shigzeo

shigzeo

Lives in Japan Chiba, Japan
Works as a Writer, Audio Critic
Has a website at http://ohm-image.net
Joined on Sep 14, 2010
About me:

utterly impressionable

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Chris Dodkin: Nothing like leading from the front....

Chris, you said you could see exactly how the camera was set. I brought up a single point to the contrary. Listen, we both own and use Fujifilm cameras. I’m just not a fanboy. I use a product and am not blind to its design faults. I didn’t bring up that in some lenses there are or are not aperture rings, or that sometimes they turn endlessly or have full stops, or are labelled or unlabelled.

Even if the interface was actually unified, rather than scattered all over the place, we would still have to address numerous problems with its physical UI. I know you’d defend those problems to the death. That’s your thing. I wish they’d be addressed, which is why time and time again I meant ion them.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 23:18 UTC
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Chris Dodkin: Nothing like leading from the front....

@Chris: no you can’t. No Fuji tells you what shutter speed the camera actually is in, which you’d think would be important. It gives you a general idea and that’s it. To find the actual shutter speed you have to look through a finder. And you know, there is no way to choose long or really short exposures on that famous dial.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 19:44 UTC
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Chris Dodkin: Nothing like leading from the front....

Chris, I understand that you love the Fuji UI. But I don't see a single place where it is better, faster, or more 'direct' and/or, apart maybe, from its metering mode selectors. We simply disagree there.

I understand that a number of people love the traditional-looking dials, but I find it funny as hell that nearly no one criticises Fujifilm for the fact that those dials don't allow you to select, toggle, or cycle through the entire range of shutter speeds without first changing to T mode, or using the sub dial. It's not a unified interface. As you know, the lenses are all over the place: some with aperture rings, some with none, some with labelled and stopped aperture rings, some with endlessly turning ones, rings that turn both ways, lenses with and without focus clutches, and even their high-end XF lenses using different material for focus and zoom rings, let alone making their focus rings tiny, much like lower end lenses for other systems.

Their glass is enviably good. But UI?

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 05:30 UTC
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Chris Dodkin: Nothing like leading from the front....

Nikon and Canon won't rush into this with lenses that, like early and even modern X/XF lenses, react like P&S lenses, but with better optics. There is a great chance for failure, but I think you're overestimating Fuji's lead. Sony certainly are in a good place, with lenses from first and third parties that fully or mostly support the mount, as well as flashes, adapters, and more. Fuji are behind in that regard, but probably poised to stay leaders in the MF race.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 02:33 UTC
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Chris Dodkin: Nothing like leading from the front....

Speculation and a large waiting audience. I know that many people here at DPReview are early adopters, but regular people still buy names they know. And going around temples and trade shows here in Japan and the USA, I still rarely see mirrorless cameras. I've seen only one other professional use mirrorless at any event I've participated in.

Nikon are in a hard position because their mount's aperture is hardware rather than electronic, making adapters for existing lenses overly complicated and/or impossibly expensive. But the fact of the matter is that certainly Sony, and to a slightly lesser degree, Fufjilm, have poor layouts, fiddly buttons, and bodies that don't work well with gloves. Even a cheap Nikon dSLR works better with gloves than an X-H1 and certainly an A7III.

Those two companies need to shed the 'small for the sake of small' tack they took early and make cameras that feel and handle like compact dSLRs. Ditch the cheap buttons. Make proper AF-ON.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 02:31 UTC
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Chris Dodkin: Nothing like leading from the front....

At this point it should be obvious that being conservative has allowed them to build up speculation: will they or will they not enter the market? In the meantime, people have fled to Sony, and maybe to other brands, but I know a LOT of people unhappy with the current offerings, and who are waiting for a mirrorless camera properly designed for medium sized hands, and/or one that applies the benefits of dSLR ergonomics to a mirrorless system.

I'm one of those. If Nikon - and later Canon - can do it well and go full-in, making a system worthy of switching from their higher end dSLRs, I think we'll see their market place remain in tact. On the contrary, if they do it well, I expect we'll see companies like Fujifilm and Olympus slowly fade to the back.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 01:03 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Anything's possible. The president has declared bankruptcy several times and it doesn't seem to have hurt him. Still, it's not a good sign.

As for taking a swipe at Adobe, most software is, mercifully, still something you only have to pay for once.

Blah blah blah, shoehorn politics into everything. Congrats.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 20:50 UTC

As long as they make their system friendly to medium sized hands and don’t good controls like Fuji have with three-way splits to control basic shutter speeds, can utilise modern joysticks and implement tried and true control schemes without pandering to the past, I expect we will see the system move. People are ready to make switches but haven’t faith in new systems by young belligerents.

If Sony and canon enter strong, it may be fair to say that it will be them and Sony in the race to market competence.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 14:48 UTC as 170th comment
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Joseph K Boston: Much ado about stuffing.

Thank you for this.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2018 at 01:44 UTC
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shigzeo: Looks decent but appears to lack the eye AF programmable button. That would have made it killer.

It’s just as compatible but it appears to lack the programmable button that directly allows that feature, which is incredibly helpful especially when shooting mixed action and portraiture.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2018 at 00:24 UTC
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shigzeo: Looks decent but appears to lack the eye AF programmable button. That would have made it killer.

I had no idea that such a button existed as I never got farther than the A7r into the FE system, but when I tried the A7III at CP+2018 that button the 70-200/4 blew my mind.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2018 at 09:09 UTC

The copy for this lens describes how Tamron were able to keep costs down.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 15:11 UTC as 51st comment

Looks decent but appears to lack the eye AF programmable button. That would have made it killer.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 14:42 UTC as 57th comment | 5 replies
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NCB: If you're going to do this, then why not use 120 roll film? Is it that the overall quality is too poor to do a good job with 120 film?

Happily, I believe such a camera already exists, if you have the money:
https://www.dw-photo.eu/cameras.html
A Rolleiflex with both film and digital backs. Nice!

DW Photo is the direct successor of Rollei, via one or two other incarnations. Unfortunately one of those incarnations appears to have sold the company name Rollei to an entirely different company, probably that producing this new camera. But it appears DW Photo still has the right to use the name Rolleiflex.

DW still service older Rollei stuff and even sell their electronic aperture and exposure remotes. Love them. It they are losing an uphill battle and their distributors have a hard time hearing from them.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2018 at 23:22 UTC
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ZilverHaylide: When I see such perverse appropriation and exploitation of once-iconic names that used to belong to products with real engineering substance, I'm overcome with nausea. Not surprised that such exploitation occurs, but I wonder, what camera purchaser will actually pay money for this $#¡t?

By the way, I'm curious about where those publicity shots in the gallery were taken. Can anyone enlighten, based on the background?

I shot the Rollei X-Act 2 (released at the tail end of the 90s) for most of my early tabletop advertising career. Amazing compact bellies camera with wonderful modular support for lenses down to 23mm and adapters for medium format backs and Sony FE. The brand was pushing forward until early 2000s with compelling products for professionals.

And now this. Truly sad to see the demise of a truly great brand. But that segment is gone. And if they want to stay relevant they need to hit consumers.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2018 at 23:20 UTC
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Imagingfix: My fingers are crossed, for a better Flickr

My account has now gone from Sony to Yahoo! To smugmug. Seems a good trajectory.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 22:23 UTC
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rugosa: Greenland is the new Iceland.

@thatcamfan:

To photographers looking for their ‘next chequebook destination’ none of that matters or should unless they are activists or journalists. Landscapes are orthogonal to social issues. I certainly don’t photograph a tree all conscious.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 22:21 UTC
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rugosa: Greenland is the new Iceland.

@Photomonkey: more like complete red herring. And here we are, in a thread about photographing Greenland discussing wife beating. So it goes.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 11:15 UTC
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rugosa: Greenland is the new Iceland.

SJW response in 1... 2... 3...

ooops, I didn’t type fast enough.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 23:14 UTC
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PhozoKozmos: it would help

if lens mfrs offer better (photos of) lenses
with less visible CA (chromatic aberrations)
left uncorrected (look at iris)
in its promotional material:

http://www.tokinalens.com/images/catalog/product/5aa9371518776.jpg

It even clips the reflector in the composit.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 23:50 UTC
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