Absolutic

Absolutic

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
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On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1366 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Question I can't see answer to: Does Olympus EM1 Mark II video relies on PDAF or does it reverts back to CDAF (sort of like Fuji) during video recording?

That's strange because if you watch Max Yuriev EM1 M2 comparison about video, it seems that EM1 M2 video AF is very slow and Max is concluding it must be CDAF only.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 06:12 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (310 comments in total)
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PeteHolland89: I'm honestly very impressed by this camera, but I just wanted to share a quick note on ergonomics and handling for those looking to buy this camera.

I went to the camera store yesterday to hold and test the X-T20 but it's actually TOO compact for me. If you have large(r) hands, you will most likely have difficulties getting a good grip with your fingers, which might be uncomfortable for longer periods of shooting. My thumb was also on the buttons as I was trying to hold the camera (not the case on the X-T2 since it's wider and bigger). In the end, I decided to spend the extra money on an X-T2, since it had a much better grip; for me at least.

Before you drop 1000+ dollars on this blindly, please visit your local camera store and see if the X-T20 works for you. Even the best camera in the world is not worth it you cannot grasp it properly.

Tarheelbost, the problem with thumb grip you have to be careful which one you get. I got one from amazon and it did not work because XT20 viewfinder is right underneath the hot shoe and it blocked the grip.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 21:38 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (310 comments in total)
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Absolutic: I've been using XT20 since it came out and the AF performance in Continuous AF is the best I've seen on mirrorless camera. I am an owner or previous owner of Sony A7RII, A6300, Olympus EM1 mark 1, Fuji XT2. It is even better than some DSLRS.

As far as video, and the reviewer here does not explain it competently, but the difference is simple: XT2 allows PDAF during AF. XT20 reverts to Contrast AF during AF at 4K. XT20 allows PDAF and FACE DETECTION only during 1080p video.

Yes Eye Detection and overall Face Detection has improved greatly. Because it uses PDAF. Finally usable. Which I could not say about XT2 and previous Fuji cameras. By the way, for Eye Detect, you don't have to keep pressing the button like on Sonys.

It sounds like the reviewer here did not pick up on PDAF vs CDAF differences in Fuji cameras and how they affect AF, the interaction between FD, PDAF, CDAF, Metering and Continuous AF, which all interact differently in Fuji as compared to other Brands.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 21:35 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (310 comments in total)
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Peak freak: Thanks for the quick review, however I think you are being a little tough here with a 'silver' award.
I say that because of the Value part, and lens options.

I think the XT-20 will give close to FF quality for half the size, weight and cost - What else can do that?

As an example, I don't even consider the Sony A6300 because I believe the kit lens is wasting its potential, and the thousand bucks needed for the E - 16-70mm is almost as much as the complete Fuji package - XT-20 + 18-55.

I had A6300. XT20 tracks much better. I shoot my son's taekwando classes, and A6300 always gets confused by picking the wrong kid, or by switching from my kid to some other kid. I tried every possible focusing scenario. On my XT20, no problems, with Focus Scenario 2 (Ignore obsticles).

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 21:32 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (310 comments in total)
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PeteHolland89: I'm honestly very impressed by this camera, but I just wanted to share a quick note on ergonomics and handling for those looking to buy this camera.

I went to the camera store yesterday to hold and test the X-T20 but it's actually TOO compact for me. If you have large(r) hands, you will most likely have difficulties getting a good grip with your fingers, which might be uncomfortable for longer periods of shooting. My thumb was also on the buttons as I was trying to hold the camera (not the case on the X-T2 since it's wider and bigger). In the end, I decided to spend the extra money on an X-T2, since it had a much better grip; for me at least.

Before you drop 1000+ dollars on this blindly, please visit your local camera store and see if the X-T20 works for you. Even the best camera in the world is not worth it you cannot grasp it properly.

PeteHolland, I bought a half case which makes my XT20 much easier to handhold. For even larger lenses I bought a $25 L-Plate on amazon which give you and extra handle. Problem solved.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 19:43 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (310 comments in total)

I've been using XT20 since it came out and the AF performance in Continuous AF is the best I've seen on mirrorless camera. I am an owner or previous owner of Sony A7RII, A6300, Olympus EM1 mark 1, Fuji XT2. It is even better than some DSLRS.

As far as video, and the reviewer here does not explain it competently, but the difference is simple: XT2 allows PDAF during AF. XT20 reverts to Contrast AF during AF at 4K. XT20 allows PDAF and FACE DETECTION only during 1080p video.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 19:40 UTC as 59th comment | 3 replies
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (310 comments in total)
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flysurfer: Let me put it like this: In a world where an X100F gets GOLD, an X-T20 deserves PLATINUM. It's the best value Fujifilm has ever offered in the entire X series. I might know, because I own or owned (and evaluated) every single X camera and XF, XC and Touit lens in existence, including the GFX and all GF lenses.

The X-T20 is simply the best camera in the lineup if you include its price (and value) in your ranking. It's better than the X-T2, X-Pro2, X100F, GFX, you name it. It's right in the sweet spot.

I agree 100% with Rico. Love my XT20. Better AF than XT2 for 1/2 price.... that is until XT2 firmware 2 comes out.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 19:40 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1366 comments in total)

Question I can't see answer to: Does Olympus EM1 Mark II video relies on PDAF or does it reverts back to CDAF (sort of like Fuji) during video recording?

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 20:21 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies

Can't wait to go home and download it!!!! I've had my XT20 for a week and a half and now I can get my raw files

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 21:49 UTC as 17th comment
On article Fujifilm X-T20 sample gallery (127 comments in total)

Amazing camera. Hopefully dpreview will test the new autofocus that allows face detect with CH and CAF which is only available on xt20 and not available on xt2

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 11:43 UTC as 24th comment

Sigma 35 Art is a sublime 35mm lens, with perfect sharpness wide open and excellent bokeh (in my opinion). I have not tried the well-reviewed 85 version yet, but I also have a very affordable 30/1.4 non-art version created for E mount, and that's a very good lens too - and only $329. I will be looking at 135 1.8 lens, assuming it is priced competitively.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 16:14 UTC as 49th comment
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (356 comments in total)

not mentioned in the hands on other important differences:
1) Only 1/180 Xsync rate, XT2 increased to 1/250
2) Only 1/4000 mechanical shutter speed, XT2 increased to 1/8000

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 07:21 UTC as 93rd comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1628 comments in total)

Sounds like Canon is almost there with mirrorless and M6 is going to be the camera to get (once they fix the Af and EVF blackout issues, add 4K video....maybe IBIS???)..... I assume Canon will release M6 around 2017 with some more lenses and the Canon will finally join the mirrorless world.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 16:40 UTC as 85th comment | 5 replies
On article Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500 (217 comments in total)
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tom1234567: Fuji beats it for AF but not buffer but then you get more keepers using Fuji
simple
watch the unbiased reviews
I'm a D7200 owner and a Fuji X-T2 owner and I love both my friend uses the D500 which I have used on occasions
Tom G

No Fuji does not beat it in af. I had xt2 and d500 at the same
Time and sold xt2. D500 af was in a different league
Stop reading and watching stupid angry photographer reviews and try yourself

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 13:54 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1147 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Now that you tested XT2, A6500 and Olympus EM1M2, dpreview, which one of them offers fastest focus acquisition in low light. It is interesting that none of the three of the above cameras, advertise EV -? rating. Logically I would think EM1 M2 would acquire in lowest light because it is the only one of the three that has cross-type PDAF points. But then it is not clear to me at which EV rating, these PDAF points cease to operate and we go back to Contrast AF .....

I found Sony A7RII to be amazing in its ability to acquire in lowest of the light.... My Nikon D500 is there too. Fuji (I've had them all through XT2) traditionally give up sooner than Sonys (A6000 did better than XT1 in my testing).
How I tested them? I took all my cameras with similar lenses, and would gradually lower light in my bedroom and waited to see which camera/s gave up first.

Fujis were some of the first. Along with Canon 7D... Then Olympus EM1.... Then Panasonic GX7 and GX8 (Rated EV-4).... Sony A6000 was really really good... A7RII was unmatched, every other camera gave up before A7RII. Unfortunately did not have A7RII and Nikon D500 at the same time to test side by side

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 07:38 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1147 comments in total)

Now that you tested XT2, A6500 and Olympus EM1M2, dpreview, which one of them offers fastest focus acquisition in low light. It is interesting that none of the three of the above cameras, advertise EV -? rating. Logically I would think EM1 M2 would acquire in lowest light because it is the only one of the three that has cross-type PDAF points. But then it is not clear to me at which EV rating, these PDAF points cease to operate and we go back to Contrast AF .....

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 05:07 UTC as 89th comment | 4 replies
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1366 comments in total)
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rhlpetrus: The Nikon D500 is king of cropped cameras, in all aspects. It's at least 1 stop better in high ISO compared to the other cameras e and the detail at base ISO is outstanding. The AF is also top-notch. Maybe Nikon will make a mirror-free version someday.

it was very dark, and it was after i had a date with my wife at a restaurant nearby, I won't be be bringing tripod with me.... I had a small 35 1.8DX mounted on D500

ISO16,000

https://photos.smugmug.com/Photography/Nikon-D500/i-tpWxvwj/0/X3/DSC_4623-X3.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Photography/Nikon-D500/i-LsGJXgz/0/X3/DSC_4596-X3.jpg

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 17:11 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1147 comments in total)
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Absolutic: How is low light acquisition speed and accuracy, for example for portraits in very low light, or dimly lit restaurant, or even darker conditions?

Rishi does one need to turn "Live Setting" to "OFF" for better AF in low light, or it does not matter?

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 08:23 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1147 comments in total)

How is low light acquisition speed and accuracy, for example for portraits in very low light, or dimly lit restaurant, or even darker conditions?

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 01:37 UTC as 156th comment | 3 replies
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1366 comments in total)
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rhlpetrus: The Nikon D500 is king of cropped cameras, in all aspects. It's at least 1 stop better in high ISO compared to the other cameras e and the detail at base ISO is outstanding. The AF is also top-notch. Maybe Nikon will make a mirror-free version someday.

My d500 is remarkable in all ways and low light performance is unmatched. Except one thing: I've been spoiled by ibis in my Olympus and Sony cameras Shooting last night on the beach I kind of wished for ibis as As I had to go up to ISO 16,000 on my d500 and still had some shake in many of my shots.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 12:29 UTC
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