gordonrussell76

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Portrait mode is still utterly horrible.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2018 at 20:33 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
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Jock Elliott: Jordan:

I have a far more basic question: why do you choose to use a still/video camera to shoot your videos with Chris instead of a "professional" video camera?

Whenever I see news crews out and about, they're using a dedicated video camera. Ditto for the Netflix series -- Shot in the Dark -- that shows freelancers chasing car crashes in LA at night . . . they all use dedicated video cameras . . . professional models.

Other than "proof of concept" for DP review readers, is there an inherent advantage in using the cameras that you use?

Cheers, Jock

Jordans answer is superb and on the money, the only thing I would add is that many people want a hybrid camera for the stills as much as the video. A Sony FS7 whislt an amazing video camera is going to suck for street photography. The appeal is being able to have one body that is small that does it all, and to an extent prevents you from needing two sets of lenses. Having said that if you are serious I woudl augment your kit with external audio recorder, gimble and a fully manual lens like the Mk, now woudl you use that all the time, no, in fact you could rent, but its nice to know that the flexibility exists in the system to go from shooting your kids in the garden on the weekend to rigging it up and shooting high quality video in the week.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2018 at 23:22 UTC

I suspect there is a lengthy checklist of things more important to do before a space walk than put a SD card in your go pro, i.e to put it into perspective, if he forgot to hook up his oxygen or did not seal his suit properly that would be a lot worse than lost video footage.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 22:46 UTC as 13th comment
On article 2019 Buying Guide: Best cameras for people and events (92 comments in total)
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CaPi: As a Fuji customer I feel left behind in comparison to what is on this list.
Better AF, larger faster sensors.
What do we get? Tethered raw conversion in camera?.. wow.

As a Fuji user I could not care less, my camera and lenses are producing fantastic images and long ago stopped getting in my way. I am able to express my vision and capture anything I want. To be honest at that point the spec war becomes pointless. Its a bit like computers I remember 10-13 years ago having to really nurse my machine with baited breath to render mixdowns on my audio productions, freezing tracks and worrying about latency. Then around 2010 i upgrade my machine and its still going strong 8 years later. Performance has now outstriped the requirements of audio and therefore specs no longer hold any interest to me. I think that cameras have passed that point for many and are on the cusp of passing it for many others. At that point things like ergonomics and colour handling become more important. Hell the big thing everyone is touting about the A7iii is its EyeAF ,not its pixel count or that its full frame. That very move to focus on historically secondary features tells all

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 23:37 UTC
On article 2019 Buying Guide: Best cameras for people and events (92 comments in total)
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TheClueless: > Fujifilm's high-quality range of prime lenses.

Which neverless falls behind many of the upper-end FF lenses, and is in many cases not as well built than even Panasonic's finest: My 1.2/1.4 primes are all sticky and ever so slightly wobbly-control'd in ways that the Noct and the 15 for example just isn't (and more laughably Fuji owners often like to draw comparisons to Leica optics and lens build from these).

You do have to ask who this article is targeting.

So childish, why do you feel the need to denigrate Fuji lens. I have used both M4/3's system and Fuji, and the M4/3's lenses are great, so are the Fuji lenses. Get a grip man, they are not a football teams.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 23:28 UTC
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Jingler: Unless there is a big improvement with the tracking auto focus i will stick with the XT2.
I love my XT2 for most things but it still lags behind my 7D mk2 and 100-400.

There is an improvement with tracking AF and also AF resolution in that the smallest AF square now uses Phase Detect in both Single and Continous AF. ALso accuracy is improved thanks to he subdividing of the focus pixels so that the AF is more granular. I found in practice that the X-H1 whilst not a step change in AF performance in general it was a distinct improvment and particularly a massive improvement in focusing on textures. I shot some birds and historically Fuji could be a bit hit and miss on feathers, now it absolutely nails it. Ps this was with the XF100-400mm lens

However the good news is that your X-T2 is going to get that same AF system thanks to the next firmware update in May, its great being a Fuji user.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 20:41 UTC
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Nikoncanonfan: Looks a nice camera but many enthusiasts expect full frame as standard shame Fuji didn't adopt this a while ago..

Honestly if people prefer Full frame that's cool, but some of us prefer APS-C. A Rally driver does not need the same kind of flat out performance as an F1/Nascar does that make the Rally driver less skilled? RIght tool for the right job. APS-C is for me the right balance of IQ/ISO and lens size. I don't expect you to agree, but sweeping statement that all enthusiasts want FF is a bit blinkered, hell not even all professionals want FF (although many are forced to via client pressure, but that is another story)

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 20:34 UTC
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PerisAthens: BE MINIMALISTIC & HAPPY- I would love to buy a new Fuji with 2 prime lenses but it would cost me a lot ( more than 2.5 k euros). I got a legend FF camera the D700 for 400 euros + 50mm 110 euros +28-200 for 80 euros and it's fantastic for less 600 euros. Never loose a shot in low light conditions. Of course you carry more weight... But tell me sth. Yesterday I was shooting in a party, with low light conditions, 800 shots and the battery kept 75% of the power. Shots were amazing. Please can you find me any Fuji Panasonic or Sony mirrorless which could keep working ( without a grip) in low light conditions for more than 1500 shots? What I'm saying is better to buy an old FF body (Nikon or Canon) with the standard prime lenses for 800 euros and the the rest of the money spend the for an exotic trip and thousand of nice shots and experience.

Yup my X-E2 or X-H1 will happily keep going for about 1500 shots without a grip. I get 350-400 shots per battery and I have 5 of them in my bag. Challenge completed :)

But what about the shots you miss while changing batteries I imagine you saying, okay fair enough in theory, but what about the shots you miss when you go to the toilet, or do you wear an adult nappy? Just saying perspective is needed on how important this actually is, IQ (preference) and ergonomics (preference) is I think more important. If you prefer your D700 for that then all power to you, we can't all be the same :)

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 20:29 UTC
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theprehistorian: Think I'd go for the XT2. I just don't see the point of an APS-C camera that's so big and costs so much.

If I'm not bothered about size I've got two Nikon FX cameras, with huge optical viewfinders, infinite battery life, jaw dropping speed and responsiveness etc. The whole point of the X cameras is that they're supposed to be small and light...

Can I humbly suggest you start with the X-E2, the 16MP sensor is not to blame for the performance of the X100 series, the 23mm fixed lens is well known to not be even close to the best lens Fuji has produced. I started with the X-E2 and have kept it as my back up camera and for certain applications, I still find that sometimes for natural light portraiture the 16MP X-Trans has a certain something in the way it renders that I love, without a noticeable sharpness penalty as long as you compose well at capture and don't crop a huge amount. Its also now on the second hand market and incredibly affordable entry point to test the water, and of all the Fuji bodies I think it benefited the most from the Kaizen in that right at the end of its update life cycle Fuji gave it the same upgraded AF system as the flagship X-T1.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 20:21 UTC
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Ben Herrmann: Obviously, opinions will differ. For users like myself who are Fuji enthusiasts, having IBIS is a huge plus and it would open up a whole range of possibilities with regards to using non-stabilized primes and other zooms. And that's a biggie for me personally. I've been spoiled by 5 Axis IBIS with my Olympus cameras.

One of the major attraction factors for using mirrorless models involves smaller size and weight factors. And this is where the X-H1 disappoints - at least for me. As the prices of advanced (top-of-the-line) mirrorless cameras are now hitting the stratosphere (which are rapidly excluding many of us from even considering one anymore), adding in the increasingly large size factors (approaching DSLR models) doesn't help either.

But as I've always stated, this camera will sell because we all are attracted to different selling features of various gear - it's a given really.

Oh well, I'll just keep using my older (and smaller) gear for now and the forseeable future.

Update - GAS won. I bought the X-H1 as I was off on Safari and convinced myself as a once in a lifetime trip it was necessary I can just say that the X-h1 is a hell of a camera. All the great stuff from the X-T2 plus really great AF (especially for birds) and the ergonomics over longer usage are just outstanding, on the second to last day I had that moment of bonding you sometimes get with inanimate objects that have served you well. Up until now for me that normally has been reserved for Bass Guitars, but this camera just got out of my way and enabled my photography in such a seamless way that I found myself viewing it with a weird affection.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 20:13 UTC
On article Sony a7 III Review (2195 comments in total)
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MERLEWINE: I would rather discuss the merits (or lack thereof) rather than declare this camera as "THE" new standard. I find that approach aggressive and rude.

Regarding all the mentioned reviewers. Sony threw a massive junket and invited all the above photographers to it, Helicopter rides, dune buggy racing, staged photo opportunities of Dancers in the rain, if you want to know what I am talking about look at the DPReview gallery in this review about 50% of the photo's are from that event :)

Not saying that has influenced all of them to write nice stuff, as a lot of the guys mentioned seem to be good people who try and do balanced reviews as much as that is possible when your a human. However it does explain why quite a few of them may choose to review and talk about Sony products when they actually still shoot something else. Who doesn't like a freebie :)

However back to the gallery, apart from the professionally lit stuff from the Sony event, the rest of the images left me cold I was not that impressed by the output, that might be down to the photographers, but given the hype I expected to be more blown away?

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 20:06 UTC
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Ben Herrmann: Obviously, opinions will differ. For users like myself who are Fuji enthusiasts, having IBIS is a huge plus and it would open up a whole range of possibilities with regards to using non-stabilized primes and other zooms. And that's a biggie for me personally. I've been spoiled by 5 Axis IBIS with my Olympus cameras.

One of the major attraction factors for using mirrorless models involves smaller size and weight factors. And this is where the X-H1 disappoints - at least for me. As the prices of advanced (top-of-the-line) mirrorless cameras are now hitting the stratosphere (which are rapidly excluding many of us from even considering one anymore), adding in the increasingly large size factors (approaching DSLR models) doesn't help either.

But as I've always stated, this camera will sell because we all are attracted to different selling features of various gear - it's a given really.

Oh well, I'll just keep using my older (and smaller) gear for now and the forseeable future.

Its not that big, honestly holding one next to a X_T2 for 20 mins whilst trying it out at the store, I stopped noticing any difference by about the 5 minute mark. Also the grip is so ergonomically nice that it actually makes the camera more pleasant to handle. I thought I would hate it, sort of went in to convince myself that my X_t2 was all the camera I needed and that I don't need no stinking X-H1 and went away with serious GAS :)

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2018 at 18:55 UTC
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GabrielZ: I wonder why they reduced finder magnification? I really appreciate all the improvements this camera offers over the X-T2. But it’s too bulky and heavy for me. Hopefully the upcoming X-T3 will offer most of these, together with a brand new sensor and processor! But without the added bulk and weight, I can live without IBIS, which the X-T3 is rumored to not incorporate anyway.

Its a difference of 0.01 the old EVF was 0.76 mag and the new is 0.75 in the gran scheme of things I think this can be ignored.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2018 at 18:47 UTC
On article Best cameras for parents in 2019 (287 comments in total)

Perplexed that no Fuji made it on to the list. Something like the X-T20/E3 would be prefect. Fuji AF is now up there, more than good enough for kids with the 18-55mm which is what most families would be rocking as lens (also one of the best IQ kit lenses out there, another consideration). The out of camera JPEGS are excellent so also good for a family that don't want to have to faff with RAW's and of all the Fuji cameras these two models have an Auto Switch which makes camera completely AUTO turns it into a point and shoot very convenient. The advantage being later down the line if one of the family members develops an interest in photography beyond P&S then they can start learning on a camera with a an aperture ring and SS dial which will help greatly with learning the basics. They are also comparable in price to most on this list with only the M6 being cheaper oh and they both shoot 4k. Failing that I am also surprised to not see Panasonic GX85 or Olympus Em10 on the list

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 13:19 UTC as 59th comment
On article Zack Arias on Unsplash and the 'race to the bottom' (275 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I really sympathize with Zack, but I don't see any practical way to prevent people from donating their photos for free use.

Yes... it is killing his business, but if people want to give away their photos it is impossible to stop them. There is nothing illegal about it, and it isn't even unethical. Unless you feel that the food bank giving away free food is harming restaurants.

That is probably a good analogy because the free food... like the free photos... isn't always the best quality. Someone who needs free photos or free food probably wouldn't be capable or willing to pay $200 for a photo or a meal. So the high quality supplier isn't being harmed at all.

It just means it will become impossible to sell clip art and stock photos.

Your right it probably won't affect Zack because he is already a name photographer with a client list. Perhaps though he is worried abuot the impact on those trying to come up and that it means the end of photographers. Look at music industry, established acts are raking it in as they benefited from coming up when there were marketing budgets na d because they are a sure bet. New acts are really struggling and there are a lot less new act broken each year as record companies are more risk averse. Perhaps Zack wants to avoid the same thing happening in the photography industry.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 12:43 UTC
On article Zack Arias on Unsplash and the 'race to the bottom' (275 comments in total)
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Iloveaircraftnoise: When every man and his dog can walk into a retail store, buy a digital camera & flash, then call himself a creative visionary- you know the industry is dead & buried.
Look on YouTube: Millions of kids barely just out of puberty with a Nikon or Sony demonstrating "how to take good portraits". It's this generation of kids that create unsplash.

Hi I am a very good musician so I feel I can weigh in here. To a degree you are right the learning curve in photography to get a good result is much less steep than with guitar. It took me 6 months of playing 3-4 hours a day to get to the point where I could play my first gig and I was lucky I joined a band straight away which accelerates progress. For most it will be a year until they are ready to gig. Photography I took some good pictures within the first few months. However here comes a more interesting question, hit rate. I think most people can take a good picture every now and then. How many can take a good picture every single time, on a clock in demanding circumstances and with bad light etc. I know that I can't always nail it still but I have watched my versatility and hit rate go up markedly.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 12:34 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (887 comments in total)
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gordonrussell76: No offence if you going to put that X-Trans is not to everyones taste in the Cons, can you please add, Bayer sensor not to everyones taste in every single review of every Bayer camera please. Bayer is not to my taste, so ergo that con logically must apply to all Bayer sensor based cameras. Equally you should retrospectively go back to all the reviews of CCD sensor cameras and add a similarly worded Con to them as well. Thanks

Commenting on deviations from standard notwithstanding my point is that subjective cons or pros are pointless and should not be included in any review. Whether people prefer X-Trans or Bayer is completely subjective and in the case of Bayer a large percentage it will be through habit and mis information such as lazy reviews such as this.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2018 at 16:48 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1653 comments in total)
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gordonrussell76: Why during the comparison part of this article do you compare this camera to the Panasonic and Olympus cameras, and not the Fuji X-T2? The X-T2 is clearly the closest comparison due to it being APS-c like the Canon, and SLR style like the Canon? It just seems strange. I get comparing to A6300 and 6500 as both APS-C but it basically seems like you have compared it against everything apart from the most obvious one?

Okay well then they could have compared to an X-T20 which is the same price bracket, the point still stands a 24MP APS-C camera would be a more interesting comparison. Also the reviewer is making a big thing about the Canon having direct controls etc, again something the Fuji line has and would have made a very good comparison.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2018 at 16:42 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1653 comments in total)

Why during the comparison part of this article do you compare this camera to the Panasonic and Olympus cameras, and not the Fuji X-T2? The X-T2 is clearly the closest comparison due to it being APS-c like the Canon, and SLR style like the Canon? It just seems strange. I get comparing to A6300 and 6500 as both APS-C but it basically seems like you have compared it against everything apart from the most obvious one?

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 16:00 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (887 comments in total)

No offence if you going to put that X-Trans is not to everyones taste in the Cons, can you please add, Bayer sensor not to everyones taste in every single review of every Bayer camera please. Bayer is not to my taste, so ergo that con logically must apply to all Bayer sensor based cameras. Equally you should retrospectively go back to all the reviews of CCD sensor cameras and add a similarly worded Con to them as well. Thanks

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 23:13 UTC as 39th comment | 4 replies
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