FTOG

Lives in Austria Vienna, Austria
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On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2021 (847 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: It's November. A whole month remains to use for testing and discussion and comparison.

Seems like click bait to be so early.

It's just in time to give people an opportunity to buy the awarded products for the holiday season and Black Friday/Cyber Monday. I.e. through affiliate links or on Amazon - DPR's parent company.

Just in time if you ask me, or well, them.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2021 at 13:16 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2021 (847 comments in total)
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BackToNature1: The vast majority of camera consumers, aren't going to dump $2500 on an camera, much less then add the additional cost of lens.

"Most Americans couldn't cover a $1,000 financial emergency, survey finds. Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans have enough money set aside to cover an unexpected $1,000 expense, such as a trip to the ER or car repairs, according to a new survey.Jan 11, 2021"

Most Americans couldn't cover a $1,000 financial emergency ...https://www.cbsnews.com › news › financial-emergency-s.

With many consumers having (reasonably) capable cameras in their pockets every hour of the day, dedicated cameras (even "entry level" ones) have long become enthusiast and professional products anyway. The casual consumer doesn't bother to buy or carry a dedicated camera, leave alone several lenses to go with it.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2021 at 13:14 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2021 (847 comments in total)
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Thoughts R Us: All wonderful products, deserving of accolades. These days all of the cameras and lenses are top notch.

The biggest quibble I have is that I believe the Canon eye control AF to be the winner for best innovation. I believe when we look back in a few years this could be the feature from this year that genuinely influences the entire market.

Eye Control AF is the PAST!!!*

* considering it's been around since Canon's EOS 5 (QD) aka EOS A2(E) in 1992, although not uninterrupted.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2021 at 22:12 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2021 (847 comments in total)
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Savviest: Fujifilm fans are going to be upset, especially over the Zfc being runner up in best consumer camera.

Fuji shooter here. I don't know. Between the X-E4 dividing the Fuji user base and the X-T30 Mk II releasing so late in the year and being just that, an Mk II, a point can indeed be made that the Nikon Z fc might be the more significant release in 2021.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2021 at 15:55 UTC

Quite a spectacular disaster for a market leader as large as WD.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2021 at 14:32 UTC as 26th comment
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dash2k8: What I would give to have lived in his shoes for one day, to capture moments of legends.

M Lammerse, that couldn't be further from the truth. From Elvis to the Beatles, Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie,.. Mainstream or underground, there was plenty of outrage from the public to go around. Every generation has its trailblazers that reshape the public mind, upsetting plenty of people in the process. That is as true today as it was then.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2021 at 09:28 UTC
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De Fotoman: Another miss if you ask me.
Being an Instax fan, all i want is a Instax Wide camera, with AF, basic exposure control and maybe some kind of interchangeable (real!) lenses. So no digital.
They had a AF Wide camera 10-15 years ago....

Well, you said it yourself, you want an early 2000s camera. That's a pretty hard sell to the greater market in the 2020s.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2021 at 09:53 UTC
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TORN: With this price per print this camera will literally print money - for Fuji. The product is lovely, though.

Instax has been a cashcow for Fuji for a good while now

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2021 at 09:49 UTC
On article Nifty...forty? Nikon Z 40mm F2 sample gallery (300 comments in total)
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FTOG: 40mm is such a pleasant FOV. Makes me wonder why I sold my OM Zuiko 40/2.0 and Fuji 27/2.8. Might have to re-buy the latter, the former not so much (I remember now why I sold it).

I'm aware Drew. Optically they are identical. Since availability is pretty poor for the new WR version, I might consider a used non-WR.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2021 at 15:16 UTC
On article Nifty...forty? Nikon Z 40mm F2 sample gallery (300 comments in total)

40mm is such a pleasant FOV. Makes me wonder why I sold my OM Zuiko 40/2.0 and Fuji 27/2.8. Might have to re-buy the latter, the former not so much (I remember now why I sold it).

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2021 at 16:40 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies

Understandably, this lens elicits comparisons to the manual focus sibling that came before it. But I'm not sure that's all too relevant for the mass market.

There will is a proportion of consumers which simply won't consider any lens that does not offer autofocus (even if in this case it's an UWA with a shorter hyperfocal distance and larger DOF). Like Zeiss, Viltrox and Tokina before them, Tamron, Samyang/Rokinon and (soon?) Sigma entering the Fuji system with AF lenses aren't looking to convert owners of native or adapted manual focus lenses. They are looking to acquire new customers that are looking for AF alternatives to Fuji's own lenses. The offering tends to be more affordable, but there is also a market in offering third party lenses where no Fuji equivalent exists - like is the case here.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2021 at 12:23 UTC as 8th comment
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Tom Schum: Basically double the price of the manual focus version for Fuji X-mount. Probably a good decision by Samyang, to make this lens. The market for autofocus is much bigger than for manual focus.

Seeing all the "I won't change" comments: I don't expect Samyang to primarily have had previous 12/2.0 MF lens owners in mind for this.

There is potential to acquire new customers, who may have held off buying the original 12/2.0 and other manual lenses. Such customers might be easier to convince to buy third party options, now that they come with AF.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2021 at 18:05 UTC
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TOF guy: If not for Canon, Nikon would not have made an FF camera, and Minolta/Sony probably never either.
If not for Nikon and Canon, Sony would not have been pressured to do something different and come with FF ML cameras, then pushing the envelope about what ML technology can do.
If not for Sony, Canon and Nikon would not have made DX and FF ML cameras, or at least not for a long time.
There are tons of examples like these, and not just from the 3 biggest players.
Competition is good as it forces manufacturers not to stay still on their laurels.
The Z9 maybe a "D3 moment" as it raises the bar for all.

A good summary, but one aspect it overlooks is the part Olympus/Panasonic have played in making mirrorless possible. Without MFT we would have none of the mirrorless systems we have today.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2021 at 09:22 UTC
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Tztom: 26 DX pancake or what?

Sorry, you're right. Mistook it for the roadmap 24mm.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2021 at 13:33 UTC
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Tztom: 26 DX pancake or what?

A DX-only tilt-shift? At 26mm? Improbable.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2021 at 13:31 UTC

When the Z fc was announced, people deservedly called out Nikon for the lack of DX options, especially on the wide end. While the roadmap and current offering is still overwhelmingly FX - and Nikon seems to expect you to use FX lenses on DX bodies for the normal-to-tele range, at least for the time being - the addition of a DX 12-28mm is a big deal. This closes a significant gap for anyone wanting to shoot primarily/exclusively DX in the Z system (as opposed to having a DX body as a secondary for an FX body).

I can only hope that the roadmap DX 24mm prime is only the beginning of more lenses being designed specifically for Nikon Z DX bodies. While I don't shoot Nikon personally, anyone who shoots APS-C is set to benefit from more competition in that market.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2021 at 13:17 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies
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Impulses: So it's now the OM System OM-D E-M5 III? Hmm...

They'll likely realign nomenclature. If such a product was release, it wouldn't be unlikely to call it "OM System E-M5 III" or "OM System E-M5-D III".

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2021 at 14:11 UTC
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fourthirdcam: What did you expect? This is a Japanese company and that was a VERY Japanese announcement. Invoking the past and looking to the future is the most predictable and safe announcement a Japanese camera company could make.

There is no history behind "OM Digital." There is a lot of history behind the OM System and that logo. The logo is instantly recognizable as a premium product over the digital "E-System" logo. There are tonnes of Japanese retirees and middle-aged folks out there who have fond memories of that OM system logo.

Hopefully this translates into hiring, maintaining, and developing the talent needed to build a camera.

What did you really think they were going to say?
They are facing the same reality as any other camera maker - the continued erosion of the photography space.

@nameless0ne: "Japanese has no balls to make a bold statement or bold product name."
That's one way of entirely ignoring that communication is strongly influenced by culture - and that there are many cultures on our diverse globe where communication is nuanced and gentler. The strength of communication isn't universally measured in the amount of 'balls' contained therein.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2021 at 14:07 UTC

My Olympus OM cameras hold a dear place in my heart. While I might not shoot film all too often any longer, I'd be really happy to see an OM branded system flourish.

Not sure how likely it would be to ever see the light of day, but a minimalist modern take on the OM-1, with the classic styling and physical controls reduced to a bare minimum, now that would be a camera I would have a hard time resisting. With the recent releases of the Nikon Z fc and the pared-down Fuji X-E4, I could see such a camera doing well for Olympus, sorry, OM System.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2021 at 12:41 UTC as 129th comment | 2 replies
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pylorus21: Just pre ordered one. Dream come true for me. The mobile APP is quite intuitive. Great product. I know you can print directly from X-S10. Not sure if I can from X-Pro3, anybody knows if this is possible?

If I'm not mistaken, all these Smartphone Printer branded models can only print from a smartphone indeed. So if you want to print a shot from a Fuji camera, you need to transfer the shot to the phone first.

Personally, I'd prefer if the smartphone printers allowed printing from smartphones and directly from a Fuji camera (even if only from recent models). But I can understand why development, support and maintenance of compatibility with direct print from cameras would make such a printer a whole lot more expensive to buy or unprofitable for Fuji to offer at this price point.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2021 at 21:26 UTC
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