sirkhann

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On article DPReview TV: The best $4000 camera kits (367 comments in total)

Currently, BH Photo sells Z6 with 24-70/4 S lens for $1997 , Z 14-30/4 S is another $1096, and Z 85/1.8 S is $716, or $3809 in total, leaving some money for a XQD card.

This is way more gear for the dollar compared to any of the Fuji/Sony/Pana/Canon/Nikon kits, proposed on the video.

Plus, Z6 has pretty decent video recording quality to satisfy most hybrid shooters anyway.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2021 at 14:27 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
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sirkhann: The way I get the verdict at end - Fuji were once again able to made everyone who bought the original GFX 100 feel like a fool, except with the single cyclops with boulder sized hands, who does need the extra grip.

I believe most people, who bough at launch price GFX 50S, X-T100, X-H1, X-T3, X100F, GFX 100, have the same though crossing their mind: "I should have waited".

Unfortunately, when you save up to buy your dreamed-up Fujifilm camera, several months later there's always a new release that is a "game-changer", devaluating your new acquisition.

Yup, it's Kaizen and you are paying the bill!

I parted with my last Canon camera in 2010 and I'm shooting with Fujifilm since circa 2013 (X-E1).

Innovation is a good thing, but I don't believe it's fair to launch a top of the line product at $9999, and soon after that, release a better product at way lower price, which fixes some of the mistakes the engineering team made, rushing the product to the market. Plus - most of the products that I have listed, never reached their potential and marketing claims. I had issues with X-H1 and X-T100, and GFX 100 seems to be lagging behind the S.

Plus - cutting corners and pushing products to the market that require a new release every year, in my eyes demonstrate lack of respect to customers, and the environment.

So, yeah, as I said - Fujifilm is constantly improving, but at your expense. And every time I speak with photographers, who make a living with that, almost everyone have tried the X system for serious stuff like weddings, and it didn't work out for them.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2021 at 06:23 UTC

The way I get the verdict at end - Fuji were once again able to made everyone who bought the original GFX 100 feel like a fool, except with the single cyclops with boulder sized hands, who does need the extra grip.

I believe most people, who bough at launch price GFX 50S, X-T100, X-H1, X-T3, X100F, GFX 100, have the same though crossing their mind: "I should have waited".

Unfortunately, when you save up to buy your dreamed-up Fujifilm camera, several months later there's always a new release that is a "game-changer", devaluating your new acquisition.

Yup, it's Kaizen and you are paying the bill!

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2021 at 19:00 UTC as 21st comment | 19 replies
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Idaho_X: Many German lens manufacturers chose the most difficult names :D
Even as a native German speaker I didn't know how to pronounce Voigtländer.

Which is where Voigtländer was actually founded

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2021 at 18:56 UTC
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Ed Ingold: Considering the size of the US market, Germany (and England) should change their pronunciations to match ;) One practice is engraved in stone in Germany. If there are two or more German words which together mean the same thing as a foreign word, they are strung together into one word like a pearl necklace.

For those who rembember sloshing prints in trays, the safe light was not just a light, it was a "dunkelkammerbeleuchtung." Read any food or prescription label, and you see that US chemists fall right in line with that practice.

Considering the size of the Chinese market, US and the rest of the world should change their pronunciations to match.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2021 at 18:52 UTC
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sirkhann: If you are a 500px die-hard Pro, this makes some sense. Tried this as soon as it was released publicly, and it's nice. It definitely works better than sending people directly to your 500px profile.

The portfolio page is actually hosted on another domain, it's usually <your profile>.500px.photography, and you cannot jump to public galleries the same way you can on 500px. Which also means that people visiting your portfolio will not get hit by poorly moderated content or performance issues 500px is infamous for. This is all good.

Now, the usual whining from my side:
- Only 3 templates so far
- Selecting photos for portfolio galleries is not very convenient
- 500px is still quite broken function-wise
- Pro support is non-existent
- IMHO, you don't get a lot for your money. Depending on your needs, Flickr may be a way better choice, or any site like Squarespace
- If you want to be noticed there, prepare to exchange tons of likes and follow people you don' really admire

Forgot to mention - there's no way hot-linking your 500px pics to another site, so using the site as a image hosting service is not a good choice...

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2021 at 21:34 UTC

If you are a 500px die-hard Pro, this makes some sense. Tried this as soon as it was released publicly, and it's nice. It definitely works better than sending people directly to your 500px profile.

The portfolio page is actually hosted on another domain, it's usually <your profile>.500px.photography, and you cannot jump to public galleries the same way you can on 500px. Which also means that people visiting your portfolio will not get hit by poorly moderated content or performance issues 500px is infamous for. This is all good.

Now, the usual whining from my side:
- Only 3 templates so far
- Selecting photos for portfolio galleries is not very convenient
- 500px is still quite broken function-wise
- Pro support is non-existent
- IMHO, you don't get a lot for your money. Depending on your needs, Flickr may be a way better choice, or any site like Squarespace
- If you want to be noticed there, prepare to exchange tons of likes and follow people you don' really admire

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2021 at 20:58 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm GFX 100S sample gallery (99 comments in total)
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sirkhann: No wonder this baby is selling like a hot cake!

According to Poland, I'm living in a 3rd world country. Comparing prices and standard of living here to the "Western Hemisphere", there's a noticeable gap. Despite the fact, there are couple of retail orders placed already locally (according to my contacts).

Leaving aside big resellers, where GFX 100S is back-ordered...

So, yes, I think this is selling really well!

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2021 at 10:49 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 100S sample gallery (99 comments in total)

No wonder this baby is selling like a hot cake!

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2021 at 18:36 UTC as 26th comment | 5 replies
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sirkhann: Well, while I appreciate the progress, if you read between the lines, they admit that some of the products need a refresh.

Fujifilm were very inconsistent in the early days which audience to serve, rushing products and changing their philosophy, sometimes drastically.

It feels like they were very open to betray their loyal user base just to ride on the newest fad. At the end of the day - looks like it works pretty well, because the new clients they make are more than the loyal base they lose.

After all, it's all about the money.

Ditto!

You can buy great FF cameras with the same budget as some Fuji X. Yes, the X system is lighter, but it also cannot play in the same league as Full-frame bodies, no matter what their marketing department want you to believe, and I don't think their overly ambitious statements are doing them any favors.

I think the GFX will become the primary product while the X-system is already losing some market share.

It's just unbelievable how Sigma is putting a behemoth like Fujifilm to shame when it comes to transparency and respect for their loyal customer base. Maybe this is the reason Sigma is on the rise in the recent years.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2021 at 21:00 UTC
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De Fotoman: Nice but...
X-H1
Instax enthousiast level camera’s
Analog film future
That’s what I missed in this interview

So now is the time to sell your X-T4 before losing more money.

Looking at 2022 I have a bit more hope X-H2 will not be the half-backed product X-H1 was - the best X body with already outdated processor at launch, and Fuji killed in in less than 1 year later, while Sony and Nikon took their A7III and Z6 to a whole new level...

I guess I will be waiting for v.3 firmware first before considering X-H2 at all

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2021 at 20:50 UTC

Well, while I appreciate the progress, if you read between the lines, they admit that some of the products need a refresh.

Fujifilm were very inconsistent in the early days which audience to serve, rushing products and changing their philosophy, sometimes drastically.

It feels like they were very open to betray their loyal user base just to ride on the newest fad. At the end of the day - looks like it works pretty well, because the new clients they make are more than the loyal base they lose.

After all, it's all about the money.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2021 at 15:25 UTC as 51st comment | 6 replies
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De Fotoman: Nice but...
X-H1
Instax enthousiast level camera’s
Analog film future
That’s what I missed in this interview

I can give you the answers:
X-H1 -> Embrace the new Kaized - go and buy our newest camera. You will never get the performance that was promised and marketed out of X-H1. Deal with it.

Instax enthusiast level: Enthusiasts buy Polaroid or Leica, not Instax

Analog film future: Hipsters should buy our X-Pro3 Duratec instead (and glue the upper plate just to be on the safe side)

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2021 at 15:19 UTC
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sirkhann: Is it this time of year again? Already? Counting the days to 2021, hoping that the COVID vaccine is not going to turn people into zombies...

❤ B52 as well. The recipe:
🥃 1/3 Kahlua
🥃 1/3 Bailey's
🥃 1/3 Cointreau (they are using Grand Marnier on the video)

Drink responsively! Never drive while drunk!

I stand corrected

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2020 at 17:55 UTC

As someone who loves the sound of AKM DAC's, I really hope the insurance will cover all damages and the company will be able to resume normal operations shortly.

Glad nobody got injured!

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2020 at 17:54 UTC as 18th comment

Is it this time of year again? Already? Counting the days to 2021, hoping that the COVID vaccine is not going to turn people into zombies...

❤ B52 as well. The recipe:
🥃 1/3 Kahlua
🥃 1/3 Bailey's
🥃 1/3 Cointreau (they are using Grand Marnier on the video)

Drink responsively! Never drive while drunk!

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2020 at 09:49 UTC as 73rd comment | 2 replies
On a photo in the Sigma 65mm F2 DG DN sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

That lens is so amazing!

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2020 at 19:23 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN Sample Gallery (DPReview TV) sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Oh, that dog is so cute!!!

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2020 at 19:20 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN Sample Gallery (DPReview TV) sample gallery (3 comments in total)

Which character from Mortal Kombat are you - Kung Lao or Kitana?

This lens has nice rendering, btw!

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2020 at 19:19 UTC as 4th comment
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2020 (575 comments in total)

2020 was so difficult for everyone (still 6 weeks to go), yet it is also the year we saw one of the best photographic products ever being launched.

Hope 2021 will be better for everyone!

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2020 at 18:24 UTC as 86th comment
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