Photomonkey

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On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Emadn13: camera is so expensive,fuji lesnses are so expensive too
they cheat in iso chart but jpeg quality is good
but the cost for a apsc lineup is so funny
i dont think 1600$ pluse 2000$ glass is worthy for a apsc lineup
they should made FF like sony or they will be destroyed like olympus
for apsc users that begins the photography a6000 with 500$ or 1000$ a6300 can be better option,they can buy FF lenses and use FF camera too
they biuld good cameras and good lenses but in paper always lost

Fuji lenses are very fairly priced for the premium lenses they are. Nikon and Canon are more expensive for similar glass and most of their designs are not as new as Fuji.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 00:01 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (114 comments in total)
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Scannews: Does the flash works on multiple shots or is it still one shot flask camera?????
If still it is, it should not be advertised for prosssssss, SHAME on those who do that, including (DPR)

Pros know how to use flash other than the manufacturers' TTL offering.
A pro choosing this camera is not too concerned about the flashes available from Fuji.
All they need is a hot shoe.
I would note Hasselblad and Phase do not offer flashes for their cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 23:18 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (114 comments in total)
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Mike99999: Looks like a nice camera if you need APS-C and are 100% sure you will never switch to full frame.

Nevertheless, there is NO reason whatsoever why this camera should cost so much more than the Nikon D7200 or A6300.

It is the same tactic as Olympus: lock users into your crop lens system, and then jack up the prices of bodies to stratospheric levels.

theprehistorian- What were you shooting? I have to agree that these formats have their strengths and weaknesses.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 15:48 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (114 comments in total)
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Mike99999: Looks like a nice camera if you need APS-C and are 100% sure you will never switch to full frame.

Nevertheless, there is NO reason whatsoever why this camera should cost so much more than the Nikon D7200 or A6300.

It is the same tactic as Olympus: lock users into your crop lens system, and then jack up the prices of bodies to stratospheric levels.

Well of course there's the Nikon for you.
Fuji is positioning this as a premium camera while Nikon and Canon are commoditizing theirs.
As a long time FF user I have to say there is nothing to keep me here other than a 17TS-E. Weight and bulk are scarcely appealing.
The IQ is great but so is the IQ from my m4/3. My clients are using my work in magazines and on the web and there is nothing to choose between the two formats in those applications.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 15:17 UTC

Beautiful IQ aided and abetted by the lighting.
I looked at samples from the Canon 5DS and could not see a decent comparison.
It would be nice to see a side by side with the Hasselblad.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 04:06 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
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KonstantinosK: Wow, amazing detail at 100%. AAAAGHR! NOSE HAIR!

If the subject been any of the regular readers of DPR we would have also noticed the ear hair. ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 03:56 UTC
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Leandros S: No wide open shots yet... move along...

Ming Thein has some WO samples and they are superb. Of course they are landscape shots and don't satisfy what I presume you are inquiring about.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 03:54 UTC
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capanikon: ... aaaaaand "full frame" just got it's ass handed to it. Permanently.

bob barber, 8x10 is for sissies. 11x14 is the lower end of manliness for format comparing. ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 03:52 UTC
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stevo23: I'm liking this story. If only it were less expensive. But then, it's hand made in Sweden.

Nikon D5 $6500, Canon 1DxmkII $6000.
Lenses for them 70-200 2.8 $2100 (Canon)
24-70 2.8 Canon $1900
Not as high certainly but close enough that many can easily come up with the extra money. The pros certainly will.

An analogy: When looking for film scanners for my pro lab back in late 90's many recommended Nikon Coolscan based on specs. It looked good. Bought one and found that it did not perform anywhere near the level it claimed. Images were full of artifacts and it was terrible at analyzing color negatives. Nothing that could be derived from the specs.
Returned it and bought a Scitex for 10x the price. The quality was night and day. Even though the res was not as high, the images were instantly, visibly superior to the Nikon and were even superior to Imacon's flex tight scanner.
In the same way, Hasselblad cameras and images justify their price to the pro.
If you don't need unassailable quality then the Nikon is excellent.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 00:21 UTC
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Indohydra: I still do not understand why someone would choose this camera over any number of high end mirrorless full frame cameras already on the market. (i.e. Sony A7Rll, Canon, Nikon FF) The 50 MP in itself no longer seems compelling. What am I missing here? This is not like moving to mid format on film. The advantages are not there. No one has suggested that these images are capable of greater detail or range or ISO. Is there something about the larger frame size alone that is of interest to anyone here? How or why would you use it?

Your question presumes that specs tell the story. They don't.

The history of Hasselblad is built on sales to professionals. Early on Hasselblad realized the virtues of a modular camera system with leaf shutter lenses of exceptional quality. They were, and are, the choice of professionals who value the consistent adherence to quality image making.
This camera is making many scratch their heads because it is the first camera that actually brings a modern Hasselblad into the realm of relative affordability to non-professionals.
The leaf shutter lens system is the core of the system. If you don't care for the benefits of the leaf shutter for your work then this camera is not for you.

Kind of like saying the Subaru WRX is fast like a Porsche. Yes but the experiences are totally different.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:52 UTC
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djanrd01: My question is who is the target audience for this camera and what real innovation have they done? It seems to me that they've developed a camera for deep pocketed enthusiasts who want to claim that they have a small mirrorless camera with the biggest sensor in the industry. They tried to sell rebranded Sony cameras with with the only innovation being a new body and their name for thousands of dollars above what the cameras originally cost and were rightly crucified in the market place.

The real game changer here is leaf shutter lenses. Digital MF with LS lenses was stuck at $25k and up. Pentax introduced the modestly priced 645D/z and while excellent hardly moved the needle in the pro world because of the lack of leaf shutter lenses.
Hasselblad gets it. Their customers get it. Photographers who understand flash get it. Now the price of admission to a pro camera with a feature unavailable to any Nikon or Canon has come down to a level that many people can now consider realistically.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:37 UTC
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CreeDo: Would be interested to see comparison shots of the same subjects with this vs. a 5DsR. It's gonna be less noisy and permit shallower dof in some cases... and I guess there's some intangibles about that nice sensor like color accuracy.

But are these things worth spending $5000 more, even for serious professionals? Especially since the AF isn't as good and the lens lineup will never be as robust. Even the weight savings doesn't sound like much of a selling point, it's a difference of like 15%.

Shallow DOF is used by commercial photographers (this camera's market) far less than portrait photographers and certainly less than hobbyists preoccupied by the schtick. Simply look at the ads you see in fashion magazines and you will see the truth of it.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:22 UTC
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stevo23: I'm liking this story. If only it were less expensive. But then, it's hand made in Sweden.

Others have noted that its price is not that much higher than the flagship models from Canon and Nikon.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:19 UTC
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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul: Leaf shutter with large aperture lens is possible?

But you can use them with an adapter for even more bulk. ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:16 UTC
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Thomas KP Lee: There are rumors that Fuji and Sony will also announce mirrorless mid format camera later on this years, whoever able to win in the market place is the one that are able to have the most adapters to use other / older mid format lenses, just like in the case of Sony E ( of FE) mount. Hasselblad even being the first one to come, but if the mount is limiting itself to the 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor, not for any larger sensor, while a lot of old mid format lenses can cover the full size 60 x 45mm for the future digital sensors. Perhaps Hasselblad wishes user to buy new lenses! While Fuji or Sony ( definitely will define their own mount!) if able to cover larger size sensor and able to have more third parties adapters to produce various adapters and with feature to help manual focus and/or auto focus, then Hasselblad will still lose in the battle!

The business model you are describing is one that assumes a lot of contributors to a niche that already has very few users. As such, there is scant incentive to enter a market that depends on others for you to sell just a few,very expensive items.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:13 UTC
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zakaria: I think the future is not clear for most photography companies. may be a new system that can accept all lenses from all brands will wine the battle!

While ML cameras are relatively easy to adapt lenses to (except this Hasselblad) this is not what makers want. They want people buying the lenses they make and not third party lenses.
The camera maker makes critical revenue from the sale of lenses. Losing that sales stream means less money for R&D.
To really make that model work, camera makers would have to adopt something like the m43 standards. Not much incentive for makers with extensive lines already existing.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:10 UTC
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Thomas KP Lee: The key feature of 1/2000 flash syn speed on the new XCD lenses is definitely a winner in action portrait application, but most other applications will not need such high speed syn, so only limited quantity of such new leaf shutter lenses will be bought, while a lot of users will try to use old and existing mid format lenses!

The flash sync is key for any photographer wanting to use flash outside. A leaf shutter frees the user from the tyranny of a limited shutter speed when using flash. This is what will make this successful with pros as opposed to the Pentax645z which, though good in many ways, fails in the critical application needed for many working pros.
Critics may ( and will) dispute this but working pros have had the choices of leaf shutters versus focal plane and leaf shutters get the nod because of the flexibility with flash.
In this new mirrorless application the lack of mirror slap and FP shutter shock will be most welcome.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:05 UTC

That image would have been missed today by the "photographer" Mulling which lens would give the best bokeh, what metering pattern to use, what ISO to use, what aperture to use, JPG or RAW? (I'm scared of RAW but I hear its good), What Art filter to use? should I Instagram it immediately? etc.
It used to be fun to look at the world instead of the menu.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 15:37 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies
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ms18: Charge more pay the extra money to adobe so they will support your RAWs and we can use the camera properly

Sigma users represent too small a market for the effort Adobe would have to expend.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (810 comments in total)
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falconeyes: Nice body. But the MF problem of lack of fast or affordable lenses persists, i.e., this will remain a niche product although I applaud them to be first for a possible new trend.

2695$ for a 70mm/2.5 equivalent when a very good 85mm/1.8 equivalent (for full frame) is 500$? In theory, MF lenses (with the same equivalent properties) should be cheaper (they are easier to make) but so far, nobody delivers on this technical promise.

Sony had a smaller inventory of native FF lenses when the A7 came out. I notice they are still here. I also notice that their latest G-Master lenses are approaching Hasselblad lenses in pricing.

As for game changer, yes in MF no for hobbyists.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 06:06 UTC
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