Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1225 comments in total)
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photofisher: Please do a rigorous test of face detection for the full review.

Not with the firmware our camera is running. All the available options are listed on page four of this preview. You can set a button to adjust the Face/Eye detection *settings* but not just engage one specific focus mode.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 22:16 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1225 comments in total)
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photofisher: Please do a rigorous test of face detection for the full review.

I can count on the fingers of one hand how many cameras can do that well (Touchscreen + PDAF is a less common combination than you might think), so I don't *expect* that level of performance. (I agree it's disappointing that I can't).

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 21:52 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1225 comments in total)
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kiskami: Image 61 is gray from the top 20% in "Fit ot screen" mode, loupe and 100% display the whole image. ???

Looks like a glitch with our gallery system. We'll try re-uploading it.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 19:58 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1225 comments in total)
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darngooddesign: Can anyone verify that the X-T1 Lensmate thumb grip fits the X-T2 (my Pro 1 fits my Pro2).

Accepts Nikon flashes? Are you conflating the Hasselblad that gains Nikon flash compatibility and the X-T2 that gains a proprietary wireless flash system? Or is there a detail I've missed?

The height of the camera has changed but I don't think the height of the viewfinder relative to the top plate has. Sadly I've mislaid my verniers.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 19:54 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1225 comments in total)
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photofisher: Please do a rigorous test of face detection for the full review.

We will (and not just because Fujifilm's Face and Eye detection have traditionally been a little off the pace).

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 19:49 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2605 comments in total)
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Gesture: If I could get 80 percent of the quality of a Rolls Royce, Ferrari, whatever for 1/2 the price, I might consider it Golden?

I should clarify: 4K is nice to have but we don't consider the lack of it to be unforgivable at this point. It's not the lack of 4K that makes the K-1 look off the pace, it was a combination of the lack of support tools for video (focus peaking or magnification while recording, lack of zebra warnings for setting exposure, lack of video-centric profiles, relatively low resolution video quality).

To be clear, the video score has relatively low weighting in the overall score, and the K-1 is far from an outlier in terms of DSLRs being weak in this area.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 19:02 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2605 comments in total)
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odpisan: @Dpreview

Thank you for great review.

There are some mistakes in it - no wonder. We are all humans & we all make mistakes.

At first I was sceptical about buying K1 because of those mistakes.

But in comments of users I found solutions & especially those
DPr-commentators convinced me that

K1 is the right choice for me.

Thank you again that I was able to take a right decision.

:o)

Thank you for your comment.

Although there is a lot of anger about our assessment of the camera's performance, I'm glad to hear this hasn't clouded the fact that we found an *awful lot* to like about this camera.

84% and a Silver award is a really good result, that speaks of a camera with a great feature set, excellent ergonomics and superb image quality that's available for a really competitive price.

I hope you enjoy your camera as much as we did.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 18:41 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2605 comments in total)
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GoremanX: I alluded to this in a previous comment, but I'll state it more plainly. The reviewer's assessment of the AF capabilities is downright wrong. I'm not arguing with the final score or anything, but the entire AF section of the review reeks of bad reviewing.

Claiming the AF is unimproved over previous Pentax models is ludicrous. Even the basic AF interface has been overhauled. And AF accuracy isn't just improved, it's fantastic. Implying that anyone picking up the camera would be lucky to get an in-focus shot is disingenuous and ridiculous. 50% keeper rate? Really?!?

Having said that, I'm the first to admit that AF-C tracking of subjects with Pentax cameras is still far behind what's being offered by Nikon and Canon. A fast action camera, this is not. I've been able to get good results at sports photos with the K-1, but only with very careful management of the AF. A sports photographer would be very frustrated by these limitations.

Professor999 - I'm happy to discuss any of this by PM because I don't want to turn this comments thread into an infinite series of nit-picking tangents.

The D500 aced the bike test. To a degree I've never seen before. It also shoots at 10fps. This means, for the typical bike test, I was getting around 60 shots per run, 3 runs per camera setting. After you've scrolled through 180, then 360 in-focus images, you get to the point that you can be confident that you've spotted a trend.

The D500 (and the D5) far exceed what the bike test is trying to simulate. So we had to make sure we went out and subjected them to harder scenarios, to find out where their limits are. But no, I didn't criticise the D500 for having the best AF system I've encountered on any camera I've ever reviewed.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2605 comments in total)
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Polacofede: Hi,
I know that this might add lot of work for reviewers, but i wonder if there could be other kinds of AF-C done when reviewing a camera. I mean, for instance when you shoot BIF or wild animals they usually move ( fly / walk / run ) in a more perpendicular or diagonal way to the camera lens and not towards the camera, and they are not at 1-2 meter away. So maybe you can arrange something to test this kind of focus tracking in a predictive way, you could also add obstacles like branches so the object goes beyond them and then re-appear and see how camera-lens responds. So IMHO the review could distinguish among those instead of AFC review conclusion been almost a binary conclusion. You could end up having a AFC testing ground :) .

I see your point. However, we've settled on the bike test (which has two aspects: a simple approaching object and then a weaving object to test tracking), because it's a semi-challenging test of two aspects of autofocus that we've found relate well to a variety of real-world situations.

Birds in flight, where you have a single object, very distinct from an effectively infinite background, isn't especially challenging for any phase-detection system - especially if the subject moves perpendicular to the camera, requiring minimal refocusing. We could create a test for that but everything we've shot suggests that all PDAF cameras would do very well at it and CDAF cameras wouldn't (something we should probably more consistently make clear in those cases).

The bike test isn't *perfect* and it doesn't represent every use-case. But it is highly effective at distinguishing between cameras that are capable in a range of situations and cameras that are more restrictive.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 18:26 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2605 comments in total)
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Gesture: If I could get 80 percent of the quality of a Rolls Royce, Ferrari, whatever for 1/2 the price, I might consider it Golden?

Also, UHD 4K is twice the resolution of 1080/Full HD in each direction. This means you're perfectly (2x) oversampling the image. This should allow downscaling in such a way that you display the maximum resolution that 1080 can possibly show, but with no errors and if done properly, no attempt to (erroneously) represent anything above 1080 lines per picture height.

So shooting 4K for playback at 1080 gives you the ability to:
Crop/Pan/Ken Burns
Digitally stabilize by taking a steady letterbox out of the larger frame
or just show better-looking 1080 by oversampling

And if you've got a decent editing package, it'll let you work with proxies, so you computer doesn't need to be significantly more powerful (it only edits the full res footage at the end).

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 18:04 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2605 comments in total)
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PKDanny: Pentax K-1
Mid Range Full Frame Camera

Why they say Mid-Range??? Not High-End??

We have two choices:

Categorise it by feature-set and then get complaints that we're unfairly scoring it in relation to *much* more expensive cameras.

Categorise it by price so that it's scored in relation to the other cameras someone might consider at that price, then get complaints that the *naming of the category* somehow demeans the camera.

That's one of the easier decisions we have to make.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 17:31 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2605 comments in total)
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Al wants a bagel: I think people are still angry after the debacle that was the pixel shift test. And I don't know why pixel shift is a con in the first place. That's like saying all Fuji cameras are bad because raw developers for X-Trans are still wildly inconsistent, and in some cases, not supported. And it's uses are limited, that is clear, but isn't that something that should be a plus? That they offer pixel shift should be a bonus, not derided as a feature that cannot be used in some cases.

Deriding the menu system and AF points selection? That is awfully subjective. I've found that over time, those have become second nature, and with so many features available at the press of an actual button, easily I find this camera to be more user friendly compared to my D750. And yes, there are many useful features in this camera not available on the D750. Like the outdoor view button, that button has become invaluable for outdoor shooting in my experience. So is having a dedicated GPS and WIFI button also.

Pros and Cons are not all created equal. **Pro**: Great Image Quality, **Con**: Lack of WB fine tune in Kelvin setting, wouldn't cancel one another out, for instance.

The Pros and Cons are a list of things that we think potential buyers might want to be aware of. Nothing more.

Pixel shift is listed as the second 'Pro' in the conclusion (and has been since the first draft of the conclusion was written). This isn't nullified by us also pointing out that there are some limitations to its use and your subsequent processing options.

We trust our readership to assess how important each pro and con is *to them* and their way of shooting.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 17:27 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1225 comments in total)
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darngooddesign: Can anyone verify that the X-T1 Lensmate thumb grip fits the X-T2 (my Pro 1 fits my Pro2).

My guess would be no: since the X-T2's grip is slightly deeper, but I've not seen this particular accessory so can't be certain.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 15:46 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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BfSkinner: Does the use of the LCD "live view" screen result in reduced focusing speed (or effectiveness)?
I'm referring to still photography...not video.
As I recall, the D7100 "live view" resulted in reduced performance.

Yes. Virtually all Nikon's lenses were designed for phase detection, so don't always react well to being driven back and forth in the tiny steps required by contrast detection (the system used in live view mode).

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 23:08 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1225 comments in total)
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garyknrd: I would be careful with the AF claiming to be much better. I used the new pro2 a few weeks ago with the 100-400 and it was a dog to put it mildly. Compared to a DSLR.
I am desperately wanting to go mirror less but the AF has to be up to snuff. I am hoping DPR will put out a detailed AF review.

Yes, I hope we were clear that these claims are untested. It's certainly something we'll test in detail.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 22:55 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1225 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

In fairness, Canon's AF case modes are better than the three interacting parameters they had before, which required a booklet something like 64 pages long to explain.

Also, it's worth noting that Nikon now has two AF tracking parameters, rather than one, in the D500 and D5. This suggests to me that there was a benefit to be gained from just asking the user what was likely to happen.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 22:44 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1225 comments in total)
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Robert Garcia NYC: Sorry, I might have missed this but not one word regarding lowlight focus? Anyone spot that?

Fujifilm says it works down to -3EV, but our unit is pre-production, so we haven't tested it.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 22:39 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1225 comments in total)
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Brianroger: Well written as always Richard Butler, but please FOREWENT the hybrid viewfinder? Eschewed surely? Rant over, enjoying your wise and balanced reviews and first impressions.

Thank you, both for your kind words and your probably better suggestion of wording.

I took 'eschewed' to mean it *deliberately* went without it, rather than that it had to make do without. But 'Forewent' is probably a bit much. ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 22:37 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1225 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: This battery life thing is complete fake. I took 800 shots today on my A6300 with single battery and had 41% remaining charge. I would bet I would be able to do similar with Fuji......I all depends how you use the camera. Mirrorless with full electronic shutter just use much less energy than DSLR.....I could have easily gone well beyond 1000 shots

The best way to think of it is like fuel economy/gas mileage figures: they don't necessarily tell you how many miles you'll be able to drive or how many shots you'll be able to get.

However, they do give a very good idea of how one product is likely to compare with another. So a camera rated to 600 shots per charge is likely to last around twice as long as one rated at 300 shots per charge, if used in a similar manner.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 22:18 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1225 comments in total)
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jl_smith: So I did a short comparison between an X-T2 setup and a D750, since someone mentioned one could just buy a D750 for 'these prices'. Of course you cannot *DIRECTLY* compare FF and APS-C (insert equivalence blah blah blah) but I came close. Also, this is an older camera vs a new X-T2, so prices are skewed a bit.

For those curious - took the prices and stats from B&H:
D750 w/ 35mm f/1.8, 70-200 f/4, and 16-35
Price:$5017.85
Weight:2689g
bulk:215 in^3

X-T2 w/ 23/1.4, 50-140/2.8, 10-24
Price:$5096
Weight:2213
Bulk:162 in^3

So with the Fuji setup you pay 1.6% more in cost, for 82% of the weight and 75% of the bulk (volume) of the Nikon. Specs you all can compare for yourselves (video differences, OVF vs EVF, whatever).

Then there are the intangibles: control preferences, after-release support of camera, battery longevity, etc.

I prefer Fuji ;)
Others may prefer Nikon.

Good to have choices.

@The Davinator - it's *entirely fair* to compare an F4 lens on FF with an F2.8 on APS-C, because they offer broadly the same thing. There's no reason to demand the use of the same ISO across two cameras.

Yes, using equivalent apertures means the FF ISO advantage vanishes, but you are comparing two things that offer similar capabilities, at that point, rather than dictating that you can't buy FF without using its full potential (which yes, would cost more).

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 20:03 UTC
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