tlinn

tlinn

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On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1223 comments in total)
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m9: I sold all my Canon stuff once I realized that the only system I was taking with me on my trips and travels was the X system, and yes I even sold my 5D mkIII when it didn't make sense to keep it anymore and collecting dust. I'm really tired of all the technical and specification talk about cameras when this is suppose to be about the love of art. I believe there are many other factors to consider when choosing a camera. I have compared images from my 5DmkIII and my XT-1 and there is very little difference between the quality of the image. Yes the 5DmkIII does have a better image quality, but I do a lot of landscape and travel photography and the X-system made a lot sense when I decided to switch. XT-2 will be in my camera bag when it available to give me the next step in APS mirrorless functionality. Just like any FF user will take the next evolution in there camera manufacture. To me all the systems out there today are good. Shot what you like and make great images.

I too moved to Fuji and the X-T1 from a 5D3 and a bunch of L glass. While there is no question that the 5D3 had superior resolution, I've never felt like I was giving up IQ. In fact, when I have to get detail out of the shadows the X-T1 is superior—not that I don't love the red shadows and pattern noise of Canon's old sensor tech. :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 20:31 UTC
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tlinn: I wish you had asked two follow ups. (Maybe they would have been considered impolite.)

1) Every reason they gave for the X-T2 increase in price also applies to the X-Pro2 which did not increase in price. Why the difference?

2) Did they consider the functionality advantage that a touchscreen offers for focusing video? His answer ignores what I see as the biggest benefit of a touchscreen.

@darngooddesign I think that makes my point even more relevant. The degree to which that camera was upgraded dwarfs the improvements to the X-T1. The most likely scenario for me is that Fuji just wants to pad their bottom line. Maybe they saw the sales of the X-Pro2 and decided they could get people to pay more for the X-T2. Maybe they see the direction the industry is going and decided they need to make more/unit. Also, maybe I'm just out to lunch. :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 01:27 UTC
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tlinn: I wish you had asked two follow ups. (Maybe they would have been considered impolite.)

1) Every reason they gave for the X-T2 increase in price also applies to the X-Pro2 which did not increase in price. Why the difference?

2) Did they consider the functionality advantage that a touchscreen offers for focusing video? His answer ignores what I see as the biggest benefit of a touchscreen.

@webber15 I just figured Brexit was getting to you. :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 01:16 UTC
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El Chavo: By looks alone this camera is a winner. It is by far the most pretty of them all.

But almost 50% more expensive than a a6300, slow AF, less AF points, worse video options and even shorter recording time than the a6300 (thanks I will take my chances with possible over heating).

Very hard to justify getting one unless being invested in the system. Competition is already ahead with a cheaper system.

Cost is the only legit argument I see you making, El Chavo. Technically you are correct about the number of AF points but I'm not sure it matters. I would argue that you are wrong about "worse video options" though I will wait until the camera is finalized and released before I'm fully confident in that opinion. That's not to say that the a6300 is a bad camera though you have to be willing to put giant, expensive FF lenses on it to maximize IQ. Don Sata's list is a good one.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 19:23 UTC
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D200_4me: For what it's worth, after owning the X-Pro1, X100S, X-T1, X20 and currently the original X100, I doubt I'll be back unless something major happens with the X-Trans sensor. Either a way to make it have as much details and texture as the bayer type sensors (like that in the X100 and many other cameras that use that type of sensor) or them getting rid of the X-Trans completely. Trust me, I've followed the whole 'smearing' of details debate with raw files and Lightroom and that's not exactly what I'm talking about. Even my JPG files had smoothed out details compared to the original X100 I have and compared to the a6000 I just sold and compared to the Nikon DSLRs I still own. Other than that, I love Fuji's philosophy, level of customization, ease of use, nice lenses and general design of the bodies. But...my old X-T1 just did not have the overall image quality at base ISO my D750/Df has. That has nothing to do with sensor size - I'm talking base ISO. Please get rid of X-Trans...

I'm 100% Fuji now but I have to agree that there are definitely some practical arguments against using X-Trans. It would make migrating to newer sensors easier and cheaper. It would mean users wouldn't have to wait as long for software compatibility. It would mean users wouldn't have to worry about whether a particular software package can handle X-Trans or has disabled certain features because of X-Trans. X-Trans does offer some advantages, mainly moire reduction, but certainly not to the extent that Fuji suggests.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 19:17 UTC
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bluevellet: Our goal is to make money.

Obviously, yet if you look at the significant functionality they've added on other camera bodies through firmware updates their actions suggest they are not singlemindedly focused on their bottom line to the exclusion of their customer's best interests.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 19:11 UTC
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tkbslc: With regards to the touchscreen vs dials comment - many brands have figured out how to do both well in the same camera. Olympus and Panasonic as prime examples.

Touchscreen focusing is critical for video. You can make precise focus "pulls" without jostling the camera. The only potential workaround would be to update their app to allow your smartphone to offer that functionality. Right now you can't use the app to focus when the camera is set to M focus mode.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 19:08 UTC
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Turboff: One of the reasons I'm thinking of switching to the X-T2 from a Nikon APS-C system is that I like the down-to-earth nature of the company. I suspect they have a much more open internal culture than Canon or Nikon. The interviews with executives comes across as genuine, without the sort of PR-filter typical from corporations.

Only thing stopping me is that while they claim they want to attract a broad spectrum of customers, and former DLSR users, outwardly the focus seems to be heavily on the serious, diehard type of photographer who only uses primes. There's a huge, obvious hole in their zoom lineup between the kit 18-55 and the 18-135, which is too big for most. Where's a 16-80mm, which would be the equivalent to the standard DSLR kit lens of 24-120mm?

I agree, Turboff. A high quality 24-120mm equivalent zoom with IS would be a huge success. It would have to be f/4 but this would still work well for me as a general purpose lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 19:04 UTC
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webber15: Btw Fuji...satisfying "everyone" can be economic suicide...personally I think it's better to leave people wanting more rather than provide everything...
Keep demand for features and the finished product high...

Canon thanks you for this response.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 18:56 UTC

I wish you had asked two follow ups. (Maybe they would have been considered impolite.)

1) Every reason they gave for the X-T2 increase in price also applies to the X-Pro2 which did not increase in price. Why the difference?

2) Did they consider the functionality advantage that a touchscreen offers for focusing video? His answer ignores what I see as the biggest benefit of a touchscreen.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 18:54 UTC as 85th comment | 9 replies
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (123 comments in total)
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Jim Kasica: Have the XT-1 and was disappointed it didn't work with GPS the way my Nikon D-700 does. Has Fuji made GPS easier with the XT-2?

I don't know how a D700 works with GPS but I have an X-T1 too and I record a GPS track with my iPhone and sync it to my images in LR. It is very fast and very easy. The GPS functionality in Fuji's smartphone app is garbage.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 01:54 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (123 comments in total)
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Cheezr: Please tell the Fuji Mgt that they really need tilt/touch screens on their viewfinder style cameras. They are obviously capable of engineering a screen that that does not take up extra space and it makes the camera much more flexible. If some people don't like touch/tilt screens they don't have to make use of the feature but I for one am not using my Fuji for macro (for ex.) because I will not lie on the ground just because they are too stubborn to acknowledge that a lot of people like the viewfinder styling and also want the usability of a tilt screen.
Also a WR version of the 18-55 would be nice.

Thanks

You mean "rangefinder-style" cameras, Cheezr. You're confusing people. :-) And Fuji should absolutely have included this in the X-Pro2 and other rangefinder cameras. People who don't like it can just leave it in place. I don't know why Fuji let a small group of street shooters veto what is widely regarded as a highly useful feature.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 01:52 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (123 comments in total)
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Samuel Jessop: I'd like to ask Fuji why there is no GPS in any of their cameras. 6D, 7D Mk II, K-1, X1D all have it so it's not that niche, and having to separately track your travel is a fudge when the tidiest solution is to embed the location in each image file.

Meanwhile my phone has been able to geotag every photo it takes since 2011.

@samir sinha You're being ridiculous. There is a very practical reason to have GPS. It's called geotagging. You may not shoot anything that would benefit from this but many of us do.

That said, there is a very practical reason not to have GPS: battery drain. On a mirrorless camera like the X-T2, there isn't any extra capacity to spare. Fortunately, it is easy to record a track on your smartphone and sync it with your images in LR. *Really easy.* Some apps even sync the track to the cloud in real time so others can follow your location as you go.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 01:46 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (123 comments in total)
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Beckler8: I'd like to know how this compares to Sony a6300, esp. video wise. I don't care for the retro looks though - seems like with these two you have to choose between ridiculous ergonomics or random retro.

It always puzzles me when people are surprised that a photographer, usually an artistic, visually-oriented person, cares about the aesthetics of their gear. Kudos if you can just view it as a tool (I guess) but I love beautiful objects just as much as I do beautiful photographs and my preference is to carry one.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 01:37 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (123 comments in total)
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Melchiorum: It's weird how people complain about the price, as if there were so many APS-C alternatives with this kind of image and build quality, controls, low-light performance AND 4K video.

It's a flagship model for a flagship price. Not being full-frame means squat, because Fuji's sensor performance already rivals that of full frame, while offering many other advantages. My main camera is full frame (D750) - there is nothing "magical" about it being full frame. I had a chance to shoot some X-Pro 2 and I loved it - the performance is not far off from my oh-so-full-frame Nikon and in some areas - better (the noise pattern on Fujis is beautiful - I don't even want to correct it). In JPEG it was actually visibly better. And that's not even touching the subject of excellent glass (better than anything I have on Nikon) or entirely different and unique shooting process.

It seems like people are willing to buy words "full frame" more than than the actual product.

The problem many have with the price is in comparison to the X-T1 introductory price. It is significantly more. Meanwhile, the X-Pro2 debuted at the same price as the X-Pro1 despite it being a *significantly* greater upgrade. There is no major hardware addition in the X-T2 that is not also included in the X-Pro2 (including the ability to shoot 4K, which is present but disabled in that body). The nearly 25% increase in price seems to be pure profit.

It is absolutely Fuji's right to charge what the market will bear but that doesn't mean we have to be happy about the extra $300 Fuji is pulling out of our wallets. That said, I don't disagree that the X-T2 is a greater value than many full frame flagships and I certainly love the refinements and additions they've brought to this next generation X-T.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 01:32 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (123 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Has Fuji fixed their cooked ISO number or is the camera still reporting ISO 4000 as ISO 6400 to impress user? I was quite impressed with my X-E1 until I realize my other cameras don't actually use such high ISO when set to the same aperture and shutter.

It isn't technically "cooked". Fuji uses a different standard to rate ISO. (They're not the only one.) That said, I agree that it is, if not deceptive, at least misleading to those trying to compare IQ across brands. I have never read any technical argument for their choice of the less common standard so I tend to be a little cynical about this. That said, Fuji treats their customers well. I have no complaints.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 01:14 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1223 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: Can you imagine if your cell phone had a rotary dial and a bunch of buttons the old phones had? Fuji is looking just as ridiculous.
Fuji is on a suicidal mission picking up long dead camera designs which were discarded by the camera evolution and trying to sell them at exorbitant prices.

Fuji is one of the few camera manufacturers that is profitable and gaining market share. The X-T1 is the most popular body in their line up. The X-T2 should do even better.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 21:37 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1223 comments in total)
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Light Pilgrim: I was waiting for 2 years for this camera, but for some reason I am not over the moon. It is nice, for sure. I need to see the quality of RAW files and will decide based on IQ. Why folks are so excited about the joystick? I have in Canon for many years

I agree about the joystick. It's a great addition to be sure and I look forward to having it at my disposal. What's confusing is that it is written about as though Fuji came up with this great innovation when, in fact, Canon users have enjoyed it for years. Kudos to Fuji for knowing when to copy a good idea. I sometimes wish they would do it more often.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 21:34 UTC

I was going to comment that, although I love Adams' work, I don't get why this particular shot is so revered. Now I see that the majority of these comments seem to be along the same line. I wonder why this image has achieved the status that it has. (Perhaps that is discussed in the vid. I'll be watching it later.)

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 19:12 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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tlinn: And still no History palette. I will never understand this omission. There is no downside to this feature. If you don't need it you don't have to use it. Even plug ins have History palettes these days.

(continued) As far as variants being ridiculous, I didn't say that. :-) I was trying to convey that creating a variant every time I thought there was a chance that I wanted to step backward to a particular point in the editing process would be inconvenient and leave me with a confusing collection of virtual copies to manage and delete. It's just a much more cumbersome process than being able to click back and forth on a concise list of edits.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 23:05 UTC
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