Rich Niewiroski

Rich Niewiroski

Lives in United States Alamo, CA, United States
Works as a Digital Media Specialist
Has a website at http://www.projectrich.com
Joined on Aug 7, 2002

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Don't get me wrong. I like this Gitzo a lot. I have zero concerns with any of their claims and I'm even considering buying one. My problem is tripods are just built so solidly that they usually outlive their usefulness. All of my Manfrottos are still working perfectly after 10, 20, and 30 years and I fully expect them to be great for several more decades, but there's a lot of them that I'll never pick up again and that makes me sad.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2021 at 19:57 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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KAAMBIC: And just like that, the future of FF is no less in doubt than that of any other format. MF now in the range of FF? Perhaps Fuji is on to something, perhaps small apsc can push MFT out, and cheaper MF can push FF out. That is the direction we are moving, just look at the two bodies announced today, tiny apsc and "cheap" medium format.

Hmm...

@KAAMBIC And notice how you wrote a lot of words, but didn't once address my response at all. And good on you for unsuccessfully attempting to dance around it, but the irresponsibility should be called out. I'm not arguing anything in your reply. We know it will get there. No one thinks progress is being made. You might as well just wrote that water is wet and the sun is hot.

What I'm arguing is the ridiculous statement that FF's future is somehow in doubt. It hasn't been. It isn't now. It won't be in the relative future. Again, the only people who want to make those assertion are going to be people looking at the industry with a subjective eye, feel some strange one-way love towards a particular brand, and want to adhere to some false narrative. This is so embarrassing to be associated with this kind of blind fandom from the Fuji community. It's the only downside to being a user of their systems.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2021 at 23:01 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E4 hands-on (178 comments in total)
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Rob890: You can see they messed up by including the grip but these reviewers would have you believe thats a gracious and good thing on Fuji's part

I wouldn't say they messed up as much as they just chose form over function. Yeah, it looks like you get a terrible purchase without the grip.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2021 at 19:05 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E4 hands-on (178 comments in total)
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(unknown member): If it had IBIS this would be the perfect travel camera for me. I like taking pics of waterfalls and night scenes handheld. A wide aperture lens on a tiny body with IBIS is what I really want.

I had the S10 for a week, but my significant other didn't like it. I may try again. I love those FujiFilm colors SOOC.

I don't know why the author kept comparing it to the X-S10. The X-Ex line has always been the rangerfinder-style version of the X-Txx line and it remains so here. I agree with you. I would have really loved to have seen IBIS in it and it be a true counterpart to the X-S10. Of all the criticisms I have for this new X-E4, adding IBIS would have made me add it to cart yesterday.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2021 at 17:19 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E4 hands-on (178 comments in total)

The author is spot on in identifying the X-Ex line has become less ambitious over time. Less control, form over function styling (that grip look horrendous), no weather resistance. Clearly, the X-Ex line has been moving down-segment ever since the release. The buyers of the previous X-Ex cameras aren't going to be the same buyers of this new one. That's a shame because I've been one of those buyers for some time, opting for the X-Ex body as a backup to my larger bodies or even as a primary "pocketable" camera, although the X100V now has sole hold of my "pocketable" role . My X-E3 is so much more attractive now than it was a week ago and I'll be holding onto that.

What this does have me realize, though, is that we still don't have a rangefinder-style body with IBIS. Like, not anywhere in the line up. Hurry up and give us that, Fuji, and please phase X-Trans out as quickly as possible.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2021 at 17:02 UTC as 41st comment | 7 replies
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KAAMBIC: And just like that, the future of FF is no less in doubt than that of any other format. MF now in the range of FF? Perhaps Fuji is on to something, perhaps small apsc can push MFT out, and cheaper MF can push FF out. That is the direction we are moving, just look at the two bodies announced today, tiny apsc and "cheap" medium format.

Hmm...

Please. The claim that FF's future is somehow in doubt is only thrown around for the week after a new Fuji MF product is announced and then all that noise goes away. You know why? Because it's just that. Noise. These kinds of fanboyish opinions always hold zero weight. The only place where MF and FF compete right now is in a very small overlap of price and to even do that, you have to compare entirely opposite ends of the segments. Will MF get there? Maybe. I hope so, but saying FF's future is in doubt only comes from insecurity and Napoleon complexes.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2021 at 05:49 UTC
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Rich Niewiroski: This is a strange update from Fuji. Usually, they're significant enough to consider upgrading from the previous version, but the X-E4 isn't that. At this price point and especially considering the loss of so many buttons, weather sealing should have been there. Fuji constantly undervalues that feature, for some reason. I liken this update more to how Canon updates their consumer cameras and that's just a shame from Fujifilm.

@larkhon Your response is to zero in on the Canon comparison and then you're pulling out "whatabouts"? Then you're saying we should be thankful Fuji graced us with any sort of X-E4 at all? I mean, I like the Fuji platform as much as the next guy, but let's put away the fanboyishness for a second here. Once anyone fanboys about anything at all, their opinion has no weight anymore.

The X-E4 is an upgrade to an X-E3 in several areas and a downgrade is several more. It's prettier (I guess), yet less functional and intuitive. Depending on who you are, it could be a better camera, a lateral move, or a worse option. One thing I think that's clear, though, is X-Ex buyers from the past will not be the same buyers going forward. What that means, I guess we'll find out.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2021 at 03:41 UTC
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Rich Niewiroski: This is a strange update from Fuji. Usually, they're significant enough to consider upgrading from the previous version, but the X-E4 isn't that. At this price point and especially considering the loss of so many buttons, weather sealing should have been there. Fuji constantly undervalues that feature, for some reason. I liken this update more to how Canon updates their consumer cameras and that's just a shame from Fujifilm.

@MyReality I don't see where I came close to comparing an X-Ex model to an X-Tx model. I do agree with you about the segmentation, though. It does feel like they're positioning it lower than where the X-Ex line has previously sat for some time. I suppose that makes sense. Now this makes me want to see if they can do a rangefinder-style body equivalent to the X-S10.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2021 at 03:27 UTC
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io_bg: Anyway, this is quite a crippled camera in comparison to previous X-E cameras. There's absolutely no grip on it, no AF/MF switch up front, the rear dial is gone, no separate AE-L/AF-L buttons, no d-pad, Q button is in an awkward position... At least it has a tilting screen, finally!

It is a problem when it add that extra weight and bulk and takes away from what the body is meant to be. How you see that as being "no problem" is daunting.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 18:56 UTC
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focalphotography: Stick with my XE-2

Same. Sticking with an X-E3 backup.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 18:28 UTC
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Thirdmort: Anyone else feel like Fuji went TOO minimalist on the design of this?

Even though I'm not a fuji shooter, I've been researching the XE-3 for my brother in law. I was initially excited to show him a new XE, but after seeing this, I think I'll still recommend the XE-3 to him.

It feels like Fuji lost the plot and went a bit too focused on cutting weight instead of making it a nice shooting experience (which is where I feel Fuji shines).

I agree. The amount they removed devalued the X-Ex platform for me quite a bit. The X-E3 is a great little shooter, but I can't image using one without all of the rear controls they took away.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 18:26 UTC
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The Fat Fish: Sigh, X-Trans again.

I loved shooting with my X-E3 but had to let it go because of X-Trans. Come on Fuji.

100%. Fuji needs to move on from X-Trans as quickly as they can.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 18:23 UTC
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culture_drone: I was really hoping this would be weather sealed, they removed half the controls so you'd think it wouldn't be too difficult if they managed on the X100V. A lot of people want a compact travel camera they don't have to worry about and the closest thing Fujifilm sells is the X-Pro 3 which is almost 2 grand and much bigger.

Overall the lack of controls, particularly a rear dial in addition to the front one, means I'm sticking with my X100F.

I could definitely not call the X-Pro3 a compact travel camera nor would I think people who are looking at Fuji for a compact travel camera would even consider an X-Pro3. I do agree, though, the X-E4 should have had weather sealing and for all the reasons you stated.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 18:22 UTC

This is a strange update from Fuji. Usually, they're significant enough to consider upgrading from the previous version, but the X-E4 isn't that. At this price point and especially considering the loss of so many buttons, weather sealing should have been there. Fuji constantly undervalues that feature, for some reason. I liken this update more to how Canon updates their consumer cameras and that's just a shame from Fujifilm.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 18:14 UTC as 16th comment | 7 replies

I have serious doubt we'll ever see Photokina every again. I think this is it.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2020 at 21:51 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
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Rich Niewiroski: I shoot on the Fuji platform. It's an incredibly nice set of tools to use, but the worst part about it is being associated with the Fuji community. They're some of the most uneducated, blind fanboys out there who are more about the technology than they are about the storytelling and have just the biggest napoleon complex. So when technophiles say things like the X-Pro3 is for "purist", "enthusiast", or "real" photographers (whatever that means), it makes me roll my eyes and throw up in my mouth a little bit. The X-Pro3 is cool, but let's be honest here. It's an extremely compromised tool and a very expensive piece of jewelry. People are going to buy just for the bragging rights and pretend they're a purist, enthusiast, or real photographer. Leica shooters can relate.

Thoughts R Us, pot calling kettle black there, buddy. Next time find a taller soap box.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2019 at 03:58 UTC

I shoot on the Fuji platform. It's an incredibly nice set of tools to use, but the worst part about it is being associated with the Fuji community. They're some of the most uneducated, blind fanboys out there who are more about the technology than they are about the storytelling and have just the biggest napoleon complex. So when technophiles say things like the X-Pro3 is for "purist", "enthusiast", or "real" photographers (whatever that means), it makes me roll my eyes and throw up in my mouth a little bit. The X-Pro3 is cool, but let's be honest here. It's an extremely compromised tool and a very expensive piece of jewelry. People are going to buy just for the bragging rights and pretend they're a purist, enthusiast, or real photographer. Leica shooters can relate.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2019 at 22:13 UTC as 107th comment | 8 replies
On article Fujifilm X-E3 Review (770 comments in total)
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BIOGONS: I can´t understand why this XE-3 can get an overall score as high as the A6500 with fixed screen, no integrated flash, minimal grip, no IBIS, same connectivity and worse in everything else, except the price, similar to the A6300 with the same score.
I hope a new XE-4 with XT-30 core and XT-100 screen.

Because the X-E3 is a significantly better handling camera with a significantly better shooting experience and is a significantly better value.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2019 at 05:30 UTC

I like the idea, but paying for crowd sources information isn’t a model I’m going to support.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 10:26 UTC as 17th comment
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GregFranklin: Proper RAF support?? :'(

Can you point me to something technical that explains the problem?

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 06:49 UTC
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