Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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Lives in United Kingdom Seattle, United Kingdom
Joined on Nov 7, 2007

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Blumfeld: Would be nice to see more panning... rolling shutter etc....

I'll make sure there are more opportunities to see rolling shutter once we have final firmware.

Generally most people try to avoid shots that might make rolling shutter prominent, but we'll check.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 16:59 UTC
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whumber: That chain and cassette are disturbingly clean.

This is one of the first times I've ridden the bike. ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 15:23 UTC
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El Chavo: Fuji made real improvements in the video area compared to few years ago BUT...

As I said it before, and was almost murdered by Fuji fans, for the price (50% more than an a6300) this camera should offer LOG recording straight in camera, should have less rolling shutter but doesn't, AF continues to "breath" rocking back and forth, no touchscreen as well and few native lenses.

And to makes matters even worse the grip is a "requireptional" accessory for almost anything: Want longer than 10 mins on video? Buy the grip. Want faster FPS on stills? Buy the grip! Want to keep the camera away from overheating? Buy the grip!!! Want to record in F-LOG? BUY THE GRIP!!!

An a6300 was released almost 6 months before this one, Fuji had enough time to respond but managed to release something that gets close to it but the price isn't competitive.

And please, lets have some constructive conversation. It is tiring to talk to some that come ready for the crucifixion.

What makes you think F-Log is only available with the grip or only available over HDMI output? We're being told that F-Log isn't available yet, so we'll wait to see how it gets implemented. Both things are possible but so far as I know, it's too early to be sure.

Since it's very likely that the X-T2 and a6300 are based on extremely similar sensors, I'd be surprised if there's a huge difference in performance between the two, in terms of rolling shutter.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 15:22 UTC
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Al Valentino: I would rather wait to see test of the finished, tweaked, product before judging. These type of reviews of unfinished products tend to create a bias of the good and bad.

I'm sorry you feel that way. The camera is finished enough that we are allowed to publish footage from it and we wanted to demonstrate the huge improvements rhat have been made, while also making clear that there is (currently), some way to go. We thought people would be interested.

We'll completely re-assess this page when we get production firmware and will shoot updated samples. But we didn't want to sit and say nothing for however many weeks that might be.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 15:14 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)
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SkipCycle: So I can save over $750 by buying an X-T1 with the kit lens if I go with an import right now. For someone who wants to step up to a serious enthusiast camera, is this a no brainer? I'm really looking for bang for the buck. Does anyone think the price will go much lower if I wait? I'm currently using an Olympus XZ-2 but definitely ready to move to something significantly better. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

@jadot - No, that wasn't me. I was a chemistry journalist at the time, working in Westminster.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 18:05 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)
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SkipCycle: So I can save over $750 by buying an X-T1 with the kit lens if I go with an import right now. For someone who wants to step up to a serious enthusiast camera, is this a no brainer? I'm really looking for bang for the buck. Does anyone think the price will go much lower if I wait? I'm currently using an Olympus XZ-2 but definitely ready to move to something significantly better. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Also see what you can get an X-T10 for. Other than build quality you really don't give very much up. I don't know how the current prices compare, though. If the X-T1 is cheaper by dint of being end-of-life, then grab one while you can find one - it's unlikely that Fujifilm is still building them.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 23:53 UTC
On article A photographer's intro to the world of video (101 comments in total)
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cdembrey: Most still photographers tend to be control freaks. They want to do the lighting, operate the camera, pull focus, record the sound and do both sound and picture editing.

It may be hard to believe, but even a beginning sound-recordist with a used ElctroVoice mic, a short boom pole and an iPhone can record butter sound than you can. A camera mounted mic or Zoom recorder just doesn't cut it.

Don't zoom, is not true. You can bury a zoom in a move. Either a pan or a dolly move will work—Hollywood does it, why can't you??

The 180 degree rule isn't. Many movies were shot with the Panavision PSR 200 (Panavision Silent Reflex 200° shutter). Today with Digital Cine cameras they will some time use a 360° shutter in low light.

The list goes on and on.

One of the points we were considering including in this article was the idea that it makes much more sense to work with other people (which means having to communicate exactly what you're trying to achieve to everyone you're working with), but the article was already getting too long.

I didn't mean to suggest that you should *never* zoom or pan, just that you probably shouldn't use them excessively just because you can do them from the comfort of a tripod. Equally I did explicitly say that the 180 degree shutter 'rule' isn't inviolable.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 08:13 UTC
On article A photographer's intro to the world of video (101 comments in total)
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Paul B Jones: Great piece. I dived into DSLR videography early - and then dived back out rather quickly when I discovered how challenging it was. This article effectively recaps the hurdles I encountered - but it also provides the encouragement/solutions necessary to overcome them. Maybe I will give it another go!

I'm really glad you found it useful.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 19:23 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)
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c45: "Fuji aren't going to suddenly turn their X-system cameras into what people are referring to as full frame", of course they will not, nobody is suggesting that Fuji should replace APS-C with FF, people wonder about the possibility of developing FF in addition to APS-C just like NIKON and Canon has with their DSLRs.

But did Canon and Nikon only revert to full frame because they had the lenses and mount for it?

If you started with a sheet of blank paper, is that the format you'd start with?

If you started with a system built around APS-C, would you adopt such a similarly sized/priced format?

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 18:56 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1092 comments in total)
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phoenix1386: Canon does not offer 4K in 80D, gets a load of bad press. Nikon doesn't do simple WiFi right, which is a feature that many have found actually useful, and doesn't get more than a passing mention. Sweet!

That's fair.

Personally I'm still at the point where I'd prefer really good 1080 with all the supporting tools (peaking, zebras, mic and headphone sockets and, ideally, effective phase-detection AF), rather than having '4K' written on the box but not supporting tools, significant crops, etc.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 17:34 UTC
On article A photographer's intro to the world of video (101 comments in total)
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Philly: I want to video an interview inside a fairly noisy restaurant, and be able to capture the audio from both the interviewer and the interviewee. I have an Olympus E-M1 with a microphone jack input and some (inexpensive) lav mics. How can I set up the audio wiring to accomplish this? Do I need to purchase an external microphone like one of the higher end Zoom models with multiple microphone channel input? Is there a cheaper solution? Thanks to anyone who can help.

Something like a Zoom would allow you to capture the two mics separately, which makes life so much easier at the editing phase. Alternatively, borrow or rent a second camera: this not only allows you to record each person's audio separately but also lets you set one camera up to capture a close-up on the interviewee, which would let you make the end product look much more visually interesting.

The alternative is to find an app that lets you record one of the lav mics into your phone. I know Sennheiser does a pretty good lav + app combination but it's not cheap.

Other people may have better suggestions.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 17:12 UTC
On article 8K Helium Super 35mm sensor on the way from RED (86 comments in total)
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KonstantinosK: And I still watch movies in AVI format in 576p and enjoy them.

If you shoot at 8K then you're capturing perfectly 2x oversampled 4K (just as 4K allows you to perfectly oversample 1080).

This means you can capture the maximum resolution of 4K with no aliasing.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 22:01 UTC
On article 8K Helium Super 35mm sensor on the way from RED (86 comments in total)
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gizmowiz: It would be soooo nice to have a sensor this size in a small compact carry camera. Maybe someday.

The sensor is only a fraction wider than standard APS-C, so any body that currently includes an APS-C sensor could probably fit this in it.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 22:00 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2489 comments in total)
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Amnon G: I've had my X-E2 as a pre-order, so basically from the day it was released (it replaced an X-E1). I am contemplating replacing my X-E2 with an X-Pro2 or X-T2 (or the mythical X-E3). While image quality is not the only factor (there are the improved controls, other benefits the Pro and T series have over the E series and some disadvantages too) I looked at the Studio test and compared the X-Pro2 to the X-E2 in the dimply lit setting and ISO 6400 and looking at RAW. Am I seeing correctly that the per-pixel noise is higher for the X-Pro2?

Again, I know this is by far not the only factor, but please stay within the narrow scope of this question if you care to reply and don't start a thread about all the other advantages of either X-T2 or X-Pro2 or a thread about how newer equipment won't make my photos better or stating I should really get a lens...

Thanks!

Bear in mind that per pixel noise can be a fraction higher yet still give lower total noise when viewed at the same output size.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 01:20 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)
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c45: Very impressive system. I wonder if Fuji ever develops a full frame model. I know Fuji have plans for MF body but would that eliminate the need for FF system? Not unless the MF would come at $4500 price range; if so that would be a game changer.

I'd not thought of this at the time, but perhaps it was a similar piece of logic that prompted Nikon to use the 1"-type format (2.72x crop) as the basis of its mirrorless system - to preserve a separation between that and its other formats.

Canon has opted for its 1.6x APS-C crop for its EF-M mirrorless models, so far.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 20:08 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)
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c45: Very impressive system. I wonder if Fuji ever develops a full frame model. I know Fuji have plans for MF body but would that eliminate the need for FF system? Not unless the MF would come at $4500 price range; if so that would be a game changer.

Having committed so much money to developing a system of dedicated APS-C lenses, it would be odd to then develop a parallel system with another sensor size so similar (in the grand scheme of things).

Arguably 'full frame' has only made a comeback because the two biggest DSLR makers had already designed their lenses for that format, not because it's a particular 'sweet-spot' for digital. (Though you then get into the discussion of whether it's the lenses, rather than any aspect of the sensor size or its fabrication that defines such a sweet spot).

For Fujifilm it probably makes more sense to have two systems that don't overlap or cannibalise one another's sales, since they don't have the historical baggage forcing them to do so.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 19:11 UTC
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2185 comments in total)
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Calaverasgrande: wouldn't it have been better to use Nikon or Canon for both the FF and APSC models? That way you could be comparing the exact same lenses, same color space and post processing etc.

Perhaps, but I was focusing on F1.2 lenses for different formats (to show the way in which there are and aren't the same).

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 17:43 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)
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kingslayer: Wake me up when they make a full frame mirrorless. APSC is so dated.

Not *"true apertrue"*, no. Multiplying the **f-number** by the crop factor lets you compare their behaviour on a common basis, but that doesn't mean there's anything untrue or misleading about the stated f-number.

All formats offer a balance between size, price and image quality potential. If an APS-C system is supported by a good choice of lenses, then it offers a different balance of those three factors from full frame. The idea that one is somehow more dated than another is ridiculous.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 21:07 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)
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the decent exposure: why no native iso 100 fuji?

The ISO rating is, in part, defined by the shape of the JPEG tone curve. Fujifilm devotes a little more of the sensor's dynamic range to highlight capture, meaning it must be given less exposure, meaning the 'base' ISO must rise to reflect this.

Just to complicate matters, Fujifilm cameras have tended to need between a third and two thirds of a stop more exposure than you'd usually expect, to give the correct image brightness, so their ISO 200 is somewhat less sensitive than the number seems to imply.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 21:01 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)
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inlawbiker: Man is there any such thing as an undesirable camera anymore? When I go to make my next major camera choice it's going to be difficult!

Probably not, but there's still a lot of variance between the areas of strength and weakness of each camera. It's really positive to see Fujifilm trying to concentrate on their weaknesses, rather than just bolstering their strengths,

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 20:56 UTC
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