Jerry-astro

Jerry-astro

Lives in United States Portland, United States
Works as a Marketing Mgr - Retired
Joined on Jan 16, 2003
About me:

Equipment: Fujifilm X-T1, Fuji 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 lens, Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 lens, Fuji 55-200 lens, Fuji 100-400 f/4-5.6 lens, Fuji 1.4 TC, Nissin i40 flash

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On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 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 First Impressions Review (1275 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 First Impressions Review (1275 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
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 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.

Umm, no, absolutely not an issue on my X-T1. It's far more responsive than that. Not sure you came to the conclusion that "all" Fuji cameras have this issue, but I have to tell you that you're dead wrong. My X-T1's response is nearly instantaneous... certainly not long enough to result in any issues when shooting action or other time sensitive subject matter. And, BTW, this is pretty well true when using any of my lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 22:33 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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garyknrd: I would be careful with the AF claiming to be much better. I used the new pro2 a few weeks ago with the 100-400 and it was a dog to put it mildly. Compared to a DSLR.
I am desperately wanting to go mirror less but the AF has to be up to snuff. I am hoping DPR will put out a detailed AF review.

My biggest issue with detecting edges and locking AF has been low light (particularly noticeable when shooting owls in a dense and dark forested area). Sensitivity of the AF points (IIRC) as gone from -.5 EV to -3 EV. That's a pretty huge leap. There will be other factors at play here, but where my biggest issue has been seems to have been addressed. Time will tell if that turns out to be true, but the reviews seem pretty positive on that.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 04:37 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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garyknrd: I would be careful with the AF claiming to be much better. I used the new pro2 a few weeks ago with the 100-400 and it was a dog to put it mildly. Compared to a DSLR.
I am desperately wanting to go mirror less but the AF has to be up to snuff. I am hoping DPR will put out a detailed AF review.

Comments from users, sure. Lots of folks see what they want to see rather than what's actually taking place. However, at least a couple of the professional reviews I read today made a point of comparing the AF with DSLRs and backed that with some very impressive images of motion tracking. This is stuff I absolutely could not successfully accomplish with an X-T1, so yes, I'm starting to believe that Fuji might actually have gotten this right. Time will tell and, like you, one has to take everything with a grain of salt. However, I'm much more optimistic about the X-T2 than I was with any of the firmware updates that claimed improved AF performance. Big difference between what you can accomplish in a firmware update vs. a complete retooling of the engine, a faster processor, more focus points, and a more sophisticated AF algorithm.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 02:37 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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garyknrd: I would be careful with the AF claiming to be much better. I used the new pro2 a few weeks ago with the 100-400 and it was a dog to put it mildly. Compared to a DSLR.
I am desperately wanting to go mirror less but the AF has to be up to snuff. I am hoping DPR will put out a detailed AF review.

I believe there are some significant enhancements that Fuji made in AF with the X-T2 over the XP-2. There is an upcoming firmware update for the XP-2 that is supposed to improve AF performance, so you may not want to judge what the X-T2 can do simply based on your experience with a different camera. A couple of the reviews I've seen are very positive on this aspect of the X-T2's design.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 01:32 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Robert Garcia NYC: Sorry, I might have missed this but not one word regarding lowlight focus? Anyone spot that?

Robert, you might consider taking a look at this review: http://danbaileyphoto.com/blog/x-series-evolved-my-full-review-of-the-fujifilm-x-t2/. He specifically looks at low light performance and is very positive on the X-T2's performance. So far, anyway, the best review I've seen yet.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 01:28 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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rrccad: nice looking camera. I dislike completely the dial settings however, for that reason I'd probably never roll with a Fuji. I'd be tempted with 24MP actually, but the controls? no thanks.

Creates too many issues that digital controls can easily take care of - such as saved setting banks,etc that hold aperture, ISO and speed settings.

also specifying the fps as 8 / 11 fps when it slows down by nearly half if you want to do normal things .. such as AF or meter.. is a little disingenuous.

then we have ISO - my understanding is that this sensor is the sony that starts with ISO 100 .. it's it the traditional baked and faked up ISO that as raised eyebrows in the past for fuji?

Still though, nice for Fuji fans .. at least they finally moved off that 16mp sensor.

The fact that they "went out in the 70s" is totally irrelevant to me. Since I wasn't all that much into photography at that time, it wasn't even a factor in my decision to give the X-T1 a looksee. The benefit of setting exposure via the dials on the X-Tn series cameras in concert with a WYSIWYG display is something you simply can't appreciate until you pick one up and use it. You may or may not like the concept, but as I said, your opinion might carry a lot more weight if you had actually tried the camera out and came to that same conclusion, as opposed to being critical of a set of specs. Having extensively used both UIs and spent some real time with the X-T1 before buying, I speak with some experience here. You might well come to a different conclusion but judging something on paper is not all that compelling IMHO.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 18:48 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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rrccad: nice looking camera. I dislike completely the dial settings however, for that reason I'd probably never roll with a Fuji. I'd be tempted with 24MP actually, but the controls? no thanks.

Creates too many issues that digital controls can easily take care of - such as saved setting banks,etc that hold aperture, ISO and speed settings.

also specifying the fps as 8 / 11 fps when it slows down by nearly half if you want to do normal things .. such as AF or meter.. is a little disingenuous.

then we have ISO - my understanding is that this sensor is the sony that starts with ISO 100 .. it's it the traditional baked and faked up ISO that as raised eyebrows in the past for fuji?

Still though, nice for Fuji fans .. at least they finally moved off that 16mp sensor.

You might consider taking one for a spin before passing judgment. After 10+ years on Canon, I was also not convinced that the dials were anything more than a throwback for nostalgia lovers. After trying one out for a few days, I was absolutely sold, and have absolutely zero regrets about that move to this day, 2+ years later. Both the fun factor and keeper rate has been FAR higher than anything I saw in my DSLR days. YMMV, but consider trying one first before concluding that it's not for you. JMHO.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 17:53 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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gbdz: Since you can buy yourself into a real ecosystem of lenses and whatever you might ever imagine you'd ever need in photography with the FF and APS DSLRs of Canon and Nikon and Sony, what exactly is the "raison d'etre" of this Fuji line of products?
As I've never touched one of these cameras, I do not understand.
Can you let me in on the secret, please?

My best advice would be to rent an X-T1 for a few days (since the T2 won't be available for a couple of months). Take it out and give it a good shakeout. That's what I did when considering a move from my many years with Canon. It didn't take long for me to really get attached to the camera. Some of why I liked it so much was easy to figure out. The EVF is a joy in comparison to the DSLR VF, with a true WYSIWYG display. If your exposure is off, you'll see it before taking the shot. There are a host of other things I liked, including the simplicity of the operation and controls (the dials may be nostalgic, but more importantly are very intuitive and easy to use). Much of what I liked is harder to characterize in words. It just felt right and the learning curve was quick. My keeper rate was far higher than I was ever able to get with my Canon 7D, particularly if lighting was challenging.

Once again, reviews will only get you so far. Take one for a spin and see if you like it.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 17:45 UTC
On photo Rufous Hummingbird in Flight in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks, Ruth, much appreciated. We're fortunate enough to have a feeder right outside our window with some nice trees well in the background that lend a pretty bokeh to the shots. Getting them in flight without the feeder in view is a bit of a tricky matter of timing and lots of practice. Been fascinated with these little guys for many years now.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 00:22 UTC as 1st comment
On article Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo (354 comments in total)
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Old Cameras: All of their comments are self reinforcing, they sound a little too sure of themselves. In ten years they'll be in exactly the same market position they're in now. They make cameras that try very hard to look like retro film cameras, and simultaneously can't wait to stop making film. Their products overlap each other and until yesterday they all had the same sensor. Their products are the opposite of innovation. Typical sales guys, toeing the company line. I think they're just throwing cameras against the wall, trying to find one that will stick. I like the style but I can't think of a compelling reason to own one.

@badi:
I don't think we're disagreeing, though I'm not sure you can completely separate the "retro look" and external controls. Most modern cameras -- DSLRs in particular -- have tended towards placing ISO and other controls in menus or assigned to multiuse dials. Older "retro" cameras had many of those controls on dedicated dials. The external controls do help the usability of the camera for many photographers and many of the cameras that adopt those controls do so in a way that reminds one of older film cameras (well, at least they remind me of that type of design).

So, it feels as if we're on the same page. I simply used the term "retro" as a catch-all for that sort of approach to camera design.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 18:14 UTC
On article Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo (354 comments in total)
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Old Cameras: All of their comments are self reinforcing, they sound a little too sure of themselves. In ten years they'll be in exactly the same market position they're in now. They make cameras that try very hard to look like retro film cameras, and simultaneously can't wait to stop making film. Their products overlap each other and until yesterday they all had the same sensor. Their products are the opposite of innovation. Typical sales guys, toeing the company line. I think they're just throwing cameras against the wall, trying to find one that will stick. I like the style but I can't think of a compelling reason to own one.

Yeah, it's crystal clear from your comments that you've never owned or used a Fujifilm camera. The "retro" look is much more about usability than simply trying to appeal to old school photographers. I've used modern, menu based DSLRs (Canon in particular) and find Fuji's UI to be FAR more intuitive and easy to use. I doubt you'll "get it" until you take one out and shoot with it for a while. Then some of this might be a bit clearer to you.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 05:26 UTC
On photo Passing in the Night in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks so much, Ruth. I love the lines of that bridge (only just opened last Fall) and it keeps calling to me to photograph it, especially at night. Was quite lucky to catch two trains passing at the same time.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 04:22 UTC as 1st comment
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neatpicture: Go nuclear instead!!!!

Wow, and here I thought this was supposed to be all about photography. Great capture MarioSS.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 19:26 UTC
On photo Black and Red Beauty in the Butterflies challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks very much, Jean Pierre!

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2015 at 21:22 UTC as 1st comment
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Promit: Okay, let's get a couple of the common ones out of the way, shall we?

"Canon keeps making a great camera even better."
"Finally Canon is acknowledging that their flagship sports DSLR still needs work."
"Now if only Canon could fix the dynamic range in a firmware update."
"Pointless, just buy a A7R II instead. DSLRs are dead."
"This level of of commitment to pros is why Canon will never lose marketshare to other brands."
"Good to see they're not charging for firmware updates like Panasonic."
"Sony <whatever> is better."
"Nikon <whatever> is better."
"Overpriced camera that still doesn't focus well."
"The best crop DSLR on the market keeps getting better."
"I had a 7D2 and it was the worst camera ever made. Now I shoot with four D810s and thirty thousand dollars of lenses."
"I had a D810 and it was the worst camera ever made. Now I shoot with the 7D2 and only these Canon lenses."
"My iPhone still focuses faster."
"No EVF, no point."
"Nikon needs to release the D400 immediately."

Years? The camera hasn't even been out for 2 years yet. You should have been very clear on what features the camera had when you purchased it, so if the AF capabilities fell short for your needs and expectations, then it's on you for not having done your due diligence before buying the camera. I rented the X-T1 for a few days before deciding to buy and was well aware of areas where it could be improved. I appreciate the enhancements in AF and other areas, but found that the camera more than met my needs when I bought it. Obviously, given the popularity of the camera, a whole lot of others didn't seem to feel that the camera's release was "premature". All cameras have shortcomings... I appreciate the fact that Fuji is willing to address them without requiring you buy a new camera, as both Canon and Nikon most often do.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 14:49 UTC
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Promit: Okay, let's get a couple of the common ones out of the way, shall we?

"Canon keeps making a great camera even better."
"Finally Canon is acknowledging that their flagship sports DSLR still needs work."
"Now if only Canon could fix the dynamic range in a firmware update."
"Pointless, just buy a A7R II instead. DSLRs are dead."
"This level of of commitment to pros is why Canon will never lose marketshare to other brands."
"Good to see they're not charging for firmware updates like Panasonic."
"Sony <whatever> is better."
"Nikon <whatever> is better."
"Overpriced camera that still doesn't focus well."
"The best crop DSLR on the market keeps getting better."
"I had a 7D2 and it was the worst camera ever made. Now I shoot with four D810s and thirty thousand dollars of lenses."
"I had a D810 and it was the worst camera ever made. Now I shoot with the 7D2 and only these Canon lenses."
"My iPhone still focuses faster."
"No EVF, no point."
"Nikon needs to release the D400 immediately."

If you read back to my original post here, it was in response to someone who had made a comment about Fuji with respect to firmware updates. You should know darn well that I don't make a practice of trolling and very rarely post in Canon forums or threads any more. I hold no ill will towards them.

And to your comment, Canon's larger installed base is supported by far more resources. So, if they chose to enhance their cameras more substantially (and more often) via firmware, they most certainly could. This isn't a size or logistics issue, it's one of corporate philosophy. You may be happy with what they're doing in that respect, but I've read many, many years of comments by established Canonizes that echo some real frustration about their general unwillingness to make substantial feature enhancements via firmware. Yes, there are exceptions, but that's what they are... exceptions. We can probably agree to disagree on this point since I'm not sure further debate will matter much.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 18:22 UTC
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Promit: Okay, let's get a couple of the common ones out of the way, shall we?

"Canon keeps making a great camera even better."
"Finally Canon is acknowledging that their flagship sports DSLR still needs work."
"Now if only Canon could fix the dynamic range in a firmware update."
"Pointless, just buy a A7R II instead. DSLRs are dead."
"This level of of commitment to pros is why Canon will never lose marketshare to other brands."
"Good to see they're not charging for firmware updates like Panasonic."
"Sony <whatever> is better."
"Nikon <whatever> is better."
"Overpriced camera that still doesn't focus well."
"The best crop DSLR on the market keeps getting better."
"I had a 7D2 and it was the worst camera ever made. Now I shoot with four D810s and thirty thousand dollars of lenses."
"I had a D810 and it was the worst camera ever made. Now I shoot with the 7D2 and only these Canon lenses."
"My iPhone still focuses faster."
"No EVF, no point."
"Nikon needs to release the D400 immediately."

Yup, Fuji has established a nice niche and there's no question that they can't compare in terms of market share, size of product offering, etc. So, their decision to enhance their cameras mid cycle via substantial firmware updates is a differentiator. Canon's updates, with very few exceptions (such as the mid cycle 7D update) are very light on feature enhancements. Canon has plenty of resources to adopt this same philosophy if that was their strategy, however, they've consistently chosen a different path. It's one of a number of things I don't miss about Canon, but in fairness, it doesn't take away from their accomplishments or the popularity of their line.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 16:20 UTC
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