Amnon G

Amnon G

Lives in United States Bellevue, WA, United States
Works as a Program Manager
Has a website at www.spacepirations.com
Joined on May 19, 2005
About me:

Family man, space enthusiast, technologist and photography buff seeking simplicity.

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On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2481 comments in total)

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!

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 01:45 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies

It would be interesting to see if someone ever makes a sensor that behaves like film.

Current sensors behave the complete opposite of film - they clip highlights and allow pulling shadows (each with their limitations of ISO invariance and dynamic range, but in general that holds true). Film, on the other hand, clips shadows (where there's not enough light hitting the chemicals to cause a reaction) but can pull-back highlights much better.

Each, of course, has its own set of advantages.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2016 at 16:13 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies
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Amnon G: Interestingly FW4 didn't bring all features of X-E2s. The missing ones are shutter-speed IS features and auto-mode with scene selection.

Been engaging with FujiRumors and I don't know yet why the FW of the X-E2s is not identical to X-E2 now and if there's any hardware differences between the two except for cosmetic button labeling.

FujiRumors added a comparison and explanation of differences between the X-E2 and X-E2s. Apparently there are hardware differences which warrant the feature difference.
I am sticking with my X-E2 for now, I'm curious about the X-E3 which will hopefully be to X-Pro2 what X-E1 was to X-Pro1.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 18:29 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)

The screen mechanism looks to me like a disaster waiting to happen. small legs in slots that can get dirt, get crooked, etc., a cable ribbon that's pretty exposed.

Why is this better than tried-and-true hinge system or the 180 degree flippable screens?

All in all it's good to see more competition brewing!

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 18:26 UTC as 91st comment | 11 replies
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Amnon G: Interestingly FW4 didn't bring all features of X-E2s. The missing ones are shutter-speed IS features and auto-mode with scene selection.

Been engaging with FujiRumors and I don't know yet why the FW of the X-E2s is not identical to X-E2 now and if there's any hardware differences between the two except for cosmetic button labeling.

No, BarnET. I mean IS. Find the IS options in the X-E2s user manual and compare with the X-E2 FW4 user manual. X-E2s has more options.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 00:19 UTC

Interestingly FW4 didn't bring all features of X-E2s. The missing ones are shutter-speed IS features and auto-mode with scene selection.

Been engaging with FujiRumors and I don't know yet why the FW of the X-E2s is not identical to X-E2 now and if there's any hardware differences between the two except for cosmetic button labeling.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 21:20 UTC as 41st comment | 7 replies
On article Fujifilm announces development of EF-X500 flash (85 comments in total)
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Amnon G: Dumb question risk: Why does anyone release something like this with AA batteries and not a modern Litium Ion (or Polymer) battery? Most Fuji X cameras use the WP-126 battery, why not use that instead?

It's been a while since I've seen any digital camera use AA batteries, why do flashes still cling to those?

All of the above makes sense and I use eneloop in my tiny EF-X20 flash as well. However as a flash coming from Fuji for the X system that unlike other vendors largely shares a battery (X-Pro1, X-Pro2, X-T10, X-T1, X-E1, X-E2, X-E2s all share the same battery). Are you saying that it wouldn't make a smaller flash unit if that battery would be used?

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 18:34 UTC

What's that flash location? Is "red-eyes" a premium feature now?

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 05:51 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies
On article Fujifilm announces development of EF-X500 flash (85 comments in total)

Dumb question risk: Why does anyone release something like this with AA batteries and not a modern Litium Ion (or Polymer) battery? Most Fuji X cameras use the WP-126 battery, why not use that instead?

It's been a while since I've seen any digital camera use AA batteries, why do flashes still cling to those?

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 01:06 UTC as 16th comment | 8 replies
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ozturert: I had to look at the price again, just to make sure. I think Fuji feels the pressure of competition on their neck. 999 with lit lens is really good, but then second hand XE2's prices will drop even further.

Look at the last photo (or the Fujifilm website) - electronic shutter is coming to XE2.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 21:06 UTC
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Nick8: X-E3 will come as soon as enough X-Pro2 cameras will be sold. It is quite obvious.
The new sensor in Fujifilm X-Pro2 will be probably used in the future X-E3 as well.
Although X-E2s looks like a very minor step-up, Fujifilm seems to have a consistent strategy, IMO.

No hardware tweak needed, X-E2 is getting the electronic shutter of up to 1/32000 exactly like X-T10, X-T1 etc.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
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tkbslc: So you can turn the X-E2 into an X-E2s with firmware? Better snatch up those clearance X-E2 while you can. I didn't have to look very hard to find new X-E2 for around $500.

Looks like you can, electronic shutter included.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Giuseppe Milo (32 comments in total)

I like the dark focal point in the photos - the silhouettes make me wanting more as it is like the subject of the photo has no details and leaves enough for the imagination.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 17:54 UTC as 25th comment
On challenge In Seconds - Long exposures (4 comments in total)
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Michael L NYC 99: I predict a milky way shot will win. :-)

Please no (unless it has more merit than just technique). Art transcends technique.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 17:31 UTC
On photo new star in the In Seconds - Long exposures challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice! What is this?

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 17:21 UTC as 1st comment

Awesome, no import!
I'm a LR/PS subscriber and failed 3 times to get into LR because of the library management.
Been a happy Photo Gallery Live user for years, using PS heavily.
Will definitely check this out.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 06:18 UTC as 4th comment

Won't the gold color ring have the potential to be reflected off and create image artifacts?

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 21:34 UTC as 49th comment | 4 replies
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)

This camera is so professional it comes with an assistant to carry it and an entourage that keeps telling you "it's so big!".

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 03:32 UTC as 306th comment
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happypoppeye: Compressed RAW is not RAW. Its compressed.

It all depends on lossy vs lossless. Sony is currently doing lossy compression.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 17:18 UTC
On article And the winners are: DPReview Awards 2015 (392 comments in total)

Not that everything DPReview (or anyone else) says is to live and die for... but Fujifilm, as much as I love my X-E2 it is starting to look long in the tooth - time for a real replacement, not another camera with the same engine inside (like X-M1, X-T1, X-T10, X-100T, ...)

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 05:33 UTC as 70th comment
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