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On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2036 comments in total)

> whether this is worth the loss of fine detail and restrictions on Raw
> converter choice is something for each photographer to consider

Outside of the leaf smearing, which for the most part I don't see anymore in modern versions of RAW converters, including Adobe, there is no "loss in fine detail". Certainly for street photography, portraiture, and most studio work there in no "loss in find detail" (quite the opposite).

As far as RAW converter choices, DxO is the only converter I know of that doesn't handle X-Trans. There may be others, but outside of DxO all the major ones do support X-Trans, so it's not very "restricting".

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 19:16 UTC as 106th comment | 5 replies
On article Drone footage captures the raw power of Iceland (55 comments in total)
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naturetech: I can't wait for this drone fad to end.

I think there are some interesting views we're getting to see, but I do suspect at some point the novelty of the images/videos will wear off. Certainly my visceral reaction is to want to use them as skeet, however I am sure they are a lot of fun and there is still original work left to be done with them.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 21:31 UTC
On article Drone footage captures the raw power of Iceland (55 comments in total)
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Reactive: I found Iceland to be a depressingly barren, grey and dull place to visit, and I've spent years out walking in the great outdoors. Sure it's interesting to see how the flora, fauna and humans have had to adapt to their environment, but the endless vistas of barren moonscape and Armageddon lifelessness can make for some very dull days. There's only so much rock you can shoot! This video shows that very well, so in that respect it's a great film.

As an alternative , try Tangerine Dream's 'Canyon Dreams' video; lots of rock but at least there's some colour ;-)

Go in late August. Plenty of color, though rain can always be an enemy. Be prepared to have your wallet thoroughly hoovered. Iceland made Switzerland seem cheap, and I am not joking.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 21:21 UTC
On article Drone footage captures the raw power of Iceland (55 comments in total)
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landscaper1: Very beautiful film, but an incorrect title. I saw no fire.

Iceland is called the "Land of Fire and Ice", hence I think the title.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 21:17 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (232 comments in total)
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dariva: .................
And this is my credo and advice to all photographers may it be pro ore enthusiast:
Since we went digital you have to focus first on the "film" you by and then on the camera that comes along with it. Since you cant change the sensor later on, you stick to the pictur quality of the sensor, no matter what the fantastic features of the camera offer.

Conclusion on my side. The sensor in the XE2 is not so much better, that I "need" to
buy it. The XE1 is in my travelers camera and has prooved reliable through out the
four years ( And I dont treat cameras well ;-)

good light !-)

I have the X-E1 and the X-T1. Assuming the X-E2(s) focusing is near the X-T1, the update is probably compelling. It is that much better and I regularly struggle for lock with the X-E1 where the X-T1 locks immediately. It's on the edge, but at least for me there are enough missed shots to probably make it worth it.

For people photos, I actually prefer the color rendering of the X-E1 over the X-T1 (or even X-Pro2), so it will stay in my toolkit. The skin tones are less "plasticky" I find and have a special quality to them.

I may look for a used X-E2, which I definitely don't see the X-E2s upgrade as a "need" to as you describe. Still, having the X-Pro2 as well, the 24mp is pretty compelling and does render landscapes better in my opinion, so I wonder if I should be waiting for the X-E3...

Admittedly all first world problems.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 10:47 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (232 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: Interesting physiological phenomenon: weird one-trick-pony niche products often generate a small but aggressive cult-like following.

Don't suppose you've actually used a Fuji to any extent? In any case, allow me to like my cameras and I'll do the same for whatever brand you have a cult-like love of as well.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 10:38 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (203 comments in total)
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Sergey_Green: Had this lens a while back, was pretty good for what it was, I thought. It does not produce that tightly sharp images wide open as Sigma Art does, but Nikon does add that certain character to the image (as many lenses from that period do), that can be quite attractive just as well. And it is way smaller (several times in fact) than the 50mm Art lens. Certainly worth having, and they do not cost much.

I agree - it has "character", but having gone mostly Fuji, I've learned it's possible to have both character and sharp images. I can leave my 35mm f1.4 almost wide open and get the best of both worlds (say nothing of the 56mm f1.2). Using the Fujis has made me grow somewhat disenchanted with my Nikon lenses - I had no idea how much I was fighting against the Nikon glass (and to note, not just on FF, I used APS-C as well).

That's not to say I'm going to ditch my Nikons - I still have Nikon love and some of the lenses do have such lovely character that I would never part with them. It has been an eye opener though.

Need to look at that Sigma 50 though - everyone seems to rave about it...

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 10:28 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: Interesting!

But do selfie photographers care?

I don't want it for selfies and I don't even use my phone's camera that much - but, yes, I would find such technology useful for taking pictures of others.

I was actually wondering the other day if such technology existed.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 03:00 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (363 comments in total)
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zakaria: Fuji AF first gen is not so good i hope the new AF system is better because i like fuji colores and have a decent xf lenses intend to buy the xt2 if the the af is like the competitors!

Agreed that it was painful, but first gen is a long time ago for the X series. This is the 3rd generation, 4th if you count the X100. Fuji has also improved older models through updates.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 17:18 UTC

I read a lot of the negative posts here and think:

a) Taking out of context just to be negative (ie: "satisfy everyone") - who wouldn't say that? Clearly Fuji has made very quirky niche cameras, so they don't take that in the literal sense.
b) I get that you wish Fuji had say touch screen and other features you find on your cameras. A lot of us are perfectly happy with the way Fujis are today. So, if "satisfy everyone" is bad, then conversely some people are going to wish things are different. It doesn't mean the Fuji cameras are bad anymore than yours lacking the Fuji features are bad. Not having "X" (whatever "X" is) doesn't mean a camera is bad. To each their own. What's important to you may not be important to me. Buy the camera that has "X" then, don't diss Fuji.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 20:14 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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sunnycal: How about satisfying people who prefer Bayer filter?

Some of us like the X-Trans just fine as it is...

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 20:09 UTC

It is remarkably refreshing how direct the Fuji responses are. Thanks for conducting and posting this interview!

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 20:08 UTC as 18th comment
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boinkphoto: So here's what I've always wondered - you the photographer are never truly still. They the subject are never truly still. Given that, is it really more than luck in many cases?

Yes, I've had cameras/lenses with horrible back focus so the extremes certainly matter, but once you are within a tolerance?

Obviously still lives and tripods are another thing but...

Sorry for the delayed response. Yes, with S-AF that was my potential hypothesis. As soon as it locks subject and photographer (can) start to shift. I wonder what percentage of shots that impacts. Certainly as I get older I get less steady.


Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 17:36 UTC
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Clint Dunn: This is one of the reasons I gave up on my Canon DSLR's...inconsistent AF. Mirrorless is the true solution here, everything else in DSLR land is a band-aid.

Well, that is if you can focus in time. I love my mirrorless, but I would take DSLR AF any day over them. Granted they are getting better.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 21:45 UTC
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Edgar_in_Indy: Judging from the comments on here, it sounds like it's finally okay for DSLR users who suffer from AF adjustment issues to come out of the closet.

I've been praising Sigma for years for offering free lens-to-body calibration service, but many of my fellow DSLR shooters seem to believe that just proves that Sigma doesn't know how to build a properly calibrated lens in the first place. But since I've seen calibration vary from body to body I've owned, I know that at least half the problem is with the DSLR itself.

It's just the nature of the beast, so it's nice to finally see it being discussed in the open by DSLR makers. Although they probably didn't have much choice since AF accuracy is one of the major advantages of mirrorless, and is part of the reason I've been transitioning. Someday we'll find our dusty old lens calibration charts in the back of closet and laugh.

In the old D200 days there were tons of threads about focus accuracy. I don't think it was a taboo subject at all.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 21:41 UTC

So here's what I've always wondered - you the photographer are never truly still. They the subject are never truly still. Given that, is it really more than luck in many cases?

Yes, I've had cameras/lenses with horrible back focus so the extremes certainly matter, but once you are within a tolerance?

Obviously still lives and tripods are another thing but...

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 21:38 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (308 comments in total)

Looks remarkably like the Fuji X-E2...

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:43 UTC as 63rd comment | 6 replies
On article Nikon D810 firmware C 1.10 now available (62 comments in total)
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codeNsnap: Amazing how people whine when Nikon like any honest software provider provides a fix to address bugs. If only these people were made to write code they would realize that software bugs are a natural part of software development cycle. Even companies with best programming talent like Google, Apple and Microsoft update their products with bug fixes regularly. As long as the product does not have design flaws that cannot be addressed in software, I don't see what the fuss is about when a bug fix is released.

I can't speak for how intrusive the bugs are, however you expect what is essentially a hardware device to work without "bugs". While as a coder myself I get your point, I think people rightfully look at these sorts of devices differently than say PC software.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 14:59 UTC
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (754 comments in total)

Comes with tow-hitch and U-Haul to carry to all your photographic occasions.

(sorry I couldn't resist. That and I think I saw that same camera on a Kraftwerk album growing up in the 80's. Er, that said, mind you I wouldn't complain if someone gave me one. It would certainly lessen my need for exercise equipment).

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 01:10 UTC as 90th comment | 1 reply
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1495 comments in total)

What did some Leica exec say, "Fuji is eating our lunch with small, light cameras. I know what we do, go big!"?

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 20:49 UTC as 414th comment
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