tlinn

tlinn

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On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (332 comments in total)

Interesting...
X100S (econd)
X100T (hird)
X100F (ourth)
X100? (fifth)

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 20:04 UTC as 38th comment | 3 replies

I love the idea; the reality falls short. Varanasi, India, shows up as slightly yellow. Four photos. Four. Search "Varanasi" on 500px and you'll find pages of images of Varanasi. I don't know if this is because the majority of 500px images lack location metadata; or maybe it's a licensing issue. Either way, the lack of images represented on the map limits the utility of the site for me.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 21:50 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Gear of the Year: Richard's choice - Fujifilm X-T2 (169 comments in total)
In reply to:

BrianOC: Great camera... but waaaay to expensive

@Joed700 I would be surprised to see price drops until the body is widely available. Maybe during the March/April rebates?

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 19:24 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Richard's choice - Fujifilm X-T2 (169 comments in total)
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racin06: I recently went all-in with the Fujifilm system by purchasing the X-T2, and 23 f/1.4, 16-55 f/2.8, 50-140 f/2.8 and 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 lenses. I'm an amateur/hobbyist and Fujifilm is satisfying all of my needs...sports, landscapes, street and video. The IQ and shooting experience of the Fujifilm system is excellent and I absolutely love it! So much that I'm going to also purchase the 10-24 f/4 lens and either the upcoming X-T20 or X100F as a back up body.

I have transitioned from Canon FF to Fuji gear over the last several years. At this point I have most of the Fuji lenses including the ones on your list (except 10-24). The X-T2 and the four lenses you mention are exactly what I would start with if I had to start over from scratch. Enjoy!

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 19:21 UTC

Dan Winters—or the ghost of Arnold Newman.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 19:10 UTC as 58th comment
On article Affinity Photo beta now available for Windows (75 comments in total)

Guys, this is beta software. Express your concerns but don't be overly harsh. We will all benefit if someone can offer a competent alternative to Adobe's rentalware. Imagine trying to replicate PS from scratch.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 19:53 UTC as 6th comment
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LMCasey: Jail + fine+ deny entrance to U.S. for 10 years.

Permanent ban. LMCasey. Disrepect and abuse of public lands has become an epidemic. The arrogance of pleading "not guilty" should be met with the full force of the law.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 20:57 UTC

Your rental scheme dollars at work...doing very little beyond padding the pockets of shareholders.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 20:07 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2198 comments in total)
In reply to:

Gediminas 8: So they are now asking the price of an excellent, even FF DSLR, and yet offer autofocus which works properly only with a number of conditions? No thanks, keep your failed attempts at a contemporary camera to yourself.

@Gediminas

No, I wasn't trying to say that the X-T1 had DSLR-quality AF. I made the switch from the 5D3—which I found to have amazing AF—to the X-T1 knowing that I was compromising on AF. Even with the improvements via firmware, the AF on the X-T1 was never close to my 5D3. That isn't true of the X-T2. The AF on the X-T2 is leaps and bounds better. This is not to say I don't see room for improvement but I'm back to where I can take a camera to my son's basketball games and get the same type of results I used to get with the 5D3. That was never true with the X-T1.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 20:25 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2198 comments in total)
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Miniver2: I use two camera systems: Nikon and Fuji X. For raw file conversion I would no more use ACR for Fuji files than I would use Iridient for Nikon. It's a disservice to readers and Fuji X products to use an inappropriate converter for your test shots. Iridient runs circles around ACR for Non-Bayer sensors; ACR is perfect for the Nikon sensor. You may think the exclusive use of ACR makes for an even playing field between camera brands and models, but wouldn't using the appropriately matched converter for each sensor array show each at its best? Iridient offers a world of improvement over ACR in the case of the Fuji X sensor files, and shows the best that the cameras can provide while ACR use definitely handicaps them, and, in my opinion, leads to inaccurate (and frankly biased) conclusions regarding the quality of the X camera line. Pairing the appropriate converter to cameras tested levels the playing field, and would show ALL products at their best.
Cheers, A photographer since '67

@Stephen
I think we are in agreement that Iridient bests everyone in terms of detail extraction. What I was trying to say is that if you value other characteristics over hyper detail—color control, for example—then Iridient might not be the best choice.

That said, what I would really like to see is someone download dpr's RAF, demosaic it in Iridient, and post 100% crops of the areas Richard highlights in the review—especially "glitchy aliasing" and "color detail capture". (I don't own a Mac so I can't do it myself.) Particularly with color detail capture, my expectation is that the Sony 6300 crop would still look significantly better than the X-Trans III crop converted in Iridient. I would love to be wrong. :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 23:52 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2198 comments in total)
In reply to:

boinkphoto: > whether this is worth the loss of fine detail and restrictions on Raw
> converter choice is something for each photographer to consider

Outside of the leaf smearing, which for the most part I don't see anymore in modern versions of RAW converters, including Adobe, there is no "loss in fine detail". Certainly for street photography, portraiture, and most studio work there in no "loss in find detail" (quite the opposite).

As far as RAW converter choices, DxO is the only converter I know of that doesn't handle X-Trans. There may be others, but outside of DxO all the major ones do support X-Trans, so it's not very "restricting".

@webber15
Just curious. Did you look at the "color detail capture" sample and prefer the Fuji rendering or do you not accept that as representative of X-Trans vs Bayer? In my own experience with X-Trans, it is fairly representative.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 20:57 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2198 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: Neat camera! I'm surprised that PDAF isn't wider and that face detect AF isn't better. And no eye-AF ): I'm very excited to get an a6300 - that eye-AF was able to keep great track of my toddler. Too bad about so many of those optically excellent lenses being unable to keep up with AF too.

I'm excited for an autofocus shootout between this, the a6300/a6500 (I don't care which), D7200, D500, 80D, 7DII, EM1 II, and GH5. Quite a collection of cameras if you've got the money and aren't hankering for full frame.

My sense is that Fuji's vision of the X-System, who it is for, and what it can do has expanded greatly since its conception—kind of like Canon adding video to the 5D2 without really appreciating what it had. You can see that in the most recent fast primes with their super-fast focusing and weather resistance. If Fuji knew then what it knows now I don't think we'd be having this discussion.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 20:35 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2198 comments in total)
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Gediminas 8: So they are now asking the price of an excellent, even FF DSLR, and yet offer autofocus which works properly only with a number of conditions? No thanks, keep your failed attempts at a contemporary camera to yourself.

I would feel better about your argument, Gediminas, if it weren't theoretical. I came to a Fuji X-T1 from a Canon 5D3. There was no question I was compromising on the AF to make the move. Now, with the X-T2, Fuji has realized a 5D3-level of AF performance—profoundly better than the X-T1. Meanwhile the state-of-the-art has continued to progress. So what? On a practical basis, the X-T2 no longer feels like a hobbled compromise. It's fantastic. The fact that it still doesn't equal the latest state-of-the-art is irrelevant.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 20:29 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2198 comments in total)
In reply to:

Miniver2: I use two camera systems: Nikon and Fuji X. For raw file conversion I would no more use ACR for Fuji files than I would use Iridient for Nikon. It's a disservice to readers and Fuji X products to use an inappropriate converter for your test shots. Iridient runs circles around ACR for Non-Bayer sensors; ACR is perfect for the Nikon sensor. You may think the exclusive use of ACR makes for an even playing field between camera brands and models, but wouldn't using the appropriately matched converter for each sensor array show each at its best? Iridient offers a world of improvement over ACR in the case of the Fuji X sensor files, and shows the best that the cameras can provide while ACR use definitely handicaps them, and, in my opinion, leads to inaccurate (and frankly biased) conclusions regarding the quality of the X camera line. Pairing the appropriate converter to cameras tested levels the playing field, and would show ALL products at their best.
Cheers, A photographer since '67

Iridient is great at extracting detail. I'm not sure that makes it the best, all things considered. It would be very interesting for an Iridient user to download dpr's RAF file and show 100% crops of the areas Richard highlighted for "glitchy aliasing" and "color detail capture". Do those issues just disappear using Iridient? Anyone?

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 20:18 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2198 comments in total)
In reply to:

boinkphoto: > whether this is worth the loss of fine detail and restrictions on Raw
> converter choice is something for each photographer to consider

Outside of the leaf smearing, which for the most part I don't see anymore in modern versions of RAW converters, including Adobe, there is no "loss in fine detail". Certainly for street photography, portraiture, and most studio work there in no "loss in find detail" (quite the opposite).

As far as RAW converter choices, DxO is the only converter I know of that doesn't handle X-Trans. There may be others, but outside of DxO all the major ones do support X-Trans, so it's not very "restricting".

I'm a Fuji shooter, boink, and I couldn't disagree with you more. Your comment seems to assume that the standard is simply whether or not a RAW converter opens an RAF file. For me, the question is whether or not it can do so competently and with the full set of features available to RAW files shot with a Bayer sensor. By this standard, Richard is perfectly on point.

As for the "no loss of fine detail" aspect of your comment, you apparently didn't click on the "glitchy aliasing" and "color detail capture" links in the text to see Richard's samples. They illustrate his points pretty effectively.

I've been 100% X-System now for several years. I love the lenses. I love the system. I'm impressed by the company. But I'm not blind to the shortcomings. X-Trans, *for me*, is one of them. Yes there are benefits but also costs and the costs make it a loser. I would buy an X-T2 Bayer Edition in a heartbeat.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 20:10 UTC
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bobbarber: Amazing!

I'm going to link to this video the next time I explain to somebody how beautiful Arizona is and get the eye roll.

I go hiking most days and I've been caught in the monsoon storms more than once. There's tension between knowing you should get the heck out of Dodge and the storms being so beautiful that you just want to sit there and watch them.

Thank you!

Anyone who doesn't find AZ beautiful must be living in a cave.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 03:41 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Fujifilm Interview (115 comments in total)
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Terry1010: Glad to read any interview with Toshihisa Iida.

My advice to Fujifilm,

1. collaborate with Adobe with more efforts, make demosaic XTrans files with higher quality.

2. Re-invente the process of Camera to Mobile Connection. The idea of Nikon Snapbridge is nice, but implemented so-so. Make it easier to connect the two. Also, add more flexibility to the communication. Lets say, once the photo is taken, it is automatically transferred, with a preset naming rules?

3. Re-invent the workflow. Right now all the photos are stored ascendingly with numbers and stored in folders ascendingly as well. Can the camera be more customizable ? Allows us to control how the photos are named and stored in the SD card.

I can certainly get behind nos. 1 & 2. Fuji needs to implement a bluetooth-like connection between camera and smartphone that doesn't need to be re-established at every use. I couldn't care less about image transfer but I use the Remote app all the time. The process of connecting and re-connecting is a PITA.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 22:32 UTC
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GRUBERND: sure, not neccessary, but seriously? build all the infrastructure to get people there and then be astonished that someone is following the human drive to explore? really??

if you don't want people there, don't build a road.
let them walk for a day and all is fine.

Your comment is idiotic, GRUBERND. Yes, the road is there to make this location accessible and, yes, people are going to want to explore. That's the point of the road. But this was vandalism, not exploration, and I don't believe for a second that whoever did this didn't know the difference.

There is a Jeep rental service in the park now. I often wonder if this, more than improved road conditions, is what is putting areas like this at risk. I say this reluctantly because the owner of this business is a great guy who I know would be extremely upset if it was one of his vehicles that was responsible.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 18:35 UTC

C1: Great IQ but lacking really basic workflow features like a History panel and the ability to stack images.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 20:07 UTC as 4th comment

Literally two weeks ago I was chatting with an F-Stop CSR and told her that it was unbelievable to me that, five years after my first order, they *still* haven't figured out inventory management. How much business have they lost? The company is being run as though the person in charge is incompetent or has an addiction issue. (This was an observation, not speculation on my part.) The "inside look" describes almost exactly the type of thing I imagined going on. Of course, that doesn't make it true. Either way, this is a shame. Their packs are fantastic. I'd like to see the company flourish.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 03:37 UTC as 38th comment
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