Andy Westlake

Andy Westlake

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On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (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 article (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 article (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 article (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
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (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...

What do you mean by 'inflated ISO behaviour'?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 11:10 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (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 is absolutely *not* the X-Pro2.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 11:09 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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Gaëtan Lehmann: In “for larger less such as the XF 55-200mm”, “less” should probably “lens”.

I would be interesting to have a comparison of the focusing speed of various cameras. I remember to have been impressed by the focusing speed of the olympus two years ago, and not so impressed by many others. I wonder how fuji AF compares to olympus AF.

That kind of behaviour is not atypical for compact cameras, on which continuous AF is mainly an attempt to get around sluggish single AF and give you a better chance of getting a sort-of-focused grab shot.
This camera is likely to behave like the X-E2, which has functional but unspectacular continuous AF during continuous shooting, but only at relatively low frame rates (~3 fps). So it'll try to behave sensibly, but it won't match an SLR.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 09:29 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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Gaëtan Lehmann: In “for larger less such as the XF 55-200mm”, “less” should probably “lens”.

I would be interesting to have a comparison of the focusing speed of various cameras. I remember to have been impressed by the focusing speed of the olympus two years ago, and not so impressed by many others. I wonder how fuji AF compares to olympus AF.

Typos should now be corrected, thanks.

Fujifilm's AF speed is now much more competitive with the likes of Olympus and Panasonic, and vastly improved compared to two years ago. The X-E2 still isn't quite as ridiculously fast as the E-M1, but most photographers I've handed it to have been pretty impressed by its speed and responsiveness.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 09:05 UTC
On DxOMark recommends lenses for the Pentax K-3 article (28 comments in total)
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completelyrandomstuff: I was worried about all those tests when I was switching from olympus to Pentax and I found out it's better to look at user reviews.

Since the HG zuikos were supposed to be among the best, I was worried that any other system would be a step down. From my experience the better lenses from Pentax's line up are just as good, for my use at least, as HG zuikos (never used SHG though). They are definitely capable of producing good quality images.

It shouldn't come as such a surprise to find that all of the major manufacturers are capable of making very good lenses. It certainly seems odd to discount lens tests because of this.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 14:49 UTC
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (268 comments in total)
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racketman: Why don't tripods have markings on the legs so you can see they are all extended equally when necessary?

Some brands do.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 14:43 UTC
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (268 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: "Aside from it's questionable build quality"
"Its", not "it's".
Illiteracy is taking over. Maybe most don't care, or maybe I'm just being picky, but where will it end?
Grammar aside, the Benro and Induro ball heads seem to be little more than OEM, made in China products that can be purchased under other brands for less with only slight differences between them. One of those brands is Triopo, which appears to be a polish-chinese venture. Worth checking out for its good price-quality ratio.

Rather than accusing the author of 'illiteracy' for a typo in a long, detailed, and quite clearly literate review, why not quietly PM him saying where it is, so he can correct it?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 10:46 UTC
On Consumer SLR Camera Roundup 2013 article (107 comments in total)
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Don Schroeter: Please help, this new method of reviews sucks, every time I hit the review tab for the camera I want read about, it jumps back to the roundup page, quite frustrating.

The 'Read Review' button links to the most-detailed content we have for each camera. For several, such as the Canon EOS 100D, it's a full review, but for some of the most-recent cameras which we haven't fully reviewed yet, it's this article.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 09:42 UTC
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88SAL: Is it 24-1600 on the Astro? Reads 24-160 which is barely over 10x

Typo corrected, sorry about that.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 13:51 UTC
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mgblack74: I guess getting sued by Nikon wasn't enough. Now it's Sony's turn.

It was Sakar / Polaroid who got sued by Nikon, not JK Imaging / Kodak. But yes, there's a risk that Sony's lawyers might cast a glance in the general direction of the 'Smart Lens'.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 13:50 UTC
On Hands-on with the Nikon D3300 and 35mm F1.8G lens article (142 comments in total)
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samfan: Any idea if the camera can turn on and off automatically depending on whether the lens is locked? Does the camera refuse to take pictures when the lens is locked? I don't know, I feel this design is kinda weird for DSLRs.

It works for N1 because the N1 cameras switch on automatically when the lens is extended, but with DSLRs I'm kinda used to just flip a switch and have it immediately be ready to take pics without further fumbling.

Also the lens name is confusing... G II, which reminds of the older pre-VR G II. They could call it G III or add some descriptor.

The lens retraction mechanism doesn't turn the camera on or off, but the camera will give a warning when it's retracted and refuse to take pictures.

The naming scheme is entirely logical (at least as far as lenses ever are): this is Nikon's fourth iteration of the 18-55mm kit zoom, but only the second with VR. The full history goes something like:

AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II (this lens)

AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (D60 kit zoom)

AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II (D40 kit zoom)

AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G (D50 kit zoom)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 18:37 UTC
On Hands-on with the Nikon D3300 and 35mm F1.8G lens article (142 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: It say z "Hands-on with the Nikon D3300 and 35mm F1.8G lens" but most pics are with 18-55mm lens...

The lens was only announced today, and we've only had a brief hands-on at Nikon's stand at CES. So we really can't say anything at all about its image quality.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 11:56 UTC
On Hands-on with the Nikon D3300 and 35mm F1.8G lens article (142 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: It say z "Hands-on with the Nikon D3300 and 35mm F1.8G lens" but most pics are with 18-55mm lens...

All of the pics are hands-on with the D3300. The last two are with the 35mm f/1.8G.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 11:44 UTC
On Hands-on with the Nikon D3300 and 35mm F1.8G lens article (142 comments in total)
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DimensionSeven: I have 1 questions that neither the press release nor this hands on preview answer regarding the new kit lens:

Does the front element rotate while focusing and zooming?

Thank you, DpReview!

@DimensionSeven - All the indications are that the front element doesn't rotate on focusing. Crucially the 18-55mm VR II uses a new HB-69 lens hood, which is petal-type - this will only work if the hood's bayonet mount doesn't rotate.

(@molnarcs - one modern Nikkor lens with a rotating front element is the previous model 18-55mm VR.)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 11:42 UTC
On Canon shows off new PowerShot N100 'Story Camera' article (163 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: What are the dimensions?

Canon doesn't seem to know, yet.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 17:25 UTC
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pfzt: can somebody please explain to me how the pancake zoom works? i'm not familiar with those kind of lenses. thx.

The zoom mechanism itself is motorised, and controlled by a large rocker switch on the side of the lens barrel - see the third picture above.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 17:01 UTC
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