So I really don't think it would have been unrealistic to put a 1" sensor in this nice camera. Sigh. I guess a bigger sensor will be the big selling point for the X40.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 06:26 UTC as 119th comment | 3 replies
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