Jerry-astro

Jerry-astro

Lives in United States Portland, OR, United States
Works as a High Tech Prod Mktg Mgr - Retired
Joined on Jan 16, 2003
About me:

Equipment: Fujifilm X-T2, Fuji 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 lens, Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 lens, Fuji 56 f/1.2 lens, Fuji 100-400 f/4-5.6 lens, Fuji 1.4 TC, Nissin i40 flash

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On photo Iconic Tree in the Fall colors challenge (17 comments in total)
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Bob Tullis: Way to go, Jerry.

Muchas gracias, Bob!

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 23:39 UTC
On photo Iconic Tree in the Fall colors challenge (17 comments in total)
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stevo23: Congrats Jerry!

Thanks!

J.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 20:47 UTC
On photo Iconic Tree in the Fall colors challenge (17 comments in total)

Thanks again to all for your kind comments! I'd have to agree in retrospect that a smaller aperture would have been appropriate, even with such a wide lens. As in my other comment below, things were very rushed. Should have bumped the ISO a bit to enable it (see my comment below about why the shutter speed appears to be higher than it actually was).

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 18:11 UTC as 4th comment
On photo Iconic Tree in the Fall colors challenge (17 comments in total)
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jennajenna: Why on earth did you shoot it at 2.8 aperture and 1/2000th!??? You wanted bokeh? This tree screams for f8 or higher for max sharpness and you could have easily done it hand held with fuji IS.

The shutter speed in the EXIF is misleading. This was a 5-shot HDR sequence with the longest exposure actually being 1/125s. So, that setting was necessary to enable a handheld exposure, which BTW, was the only feasible way to take that shot (no time for tripods with 15 other photographers jockeying for space by that tree). Also, please feel free to pixel peep and tell me where you see a lack of sharpness in the image. I'm pretty happy with the outcome.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 18:06 UTC
On photo Iconic Tree in the Fall colors challenge (17 comments in total)

Thanks, guys! It's easily the most photographed tree in Portland. Just getting access to it during the high color season here is a chore in and of itself. It's usually surrounded by 15-20 photographers. Takes some patience to get the sort of shot you really want (but it's so worth it IMHO).

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 14:54 UTC as 10th comment
On photo Iconic Tree in the Fall colors challenge (17 comments in total)
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webrunner5: Wow that is beautiful. Well done!

Many thanks!

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 03:55 UTC
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Kaso: Now I've heard of a place called Bergün. Clever PR joke.

Ridiculous... Jacques, you acknowledge that it's a PR stunt, then call people who disagree with you "apologists for authoritarianism." Those two things are miles apart... one is a prank and requires some sort of a sense of humor (which you apparently completely lack), while authoritarianism is a horse of a completely different color which has sod all to do with this whole thing. Suggest you get off your soapbox, relax, and stop trying to link this rather humorous publicity stunt with all of the other evils that you describe here. It appears you're simply trying to prove that you're right by suggesting that they're somehow related. Yeah it's a joke and yeah it's funny.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2017 at 03:37 UTC
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stevo23: Nice one - I love it when a people have a good sense of humor. Excellent dry/tongue in cheek kind of marketing ploy.

Nice to see that someone "gets it". I'm blown away by how humor challenged DPR's readership seems to be based on how seriously some are taking this. The whole thing brought a big smile to my face, particularly the fact that it was done by folks who [perhaps unfairly] aren't necessarily known for their sense of humor -- though admitted that may be more an incorrect stereotype than anything else.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 17:53 UTC
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Steve in GA: Switzerland likes to call itself a democracy, but what do you call a country that would endorse a rule like this one?

Wow... just WOW! I am astonished at how humor-challenged so many DPR readers are, based on some of these comments. Dude, it's a joke... satire... humor... marketing... Jeez.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 17:47 UTC
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Kaso: Now I've heard of a place called Bergün. Clever PR joke.

For heaven's sake, Jacques, please do yourself a favor and grow a sense of humor. If you can't see the irony in all this and realize that it's simply a rather funny PR stunt, then you are seriously in need a prescription for a giant chill pill. Very creative idea and it will have the desired effect of focusing a bit of attention on what might otherwise be a lesser known place. Well played, Bergün!

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 17:42 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Richard's choice - Fujifilm X-T2 (172 comments in total)
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Brian Thomas: Richard,

As you probably know there is a growing sense of disappointment with the "frustratingly slow" joystick echoing thru the Fuji online forums. Some users restrict the number of focus points available to deal with this perceived shortcoming. Previously, in comments here below one of your Fuji articles you suggested that a properly implemented touch-screen might be a better way to navigate a sea of 400 focus points. However, while your early criticisms of the "laggy" Sony a6500 touch screen implementation have been "seconded" by almost every review I've seen, I haven't seen any formal reviews criticize the speed of the Fuji joystick. So, I'd appreciate it if you commented about that here. Are you truly as satisfied with the Fuji joystick's utility as the above article implies?

Brian

I think all the forum comments about joystick speed are a crock and a red herring, to be honest. I find it to be plenty responsive and quick enough for rapid changes in your AF point. It's also nicely placed for other directional and selection functions that you might otherwise use the keypad for. I'm totally with Webber15 and other responders on this one.

I also really enjoyed Richard's writeup and the fact that he emphasized his emotional response to the camera... something the you most often wouldn't see in many formal reviews. That ends up being one of the major advantages that Fuji (and the X-T2 in particular) offers. It just makes you smile.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 19:51 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2216 comments in total)
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SaltLakeGuy: As a former Nikonian for years, this is the one that won my heart. I tried a D500 and while it's focusing at speed is indeed highly capable, I've not found a subject that can thwart the focus capabilities of the X-T2 as yet. I have a new collection of their finest lenses so no doubt that helps. I think the Dpreview has sold short the ultimate capabilities of the focus system on the X-T2. I'm not surprised considering several other competent reviewers have touted it as a virtual equal to much of what the D500 brings to the table. That was my experience as well. Such is life with different people and their individual hands on experiences.

Alexne... per this comment directed at me: "sure sounds like you are saying that Richard's review was biased. As a Fuji-X forum moderator, I would have expected a more respectful critique of Richard's review."

OK, took me a couple of reads to figure out what you were getting at. The "your" in that comment was poorly stated and most certainly wasn't aimed at Richard. It was about others who disparaged the review and chose to use carefully selected bits of information to do so. If you read my overall comment, it was quite complimentary to the review, and I stand by that position. I think the review was fair and balanced, even if it found some fault with the camera. Sorry for the confusion and misleading wording.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 14:56 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2216 comments in total)
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Jefftan: What is the advantage of using X-Trans?

I hear lower noise than Bayer (only supposed advantage I know) , Is that really true

also no AA filter, suppose (just suppose, i hear the opposite, mush detail) more detail

What is the truth, any serious test?

Yup. Better to take the high road. Pity that name calling and other such juvenile stuff isn't monitored outside the forums. It's why I rarely comment in articles and when I do, stuff like this simply reinforces my hesitancy to do so. Ah well... back to the topic at hand (one might hope).

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 03:25 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2216 comments in total)
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Jefftan: What is the advantage of using X-Trans?

I hear lower noise than Bayer (only supposed advantage I know) , Is that really true

also no AA filter, suppose (just suppose, i hear the opposite, mush detail) more detail

What is the truth, any serious test?

Nahh, that's OK, Buddy. I think I've read enough, thanks. :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 02:30 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2216 comments in total)
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Jefftan: What is the advantage of using X-Trans?

I hear lower noise than Bayer (only supposed advantage I know) , Is that really true

also no AA filter, suppose (just suppose, i hear the opposite, mush detail) more detail

What is the truth, any serious test?

Essentially making the same point 14 times pretty well constitutes trolling. Whether I'm a mod or not doesn't matter a bit. For purposes of this discussion, I'm simply expressing an opinion.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 02:18 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2216 comments in total)
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Jefftan: What is the advantage of using X-Trans?

I hear lower noise than Bayer (only supposed advantage I know) , Is that really true

also no AA filter, suppose (just suppose, i hear the opposite, mush detail) more detail

What is the truth, any serious test?

Nothing at all wrong with having an opinion. Trolling a thread, as you are, not so much.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 00:51 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2216 comments in total)
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SaltLakeGuy: As a former Nikonian for years, this is the one that won my heart. I tried a D500 and while it's focusing at speed is indeed highly capable, I've not found a subject that can thwart the focus capabilities of the X-T2 as yet. I have a new collection of their finest lenses so no doubt that helps. I think the Dpreview has sold short the ultimate capabilities of the focus system on the X-T2. I'm not surprised considering several other competent reviewers have touted it as a virtual equal to much of what the D500 brings to the table. That was my experience as well. Such is life with different people and their individual hands on experiences.

That's an awesome response, Richard, and much needed here IMHO. Some folks like to generalize with broad statements like "much better (or worse...your choice) than camera x" without any real qualification. The reality is, that for a camera as sophisticated as the D500, there will be some areas of strength and a few weakness in making any comparison with the X-T2. And, I'm sorry, but the negative experience of one user with completely unknown experience and familiarity with the X-T2 (as in ttran88's example) would have zero credibility with me. I'm much more likely to place credence on recommendations from people who use rigorous testing methods, have lots of experience, and are "known" entities rather than a few comments from random posters. Not to say that group knowledge and experience isn't valid, but singling out one or two reports that happen to jive with your own biases hardly seems valid or credible to me.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 23:50 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2216 comments in total)
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JL Auch: Hoping this camera will finally address the shutter release lag when full depressing the shutter that seems to plague all Fuji Cameras.

OK, ran a small experiment here in my den. Single light fixture in a small room, so only moderate indoor lighting. X-T1 with 18-55 kit lens set at ISO 3200. Exposure was 1/34s at f/2.8. Camera is in AF priority mode. Repeatedly pumped the shutter while moderately moving the camera, which is aimed at a bookcase (so decent contrast for AF). No discernible delay. I can pretty well press the shutter as fast as I'd like.

So, sorry, but I'm still not seeing the issue with this simple test. So, please explain what I might have done wrong in trying to duplicate the issue you're convinced happens across Fuji's product line? Or, what else would you like me to try? Just not seeing it.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 02:33 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2216 comments in total)
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Hibiscusbloom: Let's have an Epic Shoot-out between ...
Nikon D500+80-400 vs Fuji XT-2 100-400
for high action sports and birds in flight.
Which camera will win?
That will decide once and for all for those on the fence.

Fuji's AF was nowhere near worst of class. That said, no question it left plenty to be desired and was the major focus of Fuji's R&D in the X-T2. But, once again, your assertion is based on nothing but a strong bias and a boatload of assumptions. You have nothing but guesswork to back them. So, I think I might wait for a few tests before making strong statements such as yours.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 23:21 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2216 comments in total)
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Hibiscusbloom: Let's have an Epic Shoot-out between ...
Nikon D500+80-400 vs Fuji XT-2 100-400
for high action sports and birds in flight.
Which camera will win?
That will decide once and for all for those on the fence.

@BlueBomberTurbo and @sneakyracer: Gosh, gotta love all the DSLR fanboyism here. Near as I can tell, not a single comprehensive AF test/shoot out for the X-T2 is even available as yet and already you're ready to declare a resounding victory for DSLRs. I think measuring up to the D500 in every way will be difficult, for sure, but claiming that the X-T2's AF would essential be a non starter for birds or sports without anything to back that assertion is pure bunk.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 22:53 UTC
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