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On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art DxO results: a new king is crowned (249 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: A new king is crowned... why Fuji lenses are not part of that kingdom??

Again, because Fuji insists on using Xtrans pattern sensor while everyone else uses Bayer.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 01:46 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: Good looking and a capable compact camera. Would have been a better product with a better lens (sharper and F/1.8 or faster). Forth iteration and yet the same lens. All in all, it capable hands will produce great images. I am interested and will likely purchase.

@Majuaskasson when I owned x100's, I shot them f2-f2.4 almost 80% of the time. Just because you do something one way doesn't mean everyone else's way is wrong.
And frankly, saying it like that makes me wonder if you've ever shot with a fast prime lens at all.

The lens is soft at f2. Making it 1.8 would greatly improve f2.
*And no, making it f1.8 would not drastically change the
size(in fact it might not change the size at all).

No offense my friend, but you're speaking on subjects that are clearly above your pay grade(and mine too, tbh).

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
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Pat Cullinan Jr: Would anyone care to address the question, Is it worth its price?

If it brings you happiness, then yes.
But only you can put a price/worth on that.

I say rent one and find out for yourself. Or buy it, and if you don't love it, sell it & chalk up the difference as 'a rental fee'.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 17:40 UTC
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Daniel Lauring: Since this camera doesn't require working with Fuji's existing APSC interchangeable lenses Fuji should consider making it a FF or even MF camera. Barring that leap they should have at least upgraded it's weather protection. More than one customer have had dust infiltration issues and failed X100's from water encounters.

Photographers (who shoot all brands) have been begging Fuji to bring out a full frame X100 since its initial release.
It would be THE compact camera to own.
Even DPR staff has publicly expressed their desire for one.

Unfortunately, Fuji thinks that aps-c is 'good enough' :/

It's a shame, for us and for Fuji. That camera would sell like crazy.
A 24mp FF bayer sensor, 35mm f2(or faster), the hybrid viewfinder and the x100 body is a recipe for perfection.
Throw in weatherproofing seals and image stabilization... It might win the 'best digital camera ever made' award.
And if they wanted to double down on perfection, they could drop a future version with a longer focal length.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 17:37 UTC

As someone who bought the x100 in 2011, owned the x100S & spent 2 weeks with the X100T...
I'll be rebuying the original X100, and won't upgrade to any future x100 model that doesn't have an improved lens and/or a return to Bayer sensors.
(Fuji had better spent a couple of dollars & throw in some weatherproofing gaskets as well).
In the mean time, I'll continue hoping that the Sony RX5 rumors are true, and that Leica brings out a Q with a longer focal length.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 17:20 UTC as 33rd comment | 7 replies
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DanielFjall: To those complaining about Fujifilm keeping the same old lens - the IQ is improving each time the sensor gets upgraded. Theoretically there isn't a digital sensor capable of capturing the full resolution of lenses. We're just starting to see what this lens is actually capable of. It's a fantastic lens for it's wonderful small size.

It's still soft wide open and has close focusing issues.
No sensor in the world can negate those sort of optical properties/faults.

Its a decent lens.
The issue people (like myself) have, is that after 6+ years and numerous x100 iterations, Fuji has done nothing to improve it.
*And what's particularly disappointing, is that we all know Fuji could. We know they're highly capable of making
outstanding lenses. But instead, they choose to milk that same old lens for all its worth, rather than put any effort & innovation towards improving & upgrading it.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 17:02 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)

Those files look really good.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 13:04 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Leica Boss: Hands-on with new Leica M10 (168 comments in total)

Very sexy!

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 08:02 UTC as 12th comment
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endofoto: I would prefer this baby over Leica. It is smaller, faster and more advanced sensor with 4K video. Leica is selling at medium format price and like all other luxury brands losing market share to high tec companies.

"More advanced sensor"?

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 07:56 UTC
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endofoto: The reason for paying for medium format is mainly flash sync speed. It is 1/125 in this camera but it should be 1/800 like in Hasselblad. You can take better images with Nikon D810 with 1/320 sync speed on a shiny day. It may be written erroneously here but it is the most important property for medium format. If it is true its a great shame for Fuji.

I caught that too.
I really hope 1/125 is a type-o. That's a big deal.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 07:49 UTC
On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (421 comments in total)

And where is the full frame X100 already? It's like Fuji is taking a page from Pentax's playbook...

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 07:43 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (421 comments in total)

Talk about milking a camera line.
Fuji managed to take one of the most loved digital cameras ever made and turn it into something sad.
For Fuji to still be using the same long in the tooth- soft wide open lens, no stabilization, no weatherproofing, same clunky manual focus, the same Xtrans sensors that gives owners a workflow headache & has them jumping at every new raw processor to hit the market in hopes of finally finding one that can figure out the xtrans files, etc etc... It just makes me shake my head.
There's a reason the new medium format doesn't have An Xtrans sensor.

If forced to choose, I'd still pick the first x100 over all the other models (yes, I've owned and used them). Even if they were the same price.
I hate to be so harsh towards Fuji, but... These incremental updates are getting old.

Look at the specs on the rumored coming Sony RX5.
THAT is what the specs for the Fuji x100f should be, especially in 2017.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 07:27 UTC as 36th comment | 9 replies
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (212 comments in total)

Let's be honest:
In actual performance, or size terms- there's no reason to choose the Canon over the Sony.
The Sony fits in a pair of 'skinny jeans' pocket just fine (I just tested it on my 5'1 lady, with skinnier jeans and smaller pockets than any man's jeans).

I'm guessing Canon's G9 X sales are being absolutely obliterated by Sony, and Canon asked DPR to throw em' a bone.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 03:51 UTC as 19th comment | 5 replies
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miles green: Leica meets Stiga - and puts a new spin on things.
Redefining how a grippy grip should be designed.

btw: ping-ping racket pimples aren't meant to be handled, and they don't last long...

"Puts a new spin on things"

I see what you did there :)

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 14:55 UTC

Personally... I like it.
I wouldn't pay extra for it, if anything it should be cheaper.

I don't like many of the Leica special editions, but this one is pretty cool, and definitely thinking outside of the box.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 14:54 UTC as 50th comment

I can't wait to see the portraits from that 110mm/f2 once it's released.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:43 UTC as 69th comment | 3 replies
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Bershatsky: Cool, awesome, and neato, but how will it function as a family or event camera? How about sports? How's its autofocus? How does it compare to the competition?

I take it you aren't familiar with medium format cameras...

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:38 UTC
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Angrymagpie: I wonder if those Fujifilm fans who dismissed the criticism about Fujifilm not going full frame with the argument that the difference between APSC & FF is not significant would now agree with those who dismiss Fujifilm's medium format project on the basis that it won’t be significantly different from 35mm full frame.

They're tools for different jobs.
I still want a full frame x100 as a personal/carry everywhere camera. After having owned FF for a number of years, I have no interest in regressing back to aps-c.
For more professional tasks, this new MF suites the bill.
For MF shooters(and those planning on moving up to MF) I'd imagine this camera is great news. Options are never a bad thing.
I think it looks pretty awesome & look forward to renting one.

As for the weird Fuji cult who insist that Fuji needs to stay with aps-c...I'm not bothered by what they think, and I hope Fuji isn't either. They wear funny glasses & look at things from a very myopic & small minded point of view.
Anyone who would discourage a camera company from growing & having multiple formats, and can't wrap their head around the thought of different cameras with different size sensors existing harmoniously in a lineup... I think that's a personal issue that likely goes deeper than just cameras.

Personally, I'm glad Fuji is spreading their wings.
I hope this camera is a huge success.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:36 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (257 comments in total)
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samhain: This lens produces gorgeous photos.
It's one of those lenses that exceeds its test numbers.
In short, it's one of those rare few lenses that has the 'it' factor.

Bravo Sony, Bravo!

"*This* particularly 1.4 copy IMO underperforms relative to the 55mm 1.8 copy they have."

I disagree.
Both are good, but Imo this lens outperforms their 55.
Could be due to the fact that I prefer Planar over Sonnar?
Sonnar bokeh usually is a little more pleasing, the trade off being less sharp with less 3D pop. And with this lens, Zeiss has really improved on the bokeh(I'm guessing the 11 blades have a big impact on that), transitions, and the entire optical design in general.
I'm ok with the bokeh outlining...I actually kind of like it- Where as the onion bokeh is no big deal to you, it's a big deal to me. No way in hell do I consider having to clone out onion rings of every bokeh circle 'no big deal'.
To my eyes, there's more differences between the 2 lens than just onion bokeh, but we can agree to disagree.
I do agree with you on lens copies- I've tested and returned/swapped out a number of lenses in search of a 'perfect' copy.
Sample variation is a very real thing.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 00:18 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (257 comments in total)
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evogt500: The 55mm f 1.8 might be the better buy when you consider the price/performance ratio.

Depends on how you use lenses.
Do you make a living from them? If so, the lens can be the difference between a happy client and a client that's blown away by the rendering & qualities of the photos- qualities the client can't quite put into words, but just have that 'wow' factor.
Those little differences can go a long way...

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 22:08 UTC
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