Andy Westlake

Andy Westlake

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Works as a Technical Writer
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Jan 28, 2008

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On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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57even: Whether you like this camera or not is rather missing the point. It can shoot 8fps with liveview and predicitive focus tracking, and according to Fuji rumours who tested it, it actually seems to work. This is a first, but where one company goes others will follow. The key was EVF lag and this one seems to have the issue fixed.

The one area where DSLRs were untouchable was AF tracking. If that has finally been dealt with, then technically there is no reason for buying a DSLR over a mirrorless camera.

If you prefer an OVF, well fine. Can't help you there, but with the same size view as a FF SLR on an APSC camera, with live exposure and a focus check window, this particular EVF has a lot going for it.

Technically the X-T1 doesn't have live view at 8 fps, instead it does the usual mirrorless camera trick of playing back recently-taken frames between shots, which gives the illusion of live view. (The giveaway is that you see a series of stills with no fluidity of motion.) This certainly helps with maintaining framing, but isn't perfect for following a moving subject.

That's a nit-pick, though, because it the X-T1 does have continuous AF at 8fps, and it genuinely seems to work quite well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 13:48 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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dynaxx: I have searched the specifications page carefully and the rest of the First Impressions review but you seem to have omitted any opinion on the naming of the Fuji image processor.

I found "EXR Processor II" a little dry and cryptic for my taste but the reviewer's opinion is always more credible than a humble amateur such as I.

I had assumed this would be part of every review since it was "writ large" in both the recent Sony A7 First Impressions and Final reviews that the reviewer objected to the name Bionz X.

All I crave is consistency.

No, I'm not saying it was mistaken to add a throwaway remark about the processor name into the A7 review. I'm saying that it's an astonishingly trivial point to get so upset about.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 11:31 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Austrian: 1.DP about the ISO dial : "The combination of its position and its lock means that you have to move your left hand away from supporting the lens, and you probably have to take your eye away from the viewfinder - both of which are unwelcome distractions from the experience of shooting."
I never had the want to change ISO with my eye on the viewfinder. Who has it ?

2. DP about the Compensation dial " Unfortunately it's now too stiff to be easily turned by your right thumb with the camera to your eye, which we think is a step backwards."
I hate my XE-1 because of his loose compensation dial. I will not check the right position before each shot. Stiffer can't be a step backwards - for me. What do you think about ?

@marike6 - no, we don't want "free spinning dials like pinwheels". We want dials that are stiff enough not to turn too easily on their own, but also operable easily with the camera to your eye when you need them. Kind-of like on the X-E2, in fact.

I really don't know why this is so hard for you to understand.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 11:05 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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fvharchi: Why only pricing in dollars and pounds? The amount of euro-paying-people is more than twice of the dollar an pound paying kind.

@gekka - Thanks, I've added in those prices

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 11:01 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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fvharchi: Why only pricing in dollars and pounds? The amount of euro-paying-people is more than twice of the dollar an pound paying kind.

The reason for this simply that we have US and UK contacts who give us pricing information in advance. We normally aim to add Euro pricing once we can find it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:33 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Funduro: Oh boy, locking knobs, lots of them. Watch Kai from DigitalRev go nuts with snarky remarks like he did with the Df. BTW Kai doesn't whine about knobs on very expensive Leica's though.

The best explanation for why Kai doesn't "whine about knobs on very expensive Leica's" (sic) is probably that Leica doesn't use locking knobs on its dials.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:30 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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dynaxx: I have searched the specifications page carefully and the rest of the First Impressions review but you seem to have omitted any opinion on the naming of the Fuji image processor.

I found "EXR Processor II" a little dry and cryptic for my taste but the reviewer's opinion is always more credible than a humble amateur such as I.

I had assumed this would be part of every review since it was "writ large" in both the recent Sony A7 First Impressions and Final reviews that the reviewer objected to the name Bionz X.

All I crave is consistency.

As it happens, we don't have a checklist for utterly trivial things like 'does the processor name remind you of a 1970s TV show?'. Personally I don't believe that this is important enough to worry about any notion of 'consistency' across reviews. YMMV, of course.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:11 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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dynaxx: I have searched the specifications page carefully and the rest of the First Impressions review but you seem to have omitted any opinion on the naming of the Fuji image processor.

I found "EXR Processor II" a little dry and cryptic for my taste but the reviewer's opinion is always more credible than a humble amateur such as I.

I had assumed this would be part of every review since it was "writ large" in both the recent Sony A7 First Impressions and Final reviews that the reviewer objected to the name Bionz X.

All I crave is consistency.

A recent survey in the dpreview office established beyond reasonable doubt that while 'EXR Processor II' is dry and cryptic, 'Bionz' reminds you of the [Bionic Man](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Six_Million_Dollar_Man), and therefore sounds a bit silly.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 09:59 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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rhlpetrus: @DPR: what is the issue of choosing the AF point? It's not clear from the preview's text.

Simply that you have to press an extra button (normally 'down') to activate AF area selection mode. You can't simply use the rear keys directly like you can on the E-M1, D7100, and 70D etc. It's a relatively small point that sits in the 'it would be nice if you could' category - for most users it's almost certainly not a deal breaker.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 09:56 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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KL Matt: For anyone looking for the roadmap of exactly how DPR plans to take this particular mirrorless camera down a peg or two in the full review, it's right here:
"However, in combination with the increasingly comprehensive-looking lens range, it's pretty clear that Fujifilm doesn't see the X-T1 as competing with mirrorless cameras, but with the enthusiast-level DSLRs such as the Canon 70D, Nikon D7100, and Pentax K-3."
I.e. we're going to selectively ignore the advantages of mirrorless to focus on the weaknesses by comparing apples to oranges yet again. Note that DPR is actually planning on *punishing* this Fuji in the review for having a strong lens lineup. Kafkaesque. Who the heck does this make sense to, anyone?

I do enjoy a good laugh first thing in the morning.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 08:42 UTC
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HetFotoAtelier: What a stupid solution...... look at Nikon's 14mm filter solution :-) http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/images1/14mm/14mm-gel-holder-KEN_4342.jpg

How do you use ND grads in that?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 12:03 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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marike6: Locking exposure dials a la the Nikon Df? Any amount of money that DPR loves this camera and the dials from day one. :-)

Part of what makes the X cameras at least interesting is the rangefinder design, the whole poor man's Leica thing.

What is the point copying a DSLR body styling? It's has no bright Pentaprism so why the pseudo pentaprism housing?

This is a head scratcher move from Fujifilm that is for sure. No FF, just an X camera dressed up as a DSLR. Has anybody asked why?

If we consider the positioning of the ISO dial on this Fujifilm to be problematic in normal use, then of course we'll say so. Because we review products, not brands - something the brand apologists on this site often seem to overlook.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 23:35 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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marike6: Locking exposure dials a la the Nikon Df? Any amount of money that DPR loves this camera and the dials from day one. :-)

Part of what makes the X cameras at least interesting is the rangefinder design, the whole poor man's Leica thing.

What is the point copying a DSLR body styling? It's has no bright Pentaprism so why the pseudo pentaprism housing?

This is a head scratcher move from Fujifilm that is for sure. No FF, just an X camera dressed up as a DSLR. Has anybody asked why?

@marike6: Do you really spend all your time shooting with your left hand on the top plate, not supporting the lens as it should be?

In the movie you're referencing as a demonstration of your opinion, it's notable that a) the photographer isn't shooting with the camera, and b) changes their hold for each of the three dials. You seem to be wilfully misunderstanding the point we're making.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 15:21 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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fliegertiger: price ???? any indication? any????

Fujifilm has already said that the 18-135mm will be F3.5-5.6, in the [latest lens roadmap](http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/01/06/fujifilm-adds-five-lenses-to-x-system-roadmap-including-fast-zooms)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 13:17 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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marike6: Locking exposure dials a la the Nikon Df? Any amount of money that DPR loves this camera and the dials from day one. :-)

Part of what makes the X cameras at least interesting is the rangefinder design, the whole poor man's Leica thing.

What is the point copying a DSLR body styling? It's has no bright Pentaprism so why the pseudo pentaprism housing?

This is a head scratcher move from Fujifilm that is for sure. No FF, just an X camera dressed up as a DSLR. Has anybody asked why?

We didn't criticise the Df purely because the dials have locking buttons. We criticised it for the fact that the ISO and exposure compensation dials require a change of grip and the lock buttons to be pushed down every time you want to change them, which is awkward with the camera to your eye, especially with large lenses.

We also specifically highlighted the difference with Fujifilm's existing X-system cameras, on which the EC dial is better placed for operation by your right thumb, and doesn't lock. This camera is clearly going to work in the same way.

But hey, you knew that anyway, didn't you?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 10:59 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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SalmanH: This is probably the X-Pro2. Perhaps they've decided the optical viewfinder isn't needed.

This isn't the X-Pro2.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 17:28 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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sharkcookie: Let's see if DPReview also calls it 'a bit silly'.

Why would we? It's clearly not the same camera as the Df.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 17:28 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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Mupepe: Sorry: Will they address the inflated ISO behavior? My X-E2 would then benefit from a new fw...

Three points here:

1) DxOMark hasn't tested any Fujifilm X system cameras, due to the non-standard X-Trans CMOS sensor.

2) DxOMark's ISO tests tell you absolutely nothing about the shutter speed and aperture the camera will select anyway - they're a slightly more abstract measurement.

3) *Our* ISO tests tell you that Fujifilm's ISO ratings are optimistic, meaning that you'll need a longer shutter speed or larger aperture compared to other cameras. But I'd personally argue that in practical use this doesn't really matter very much, *unless* you're using an external lightmeter.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 13:14 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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Expat Nomad: Based on the control dial, still 200 base ISO.

Oh, and looks like a decent built-in flash and a possible mic/headphone on top since the PC sync port is on the front.

Are we going to see two new weather sealed zooms to match, and will they be constant F4?

Fujifilm has five lenses on its roadmap right now, including 16-55mm and 50-140mm F2.8 zooms. [Here's the full story.](http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/01/06/fujifilm-adds-five-lenses-to-x-system-roadmap-including-fast-zooms)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 13:09 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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dougster1979: Curious why you need a "hump" viewfinder. How much time has been invested in getting rid of mirrors and prisms, making cameras smaller,the main benefit of mirrorless. I prefer the xe2,xpro 1, gx7 viewfinder. Each to their own....

The 'hump' works well for adding a large EVF without expanding the body size in other directions. The SLR-style form factor can also provide better balance and handling, especially with longer lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 12:13 UTC
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