To continue loving video games, their programming while doing & improving my professional photography, punish the guilty, reward the good, educate kids and fight for all that is good. :-)
This is pretty great. Great light, composition... looks like artisan glass!
" The X-Trans design struggles a little bit with fine green detail, so it's not perfect for landscape work," - I hate to say this but this makes no sense.
In fact, fine green detail is an Xtrans better case than regular Bayer because it has more, not less, green photo sites. Landscape photography is actually an Xtrans photography domain best case (you use typically more green than blue/red and you don't care too much of super details in a blue sky because um... it's blue and clouds usually).
The problem is not using an optimal raw converter. Yes, if you use anything adobe, you will get sub par (that doesn't mean bad) results to better RAW converter options for Xtrans. Whenever Adobe steps up their game here, that changes, but this is not "inherent to the Xtrans design."
Stephen Scharf: I'm glad that the Fuji X-E2 is on this list (as the X-Pro1 was on the first list), but I have to really take exception to the "struggles with fine green detail" comment. This might be a bit of an issue with LR or ACR, but it most definitely is not with Capture One Pro or Capture One Express. Both of these applications provide the best RAW conversion of Fuji RAF files, but you never use it in your reviews. As such, you're providing an inaccurate description of what the camera is truly capable of producing.
Also, the comment that RAW support is "patchy" is also inaccurate. By my count, there are ten applications that provide excellent if not outstanding RAW conversion for Fuji X-trans files: SilkyPix, Lightroom, ACR, Capture One Pro, Capture One Express, AccuRaw, Iridient Developer, Apple Aperture, and Photo Ninja. How can *ten* different apps that provide RAW conversion possibly be referred to as "patchy"?
@Richard- I politely disagree with the assessment that the difference between ACR and Capture One 7 for Xtrans is minor. You get color smear on the reds with ACR that is non existent with Capture one. And the whole green smear is pretty much a non issue now- which in a way makes sense given the Xtrans if anything, has more green photo sites than regular bayer.
I understand the strong desire to settle for one raw converter, but in this particular case the difference is big enough that in doing so, Xtrans is put at a definitive disadvantage if using current Adobe products. The subsequent ACR update you mention just put Xtrans usable with Adobe products. The first attempt was pretty bad with serious color over spill.
The very Silky Pix included now got a revup that is quite competent too.
WT21: The problem with roundups is that at any given moment, some camera is new, and some is old. The XPro 1 is getting long in the tooth. The 70D and EM1 are the lastest and greatest from their respected makers, as some examples. Not that there's any choice, of course. You have to roll with what you got. But I would argue the XE2 would be a better choice here than the XP1. I'm not a Fuji user, but I think the XE2 is competitive with the rest of this lot. The XP1 is kind of it's own thing.
But wouldn't an X-E2 fit here? Why not?
Carlos Loff: How can the D7100 beat the Pentax K-3 ? Not even in price, lollll - Or did Nikon by any chance launched the long awaited D400 and you are calling it D7100 ??? Crazy Review
Kim- precisely for not chasing specifications on paper, the K-3 deserves to be put at the same level, imho. Pentax ergonomics are amazingly well done.
If you find the D7100 amazing, try out the K-5/K-3 line - they are indeed also amazing. You also get those pancake lenses with manual mechanical focus and DOF scale.
And I am not saying you shouldn't prefer Nikon, but the K-3 imho isn't any less for a paper spec but for the superb ergonomics and well thought out interface it has too.
Kim Letkeman: I laughed when I saw that Panasonic was (inevitably and predictably) left out of the running. One has to wonder who Panasonic ticked off to get left out of a category in which it should be able to compete very well ... after all, enthusiasts do shoot a lot of video these days.
I've shot the D300, D7000, and D70s in the Nikon "enthusiast" lineup and I would take a Nikon over any of the others listed for the system, the ergonomics and the image quality.
But ... I would take the Panasonic G6 or the GH3 over the Nikons for the smaller size, the incredible video, the same ergonomics and basically the same image quality.
And so it goes ...
I can't deny I do not understand how come the GH3 was not included here. And what exactly is wrong with the GH3's still capabilities? I don't understand.
I don't understand why not put the X-E2 in this line up. And as good as the IQ from the E-M1 is, it's not quite at the same level of the Fuji or K-3/K-5.
It's not by any means bad, but you can tell in DR and shadow range it's not quite quite the same.
Felts: There's a lot of whinging and moaning about this (I realise I may get some backlash for this statement)...
£8.78 per month = £105.36 per year.If they put their prices up next year to, say, a tenner = £120 per year.The following year, maybe £12 = £144 per year.
So in 3 years you'll have paid £370 which is still just over half the price of CS6.
And you get LR5, storage etc., and all the subsequent updates as part of the package. I'm not sure I understand the negativity!?
And all this mention of greed... it's what companies do, try to make money.
If you want to sign up, great, enjoy the package. If you don't want to, also great... enjoy your other software programme.
It's made Photoshop affordable for me so I'm going to take the plunge! :-)
You missed the points on cloud security, credit cards database being hacked recently.
For many the issue wasn't price, but still watch for later.
Raist3d: No thanks. Adobe, keep your cloud. If you ever make LightRoom cloud mandatory I know that's the day I am switching permanently to another RAW converter.
Good point Bob though it seems raw converters are better or worse depending on camera model. Lightroom does well on Pentax Q, capture one great on fuji xtrans , dxo great on Pentax k-5.
Peter Hayward: Bargain. I'm in.
Adobe have, in the past, effectively forced us to rent photoshop anyway (or many I suspect to pirate) with new releases only supporting your new camera.
With all the goodies it's a no brainer for me. As for access and passwords. I do not use the same un/pw combination across sites. The pain of tracking the credentials is made easier with Keepass across multiple of devices.
That's only if you are one of the guys always upgrading your camera. Some don't.
wireless: I guess you guys won't be happy until you get it for free. Education, health care, food, college, housing, only when it's for free. Plenty of other products out there. Can't afford $120/yr - you should let your camera make jpg's and edit for you. I guess a $100 a month for cell phone or cable TV is okay but $10 for LR and PS is outrageous.
You created quite the straw man argument there. It's not about free. Its about the licensing model.
Picture along with that the recent adobe hack of credit cards and I can't comprehend how you can miss some of the issues people aren't happy with.
Cipher: Why are people saying it's $10 for life?
Read the FAQ: "When you purchase directly from Adobe, the cost of an annual membership will not go up during the first 12 months of your membership. It is possible that the cost of the month-to-month membership will increase, but if it does, you will be notified and given the opportunity to cancel."
Terms:"After the first 12 months, we will automatically renew your contract based on the current price of the offering."
Current price of the offering would mean if they upped the price to $25 a month, then that's the current price of the offering.
What matters Is not what terry whites website days but what the terms of agreement upon purchase at the adobe website say.
If that's what adobe clearly spells out fine but if they don't, what is in the other website is irrelevant.
No thanks. Adobe, keep your cloud. If you ever make LightRoom cloud mandatory I know that's the day I am switching permanently to another RAW converter.
Mizudori: For being half the size compared to D800, those A7R raw files sure are pretty impressive...A7R shows how much Nikon need to work on their on-board JPG processing as well...
Lol. So much for the teaser. Dpreview and tier batcave computer has revealed the secret. I wonder if I. The future canon would photoshop to a clean things out ;-)
cgarrard: Even I'm a bit surprised on the final score and rating with this one, and I usually agree with DPR's conclusions.
And I do mean a bit, not a lot- as in a sarcastic reply. To me I thought the GX7 would get a gold award by dpr staffers, seems to tick off a lot of what they like in a camera. No worries though, there might be some intangibles mixed in there too with that score.
Personally I think the GX7 is the best camera for m4/3 Panasonic has ever built.
Thank you Richard or taking the time to explain more about the context of the award. As one of the first ones that posted about it, I want to make clear i wasn't particularly upset just confused - more so because of the reasons given at the end (the three reasons).
This makes more sense even if ultimately I may not quite totally agree but makes me think and reflect a bit. Thanks for taking the time. Appreciated.
Zvonimir Tosic: Ricoh Imaging is really behaving quite strangely with this Q experiment. At one side they design a bunch of very cheap, optically irrelevant, fixed aperture and almost unusable "toy prime lenses" to define the playfulness of the Q system, and on the other, very, very expensive zooms to .. what end?
Depends on what is better for you.
audijam: wow....that's very expensive for a toy lens
It's not a toy lens :-)
yabokkie: very like GX1, marketed as a high end with compromised features. don't know if it has same capacity for deep price plunge as GX1.
Thanks. I would have expected them about the same on that. Good to know.
Gesture: Would create a new award level for this astounding camera: Platinum or Titanium.