Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1227 comments in total)
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agentlossing: Looks like a nice pro-grade camera, as long as the pro doesn't mind using APS-C. That's a lot of money when combined with some of Fuji's better primes, but I guess you gotta find writeoffs where you can! I can't personally imagine spending this much, but then I'm not the target market, obviously.

There aren't likely to be huge IQ differences between X-T2 and D500, though the Fujifilm will have slightly higher resolution and nicer JPEGs.

It would be a huge jump for the X-T2 to catch the D500's autofocus, though.

In terms of video, it'll be interesting to see. The D500, with its 2.25x crop (relative to FF), is not exactly a great video camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 19:59 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1227 comments in total)
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damian5000: An AF point joystick...:/ how quaint. Welcome to 2006, boys.

The Panasonic AF touchpad system is really good (and we try to give it credit every time we encounter it). Though it must be said that it works better for right-eye shooters than left.

As a left-eyed shooter I don't believe that it's *so much* better than a joystick that we'd start to decide that one was unequivocally better than the other. We believe there's still room for personal preference there.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 19:50 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1227 comments in total)
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justmeMN: It's easy for a camera to get through the First Impressions Review. It's the following Second Thoughts Review that's tougher. :-)

Sadly, yes. Promises are one thing, delivering on them is harder.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 19:48 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1227 comments in total)
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thx1138: Is that VF magnification FF equivalent or is it APS-C and is actually 0.77 x 0.667 = 0.51x FF equivalent.

Also what is the weight of the camera, can't see it in the specs.

0.77x is using a 50mm *equivalent* lens, so it's directly comparable to FF.

Unhelpfully, CIPA now allows viewfinder mag to be described in terms of 50mm and 50mm equiv lenses, and it's often hard to work out which is which.

This is a huge viewfinder. ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 18:04 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1227 comments in total)
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Henry McA: They could have updadet the AE bracketing to at least 5 shots. The handgrip could have been a little bit deeper too. Still a nice camera.

It's +/-5EV for Exposure Comp, +/-2EV for bracketing, with the current firmware.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 18:00 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1227 comments in total)
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The Squire: Good early overview, thanks DP.

Could we get some more detail on the video specs?

H264. Check.
422? 420?
8bit? 10bit?

I think Fujifilm would be shouting from the rooftops if it was 10-bit.

422, 8-bit. 100mbps h.264 if recorded internally, unless you hear otherwise.

Our first impression are that it's not as detailed as the a6300's but it pretty competitive with 1:1 sampled 4K.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 17:59 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1227 comments in total)
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jl_smith: So I did a short comparison between an X-T2 setup and a D750, since someone mentioned one could just buy a D750 for 'these prices'. Of course you cannot *DIRECTLY* compare FF and APS-C (insert equivalence blah blah blah) but I came close. Also, this is an older camera vs a new X-T2, so prices are skewed a bit.

For those curious - took the prices and stats from B&H:
D750 w/ 35mm f/1.8, 70-200 f/4, and 16-35
Price:$5017.85
Weight:2689g
bulk:215 in^3

X-T2 w/ 23/1.4, 50-140/2.8, 10-24
Price:$5096
Weight:2213
Bulk:162 in^3

So with the Fuji setup you pay 1.6% more in cost, for 82% of the weight and 75% of the bulk (volume) of the Nikon. Specs you all can compare for yourselves (video differences, OVF vs EVF, whatever).

Then there are the intangibles: control preferences, after-release support of camera, battery longevity, etc.

I prefer Fuji ;)
Others may prefer Nikon.

Good to have choices.

Presumably you're using MSRPs (so $2299 for the Nikon) for this comparison, so that you correct for that fact that one of these cameras is brand new and the other is probably half way through its life-cycle?

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 17:43 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1227 comments in total)
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Greg7579: Why in the world are you describing the Fuji lens lineup as niche and attractive to a small dedicated following? Fuji lenses are the best in the world and that was the only part of your very good review that I took issue with. So that means you did a good job. I just pre-ordered the XT-2 on BH, along with the large handgrip.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/139148982@N02/albums

Greg7579 - I actually meant it to other way 'round: Fujifilm bodies have lagged behind other mirrorless brands in terms of C-AF and tracking, meaning they appeal to a niche who appreciate the often impressive lens lineup.

I was trying to say that a camera able to address the remaining weaknesses would make those lenses all the more appealing. I'll try to re-phrase it later, to remove that ambiguity.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 14:48 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1227 comments in total)
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theSUBVERSIVE: F-f*cking-Log!

I should had been X-log though! hahahaha...

Fuji Colours and Kaizen for Filmmakers!

It certainly looks like F-Log is a thing: Fujifilm Japan includes it it their press release.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 07:22 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1227 comments in total)
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Macro: AE Bracketing ±5 ???

Bracketing is +/-2EV, I'm afraid. Exposure comp is up to +/-5.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 07:00 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1227 comments in total)
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silentstorm: Under the Specifications & under Conectivity, why do you have a mono mic with stereo speakers?

I'm assuming it's typo there. Should be stereo mic & mono speakers? Correct me if I'm wrong.

I must say this XT2 is looking very good! :)

Argh.

Thanks.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 06:14 UTC
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villagranvicent: The 23mm f2 plus the X-Pro1 would be a very nice entry level combo to the Fuji system.

I suspect the X-Pro1s will all have gone by the time the 23mm arrives. Still, X-E2S and 23mm F2 wouldn't be too shabby: almost an interchangable lens X100T.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 05:20 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1227 comments in total)
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Bhima78: Oh dang... Fuji finally realized a touchscreen is actually a very good feature. Good on them!

That's an error, I'm afraid. This camera does not have a touchscreen.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 05:08 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2478 comments in total)
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m3: I mentioned before that the lack of a tilting screen was a mistake but given the general feeling of this review it's not a street photographers best choice anyway, ho hum ...

Stop down the X-Pro2 to the same aperture *diameter* and they'll have the same depth of field. Use the same shutter speed and their images are likely to be indistinguishable.

There is no inherent depth of field advantage to one system over another.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 21:53 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2478 comments in total)
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m3: I mentioned before that the lack of a tilting screen was a mistake but given the general feeling of this review it's not a street photographers best choice anyway, ho hum ...

The statement 'At the same aperture, a larger sensor will give you a narrower depth of field.' is not true. Or, at least, is ambiguous.

At the same **f-number** the statement is correct.
At the same **aperture diameter** the statement is false.

If you can stop any two systems to the same aperture diameter for the same field of view, you can take the same photo with the same depth-of-field and, if you use the same shutter speed, the same amount of light, which will give a very similar noise level, assuming a modern sensor.

There is no inherent depth-of-field advantage to any system, if compared on the same basis. The difference is that the larger format can give you shallower depth of field if you have a bright enough lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 20:13 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2606 comments in total)
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Joesiv: I think it's a bit odd to not reference that pixel shift ISO's are actually 4x's less sensitive.

In the review, the "ISO100" pixel shift results are fantastic, but I didn't see it mentioned that it takes 4x's more exposure time to create them, meaning 2 stops less sensitive. Perhaps an addendum or note about that? Or perhaps make compensate in the widget with a footnote on pixel shift results.

Interestingly, if you take the 2 stop advantage away from the pixelshift results, all of a sudden comparing to it's competitors makes sense. Of course you still get the benefit of a sharper and more color purity, but the noise advantage is gone, which makes sense given the actual exposure time.

The ISO system doesn't really have any way of taking multiple exposures into account.

But yes, you could argue that it's equivalent to a two-stop drop in ISO, since it requires four times the exposure.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 18:10 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2606 comments in total)
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Roadrunnerdeluxe: I really don't care about the AF rating, that's fine by me. I rarely have to chase buildings or landscapes.

What irks me though is the paradox pixel shift criticism. As far as I know no other camera (besides Oly in a different implementation) has this feature. Everybody pi**es their pants over the picture quality one gets from pixel shift (yes, with application limitations, point taken).

It's almost like somebody builds the first car with an additional fuel cell at 2/3 of the price of a regular car just to get knocked that it can only use hydrogen.

Also, not all 'cons' are created equal. They range from fundamental criticisms to minor points that potential buyers might want to be aware of. Just because something is mentioned in the 'cons' section doesn't mean we think it's a big deal, nor does it mean that we marked the camera down for it.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 18:03 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2606 comments in total)
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twostep: Shutter shock issues? Back/front focus issues? Would be great to know more on those matters. Thanks!

There's no significant shutter shock when shot using the OVF, which is an excellent performance. The same can't be said for live view mode, but that's not likely to be the primary way that many people operate this camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 19:53 UTC
On article DxOMark confirms Canon EOS 1D X II sensor advances (216 comments in total)
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Kevin RAR: DPreview I failed to see the point of this article. There's huge difference regarding high ISO performance between DXO numbers and your D5 review. DXO numbers show 1DX mark II has 0.4EV (3207 vs. 2434 high ISO advantage over D5, while your D5 review says the opposite.

Are you going to discuss this with DXO? Please enlighten us readers.

To be clear, we compared the D5's DR to the D750 (as an example of a recent full frame camera with good DR) and then said falls well short of this standard, yielding a result more like the 6D.

We didn't say: 'let's see how the D5 compares to the 6D?' that would be perverse.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 22:50 UTC
On article DxOMark confirms Canon EOS 1D X II sensor advances (216 comments in total)
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Kevin RAR: DPreview I failed to see the point of this article. There's huge difference regarding high ISO performance between DXO numbers and your D5 review. DXO numbers show 1DX mark II has 0.4EV (3207 vs. 2434 high ISO advantage over D5, while your D5 review says the opposite.

Are you going to discuss this with DXO? Please enlighten us readers.

Kevin RAR - you missed out another possibility: that DxO's numbers are correct but that SNR for a middle grey patch may not be the sole useful measure of noise.

We're looking into apparent discrepancy and it seems our test scene image gives fairly similar SNR numbers to the ones DxO has reported - despite the apparent visual difference between the two.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 22:45 UTC
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