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Still have an Mju ii, and it still works. The only camera I took on trips to India and Argentina. It makes a very funny noise when taking photos but other than that it was a perfect travel compact. Now I use a Canon S120 and Fuji X-E2 with a pancake lens, but do remember the ease of use of this little film-era gem.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 19:57 UTC as 16th comment
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (228 comments in total)
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NoviceRomano: Does someone get why this form factor is not appropriate for left eye shooter? I really don't understand...

@Barky: I also began photography in that era, the early 1950s. I still have the Retina II folding rangefinder camera given me by my grandfather when I was age 14. I also refer to my E2 as a "poor man's Leica," a statement I used originally for the Panasonic GF1 with 20/1.7 lens. Fuji has MFT beaten hands down....in my humble opinion, of course....and the larger X-trans sensor is the reason.

Interesting idea about making a right and left side model of rangefinder style body....you should send that recommendation to Fuji on one of the Fuji X forums.

You are absolutely right with your statement, "....and how to treat one's customers with firmware upgrades...." I'm certain Fuji has attracted many loyal customers with that policy. If firmly hope they continue to upgrade the rangefinder style body, as it's certainly my favorite. Now I don't mind not being able to afford a Leica M3 :).

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 19:43 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (228 comments in total)
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NoviceRomano: Does someone get why this form factor is not appropriate for left eye shooter? I really don't understand...

OK.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 19:29 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (228 comments in total)
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NoviceRomano: Does someone get why this form factor is not appropriate for left eye shooter? I really don't understand...

@MartinDixon: You misinterpreted my comment. I agree with you completely, and enjoy having the viewfinder off to the side. Too, it's good to be able to have both eyes open. Someone earlier mentioned it looks silly to have your face visible next to the camera.....aha, perhaps you are responding to dcolak above?
Cheers.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 17:57 UTC
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fullstop: My X-E2 has a old manual canon 50mm (75mm) lens and a voigtlander 21mm(31mm), auto focus not a problem . I don't own any Fuji lenses , I back this up with a Panasonic GM5 12-32mm lens. Suits my style of image making don't see any reason to upgrade change etc.

zzzxtreme: Look at Samyang/Rokinon lenses.....I believe they just released a 20mm f/1.8 ? Inexpensive and very decent IQ. I have the 12mm f/2 (18mm equivalent) and find it more than worth the $300 I paid for it. I also have a Canon FD 20/2.8 that I use on a Sony a7. Nice lens, but rather large and may not be fast enough for what you want.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 12:39 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (228 comments in total)
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NoviceRomano: Does someone get why this form factor is not appropriate for left eye shooter? I really don't understand...

It may look silly, but it sure keeps sunscreen off the LCD. And my vision isn't limited by the EVF......I can see a scene unfolding while snapping photos. Of course, considering the sunscreen problem, maybe I just have a long nose :).

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 12:03 UTC
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babart: I traded my E1 for an E2 and updated the firmware. Wow, what a great little camera. Especially like the improved autofocus and the extra Fn buttons. Complaints in this review about the menu are nonsense in my humble opinion....try wading through the menu on the Sony a7. Continual warnings about the 16mpix sensor getting a "bit" old may be a "bit" true, and I would love to see the 24mpix sensor in the E3. On the other hand, 16mpix is still large enough for magazine and newspaper photos of 6x9 or smaller, so I'm not in a hurry to upgrade. In large measure, I have zero complaints. Small, light, easy to use and customize, great lenses, and a great sensor. What's to complain?

Seeky, in a way you're right....once (finally?) set up, all I do with the a7 is format the card. However, there's the initial set up phase....which can take quite a while once (and if?) one figures out the menu. I used the DPR review for the a7 to decipher its menu :).

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 11:56 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (228 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: This is a bummer. Looks like a much needed X-E3 with the new 24MP sensor will be a while

Sadly, they will put the 24mp sensor in higher priced bodies for a couple years. Then the E3 will be revamped to have auto-focus more in keeping with the new sensor, and it will not be a $600 piece of equipment. However, I would love to see this anyway, as the body style of the E2 is super usable.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 02:05 UTC
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PeaceKeeper: 5 page review for a firmware update(be fair, that's what it is)... Interesting. I suppose the material was already written, so, why not? :-p

Still waiting to pounce on a used X-E2 for a backup body...

Regretfully.......oh, never mind :).

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 02:01 UTC
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Peiasdf: Fuji's lack of innovation is really showing. Same old sensor and SoC with poor AF. Cheating on ISO number to cover up the age of the sensor. Rely on film simulation and B&W because X-tran's RAW processing issue.

There's no raw processing issue.....even ACR does a bang up job, despite the raging arguments from the fringe groups.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 22:20 UTC
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PeaceKeeper: 5 page review for a firmware update(be fair, that's what it is)... Interesting. I suppose the material was already written, so, why not? :-p

Still waiting to pounce on a used X-E2 for a backup body...

You won't regret it.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 22:17 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (228 comments in total)

I traded my E1 for an E2 and updated the firmware. Wow, what a great little camera. Especially like the improved autofocus and the extra Fn buttons. Complaints in this review about the menu are nonsense in my humble opinion....try wading through the menu on the Sony a7. Continual warnings about the 16mpix sensor getting a "bit" old may be a "bit" true, and I would love to see the 24mpix sensor in the E3. On the other hand, 16mpix is still large enough for magazine and newspaper photos of 6x9 or smaller, so I'm not in a hurry to upgrade. In large measure, I have zero complaints. Small, light, easy to use and customize, great lenses, and a great sensor. What's to complain?

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 22:14 UTC as 56th comment | 5 replies
On article Fujifilm X-E2S real-world samples (99 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: Another overpriced APS-C camera. You can get the same 16mp sensor with a bargain bin D7000!

Mirrorless, just reselling the same stuff at a premium price!

@ecka84: Not my experience at all.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 00:35 UTC
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shooter mclens: No real surprises here for Fuji shooters, but those considering may want to note the overall-solid performance of the underrated 27/2.8, which holds its own against the much more expensive 56/1.2 and 23/1.4. the SOOC JPEG of the beer glass at ISO 6400 has very little noise for an APS-C sensor.

@TheNameIsBond: You're certainly welcome to your own opinion, but Fuji has made excellent lenses for decades, not only for their medium format cameras but for large format as well. For quite a while they made lenses for Hasselblad. I'd bet a dollar to a doughnut they know a bit about lens coatings.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 20:04 UTC
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PanchoVilla: Another overpriced APS-C camera. You can get the same 16mp sensor with a bargain bin D7000!

Mirrorless, just reselling the same stuff at a premium price!

@ecka84: Thanks! I will, indeed. BTW, I shoot raw only, with noise suppression at zero.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 19:58 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E2S real-world samples (99 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: Another overpriced APS-C camera. You can get the same 16mp sensor with a bargain bin D7000!

Mirrorless, just reselling the same stuff at a premium price!

@Carl Mucks: see darngooddesign's response. My personal opinion is the X-trans sensor is an advantage, as it doesn't need an AA filter. But that's only because I very much enjoy this sensor's contrast and lack of noise. The X-trans pattern may or may not contribute to the comparative lack of noise.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 02:17 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E2S real-world samples (99 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: Another overpriced APS-C camera. You can get the same 16mp sensor with a bargain bin D7000!

Mirrorless, just reselling the same stuff at a premium price!

@pacnwhobbiest: The X sensor is not a standard Bayer array and does not have an AA filter. The A sensor is Bayer and has an AA. :)

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 00:50 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E2S real-world samples (99 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: Another overpriced APS-C camera. You can get the same 16mp sensor with a bargain bin D7000!

Mirrorless, just reselling the same stuff at a premium price!

@Carl Mucks: staggered light receptors in the X-tran sensor surface. They are diodes, but are not usually referred to as such. Sorry.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 00:48 UTC
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Doug Pardee: I notice that most of the images are taken with some negative exposure compensation. For the photos that are shown both SOOC and processed from Raw, the exposure of the Raw photo is always adjusted upwards, usually into positive EC territory.

The resulting impression is that SOOC JPEGs tend to be underexposed. Fujifilm does expose a bit darker than many other brands -- in part the result of choosing to use the Standard Output Specification for ISO, which targets an 18% gray output, rather than the "whatever looks good" REI approach used by almost all other manufacturers. But the large percentage of SOOC JPEGs (46 out of 57 by my count) with negative exposure compensation exaggerates the matter.

Not a bad exposure option, Ms. Rose. One used for decades by those of us who shot transparencies. BarnET above is correct as far as I'm concerned. I've tried the recommendations for digital exposure that suggest raising the shadows as much as possible to reduce noise in that range, but have encountered blasted out highlights. It's better, in my humble opinion, to protect the highlights.....that doesn't mean squashing the exposure downward a couple stops, just being sure not the squeeze the upper range too much.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 22:45 UTC
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Contra Mundum: The X cameras, and this one is no exception, have good skin tones, and generally cope well with poor light. But they are pretty poor for nature shots, and outdoor shots in general. The nature images (especially greenery) look mushy, people try to strongly sharpen them (like in this gallery), which makes them even worse, and people often complain about unnatural swirls in their images. The textures are often washed out, what people call micro-contrast is poor.
Fuji colors look weird and unnatural. I don't like their film simulations, the Adobe default profile is actually the best. That said the green stuff usually has bad hues, and a lot of subtle color changes simply disappear, and small details experience discoloration. The images look like if you extract the high contrast edges, sharpen them, and fill the areas with uniform colors.
Bottom line, I like shooting with Fuji in low light with a good prime. But for anything else any other camera in the same price range will do much better.

Pure crap. What are you using for conversion software, Ranger Rick's decoder ring?

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 22:40 UTC
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