Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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On article Fujifilm X-H1 First Impressions Review (654 comments in total)
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Gaëtan Lehmann: I've been wondering why there are so many bad comments about the loss of the exposure compensation dial.
I was assuming that the EC could be assigned to one of the front or rear dial, like it is possible to do on most dslr or mirorless camera.
In my opinion that would be a much better option than the EC dial of the xt2, because:
* it is too stiff and not easily accessible enough to be used (easily) with the thumb;
* it is not stiff enough to be sure that it won't be bumped when carrying the camera;
* it clicks way too much to be practical during video recording.

But after a quick search in the gfx50 owner manual, it doesn't seem to be possible assign the EC to one of the dial. Did I miss something?
If that's actually not possible, I understand that many are upset by the loss of the EC dial!

You can, at least, set a button (including a press of the rear dial) to act as exposure comp and then configure it to act as a toggle. That way the dial of your choice controls Exposure Comp until you press the button again.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 18:24 UTC
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grayhound_lxii: Some "special" 55-250mm f3.5-4.8 lens used in the beginning of the video or just author´s mistake...:-)

Frustratingly I stopped to look up the aperture range but forgot that I was also meant to be checking the zoom range.

Even more frustratingly, there's no sensible way of changing it.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 18:22 UTC
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ArmandvdMerwe: Does a combination of IBIS with stabilized lens gives much better results than IBIS with non stabilized lens?

Depending on which lens you use, the body passes responsibility for some types of movement to the lens. This should give the best results it can give but Fujifilm says the most effective IS comes with the unstabilized 35mm F1.4R.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 18:21 UTC
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Michael1000: Excellent article, Richard. I've seen a number of articles about what gimbals can do for you, and even some on tips, but none that I have seen chronicle the experience of starting from scratch. It was good to hear what that experience is really like. It is much harder than I thought.

Totally worth it, though.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 02:28 UTC
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LightBug: $1900 for APSC? Mirrorless cams are being updated at a fast pace. I wouldn’t feel good if I bought XT2 at full price last year now that it’s going to be on clearance soon.

Why would the X-T2 go on clearance just because a new model it introduced above it?

Did you criticise the 7D Mark II for being $1800, out of interest? Or the Arri Alexa? That's pretty pricey.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 00:56 UTC
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The Fat Fish: Only a matter of time before we get a full frame (hopefully bayer) camera from Fuji.

Obviously a lot of full frame sales are to people who either already own a full frame camera or who consider themselves committed to a system, which means those people will buy a DSLR. But it's just as true to say that there's little competition between Canon and Nikon, because very few people actually *switch* systems.

However, Sony does seem to be selling a reasonable number of full frame cameras and it seems unlikely that every one of these customers was waiting for FF mirrorless and that they didn't also weigh-up buying a DSLR.

So while there is a lot of inertia, there is also some competition.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 23:06 UTC
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DarnGoodPhotos: @Richard. Hpow does "Natural Live View" differ from turning off Preview Picture Effect" on the existing cameras?

At this point I can no longer tell.

I tested it side-by-side with the X-T2 and they seemed to differ in that it reflected exposure but I've just tested it again against the X-E3 and am not seeing that difference.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 22:58 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-H1 First Impressions Review (654 comments in total)
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The Fat Fish: Only a matter of time before we get a full frame (hopefully bayer) camera from Fuji.

I suspect not, to be honest.

The Full Frame market is already fiercely competitive. It'd take a vast amount of investment in lenses to seriously compete with the risk that you'd end up in perpetual forth place, never making your money back.

Aiming at the committed enthusiasts in the APS-C market and the pros with GFX looks pretty sensible to me. The only risk is that some photographers buy into [the myth of the 'upgrade path'](https://www.dpreview.com/articles/5678273556/opinion-the-myth-of-the-upgrade-path) and feel that there's a significant benefit to buying into an APS-C system that also has a FF counterpart.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 22:30 UTC
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Nomoreheroes: Viewfinder magnification Fuji gets green for x0.75 and x0.77 but the Panasonic GH5's viewfinder with the magnification of x0.76 doesn't get any credit? Strange

JNR - By the standard of most professional video cameras, a Four Thirds sensor is huge! And the difference between Four Thirds and APS-C is roughly 2/3EV (ie half the difference between APS-C and Full Frame). Less still once you take any additional crop into account: eg the D500 uses a smaller-than-Four-Thirds region for its 4K.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 21:51 UTC
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Hellraiser: Still no native ISO100 :(

Canon has it, Nikon has it, Sony has it, but Fuji somehow omits it :/

Bill Claff measures the difference as about half a stop, so it's not a huge difference.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 20:57 UTC
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Collie Camp: In my opinion, Fujis design department has lost it.

The X-Pro1 & X-T1 were nearly perfectly designed, beautiful cameras...

The X-Pro2 with new Lines and the additional dials was a move away from this, and the handgrip and display on this one? They lost it.

Just to correct myself slightly: you **can** set exposure comp onto either or both of the dials (by configuring the Exp Comp button to act as a toggle). The toggled state persists, so long as you have one of the Fn buttons set as Exposure Comp.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 20:29 UTC
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The Name is Bond: So, this looks fantastic....except that I really need that compensation dial. That's my most used control. :(

Is the dial under the LCD on the right - close to where the old compensation dial would have been, programmable as a compensation dial?

Just to correct myself slightly: you **can** set exposure comp onto either or both of the dials (by configuring the Exp Comp button to act as a toggle). The toggled state persists, so long as you have one of the Fn buttons (include pressing-in the rear dial) set as Exposure Comp.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 20:28 UTC
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ChrisDM: The XT2 deal breaker was that when shooting video in auto ISO, you could see the ISO changes as hard steps in the output video. Not smooth exposure transitions like Sony and Panasonic cameras. I REALLY hope this camera doesn't suffer from this oversight as well, can you please tell me if this issue has been corrected in the new X-H1? Thank you,

I've just checked. In manual with Auto ISO it looks like the camera is changing in 1/3rd EV steps (it's certainly not continuous). It's pretty noticeable.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 20:18 UTC
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steelhead3: What is the buffer?

It's the same as the X-T2, so something like 40 JPEGs or 23/27 Un/compressed Raws.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 20:08 UTC
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stevo23: No comp dial? What were they thinking? I think most of us use it all the time.

Just to correct myself slightly: you **can** set exposure comp onto either or both of the dials (by configuring the Exp Comp button to act as a toggle). The toggled state persists, so long as you have one of the Fn buttons set as Exposure Comp.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 19:36 UTC
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hifimacianer: "The touchscreen is also used in the Q Menu for the first time"

That's not correct, the X-E3 already has this feature.

Yup, it's the first thing I checked when I got into the office and the camera I checked on had its touchscreen turned off.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 19:10 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: I am having difficulty opening the 14 BIT RAW files from the GH5s. What programs can open them right now?

My understanding is that Panasonic changed the structure of its Raw files with the move to 14 bit, so you can't just spoof the camera ID.

However, I think I saw someone say that the latest version of ACR (and DNG Converter) now support the files.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 19:05 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-H1 First Impressions Review (654 comments in total)
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LadislavCZ: @ Richard Butler/DPreview

Is this really correct?

"Overall, the more I thought about the X-H1, the more I was reminded of the Sony a6500 (and not just because they're likely to be using the same underlying sensor)."

I thought X-H1 is using X-Trans sensor so it cant be A6500 Bayer sensor or did you mean something different here?

"CFA eats a bit of light"

In the region of 1EV (because each green filter eats any red and blue light, and so on).

So using a CFA means losing half your light, which is why the base ISO on Monochrome cameras is usually one stop higher.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 17:02 UTC
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Hellraiser: Still no native ISO100 :(

Canon has it, Nikon has it, Sony has it, but Fuji somehow omits it :/

The ISO on digital cameras never refers solely to amplification, so far as I know. It's always a combination of amplification and tone curve.

Part of the reason Fujifilm's base ISO is 200 is because they're doing what confused circle say: using ISO 200 exposures with minimal amplification to capture more highlights (Nikon also does this to a degree, or Canon in Highlight Tone Priority mode - it's what DxO's 'measured' ISO Vs 'manufacturer ISO' graph shows).

However, compare the Fujifilm's ISO 200 to Sony's ISO 100 and they're not *quite* the same thing. Fujifilm never seems to quite use the minimal amplification setting, so loses a little DR in comparison.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 16:58 UTC
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Nomoreheroes: Viewfinder magnification Fuji gets green for x0.75 and x0.77 but the Panasonic GH5's viewfinder with the magnification of x0.76 doesn't get any credit? Strange

The X-H1 shouldn't have got a green box for its viewfinder, so I've removed that.

I didn't give the GH5 a green box for having Type C rather than Micro B USB socket but you're right, I should have thought about data rates (assuming both can work to the full extent of the respective standards).

I've corrected both.

Historically we don't give green or red ratings for sensor size, since that's more of a matter of taste (a larger sensor often means larger lenses, for example).

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 16:39 UTC
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