freediverx

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On article Fujifilm X100F Review (818 comments in total)
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james s. kennedy: Any significant benefits over my refurbed Fuji X3 for $250?

Fuji X-A3 Limitations:

- No dedicated controls for shutter speed, aperture, ISO. or exposure compensation
- No optical viewfinder
- Overall sluggish operation
- Slow, unreliable AF system, with poor subject tracking and face detection
- Frequent AF 'hunting' when recording video
- Burst rate of 1 fps when tracking subjects
- Buffer fills quickly when shooting Raw
- LCD difficult to see in bright light
- Limited video capture tools
- Cannot adjust exposure comp. in manual mode w/Auto ISO
- No external battery charger included

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2017 at 13:32 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (818 comments in total)
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K1000usr: I would be curious how well X100F does panoramic shots.

I have the X100S. Typically in brightly lit scenes, X100S panoramic shots are full of bands of varying brightness, and practically a waste.

That's a nice pano shot. But the scene appears to be pretty evenly lit from left to right. So that's not the sort of challenging lighting that typically results in banding.

I sometimes run into this problem when shooting panoramas of sunsets or sunrises, with one side of the frame very bright and the other much darker.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2017 at 13:14 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (818 comments in total)
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freediverx: Do any local retailers stock this camera? I'd like a chance to play with one in person without having to buy one.

No, I was asking if others have found local retailers in their own areas to stock this camera, since none seem to do so in mine. I was trying to gauge whether Fuji cameras are generally not stocked by local camera stores.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2017 at 13:03 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (818 comments in total)
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skanter: Still fixed LCD? Deal breaker.

Do you honestly think it's reasonable to research the post history of every commenter I reply to?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2017 at 13:00 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (818 comments in total)
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Ellbogen: So many significant drawbacks, such as auto focus speed, unreliable face detection, video outdated and yet getting a gold award ???

Macro Arment, an influential, independent developer who helped create Tumblr, Instapaper, and Overcast, spent some time extolling the virtues of Sony's high end cameras, no doubt persuaded by the specs and the hype. In a recent podcast, he admitted that this was a mistake, and that after using the high end A7R II for a couple of years, he realized that its clunky controls and menu system made it a chore to use.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 12:54 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (818 comments in total)
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skanter: Still fixed LCD? Deal breaker.

Irony only works when there's a consensus about the subject a hand. These forums are full of opinions from every angle so I had no way of knowing you were being sarcastic unless I was already familiar with your previous comments.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 12:30 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (818 comments in total)
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JKeith77: I still love (60%) and hate (40%) my original X100. It still takes remarkable pictures and the viewfinder was truly innovative aside from the quirks that are indeed frustrating.

But I really see no need to upgrade until Fuji stuffs a full frame CMOS sensor in there, adds dust/WR sealing, and improves the video capabilities. I would be willing to pay around $1500 for that version.

>I really see no need to upgrade until Fuji stuffs a full frame CMOS sensor in there

That's never going to happen. A larger sensor would require a complete redesign of both the camera and lens, resulting in a larger, heavier, and more expensive product that loses the magic of the original.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 15:11 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (818 comments in total)
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Ellbogen: So many significant drawbacks, such as auto focus speed, unreliable face detection, video outdated and yet getting a gold award ???

The Sony a6xxx is considerably bulkier, and like all Sony cameras has terrible ergonomics and menu system. It lacks the Fuji's dedicated, tactile controls for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.

As with many of their other cameras, the Axxx sacrifices battery life in order to deliver a smaller body, despite the fact that this is offset by poor ergonomics and an exceptionally bulky lens.

Sony designs cameras that excel on a spec sheet and in absolute image quality. But in actual use, their design flaws make them unpleasant to use. The Sony also lacks an optical viewfinder, which can be a welcome feature when you want to track your subject while shooting a burst without dealing with viewfinder blackout.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 14:55 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (818 comments in total)
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freediverx: Do any local retailers stock this camera? I'd like a chance to play with one in person without having to buy one.

No, but apparently you've confused it with 4chan.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 14:49 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (818 comments in total)
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james s. kennedy: It seems to me that the XPro2 would be a much better buy. Why limit yourself to one focal length. I might buy the x100 for $300.

> It seems to me that the XPro2 would be a much better buy.

It all depends on your needs. The X100F is not meant to be an all-purpose, jack of all trades camera. Its design is optimized for a particular type of photography, while making many sacrifices that would make it a poor choice for other types.

The XPro2 is a fantastic camera, and no doubt a more versatile choice than the X100F. However, it's also considerably larger and heavier, even when equipped with an equivalent lens. It's also substantially more expensive, especially after factoring in the cost of a lens. So the question of which of the two is the better camera depends entirely on the needs and preferences of the buyer.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 14:48 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (818 comments in total)
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skanter: Still fixed LCD? Deal breaker.

I think you guys are missing the point of this camera. This is a more affordable rendition of the Leica Q—minimalist, fixed lens, great ergonomic controls and image quality—in a relatively light and compact body.

If you want an X100F with interchangeable lenses, I have great news for you! Fuji already makes this camera, and it's called the X-Pro2. In fact, it also has faster autofocus and shutter speeds. What's that you say? The X-Pro2 is bigger, heavier, and more expensive? Congratulations! You now understand the key tradeoffs between fixed and interchangeable lens cameras.

An articulated LCD would certainly be nice, but again it would change the character of the camera, not to mention adding size, weight, and cost.

I get that we're all seeking the "perfect" camera, but the reality is that such a camera cannot exist. Demanding interchangeable lenses and articulated LCD in the X100 is akin to complaining about luggage space and rear seat legroom in a Porsche.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 14:33 UTC
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Geekapoo: In another post he says he "would NEVER buy an Android phone again if I cared about photography."

What a pathetic excuse for a joke. If someone cares about photography, take lots of pictures and understand the strengths and limitations of the equipment and themselves. iPhone, Android, P+S, instamatic cameras...any of them can yield great shots. Too bad people are so obsessed with the latest and greatest vs. mainly their shortcomings re general photography (appreciating that special gear can be required for some shoots).

Actually my argument is the opposite - that Samsung’s flagship models have offered superior camera systems to Apple at least for the last year or so. I’m not talking about specs or technical studio tests. Side by side, in low light, the top end Galaxy phones autofocus faster and deliver images with less noise, more detail, and better colors than the iPhone.

Is the difference dramatic? No. But it’s definitely noticeable to me, and it’s notable in precisely the sort of conditions where I struggle most with photography,

This doesn’t mean I would ever consider buying a Samsung phone or anything else running Android, for that matter. But I think it’s important to highlight these differences to apply pressure on Apple to improve. I think they should spend less effort on gimmicky features like Live Photos and Portrait Mode and focus instead on improving the fundamentals.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 16:00 UTC
On article Composition tips: simplification and negative space (85 comments in total)

Why on earth would he post on Pinterest?

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 15:02 UTC as 3rd comment
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Steve in GA: Although it is painful to say, I don't see how any camera company could be an attractive investment today.

The camera industry is in a state of flux, and no one can reliably say what the industry will look like in ten or even five years. And, a discussion that implies that the owners of Leica have a 100 year vision for the company is downright laughable.

> Panasonic or Sony "should" have the best smartphone as photography tool.

Japanese companies are known for their cutting edge electronics, but they're terrible at software and human interface design - and those skillsets are essential when creating a great smartphone.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 14:59 UTC
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Dan DeLion: It has been a long time since Leica produced competitive bodies or lenses. Recently they’ve tried to be competitive in the fashion accessory realm with mixed results right along with murses (man purses.) It is tough to be a small company in an evolving segment when the competitors are large, hungry, innovative, and financially strong. Obviously, Leica can no longer compete and must look for rich savior. The question is: “will there be anything unique about the Leica brand after it is absorbed into whomever comes to its rescue”?

The lenses will certainly hold their value, but you can use Leica lenses on other, far more affordable, cameras. And the DSLR is a fairly mature product, so even older models can hold there own.

But Leica's bread and butter is the rangefinder camera, a category that's still in flux with significant limitations still being worked out. If you look at Leica digital cameras from several years ago, they can't keep up with many low to mid-range competitors on the market today in terms of usability, LCD size/resolution/refresh rates, autofocus, or dynamic range and noise levels in low light.

If an older Leica digital camera were a viable option, I'd jump on one myself.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 14:55 UTC
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Ruekon: Everyone loves pictures of its children. Using a DSLR with appropriate lens, the photos would additionally show clarity and crispness. Not speaking of catching the moment if children happen to not sit still.

I live in South Florida, where it's summer pretty much all year round. The only time I carry a bag (backpack) is when I go to the beach or when bike riding. And at those times the last thing I want is an extra several pounds of dead weight in the form of very bulky, expensive, and fragile camera gear. Likewise, I carry a messenger bag to work for my laptop and a few accessories. Shoving a DSLR in there would be unthinkable.

Carrying a DSLR is a huge commitment and liability... not the sort of thing one casually brings along for the heck of it.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 14:45 UTC
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Einride: Glad to hear Leica is doing well. Dream of the day I can afford a Leica with its unparalleled feel and lenses.

I think Sony should spend some time playing with a Fuji camera and copy everything they can about their control layout and menu organization.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 23:26 UTC
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Ruekon: Everyone loves pictures of its children. Using a DSLR with appropriate lens, the photos would additionally show clarity and crispness. Not speaking of catching the moment if children happen to not sit still.

You need a bag to carry your wallet, a phone, key and car registration? Is that what pockets are for?

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 21:41 UTC
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Einride: Glad to hear Leica is doing well. Dream of the day I can afford a Leica with its unparalleled feel and lenses.

The problem with the A7 and every other Sony camera is that Sony sucks at software design, and their on-camrea controls feel cheap and imprecise considering the high price point.

Sony makes cameras that create great quality photos but which are annoying to use.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 19:54 UTC
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freediverx: > the smartphone's image quality "should only be surpassed by RED's bigger cameras," beating out mirrorless cameras and DSLRs if RED has their way with this phone.

I find that hard to believe so long as the lens is constrained to the size of a smartphone. You can’t beat physics.

I work more on the technical/eCommerce side, so my efforts are on making it easier and more efficient for the customer to learn about the product and make an informed purchase.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 18:08 UTC
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