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On article Fujifilm X-E3 Review (771 comments in total)
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(unknown member): @DPR: Is the kit 18-55 lens, included with this camera, sharp ?

@NicoPPC

On an X-T2, my personal experience is that the 23mm F2 is much sharper than the 18-55. I find the 18-55 to be good, not great.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 04:47 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E3 Review (771 comments in total)
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TheWhiteDog: i have a Fuji x30 now and I really love it but it is getting time to upgrade and this camera seems a logical choice. Just wish it had a tilt screen(but not at the expense of a joystick) and I wonder about the touchscreen in colder weather. But one has to jump in sometime, now to choose the kit with the 18-55mm zoom or the 23mm f2? Lovely looking camera and I have the EF-X20 flash already so would be perfect on this(its build is great, excellent color temperature output but limited otherwise. Decisions, decisions!

From personal experience, I find the 23mm F2 to be optically superior (my copy of the 18-55 has sharpness issues).

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 04:42 UTC
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KubeKube: This is the opening sequence of "1984", everyone who's read the book will recognize it. Thank you, Big Brother.

Outside, even through the shut window-pane, the world looked cold. Down in the street little eddies of wind were whirling dust and torn paper into spirals, and though the sun was shining and the sky a harsh blue, there seemed to be no colour in anything, except the posters that were plastered everywhere. The blackmoustachio'd face gazed down from every commanding corner. There was one on the house-front immediately opposite. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption said, while the dark eyes looked deep into Winston's own. Down at streetlevel another poster, torn at one corner, flapped fitfully in the wind, alternately covering and uncovering the single word INGSOC. In the far distance a helicopter skimmed down between the roofs, hovered for an instant like a bluebottle, and darted away again with a curving flight. It was the police patrol, snooping into people's windows. The patrols did not matter, however. Only the Thought Police mattered.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 20:19 UTC
On article The 7 Commandments of Great Photo Walks (126 comments in total)

I had to listen to his comment at 4:45 a couple of times...

Thanks for the tips -- well done.

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Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 19:59 UTC as 51st comment
On article Nikon D850: What we hoped for – and what we got (403 comments in total)
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Verto: Although I think the D850 looks and sounds amazing, DP review has gone in full promotion mode on this camera and clearly shows they are trying to sell it hard. How many articles and posts can they feature in a week? They are saying the same thing over and over again.

I guess their "full promotion mode" worked on at least one person. It seems you have had such high interest in the subject matter as to: a) take note of all of the articles, b) read the articles, and c) post comments. Maybe the marketing department should get a raise?

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 20:22 UTC
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G Sciorio: I was a beta tester for 3.0 and can say without doubt Cascable is far better than any camera manufactures app by a huge margin. Maybe one day camera companies will take software seriously but until then we got Cascable which is hella good.

Thanks for input, will give Cascable a try.

I tried to transfer one photo from an XT-2 to an iPhone in the FujiFilm app. One photo took hours and never really worked. Could be the worst attempt at software ever.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (391 comments in total)
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Sine_Nomine: I've been comparing Fujifilm models and was almost set on getting the X100F, until I saw the studio shot comparison with the X-T20. Everywhere I looked, the X-T20 is sharper and the X100F is duller. This shocked me. I realize they're using different lenses, but I thought that they're using the same sensor & filter technology, and it seems they're in the same price class. Yet JPG or RAW, the X100F looks almost as if it's slightly out of focus. I also checked other images for ISO settings. Is anyone else seeing this?
The other observation that gives me pause is that the first photo of the X-T20 on the Intro page of the full review shows it with a lens I can't identify. Not that I did an exhaustive search, but I can't find it on Amazon, and it doesn't appear to be the stock kit lens. Which made me wonder, was this the lens used in the photos, rather than the kit lens? Using the X-T20 with that fixed lens is an alternative for the X100F for me if IQ is better. What's that lens?

The first photo? That is a 35mm F2.0 R WR. Not the kit lens, but it is an excellent weather resistant prime lens for about $400. Just checked and in stock at all major online companies.

If you want a similar lens and profile to the X100F, consider the 27mm F2.8. More of a "pancake" lens and similar DOF as the 23mm X100F.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 03:18 UTC
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Marty4650: A nice toy for anyone who feels $1.70 per print for 3 inch square prints is a good idea.

And you better hope for a 100% keeper rate, or it could get a lot more expensive.

I live in Central America and shoot a lot of portraits for NGO marketing sites. Instax cameras are excellent icebreakers that help bridge the fundamental distrust of gringos that many people have here. Have found the tool invaluable. $1.70 per print is worth it.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 18:04 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (391 comments in total)
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PeteHolland89: I'm honestly very impressed by this camera, but I just wanted to share a quick note on ergonomics and handling for those looking to buy this camera.

I went to the camera store yesterday to hold and test the X-T20 but it's actually TOO compact for me. If you have large(r) hands, you will most likely have difficulties getting a good grip with your fingers, which might be uncomfortable for longer periods of shooting. My thumb was also on the buttons as I was trying to hold the camera (not the case on the X-T2 since it's wider and bigger). In the end, I decided to spend the extra money on an X-T2, since it had a much better grip; for me at least.

Before you drop 1000+ dollars on this blindly, please visit your local camera store and see if the X-T20 works for you. Even the best camera in the world is not worth it you cannot grasp it properly.

Absolutic, sorry for the delay - it is from Lensmate. About $60 on Amazon, I think. Specifically made for the X-T2.

Yes, it gets in the way (slightly) of the AEL and rear wheel buttons so back button focus is difficult to implement. I have reprogrammed the front Fn button for focus -- for me, it actually works better, but mileage will vary by hand size.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 01:51 UTC
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ecka84: I don't get it ... Why are you Fuji trolls bashing Canon/Sony/Nikon to glorify Fuji?
C/S/N have many of those "new" features for years. Is it that hard to be honest with yourself? Don't you have any self-respect at all?
OK, now you can throw your rotten tomatoes (aka. non-arguments and "bovine excrement"). I mean, being a Fuji fanatic must be hard. You have to keep inside all the pain, frustration and anger while praising the Fuji-lord. Because otherwise you will be expelled from the sect. The steam vapor must go somewhere, just let it go ... I'm ready :)

I don't get it ... Why are you bashing Fuji to glorify Canon/Sony/Nikon?

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 02:35 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (391 comments in total)
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PeteHolland89: I'm honestly very impressed by this camera, but I just wanted to share a quick note on ergonomics and handling for those looking to buy this camera.

I went to the camera store yesterday to hold and test the X-T20 but it's actually TOO compact for me. If you have large(r) hands, you will most likely have difficulties getting a good grip with your fingers, which might be uncomfortable for longer periods of shooting. My thumb was also on the buttons as I was trying to hold the camera (not the case on the X-T2 since it's wider and bigger). In the end, I decided to spend the extra money on an X-T2, since it had a much better grip; for me at least.

Before you drop 1000+ dollars on this blindly, please visit your local camera store and see if the X-T20 works for you. Even the best camera in the world is not worth it you cannot grasp it properly.

Absolutic, I have the one from Lensbaby that is specifically made for the XT2. The Fn button is difficult, but not impossible, to reach and it does not interfere with the viewfinder.

Quantum Scientist -- I agree with you that handling is not a problem. I just like the feeling of security the thumb grip gives me. Just feels more secure -- I have one on my X100T and have grown used to the feeling.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 02:07 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (391 comments in total)
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PeteHolland89: I'm honestly very impressed by this camera, but I just wanted to share a quick note on ergonomics and handling for those looking to buy this camera.

I went to the camera store yesterday to hold and test the X-T20 but it's actually TOO compact for me. If you have large(r) hands, you will most likely have difficulties getting a good grip with your fingers, which might be uncomfortable for longer periods of shooting. My thumb was also on the buttons as I was trying to hold the camera (not the case on the X-T2 since it's wider and bigger). In the end, I decided to spend the extra money on an X-T2, since it had a much better grip; for me at least.

Before you drop 1000+ dollars on this blindly, please visit your local camera store and see if the X-T20 works for you. Even the best camera in the world is not worth it you cannot grasp it properly.

Consider getting a half-case and a Lensmate thumb grip. Unlike POTUS 45, I have YUUUGE hands and these help with the smaller form factor of the X-T20. Sometimes the Lensmate gets in the way of the Fn button, but having the thumb grip really helps handle the camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 20:59 UTC
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DjHonda: All of the pictures from this article could have been easily taken with Nikon D90 and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Let's stop buying new bodies people, it really doesn't make a difference unless you are a pro.

Alas, if I only could have told the guys on the scooter not to stick a gun in my face and take my D90, I would not have had to get a D750 to replace it! (True story).

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 20:58 UTC
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DaddyG: Definitely the best general purpose DSLR ever made.
As a Canon user, I could only hope for something like the D750. Unfortunately Canon are always so careful about cannibalising their other product lines.
One great thing about mirrorless is that this increased competition surely must force Canon to be more generous with their product feature sets.

"sensor aside"?

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 19:58 UTC
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Xentinus: Isn't it a little bit too noisy that second wedding photo for 1250 ISO?
Maybe missed the focus?

I noticed the same, but the author states: "which were substantially washed out due to fogging and moisture on the lens". I think he recognizes that some of the shots are not spot on but the camera helped him recover under terrible conditions.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 19:57 UTC

Have they fixed the OS X El Capitan downloader issues? Traveling and not at home computer to check directly.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 21:47 UTC as 9th comment
On article Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 (186 comments in total)
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watson076: Sony really is churning out impressive cameras. I myself tried the a6000 and really liked it except one very important area: image quality. No matter how hard I tried I really couldn't get good pictures out of this camera. Maybe it was user error.

+1 on getting a different lens. The 18-55 kit lens is abysmal. Check CL and Ebay for deals -- lots of e-mount lenses out there.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 21:45 UTC
On article Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 (186 comments in total)
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ianjoc: I'm hardly getting any sharp pictures with this camera... would it be the kit-lens? I just got it last week and since one of the "good features" of this is supposedly their AF, I've been trying to us the AF-C. Unfortunately, I could not get any good sharp ones. I tried just the Single AF one (which I'm more used to from my other cams) but only get about 15% sharp ones. I've had my Ricoh GRV since last year and 90% of the time the images are crazy sharp out of the box! i mostly shoot Aperture priority and i'm noticed i'm getting mostly 1/30 to 1/40 shutter and still get sharp images with my GR. With this A6000, 1/60 and up is not even cutting it. Still taking shots with more... see if this will be worth keeping or just returning it. XAVCS update was really nice though.

I found the kit lens to be horrendous and almost returned the camera as well. Very soft, slow lens -- better off getting body only and buying lens separately.

Was able to pick up several Sony lenses for very good prices on CL and Ebay (35mm 1.8 and 55-210mm) and what a difference these lenses make!! Fast autofocus and very sharp. I would check out some of the Sigma Art lenses as well.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 21:41 UTC
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