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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: February 24, 2014, 03:53:32 AM »
I've been with Canon since I started (400D-->7D--5DIII).  I picked up the Fuji XT-1, and I really like it.  I still love my 5DIII and I am not "jumping ship" on Canon; just adding a new member to the team.  As to a couple of the issues I noticed people talking about above regarding the ergonomics...  I agree that it isn't as easy to use as the 5DIII (although part of that is adjusting to a new camera and system), but I found the trade-offs to offset the "negatives."  A few of my general "pros" and "cons" (bad news first):

"Negatives":
-Changing the AF points--I can do this looking through the viewfinder, but the control pad is a bit more finicky than the 5DIII joystick.  Also, the small size of the camera means my thumb is kind of sandwiched between my face and the camera when I try to move them around.

-All the rings and dials present lots of opportunities for unintentionally knocking something and changing the settings.  In particular, I have found the aperture ring, the exposure comp dial, and the ISO dial to be vulnerable to this.  On the positive side, the small size of the camera means it's pretty easy to change quickly without taking my eye away form the camera and the viewfinder kind of doubles as a "heads up display" so it's very easy to reset them.  The location of these controls doesn't present the same kind of "facial interference" problems that the AF points do.

-The battery life on the XT-1 sucks.  A lot of the reviews say it's good for 350 shots, but I haven't gotten that many out of it.  I bought a second battery the day after I got the camera and may pick up a third.  For me, having a couple extra batteries solves the problem.  But for people who will be unable to frequently recharge batteries, power management might be an issue.  (I'm thinking here of people who are going to be backpacking for several days; for someone out shooting for a day around a city an extra battery should be fine).

-New system for me, so obviously I don't have the variety of lenses for the Fuji that I do for the Canon

-The Fuji software is... disappointingly hard to use and non-intuitive

On the plus side:

-I'm very happy with the IQ from the XT-1.  (I won't say anything about DR or ISO tests because other people have done those / will do those and frankly I don't really care.  I'm plenty happy with the photographs from this camera (and I'm also plenty happy with the IQ from my 5DIII...)

-the XT-1 is a LOT easier to carry around than the 5DIII.  The ergonomic issues mentioned above are more than offset for me by the size and weight advantage in many situations.

-The AF and continuous AF is really good.  (Perhaps not as snappy as the 5DIII in very low light situations, but it still works...  I'd held off of the earlier Fuji's (particularly the XE-2) because the AF seemed very slow to me).  One caveat, I guess--I live in Japan and shoot a lot of matsuri's (festivals and folk dances), often at night.  I haven't had the chance to test the continuous AF in those situations yet

-The EVF is as good as you have read; as I mentioned above, there is so much information available that I rarely need to access the Q button (I make most of my changes from the viewfinder).

-A couple new features for me are nice (certainly not exclusive to Fuji--many cameras from Canon and other companies also have them).  I have never used a tilt-screen before, which makes shooting low angle a lot more comfortable.  Also, the wifi link with my iPhone is pretty cool both as an always-with-me remote and as a way of sharing photos immediately.

As I said at the beginning, I still love my 5DIII and have no plans to "jump systems."  But I am going to "split time" between the Canon and the Fuji--especially for a lot of my travel stuff (the Fuji is so much lighter and more convenient for traveling).

Not a technical review (lots of those out there from more knowledgeable sources), but for what it's worth this has been my experience with the XT-1. 



 

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EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2013, 08:27:29 AM »
I'm guessing it is going to be a little expensive.  :-)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« on: September 17, 2013, 09:52:10 PM »
I also have an F-Stop backpack and I've been very happy with it.  Mine is a bit smaller than what you would want with that kit, but as some of the other posters mentioned they make several sizes and they can be customized and modified depending on the combination of ICUs.  You have choices as to where to carry the tripod (at least on the Loka but I'm pretty sure this is true of most F-Stop Mountaineer bags).  Even with a lot of weight, this backpack is quite comfortable to wear.

I wasn't as satisfied with the shoulder bag I got from F-Stop, but if I was looking for a bigger backpack F-Stop would be high on my list.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why CSI agents used only Nikon Cameras ?
« on: September 16, 2013, 06:50:21 PM »
CSI may have completely fallen to the dark side, but the NCIS guys split.  The Washington team shoots Nikon, but the NCIS: LA team uses Canon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Where to buy in Japan
« on: September 14, 2013, 11:17:18 AM »
(Part 2)

Yodobashi (and Bic) will have pretty much all brands, (current) models, new lenses, etc.  This includes mirror-less and compact cameras.  They also have filters, bags, tripods, etc.  (Yodobashi seems to carry more stock than Bic). 

If you are looking for DSLR lenses, there is a "camera outlet center" in the underground level of JR Osaka Station.  (I'm sorry I don't know the name off-hand, but I will check next time I head into Osaka).  They have most Canon lenses "new" (I haven't seen any of the super-telphotos there, but pretty much all the more common focal lengths, tilt-shift, etc.).  The prices are competitive with the big camera stores, and they have a fairly large selection of used lenses.  (My own experience: I did not find the savings on the used lenses compelling and wound up paying a little more for new versions of the lenses.  However, if you are buying multiple lenses, it might make enough of a difference).  This store also sells used camera bodies (digital AND a huge stock of old film SLRs). 

That camera outlet center is not the place to go for mirrorless cameras though--they sell a few kits, but at least the last time I was there they didn't have many lenses (new or used) for any of the systems. 

Some of the old guide-books might talk about used camera shops in "Den-Den Town" (another part of Osaka).  However, over the last few years all the camera shops in Den-Den Town have closed and it has become an anime / manga zone.  If you are interested in anime by all means visit--but don't waste the time going there specifically for camera stuff because there isn't any. 

Finally, if you are interested in Nikon, there is a Nikon Outlet Center at the "Sanda Premium Outlets" just north of Kobe.  You can do a Google search for "Sanda Premium Outlets" for directions, etc.  I only visited once about two years ago, but I wasn't familiar enough with Nikon pricing to draw any conclusions from my visit.  It is kind of far from Osaka and Kyoto, though, so I wouldn't make a special trip there unless you are really keen on Nikon.

Hope at least some of this is helpful; please let me know if you have any questions, and I'll see if I can find out the name of that "outlet center" in JR Osaka Station soon. 


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EOS Bodies / Re: Where to buy in Japan
« on: September 14, 2013, 10:08:43 AM »
Sorry should have read that more carefully--ok, you are in my neck of the woods (Kansai).  Yodobashi Camera is the big camera megastore--there's a branch in Osaka and Kyoto.  (Both are located near the major train stations so pretty easy to find).  Bring your passport and they will waive the sales tax.  Bic Camera is another big chain; prices pretty similar.  I'll post more later--on train and thumb typing on my iPhone and autocorrect is making this reply a pain.

(Price note--a couple years ago Amazon.jp was the cheapest place to get camera stuff here, but now Amazon and Yodobashi are about the same so think it serves as a reasonable bellwether anyway).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Gitzo tripod or no?
« on: July 01, 2013, 11:36:37 AM »
I've been pretty happy with my Gitzo travel tripod.  I live in Japan, and most of my traveling is by train and foot so size and weight was a major factor.  I wouldn't hesitate to get another Gitzo, though I would certainly look at RRS and other brands before buying.  (I don't think RRS was making the tripods back when I got mine in 2011; I have a RRS ballhead on my Gitzo which I actually picked up at the store in San Luis Obispo on a trip back to CA to visit family.  At that time, most of the tripods they had on display were Gitzos).  My first tripod was also a Manfrotto (190 something--sorry, forget the code).  That tripod would have been fine for me if I was still living in CA and did most of my traveling by car, but it was kind of unwieldy on the trains over here.

I found my RRS ballhead to be great, except that recently the plate has been "sticking" so that when I release the lever / clamp the plate doesn't open.  I have not approached RRS about what might be going on yet--just haven't had time.

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Canon General / Re: Seabird colony - change lens or not?
« on: May 31, 2013, 06:55:16 PM »
Changing lenses while a large flock of seabirds are flying above you should definitely by avoided! The seabirds may decide to make a sport out of it.  :-)

More seriously, I have changed lenses at the beach before but there was no wind blowing at the time and I was very careful about my gear.  And I was still nervous during the process.  (And there were no seabirds flying over my head at the time either...)

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PowerShot / Re: Down to the RX100 or G15...
« on: May 28, 2013, 10:24:12 AM »
I bought the RX100 back in February and I've been happy with it so far.  I picked it up as an "take every day" option for my 5DIII.  On the plus side is the IQ and small size.  For me, the biggest negative is the same as another poster (verysimplejason) mentioned above--I am more familiar with Canon menus and so for me it is kind of a pain in the butt to find what I am looking for in the Sony menus.  I use the wrist strap and bought a little Lowepro pouch for it. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference between US/Japanese 7D?
« on: March 07, 2013, 10:26:02 PM »
I live in Japan and bought my Canon 7D and 5DIII over here.  Both come with multilingual menus (Japanese, English, and a whole host of other languages).  Nikon, Pentax, Olympus--even Casio cameras you buy over here have multi-lingual menus. 

Sony and Panasonic do limit their menus.  The Japanese market version features only a Japanese menu.  I had to buy an "overseas model" RX100 to get an English menu, at a premium (about $70-80 more than the Japanese version).  I had been considering a NEX mirrorless system at one point, but for me the menu-gimp has made the Sony MUCH less attractive. 

As for the OP--I haven't noticed any differences between my 7D and any of the American market 7Ds I have seen. 

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PowerShot / Re: Comparable Camera to the Sony RX100
« on: February 18, 2013, 12:23:37 AM »
I use Canon DSLR's, but for a compact I wound up going with the Sony RX100.  I looked at the Canon S110, G1X, and G15 pretty carefully.  Ultimately I thought the G series was bigger than what I wanted for this purpose (some pocketable), and I felt the edge in IQ over the S110 warranted the higher price (grudgingly).  But as other's have said--if you want to match the RX100 in IQ with a Canon compact, you're kind of stuck with the G series (which isn't really all that compact).  That being said--I think the S110 is pretty good as well (judging from the "sample photo books" at Yodobashi Camera where I was shopping).

I do have a complaint with Sony cameras though.  I live in Japan, and if I want an English language menu I have to buy a "Sony overseas model" (at a higher price).  Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, heck--even Casio--include Japanese and English on their menus (as well as many other languages). 

Anyway, I bit the bullet and bought the overseas model for the RX100.  But I had been thinking about a NEX in the future as a mirror-less system.  Less enthusiastic about it now.

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Canon General / Re: Cannon / Nikon Meme
« on: February 08, 2013, 11:23:39 PM »
"You call that a lens?  THIS is a lens!"

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5d Mark III Eyepiece cover
« on: January 21, 2013, 06:51:41 PM »
I carry the eye cover in the little pocket that comes on my Rapid Strap, along with my wireless remote.  Yeah, I wish Canon made one with a built in shutter as well. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Compactflash Card: SanDisk vs. Lexar...
« on: January 04, 2013, 07:08:14 PM »
I guess I'm just echoing the chorus, but I use both SanDisk and Lexar (for both CF and SDHC) and have never had a problem. 

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Canon General / Re: Recommended photography books
« on: December 26, 2012, 05:51:32 PM »
Bryan Petersen's Understanding Exposure and Understanding Flash Photography

+1 on Understanding Exposure.  I haven't read his book on flash photography, but as someone with little formal training in photography I found Understanding Exposure and his "Field Guide" to be very helpful, easy to read, and interesting.

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