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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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
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...

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 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 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 news story (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 news story (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 news story (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 (269 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
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