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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I'd call this more of a tie, for now
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:45:49 AM »
doesn't matter.
like a fungal infection, it's gotta start SOMEwhere. ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:43:49 AM »
Ah, just the person to ask ... I'm on the fence whether to get the 35mm or the 27mm lens (only have enough dinero for either, not both). The 27mm seems a very nice, compact lens for everyday, carry-everywhere use; whereas the 35mm is, well, the 35mm lens.

Also, the 50-230mm or 55-200mm question ...

Ahhh..  tough question for me to answer. I was similarly on the fence until most Fuji gear went on a really good sale for a stretch earlier this year so I got both, the 27 first.

If you want/need light and compact, the 27 is a good choice.
If you don't mind the 18-55 zoom, it covers that range well enough.
The 35/1.4 is just a little "special" and certainly can AF in much lower light than the others because of the larger aperture when using CDAF so that's an advantage.  That large aperture is primarily great for some nice OOF blur that the 27 and 18-55 can't provide quite as much of.  It's a nice lens for centered-subject shots with large aperture so the softer borders and corners disappear into the blur.

I don't intend to buy into all the other large aperture and pricey primes being offered at this time.  I still have my SLR kit for those features.
I do find Fui's 14, 23 and 56mm lenses to be very compelling but I can buy some interesting glass for my D800s for that price too!

Here's the whole (in)decision history.

I started, last year, with an Xa1 kitted with the 16-50; a very good, small, light, if slow, lens and I was impressed with the overall IQ of the system.  It is/was my intent to convert this body for IR use.

Late Dec I got an XM1 with dual lens kit which included the 50-230mm and other valuable stuff in a bundle I couldn't pass up.  I might still sell the XM1 + 16-50 as I don't need 2 compact, non-EVF bodies and the difference between them AFA IQ is concerned is minimal, the XM1 seems to have lower high ISO chroma noise tho.  Whenever I convert one of them to IR tho, it'll still be nice to have a regular one around to handle some of the tripod + adapted lens work.  That tilt display is really handy and I have a bunch of vintage lenses I'm eager to try with adapters.

Then, I wanted something much more compact than these zooms so the 27mm, on a half price sale, fit the bill.  Attached to the the xa/m1 it makes a nearly pocketable solution and IQ is pretty good tho I found I've used it rather little so far.  Not because it's not a great little combo, I've just had a bunch of non-photo priorities chewing up my time the last few months and that's likely to continue, to my dismay.

Shortly after that I nabbed excellent deals on XE1s with the 18-55 lens kits.

I REALLY like the simple and effective controls on the XA1 and XM1 but when a friend brought his XE1+35/1.4 for me to try I was very sold on the EVF and how (relatively) small and light the Fuji 35 is.  I didn't really intend to buy much Fuji system glass but I thought the 35 was certainly worth the (reduced) price because it was smaller and lighter than adapting a Nikon-mount Sigma 35/1.4 plus it would have fast AF vs MF.  The images my friend took with his helped clinch the deal; I like the way the Fuji 35/1.4 renders a scene.

If being compact is not a requirement, the 18-55 kit zoom does a perfectly good job of filling in for the 27 prime with far more versatility, if not quite as sharp.

I didn't want the larger heavier 55-200 while I still have some SLR gear that covers that range better the way I'd normally use it.
I've got surprisingly sharp results from the 50-230, tho I've only used it a little so far.  I do have a couple shots I have to re-examine as the bokeh was, well, strange, and in a way I've not seen before so might be something to do with the Xtrans sensor rather than the lens.  Still, the lens is slow but works well enough to provide that focal range when I want it.  I've been considering the 55-200 for the larger aperture and faster AF + better support by the XT1 (LMO + faster AF) but when I think I'll be after more speed and image quality I'll likely use an SLR with a long lens.  Fuji's prices returning back to normal sealed that decision!

What I really want to see is how the new WR lenses will be priced and how they'll perform.  I will then compare that to the Pentax WR gear I have and that's when I decide if the XT1 has a future in my bag or not.
For what I wanted from the Fuji system, the XA1 and XE1 are adequate.  XE2 would be even sweeter but I won't upgrade unless the XE2 price drops a lot.  The XT1 is a bit of overkill but I do enjoy the camera, despite its interface that's not quite the way I think it should have been done.

Overall I'm really enjoying the Fuji equipment, it's smaller, lighter, very capable and also fun to use.  i really like that what I see in the viewfinder is pretty much what I get as a final result; less reliance on experience (or guesswork if using Pentax?) for compensating a shot compared to using an SLR.  That just makes the process faster and easier, especially when the camera is as easy to use as the XE series.
Battery life is shorter but when I'm on the road I don't have time to shoot a lot anyway so the battery life if acceptable for that kind of use.

To add some extra confusion to the mix, i went to my local shop to handle an Olympus OMD E-M10 today...  I like it too. Very small and compact but feels surprisingly heavy, or at least it gives a real feeling of density.  It handles OK for a tiny camera but I find that my aging eyeballs have a hard time seeing what all the buttons are and the display graphics are also small.  I hate to have to carry my glasses with me too! :)
AF with the kit lens was really quick, felt more responsive than the Fujis... and it has IBIS.

I also want to try the Sony a6000 when it arrives here.  Another excellent for the price unit tho I doubt I'll go for that when I already have a D5300 in that league and I don't yet want another lens system to buy unless the body is really appealing to use.  I've got more gear than I need at the moment so I can sit by and let prices drop and maybe Ricoh-Pentax will bring out an APSC or FF ML body with IBIS in the near future.  I'm still partial to Pentax at times.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:16:35 AM »
.. time to sell ALL my Canon gear for maximum profit.  ;D

I'm thinking of cutting my losses and dumping my pricier SLR gear while it still has good resale value.
The mirrorless trend is a wave I'm gonna ride. Got the Fuji, looking at Sony and considering Olympus.  Sorta hoping Pentax will make a 24MP APS-C ML with IBIS but a short flange distance so I can adapt plenty of old glass and have stabilization.  IBIS is the only thing I find I miss on the Fuji when using old Pentax and screw-mount lenses.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:12:30 AM »
I've been too busy with boring stuff that needs doing to partake of any deliberate shooting for months now.  As such, I also find it much easier to carry one small bag with a pair of Xe1s + xt1 with 35/1.4, 18-55 and 50-230 lenses mounted plus a 27mm in the pocket. ONE light little bag instead of a boot full of gear I used to carry and I'm adequately covered for any impromtu shooting opportunity along my route. All my PentNikCanon gear now sits around a lot more than it used to.  I hope this trend continues, it's a lot faster to pack and unpack now. :)

Third Party Manufacturers / I'd call this more of a tie, for now
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:03:56 AM »
Sony's sales of system-cameras slightly exceeds Canon's... in S Korea.


it's taken a while for the trend to get to this point and I'm surprised homegrown Samsung product wasn't up there.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 09, 2014, 03:02:57 PM »
I haven't tried the 18-35 yet but I found my 70-200 2.8 L2 was not very well balanced for my liking.  Very sharp, definitely.  A bit of CA in FF corners but not bad.  However, i found the bokeh to be quite unpleasant in many situations.  I've been getting a more agreeable balance of sharpness and bokeh from an older Tamron 70/200 2.8 but it's missing such niceties like OS and fast precise AF.

I'm keenly looking forward to seeing some bokeh specific tests of these new fast 50s.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:56:57 PM »
SLRgear has updated the Sigma 50 review since publishing the Otus.
The crop comparisons show well what tradeoffs Sigma made in designing this lens to be slightly less sharp but provide better microcontrast.
I like what I see from the Sigma more than from the Otus at this stage but for me a lens must balance sharpness and bokeh so I'll still buy the Sigma cuz it's cheaper. ;)

from this excerpt, they agree

"All in all, this is a case where the raw test numbers doen't carry the entire message. For our money, we'd go with the slightly higher CA, lower sharpness, but higher micro contrast of the Sigma, even if the two lenses cost the same."

they traded a little overall sharpness for improved micro-contrast
the test-bench result here looks pretty good.


smooth bokeh also a goal for Sigma's 50mm f/1.4 Art lens

See about 2/3 the way down in this dpreview interview, or just search for "onion"


I hope this makes Zeiss blush.

Canon General / Re: No one sees it like you....
« on: March 31, 2014, 02:25:08 AM »
There's also a simple and inexpensive method to make such images without resorting to CGI or editing tricks.
But that would lack the pizzazz of a big CGI crew, even if it got the job done in less time and 1/100th the budget. Tho it might contain some minor reality-flaws someone would eventually complain about.
Still, a nice bit of commercial video to make their point.

Canon General / Re: No one sees it like you....
« on: March 30, 2014, 10:10:48 PM »
well, if you used a longish lens...
(27% crop, no scale)
still can't find me & the wife reflected in the rodent's eye
(and I wish my 100-400L was as crisp as this cheap plastic Fuji zoom)

Good topic, Don.
It felt nice while the sun was shining that day...
A couple times per day my 85 yr old ma treks outside to check this thermometer she's used for probably close to 50 years.  She doesn't seem to believe the number on the wireless digital weather station we installed for her. ???
And, a little bit of things-Canadian in the sun-melted snow.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Medium Format Camera
« on: March 27, 2014, 01:32:24 AM »
Not sure about some of those comments.  If this article's right, Sony's sensor division is doing very well!
Diversifying and making some niche products for bragging rights is not likely to cost them a lot compared to the marketing benefits.


EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 27, 2014, 01:28:21 AM »
I think Canon chose to put out a 5d3 all-rounder instead of a class-leading hi-MP FF body like the d800 partly because they really don't yet have the ability to produce something like that 36MP sensor.  You can't put out a product for bragging rights if you don't qualify.

The 5d3 fills the bill for those who asked for such, for those who wanted more resolution and cleaner, more malleable files the D800 was available.

As far as making a niche product for bragging rights, TSE 17mm, anyone?..

PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 25, 2014, 09:34:50 PM »
check this out:

looks like decent mid to high ISO performance
I'll wait for some low ISO daylight shots and other stuff too but it looks decent so far.

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