ET2: Pancake lens in the roadmap
The Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH has been a very popular pancake lens, given the aps-c x-trans benefit this Fuji could end up being just as popular with enthusiasts.
Guess I am the odd one out, I have just bought into to the X-System for the premium quality and extraordinary value, not the size and weight.
My new X-System beginning is on its way across Australia now, this new lens road map has made me even happier - especially the 56mm revised f1.2 aperture. If the 55-200mm is as sharp as promised I can see myself nailing that one too.
Life is cool, it just got cooler. :-D
Cristian79: yet again fuji's softness is displayed. No sharp images to be seen anyware. I think is the lens.
We have obviously been looking in different places.
Tassadar: Nothing is in focus in this picture
It is, its just not as sharp as you might like or expect, there is a difference.
PhotonTrapper: ???I can't believe pics were not at least looked at once before being posted as "samples". So is this obviously out of focus image posted to demonstrate that this camera can't autofocus in some particular conditions?
They would have looked at them before, the frame is just not to your liking or taste. No point diss'ing another because you don't like the result or the camera someone else is using.
Strange as it is, this is my favorite image of the set, I would have no issue using the same settings for this effect.
Every Stradivarius made has what many would call a flaw, most play around it while some play to it - in this case the photographer rather cleverly played to it and I love the effect.
The Leica x2 starts at f2.8, I am very glad fuji started their offering at f2.0 - if only cos it will mean lovely mac's like this one. To each their own. :-D
lacro: All links seem broken as of today.
The links should be fully functional now, thanks for your patience. :-D
lol. In Australia, three nights tops an you'd be in hospital eating through a straw.
kinglau711: Mr Butler,
Why are the RAWs of the X-E1 and X-Pro1 less sharp than the RAWs of any other camera like the Olympus E-M5, Canon 5D markIII, Sony Nex-7 or Nikon D7000, at 3200 ISO ?
...gee whiz, i got off light there, "D1" should have been D4. No desert for Max. :-D
@Troj: That's cos u ruined the x-trans files, try a Nikon D1 or Canon 1D file to compare the Fuji file with - forget the lesser Nex7.
Your question to is a loaded one. The x-trans raw files are clear, they are not sharp, there is a big difference - I like clear, perhaps you like sharp, I only have one clear choice while you have many.
ManuelVilardeMacedo: Beautiful camera but raws are way too soft compared to the other cameras. What's the excuse this time? Not depth of field again, I expect...
Putting the dis fuji part of the op to one side, the x-trans system doesn't capture as little distinct dots like other camera sensor/processor combo's. The raw files clearly show that, the 6x6 matrix dictates that and fuji make no secret of it.
The x-trans output is stellar before post processing, to better that with post processing will obviously need to see change in method. I don't think that need be some big surprise.
For those having a life crisis event over having to change their processing ways, just buy a Canon or a Nikon and forgo the huge improvement in value and capability the new Fuji X-Trans system offers.
Huge effort, 3 cameras raw examples in one hit, excellent commitment to bringing dpreview members and visitors the latest evidence about the latest gear.
Admittedly some of the comments below illustrate short intellect reaching for something on a high shelf - but there are many many more who find this level of expertise and diligence invaluable.
Big thanks to dpreview for presenting this stuff. :-D
gl2k: RAW software is massively underrated !!!Back in the old film days it was the process of skilled film development that made the difference and today it is the skilled use of proper RAW software that makes the difference.That being said, it is the combination of sensor output + RAW sw that is responsible for the final image and therefore has to be judged.
Change, the x-series represents change, for that reason alone some aren't going to like it - that's cool cos... it makes the queue shorter while people resist inevitable change.
Ordering mine this month. :-D
diaconga: Excellent article. For a new user of X10, it is outstanding useful !
Thanks diaconga, I think its fair to say that if you can handle the complexity of the x10 any camera thereafter will be an easy ask. The lens is wonderful, the build outstanding, the sensor and processors adept - for the price its a winner.
Sir Corey of Deane: Max, as a digital baby I find your write-up absolutely invaluable especially as I intend starting out with a Fuji !
Thanks very much Sir Corey, I hope you enjoy your camera as much as I do mine. Photography can be a real adventure of rediscovering the world around us and that alone can make it a wonderful past time. :-D
jedwad: try macro in digital zoom. gets good results without getting too close and blocking out the light.
Thanks for the heads up jedwad, I'll give this a try. :-D
Another excellent review, strengths and weakness clearly shown and described, particularly as dxo doesn't support the x-trans. This lens looks like yet another excellent addition to the rapidly growing fuji stable, with each lens addition the X system becomes more compelling.
Morally repugnant. Should be criminal.
...just loaded this on my Xoom, snapped a frame and played. Fantastic. Thanks for the heads up dpreview. :-D